Staking out the moral high ground in the energy debate

Othering can help understand energy discourse in Canada – and its tension and polarization – in a sector where natural sciences sensibilities ought to prevail

Staking out the moral high ground in the energy debateUnderstanding “othering,” a theoretical notion studied in the social sciences, could help the petroleum sector connect with Canadians. Othering is about declaring something or someone to be the ‘other’ and, in so doing, reduce that other’s ability to enjoy the same virtues to which you have laid claim. “Othering is the process of casting a…

2017 town budget projects $248,336 surplus

Drop in mill rate leads to hold on some infrastructure spending while moving ahead with new aquatic centre

2017 town budget projects $248,336 surplusKindersley Town Council’s first budget of the term will result in a mill rate drop of more than five mills and spending on certain infrastructure and other programs put on hold as funding slows and Council focuses attention on the design-build of the new indoor aquatic centre. At its May 24 Regular Meeting, Council approved a…

Charges laid in fraud investigation

More than 250 complaints received involving a Kindersley travel agency

Charges laid in fraud investigationCrossroads staff In January, 2016, the RCMP received multiple complaints of fraud involving a travel agency business in Kindersley. As a result of investigation and consultation with Crown, 44-year-old Leslie Glauser is charged with one count of Fraud Over $5,000, section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. “This 16 month investigation was lengthy, in part, due…

What’s the big deal about volunteer work?

Our society is filled with organizations that need volunteer help. And it is both fun and ennobling working for the common good

What’s the big deal about volunteer work?I keep hearing from older volunteers that it’s getting harder to find younger folks to volunteer for civil society board work. When I tell people I’m on five boards, I often get asked, “Why do you do it?” Even my almost-95-year-old mother asks, “Do they pay you for all the volunteering you do?” I have…

It’s time for a cross-country, face-to-face energy conversation

Canadians will be surprised to discover how far the sector has progressed

It’s time for a cross-country, face-to-face energy conversationIt’s time for an Energy Exposed Trust Tour. Load a bus in Vancouver with energy sector leaders: Steve Williams (Suncor), Brian Ferguson (Cenovus), Suzanne West (Imaginea), Pat Carlson (Seven Generations) and Bryan Gould (Aspenleaf). Also invite Ian Anderson (Kinder Morgan), Russ Girling (TransCanada), Mark Taylor (Alberta Energy Regulator) and Joy Romero (Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.). Put Peter…

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverse

Increasing provincial sales tax - including on children's clothes - will hurt lower-income households more than higher-income ones

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverseIn its recent budget, the Saskatchewan government had some difficult choices to make. It could have asked the rich to pay a little more. Instead, it told the poor to pay a lot more. Although this budget may help reduce the provincial deficit, it will be bad for the impoverished and for the long-term health of the…
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