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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 […]

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 Since the last federal election the word “migrant” has been replaced by “refugee.”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   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 […]

It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer   Alberta! In the past, had you said the name of this province, you would have heard a chorus of perceptions of what other Canadians thought we were about. However, with that in mind, the name Alberta now stands for something unique to this province.   In the past five years, […]

It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer First and foremost, welcome to those Fort McMurray families who have come to Whitecourt in relation to the events that have affected their hometown. We sincerely hope you will find that of all the places in Alberta you could have gone to, this is the friendliest and most helpful. Wildfire With […]

It is what it is…

By Marc Chayer Since the last federal election, we have seen the issue of refuges come to the surface on a national level. This polarizing debate has been further fueled by social media in the sense that we get news from so many sources, many of them without corroboration. When one looks to the Syrian […]

It is what it is…

By Marc Chayer This past week was, in many ways, a watershed of sorts in my family’s world. We went through the week with an eye on the long weekend coming and the break it would present. As well, it also signalled the annual Valentine’s Day ritual. However, what I did not know was that […]

It is what it is…

By Marc Chayer Hi, Folks! I recently took a little break from writing this column due to some other commitments I have in life, but, with the current political climate being what it is, well, I just can’t help myself! In coming back, I wanted to kick off the series with a look at our […]

It is what it is…

  By Marc Chayer   The federal election! Is it just me or are these guys trying to put us to sleep? When one compares our prospects and how they “attack” the other, we pale in comparison to our southern cousins in the US. Can you imagine Donald trump in a meeting with say, Justin […]

It is what it is…

By Marc Chayer Throughout history we have often been reminded what a single person can do to change the sequence of events or even the outcome of a crisis. People such as Abraham Lincoln who ended slavery in the United States, Martin Luther King whose “I have a dream” speech put race relations in a […]