Archive for August, 2009

Congrats new senators!

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Never is a long time. It’s this infinite span of time that is thrown at Prime Minister Harper as he appoints senators for the second time. As in “he said he would never appoint un-elected senators”. Although I can’t recall the PM saying those exact words, no matter, he favoured electing senators for a long [...]

Strike first, serve later

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

“On strike to save lives” – Sign on side of ambulance in East Kootenay District, B.C. Many’s the time the question has been debated whether providers of essential services should be allowed to strike – what is essential, what is not. Admittedly, it’s often a hard argument for the strikers. They certainly want their work [...]

Stupidisme geologique

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

“It’s our sedimentary lifestyle that’s killing us”. – Caller on CHQR talk radio, AM 770, Calgary AM talk radio is a bit of a revelation. After the high-brow, CBC Radio 2 culture was thrown out with the bath water last fall I’ve taken refuge on those spunky airwaves, saturated with mattress clear-out sales, home security alarm ads [...]

La la la la

Monday, August 17th, 2009

With apologies to Robert Service, there are strange things sung under the rising sun. On a recent early Monday trip back from the cottage, I stumbled upon CBC Radio One’s broadcast of European culture news, including the latest in pop music from swinging centres like Bucharest and Bratislava. Mr. K has regaled me for years [...]


Thursday, August 13th, 2009

“You’ll have to live with it, be them good or be them bad” -  Local “contributor”, CBC Radio One, Calgary Those readers who misspent their youth like me, burning out their retinas in front of an old black and white, will remember a lot of bad movies. One of these was Them! – as forgettable [...]

Upstairs, Downstairs Déjà Vu

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

My Open Range column from the August 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: The Madoff affair has parallels to Alberta’s own 1980s mega-fraud – except for the outcome An intriguing dimension of the Bernie Madoff scandal is how Madoff went about segregating his legitimate brokerage business from the Ponzi scheme with which he separated thousands [...]

Optional reproduction

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Sometimes even good opinion pieces leave one hanging, expecting a punch line that never comes. Such was David Brooks’ article reproduced in the National Post last Saturday. Under the title “Life goes on” Mr. Brooks undertook a thought-provoking discussion of how production of the next generation gives meaning to our everyday toil and the drive [...]