Archive for the ‘National Post’ Category

Weissenberger & Koch: The power of nationalism in Quebec

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Pierre-Karl Péladeau’s sudden entry as a Parti Québécois candidate tells us something about nationalism — something that politicians and many people in the Rest of Canada don’t seem to understand. Quite simply: tribe trumps. What could explain the decision by an ostensibly committed small-C conservative and/or libertarian business leader and public figure to run for [...]

A mountain of bureaucracy for B.C.’s Jumbo ski resort

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

From the November 27, 2012 comment page of the National Post: CALGARY — Perched atop Glacier Dome at 3,000 metres on the spine of B.C.’s Purcell Mountains, the skier first absorbs the dazzling, 360-degree view of glaciers, peaks and deep forested valleys, before pushing off in lovely powder snow and descending nearly 1,500 vertical metres [...]

The Great Crash of 2025

Monday, December 1st, 2008

From the editorial pages of the National Post, November 26, 2008: Before our society developed its phobias about looming dystopia, magazines used to depict an amazing future: cities of towering glass, jet packs zipping citizens around and cars that were sleek riffs on the Batmobile. Auto shows featured similar teasers – vehicles that went 500 [...]

Election thoughts

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

The late-game “comeback” of the Conservative Party suggests the preceding collapse discerned by the news media was more a case of wishing than thinking and evaluating. It certainly didn’t hurt that the markets were rebounding, nor that the government became much more visibly engaged in the financial situation during the last few days, nor that [...]

Driven to Distraction

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

My Open Range column from the July 2008 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: By any comparison, our roads have become a national disgrace It took three Roman legions barely six years to move 1.3 million cubic metres of rock and turf by hand and build Hadrian’s Wall, 80 Roman miles across the top of Britain. [...]

Short Hiatus?

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Dear Readers, As MrK and I are both on holidays until July 23rd, and I can’t guarantee either of us will be diligent enough to blog on the road, please be warned that you may see nothing new for the next week or so. If relaxation and endless road miles are insufficient for us, perhaps you [...]

Council of Canadians: to the left of Barack Obama

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

I’ve found that ignoring groups like the Council of Canadians makes for a better state of mental health. Its brew of presumption – the name itself suggesting that anyone who disagrees is not quite a legitimate citizen of this country – exaggeration, falsehood and reflexive positioning on the wrong side of virtually every aspect of the [...]