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By Ken Coates,Munk Senior Fellow,Macdonald -Laurier Institute,Courtesy of Troy Media. Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation fell far short of expectations. The continuing pandemic did not help, nor did the unevenness of the holiday/commemoration across the country.As expected,…

Chris Clegg Every man, woman and child should feel a great loss for the Town of McLennan and its difficult decision to keep the H.W. Fish arena closed for another year.And perhaps forever.Declining usage [only eight hours per week in…

Joe McWilliams I can actually remember hearing the word ‘awesome’ misused and thinking it was merely amusing.“That’s an awesome necktie!” she said.“Not, it isn’t,” said I to myself. But I appreciated the sentiment.‘Awesome’ as an expression meaning anything but awesome,…

On Oct. 18, Albertans will be presented with the opportunity to express their opinion on what should be done with the federal Equalization program.This referendum – if Albertans vote to approve the provincial government moving forward – is just an…

Richard Froese For some people, it’s been a challenge to be thankful with restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic that began in March 2020.We celebrated Thanksgiving Day last weekend.But we have so many things to be thankful for all the time.COVID-19…

Richard Froese Voters go to the polls Oct. 18 to elect municipal councils and school boards.Held every four years, local elections often create the most interest in government elections since candidates are local and deal with local issues.It’s important for…

Jeff Burgar Somewhere, someplace, is someone who thinks it is impossible for government to put together some kind of computer system for a vaccine passport.There is good reason to think this way. The federal Liberals managed to botch the gun…

Jeff Burgar Some of the dozen or so bigwig civil servants in charge of Alberta Health Services make over $500,000 per year, not including their perks, pensions and allowances.You may well again wonder, given the current situation in Alberta in…

Pearl Lorentzen Scoops are pretty rare in the weekly newspaper business.With a two-day delay between finishing layout and publication, there’s a certain amount of history to all reporting. On our websites, we occasionally make a scoop, but in general there…

Chris Clegg Another federal election has passed and the obvious question asked by most Canadians is, “What did we accomplish?”Given that the status quo was the result, it is easy to say nothing except we are another $600 million plus…

By Mark Milkeand Lennie KaplanCanadian Energy Centre One critical problem for political and business leaders is getting people to think outside their local box.While many people might prefer a local restaurant or coffee shop to a national chain, international trade…

Richard Froese Now that the federal election is over, it’s time to get on with the next election.Voters go to the polls Oct. 18 to elect municipal councils and boards for school divisions.Names of official candidates have been released after…

Chris Clegg It is a council’s job to lobby for the betterment of its community as much as possible. It involves making phone calls, writing letters, sending emails and more.How successful each council is varies. Some are effective, some not…

By Mark Milkeand Lennie KaplanCanadian Energy Centre Between 1969-2019, Canadian parents received $499 billion in family allowance payments and children’s benefits from the federal government.That 50-year cost was matched by $505 billion in revenues to governments from the oil and…

Chris Clegg If you talk to average Joe or Jane citizen, you will find most care very deeply about their community. Many are involved in their children’s sports, arts or culture groups in one way or another. Some coach while…