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Paying attention to wording a key plebiscite lesson

In last week’s budget debates, council approved funding for a storefront library despite the results of the plebiscite from last October’s municipal election where voters decisively rejected the idea of further planning for a branch library.

Reality TV in Washington

The latest episode of the reality version of the Netflix production House of Cards pits U.S. President Donald Trump against the Democrat Party-affiliated CNN after the president tried to ban CNN’s Jim Acosta from the White House press briefings.

No one is exempt from cost-cutting pain to balance the books

When I was in the sixth grade, Alberta Premier Ralph Klein was heavily cutting government spending. My teacher was so infuriated at it that she had my class write letters to Klein protesting his education cuts.

Patriotism demands critique

Nov. 11 marked the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Remembrance Day ceremonies were held across the country honouring the brave men and women who fought for our freedom.

Climbing the rope to resiliency

During my junior high days in the early 1980s, I experienced a learning culture that was far more permissive in the promotion of student risk-taking than perhaps what some children might get to experience today.

Premier Notley’s speech to NDP faithful a rehash of past promises

As baseball legend Yogi Berra famously declared: ‘it felt like déjà vu all over again.

Fear-based nationalism eroding Canadian values

Having a strong loyalty and attachment to one’s country is something to be proud of, and by definition this is nationalism. It is a form of ideology that started in the 19th century with the advent of the nation state.

Will the carbon tax save our environment?

“After two years of saying that a carbon tax would not affect Canada’s competitiveness and hurt our economy, the federal government just admitted that it actually will … A watered down poison is still a poison and this is economic poison.

Racism a vile belief that must be confronted

While the recent racial event in Grandin was a negative blemish on our city, it did have one positive aspect by its occurrence. After nearly four years of silence and invisibility, our elected NDP MLA, Trevor Horne, finally surfaced .

Trump’s hate and the journey back to civility

October featured one of the worst weeks in American history for hate crimes. Between Oct. 21 and 27, elected critics of U.S.