Archive for May, 2007

Competition: the bane of North America’s journalists

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Even back in my days as a journalism student I was vaguely creeped out at the idea of “professors” of “journalism” “ethics” gaining tenured positions down in Florida or whatnot and occasionally pontificating on subjects that seemed oddly detached from everyday concerns.I couldn’t figure out the source of my uneasiness at the time. It might [...]

If the fish could talk, what stories they’d tell!

Monday, May 28th, 2007

“If the fish don’t come up for dry flies, we’ll switch to nymphs or even streamers as a last resource. See how bright the stripe is on these rainbow trout? Some say it’s due to the water temperature, but I think it’s generic.” – A certain Chilcotonian fishing guide, who shall remain nameless, to protect his [...]

Sol, not Zog

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Though lacking my own extensive and, dare I say rigourous, scientific training, DrK’s last blog was both well-written and provocative. It high-lighted once again the “don’t-confuse-me-with-facts” attitude of the climate alarmists, and their simmering hatred for those who disagree with them. Myself aside, I must at least rise in defense of my friend Fred M. [...]

Planet Zog: where the global warming hothouse kills polar bears

Friday, May 25th, 2007

The phenomenon of global warming dogma gaining widespread public acceptance has had me alternately marvelling at the effectiveness of the zealots’ propaganda and wondering how it came to be so. I speculated here about what I called the Kyoto reversal of fortune. Dr. J. and columnist Lorne Gunter, a good friend, believe it’s driven in [...]

No yen for Yann

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Not long after Mr.K’s discourse on Yann Martell and his, let’s say cheeky, publicity grabbing at PM Harper’s expense I heard a full-length radio interview with none other than…Yann Martell. It was on Radio Canada (in French) and dealt mainly with Martell’s new “political” engagement – sending books to Mr. Harper and smirking at the [...]

What to do about the pine beetle infestation

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

We’re getting somewhat weary of the hand wringing and cries of disaster over the mountain pine beetle infestation in B.C. (which also now threatens Alberta’s lodgepole pine). There’s no question the outbreak will do economic damage – not least in the area of tourism – and will have unpleasant social and of course environmental effects.But [...]

Alberta should watch Putin’s playbook

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

From the editorial page of the Calgary Herald, Thursday, May 17, 2007: The enigmatic siblings that vie for dominance of the Russian soul – the explosively aggressive neighbourhood bully and the insular melancholic – are jockeying for position in Russia’s energy politics. Kremlinologists and energy experts are arguing over which character might win out. Will [...]

Dissecting the last disaster, denying the next one

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Two side-by-side articles in the National Post a few days ago illustrated the paralyzing and often deadly hold political correctness has on elites in western countries – with Canada not only not exempt from this trend, but a leading example. On one page was the continuation of the latest in a long line of articles [...]

The dog that didn’t Bark

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Not long ago I attended a meeting of the B.C. Institute of Agrologists up in Prince George. The theme was an urgent one: “The Mountain Pine Beetle and Our Future: Life after Beetle Mania.” Nifty title. The pine beetle’s a huge issue throughout rural B.C. – and Alberta readers, you too have a dog in [...]

Yours to discover…

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

It’s been a while since I drove the highways and by-ways of Upper Canada. So it’s interesting to note what has changed – and what hasn’t – over the last 20-odd years. There are advertised those timeless attractions like Santa’s Village, actually on the 45th Parallel (“You’re halfway there!”), that neither has Santa nor an [...]