Ending spat with United States could help us both

Our best allies should be the ones closest to home

Ending spat with United States could help us bothCanadians have had good reason to feel like we’re the wallflower who is taken for granted by the big, hunky neighbour to the south. Softwood lumber? Canadians again face the threat of tariffs when an eight-year truce expires in October. Country of origin labelling for beef? You bet. And our oil is so “dirty” in…

In the Internet age, we don’t need TV debates

Whatever we might have lost by Harper's withdrawal, we stand to gain several times over in the wild, crazy and uncontrollable online world

In the Internet age, we don’t need TV debatesTelevision news folks are in a lather over the Conservatives’ announcement that they won’t participate in the traditional leaders’ debate in the upcoming federal election campaign. Motives have been impugned, with many commentators concluding that the Conservatives see a strategic advantage in keeping their colourless incumbent leader out of the stultifying spotlight. Though the theory…

Rachel Notley’s leadership turned the orange tide

A win for the persuasive power of quality leadership over cynical political manipulation

Rachel Notley’s leadership turned the orange tideOK, everybody, sit down and take a few deep breaths. You’re going to be all right. The sun will rise tomorrow. If you haven’t already lost your job in the oil price crash, you’re not going to lose it now. Your taxes won’t go up tomorrow. No energy companies have imminent plans to move out…

Homegrown power may finally have its moment

Dramatic improvements in performance will soon silence alternative energy’s critics

Homegrown power may finally have its momentAlternative energy sources like wind and solar have one thing in common with automobiles. In their early days, both were written off as frivolous technologies that wouldn’t amount to much. After two early misfires, Henry Ford had desperate trouble getting enough financing to build the assembly line that would in essence lay the foundation for…

Hockey is a bloodsport we can appreciate; Politics, not so much

Would you rather watch the playoffs or MPs out-insulting each other with carefully scripted answers?

Hockey is a bloodsport we can appreciate; Politics, not so muchPity the political pundits this week, because for the next few weeks their lives and passions are pretty much meaningless; their probing insights squandered. Five Canadian teams are in the NHL playoffs. Meanwhile, earnest spooks in the shadows of the Centre Block are trying to interest us in a manufactured bloodsport. They obsess on whether…

Young voters have no taste for old-school politics

Restoring faith in our electoral system will require a new style of politics that eschews much of the current orthodoxy

Young voters have no taste for old-school politicsOf all the victims to take a hit in the Mike Duffy Senate expenses scandal, there’s one that isn’t talked about much. Democracy itself. It’s hard to read the daily stories of ambiguous Senate expense rules, allegations of blackmail/payoffs and rampant disregard for the poor taxpayers who are underwriting this mess without asking yourself about…

Alberta is in no position to go it alone

The once unstoppable province crashes to earth

Alberta is in no position to go it aloneJust a couple of weeks ago, U.S. author Peter Zeihan was in the news in Canada because of a chapter that appeared in his recently published book: The Accidental Superpower. The book is mostly about the United States, but in one extraordinary chapter, Zeihan, a geopolitical strategist, argued that rich and young Alberta should consider…

Heh, easterners, Western Canadians want their winters back

If this is the face of real climate change, then we’re ready to trade in our 4X4s right now and start driving Nissan LEAFs

Heh, easterners, Western Canadians want their winters backExcuse us westerners, central Canada. We’re as confused about the weather as you must be. It’s hard for us to understand just what you’re going through because, well, we’re not. At the time of year when we’re usually bundled up in our Canada Goose parkas, plugging in our cars and wondering what we’re doing in…

Ottawa’s anti-terrorism cure worse than the price

The very foundations of our free society slowly being whittled away

Ottawa’s anti-terrorism cure worse than the priceHere’s a trick question for you: Why do you see young adults stopping friends who’ve been drinking from getting behind the wheel? You might say it’s because they don’t want their friend to get into an accident, hurt somebody or end up in jail. All of those reasons are valid, but they’re not the full…
1 13 14 15