Anti-Alberta bigotry clothed in environmental clichés and platitudes

Anti-Alberta bigotry clothed in environmental clichés and platitudesDave Yager has spent nearly half a century in Alberta’s oil and natural gas industry and 40 years in journalism, notably with the oilfield trade magazine, The Roughneck. His first book, From Miracle to Menace: Alberta, A Carbon Story, combines his extensive experience in a well-written and fact-centred analysis of the economics, politics and history…

Implausible government budgeting undermines trust

The fed's Bill Morneau and Alberta's Joe Ceci say their budgets are realistic, but they’ve provided no evidence that they’re even plausible

Implausible government budgeting undermines trustCALGARY, Alta. Mar. 30, 2017 /Troy Media/ – When finance ministers table their budgets, they’re asking citizens to trust that they will spend our money prudently. Both Bill Morneau, the federal minister, and Joe Ceci, the Alberta minister, say their recent budgets are realistic, but they’ve provided no evidence that they’re even plausible. This is a serious…

How being politically correct can muddy complex waters

U of C's "cultural engagement" guidelines bear little resemblance to the complex relationship that existed between aboriginals and immigrants

How being politically correct can muddy complex watersCALGARY, Alta. Mar. 15, 2017 /Troy Media/ – A ceremony at the University of Calgary a short while ago invited all faculty members of the Royal Society of Canada to welcome newly-elected fellows into the ranks. It was presided over by one of the university’s vice-presidents. Other members of the senior leadership team were also…

David Bershad: A tribute to faithfulness and a fighting spirit

St. Mary’s University's professor David Bershad had the patience to teach his students how to read art like reading words

David Bershad: A tribute to faithfulness and a fighting spiritCALGARY, Alta. Feb. 15, 2017/ Troy Media/ - A couple of weeks ago, St. Mary’s University in Calgary hosted a wake for David Bershad, a professor of art history. For nearly two hours, the audience listened to remarks from colleagues and friends, as well as prayers and music. The most touching tributes, however, came from…

Do Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives have a death wish?

By obstructing Jason Kenney and revisiting a now-discredited past, the PCs would be ensuring the NDP stay in power

Do Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives have a death wish?CALGARY, Alta. Nov. 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ – There are far too many roadblocks along the path to a revived Alberta Progressive Conservative Party – and a new leader. In the wake of the recent three-day PC Party policy meeting in Red Deer, delegate selection will soon begin for the leadership convention next March. Delegate selection is key.…

How trust was built between men of two cultures

Telling each other our stories leads to common grounds for conversation and an understanding that we are all in this together

How trust was built between men of two culturesCALGARY, Alta. Oct. 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Not long ago at a WordFest event at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum, Ted Chamberlin read from his new book [popup url="http://amzn.to/2eocnVC" height="1000" width="1200" scrollbars="1"]The Banker and the Blackfoot[/popup]. The subtitle announces a memoir of his grandfather, Jack Cowdry, Sorreltop Jack. It’s a lot more than a memoir. Before going…

Wrong-headed labour reform a sign of tone-deaf government

Today public sector unions are best understood as interest groups

Wrong-headed labour reform a sign of tone-deaf governmentCALGARY, Alta. Oct. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - In recent weeks, the faculty association at the University of Calgary has expressed concern about changes the Alberta government wants to make in the way bargaining units are governed. The change is required, the government said, in response to a 2105 Supreme Court decision that all bargaining…

Universities should be a safe place to express ideas

Berating someone for wearing a Donald Trump hat takes us too far along the road to political correctness and endangers honest debate

Universities should be a safe place to express ideasCALGARY, Alta. Sept. 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The American election campaign has sloshed across the border and washed up on the campus of Calgary's Mount Royal University (MRU), raising issues of political correctness and free speech. The occasion was a confrontation between a female student who strongly disapproved of a male student sporting a baseball…

PCs who reject Kenney refuse to face the party’s problems

Can the bruised egos of Alberta's Progressive Conservative remnant embrace conservative principles? The signs are mixed

PCs who reject Kenney refuse to face the party’s problemsCALGARY, Alta. Sept. 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Jason Kenney's entrance in the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race highlights the difference between a political faction and a political party. Too often forgotten are the significant differences between factions and parties. Factions keep things quiet and rule with plenty of winks and nods. In the essay Federalist…

Climate change policies exacting a painful economic toll

The consequences of the Alberta NDP's climate change policies are bearing their inevitably poisoned fruit

Climate change policies exacting a painful economic tollCALGARY, Alta. Sept. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Alberta’s Finance Minister, Joe Ceci, was more glum than usual when he delivered his recent economic update. A report by Kevin Birn of HIS Energy, called The State of Canadian and U.S. Climate Policy helps explain why. It was mentioned by Financial Post columnist Claudia Catteneo last…
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