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‘Social promotion’ failing students
As students head back to school, they and their parents will be unaware of a debate that rages in academia and among teachers: should teachers hold back (“fail” in common parlance) underperforming students to repeat a grade or is it better to promote them to the next grade with their peers?
Provincial spending cuts could hurt city
The recession monster has come home to roost at City Hall. That’s because the government of Alberta — faced with the unimaginable horror of having to control spending — is likely going to pull back more on infrastructure grants, which are crucial to municipalities.
Future not so easy to predict
The trouble with trends is that they never continue. Whenever statistics appear in a news story, someone is invariably asked to project conditions 10 years or more into the future.
More science needed on effects of genetically modifying food crops
In gearing up for the 2010 release of its super-genetically modified corn called “SmartStax,” agricultural-biotechnology giant Monsanto is using an advertising slogan that asks, “Wouldn’t it be better?” But can we do better than nature, which has taken millennia to develop the plants we use for food?
The fine taste of caring
To the organizers of the Red Deer Food Bank Mac and Cheese Luncheon, and the hundreds of local citizens who shared a meal and their money to help one of this community’s most fundamental causes.
Canada should be ashamed
We Canadians like to think of ourselves as good sports: honest and fair to people of all races, religions and creeds, etc. But could it be that we’re really no better than anyone else?
Ousted former president of Honduras may get his job back
Let us suppose that Manuel Zelaya, the ousted former president of Honduras, is an intelligent man with a good understanding of how politics works. Then the question is: what is his game? Because he started all this.
Beware backdoor privatization
The most glaring aspect about the swirl of numbers and rumours around the future of seniors health care in Alberta is the absence of a stated plan.
PM must grab G8 wheel or risk being run over
Stephen Harper is perfectly positioned to direct traffic at an historical intersection. As the host of next year’s G8 summit, the prime minister can set the speed for G20 countries as they travel from their meeting in Pittsburgh this week towards their final destination of a place among elite nations guiding the planet’s course.
Tax dollars often wasted
Do you sometimes question the way governments and public institutions spend your hard-earned dollars? If so, you’re not alone.
Chasing immature technology won’t pay
Back in 1906, the Brothers Stanley of the Stanley Motor Carriage Co. set a world speed record for steam-powered automobiles. Way back in the dusty dawn of the 20th century, they went 127 mph on 1906 wheels and 1906 tires on a 1906 road.
Health cuts made without input
The so-called “super” board has come up with a few quick fixes of late, to try to bring the health-care budget back into line.
Grizzly bears need habitat
If 10 oil technicians stomped around a confined bush area in the heart of Alberta’s grizzly bear country, and each spotted a bear, does that mean there are 10 grizzlies in that neck of the woods?
Good for Greenpeace
Greenpeace continues to draw attention to the environmental disaster associated with the development of the oilsands in Alberta.
Barking up the right tree
To the Red Deer and District SPCA, for yet another successful Bark at the Bend Fundraiser last weekend that saw at least $18,000 raised to help operate its new animal care facility.
Freedom 55 is mostly a myth
When the top 20 per cent of wage earners in Canada control 75 per cent of all household wealth, leaving a bare quarter of Canada’s wealth to be shared among the 80 per cent of the rest, you can see why so few people have any savings at all.
Afghanistan election a big fraud
Maybe it’s the relatively thin air up on those high plateaus that makes them foolish. First Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who would probably have won the second round in the presidential election in Iran anyway, cheated massively in order to win in the first round and avoid a run-off.
Feds not doing their job
This is an incredible fish story about a small minnow that roared.
Vancouver falls short of transit goal
It’s been a big month for the Kwantes boys. My son Evan started his first day in Grade 3. I experienced the first taste of my new commute.
A difference of intent
A number of readers have expressed outrage over my recent op-ed about torture and terror. which was sparked by Lee Giles’ editorial about the Obama administration’s investigation in the techniques used at Guantanamo Bay.