Archive for February, 2008

Myopia Calgariensis

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

This piece I wrote for a recent issue of Investment Executive, the monthly trade newspaper that goes out to Canada’s brokerages, triggered some thoughtful comments from an Edmonton reader. The story had attempted to analyze the degree to which Alberta’s economy is in a downturn and whether the current behaviour suggests the economy is less driven by [...]

Lockjawed Dipper

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

“The Liberals are following the government’s Afghanistan policy lock, step and barrel” – NDP Defence Critic Paul Dewar on CTV’s Question Period   As MrK said to this one, just when you thought you’d run out of classic Stupidisms a gem unexpectedly pops up. It was interesting watching Mr. Dewar because, as he was saying [...]

What does it profit…

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Readers will be used to the political proselytizing on these pages but, as it’s a Sunday, with your indulgence I’ll veer off into a bit of the more traditional kind. What prompts this are the recurring stories of schism in the Anglican Church. Bubbling over the last few years, things seem to have come to [...]

Helmets: Free choice or social obligation

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

To read my article on the overblown safety claims surrounding helmets, published in the Winter 2007/2008 issue of Ski Canada magazine, please click here.

Swallowed by the Green Monster

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

For all those baseball fans sitting in lonely, mid-February desperation, this blog isn’t about the outfield at Fenway Park. It’s about coffee. What else? Readers will by now know my affection for the great brewed bean and some of the socio-political things swirling around the industry. I’d written before about the odd desire of some [...]

Selective Amnesia

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

“… spokespeople for the former Conservative prime minister have raised doubts about whether Mr. Mulroney will appear as scheduled”. – Steven Chase, February 19th Globe and Mail   No, the Stupidism is not “spokespeople”, but good guess. It’s simply the minor point that Mr. Mulroney was a Progressive Conservative prime minister. Minor perhaps, but it aids the [...]

Paying the royalty piper – who’s calling his own tune

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Five months after eruption of formalized demands to increase Alberta’s oil and natural gas royalties, it’s worth casting an eye over the situation. It’s a mixed bag, but not all that mixed: Land sales have collapsed. Focus on the word “royalties” over the years has misdirected the public’s appreciation of a system that often derives nearly [...]

Cost of Costco?

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

It would generally be a waste of time to correct a usually-sympathetic journo, in this case Margaret Wente. But when the subject is something as important as Costco, one can’t leave it alone (here’s the link, unfortunately protected). As would perhaps be the case with our political views, I’d like to trump Wente’s praise of [...]

Mask dropping moment?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

“Hopefully they’ll be able to articulate their plan” – The Globe’s Gloria Galloway on CTV’s Question Period   Ms Galloway was referring to the Liberals’ “plan” for Afghanistan, and its ’til now rather opaque nature. The operative word in the quote is “hopefully”. Why should anyone, particularly an objective observer, “hope” that M. Dion will [...]

Political Heirs?

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Recently Jack Granatstein, a historian we’ve come to appreciate over the years, presented an interesting take of Lester Pearson’s foreign policy record that led to the seemingly startling conclusion that Pearson’s true political heir is Stephen Harper. Whether calculated or not, it seemed virtually guaranteed to upset the Liberals, particularly since John Manley recast the [...]