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…

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…

Canadian politics is like a box of chocolates

Just when you think you have Canadian politics figured out, you still never know what you are going to get

Canadian politics is like a box of chocolatesPolitics, with apologies to Forrest Gump, is a like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Maxime Bernier was pretty confident he was going to get the leadership of the federal Conservative Part on the weekend. So confident, in fact, that didn’t really deliver a campaign speech on Friday night. It…

A pipeline straight to political disaster?

Both B.C.'s Christy Clark, and Justin Trudeau now face some difficult choices when it comes to the Trans Mountain Pipeline

A pipeline straight to political disaster?Few issues in recent Canadian history have been as divisive as the debate over the construction of new pipelines to carry crude oil to market. The uncertain results from the election in British Columbia only add fuel to a roaring fire. The “blue” Liberal government of Premier Christy Clark won the most seats in the…