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Weighing our options

The four Alberta byelections on Monday were a major win for now-elected Premier Jim Prentice. Prentice now also has both an elected education minister and health minister — and a mandate to continue the Progressive Conservative Party dynasty in this province.

The byelection results were a loss for the Opposition Wildrose Party. Not as disastrous a loss as may seem (though repeating this result in a general election would be a disaster for the party). But enough for leader Danielle Smith to see the need to convene a leadership review. READ

Taking on Internet trolls

The reason we cherish the concept of free speech is the same reason we also have libel laws: people disagree. On everything. Isaac Newton’s law says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It applies as much to opinions as to physics. Where opinions clash, sometimes truth emerges. But often there is only wreckage. READ

A state worse than death

Is there a state of life that’s worse than death? A lot of people — a large majority of Canadians, in fact — think so. That’s why about 84 per cent of poll respondents recently agreed that a doctor should be able to help terminally ill patients end their own lives, under certain well-defined conditions. READ

The revolution will eat its children

There was a time, as recently as 25 years ago, when military staff colleges around the world taught a reasonably effective doctrine for dealing with terrorism. Then it was forgotten, but we need it back. It would be especially useful in dealing with the terrorist state that has recently emerged in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. READ

Our role in a new war

It’s pretty well a done deal: Canada will go to war — in a limited way, at first anyway — in the Middle East. The majority of government MPs in Ottawa will see to that rather quickly. The promise to consult and debate the proposal regarding our active combat role in the fight against the terrorists in ISIL was concluded in one day, Friday. READ

Profitable pot revolution

When actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper hit the road on their choppers in the counterculture film Easy Rider, they cruised onto the big screen at the heart of the rise of recreational drug use, with marijuana at its epicentre. READ

Canadian workers first

Almost 30 years at her job apparently wasn’t enough to prevent Sandy Nelson from being replaced by the Harper government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. READ

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