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Land of walking dead

“There are examples of species all over the world that are essentially the walking dead,” said Stanford University professor Paul Ehrlich. “We are sawing off the limb that we are sitting on.”

He was talking about the Sixth Extinction, the huge loss of species that is underway right now. It has been discussed in public before, of course, but what Ehrlich and other scientists from Stanford and Princeton universities and the University of California Berkeley have done is to document it statistically. READ

Invert economic pyramid

Recently, Mike Milke of the Fraser Institute wrote warning once again against government interference in wage levels, particularly against a minimum wage. In the past, he has warned against the temptation to raise taxes on the most profitable businesses and the top income-earners. READ

The Senate horror show

There will be some mighty tough times at the trough ahead. If not, the Canadian Senate can’t survive. Auditor general Michael Ferguson has lifted the manhole cover and exposed a Senate that makes its own rules, enforces them as it sees fit and decides to release information when it feels like it. READ

The numbers won’t lie

I’m betting there will be quite a few surprised people in Red Deer when the results from this summer’s trails use survey are made public. Considering how little hard information we have on trail usage, I’ll admit that one of the surprised people might be me. But I doubt it. READ

Ready for the inevitable

Of course, I have no insider’s access and I do not know what is said in cabinet meetings, but I suspect the Harper government already has a team of civil servants drafting a law to allow suffering and dying patients to request the help of a doctor to ease and aid their death. 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

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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