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Energy agenda loses steam

Just when Prime Minister Stephen Harper declined to join other world leaders on the podium of the United Nations climate change summit, the climate for his ambitious energy agenda continued to deteriorate across Canada.

l In New Brunswick, voters pushed pause on the development of the province’s shale gas industry, declining to buy into its economic potential until more is known about its environmental impact. READ

Hong Kong protests test China’s resolve

The crowds of protesters in the streets of Hong Kong continue to grow, and they have spread beyond Central (the business district) to Kowloon and Causeway Bay. The police are already using tear gas and pepper spray, and rubber bullets will be next. READ

We are living in the dark

What should we make of the tear-stained apology given by the prime minister’s parliamentary secretary for his bizarre behaviour last week in the House during question period? Was Paul Calandra’s apology sincere or an attempt to downgrade his circus performance into mere soap opera? READ

Blue Dot Movement rolls across Canada

As an elder, I’ve watched Canada and the world change in many ways, for better and worse. Thanks in part to cheap energy and technological growth, the human population has more than tripled, from 2.2 billion in 1936 when I was born to about seven billion today. READ

Social media busts crime

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Nooooo, it’s Super Social Media! — the crime-fighting hero cracking down on stolen vehicles in Red Deer. And fighting crime around the world. A new Facebook page, Red Deer Stolen Vehicles, has joined the Internet detective forces springing up across North America to catch the bad guys. And it’s getting results, according to a recent account in the Advocate. READ

Who will show leadership on climate change?

The news on climate change keeps getting worse, yet Canada continues to keep its head buried in the (oil) sand. There is now no hope of meeting our international commitment to lower annual greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 by 17 per cent below the 2005 level. In fact, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has never even tried to keep its promise. READ

An imperfect but workable Afghanistan

“We have to recognize that Afghanistan will not be a perfect place, and it’s not America’s responsibility to make it one,” said President Barack Obama last May. No, it isn’t, and Afghanistan is a strikingly imperfect society in almost every respect: politics, economy, security and human rights. READ

Coming in from the cold

We Canadians are not perfect. Among our flaws, we say “Sorry” too much, say “Have a great day” too much, hold doors open to strangers too often. And, while it hasn’t been documented, it’s been reported some us say “Thank you” to banking machines. READ

Rising from the ashes

One doesn’t have to cast back very far to the time when the future of the tarnished Liberal brand in this country could reasonably be questioned. READ

Gap in the TFW logic

Red Deer city council got it right with their extraordinary resolution calling to place foreign worker issues onto the agenda of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association annual convention. READ

Worst to come in Scotland?

A week ago, the Kurdistan Times warned that “the British are exercising the old colonialist tongue to control the minds and dampen the aspirations of Scottish people who want to vote Yes (to independence).” And lo! It came to pass just as the Kurdistan Times predicted. The silver-tongued colonialists lured the Scots into voting No, and by a fairly healthy margin, too: 55 per cent No, 45 per cent Yes. READ

Smarter government needed

As the lead-into the 2015 federal election campaign, the Harper government is counting on next year’s budget and its array of goodies in the hope that we’ll show our gratitude by re-electing Conservative MPs. READ

More judges needed for justice to be served

Two years ago, an Ontario Superior Court Justice slammed the Canadian justice system, saying lengthy court delays are eroding our rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But apparently nobody was listing — and still is not listening, as witnessed Monday in Red Deer’s Court of Queens’s Bench when Justice Monica Bast entered a stay of proceedings in a case of three people charged in a home invasion. READ

Coalition of the unwilling

“If Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons,” said Winston Churchill in 1941, defending his decision to regard Stalin as an ally after Germany invaded the Soviet Union. READ

‘Islamic States’ on growth curve

A coalition of imams and organizations representing British Muslims has written British Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to stop using the phrase “Islamic State” when talking about the new country carved out of Iraq and Syria by Islamist terrorists. That’s what Abu Baqr al Baghdadi, who has proclaimed himself “the caliph of all Muslims and the prince of the believers,” calls his newly conquered territory, but it’s giving ordinary Muslims a bad name. READ

Harper, Duffy face off

Does Stephen Harper lay awake at night fearing Mike Duffy? Should he? First, consider the alternative. Does Mike Duffy lay awake at night in Prince Edward Island fearing jail time? Should he? READ

Harper in election mode

On a day when the House of Commons reopened after a three-month break, the prime minister picked a venue a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill to preach to the converted. READ

Canada: The land of opportunity

Without a doubt, it was the happiest place in Red Deer on Wednesday. READ

Scotland pushes U.K. to the brink

If the Scots vote “yes” to independence on Thursday, as one opinion poll now suggests they will, three things are likely to happen in the following week. READ

Why the big secret?

If you had a wealthy, powerful friend who constantly lied to you, spied on you and selectively applied arbitrary rules of engagement against you in secret, would you marry that person? READ

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