Archive for April, 2009

“PM’s pal” comes clean

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I usually hesitate to write anything too personal in these pages because, well, who would care? But I find I have to make an exception this week. A while ago I was asked to send my CV to Ottawa to be considered for a part-time board appointment with the Canada Innovation Foundation. I was appointed last [...]

Getting the message across

Monday, April 27th, 2009

To read an illustrated pdf of my Western View column in the Spring 2009 issue of Ski Canada magazine concerning the in-bounds avalanche fatalities at Whistler-Blackcomb over the Christmas holidays, please click here. (Note: If you see this note in the archive, you first need to click on the headline, and then the “please click [...]

Pretty soon after it happens, again and again

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The ladies at As it Happens had another imagined Woodward&Bernstein moment last Friday, or perhaps they’d just dusted off their Mike Wallace blazers. They had a Bush Administration member in their sights and were loaded for elephant. For the vast majority of you who don’t listen to the CBC, As it Happens can only be [...]

Earth Day Stupidism

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

“Natural products clean just as well as chemicals” – News blurb on an elevator screen This was one of the many little green tidbits floating around on Earth Day. And what are these mysterious “natural products”? Why, the clip soon declared, “vinegar and baking soda”, which it claimed “kill as many germs as ‘chemicals’”. Lucky [...]

Media succession planning

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Another month, another series of stories about how Prime Minister Harper is likely to be shuffling off the public stage. It’s as if they hope the sheer number of these stories can make the blessed event actually happen. One grizzled media veteran essentially suggested the PM might end up in the EI lines because: a) [...]

From Frum to Frum

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

It says something about the stature and accomplishments of a public intellectual that he can write a lengthy article about how his views have changed in the past 20 years, what he considers relevant, what he considers passé. Such is the case with David Frum. I could tell you folks which opinions of mine have [...]

Mallick Malice

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

  Being south of the 49th somehow brought back dim memories of a cross-border incident from last year’s U.S. election. It concerned an article Heather Mallick wrote about Sarah Palin on the CBC website. In the heat of our own election I rather missed the uproar and all the pertinent details. Fortunately, all is still [...]

Postcard from Obamaland

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

If any readers were wondering where Woodstock went to die, it’s Portland Oregon. One can see the same kind of faded jeans, crinkly peasant tops and sandals as you would 40 years ago, but the contents are just more faded and crinkly than the clothes. Occasionally, the seams of the clothing are a little stretched [...]

The Perspicacity of Thrift

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

My Open Range column from the April 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Spending more won’t help Alberta weather this recession. Cutting back will, as it always has It’s basically settled that the way out of this recession is to revive consumer spending. “This economy has been driven by consumer spending for a very long [...]

Smartism or stupidism?

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

“The offers that car dealers are making now are really tantalating” -  Zack Spencer of Driving, Corus Radio Network This might qualify as a “smartism”, a word that should exist but has only been stumbled upon by the unwitting host of this show. Since the demise of classical music on CBC, I’ve been listening to [...]