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Jeff Burgar Are you being taken for granted? Easy to answer. If you are a voting age rural citizen in Alberta, chances are, you are a true-blue, dyed-in-the-wool, mostly hard-core UPC voter provincially, and anti-Trudeau Conservative voter federally. So, of…

Joe McWilliams Let’s be trivial for a moment and spare a thought for bigfoot. If it exists, its habitat is on fire right now. If the mysterious sasquatch is ever going to be flushed out into the open, now would…

Jeff Burgar There are news reports that one-third of Canadian restaurants might close their doors permanently by the end of this year. In America, some observers say the situation is actually much worse. Specifically, they expect more than two-thirds of…

Students learn best when in classroom Richard Froese Students are back in classes as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Although not all students are at school as some families chose to keep their children at home and learn online connected to…

Jeff Burgar I have my own idea when “winter is over.” It’s a personal thing. I want a good “summer” to last as long as possible. So basically, I try to fool myself sub-zero temperatures at night mean nothing. It’s…

By Jeff Burgar The nice lady working alongside me at the bingo hall scowled. “Look at all these people here. Most of them are on welfare or some kind of government cheque. They get their money. Then they come down…

Jeff Burgar Are we ready to get back to “normal” whatever that might be? Probably not. But steps forward are happening. Stores, restaurants, businesses are re-opening. A big step of course, is returning students to school. Secondary education institutions like…

Pearl Lorentzen “We have inherited great riches from our distant ancestors, but the reality is that huge swathes of ancient culture were lost on the long journey to the 21st century.” – Violet Moller in The Map of Knowledge: A…

Jeff Burgar The couple sat in the advisor’s office. They had a few zillion dollars in the bank. But the money wasn’t earning as it used to. Investments were sour. People were moving out of the rental units and it…

Chris Clegg Back to work after three weeks of holidays! What a wonderful three weeks it was! No only for me, but also the staff! Ha, ha! After constant rain all spring and summer, July 27 was hot and sunny.…

Jeff Burgar So you took out a loan at your friendly local bank, treasury, or credit union. Then, for some silly reason, or maybe even a really good reason, you missed several payments. The lender got upset. They are kinda…

Joe McWilliams Somehow there will be a hockey season, locally in 2020/21. How it will look is still a bit up in the air. For one thing, the provincial government may come out with its ‘Phase III Re-launch’ guidelines by…

Jeff Burgar It’s now about five months from the time most of the Western world really started taking notice of Covid-19. Besides the scramble to find vaccines and cures, there is a mad rush to take political advantage of this…

Jeff Burgar In the good old days of one of Alberta’s periodic boom times, it was common to hear leaders of various expanding communities whining about their problems. Grande Prairie. Lloydminster. Red Deer. Even Beaumont and Vegreville. “Gosh,” they would…

Jeff Burgar “Kids,” she said firmly, “just don’t pay attention to the news. They haven’t a clue what is going on in the world.” Honestly, many of us have the same idea. Kids and young adults walking with ear buds…