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Chris Clegg What is the most important job an MLA can do for you? Is it not to represent the wishes of the people who elected him/her? Last week, 15 Alberta UCP MLAs, including Central Peace-Notley MLA Todd Loewen, decided…

Richard Froese Volunteers serve valuable roles in any community. Their special week is coming up. National Volunteer Week returns April 18-24. Communities and citizens will get an opportunity to thank and honour the valued volunteers who reach out to make…

Jeff Burgar A sharp fellow said years ago, “If you want to get people to do things, first of all, you need a project.” Those weren’t a former MLA’s exact words from years ago, but summed up what Dennis Barton…

Jeff Burgar If groundhogs are on any payroll anywhere, probably many people responsible for hiring are thinking of de-hiring those fuzzballs. The problem of course, is winter. At the end of March last week, winter was very obviously still with…

Jeff Burgar It’s getting so normal out there, we think by the time summer rolls around, we will be fast asleep from boredom. The past year was completely different. Very exciting, in a bad sort of way. Close friends and…

Pearl Lorentzen The intersection of Highway 88, Caribou Trail, and the Sawridge Travel Centre in Slave Lake and Sawridge First Nation scares. The highway goes north. Caribou Trail and the gravel road on the east side of the road both…

Ian Madsen,Senior Policy Analyst Frontier Centre for Public PolicyCourtesy of Troy Media The long-suffering citizens of Alberta recently learned they’re on the hook for yet more billions of dollars via an ill-advised investment in an oil pipeline. The Keystone XL…

Jeff Burgar A local lawyer has often said, “It isn’t the idea of doing something wrong that stops most people from breaking laws. It’s the idea what might happen if they get caught that keeps them honest.” Many people will…

Joe McWilliams Top 10 lists are so common these days they are getting annoying. That’s why this one only goes up to nine! I was thinking the other day on the way to work I don’t see many articles about…

By Franco Terrazzano,Alberta Director,Alberta Taxpayers Federation. Alberta Budget 2021 blew the roof off spending restraint, leaving taxpayers with a simple question: businesses and families have found ways to save money during the pandemic, so why is the Alberta government the…

Jeff Burgar One day soon, another bright local politician will get the idea “we need an economic development officer.” Or more. Or a bigger budget for the existing department. It’s a fun thing to do. Finding office space. Setting terms.…

Chris Clegg I always brag I am a Green Day kid. Yes, I was born on St. Patrick’s Day. I am also part English, not Irish, but like most, St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate no matter what…

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on the Alberta government to absolutely close the door on a provincial sales tax [PST]. The stand comes after a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute that shows a clear majority of Albertans…

Jeff Burgar Of course, people wearing glasses can find some kind of COVID mask that won’t keep fogging up their lenses. There are plastic shields that keep that foggy air away. Maybe scarves strategically placed, about the same as what…