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21-year wait for balanced federal budget shocking

The sad news emanating out of our federal Finance Department made me feel very old.

Don’t mess with China

It was just a matter of time before someone got really hurt when we decided to arrest Meng Wanzhou, a top official of Huawei, a major Chinese telecom company, that is competing globally with U.S.-based telecommunications corporations.

Garbage in, garbage out

The phrase “garbage in, garbage out” has been used to refer to computer programming, but the more literal meaning certainly holds true with regard to our current dilemma with waste management.

Socialist talk causing currency jitters, sell-offs

While we don’t often think of money as a commodity, in reality, that’s precisely what it is – a commodity that goes up and down in value as the demand and supply of the currency changes.

Coping with the ripple effects of poverty

“Poverty is a lack of resources, income and assets necessary for a standard of living that supports economic security, physical stability and social inclusion.

More open dialogue key for new year

2018 was a heated year for Canadian politics. Canadians faced a variety of issues ranging from energy development to the renegotiation of our trade relationships with the U.S. and Mexico.

Be an author of hope this year

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’” These optimistic words penned by Victorian-era poet Alfred Lord Tennyson evoke the positive connotations that accompany the beginning of a new year.

‘Core needs’ must remain focus of city spending

St. Albert city council deserves to be commended for next year’s budget, which kept the tax increase at only 0.4 per cent. This continues the trend of the last few years, when we had an increase of 2.4 per cent last year and 2.1 per cent in 2017.

Pop culture drama creates larger mental health discussion

Early in December, a celebrity meltdown occurred on Twitter – rapper Kanye West ranted about medication and its effect on his creative process. Then Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson alarmed millions of fans by declaring in a Dec.

2018 Annus Horribilus

Much has happened to our world over this past year – some promising and positive interludes, but overall, discouraging and punishing. First, the good news – nuclear attacks remain on hold.