Archive for September, 2006

Frank Francophonie

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

What a turn of events that a Canadian Prime Minister, from the quiet burb of Leaside no less, can hold up as august a meeting as the Francophonie. Stephen Harper made news by denying the required consensus to an Egyptian resolution about the recent war in Lebanon. Seems the original text regretted only Lebanese casualties [...]

Story in the Herald today

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Readers of DrJandMrK in the Calgary area or subscribers to the electronic Calgary Herald may want to check out our latest opus in today’s paper.  It deals with the gallons of whine spilled in Alberta over our “unplanned” boom.  Other readers will see it next week under the “latest article” category.  Stay tuned.

Neutral bureaucrats and ambitious politicians

Friday, September 29th, 2006

The heat keeps getting turned up in the climate change debate. Politicians clearly see the catastrophist bandwagon as a vote-getter. Grab your surf boards – especially those of you living in low-lying areas soon to be flooded by rising sea level- because the wave’s coming from California. The state’s Attorney General Bill Lockyer – a [...]

A anagram for the ages

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

ME IDIOT –   (from a keen reader in Edmonton)   This is an anagram of the name of a former hockey enforcer with rumoured horizontal links to a certain (apparently very eligible) Liberal MP.

The United Colour of the Globe and Mail

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

As Toronto’s national newspaper, the Globe has tried hard to reflect the metropolitan, multicultural vision that, it keeps reminding us, is so lacking in other regions of the country, western regions that is. But looking at its pages provides little evidence of a staff mix reflecting that rainbow society. In fact, yesterday’s blog protagonista (Jan [...]

Wong wrong, or Ruby Foo-led*

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Those of you living in more culturally and linguistically placid regions of the country may find it remarkable that a few ill-considered words about Quebec can still raise a media firestorm. The latest of these involve Globe and Mail reporter Jan Wong. Wong is perhaps best known for her series of lunch and tell columns [...]

Climate change makes strange bed fellows

Monday, September 25th, 2006

What do Al Gore, a Calgary street person and a CNN weatherman have in common? If you guessed that they are all (self-proclaimed) authorities on climate change, you’d be right. The inconvenient truth is that Gore’s misinformation has literally percolated down to street level, as recently witnessed by yours truly. On a particularly sunny downtown [...]

Best wishes to the happy couple!

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

DrJ&MrK is happy to announce the marriage of none other than Mr.K. himself to the lovely and charming Laurie Watson. The ceremony took place yesterday under brilliant Alberta sunshine at St. Clement’s Anglican Church, Balzac. The bride was radiant, while the groom sported a slick rented tux and a broad cat-who-really-did-eat-the-canary grin. The reception was [...]

Introducing Alberta Venture

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Or perhaps the other way around. Alberta Venture, the business monthly that’s grown into a very thick and substantial publication over the past several years, has asked me to write a monthly column, and I’ve eagerly agreed. So Alberta Venture is also introducing Mr. George Koch. (Calling someone “Mister first-name-last name” always makes me think [...]

Alberta’s oil sands royalties are just fine

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

This is my first “Open Range” column in Alberta Venture magazine, September 2006 (original version): Alberta’s rollicking boom has triggered calls for higher energy royalties. Oil and natural gas companies are accused of withholding the “fair share” that Albertans – through their provincial government – expect and deserve. Oil sands producers, in particular, are portrayed [...]