Archive for June, 2007

The enduring rightness of freedom

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Having close friends who grew up in the gigantic prison that was East Germany made the 20th anniversary yesterday of President Ronald Reagan’s famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall profoundly meaningful to me. The speech is still breathtaking in its restrained forcefulness, gravitas, moral clarity and sheer simple rightness. Here’s a [...]

Royalties working as advertised

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

From the editorial pages of the Calgary Herald, Saturday, June 9, 2007: Seems the Stelmach government’s review of oilsands royalties was pure electoral pandering. What else can we make of Finance Minister Lyle Oberg taking carefully measured backward steps, trying to extricate the province from its implied commitment to raising royalties? Recent columns by the [...]

If a tree flatulates in the forest, does anybody hear?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

“Tropical forests spew methane into the air, unwittingly abetting human-produced climate change.” – Meredith Knight, Scientific American’s “Science News”, June 1, 2007 But if we run into the woods and tell them, I’m sure they’ll stop! This is an egregious Stupidism, made all the worse for being published in an ostensible bastion of rationalism. Need [...]

Licking Wounded Earth

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

We have written previously in these pages about the melding of coffee merchants and aid organizations, principally of the environmental kind. FYI, the latest Starbuck’s enterprise (enterprise de la semaine?) is a “joint venture” with Earthwatch. The advertisement, describing an “expedition” to Costa Rica makes it sound almost scientific: “Not only will participants be conducting [...]

The feelings in between

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

Dr. J. and I have promised not to turn this site into a non-stop lament about roads and traffic, so we similarly pledge not to make it some kind of amateurish Sunday book club. That said, I intend to draw our readers’ attention to occasional books that I stumble across and find that conservatives ought [...]

What the duck?

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Many of you may have noticed that something was won this week. Those here in Ottawa are more acutely aware that something was lost. I on the other hand have come to the sad realization that something was lost a long time ago; it’s just taken me a long time to realize it. What I [...]

Saving the forest in order to destroy it

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

I was pedaling [OK, I admit it, in the original I wrote "peddling"] along one of my favourite mountain biking trails near Elbow Falls in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country, my buddy not far behind, my mind free and at peace though my legs twitchy and a bit rubbery. When not focused on the sharp fractured rocks beneath my [...]

In Defence of the Light Bulb

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

“Open Range” column, from the June 2007 issue of Alberta Venture magazine: You can have my incandescents when you pry them from my cold, dead hands I’ve lost count of the times the federal Conservatives have been accused of harbouring a hidden agenda to ban abortion. It turns out their real hidden agenda was less [...]

Disbursing English

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

“The oil companies have disbanded the Hebron project team and disbursed their workers around the globe…” – Shawn McCarthy, Global Energy Writer, The Globe and Mail It’s disappointing to say the least that, in this very interesting article on Newfoundland’s malign natural resource policy and how it is driving away investment, one should find such a [...]

Trudeau two too

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Scarcely a week goes by without one of the Trudeau fils being in the news. This week it was numéro deux, Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau waxing nostalgic about his father’s “special affinity” for China. Echoing his father’s sentiments, he recently stated “We need to offer the carrot, not the stick” to bring about human rights advances [...]