Archive for October, 2007

Unleavened Ed

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

“We need to grow a bigger economic pie” – Premier Ed Stelmach   In a remark reminiscent of a still lamented blue (ish) leadership candidate, the Premier manages to put his own unique stamp on a lame slogan.  I didn’t see a transcript, so I’ll just assume he didn’t mean “knead” to grow…  

“Empty the till”

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Amid the reams of commentary and buckets of tears spilt over premier Ed Stelmach’s announcement of higher energy royalties Thursday, I keep coming back to two observations: We’re stealing from ourselves; and It’s profoundly self-destructive when the politics of envy, resentment and demagogy are directed at the source of our prosperity and our province’s economic strength. [...]

Alberta’s primitive culture

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Cultural stereotypes are generally frowned upon these days with the exception of a few iconic whipping boys. Canada has for many years been said to be united primarily by a collective hatred for Toronto – a fact asserted by no less an authority than the Royal Canadian Air Farce, and one I admittedly have a [...]

Drive Prophylactic!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

“Drive Safe!” – Public Service announcements everywhere.   It’s less than reassuring to know that our tax dollars are routinely used to tell us what to do or, more commonly, what not to do. We are told in no uncertain terms exactly what food or drink should pass our lips, what personal proclivities are acceptable, [...]

That four-letter word

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

As the Alberta royalty debate continues, it’s worth highlighting an aspect of the industry that royalty proponents – and many in the industry – don’t seem to understand. And it’s summed up in one awful four-letter word…risk. Not surprisingly, Andrew Nikiforuk – in his anti-industry, truffle scoffing screed – only refers to it in a [...]

How do I hate thee…

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

…let me count the ways. That should have been the headline of Scott Feschuk’s last opus in Canada’s National Magazine™, for it sure looks like that’s what the man thinks about Stephen Harper. Feschuk, you may recall, is Maclean’s resident “satirist”. The self-proclaimed “couch boy” had built a decent rep for pop culture commentary in the National Post [...]

Careful with that axe

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

To read an illustrated pdf of an article on the conflict over how to resolve Alberta’s pine beetle crisis in the Kananaskis region, published in the October 2007 issue of Financial Post Business magazine, please click here. 

Is that pronounced “schnook”?

Monday, October 15th, 2007

“We’re gonna’ hit 17 degrees today and 18 tomorrow – gotta’ love that Chinook action!” – unnamed private radio bimbette, broadcasting in Calgary over the weekend And so another useful word degenerates into mush. The weekend in Calgary brought warm, dry, high-pressure air – on both sides of the Continental Divide. Very nice weather for [...]

Stealth victory in Iraq?

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

UPDATE (October 15): This is the lead sentence from an article in today’s Washington Post: The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the [...]

Panuka Palooka

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

It’s the kind of phone call every geologist wants to get. Alright, let’s be specific, every explorationist. “John, we lost circulation last night, took a kick and condensate sprayed all over the rig floor.” Greek to many of you but pure excitement to the initiated. It happened as we were drilling the first deep well [...]