The art behind making disasters manageable

The book Dull Disasters examines how we can get ahead of the inevitable cataclysmic events, rather than resorting to futile generosity after the fact

The art behind making disasters manageableI don’t know about your city, but everywhere I’ve lived in Canada, it snows. As we get past Halloween, I dig out my snow shovel, so one day I can dig out of the snow. I do this every year. I don’t have to reinvent the wheel or the shovel. Authors Daniel J. Clarke and…

Feuding ideologies the second American civil war?

Conservative Arthur Brooks argues people can head off a cultural and political implosion by celebrating the perspective of the other

Feuding ideologies the second American civil war?Various commentators have concluded that America is in the throes of its second civil war. Dennis Prager, a conservative radio host, has concluded that the political left and right share no common value system (such as respect for freedom of speech), therefore there can be no collaborative coming together over core beliefs. He argues that…

Eatonia dance teacher and students head to Hollywood

The four students spent several days in Los Angeles, including four days in Hollywood, where the dancers attended classes with professional instructors

Eatonia dance teacher and students head to HollywoodKenneth Brown of The Clarion Lindsay Larock of Eatonia teaches dance in Eston and four of her students, including her daughter, have had a unique experience in the entertainment mecca of Los Angeles. The Eatonia resident operates the 454 Dance Co. in Eston and one of her students, eight-year-old Tory Lahey of Eston, helped to…

A museum opts for happy hippy love bugs instead of honesty

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts exhibit mythologizes the 1960s by ignoring the dark ugliness masked by all those drug-addled smiles

A museum opts for happy hippy love bugs instead of honestyThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a major institution in Canada’s only real city, which is why its summer Revolution exhibit is such a serious letdown. Devotees of the museum expect far better than Revolution’s intellectually lazy merchandising of 1960s mythology. Based around the eponymous Beatles song, Revolution purports to be a fresh exploration…

Crossroads: the growing Republican divide

Rather than a positive endorsement of their world view, Republican electoral success comes down to a simple rejection of the Democrats

Crossroads: the growing Republican divideThe U.S. Republicans are at a crossroads. And no, it’s not down to the havoc – real and imagined – being wreaked by President Donald Trump. Or at least it’s not mostly down to that. The problem is more fundamental than one man. At the level of its political and intellectual leadership, the party isn’t…

Plenty of high octane excitement at Kindersley dirt drags

Tractor classes included mini pullers, modified minis, a super modified mini, smokers, modified and super modified

Plenty of high octane excitement at Kindersley dirt dragsKenneth Brown of The Clarion Mud racing and tractor pulling fans old and new had a lot to cheer about on the weekend when the sounds of raw horsepower rang out loudly from east of Kindersley. After a one-year hiatus, the Canadian Mud Racing Organization (CMRO) returned to the East-Forty Motorplex five miles east of…

Elizabeth Middle School students get published

All of the students are in Maureen Dobbin’s Grade 6 class: Danielle LaClare, Benjamin Ortman, Rowan Dimitroff, Riley Becker and Brooklyn Davis

Elizabeth Middle School students get publishedKevin McBain of The Clarion Five Grade 6 students from Elizabeth Middle School have had their short stories published in a new book. The book, named The Surprise, is a collection of short stories written by young Canadians. It’s available for purchase online and in book stores. The stories were to be a maximum of…

Adrenaline-pumping action comes to Kindersley this weekend

Drag racers from all over Western Canada and deep in the U.S. will take a run at the 200-foot track, including Kindersley’s own Good to Go Racing team

Adrenaline-pumping action comes to Kindersley this weekendKevin McBain of The Clarion Adrenaline junkies, this is your weekend. This Friday and Saturday, some of the fastest and loudest machines on the planet will be in Kindersley for the Kindersley Dirt Drags and Truck and Tractor Pulls at the East-Forty racing complex just five miles east of Kindersley on Highway 7. Drag racers…

School board kills diversity without consultation

There are good reasons not to teach To Kill a Mockingbird, but shielding students from racist language is not one of them

School board kills diversity without consultationIn Ontario’s Durham region, a single complaint is enough to kill a good book. Late last month, the Durham District School Board removed To Kill a Mockingbird from the required curriculum after a complaint about the use of the n-word in the book. Harper Lee’s celebrated novel will still be available for study but only…

Political “wobbles” prove politics really is a blood sport

Theresa May's recent political "wobble" brings to mind Margaret Thatcher and the 1987 British election, which she won in spite of herself

Political “wobbles” prove politics really is a blood sportBritish Prime Minister Theresa May’s hapless performance in the recent United Kingdom election brought to mind another British prime minister’s voting travails. Although her ultimately decisive victory pushed the unpleasantness into the shadows, Margaret Thatcher – the Iron Lady, no less – had a serious wobble en route to winning a third consecutive mandate in…