Opinion

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E-mail no mere oversight

To the federal government lawyer and the RCMP for the late disclosure last week of damning evidence at the Robert Dziekanski tasering death inquiry.

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Why keep us in the dark?

If you lived in British Columbia, you’d be able to find out how your local hospital measures up against others in the province.

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Bike lanes needed

City cyclist John Johnston is taking the “nice guy” approach in bringing cycling safety issues into public focus in Red Deer. It’s a good place to start and his timing is right, giving civic leaders just over a year to hear the chatter before the next civic election.

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Tight reins choke Parliament

It’s well known that a healthy democracy needs oxygen, daylight and the not-so-gentle patter of constructive dissent. Less understood is that it can’t thrive without space.

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Taxpayers deserve truth

The federal government is refusing to reveal the anticipated future cost of the war in Afghanistan on the grounds that doing so would threaten our national security.

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Let’s make parenting an acceptable career choice

Everyone is in a flap about Alberta Finance Minister Iris Evans’ remark that only way to “properly” raise children is for one parent to stay home and one to go to work. But everyone is ignoring the central problem.

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When leaders get along

Sometimes, politicians actually have better foresight than voters. Let’s not make a rule of that just yet, but the agreement between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff not to let a non-confidence vote end the current minority government this summer isn’t just about giving Canadians a summer away from politics.

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Loose lips sink reputations

Politicians tend to get in trouble when they stray from their carefully prepared scripts. Such was the case last week when Alberta’s finance minister made some controversial remarks after delivering what was probably a pretty conventional speech about this province to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto.

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Demonstrations troubling

The rules for street demos are different in Iran.

Ignatieff, Harper win by dodging vote

All Michael Ignatieff has really wanted since Monday is a fig leaf to justify his continued support of the minority Conservative government.

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Heroes saved boaters

To the two boaters who were recently honoured with a Governor General’s award for saving three missing anglers from the frigid waters of Gull Lake.

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Get real, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin has been the butt of many jokes since she became the Republican Party’s vice-presidential nominee for the 2008 United States presidential election.

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Left-leaning groups miss hard reality

As I’ve tried to illustrate recently, there is a very real disconnect between the socialist agenda of the global warming alarmists and hard realities of the world.

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Democracy immature here

Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Swann may be overstating his case, but he does have a point. He says that democracy is dead in Alberta. However, if that were true, he would have to agree that it’s rather pointless for him to say so.

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Power to the people, pedal style

The recent proposal to build more power lines in Alberta is an example of the wrong-headed consumptive thinking that is destroying our planet. The only difference is that this time we are talking about something we can’t see — electrical power.

Outcome in Mulroney-Schreiber case hazy

In a court of law, Justice Jeffrey Oliphant would likely dismiss a case against Brian Mulroney at this juncture.

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Control lake projects

The price of autonomous decision making by lakeshore municipalities in Central Alberta may be too high.

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Mercy essential to justice

The federal government has floated a proposal to eliminate the faint-hope clause for killers.

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Syncrude’s about-face

When one of Canada’s pre-eminent corporate citizens publicly apologizes for the deaths of hundreds of ducks, then months later mulls mounting a constitutional challenge to charges related to those deaths, what are we to think?

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Angel rescues a family

To the mystery man who appeared out of nowhere, handed a needy family of wad of cash, then disappeared just as fast.

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