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Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

Supreme Court situation exposes flaws

The attempt to appoint Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada ignored obvious difficulties with his eligibility flowing from the wording of the Supreme Court Act. To be appointed to one of the three Quebec positions on the court he had to be “from among the advocates of that Province.” That clearly implies present status, particularly when the...

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Saturday Apr 12, 2014

Where is St. Albert's kindness?

Last Friday afternoon I attended a city event for service providers and community support organizations to hear Pat Nixon’s insights into dealing with the issues of homelessness and poverty. Pat Nixon, founder of the Mustard Seed, is a nationally recognized expert on the subject. Rising from the challenges of homelessness when he was a teenager, Pat has worked tirelessly supporting effective...

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Wednesday Apr 9, 2014

From Tetris to Amazon

Story ImageHere is a humble offering of interesting stories and studies that have emerged recently.

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Wednesday Apr 9, 2014

Time to get on board with change

Grace Hopper, a former United States rear admiral and computer development pioneer, once said, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is, ‘We've always done it this way.’”

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Saturday Apr 5, 2014

Canada: home to cold weather and governments

Canada and Mexico are in a standoff. Their relations seem as chilly as our never-ending winter, though there is more hope that this cold weather will soon pass. What is causing this frosty affair? Simply put, Canada refuses to remove visa restrictions that were placed upon Mexicans wishing to travel here.

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Wednesday Apr 2, 2014

Vladimir the Great

When I was a boy, we honoured the soldiers of the Crimean War (1853-56) on November 11. We don’t do that any more. Still, the first Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross was Lieutenant Alexander Dunn of the 11th Hussars who was honoured for his valour in the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. This was also the war that brought us Florence Nightingale.

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Mar 29

What is essential spending?

Over the last few years in St. Albert, we have had a heated debate on what we should be spending our tax dollars on. People have objected to city hall spending tax dollars on such things as the purchase of the Stuart Steinhauer sculptures by St. Albert Place, opening a city-owned Starbucks...
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Mar 26

St. Albert: the red light district

Two weeks ago, I had a drive that, to me, sums up what it’s like to commute around St. Albert. I simply took Sir Winston Churchill Avenue from one end to the other. It’s one of the city’s busiest roads, a nearly 12-kilometre stretch that extends from Leclair Way to Poundmaker Road. It has 14 sets...
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Mar 26

Locals aim to get muddy for charity

Bellerose Composite High School grad Rob Deltombe wants to make sure that cancer is stopped in the muddiest way possible.
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Mar 26

Don't let Thief steal your precious time

It is a time of degradation (insert smoky, movie-preview voice here). With a strange illness known as “the gloom” spreading through the city, with corrupt officials feeding on the plundered livelihood of the ill-fated townsfolk, with “Brothers of the Awakening” having called forth strange occult...
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Mar 22

Professional associations are guardians of the public interest

The recent decision of the Alberta Human Rights Commission in Mihaly and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) certainly raises cause for concern amongst all professional associations in Alberta, and in fact across Canada.
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