Archive for March, 2011

Lax sense

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

“They’re charging them for essentially being laxadaisical in their financial oversight” – Lis Wiehl, commentator on the O’Reilly Factor It’s reassuring to see that media personalities are making a real effort to keep old chestnut Stupidisms like this one evergreen. In fact, Mr. O’Reilly chimed in and repeated the same Stupidism, with gusto, during the [...]

Industry PR fiasco continues

Monday, March 21st, 2011

I wasn’t in the Great Republic  more than 12 hours when I was, unfortunately, reminded of my industry’s dismal PR record.  U.S.A. Today, arguably the country’s largest circulation daily at around two million, had an editorial on the oil sands. The editorial itself was essentially favourable, or at least balanced. It mentions that the Keystone [...]

The intermediates return

Monday, March 21st, 2011

My “Letter from Calgary” column from the February 2011 issue of the Investment Executive newspaper of Toronto: Intermediate exploration and production companies dangle the promise of cash yield with capital appreciation It was barely five years ago that royalty trusts dominated the energy industry and the consciousness of energy-focused investors. The trusts’ tax-free yield had made [...]

Sowing stupidity

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

“Sewing sustainable seeds” – Front page of headline of ffwd, a Calgary pulp weekly. Like most cities, Calgary has piles of “alternative” papers lying around, mostly in coffee shops and trendy hangouts. One of these is “fast forward weekly”,  Calgary’s self-styled “news and entertainment alternative”. If you’re thinking “round up the usual suspects”, you’d be [...]

Long live the revolution

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

To read an illustrated pdf of my article in the Winter 2010 issue of Ski Canada magazine, on the freeride ski revolution, please click here.

Same Bruins, same league

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

How bad can something be that one agrees with the Globe and Mail? Well, those of you who, like me and my 11-year-old daughter, sat through the distressing and sickening spectacle last night of Montreal Canadien Max Pacioretty lying unconscious on the ice may just be there. With 15 seconds left in the second period, [...]

Wrong, at this time…

Monday, March 7th, 2011

“I believe at this point and time that the NDP and the Conservatives somehow will work out some kind of accommodation to at least have the budget pass …” – Robert Fife, as quoted on the CTV website Former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig was renowned for “the semantically strained use of words and [...]


Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

There is no humour in the deadly earthquake that his Christchurch last month. New Zealand, for all its beauty, is in a seismically active region. Tectonic plates are colliding, with fatal consequences. No one is looking to blame the Kiwi quake on anyone, save perhaps the Creator. Not so the apparent recent increase in seismic activity [...]