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Prepare for a big uptick in ticks

Traditionally, it’s this time of the year many Central Albertans start the routine of applying gobs of insect repellent to ward off those pesky, blood-sucking mosquitoes. READ

Conservatives learning a new game

It’s apparent that all the world’s a Justin Trudeau stage and all the (other) men and women merely players. He’s essentially kicking the ball on the pitch by himself, with no goalkeepers to stop him. READ

War against diversity in Alberta schools

A group of Albertans has launched a campaign to protect “parental rights” and, if you don’t look too carefully, it might make a bit of sense. After all, what parent doesn’t want to know what their child is learning, to have conversations about what is happening socially and culturally in school, and to help guide children through the minefield of peer pressure? READ

Albertans must accept new normal

Plenty of Albertans push back from any suggestion of global warming as if they were being served a dish of raw bitumen, garnished with coal shavings. READ

Damage must stop to Eastern Slopes

There’s a “perfect storm” brewing along of our precious Eastern Slopes at the hands of off-highway vehicle drivers recklessly opening up deep wounds in the environmentally fragile landscapes READ

Ditch the meat, save the earth

Let’s put an end to all this nonsensical arguing about climate change. To quote a recent Facebook rant by Arnold Schwarzenegger, “I don’t give a damn if you believe in climate change. I couldn’t care less if you’re concerned about temperatures rising or melting glaciers. It doesn’t matter to me which of us is right about the science. 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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