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Citizens play greater role in creating foreign policy

Foreign policy — can it truly be democratically developed, or is this an area of policy that the government must create on its own? After the Cold War, and since 1993, the Canadian government has started a process of consulting with citizens to

Culture to compete for city cash

With just eight months to go until the next municipal election, city council has updated its to-do list for the home stretch, and it could result in more dollars for arts and culture.

Use of proper turn signals is not optional

I preface this column by stating that I am not a mind reader. While intrigued and often amused by the predictions and musings of psychics and seers, I am content to focus on the here and now. I try not to worry about the small stuff.

There is little balance in baby's struggle

I was standing in line, waiting for a coffee when the clerk smiled at my swelling belly and asked me if I hoped for a boy or a girl. “No preference,” I replied, politely.

Politics and our children's health

The year 2010 is turning out to be most interesting for those of us who live in North America. South of the border, the United States has a president who is articulate, pragmatic and civil.

Eco-vision sounds great, but

Depending on who you talk to, the St. Albert of tomorrow could be an eco-friendly oasis where residents leisurely bike or stroll to high-powered jobs, or the annexed lands will remain little more than empty farmers’ fields.

Mentally ill suffer at the hands of government

In 1975 at Ottawa I took a course on forensic psychiatry, the interface between the legal system and mental illness. At one session a law student denounced psychiatrists’ readiness to lock people away in bleak mental hospitals.

Store move sets a green example for all

On the same day that I’m writing this, I will attend one of the five yearly meetings of the Edmonton trails, paths and routes advisory committee. (I’m co-chair this year.

Public trust is hard to come by

By filling his underpants with explosives and then boarding an aircraft bound for Detroit, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab provided us with another glaring example of how airline security can so easily be compromised.

Darksiders needs time to grow on you

War, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse entrusted with maintaining the tender balance of light and dark, is accused of breaking sacred law and unleashing chaos upon the earth.