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 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 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

Editorial for Saturday, August 22, 2015-Week 3 of the Federal Election: A Mad Guy Became A Meme.

A brief note: Canadian taxpayers are footing the bill for this extremely long, thus expensive, election. When you have to pay back your shiny new child benefit in taxes next April, remember that your money bought Mr. Harper his nice, … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, August 8-Analysis of A Debate… that no one cares about, few saw and no one will remember by October

If you watched the Maclean’s/Rogers leaders debate Thursday evening, you can see why the rest of the candidates don’t want Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, included in their other debates: She’d beat them. Again. In spite of the Prime Minister’s … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, April 4, 2015: Message to Young People: Don’t Get Mad, Get Voting

A study by Samara, an organization trying to increase civic engagement, shows that politics is so repellent that young people are disengaging from democracy—they won’t vote now and they possibly never will. The study says young potential voters believe politicians … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, May 17, 2014– The Names Are Different, But That’s About It

Mr. Mulcair was outmaneuvered by the Conservatives and wound up having to appear before the Procedure and House Affairs Committee on Thursday, where he was asked to explain why salaries for employees working in NDP offices outside Ottawa were paid … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, April 19, 2014–Danielle Smith’s Selective Outrage

Albertans are outraged at the mis-use of government planes by Alison Redford. At least, that’s what Danielle Smith tells us. She tells us—often–that she knows that we’re all outraged by the many and various ways that the Conservatives have wasted … Continue reading

Governments, Politics and Corporate Wet Work

When transnational companies don’t like a situation, they will arrange to have it fixed. If people have to die in droves, no problem. That’s just the cost of doing business. And it’s a scenario that has played out, fairly successfully … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, September 7, 2013– The Economy Needs a Boost, So the US Needs a War

The Yankees want to attack Syria because, they claim, Assad is using nerve gas on his own citizens. Not that hard to believe given that Mr. Assad is a bad man, and has been a bad man for a very … Continue reading