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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Everything you need to know about the carbon tax

  By Laura Bohnert The crunch was on before the arrival of 2017. The imminence of a carbon tax that was expected to drive oil and gas prices up at its advent had people taking to the streets in the most Mad Max of fashions: road warriors fighting their way through the lineups of war […]

Loving murderers and blaming monsters: how the victim gets caught in the crossfire

  By Laura Bohnert There are a lot of grey areas involved when it comes to defining the line between good and bad. It’s an occurrence that is best exemplified by Robin Hood: even criminal behaviour be heroic when it is performing a vigilante justice that is deemed somehow commendable. But it’s hard to comprehend […]

Is it happy holidays, merry Christmas, best of the season…what are we supposed to say?

  By Laura Bohnert Merry Christmas—wait, Happy Hannuka? Happy holidays? A festive greeting to you during this season of many events? Happy commercialization of definitive religious moments? Happy Festivus? We’ve all been there. Whether you are saying a farewell over the phone to a client or are passing a familiar face in the grocery store, […]

What does progress look like when it comes to the pipelines?

  By Laura Bohnert The oil and gas industry in Alberta is celebrating a small success following the federal approval of two new pipeline projects. Plans for the Trans Mountain and Line 3 Pipelines have been approved by the Trudeau government, and the potential those projects introduce into Alberta’s industries carries a lot of weight […]

Where should all this garbage go?

  By Laura Bohnert   The Trump win has a lot of people cringing—or full out weeping in the streets—but while advocates for minority groups are doing their best to bring awareness to the extent of damage that threats and acts of violence and hate are causing human beings, there is one consequence of the […]

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