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It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer   At Christmas, I decided I would take a break from writing for the holiday. Long holiday, eh? Good Day Folks! During my time away from writing, I was surprised to run into people who reached out to tell me about how much they enjoyed the column. I found this surprising. […]

The economy and budgets

  Word is that Alberta’s economy is on the upward swing. There are some who haven’t felt the effect (other than the very high price for gasoline) but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.  In fact, there is a lot of activity in the oil patch just to the west of us in Fox creek. […]

A new study finds that anti-depressants do work if you take the right kind

  By: Brittany Da Silva   A new study has been published proving the effectiveness of anti-depressants. Surprisingly, this has been a hot topic in the scientific field, with many believing that they don’t actually work. The study, entitled “Comparative efficacy and acceptability of 21 antidepressant drugs for the acute treatment of adults with major […]

The new Canadian health care plan – what you need to know

  By: Brittany Da Silva   There is a new Canadian health care plan in the works, which has recently been announced by the federal government in Ottawa. The main issue with the current health care system for a number of individuals is the fact that so many people are left without coverage for prescription […]

Archaeologists have been busy lately

By: Brittany Da Silva   While great archaeological findings may be far and few between, they are certainly proving to be well worth the wait. A group of divers have recently discovered what is believed to be the largest flooded cave on Earth in eastern Mexico, with the cave coming in at measurements of 347 […]

Is Elizabeth Swaney gaming the system?

    By: Brittany Da Silva   Elizabeth Swaney has had a unique road to the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. She competed as a Hungarian athlete in freestyle skiing halfpipe, despite being American-born. Swaney could not qualify for the U.S. team, so she decided to pave her own way to the Olympics. […]

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched into space. Should private companies be in the Space Race?

  By Brittany DaSilva   On February 6, 2018, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket was launched into space, making it the second heaviest rocket to ever leave Earth. The rocket lifted off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon Heavy rocket is now recognized as the world’s most […]

Gerald Stanley verdict – was it the jury’s fault?

  By Brittany Da Silva   Gerald Stanley was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie, as determined by a jury on February 9, 2018. Colten Boushie was fatally shot by Gerald Stanley in August 2016 on Stanley’s farm, located near Biggar, Saskatchewan. Boushie was a 22-year-old Cree man and […]

What’s happening in Cape Town? What caused the water crisis?

  By: Brittany Da Silva   Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa, is predicted to run out of water in May 2018. If this happens, Cape Town will become the first major city in the world to run out of water. With an estimated population of approximately 4.3 million people, a dangerously large […]

Justin Trudeau’s town halls – were they a good idea?

  By Brittany Da Silva   On Thursday, February 1, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took part in a town hall meeting in Edmonton. This was just one stop among many, as the Prime Minister has made his way across Canada hosting public town halls from coast to coast. Having stopped in Nova Scotia and […]

We are Two Minutes Closer to Doomsday. Why and What Does This Mean?

  By Brittany Da Silva   It’s official. We are two minutes to midnight. On January 25, 2018, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that they had moved the Doomsday Clock ahead by 30 seconds. So, what does this mean?   The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 – during the Cold War – […]

Licence Plate Ban Lifted – What was That About?

  By Brittany Da Silva   In December 2017, it was reported that the Saskatchewan government banned Alberta licence plates on road construction sites. Even stranger was the fact that Deron Bilous, Alberta’s Economic Development Minister, had to find this out through the media. Bilous’ office tried to reach out to the trade minister of […]

The Minimum Wage Hike. Good or Bad?

  By Brittany DaSilva   By October 2018, the minimum wage in Alberta will be $15 per hour. It is commendable that the NDP want to give lower-income Albertans the chance to properly support their families by increasing the minimum wage to an actual livable wage. However, this may be a temporary solution to a […]

A Cold nose means you are working too hard – Finally an easy way to tell!

  By Brittany DaSilva     Have you ever noticed that you have a cold nose, regardless of your body temperature? Are you a multi-tasker who frequently feels overwhelmed? Surprisingly, these two questions are actually related. In a study recently published in the journal Human Factors, scientists have proven that a cold nose is a […]

The Golden Globe Awards 2018 prove how politics and entertainment fuel each other

  By Brittany Da Silva   As we have seen multiple times over the past few months, politics and entertainment often fuel each other. With the rise of social media, the average person is more connected to the entertainment world than ever before. In the past, people could stay somewhat up-to-date on the daily lives […]

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