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Sympathy for oilpatch?
Have you noticed that Canadians seem to care surprisingly little about the bombings in northeastern B.C. targeting EnCana Corporation, North America’s largest natural gas producer?
Happy birthday, Mr. Walkman
One of the amusing aspects of society’s current interest in nature and personal fitness is to walk through a quiet forest in the city parks system (Kin Kanyon and the forest area along the river near Heritage Ranch come to mind) and be surrounded by the beautiful trees and mossy undergrowth, to see fit, happy people striding or jogging through — with earbuds firmly planted, listening to music as they go.
Canadians truly have a lot to celebrate
We often write about the challenges facing Canada – the lack of a credible plan to address climate change, the overreliance on tar sands to fuel our energy needs and economy, the snail’s pace with which we work to protect endangered species and their habitat, including iconic wildlife like polar bears and caribou.
True Canadian identity
To local Canada Day organizers and the thousands of Central Albertans who gathered at various community events to salute Canada’s 142nd birthday.
Jacko: saint or sinner?
There’s obviously an insatiable public curiosity about the late Michael Jackson. Since he died suddenly and unexpectedly last week at age 50, the media has jumped on the story with a vengeance.
Alberta faces many tough choices
The problem with having a great party is that there comes a point when it has to end. And the wilder the excesses, the more wicked the hangover.
Nobody had a plan
Just as Calgary was abandoning work to celebrate Stampede Week, then-premier Ralph Klein breezed into town wearing a white Stetson, to declare Alberta debt-free. It was a stunt, of course, because there still was a little bit of debt outstanding. But a special bank account had been created, with just enough money in it to pay the last of the bills, as they came due.
No need for thought police
People who make their living in the sphere of public comment — journalists, politicians, poets and stand-up comics — need to be reminded from time to time that expressing a minority opinion is not a crime. At least not yet.
Woman’s death angers many
The grisly video of 26-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan dying in a Tehran street, shot down by a government thug, has already been seen by millions of Iranians.
Let’s pray the dispute in Iran ends peacefully
I was waiting for my bus in downtown Vancouver the other night when an unconventional gathering grabbed my attention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.