How the world lulled itself into a false sense of security

Free nations must devote more resources to defence. Denialism and appeasement deliver death and destruction

How the world lulled itself into a false sense of securityOn Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. East Germans streamed from communist East Berlin into democratic West Berlin. At the 1991 royal review of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC), Queen Elizabeth II announced “the end of the Cold War.” Amid talk of a peace dividend in 1995, the ROC, vital to Britain’s home defence,…

Not all Conservatives oppose the second carbon tax

But they should

Not all Conservatives oppose the second carbon taxWhen it comes to scrapping the Trudeau government’s carbon tax, the hardest decision Conservative leadership hopefuls have to make is whether they would scrap it before or after lunch on their first day if elected prime minister. The bigger question is whether a Conservative government would scrap the impending second carbon tax. All candidates are…

How to tackle climate change and boost our agri-food sector

There’s a way to reduce fertilizer use and make all agricultural production much more environmentally friendly: controlled environment agriculture

How to tackle climate change and boost our agri-food sectorWhen we look at climate change, the future for many seems to hold only short-term despair and long-term disaster. Will humans be able to survive, let alone prosper? Before we let today’s doomsters depress us, let’s look at an earlier apocalyptic forecast. Around the turn of the 19th century, Thomas Malthus predicted the end of…

Shedding light on injury-related ER visits for homeless

Detailed data will help community organizations in Alberta develop effective injury prevention programs

Shedding light on injury-related ER visits for homelessA new report from the Injury Prevention Centre is the first in Alberta to provide data on injury-related emergency department visits by people experiencing houselessness – information that will help community organizations deliver injury prevention programs tailored to the distinct health-care needs of this population. “This is the first step in understanding what the injury issues are,” says…

Leaders in the sunset of their lives slow-marching us to extinction

The U.S. and the rest of the world are drifting apart as our planet continues to burn in the Climate Emergency

Leaders in the sunset of their lives slow-marching us to extinctionAs you leave the enchanting town of Saumur to enter the lush and abundant forests adorning the rivers Indre and Loire in France, you are transported to another age, a sense of the centuries melting away. The forest suddenly yields to a brilliant glade with the land rising towards a distant horizon, bringing into view…

Killing Trans Mountain project would devastate Indigenous communities

Ottawa must bring in legislation to ensure the project gets built now more than ever

Killing Trans Mountain project would devastate Indigenous communitiesOttawa needs to finally declare through legislation that the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is to the national advantage of Canada. Doing so would prove to the Canadian public and Indigenous communities that the federal government is serious about seeing it completed. Make no mistake, killing the project would be devastating for many Indigenous communities along…

Why our health system treats Canadians poorly

Do we or the government own our bodies?

Why our health system treats Canadians poorlyFormer B.C. deputy minister of health Lawrie McFarlane’s July 24 commentary on the “Cambie Surgery Centre ruling” (a descriptive that ignores two cancer patients and three children who were co-plaintiffs) contained some valid commentary. The crisis we now face in our health system is there for all to see and observe. Notably, McFarlane offers no solutions.…

The legend of King Arthur is a gift that keeps on giving

Although it may be a fabrication, the story has powerful resonance

The legend of King Arthur is a gift that keeps on givingKing Arthur is back in the news, thanks to an archeological dig in Herefordshire, England. The dig site in question is Arthur’s Stone, a Neolithic-era burial chamber that’s somewhere in the vicinity of 4,000 years old. It’s technically a dolmen with a capstone resting on nine uprights. And with an estimated weight of around 25…

Saying yes to life means living with decency

The quest for meaning is the most important journey we will ever experience

Saying yes to life means living with decencyPerhaps the most essential key to happiness is to find meaning in our lives. What’s meaningful depends on who each of us is as a person. Some find meaning in their families, others in their work, others by bearing the burdens of life with courage, and others find it in spiritual and artistic pursuits. Meaning…

Memo to the right: Stop acting like the left

The left has long engaged in anti-reality thinking and behaviour. Now the right is in danger of making the same mistake

Memo to the right: Stop acting like the leftThe ideological and political left has long engaged in anti-reality thinking and behaviour. Now the right is in danger of making the same mistake. Let’s begin with the left’s errors: the assumption that humans are mere pliable creatures to be directed from the top down and that societies and governments can therefore be recreated from…

Farming is losing to misguided urban politics

Interest groups are weaponizing science to support a narrative that fits their biased view of what farmers should and shouldn’t do

Farming is losing to misguided urban politicsMost Canadians have never been on a farm, let alone lived on one, which makes more than 98 per cent of our population agriculturally illiterate. For many Canadians, crop production is an unknown concept. Because of this, it’s relatively easy to use fear to influence public opinion on any food-related issue involving agriculture. Activists know…

Saudis talk to suitors from all sides as oil market uncertainty grows

Saudi Arabia isn’t ready to ditch Russia

Saudis talk to suitors from all sides as oil market uncertainty growsAfter a brief lull and a price drop, crude oil markets are heating up again, surging by more than US$2 a barrel last week. The Aug. 3 expanded OPEC+ ministerial meeting, which includes Russia, is just around the corner. And signals from producing countries aren’t helping to stabilize the markets. In addition, the threat of…

What path should the Conservatives take?

The battle between Convoy Conservatives and Club Conservatives has led to a ‘new divide’ between people and elites

What path should the Conservatives take?The Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race is heading into the home stretch. Once the dust settles after the ballots are counted on Sept. 10, the new leader must focus on defeating Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and deciding the right path for Conservatives to take. Tasha Kheiriddin, a lawyer, columnist and principal at Navigator…

Busting myths about the Trans Mountain expansion

Disinformation continues to shadow this critical infrastructure project

Busting myths about the Trans Mountain expansionThis summer marks peak construction for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, with more than 13,500 people working on the project across Alberta and B.C. False narratives continue to shadow this critical infrastructure project. Here’s a look at four central myths that get repeated and why they are wrong. Myth: Trans Mountain expansion isn’t needed.…