Archive for June, 2008

Magic Ed’s Discount Land Auction Mart

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Evidence continues to accumulate that the province’s decision to raise royalty rates (not to be confused with the loosely used term “higher royalties” which implies an increase in actual revenues collected) is self-destructive. Most readers will have heard of the roaring rebound in natural gas prices, which blasted through $10 per thousand cubic feet (mcf) [...]

Idling cars, idle kids

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

One inadvertent omission in my recent blog about the “greening” of our children was a discussion about newspapers. These days, when you walk to work early, as I do, what do you see? Besides the odd drunk or skunk or squirrel, you invariably see idling cars. Why? Well, for those of you who are late [...]

Metaphorical meteorology

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

“[And Friday’s nice weather]…will be the carrot at the end of the stick.” – David Spence, weather guy on Lite (sic) 96 and other broadcasting outlets in Calgary We admire the normally redoubtable Spence for his sponge-like or perhaps granitic ability to absorb/deflect the nearly unlimited abuse heaped on him by the various radio and [...]

Mr. K. all wet on securities regulation

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

This month’s column in Alberta Venture magazine on the (in my view) folly of a national securities regulator triggered a strong response from a reader who reports that he agrees with me on most topics. He has direct experience of the provincial securities bureaucracies and the costs and headaches they impose on companies in the [...]

Killing Kenn(e)ys

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

“That was Jason Kenney, Chair (sic) of the Senate committee on Defense and National Security” – CBC Radio One announcer   We’ve picked on CBC quite a lot of late, but apparently for good reason. They just keep producing error after error. For anyone who knows the organization, this is not likely due to a staff shortage. Here [...]

Burning up logic

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

The concluding episode of Burn Up lived up to expectations. As one might expect from a gripping mini-series, the setting is… wait for it… an international climate conference! Called Kyoto II, it’s of course set in Calgary. It starts, if you’ll pardon the pun, with the heat being turned on the U.S. (and other developed [...]

All talk, no action?

Friday, June 13th, 2008

They’ve really got you at the check-out counter. Candy, chocolate, gum and all the trashy pulps giving the latest news on the Bat-boy, the lost predictions of Nostradamus and the state of cellulite on the gams of various celebrities. Despite the common dearth of historical knowledge among the public, at least the average shopper will [...]

Unconditional surrender: what the Left calls “balance”

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Last night marked the TV debut of a two-part miniseries, Burn Up. Shot largely in Calgary, it was billed as asking “decidedly unsettling questions about big oil and political expediency, the environmental impact of the Athabasca oil sands and even American foreign policy”! Not to fear, however. The expected international audience of 50 million would [...]

Preposition problem

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

“Going out for business” – Sign outside Ottawa shop There’s a kitchenware shop in downtown Ottawa that’s had a “going out of business” sign up for over 18 months. “Everything must go” reads a sign below. Month after month, the signs are up, but the store stays in business. Any day, I figured, some zealous [...]

A national obsession

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

It’s easy to understand why people are annoyed about high gasoline prices. It’s not hard to figure out why they’re concerned. One readily feels empathy for families on limited incomes who must deal with long commutes or other chores that they can’t easily work around, and for others who already drive modest vehicles and don’t [...]

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