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Today’s The Day: Fort McMurray Rocks The Vote!

(I fully rip apart all sense of impartiality today and endorse certain candidates, read on for the exciting, biased details!)

Your community. Your vote. RMWB Election 2010 If you’ve been living under a rock (or, to be fair, out at a work-camp) then you may not have seen all the signs and know that today is Election Day here in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. And that’s ok, because there’s still time for you to get out and rock the vote. (voting info here)

Today is the day when residents of our region can make their voices heard and elect a mayor and council that they think will be the best representatives for our region. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this will be the best council elected in recent memory.

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Quick Ticket Sales Raises Questions – Northern Classic

 

Northern Classic Logo - AJHL

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I’m truly excited for the Northern Classic to be held on November 26th – I cannot wait to be out there, cheering on the MOB, surrounded by 4,999 other fans, in the largest ever Alberta Junior Hockey League game. Did I mention it’s outdoors?

But unfortunately, I, like a lot of other folks, did not react quickly enough and missed out on the last ticket sold – 54 minutes after sales started. Much has been made of the sale, as you can see by these three online posts: Russel Thomas, Vancouver Sun & the Fort McMurray Today.

So unless I volunteer (which I will gladly do) or win some tickets on the radio, I’m out of luck. Continue reading

Help the United Way, Throw Rocks on Oct 21st

Or Scissors. Or paper. It’s really your choice.

Next week, Fort McMurray will be host to the first ever United Way Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament – many will enter, only one will win.

Choose Your Weapon - Rock Paper Scissors Contest for the United Way

If you think you’ve got what it takes to become Fort McMurray’s Pooh-bah of Paper, then don’t forget that you need to pre-register on Tuesday, October 19th.

After you’ve registered, all you need to do is set aside your lunch hour on Thursday, October 21st, and head over to the Provincial Building Terrace for a great tourney and a great cause.

There’s a Facebook event page for those who FB, and for more info, you can either head over to the United Way Events page, or click on the image on this post.

Either way, I hope to see you there – throwing rocks for the United Way.

Watch Mayoral Candidates Debate the Last Two Questions

Here are the last two questions of the evening. Isn’t technology wonderful?

How do you ensure the citizens the best value for their tax dollars?

What is the question you expected this evening, but wasn’t asked?

First Impressions from the RMWB Mayoral Debate

The Three Debaters, Nebesny, Vyboh and Blake

The Three Debaters: Nebesny, Vyboh and Blake

Here are a few things I take away from tonight’s mayoral debate.

  1. While the theatre had a lot of bums in seats, a large majority of those folks were heavily invested in either the candidates on stage, or were involved in council campaigns themselves. Thanks to @colleentatum for putting that bug in my ear.
  2. Joe Nebesny, while not the most qualified candidate to run North America’s largest municipality (by square kilometers), was a character and received a lot of laughs + goodwill tonight from the audience. He is passionate about the community and sees a lot of good here (he also sees a lot that needs to be prioritized and tackled speedily).
  3. John Vyboh is not a big fan of the oil sands industry – or at least he thinks they need to be more involved in the community. If I were able to question him about that, I would ask him to take a look at who raised the majority of last year’s United Way funds (hint: it rhymes with “employees of the oil sands industry”). He also mentioned how proud he was of the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre and the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. At odds?
  4. Melissa Blake not only kept her calm, dignified presence, but she also stole the show ending with a standing ovation from a large portion of the crowd.
  5. If push comes to shove, I am not entirely convinced that Nebesny would in fact not vote for himself come election day – based on how often he seemed to vocally support Blake’s comments… it was quite funny, and telling.
  6. I will shortly be posting two videos of the very last two questions asked of all three candidates – enjoy!
Audience Milling During Halftime Break

Audience milling during halftime break

Melissa Blake being interviewed after the debate

Melissa Blake being interviewed after the debate

Need A Ride on Election Day? No Worries, Ross Jacobs Has You Covered.

ross jacobs profileThis afternoon I received a press release from The Committee to Elect Ross Jacobs, wherein the folks supporting Ross are offering free rides to Ward 1 voters on election day.

From the press release:

Ross Jacobs has announced this afternoon that his campaign team will be offering free transportation to the advance polls and on election day to voters in ward 1. When asked why he launched this initative Ross said, “it’s a chance for me to live up to my promise of making this election the most quantifiable in wood buffalo history”

So there you have it. Now there’s just one more excuse that won’t work for you when you try to tell folks why you can’t vote on election day.

For those interested in taking Ross up on the offer, go over to http://www.rossjacobs.ca/ and fill out the registration form.

Please all, get out and vote! Make an impact, make a change, make a future.

Why I Love This Town – The United Way Campaign is Back

For those of you who’ve never been here, never lived here, or even just never participated in the United Way Campaign… well it’s a little difficult to describe how the folks in this town pull together to support those in need.

But trust me on this, it’s a pretty amazing process.

Last year, for the fourth year in a row, Fort McMurray was classified as “Canada’s Most Giving Community”. The goal of last year’s campaign? $5 million.

How much was raised? $5.4 million. How awesome is that?

This year, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of people will be working together to meet, and hopefully exceed, 2010’s goal of $5.678 million. A goal I am confident we can meet.

Not sure how the United Way helps to support our community? Check out the 2010 Campaign Brochure. Want to help out but don’t know where to start? Try here.

This is just one of the reasons why I love this town.