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As we entered 2019, or were dragged kicking and screaming into it, perspective, the new year is always a time for reflection.  For some, it’s about New Year’s resolutions, of which few are ever kept.  January exercise equipment sales equals August garage sales.  For others, the new year is a new beginning for adventure and opportunity.  For all of us, it’s a new opportunity to make a difference.

The origin of the expression, “It’s not my table”, is anecdotal in nature. I personally became aware of it as a teenager.  Those awkward situations when trying to get the attention of a diner server, who announced, “Sorry, it’s not my table”.  I think we can all relate to the frustration that results, the sense that, at that moment, we just didn’t matter.  What an empty feeling.

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I’m having an affair. No not with a person, I’m having an affair with life.  Life is, after all, a terminal  experience, and to my knowledge ― my apologies to those who believe in reincarnation ― there are no do-overs.  So this affair with life is not a sit around and watch the world go by kind of experience for me.  Not a chance of that happening.

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A couple of weeks ago, I took my lovely bride of forty-three years, out to one of our favourite vegan restaurants.  Sitting off to the side from us, was a charming young couple, I would estimate in their late twenties.  The first thing they did when they sat down was to take out their smart phones and start texting. Not the kind of texting that say, “We are at dinner, talk later”, but it appeared they were texting each other, at least in part because one or the other would burst out laughing, even though they had hardly exchanged a...

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drug addiction, Lloyd Osler, mental health, mental illness, schizophrenia -

Drug Addition and Mental Illness What a macabre way to describe what it’s like to live with a member of one’s family who is both mentally ill and subsequently addicted to drugs.  Yet that is how it feels, waiting for that last phone call that tells you, it’s over.  Much like it must have felt, waiting for the blade to fall, yet hoping beyond hope there would be a last reprieve.  Something at the last minute that would change things. In today’s world, with such easy access to cheap, criminal-pushed drugs, especially Meth and Fentanyl, that hope — especially for...

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I grew up like many, playing sports, mostly team sports like football, soccer, and like any Canadian boy, hockey.  Little did I know at the time, how much of an impact these activities would have on my life as an adult in the community and especially in business.

My city is home to the Edmonton Eskimos, of the CFL (Canadian Football League) who hold a North American professional sports record by qualifying for the playoffs for 34 consecutive years between 1972 and 2005.  This past weekend was the 106th Grey Cup and the 40th anniversary of the only team in professional sports history to win five consecutive championships from 1978 - 1982.  

I know right now some of you are saying, “good lord, not another male sports story.”  Well before you hit the back button, in support gender equality my city was also home to the world famous Edmonton Grads.

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