‘None of the above’ should be a valid ballot choice

Voters should be given the opportunity to say none of the options are acceptable. It could lay the foundation for a stronger democracy

‘None of the above’ should be a valid ballot choiceImagine holding an election in which no one wins. When none of the candidates meet our expectations, it’s an appealing idea. How often have each of us looked at the choices on the ballot, sighed and asked ourselves, “Is this the best we can do?” Having nothing but poor choices can lead to a sense…

We’ve turned into a nation of winter wimps

Even our junior men’s hockey team has fallen prey, blowing its outdoor game against the U.S. because we’ve forgotten how to play in a snowstorm

We’ve turned into a nation of winter wimpsOne day during the recent cold snap that gripped much of Canada, my wife said something that made me do a double-take. “It’s -41!” she cried. “It is?” I responded incredulously. That wicked temperature is not unknown in Calgary but typically only occurs every few years. “With the wind chill,” she said. Rarely am I…

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?

Saskatchewan's $1.5-billion CCS demonstration facility at Boundary Dam in the southern part of the province is the first commercial-scale CCS project in the world

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?If Santa brought you a lump of coal this Christmas, maybe you shouldn’t feel so bad about it. That coal might actually come in handy as an acceptable part of our energy future. Technology exists that can transform coal from environmental villain into a fuel that at least won’t make things worse than they already…

Upstart party could turn Alberta politics on its head

The Alberta Party hopes to slip into the great divide between the polarized left and right with big-tent policies free of the old PC baggage

Upstart party could turn Alberta politics on its headAlberta voters are about 18 months away from their scheduled shot at choosing the province’s next government, but there’s already more of a political buzz in the province than a beehive in May. The good people of this maverick province are itching to show the nation whether their first-ever flirtation with the soft-left socialism of…

NAFTA assault may force Canada to spread its wings

The ongoing Trump follies may force us to become a more independent country

NAFTA assault may force Canada to spread its wingsIf there is a silver lining to the cloud-covered attempts to salvage North America’s 24-year-old trade pact, it is in witnessing former Canadian political foes rallying together for the cause. Former prime minister Stephen Harper is the latest Conservative to head off to Washington to lobby on behalf of efforts by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s…

For the sake of our kids, Calgary must end the anti-fluoride folly

Poor dental health in childhood becomes a lifelong burden, with consequences for those who can least afford dental care

For the sake of our kids, Calgary must end the anti-fluoride follyIf I could convince Calgarians to vote on one issue in the upcoming municipal elections, it wouldn’t be the one that’s in the headlines – whether to subsidize the Flames’ billionaire owners in their quest for a new arena. Instead, it would be to punish those idiotic councillors who voted in 2011 to remove fluoride…

On your next trip, bring a bag of goodwill

A grassroots Canadian movement called Not Just Tourists encourages you to take suitcases filled with medical supplies to needy countries

On your next trip, bring a bag of goodwillWhen we think of helping people in impoverished parts of the world, we often think of signing online petitions, making cash donations or volunteering. But bringing about meaningful change can be as simple as carrying an extra suitcase on your next overseas trip. Avi D’Souza has been doing that for about four years, since he…

The age of civility has entered a dangerous time

If you believe our hard-won social norms are worth keeping, you must become truly active to stop this cancer before it metastasizes

The age of civility has entered a dangerous timeCanadians are front-row spectators to the swelling social chaos in the United States, so close that we can feel the heat, sweat and blood. So close, in fact, that we need to worry about collateral damage. Just as the reckless language chosen by that country’s elected leader is – through accident or design – giving…

Barring the gates is no long-term solution for our parks

The popularity of Canada's parks and protected areas is creating problems that will require more than simply banning people to solve

Barring the gates is no long-term solution for our parksCanada’s national parks are having a big year. It’s both a blessing and a curse. In July, the parks and historic sites saw nine per cent more visits than they did in 2016, which experienced 24.6 million visits for the year. And that was a big jump from the 23.2 million in 2015. In one…

Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?

No question Canada has much to answer for in its treatment of indigenous people. But we also have a great deal to be proud about

Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?Those of us who were around for Canada’s 100th birthday can’t help but be struck by the very different mood this year, as we mark the country’s sesquicentennial. How, we wonder, did this national milestone turn into such a bummer? To understand just how much the national mood has shifted, let me point out some of…