The Sniff Test for Thursday, February 16, 2017

The laughable and largely invented dustup over M-103—the motion in the House of Commons to recognize and quell the “increasing climate of hate and fear”–is invented as a political opportunity on all sides. We already have laws that deal with … Continue reading

Women’s March: Medicine Hat

Editorial–So… Jane Fonda. So What?

Jane Fonda came to Alberta the other day to tell the world that the tar sands harvest causes environmental destruction…which is not news. Whether or not you care about the deaths of thousands of migrating birds, for example, you have … Continue reading

Editorial for Week Of July 8, 2016: See Donald Run–and why he can win.

The militarization of domestic police forces, whose only enemies are the citizens who paid for those weapons, is an interesting result of conservative politicians kowtowing to the white and paranoid who fund their re-elections. (We might want to take note … Continue reading

Opinion Piece for the Week of May 9, 2016: Fort McMurray’s Fire Brings out the Best…and the Worst of Twits

Twitter is the gossip grapevine we love to hate when we’re trying to be respectable. But, really, we genuinely love the immediacy, the unguarded bluntness, the delicious sense of ungoverned gossip. Today when things happen, we’ve “heard it from a … Continue reading

Air France Throws Women’s Rights Under the Wheels for A Chance to Make Money in Tehran

Air France recently decreed that its female employees–this is a French corporation based in the West, mind you–must now wear headscarves as part of their uniform when disembarking in Tehran.  The women are understandably upset. The company says it has … Continue reading

Editorial for the week of April 16, 2016–Political Correctness, Alberta Style

The federal NDP passed a motion to talk about the Leap Manifesto. (They also punished Thomas Mulcair for failing to fall on his sword by sticking one right between his shoulder blades, but that’s a different column.) You may have … Continue reading

Editorial for Monday, April 4, 2016–Reality TV, For Real–With Wieners and Losers

Once again, the USA has unzipped for the world to witness its election. And how fun it is! The Republicans are attracting the most attention just now because, like most voters in most democracies, the Uninformed prefer to watch people … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, November 28, 2015- Objections to Refugees

There seem to be four loud objections to the 25,000 Syrian refugees coming to Canada: 1) we should be looking after our own homeless people; 2) they’re just ‘migrants’ looking for a better life, not ‘refugees’ fleeing for their lives; … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, November 14, 2015–The Trudeau Win

Weeellll, I didn’t see THAT coming. Watching the pundits and the parties sift through the entrails has been fun, too. Stephen Harper stood up election night, said the loss was his fault, then disappeared.  He resigned the leadership–fair enough–but calls … Continue reading