With the widespread protesting and rioting all across the Western world in the wake of the George Floyd death while being arrested by police, the evident belief is that if only we were less racist, these lethal encounters would not happen. Is it true though? Racism, to be sure, is an ugly thing. Judging anyone… Continue reading Lamenting racism in police brutality will never solve the underlying problem
Widespread rioting across the United States in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis underlines deep racial divides, but most commentators again fail to grasp the real failures at the heart of these deaths. There is no doubt Floyd’s death was tragic. He was arrested on suspicion of trying to pass counterfeit money. He… Continue reading Riots are the failure of elected officials to effect real change in how arrests are made
In Canada, the public has selective hearing. People choose what to believe even if the facts run counter to those beliefs. For example, few people know, let alone understand, the devastating effect the Trudeau government’s decision to cancel the Northern Gateway pipeline in 2017 had on indigenous communities. What they think they know comes comes… Continue reading Why do we choose to ignore the voices of indigenous people who support resource development?
Support for Alberta independence, according to a poll commissioned by the Western Standard, is at its highest levels. The exclusive poll found that support for Alberta’s independence was at 45 per cent and respondents said they would support a Yes vote should a referendum on the issue be called. The same poll found that 50… Continue reading New poll shows support for Alberta independence growing; where’s the Fair Deal Panel report?
One of the first things they teach you in any management program is that any project you undertake must be thoroughly costed and benefits of that project must exceed its costs. Cost vs benefit. It’s such a simple concept and yet the proponents of the transition to renewable energy refuse to weigh the costs of… Continue reading Energy policy needs to look at costs versus benefits and efficiency
News that Gerald Butts will be sitting on a task force struck by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to lead a “resilient” recovery in the wake of the COVID19 lockdown which has hammered the Canadian economy will fill Albertans and all right thinking Canadians with dread. It’s bad enough that the task force itself is filled… Continue reading Resilient task force shows Canada is about to commit economic suicide
Everything becomes politicized these days, so it’s no surprise that the issue of wearing masks now has its political overtones. In the early days of the pandemic, the use of masks was not recommended. Public health officials actually recommended against their use because most people do not know how to use masks properly and risked… Continue reading Do fervent mask wearers imagine swarms of viruses waiting to invade their nostrils?
Hysteria is a funny thing. For rational people, it is a complete puzzle. We see people lose all ability to assess a situation correctly and view everything through the prism of fear. We just shake our heads in amazement. Worse still is that when you gently point out to them that they are being hysterical,… Continue reading We have succumbed to hysteria during this coronavirus pandemic
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is revealing deep ideological divides, ones that will shape our world for decades to come. Once the virus escaped the confines of Wuhan, China and spread around the globe, the challenge was to contain it and then mitigate the effects of the spread. That, as we all know today, was an abysmal… Continue reading Pandemic divide on rights will shape politics for years to come
Remember the good old days of the Wuhan virus? Back in January, our public health officers here in Canada and the United States – actually all across the West – were telling us there was nothing to worry about. Canada’s chief medical doctor Dr. Theresa Tam actually said that because of our experience with the… Continue reading Time to fire Tam and other public health officials who dropped the ball