KEVIN THORNTON

KEVIN THORNTON

A little about KEVIN THORNTON

Kevin has been writing for YMM since the first issue. Many of his articles have been pseudonymous, hidden behind the tags Keyano writer or YMM staff. Kevin has been a columnist for many years, working for some of the leading newspapers of the world, including the New York Times and the Devon Dispatch.

All posts by KEVIN THORNTON

May
02
2017
2017
Wildfire
In May of 2016, Darby Allen was the face of Fort McMurray. When he was emotional the world cried with him, and when he finally smiled we all felt as if everything was going to be fine. Kevin Thornton sat down and chatted with him shortly after he’d retired from…
Apr
30
2017
Home & Garden
2017
Buying a home is stress-inducing. There are financial worries, logistical concerns, packing and unpacking, changes in lifestyle, different schools and new neighbourhoods. Sometimes there’s a new country and language to contend with and on top of that there is caveat emptor.
Apr
30
2017
Home & Garden
2017
Fort McMurray is lucky to have a number of well-respected, high-quality builders. Although there are too many to list, here are some of the ones you’ll find right here in Wood Buffalo, working hard to rebuild our community.
Mar
20
2017
Volume
5-3
Published in Features
The history of the Heart of Wood Buffalo Awards is linked almost directly, back through the idealism of the creation of FuseSocial, to what was originally known in 2009 as the Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo Project. The Suncor Energy Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo…
Mar
20
2017
Volume
5-3
Published in Features
Where did it all begin? Many social-profit organizations begin their work as a means to fill a gap. If children are hungry, let’s feed them. This solves the immediate issue, until the next day when they are hungry again. So you find some more money and feed them again, and…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Published in The Story
When my wife goes away, I sometimes forget to get Junior to bath. Two days later when she returns he will smell of all the bad things that adhere to little boys, and she’ll shake her head. Or she’ll ask me to get four things at the store and I’ll…
Mar
27
2016
Volume
4-3
Published in Lifestyle
When I meet Andy Parker, the owner of Prime Social Kitchen, he is charming and gracious, everything you would expect from a successful restaurant owner. Within minutes he is entertaining us all with a story about Pamela Anderson – he had just been at her book signing and charity event…
Jan
28
2016
Volume
4-2
Published in Sports & Recreation
Why play Ringette? It is, according to misconceived perceptions, a game for girls, or for softies, or both. It’s slow and easy, and nobody plays it. That’s what everybody knows, right? Wrong!
Nov
26
2015
Volume
4-1
Published in Features
Like it or not, names affect perceptions. If you call yourself ‘The Rock’ it may seem as if you are trying to escape your conventionality, but the so-named wrestler was honouring his dad, the ‘70s Canadian wrestler Rocky Johnson. In similar fashion, James Bond conjures thoughts of Berettas, martinis and…
Sep
26
2015
Volume
3-6
Published in Features
The 4th of October 1965, Day One – The ‘Alberta Vocational Centre, Fort McMurray’ (AVC), opened its doors and prepared to welcome the hordes of students eager to learn, thirsty for knowledge and excited to prepare for a future in the most dynamic new industry in the world. There were…
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