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Starting from scratch

Last August, when he was still an outsider wanting to get inside, Jim Prentice proposed a three-term limit for provincial MLAs. Now that he’s premier, that hasn’t been so much on the radar, much less the agenda.

But MLAs in all three major parties in our province have been doing a lot of that work for him. In the next provincial election, not one of the current party leaders will have fought a provincial campaign before, not as leader. READ

Medium and message

Communication is our business, not our practice. That’s one of the quotes I’ll always remember from the old days, back when newspaper types used to gather at provincial conferences to discuss their dark trade. READ

Tory optimism cooling

Stephen Harper may still seek to control the message, but so far in 2015, he has been unable to control events. As the prime minister surveyed this election year from afar, he and party strategists thought they had a winning hand. They may yet, but the Conservatives will have to play the cards they’ve been dealt, not the cards they expected to draw. READ

Living on table scraps

There’s poverty and there’s poverty, so the saying goes. When do-gooders talk about poverty in a place like Red Deer as a root cause of family breakdown, depression, drug addiction, crime and homelessness, do-nothings suggest the “poverty line” here is way too arbitrary. READ

Publish and be damned?

I haven’t been there often, but in this business, sooner or later you are going to offend someone. Fortunately, the consequences are most often a blow to the ego (a metaphorical punch-back in the nose) or financial (repent publicly or pay a fine). READ

Extracting some hard truths from Dalhousie mess

The University of Dalhousie’s school of dentistry finally announced on Monday that there will be a partial suspension of the 13 students, members of a “Gentleman’s Club,” for misogynist Facebook postings. That hardly makes them special, since the entire fourth-year dentistry class has yet to return from the Christmas break and get back to work. All other classes have already resumed, but school management is keeping the fourth-year class out for now. READ

Like dimes in a cash can

Around this time of year, I like to remind people to be a little charitable. Just a little. To decide to make gifts so small you don’t even notice them. If all of us did this, the cumulative power of many small donations to local charities can be extremely powerful. It only takes a mass acceptance that this is needed, and that it works. 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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