Archive for November, 2008

Calgary’s economic dynamic is bizarre – count on it

Friday, November 28th, 2008

My Letter from Calgary column published in the November 2008 issue of Investment Executive: If the effects of the market meltdown and accompanying recession on a particular city or region seem hard to predict, here in Calgary don’t even try. A general economic downturn could be devastating – or we might not even notice. Falling [...]

Get a good lawyer

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

“Well, let’s just say that there is some controversy surrounding …” -Indira Naidoo Harris, CBC Radio One’s The Current For those of you who didn’t see it, you have to read the transcript of this interview. The interviewer comes armed only with the usual light-weight jargon and gets annihilated. What do they say – “”don’t [...]

Rae, Rae, go away…

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

“… please don’t come another day. In another era, that might have been a ditty sung by dusty-faced waifs on the streets of Toronto, generations after his derided tenure as Ontario’s premier. My mother learned something like it, dissing Napoleon III, in a Moravian town 50 years after that gentleman’s departure form the world stage.  If [...]

Gotta be bad to be Goodale

Monday, November 24th, 2008

“One of the big disappointments of the last election campaign was the survival of Ralph Goodale in the riding of Wascana (Saskatchewan). His presence creates the false impression that the Liberals actually have something to say in western Canada. Worse, his Foghorn Leghorn demeanour, particularly in the House of Commons makes it almost impossible to [...]

The Road from Calgary

Friday, November 21st, 2008

To read an illustrated pdf of my round-up of what’s new at ski resorts in Alberta and along the B.C. Rockies, published in the Fall 2008 issue of Ski Canada, please click here.

The death of 10,000 little Stupidisms

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

One Alberta-based company, Petrobank, is experimenting with a technology that upgrades oilsands bitumen and makes it more viscous before it leaves the underground, thus creating less greenhouse gas emissions. – Calgary Herald, Sunday, November 16, 2008 In 22 years of writing I haven’t witnessed such a concentration of errors in a single published sentence. “Oilsands [...]

How do you spell that?

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Back to the plight of the difficultly named. You may recall the Globe article discussed here a while back. It was under the sub-heading “diversity” in the Careers section. Part of the “awkward”, or difficult experience people have with their names is the apparent or perceived coercion to Anglicize their names. Again, this happens. I [...]

Winterpeg weekend

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

It was déjà vu all over again for a few of us last weekend in Winnipeg. My third political convention there, this last one albeit for a different party – and that perhaps makes it significant. After all it was almost 21 years ago to the week that the Reform Party was founded in that [...]

Reviving dead elephants

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Considering the result of last week’s U.S. election you might think this has something to do with the travails of the GOP. In fact it’s about just what the title says, reviving disappeared pachyderms. We wrote on these pages some time ago that, when it came to cloning extinct animals, what could be done would [...]

Ski (publishing) season is here

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

The snow’s aren’t exactly flying here in sunny Alberta, but over in the global warming-annihilated Alps, they’ve had major snowfalls right down to the valley bottoms, below the vineyards on the slopes above the Rhone River. In that spirit I just want to mention that this year’s crop of skiing articles is starting to sprout into print. Interspersed [...]