Two crises, one ineffectual government

The failure to approve a pipeline has turned an economic problem into an existential crisis for the country

Two crises, one ineffectual governmentOne crisis in the West. One crisis in the East. Can Prime Minister Justin Trudeau feel the eyes on his back? Alberta and other portions of the West are absolutely reeling from the devastating impact of criminally low oil prices. Oil and gas companies and their suppliers are losing money. Our resources are being stolen.…

Sexy Stinger takes it to the German touring sedans

Review: 2018 Kia Stinger GT Limited is a lot of car at a price point just under $50,000

Sexy Stinger takes it to the German touring sedansBy Doug Firby and Lisa Monforton Troy Media Like its cousin Hyundai, Kia is a Korean carmaker known for its value-priced vehicles. The cars and SUVs offer great value in hardy vehicles with lots of features. They’re also offered for relatively low dollars. Until now. Kia is busting out of the hive with its first…

Calgarians rebelled against the mother hens

Big forces were at play in the campaign to vote yes to hosting the Olympics. But public distrust was a more powerful force

Calgarians rebelled against the mother hensYou’ve probably already read and heard a lot of so-called experts explaining why the people of Calgary voted against a bid for the 2026 Olympic Games. A lot of the analysis misses the mark. On the surface, it appeared this venture was tailor-made for a city known for its entrepreneurism, can-do spirit and accomplished winter…

Olympic decision 2026: Calgary’s Games don’t have to break the bank

‘Olympics can be expensive, but they don’t have to be’

Olympic decision 2026: Calgary’s Games don’t have to break the bankA generation after the 1988 Winter Olympics transformed Calgary, its citizens are debating whether to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. Calgary council votes on Sept. 10 on whether to keep the process alive, and its citizens will have their say in a plebiscite on Nov. 13. What are the risks and rewards in…

Free-falling: Canada’s SkyHawks make skydiving look easy

A blast of fierce wind tears at my face, making it hard to take a normal breath. We’re falling towards Earth at speeds of up to 260 km/h

Free-falling: Canada’s SkyHawks make skydiving look easyBefore me, the gaping rear hatch of our aircraft reveals an awe-inspiring view of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, viewed from 3,200 metres in the air. The smell of smoke is pungent from area forest fires. The hatch of the Hercules J-130 cargo airplane is wide open, and I've just learned I'm to be the first…

Harley-Davidson announces massive product, retail overhaul

As its traditional customer base ages, Harley is shifting its focus to providing electric motorcycles and small-displacement and lighter machines

Harley-Davidson announces massive product, retail overhaulVenerable U.S. motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson today unveiled what it is calling the most ambitious product and customer service overall in the company’s history. As its traditional customer base of boomers age and hang up their riding boots, Harley is dramatically shifting its focus by providing electric motorcycles, small-displacement and lighter machines and announcing plans to…

IOC has reformed its bidding process for Games, Calgarians told

The IOC attended a Calgary Chamber of Commerce hosted event to address concerns about the city's bidding process for the 2026 Games.

IOC has reformed its bidding process for Games, Calgarians toldThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) told an elite Calgary audience on Tuesday that it’s a transformed organization that will engage in an open and transparent bidding process. Hannah Burns, head of promotion for Olympic Games and Olympic Candidatures, said the IOC has changed the candidature process to encourage more open dialogue and greater transparency. Speaking…

‘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…