Archive for November, 2004

Overblown oil scare: The Terra Nova ‘disaster’ dims to insignificance in terms of oil volume release

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

The first victim of last week’s Terra Nova oil spill — we’ll call him “Rusty” pending notification of his next of kin — was med-evaced by helicopter 350 kilometres to St. John’s. The speedy response to Rusty’s perilous condition occurred with greater haste than many emergency surgeries provided your average Newfoundlander. However, the initial fears [...]

Alberta conservatives need these men

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Common is the lament that Alberta’s strange political culture &mdash which historically has given preference to de facto one party rule &mdash works against strong opposition parties, leading to stifling political conformity. Indeed, a substantial part of the oeuvre of several provincial commentators &mdash particularly at The Edmonton Journal &mdash is devoted to the idea [...]

Iraq is Vietnam in reverse: Parallels exist, but the order is different

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the French withdrawal from Hanoi. The last Foreign Legionnaires, Germans dragooned from postwar PoW camps, sang Lili Marlene as they boarded ship at Haiphong. The U.S. Marines who roared into Iraq last year–volunteers all–blasted Metallica from loudspeakers mounted on their tanks and helicopters. With the fighting in Iraq [...]

The Magic of Davos

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Click here to read travel article about how three freeriders were enchanted by a lifetime’s worth of adventure skiing in this tiny corner of Switzerland. Or visit Ski Canada magazine.

Is Castle Mountain really “Too big already”?

Sunday, November 14th, 2004

Click here to read column about development controversy surrounding Castle Mountain Resort in southern Alberta. Or visit Ski Canada magazine.

We’re paying — but we’re not watching

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

Billboards are news these days in Alberta. In some, Ralph Klein’s cagey smirk signals his provincial election call. Another set have been greeting weary commuters for the past couple of months, with a smile five feet wide and the boyish good looks of James-Olivier Durivage. A celebrated chocolatier, perhaps? A rising designer? A locked-out Calgary [...]