Archive for the ‘Alberta Venture’ Category

Syncrude’s Dead Ducks Hardly a “Terrible Tragedy”

Friday, May 7th, 2010

My Open Range column from the May 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine. Note: I didn’t write the sub-hed just below. My point in the text is that some accidents are unavoidable (although whether this one was isn’t germane to my argument). An avoidable accident for sure, but nothing more The terrified duckling raced about [...]

Bring Back Steve West

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

My Open Range column from the April 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Alberta’s Deficit Requires Tough Politicians to Make the Tough Cuts Cutting back offends something deep within human nature. Tightening one’s belt, making do with less, deciding not to buy something intensely desirable, switching to a lower grade – self-denial is immensely difficult. [...]

Reality’s Invisible Hand

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

My “Open Range” column from the March 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: One by one, the utopian dreams of yesteryear are getting spanked by hard truths Within the space of three weeks, ministers in the Ed Stelmach government were recorded saying at least three things that appear…sensible. Also tough-minded, fitted to the circumstances and [...]

I’m Loving It

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

My Open Range column from the February 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Self-employment is disparaged as something less than a job. It shouldn’t be “I’ll tell ya, by the end of the last semester, one-third of my MBA class had become ‘entrepreneurs,’” the young robotics genius cackled as we rode a chair-lift on a [...]

Gaia’s a Denier

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

My Open Range column from the January 2010 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy made sense when the facts and the budget supported it. No longer As a voter and taxpayer, I was willing to give the Alberta government a pass on its Climate Change Strategy. This despite its $4-billion price tag, [...]

Precautionary Paralysis

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

My Open Range column from the December 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Behind the fatal stalling of the Mackenzie gas pipeline lies a web of intellectual conceits and deceits The swine flu vaccination crisis brought millions of Canadian parents eyeball-to-eyeball with the spectre of losing a child virtually overnight. It clarified like few things [...]

California, Here We Come

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

My Open Range column from the November 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Alberta’s heading down a dangerous road, but it’s not too late to turn around Locked in a spiral of runaway spending and crumbling revenue bases, undermined by interest-group politics, paralyzed by politically correct fetishes, sapped by the departure of taxpayers and business [...]

On Approved Credit

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

My Open Range column from the October 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: The “wildly successful” Cash for Clunkers scheme just threw good money after bad There’s plenty to worry about in this year’s combined $57 billion (at last estimate) Alberta and federal deficits, but at least each Canadian government resisted the enormous pressure to [...]

Leave me to my Good Life

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

My Open Range column from the September 2009 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: Why we won’t see another Reform-style movement or revival of Western separatism anytime soon A journalist crony from decades back called the other day from Ottawa. He’s doing a long retrospective on the political and economic forces that gave rise to the [...]

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 [...]

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