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Alberta Needs a Minister of Independence Preparation

No matter how much abuse the Laurentian Elite has heaped upon Alberta, the province has seemed willing to just take it. Yet in this relationship, the perpetrator never even tearfully apologizes nor promises to change, but simply rolls out new outrages using new rationales. Albertans’ habitual responses – grumbling, asking for a fairer deal and working ever-harder to bear the costs of Confederation – have failed again and again, argues Leon Craig. He thinks it’s high times for a new approach. In this impassioned, open letter to Jason Kenney, Craig urges Alberta’s new Premier to get their beloved province ready to go it alone.

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The Canoe of the 21st Century?

Connecting remote northern communities to the outside world at a bearable cost and in a way that’s acceptable to northern residents has bedeviled generations. In recent years, especially, politics has often gotten in the way of and diverted attention from practical solutions. Something needs to be done, however. Josh Dehaas reports on a new way of using older technology that could, if it works, revolutionize northern transportation, doing for 21st century Indigenous residents what the canoe, kayak and bush plane did for their forebears.

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Liberal Election Atmospherics: the Real “National Emergency”

It’s been said many times that one should never let facts get in the way of a good story. Let’s hope facts still can get in the way of a winning election campaign if that campaign is founded on distortion, exaggeration, tendentious claims, ruinous policies and utopian futility. Using facts from credible organizations, Gwyn Morgan takes a verbal stiletto to the fear-based federal Liberal election campaign that’s coming our way in a few weeks.

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The Liberal government’s relentless assault on the West’s resource economy must have countless older Albertans (and Saskatchewanians) seething at Eastern Canada’s refusal to mature beyond its politics of envy and younger generations mystified that the careers they studied and worked hard to launch are pronounced destined for phase-out by our current prime minister. 

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The heart and soul of the organic movement is the non-scientific belief in vitalism. Problem: Vitalism as a belief system has been effectively debunked for decades, if not since the early 19th century. Mark Hanson, from the University of Manitoba, takes on some organic myths and misconceptions.

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What is it about rank-ordered lists that capture our attention? We appear helpless before the Siren call of any list promising the “greatest”, the “biggest” or “the best.” Given Canada’s urban nature, it is unsurprising that Maclean’s magazine – famous for its ranking of Canada’s universities – just days ago released its list of the “Best Communities in Canada 2019”. It’s good fun ridiculing this list’s absurdity for, as everyone knows, Toronto is hands-down the “best community.” In this interview/essay, David Seymour looks at two prominent urbanists – Richard Florida and Joel Kotkin – and examines their competing visions for what, ideally, makes for a prosperous and flourishing city.

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Justin Trudeau’s decision last week to publicly purge two Liberal MPs for alleged sexual misconduct, without asking or naming the complainants or giving his MPs any measure of due process, was not his first foray outside elementary principles of law. A few months ago he invented a constitutional right to abortion and banned anyone who does not subscribe to this myth from running as a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada. Is he a legal naif or tinpot autocrat? Don Hutchinson weighs the evidence…

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