Theresa Wells
Theresa Wells is a long-term resident of Fort McMurray Alberta, and proud to call that northern city her home. She is passionate about writing, family, community, and shoes, but not necessarily in that order.

Entries by Theresa Wells

Turbulence in the Fort McMurray Skies

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 3:26 PM

It is the middle of the night, and you need help.

That's when these things always seem to happen, when they are least expected. And no one ever "expects" tragedy or trauma to strike, which I suppose is why we call them an emergency.

They happen everywhere, and they have...

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Return to Sender, Postage Guaranteed: Canada Post Imposes Surcharge on Fort McMurray

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 12:31 PM

I suspect they hoped it would never be noticed until someone sent a parcel into Fort McMurray and got dinged an extra $5. The fact that it was never publicly communicated makes me suspicious of this, and it seems an underhanded attempt to increase costs without ever telling the public...

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An Open Letter to Neil Young on Oilsands, Fort McMurray, and Home

(4) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 2:28 PM

Dear Neil,

Recently just before you came to Fort McMurray my friend Tim Moen asked if I would be willing to speak to you if the opportunity arose. Tim asked me because he knows I am passionate about this community and the people in it, and that I could...

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The Difficult Path of Politics and Parenthood in Fort McMurray

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 8:29 PM

I doubt there is a person in Alberta over the age of twelve who hasn't heard about it, seen it on the television news, perhaps, or in the newspaper. It was front page, of course, the scandal involving a government MLA charged in a prostitution sting while in Minnesota for...

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What the Hell is Going on in Fort McMurray?

(44) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 12:01 PM

The conversation went a little like this:

Me: I met Malcolm Gladwell last week.

Them: What? So cool, I didn't know you were in New York! Did you just run into him or something?

Me: No, I didn't meet him in New York.

Them: Oh, you were in Toronto then?...

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Boston Bombings: Don't Look for the Helpers

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 8:42 AM

I remember a day in September, 2001, that shifted my world.

I watched it unfold in front of me, two planes crashing into two towers, and all the pain and grief and disbelief that followed. I remember watching my daughter, just two days before her second birthday, and thinking that...

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Have We Doomed Ourselves on Highway 63? Traffic Infraction Stats Frightening

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 1:45 PM

On occasion I like to believe that people can change their behaviour. I suppose I am an optimist in that regard, at least until I am proven wrong. This past week I was deeply troubled by the report about some recent statistics as they do not bode well for our...

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Not Your Father's Fort McMurray

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 8:21 AM

In my life as a community blogger I occasionally get emails and messages from those curious about where I live. Sometimes they come from those who have been to northern Alberta, and sometimes they come from people from countries far away, wondering if this is the place they have been...

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Freedom From Fear In Fort McMurray

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 11:24 AM

There are topics I wish I didn't have to write about, because I wish they didn't touch our community. I don't feel it is right to ignore them when they are happening, though, because it is only through frank and open dialogue that we can resolve some issues, and educate...

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The Fort McMurray Twitter Top 12 Of 2012

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 12:08 PM

You know, I love my friend Kathleen over at Kikki Planet. She and I get along like a house on fire, two feisty redheads of a certain age and similar sense of humour.

The two of us tend to have some raucous good times on Twitter, often centred around provincial...

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New Year Inspiration: Fort McMurray Philanthropist Is 11-Years-Old

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 8:41 PM

The end of an old year and the beginning of a new one is often a time for reflection. We pause and think about people and events that have affected us over the past twelve months, and we consider what the New Year may hold. We wonder what lies ahead,...

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Homelessness, Compassion, And The Golden Rule In Alberta

(6) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 11:26 AM

It is with a heavy heart that I sit to write this, because it was inspired by a recent incident in Calgary.

In that incident a homeless man was eating in a local restaurant, having had a meal paid for by others. The story is a bit murky, but apparently...

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The Alberta Legislature, Sleep Deprivation And Bad Decision Making

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 9:51 AM

I woke up this morning and checked into Twitter to discover some very self-congratulatory tweets coming out of the Alberta Legislature. The tweets weren't really about passing good legislation or having a good debate, though. No, they were about the heroism of politicians staying up all night long to debate...

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Why Playing Doctor in Fort McMurray Is No Fun

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 9:47 PM

It is the sign I have come to dread in this community. It is the one that has all too often greeted me when I walked into the office of my family doctor, the sign that states: "As of date such-and-such this office will close and Doctor So-and-so will no...

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Fort McMurray Newsflash- Culturally Diverse but Zero Igloos

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 9:01 AM

I love visitors to my region. I really do, because I love the chance to show them around and let them in on some amazing things going on here. I like talking to them about my community and our strengths and our weaknesses, our triumphs and our challenges. I really...

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Why "My" Highway Needs "Your" Money - Twinning Highway 63

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 6:31 PM

Just recently I wrote in this blog about the highway that is the lifeline for my region. That highway has come to dominate many things, including the local press, local conversations in local coffee shops, local politics, and local thoughts. It is a highway that garnered national media attention, particularly...

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Embracing 'Steve:' The Fort McMurray Dating Scene

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 9:49 AM

About a year ago some YouTube videos began circulating in Fort McMurray, and I think it would be fair to say they went viral. The spread was rapid and infectious, and soon the entire region (and beyond) was buzzing about some guy named Steve who drove truck at site and...

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Why Fort McMurray Hates Journalists

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 1:36 PM

The title of this post isn't entirely accurate. Fort McMurray doesn't really hate ALL journalists, but there are a few that have made their way onto our list of most-hated visitors. It isn't that they are journalists, or that that they wrote stories about us, or even that they wrote...

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What We Really Fight About in Fort McMurray

(3) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 11:35 AM

Sometimes reading the national press makes me giggle. From those news stories one would get the impression the residents of my community fight about things like lack of parking, high rental costs, and our shortage of women. The funny thing is that we certainly have boomtown issues of just that...

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The Power of Dirty Oil Money

(8) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 10:26 PM

Many things are written and said about the oil sands, and one of the allegations frequently made is that the oil derived from the naturally occurring bitumen is "dirty", tainted with the stain of environmental destruction. While that debate rages on one rarely hears about what happens to some of...

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