Archive for July, 2010

I got a gal(lon) in Kalamazoo

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

“If there was a spill in this region it could affect the tributories of the Fraser River” – Karen Campbell, Pembina Institute, interviewed on CBC Radio One’s As it Happens The titanic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has underscored the inherent, but still comparatively low risks of the international oil economy. Regardless, the [...]

Wells channels Feschuk

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

It’s nice to have it both ways. Have your cake and eat it too. So it is when Paul Wells doles out thick gobs of sarcasm at the Conservative government this week. Mr. Wells is a smart man who, as the expression goes, does not seem to be plagued by self-doubt. While he has taken [...]

Rig blast a recipe for disaster

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

My “Open Range” column from the July 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Over-reliance on processes, systems and modelling trumps human judgment One reads with a sickening sense of impending doom the recent second-by-second accounts of the Deepwater Horizon’s final minutes and the lives that were torn apart and snuffed out. There’s more than enough [...]

No huddled masses, we’re Canadian

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Any resemblance between media coverage of government activity and reality is usually coincidental. Such was the case with MacLean’s recent story on Canada’s immigration system. The gyst of the story was that Canada was “profiling” immigrants, favouring source countries with more skilled, better educated applicants. The “smoking gun” was an internal government document extracted by [...]

Klose sings

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

How many Poles were gnashing their teeth seeing Polish-born Miroslav Klose not only playing for Germany in the World Cup, but actually singing the German national anthem at the start of each game? Sport has thankfully, become an arena for ersatz violence between nations whose past conflicts were far too real. In immigrant nations like [...]