an open letter to my teachers

Dear Teachers,

I looked at a map today, and when I got confused, I turned in my seat so my map faced north. It made me think of you, on that day when you failed repeatedly to teach our class how to read a map. […keep reading]


WCB: Gatekeeper to Dignity

For 20 or so years I’ve heard only one good story of someone’s WCB experience. Last week a friend told me his brother, injured on the job and now a paraplegic, had received a great deal of help from the WCB. I’m sure more good stories exist, but in general, the WCB has a lousy reputation. […keep reading]

slave lake town fire

On Sunday, May 15, the town of Slave Lake in Alberta was engulfed in a wild fire that spread rapidly and unexpectedly through its community. Residents were evacuated, only to find that highways out of town were closed to smoke. The roadway eventually cleared, and families were able to go to Athabasca, Westlock and Edmonton to try to find shelter.

As of this point in time, no one knows the extent of damage on the town, but estimates indicate that over half of the community has been destroyed. Reports say that firefighters were caught off guard when a shift in wind spread the flames towards the community on Sunday.

If you’re looking for information on family members who were moved you can call Alberta Health Services at 1-866-301-2668.

A Red Cross number for people to try and get in touch with family members from Slave Lake has also been set up at 780-523-3388.

The Alberta arm of the Red Cross is accepting donations for displaced residents. You can donate by calling 1-800-418-1111. […keep reading]