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Cobra Clutch by A.J. Devlin tops in fiction last week on Audreys Edmonton Bestseller List
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Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and noir-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended May 13, 2018, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. By the way, my apologies to Audreys and the BPAA for missing the previous week’s Edmonton best-sel...
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‘NRA Strategy’ to block connection of climate change dots won’t work when the climate disaster’s in B.C.
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As fear rises in British Columbia this week along with the province’s record floodwaters, the likelihood B.C. voters will connect the dots between man-made climate change and “natural” catastrophes is rising too. Politically speaking, this is not exactly good news for the determined advocates in ...
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Prominent labour activist, plus well-known chanteuse and LGBTQ+ activist, named to Alberta Order of Excellence
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What a pleasure it was yesterday to see Reg Basken’s name on the 2018 list of eight new members of the Alberta Order of Excellence. There was a day I wasn’t at all sure it was even possible for someone associated with a trade union to be honoured in this way. But, for sure, Mr. Basken was and is ...
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Call it what it is, says labour minister: successive Conservative governments denied Alberta working people their rights
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CALGARY – For many years, Alberta working people were routinely denied rights other Canadians take for granted, Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray said last weekend in a bluntly worded speech on labour relations policy in Alberta. The speech provided insights into the direction the NDP govern...
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The United Conservative campaign strategy after Red Deer: Tom Olsen and the Wreckage offer hints
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I think I’ve figured out the United Conservative Party election strategy for 2019. In light of the embarrassingly revealing policy resolutions passed at the UCP’s founding convention in Red Deer over the weekend and the party leadership’s subsequent effort at damage control, not to mention the em...
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Admirably true to their Iron Age code, UCP delegates defy their leaders and the zeitgeist
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Modern Conservatives indeed! The Wildrose Party base – by which I mean the United Conservative Party base, they are the same people – is a wild horse that cannot be ridden safely or broken easily for reasons of mere political expedience. This is partly because it contains many people of genuine p...
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Alberta then and now: Marking the third anniversary of the unexpected victory of Rachel Notley and the NDP
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CALGARY Three years ago today, Albertans did the unexpected in the province’s 29th general election and elected a majority New Democratic Party government. In truth, despite Albertans having been instructed for generations by those who are supposed to know better that they lived in the most conse...
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Just get over it, WestJet! It’s time to negotiate like grownups with your pilots’ union
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Message to WestJet: It’s time to negotiate with your pilots like grownups. After all, this is Canada and they’ve got a constitutional right to bargain collectively, so you need to just get over it. At this point, you’ll do more harm to your business by fighting them than you will by making an eff...
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UCP policy list controversies will disappear in a puff of smoke as Jason Kenney performs his best-known magic trick
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Alberta’s Opposition United Conservative Party has distributed to its members a list of 782 policy proposals to be considered at its founding convention in Red Deer this weekend. Inevitably, the list was immediately handed over to media and the blogosphere by Conservatives unknown. Much was immed...
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Review of Canada’s energy systems unlikely to cut through noise generated by pipeline hysteria
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The furious debate about the merits of current and future pipeline projects underscores the need for an evidence-based long-term energy strategy for our country, the conclusions of a new review of Canada’s energy systems suggest. Alas, the report released yesterday by the Corporate Mapping Projec...
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Was the UCP practicing ‘cultural Marxism’ when it fled the Legislature to avoid the ‘Bubble Zone’ debate?
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We’re all “cultural Marxists” now, I guess. Consider Jason Kenney and the Legislative caucus of the ephemerally named political entity known as the United Conservative Party. (By which I mean, like a bad homebuilder, whenever Alberta Conservatives are caught doing stuff voters don’t approve of, t...
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Geopolitical Sunday: Don’t hold your breath waiting for the state of war to officially end on the Korean Peninsula
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If the Korean War formally ends any time soon, North Korean Leader Kim Jong-il should be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Why not? Just because he presides over a very large military and leads a country that’s not very nice to it’s own citizens when they step a centimetre out of line is obvious...
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Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung Tran-Davies leads Edmonton fiction bestseller list this week
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Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended April 22, 2018, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Ten Cents a Pound – Nhung Tran-Davies * 2. My Heart Full of...
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Embarrassing honorary degree stories: ‘Did no one warn them?’
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You have to ask why universities bother handing out honorary degrees like bonbons when you think about all the trouble it can cause them. Consider the embarrassing 2012 case of the Israeli university that came up with a scheme to give an honorary degree to an unsavoury right-wing foreign politici...
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Jason Kenney joins attack on David Suzuki; complains too many U of A honorary degrees go to progressives
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Where is the Globe and Mail, the National Post, federal Opposition leader Andrew Scheer? After all, they were all such convincing defenders of intellectual freedom on campus when the barbs were being directed at Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto professor who is “the Darth Maul of tenure...
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