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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 […]

It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer   Recently I attended a local meeting where first, I was surprised by the number of people in attendance and secondly, by who was represented. The meeting focused on local business challenges and I heard some key issues brought forward that many in this community probably never think about how it […]

Dear Premier Notley,

  Can we believe it? It is 2017 – it is hoped that this New Year will be good to all of us. First of all, I would like to thank you for your letter of October 11, 2016. It is a remarkable letter. It covers a wide range of issues with detail and provides […]

They Just Don’t Get It

  How did the NDP get a majority gov’t in Alberta in the last election?  This is a major question, especially with the latest news concerning a merger between the pc and WR parties.  Primarily there were four factors.  One: many Albertans were tired of the pc propaganda, knew the truth, and wanted something better; […]

The sudden immigration ban—why it matters to all of us

  By Laura Bohnert If you thought President Donald Trump’s first few weeks in office would be quiet, you thought wrong. He’s already created quite the global commotion with new executive orders and newly broken agreements that directly impact a minimum of 9 other countries. Where does all the controversy centre? On the wall—I mean, […]

Does building a wall actually work?

  By Laura Bohnert It’s 2017, Donald Trump is the president of the United States, and everyone has one question rolling about in the back of their skulls: is he really going to build a wall? It was a campaign announcement that seemed absurd—until it wasn’t anymore—but how absurd of an idea is it to […]

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