Archive for November, 2005

Don’t forget to check out

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Alert readers will have noticed that, to date, everything we publish appears in the blog space, indirectly including stories stored as pdf’s (mostly magazine articles that contain photos) for which there’s a notice published in the blog space. It was always our desire to distinguish clearly our daily blogging on from articles published in [...]

Austrian Quartet

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Feature story (click here to view pdf — warning, it’s a very large file) from the December 2005 issue, about the fabulous powder skiing I experienced in the charming Montafon Valley of Austria’s Vorarlberg province, along with my good friends, photographer Martin Söderqvist and pro rider Daniel Johansson.

Politically inept loser or “crafty devil”?

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Canada’s pundits have convinced themselves that Conservative leader Stephen Harper is the former. The unsuccessful spring non-confidence measure, the “anger,” the social awkwardness, the inept couture – all of these events or assertions have been attached to Harper as unquestioned fact. Long faded is any memory of Andrew Coyne’s embarrassing (to the media) characterization of [...]

No matter how much we give, they’ll always want more

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Back in my youthful years at the Alberta Report newsmagazine during the previous millennium, I used to quote economist Robert Mansell of the University of Calgary at least every month or two. Mansell’s detailed studies proving that Alberta — actually, working, taxpaying Albertans — had been forced to subsidize the rest of Canada to the [...]

They care in New Mexico, just not in Canada’s newsrooms

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Laura Schneberger writes from Winston, New Mexico concerning Dr. J.’s recent post on the death by apparent wolf attack of a young man in Northern Saskatchewan: Thank you so much for writing about the totally unnecessary death of Kenton Joel Carnegie. I am sickened at the loss of this 22-year-old young person. My own daughters [...]

We’ve always considered it a pathology

Friday, November 18th, 2005

The estimable Robert Fulford contributes by far the best (and last) instalment to the National Post’s interesting but uneven “American Myths” series. Nearly everything Fulford writes is worth reading, but this lengthy column is a veritable tour de force. The “money quotes,” as they say, are below: Anti-Americanism provides the one issue that unifies Canadians [...]

Money and the ethnic vote

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

The election of Andre Boisclair Tuesday night as leader of the separatist Parti Quebecois has caused some ripples across Canada. Representative of a “new generation” of separatist, Boisclair holds the promise of achieving the velvet divorce from Canada sought by hard-line sovereigntists, or simply the looser federation desired by many other Quebeckers. As a few [...]

State of nature?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Kenton Joel Carnegie was killed last week in northern Saskatchewan. Today, the Globe and Mail announced that authorities had been “given approval” to use deadly force in pursuing his suspected killers. The irony in this announcement is that Mr. Carnegie’s suspected killers are wolves. Carnegie was a 22 year old student in the third year [...]

Energy trust “slum landlords” pay plenty of tax

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Below is a very thoughtful comment (going far beyond my knowledge of the tax system) concerning the published story that follows: There is an additional source of tax revenue in the trust structure that should be better understood. In a corporate structure, depletion allowances and depreciation are deducted from revenues and are never taxed. In [...]

Having your intellectual cake and metaphorically eating it

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

Perhaps the true definition of a Canadian is someone capable of holding mutually contradictory positions on serious issues simultaneously, and feeling all the more smug and morally superior for it. Consider this set of recent poll results, published in Saturday’s National Post. In one, 73 percent of respondents told pollsters they held an unfavourable opinion [...]