All Stories

Good luck to Alberta’s new Environment Minister Jason Nixon and his ‘Made in Alberta’ notion for saving the woodland caribou. It sounds nice, that ‘made in Alberta’ slogan. But in terms of actual solutions, it’s pretty meaningless. What it might…

orking together when your views of certain things are so opposed. Take the corporate tax cuts in the Kenney government’s budget. The government says these are essential to getting back investment by businesses in Alberta. Investment brings jobs, more taxes…

One of the great advantages of municipal government is the absence of party politics. Differences in philosophy must exist within municipal councils, but for the most part, those stay in the background. Everybody who is elected works together for the…

Lots of westerners are predictably howling for separation, now that they didn’t get what they wanted. Politics is like that. You seldom get what you want, or all of what you wanted, and you have to settle down to the…

The McMillan Fire Complex was a result of arson. That was the news last week. Details are scarce, but if lightning can be ruled out, that leaves humans or a human as the cause. Does that necessarily mean arson? Couldn’t…

‘Did you vote for the right person?’ Yes. No. Maybe. Who knows? Politics is a crapshoot. Democracy has holes you can drive a large truck through, but it’s still better than all the other systems. Actually any system can work…

Barb Courtorielle of the Friendship Centre in Slave Lake is right when she says homelessness is a community problem. In other words – ours. Yours and mine. The world we live in includes people who need help staying alive. It’s…

The world is full of a number of things (as we keep saying), and one of them is climate change activism. Its counterpart is climate change skepticism. There’s all kinds of both swirling around and it makes you wonder how…

As Canadians, we are very used to the secret ballot. The cardboard booth, the pencil, the list of names and parties (which may or may not look familiar depending how closely you watched the election) and folding the slip of…

A community newspaper gets random mail. This includes the Alberta Teacher’s Association newspaper and Conservation. Sitting down and reading it can open new avenues of thought. The interesting thing about Conservation, a magazine put out by the Alberta Conservation Association,…

The Peace River – Westlock riding is massive. This is not news, or even surprising, but it is a challenge for the candidates. This means that the community election forum on October 3, might be the only opportunity to hear…

We’re full tilt into a federal election. The provincial election in Slave Lake got heated, to say the least. It was downright painful, however, political discussion doesn’t have to be violent and personal. Within movies there are various subgenres. One…

There’s a beautiful brick library in West Seattle. In the early 1990s, it was full of books and people reading. In 2012, it was a shell, with entire sections empty. Thankfully, this is not the case for the libraries in…

Governments take too much credit when the economy is good and too much blame when it isn’t. Their job when campaigning for re-election (or election, if they are out of power) is to convince voters that they have the answers…