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Engineering real change

When was the last time you heard a politician say something interesting during an internal party leadership campaign?

If you’re not a keen follower of politics and policy, the most likely answer is: not ever. READ

Undecided on Michener

Of the candidates campaigning to become leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party and our next premier, Jim Prentice happens to be the only one who makes sense on the issue of what’s to become of Michener Centre. He says he’s undecided. READ

An economic case for gimme gimme

I don’t generally like debates in print between individuals. I say readers ought to have the last word. Exceptions can be made, though, when the public record needs correcting. READ

The final parade

In a few days, the future leadership of our country will suit up for the last time at the Royal Canadian Air Cadet camp at Springbrook. READ

Lament for lost bike lane

Early this summer, city road crews brought out their grinder and erased the lines and road symbols on the bike lane on 39th Street. Just one more overpayment on the so-called $800,000 pilot project looking to examine solutions for safe, accessible bike commuter transit in the city. The money was spent, expensive lines were painted — and more expensively erased — but the pilot project itself never really existed. Other than the torrent of online rants to the city’s website and calls of outrage to city staff and councillors about the project, no data was collected. READ

Ironic hand of government

The opposition Wildrose Party calls it “blatant dishonesty,” a “flat-out lie,” that the provincial government quietly granted its senior managers in the civil service the same rate of pay raise that they negotiated with their unionized workers — a year and five months after announcing a three-year wage freeze. READ

Politics or public service

A couple of years ago, journalists connected to WikiLeaks revealed a trove of information on hundreds of wealthy Canadians who may (or may not) be hiding piles of cash in offshore bank accounts in order to evade paying their taxes. 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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