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A matter of integrity

If anyone enjoys the cut and thrust of partisan debate, it would be two former Wildrose MLAs from Central Alberta, Joe Anglin and Kerry Towle.

Anglin has been regarded as sort of a lone wolf for some time now, so it’s fitting that if he could not sit as a member of the Wildrose Party for which he was first elected, he would sit as an independent. READ

A real-time movie plot

Here’s the bare bones of a movie plot I’ve dreamed up. OK, I didn’t dream it up — as you can see from the headlines, this is actually happening. READ

Not business as usual

If you think governments or political parties don’t listen to their critics, you need to pay attention to what came out of the two provincial party meetings held in Alberta over the weekend. READ

Security in a heartbeat

Would you pay $100 and tether yourself to an electronic device every day, just so you won’t have to remember the passwords and PINs to your various debit and credit cards, laptop, tablet, smartphone and all their apps? READ

Just voluntary slavery

Don’t you find it odd (and ironic) how wealthy people can say that raising the marginal tax rate on the top 10 per cent of income-earners is theft and bad for the economy? READ

The Averages lose ground

Back in the day, as they say, when we were raising children and paying our mortgage, I might have liked Stephen Harper’s plan for family income splitting and the Universal Child Care Benefit. Not really thinking too hard about things, I might have even voted for it, and the Conservatives who have floated this plan. But I wonder if it would have got me ahead in the world. READ

Punishment fits crime

The case of self-admitted “arrogant pissant” Justin Bourque signals a new era for Canada’s criminal justice system, which now has the power to lock up killers and throw away the keys. READ

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. 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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