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Auditor plan wasteful
Both the federal and provincial governments have auditors general to scrutinize their books, not just to see if the numbers balance but to rule on whether taxpayers are getting value for money.
G8 moving enough on climate change?
The world’s richest countries appear to be taking climate change seriously. At their recent meeting in L’Aquila, Italy, G8 countries agreed that global warming should not exceed two degrees Celsius, on average, over the pre-industrial temperature.
Corrupt politics means Kurds lose, again
It was a triumph of democracy. On July 25, in a free election, Iraq’s Kurds finally elected a real opposition party to their regional parliament.
Learning to respect law
To all those who have contributed funds into a program that will see an RCMP officer assigned to full-time duties visiting schools and students in Trochu, Elnora and Delburne.
Carbon capture’s cost
Addressing the critical problem of carbon dioxide emissions is a shared responsibility. To cast blame on industry and government is to ignore the average person’s role in creating pollution.
Safety message being heard
The only sure bet on Alberta’s roads and highways is that there is no sure bet.
Nortel is too valuable to lose
For Conservatives gathering here tomorrow for their summer strategy session, the simmering controversy over the bankruptcy sale of Nortel Networks poses a puckish question: Is it reasonable to expect a minority federal government to walk and chew gum at the same time?
Where the VLT argument fails
Rocky Mountain House pub owner Jim Pogson needn’t be the only person disappointed in the recent vote over keeping VLT gambling out of town. When you talk about video lottery terminals and participatory democracy, there’s plenty of disappointment to go around.
Assessing Taser’s risk
Of course there is a risk to the public when police use conductive weapons like the Taser, just as there is risk associated with using pepper spray, batons, guns — or even hand-to-hand takedowns. There is no technique for arresting a person who does not want to be arrested that does not involve a level of risk.
Discretion, like politeness, should be at heart of bylaw enforcement
The era of good behaviour is upon us everywhere — first Red Deer, then Sylvan Lake and now the Red Deer River.
Pulling plug on CHCA
The demise of CHCA-TV has seemed certain for more than two years — and perhaps even longer if local programming and staffing decisions are any indication.
Dawe, Gross honoured
The Red Deer’s likable guru of Central Alberta history, Michael Dawe, who is one of 11 Western Canadians to receive the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.
The plastic bag puzzle
s the ubiquitous plastic bag a sign of pending environmental disaster?
Honduran crisis was not a coup
Honduras has been the centre of what most world governments and the media are calling a “military coup” on June 28. The international community wants to reinstate Manuel Zelaya as president.
Code of conduct a gag
Every business, profession or public service — and all the workers within them — operate under codes of conduct.
The new space race
Exploration is often inspired by politics, and certainly the quest for space travel in the last 50 years has been driven by political desire.
Climate change: Two cheers for two degrees
This is how the human race does business. What the G8 summit in Italy decided to do about climate change earlier this monthwas much less than is necessary, but the very best that a realist could have hoped for.
Stelmach rules by decree
How much power is enough for our Alberta government? Apparently, the government no longer feels a need for even lip service to the democratic process or constituency representation.
Greens offered choice
There wasn’t much left to mourn when the Green Party of Alberta deregistered as a political party last week.
Visas no substitute for policy
There’s bleak humour in Jean Chretien joining the Queen’s honour roll just as asylum seekers again tug at the nation’s sleeve. Giving problems time to solve themselves was among the former prime minister’s favoured, and often successful, tactics. A chronically dysfunctional refugee review system is one result.