Archive for October, 2011

Let business run its own show

Friday, October 28th, 2011

My “Letter from Calgary” column from the mid-October 2011 issue of the Investment Executive newspaper: High-profile figures such as Manning and Lougheed are weighing in on a new oil and gas development. They should let well enough alone The technocrats are at it again. Experienced people of high standing and nominally conservative bent are annoyed [...]

Why Switzerland?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

The fortuitous invitation of friends sometimes makes it possible to visit places that you would otherwise not be drawn to. This was the case last week when we took a diversion through Switzerland. The personal visit was very pleasant but the touristic part reinforced the question of why one would ever visit the country. First, [...]

Middle-aged white men versus climate

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

If there weren’t enough reason already to use the Globe and Mail solely as bird-cage-liner, more emerges with time. Now there’s this: climate change “deniers” are disproportionately – you guessed it – middle-aged white men. The G&M blog post by Adriana Barton quotes an article from, of all places, Scientific American which asserts that 48% [...]

“i” before “e” except after …?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

“Merkel under seige” – Headline in MacLean’s, October 10th, 2010 issue When I first saw this bold, almost inch-high type I thought perhaps the Chancellor had been caught in some kind of Strauss-Kahnesque sex scandal with someone named “Seige”. That would be pronounced “Sigh-guh” in German. But no, it was another failure of Spellcheck and, while [...]

Alberta painted Red

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Albertans and sympathetic Canadians may soon wonder how Canada’s most politically-conservative province could elect a small-L liberal premier. Let’s just say it’s a result of our particular, some would say peculiar, political culture. Alberta’s political culture is known for electing long-lived, right-of-centre, ruling dynasties. In fact Ernest Manning, the province’s long-serving Social Credit premier undertook [...]

Solyndra stupidism

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

“This is a chrysalis of what’s wrong with this administration” – Gerri Willis, Fox Business Commentator as interviewed on the O’Reilly Factor Pouring  billions of U.S.taxpayers’ dollars down green jobs ratholes is a story that may have a decisive impact on the accelerating presidential race. Controversially, coverage of the mess has been spotty, to say the [...]