Wednesday, 27 February 2013 17:00

Spreading the love… but not the disease

ONCE UPON A TIME, AN URBAN MYTH WAS spread by eager gossips telling the tale of what was to blame for no local blood donor clinics.

That tale, they would whisper, is no such clinics were held in Fort McMurray because it was such a hot bed for sexually transmitted infections.

Uh-huh. Yup, they would say. It’s true.

Well, turns out, it’s not. It actually comes down to economics.

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Courage. Tenacity. Strength. Passion. Vision. Drive. What do all those words and qualities have in common? You find them in people who have the ability to inspire others, and in those who have conquered their own challenges to achieve success. Those fundamental assets, and far more, are what you find in five inspiring people living, working, playing – and making a difference – in the Wood Buffalo region

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:00

#YMM in Fort McMurray

WHAT THE HELL IS A Hashtag?” This question came from one of my grumpy, older, technology-shy relatives, and he caught me by surprise until I saw he was reading an article that had been copied direct from Twitter.

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IT IS SAID THERE IS A TIPPING POINT, A MOMENT IN time when everything changes. For a community, that happened on April 27, 2012, when two pick-up trucks travelling on Highway 63 collided, killing seven people and leaving only two survivors. At the moment of that fatal impact, at the moment when those two vehicles met and altered the destinies of nine people, community and government collided in a way that would change the course of history, a region, and a highway. It was, perhaps, an inevitable collision – not the collision of the two vehicles, as that was avoidable, but rather the collision between government and community over the state of a highway that had long been a bone of contention. Long simmering anger boiled over, and frothed across an entire province. The impact that began with the horrific crash of two trucks rippled across the country, and deep into the roots of the community.

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