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Inside look at Colin Thatcher
Convicted killer and former Saskatchewan cabinet minister Colin Thatcher has written a new book that makes for compelling reading, indeed.
Casting criticism of Obama in a different light
Back when it started to become obvious that Barack Obama would, at the very least, campaign for the leadership of the Democratic Party for the 2008 election, many political observers in the United States wrote that an underlying problem with his candidacy was that open and honest criticism of this particular candidate would automatically be labelled as racism by his supporters.
Uphill pull for charities
The United Way is asking you to dig deeper into your pocket this year than ever before.
Investing in RDC pays off
It’s not surprising to see 10 per cent growth in enrolment at Red Deer College. Nor is it a shock to learn that every classroom on campus is in use — essentially meaning that if the college were to grow any further, new buildings would have to come up, fast.
Outdoor schooling should be encouraged
As our children and grandchildren head back to school it’s important to consider not just what we are teaching them but how we are teaching them. After all, the world is facing some incredible challenges, and today’s young people will be left to deal with many of them.
Does anyone want to vote?
For the fourth time in five years, politicians are clamouring for an issue to justify sending Canadians to the polls.
Beatles too greedy?
The Beatles are arguably the most important band in the history of pop music. They were true innovators in both song writing and using recording techniques that had seldom, if ever, been employed before.
What happened to competition?
When a government — any government but particularly one located in Alberta — makes a management or investment decision that doesn’t pan out, business rears up like a knight on a white charger to defend the exclusive right of private enterprise to make these decisions.
Who do charity drives really help?
A number of people hate my annual article about the Terry Fox Run. Sorry. It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.
Hit drunk drivers hard
It’s time for the Canadian courts, for once and for all, to make a ruling on repeat drunk drivers and consider them as dangerous offenders.
Bike lanes could save lives
A dark, grainy photo from a CTV news video reveals the stunned and haunted portrait of a man with a shattered life. Minutes earlier, he had been former Ontario attorney-general Michael Bryant, driving his SAAB convertible with his wife after celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary.
It sure was fun to work at CKRD-TV
I got my break in broadcasting at CKRD-TV. What fun it was!
The trail to discovery
To the troops of the Canadian Forces who are mobilizing in Central Alberta to help blaze the way for a portion of the Trans-Canada Trail.
Gas forecast big gamble
Iris Evans has a long-standing affinity for playing the odds.
Wildfires are a natural part of our world
Wildfires are a natural and even necessary phase of the eco-cycle in parts of the American West.
Senate reform abandoned?
The road to Senate reform (or abolishment) should not require detours through patronage, political posturing and handshakes with national icons.
Curious about the true cost of medicare?
The true cost of medicare for individuals and families in Canada is often misunderstood, with many thinking health care is either free or covered by what we pay for our respective provincial health insurance coverage. It is critically important however that Canadians understand the true cost of medicare.
Shifting balance of power
For a province that has only changed governments three times since 1905, we’ve spent a lot of time and money tweaking electoral boundaries. In fact, Alberta redraws its riding maps after every second election.
Leftists poised to triumph in Samoa
At last the tide has turned. After centuries of huge advances by the rightists, those who drive on the left finally have a victory to celebrate.
Rats deserve no mercy
Alberta’s much-celebrated status as a rat-free province may be in danger. That’s because a Norway rat was recently discovered in northeast Calgary. And where there’s one rat, there may well be others.