A lament for Canadian politics

Making sense of the world and seeing what needs to be changed is no longer the essence of politics in Canada

A lament for Canadian politicsDownload this column on Canadian politics for your publication or website. FREE to subscribers Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, AB Oct 4, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It is supposed to be the easiest thing in the world. You enter the polling booth, make a mark with a pencil and then, a few hours later,…

Effective innovation starts with reliable measures

If Alberta is serious about diversifying its economy, it needs to rethink how it measure innovative activity

Effective innovation starts with reliable measuresDownload this column on innovation for your publication or website. FREE trial Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, AB Oct. 1, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It is not news that Alberta is seeking to diversify its economy. It has been seeking to do so for some time, and with some success. It has embraced the…

Alberta needs to nurture its economic gazelles

Stop talking about diversification and start talking about broadening the economic base

Alberta needs to nurture its economic gazellesDownload this column on Alberta for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, AB July 19, 2015/ Troy Media/ - A colleague suggested to me recently that Alberta should stop talking about diversifying its economy. Instead, he said, we should talk about broadening the economic base. He is right. Of course,…

Social enterprises and the rise of the new capitalism

Social enterprises think through the social, environmental and personal impacts of everything they do

Social enterprises and the rise of the new capitalismSocial enterprises and the rise of the new capitalism FREE to subscribers EDMONTON, AB, Apr 7, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Companies are changing. They are coming to recognize that the future requires them to develop a different business model – one that focuses on multiple bottom lines, not just profit. Companies which relentlessly focus on…

The sad state of universities

Universities are losing their focus and character in the name of compliance, correctness and cash

The sad state of universitiesThe sad state of universities FREE to subscribers EDMONTON, AB, Apr 5, 2015/ Troy Media/ - There is a quiet but important scandal brewing in our universities. The symptoms of this scandal burst out occasionally, most recently at the University of Western Ontario, where the symptom is the $1 million a year compensation package paid to…

School boards give Alberta government failing grade

Lays out in detail how the PCs have cut per student funding since 2013

School boards give Alberta government failing gradePurchase School boards give Alberta government failing grade EDMONTON, AB, Apr 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Alberta’s four largest school boards – Edmonton Public and Catholic and their counterparts in Calgary – wrote to all parents last week and laid bare the reality of the claims of the Prentice government that it was “protecting front…

Alberta’s public servants deserve a better government to work with

Asking them to carry the can for the government’s ineptitude is disingenuous

Alberta’s public servants deserve a better government to work withAlberta’s public servants deserve a better government to work with FREE to subscribers EDMONTON, AB, Mar 22, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Alberta Premier Jim Prentice thinks if he says something often enough then Albertan’s will accept it as a truth. For example, if he says often enough that the biggest problem (other than the so-called deficit…

Government meddling tarnishing reputation of universities in Alberta

2 recent reports outline the extent of the decline

Government meddling tarnishing reputation of universities in AlbertaGovernment meddling tarnishing reputation of universities in Alberta FREE to subscribers EDMONTON, AB, Mar 13, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Two reports, both published in the last few days, should give the Alberta government cause for pause as they think about reducing funding for post-secondary education in the province. The first is the annual rankings of…

The truth about Jim Prentice

What Albertans need to know about their Premier

The truth about Jim PrenticeThe truth about Jim Prentice is FREE to subscribers EDMONTON, AB, Mar 11, 2015/ Troy Media/ - What do we know now about Alberta Premier Jim Prentice? What do his actions, words and behaviour tell us about him? This is what I am observing: He is imperial – he expects his instructions to be followed,…