In This Corner

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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 43: It’s all politics, folks.
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As you may recall, last week Premier Rachael Notley and her sneaky government laid a trap for the new leader of the united conservatives, Jason Kenney. Making a mountain out of a molehill, the government introduced a bill to make it illegal for teachers to “out” kids who joined school...
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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 42: When terrorism becomes routine
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There was a terrorist attack in New York this week. A self-professed ISIS disciple used a rented truck to run down pedestrians and cyclists on a busy New York street, killing eight. Using rented vehicles to mow down pedestrians is the favoured tactic of these would-be terrorists; here in Edmonton...
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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 41: Now the hard part begins for the UPC
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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 41: Now the hard part begins for the UPC
The United Conservative Party – somehow fresh-faced and old at the same time – has chosen its first leader.   Jason Kenney, a career politician who has spent his entire life has been devoted to right- wing politics and causes, is the first leader of the shotgun marriage party. He defeated th...
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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 40: The photo-op PM wearing thin
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The bloom is off the Justin Trudeau rose, and the opposition (and much of the media) is in full attack mode. The government is in mid-term stumble right now, lurching from one self-imposed miscue from the other. The government’s attempts at tax reforms – always promoted as aimed only at the...
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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 39: The world of perpetual crisis
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I’m too young to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis (what a pleasure, for once, to be ‘too young’ to remember something). From what I know of it, it sounds like a truly terrifying time. The USSR was installing nukes on Cuba, within easy reach of the U.S. mainland. The U.S., not s...
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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 38: Trans Canada pulls the plug; Vegas joins the club
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Pipeline builder Trans Canada dropped a bomb on the Liberal government on Thursday when it cancelled its $15.7-billion proposed Energy East pipeline, which was designed to carry 1.1-million barrels a day of Western crude to Eastern refineries and export terminals.. The reason, according to Trans ...
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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 37: Terrorism in my backyard
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You know that it could happen in your town. You just don’t expect that it will. I went to the Edmonton Eskimo game last night, and as I entered the stadium I was struck by how much security there is today. Bags are searched, and for some reason wands were used to check random fans…
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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 36: Trudeau vs. Trump
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Donald Trump, the increasingly, dangerously irrational U.S. president, addressed the UN General Assembly this week. So, too, did Justin Trudeau, the poster boy for all that is liberal in the world. Their addresses could not be more different, which is to be expected. And thank God for that. Trump...
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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 35: A game as old as hockey itself.
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There was big news from Alberta’s second city this week — the Calgary Flames are unhappy. And if the Flames are unhappy, ain’t nobody happy. As you may have heard, the Flames and the City of Calgary have been haggling over the construction of a new arena for some time. The dispute con...
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The Return of Stuff Happens, week 34: Dear Earth …
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Dear Earth: This is a difficult letter for us to write, but something has to be said. Are you mad at us? I mean, seriously, seriously angry? It sure seems that way. I mean, just look at your attitude of late. You sent a hurricane named Harvey to batter poor old Texas with levels of…
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