Letter writers are right

Sometimes it’s the escape of the first few drops of water that signals the eventual collapse of a dike.


Looking good in leopard-print pants

When it comes to getting married, they say surviving the bachelor party is half the battle.


Assistant fails minister

What crosses your mind when a federal minister gets into hot water for misplacing a sensitive government document in one week, and then the next is unknowingly reported to be caught on a recording, commenting on the performance of a fellow minister?


Ottawa mismanaging auto sector and CWB

In February 2007, I wrote in this space about how even a modest downturn in new car sales would almost certainly lead to a massive government intervention in the auto industry, and that the resulting mismanagement would inevitably lead to even more financial problems for car makers and taxpayers alike.

MacIgnitor considered to be an industry leader

The early 1980s were very tough times economically in Central Alberta. New federal energy policies, followed by a sharp decline in world petroleum prices, sent the all-important oil and gas sector into a sudden and deep recession.


A no-risk investment

Sometimes, even when you win, you can’t win. The Lavesta Group, the landowners and others opposed to the building of a major power line through their property overcame huge hurdles when they quashed an application for a line to be built.


Wildrose offers change

Alberta’s Conservatives have governed this province since 1971. At times, such as when Peter Lougheed headed up the party, they provided pretty good government.


Who’s really blocking PM in Quebec?

In a just-published book titled Open & Shut: Why America Has Barack Obama and Canada Has Stephen Harper, columnist John Ibbitson of The Globe and Mail has a suggestion for the many Canadians who, like him, dream of a day when the House of Commons will be free of the Bloc Quebecois.


We need more degrees

Although educational attainment in Western Canada has been rising in recent years, it still has a long way to go to catch up with other parts of Canada and some of our international competitors


Beef up wildlife ranks

To the West Country slobs, venturing from their city dens on the long weekends into the pristine wilderness of the Eastern Slopes, then leaving behind a mini-landfill of garbage and devastation to sensitive wildlife habitat in their wake.

Tienanmen lives on

It would be child’s play to take out North Korea’s nuclear facilities in a single coordinated strike. The North Korean air force is not modern enough to stop US or Russian or even Chinese strike aircraft.

The lessons of having power

Conservatives and Canadians are clinging to steep learning curves. Three years into power, Conservatives are just getting the hang of government and Canadians are getting the lowdown on Conservatives.

Advice for deficit avoidance

The next time a politician casually mentions borrowing a billion dollars – or $50 billion for that matter – ask yourself this question: what would my family do?

Green jobs often require government subsidies

Some time ago, even before my mother-in-law was a baby, the so-called knowledge-based economy was born. It likely happened somewhere out on the sub-glacial Asian steppes, when some Pleistocene-era hunter became so skilled at making stone spear points that he was able to give up hunting, and instead swapped stone tools for all the mammoth steaks and sabertooth tiger rugs he could handle.

UN is our best hope

As the international community grapples with the latest thundering threats from North Korea, which for the second time in three years have been accompanied by a nuclear explosion, the principal forum is the United Nations.

Ignatieff popular, but it’s no slam dunk

According to a massive CBC poll made public on Monday, it took a ballooning federal deficit to give Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals a slight edge in national voting intentions last month.

Taser fiasco has damaged RCMP’s credibility

Since 2000, when B.C. became the first province to approve the use of Tasers by police, stun guns have been a readily available weapon for officers who want to disable a dangerous suspect without killing him.

Let’s rethink our schools

Schools shape our future as a society. They are the bedrock of a community: a place in which all of our futures are nourished and developed; a place where skills are taught, enabled and encouraged. We should all care about what happens in schools, even if we do not have children attending them.

Why is our beef coming from out of the country?

How many stereotypes can we smash in one moment? Elite, black female deigns to eat a slice of raw (heart) meat related to indigenous culture of Canada.

It’s the dollar, stupid

For Albertans, a strong Canadian dollar is a double-edged sword. On one hand, Albertans can vacation longer in Florida, gamble more in Las Vegas or get a steamin’ deal on a car just across the U.S. border. On the other hand, a high dollar means fewer bucks in the provincial treasury, placing pressure on an already high deficit. And, the larger the deficit, the more likely the province will implement spending cuts or tax hikes.