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Piecemeal construction projects cost taxpayers too much money
The biggest road project the city has yet to see hinges on city, provincial and federal governments having the vision and courage to build today for tomorrow.
Crime costs everyone
It is interesting to note that after months of frustration with having to live with a drug house on their Inglewood street, when shots were fired, only one person dialed 911.
Real-world tech solution for Africa
Perhaps an ancestor’s invention holds a key While commenting on the Pope’s stand against condoms as a solution for Africa, I never thought I would find myself immersed in the subject. But here I am.
Pirates have little call on our sympathy
The United States Navy has more than half the major warships in the world, and there is a pirate threat off the Somali coast. Now that the US Navy has killed three of those pirates in order to free Richard Phillips, the kidnapped captain of an American ship, these two facts are coming together in a promising way.
Potters Hands keep busy
The operators of Potters Hands, who are reaching out once again to help the needy in Red Deer.
Wasting an opportunity
The lull in economic growth has created a rare opportunity to manage future expansion in Central Alberta.
Put parks protection first
Conservationists have good reason to be nervous about the province’s planned announcement next week of its long-awaited parks plan.
In pursuit of ice dreams
Being a hockey fan at this time of year is a lot like reading headlines about economic turmoil.
Will Liberals never learn?
About 100 days ago, Canada’s federal Liberals appeared to be making progress. They’d just dumped unpopular party leader Stephane Dion and replaced him with a slightly more charismatic egghead, Michael Ignatieff.
American president appears to have little appetite for fighting climate change
“We want to be in (the new UN climate pact), we want to be pragmatic, we want to look at the science,” said Jonathan Pershing, the head of the U.S. delegation, during the talks on cutting greenhouse gas emissions in Bonn last week.
The white man won the global lotto
A couple of summers ago, we hosted a young Israeli couple. It was hilarious to see these two, straight from their compulsory army service – where they had learned many survival skills to find themselves “lost in the Canadian woods” with no cellphone coverage.
Ethics adviser a champ
To John Jones, the technical adviser to the ethics committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, who quit Thursday over controversial corporate sponsorship of the cops’ annual conference last year.
WestJet or Air Canada?
Airline analysts have speculated for months about the possibility of Air Canada filing for bankruptcy protection.
Surprised by the deficit? You shouldn’t be
Shocking, isn’t it? The Alberta government — the richest government in all the land — is running a deficit.
Albertans furious about deficit budget
The Alberta government set about selling a budget with a multibillion-dollar deficit Wednesday to a crotchety constituency that has grown used to massive oil-fuelled surpluses.
Budget penalizes taxpayers
There are enough conflicting messages contained in the Alberta budget to leave the average taxpayer dazed and confused for a week.
We don’t need newspapers, we need news
Arguing that newspapers are dead makes about as much sense as arguing that rotary dial telephones are dead: It’s pointless.
Blame ourselves for recession
Back in October, Jeff Rubin looked at the housing meltdown and found that it didn’t fully explain the global recession that was then forming.
Risks fall on producers
If Alberta had a planned economy, you’d have to say the plan has worked out exceedingly well. That is, if you happen to be a transnational corporation doing business in either of the province’s two top industries, energy and agriculture.
Possible gang involvement worrisome
The explosion of gunfire in a quiet Red Deer neighbourhood on the weekend has awakened the community in more ways than one.