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Jeff Burgar The Alberta government says the number of doctors across Alberta doubled in the past 20 years. Also, even though the population of Alberta has grown, the number of doctors per 100,000 grew even more. In 2001, there were…

Joe McWilliams What’s the most tedious topic of all? The weather! It’s a safe one, though. Maybe not as safe as it once was, what with that pesky climate change thing going around. But at least it’s something we still…

Jeff Burgar Philosopher Henry David Thoreau wrote in his mid-1800s book, Walden, that “97 per cent of businesses will fail.” He didn’t elaborate on any timeline for this failure statistic. A few months? A few years? Perhaps, like buggy whip…

Richard Froese Here it is, the start of a new year, a new decade. Will we have plenty in 2020? One thing is certain. The price of fuel went up, thanks to the new federal carbon tax imposed by Prime…

Jeff Burgar Usually at this time, columns and air space is filled with predictions for the coming 12 months. It’s often an easy task. We would like to predict things will be much improved in 2020. Energy prices will rebound.…

Jeff Burgar I look out my window at a frozen field, bare trees, and an ice covered roadway now being cloaked by falling powdery snow. My outside thermometre says the temperature is -2C. Hardly a blistering cold winter day. The…

Justin Trudeau, at a NATO summit, giggles like an 11-year-old school boy as he shares a story how “jaws dropped.” Why do so many feel that is the world today? Leaders tell us solemnly how things are. Then they loosen…

Commentary by Pearl Lorentzen As a child, one of my favourite Christmas goodies was popcorn balls. One of my favourite pastimes was building jigsaw puzzles. The physical makeup of the two don’t mix. Popcorn balls are simple to make. Pop…

Jeff Burgar American President Donald Trump isn’t Time Magazine’s choice for Person-of-the-Year for 2019. Sixteen-year-old environment crusader Greta Thunberg now wears that crown. The Swedish youngster, sailing around the world with her father, is chastising adults everywhere for their lack…

Jeff Burgar The RCMP officer said, “Crime numbers are down right now. It’s because the local bad guys are mostly in jail. When they get out, statistics might go up.” This comment, and a truthful comment at that, was said…

Joe McWilliams Be careful when talking to a reporter. You never know when bits of the conversation may end up in a story. A lot depends on the reporter, of course, and perhaps even more on the publication he or…

Jeff Burgar We love telling stories. Some are golden oldies. Some from other places. We hope you all get a chuckle out of them. Our latest starts off with an observation many decades ago there was a trick to getting…

Richard Froese The countdown is on for Christmas and excitement is growing, especially for children. Many people seem to be so busy around this time of year, perhaps too busy. Amidst all the hustle and bustle and rush, focus on…

Jeff Burgar People are bored with Donald Trump impeachment babble. We just want this never-ending story to be over with. As in “C’mon. Stop wasting my time with stories about semi-facts and other such.” Trump’s impeachment is indeed endless upon…