Community newspapers feeling the pressure

Additional resources, including access to national advertising, needed to ease the time and work crunch – and feed the soul of community papers

Community newspapers feeling the pressureEditor’s note: The names of the editors quoted below have been changed and we’ve opted not to identify their publications in order to protect them. RED DEER, Alta., April 10, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Local content is the soul of community newspapers. And the holy trinity that allows publishers and editors to create that content…

The right wing faces off for Alberta

Merging the Wildrose and PC parties to create a new right-wing party in Alberta won't be simple. And are the voters even interested?

The right wing faces off for AlbertaRED DEER, Alta. Mar. 21, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Brian Jean and Jason Kenney both want to play right wing. They both want to be team captain. Neither wants to play with the centre or – particularly – the left wing. Welcome to conservative politics in Alberta, two years and change before the playoffs –…

An alternative to riding the social bandwagon

We’d all be better served by being less obsessed with the nonsense that passes for social discourse in the modern political world

An alternative to riding the social bandwagonRED DEER, Alta. Feb. 28, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Politics (and the nonsense perpetrated upon society by and about politicians) has become an obsession in the western world. We can't get enough of the bad choices our leaders make, the provocative and twisted things that they say and do. We can’t get enough of the…

The deep social scars will take a long time to heal

How do Canadians wash away the shame of the slaughter of six men in a mosque in Quebec City?

The deep social scars will take a long time to healRED DEER, Alta. Feb. 3, 2017 /Troy Media/ – No society is perfect. Tragedy has a way of turning blemishes into scars – scars that take a long time to heal. Canadians can now drop the smug pretence that we’re superior to the vast number of nations on this planet. We, too, have fundamental social…

Drawing new lines to assure fairness in politics

Albertans have been down the road to electoral boundary reform before – and discovered it led to a swamp

Drawing new lines to assure fairness in politicsRED DEER, Alta. Jan. 18, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Albertans have been down the road to electoral boundary reform before – and discovered it led to a swamp. Will the work of the newest Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission, and chair Myra Bielby (an Alberta Court of Appeal justice), be any different or will we still…

Alberta should make the shift to permanent Central Standard Time

That would allow us to enjoy the maximum amount of summer sun but wouldn’t appreciably change our exposure to winter sun

Alberta should make the shift to permanent Central Standard TimeRED DEER, Alta. Dec. 20, 2016/Troy Media/ – Canadians are mostly in the dark at this time of year – and it has nothing to do with secretive politicians or even uncertainty about how we will ever get our Christmas shopping done. In winter months, we head to work or school in the dark, often come…

The frenzied barking of dissent without substance

A group of about 1,000 Albertans chanting “Lock her up” about Premier Rachel Notley exhibited values that insult the very core of this nation

The frenzied barking of dissent without substanceRED DEER, Alta. Dec. 6, 2016/Troy Media/ – A friend’s dog runs off in a frenzy, barking wildly, when anyone utters the word “bunny.” It’s the emotive, reactive response of an animal with a limited faculty to filter stimulus and information. The human equivalent, in 2016 Alberta, is apparently to utter the words “Rachel Notley,”…

Albertans shouldn’t be looking south for help

Trump wants to shut down oil imports as his country builds energy self-sufficiency, so don't count on a U.S. solution to our problems

Albertans shouldn’t be looking south for helpRED DEER, Alta. Nov. 20, 2016/Troy Media/ – Does Donald Trump represent Alberta’s best chance for economic resurrection? Don’t hold your breath. One in 10 willing Albertans is jobless. And a sense of dread permeates the province as the oil industry limps toward a third miserable year. It’s hard to even credit the predictions of…

A generation’s remarkable sacrifices

Those who fought in and lived through the Second World War laid the foundation for the vibrant, inclusive country we enjoy today

A generation’s remarkable sacrificesRED DEER, Alta. Nov. 10, 2016/Troy Media? – Too rarely do we thank our parents ­– or for that matter, the whole generation that included our parents. The Canadian baby boomers’ upbringing was strange alchemy: part Cold War paranoia, part unbridled optimism, and a mess of traditional and emerging values all brewed in one cauldron.…

Alberta health workers failing to protect their clients

Two groups stand out for their failure to be broadly immunized for influenza: seniors and health-care workers

Alberta health workers failing to protect their clientsRED DEER, Alta. Oct. 26, 2016/Troy Media/ – Seven years after H1N1 sounded alarm bells about influenza’s menace, some Albertans still have a great deal to learn. As another flu season arrives, free immunization is again being offered to all Albertans. Alberta Health Services wants to surpass the almost 1.46 million doses administered last year.…
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