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Misuse of gambling profits
The oilpatch is in the crapper. The Edmonton Journal had a front-page photo of oilfield workers in Nisku holding a trophy, the top of which featured a steel commode, no doubt fashioned by oilfield fabricating equipment.
No need for flu panic
Large parts of the world reacted to the swine flu outbreak with a typical lack of stoicism.
Let’s tax junk food to fund health care
Universal health care, as it is provided now in Canada, is unsustainable if we consider the changing demographics of baby boomers becoming a tsunami of seniors.
Conservatives need to overcome vulnerabilities
It’s time, my friends, to have a frank talk. It’s time for conservatives to take a long, hard, look at certain issues.
Tougher laws needed
In 1976, a fictitious, outraged TV news anchor Howard Beale, at wits end over the lawlessness in the United States and the disregard for human order, launched a diatribe in his broadcast encouraging viewers to swing open their windows and scream: “I am mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
Lessons in democracy
The people who lined up to criticize health-care changes for seniors have done an excellent job of organizing, research and public education.
Who says that men are worse than women?
While reading Chapter 1 of The Psychology of Women I was struck by the vast array of diversity within the psychology of women – white women, black women, lesbian black women, lesbian Mexicana handicapped Jewish women, Asian academic unmarried single mother women, and so on.
Emergency preparedness makes good sense in light of flu outbreak
I admit that I spent some time on the weekend preparing an emergency kit in the event disaster strikes — perhaps in the form of a full-fledged pandemic.
Drug sentences uneven
Even casual observers of the justice system know that drugs are at the root of the vast majority of court cases.
The dream of justice
“I don’t look like Halle Berry,” said Whoopie Goldberg in a recent interview. “But chances are, she’s going to end up looking like me.”
Parental alienation can tear a family apart
My dying mother waited in vain for the phone call from her adult grandchildren. They’d been part of a tangled, acrimonious divorce years earlier, yet they had kept a warm place in their hearts for my mom, until the end.
Why hunt sandhill cranes?
To the Alberta government, for even considering opening up a hunting season for the magnificent sandhill cranes.
Playing politics with smokes
Alberta’s government recently announced it’s going to crack down on the illegal sale of tobacco on Indian reserves and other locations where cigarettes are sold without charging the required taxes.
It’s time for Albertans to make some choices
Catchphrases from the past often serve as useful substitutes for wisdom. In my case, as I think about these uncertain economic times, the phrase that has been bouncing around in my head is the 1968 Rolling Stones classic, “You can’t always get what you want.”
Stephen Harper might quit before next election
With Conservative polling numbers pointing in the wrong direction, could Stephen Harper take a walk in the snow before the next election?
Nature vs. off-road drivers
For reasons unknown in the rational universe, Alberta tops North America (and probably the world) for sales of off-road vehicles. Alberta is also right up there in reports of deaths from the use of quads, ATVs and snowmobiles.
A new study suggests it pays to go to school. The Statistics Canada survey found that more than 80 per cent of college and university students who graduated in 2005 and did not pursue further studies had found full-time employment by 2007, while earnings generally increased by level of study.
Gang wars casting cloud over upcoming Olympics
With the 2010 Games opening ceremonies less than 10 months away, Vancouver’s Olympic glow is getting warmer.
Ski hill has big potential
Making the purchase of Canyon Ski and Recreation Area work will require deep pockets and an aggressive vision of the parks network in this region.
Visiting the United States is grand
A couple of Fridays ago, we backed the car out of the driveway and pointed it south-by-southwest and again were reminded that we live in a remarkable place and in a remarkable time.