Archive for November, 2010

Adverb trouble

Friday, November 26th, 2010

“The federal government has finally endorsed the UN declaration on rights of indigenous peoples” – CBC Radio news copy, as read by Bernie McNamee and others. Indian and Northern Affairs minister John Duncan recently announced that Canada would endorse the aforementioned UN declaration. The commitment was made in the Throne Speech last March but, for [...]

1968, what if?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

A strange thing happened at Royal Oak School, St. Hubert Quebec, on June 6th, 1968. First thing that morning, the principal called a special assembly in the gym. Before too long, the 200-odd students and teachers were gathered, most sitting cross-legged on the floor. The principal began in a very sombre tone, meant to evoke [...]

Lower royalties = bigger pie

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

My “Letter from Calgary” column from the mid-November issue of Investment Executive magazine. Here’s the link to the published version. Alberta’s 2007 royalty regime never made sense. Now that it is gone, both oil and gas drilling and land sales are soaring Well, well. Miracles of a sort do occur. Oil and natural gas drilling [...]

Fab Stupidism

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

“What’s up Apple’s sleeve? Apparently, Manchester’s favorite mopheads.” – Fox News website, attributed to the Wall Street Journal Today’s big news story, that Beatles’ songs would now be available on ITunes, came wrapped in a big, fat, juicy Stupidism; of the factual kind. It seems that the fab phenoms, you know, the ones who broke [...]

Grow or Die?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

My “Open Range” column from the November 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Formula looks good on paper, but failure looms large As a longstanding CBC critic, I’ve been tied into knots by The Tudors. The constant intrigue and relentless violence, the almost-soft-core-porn nudity and joyously uninhibited bonking have proven irresistible. My weakness for the [...]

The Bilodeau Reign

Friday, November 12th, 2010

To read an illustrated pdf of my article in the November 2010 issue of Ski Canada magazine, on the long career of one of Canada’s foremost ski instructors, Don Bilodeau, please click here

Last shots

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

I read a book this summer much more appropriate to today – A Stlllness Heard Round the World, by Stanley Weintraub – about the Armistice in 1918. Weintraub also authored a shorter, more congenial book on the Christmas truce of 1914. Amid the joy and disbelief that greeted the ceasefire 92 years ago there was, [...]

Remedial Ed

Monday, November 8th, 2010

“We have a lot in common, him being the first ethnic mayor and me the first ethnic premier…” – Premier Ed Stelmach, as broadcast on CHQR radio, Calgary Mr. Stelmach was commenting on his first meeting with Calgary’s new mayor Naheed Nenshi. This comment was a rather astonishing one revealing either a) the Premier’s ignorance [...]

The frustrations of exploding deficits

Monday, November 8th, 2010

My “LEtter from Calgary” column from the October 2010 issue of Investment Executive newspaper: Alberta’s deficit has never been higher, and dealing with it could be damaging What do the most left-wing government in the U.S. and the allegedly most conservative government in Canada have in common? An addiction to spending amidst self-righteous insistence that [...]

Dean, Thompson and Steyn – in Calgary

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I was fortunate to attend a debate, or more like a discussion in Calgary last night, featuring former Governor Howard (“to scream the impossible scream”) Dean and former Senator Fred “Law and Order” Thompson.  It was moderated by the not-former Mark Steyn. The main topic of discussion was the U.S. mid-term elections. Both speakers gave [...]

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