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So, how’s that carbon tax working out so far?

  By Laura Bohnert The Alberta budget was announced by Finance Minister Joe Ceci earlier this month, but despite the role the carbon levy is expected to play in the generation of $5.4 billion that will be put towards Alberta’s growing deficit, no mention was made of the carbon tax during the speech. Is this […]

It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer   Wildrose and Conservatives reach a deal to unite! Tick tock, tick tock! Rachel, the clock has started the countdown to the day when we can finally put you and this ridiculous excuse for a government out of its misery and finally get on with business again. Last week the respective […]

It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer   Canadian media! What is going on with main stream media and the absolute addiction to all things Trump? In a country where we have Zoolander as the prime minster coupled with Notley as premier you would think we have enough here to talk about in media circles. Yet, despite the […]

Popularity contest: who were Alberta’s most popular premiers, and why?

  By Laura Bohnert The approval ratings are in, and it isn’t looking so great for Canada’s Premiers. Across the nation, only two premiers have earned the approval of more than half the respondents in their respective provinces—Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall received the highest approval rating at 52 per cent, and Manitoba’s Brian Pallister was in […]

What it means to live in North Korea

  By Laura Bohnert   It seems almost everyone is on edge about North Korea right now as Trump continues to push tensions further and further—despite warnings about what this provocation might lead to—but what about the North Koreans in all of this? What’s it like living in the middle of what is probably the […]

Why is our Premier fighting with Brad Wall?

  By Laura Bohnert Our Prime Minister is (jokingly) challenging former Friends star Matthew Perry to a fight, and our Premier is ready to tear Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall a new one: forget our “peacekeeping” roots; it looks like Canadian politics is headed for the boxing ring instead. Granted, Canada’s political turmoil looks mild compared […]

US attack on Syria In Retaliation to Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons

  I am skeptical.  Here’s why:  Remember the non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq that led to the war in Iraq?  And before that it was the non-existent attack by N. Viet Nam on a US war ship that led to the war in Viet Nam.  So, we have a history of the US […]

Trump vs Syria—recapping the latest attack

  By Laura Bohnert Following Tuesday’s deadly chemical bombing of a rebel-held part of Northern Syria, Khan Sheikhoun, the United States has launched a military strike on Syrian government airbase Shayrat Airfield. It is believed that the chemical bombing used the nerve agent sarin, killing at least 70 people (many of them children) and injuring […]

It is what it is…

  BY Marc Chayer This week, I wanted to take a hard left and move away from the politics of the world and focus on something closer to home. That said, please bear with me on this, as below you will find an open letter to my daughter and through it, hopefully, parents reading this […]

Canada—the failed peacekeeper?

  By Laura Bohnert Peacekeeping extends well back into Canada’s history; it’s the foundation of our national identity—we are a peacekeeping country; it’s one of the core components of what Canada reputedly is, tying into our painstaking politeness and apologetic hospitality. But are we really the peacekeepers we’ve made ourselves out to be, or are […]

It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer   Tick, tock. That’s the sound you can hear in the offices of the NDP government in Alberta. But, first let’s go back to the days of our last Conservative government. At the time we had a government seemingly tone deaf to the public feeling I, for one, was one of […]

It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer CAUTION: This is going to be a rant! Driving! It’s a privilege, not a right. How many times have we heard this? Yet daily we are witness to how many utterly stupid people travel on our roads? In contemplating this week’s column, I was thinking of the different ideas I could […]

It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer In recent times we have watched the world news to witness the phenomenon of “migrants” fleeing the Middle East for a better life. Since the last federal election the word “migrant” has been replaced by “refugee.” In the US, we saw how the immigration issue became key in deciding who would […]

It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer In past issues of this paper we have seen brief news reports about the Royal Canadian Air Cadets here in Whitecourt. In reading these, I am sure people have often looked at the article as a “human interest” story which, in itself, is not a bad thing. However, what is missed […]

Expressing dissent with physical threats—are we breeding a terrorist civilization?

  By Laura Bohnert On May 24, 2015, Alberta voted for change. In an election that expected the NDP to take opposition to a PC government, Alberta voted in the first NDP government in the province’s history—and the first non- Conservative premier since 1971. However, it wouldn’t be long for the then-shiny-and-new premier to start […]

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