August 2014

There are 10 blog entries for August 2014.

School is upon us, and that means crunch time for parents. Not only do they have to worry about preparing for school, but also have the extra burden of all the running that it brings with it. School supplies and back to school clothing can get pricey, but there is also the added cost of allowing children to partake in sports.

Not only is there a registration fee, you also have to worry about all the equipment that you will have to buy for them to play. Sports ends up being an option that many parents cut out because of financial hardship.

However, this can hinder a child in a lot of ways. As sports are an important part of their growth and development. It can help them stay fit, build confidence, learn the value of a team, as well as learn to

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Open houses are enjoyed by those who are looking to buy, as well as those who are just curious to see the inside of a home. There is a certain etiquette that you should follow when attending an open house. Here are some pointers to follow when you decide to take a peek inside a home.

Real Estate Agent

The real estate agent typically holds an open house. When approaching the door, never assume the person on the other side is an agent, as it could possibly be the seller, another potential buyer, a neighbour, or even a buyer's agent. At an open house, it is not necessary to knock on the door, unless there is a posted sign that ask you to do so. You can simply walk on in.

Listing Agent

Real estate is a busy market, and because of this, the listing

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It is not uncommon for a seller to want to see proof of funds from someone who is interested in buying their home. The proof of funds serves as evidence that you actually have the money to pay both the down payment and any closing fees associated with buying the house.

Many sellers want to see this proof of funds before they will agree to sell the home for you. Unfortunately, a preapproval letter from a lender is not always enough.

Their Listing Agent Told Them To

Almost all sellers are going to demand some sort of proof of funds from someone who is buying their home with cash. This is because their listing agent would have told them that they should keep the house on the market until they see proof of funds. Until you can show proof of funds,

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There are many reasons to invest in a City Centre for Fort McMurray. Here are four of the most important.

Reason #1 – There Is A Need For It

Based on demographics and the higher incomes now in the area there is a need for this type of urban core. In the 2012 census it showed the region had a population of 119,500. That's a 7.25% increase since 2001. According to the Municipal Development Plan the population is expected to reach 230,000 by 2030. The great thing about the area is it is full of young people who have higher than average incomes. This means they have more money to spend which makes a City Centre a smart choice.

Reason #2 – There Will Be More Opportunities

If you live in the Fort McMurray area you will have access to Keyano College.

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Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/woodhead/7994022220The quality of life in Fort McMurray is actually very, very good. Let's start by talking about economic opportunities in the area. If you are an entrepreneur you will love this place. Ideas truly flourish here. With so many families deciding to make City Centre their home the opportunities are limitless. There is a strong demand for entertainment, restaurants, retail stores and so much more.

If you have ever dreamed of being your own boss this is the perfect place to make it happen. There is so much demand for new business in the area. If you need a little help check out the Entrepreneurship Initiative. This is a program put together by City Centre McMurray with the sole purpose of helping small business owners get the ball rolling. Besides restaurants

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Just this past year, Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo has broken ground on tops of different programs, community outreaches, and events. It seems as if this association has no signs of stopping with the development and the growth in the near future either.

So, what exactly is new with this association anyway?

The Programs

International Cookery: This is one of the more successful programs hosted by this organization. The program takes place one Saturday morning every single month.

Cross-Cultural Parenting Program: This is a program that runs two times every year: once in the spring and once in the fall. The goal of the program is to sponsor as many as 20 different diverse families.

After-School Tutorial Program (ASTP): This is a

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At first, a lot of people didn't really see what the big deal was when Fort McMurray made the announcement of a change. What was this change? Commercial growth. The very first steps this province would have ever made towards commercial expansion. The residents were initially not phased. After all, what's the big deal?

What's The Big Deal?

The lack of reaction to the government's motion to commercial growth in Fort McMurray is part of the problem. The lack of reaction and response means that the residents and businesses have no interest in commercial growth. Not necessarily that they have no interest, but that they don't understand why it would benefit the community. These are problems that need to be fixed. This is why the community will have to

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Fort McMurray is one of the places in Canada proud to have a number of reclamation sites people can visit. When visiting reclamation sites, you can do various things like bird watching, taking pictures of amazing stone sculptures and understanding the history behind each land.

All of the reclamation sites listed below have completed the reclamation process, which involved proper monitoring, which took years of work, before they were able to establish success in the ecosystem of the sites.  Here’s a quick look at some of the best reclamation sites found throughout the Fort McMurray area.

Wood Bison Gateway & The Matcheetawin Trails

This reclaimed 50 hectares of land is one that Fort McMurray is proud to have. Visitors can take pictures of massive

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Breast Cancer AwarenessIf you’re looking to donate to, get help from, or volunteer at a charitable organization in Fort McMurray, you have many options to choose from. There are charitable organizations that benefit children, families, individuals with illnesses, and even the environment.

Fort McMurray Center of Hope

Center of Hope located at 1 McLeod Street in downtown Fort McMurray is a charitable organization that assists the homeless in becoming self-sufficient. They welcome all homeless individuals into their facility during daytime hours and provide them respect, support, understanding, and guidance toward rebuilding their lives.

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club is an organization that offers kids and young adults a safe and supportive place where

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Save the DateThis coming August, the RRC or the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo is pleased to announce that there are two of the most awaited concerts happening in Fort McMurray. Make sure to mark your calendars for Tim Hicks on August 16, 2014 and August 30, 2014 for the Plain White T's. Here are the details for both concerts.

Tim Hicks with Special Guest Tebey

Mark your calendar on August 16, 2014, because Country 93.9 is presenting Tim Hicks with special guest Tebey to perform live in a much awaited concert, where they are set to perform at the Nexen Field House located at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre.

Hicks is expected to perform some of his titles including a popular hit from his debut record entitled "Get By".

Tim Hicks is one

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