Sherbrooke Liquor, one of Edmonton’s privatized liquor stores // Lauren de Leeuw

Bottled-up costs

In retrospect, the 1988 Christmas wish list of Alberta’s alcohol purveyors was modest. Jim Hansen, then executive vice-president of the Alberta Hotels & Lodging Association, applauded the p...
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Shelter remains shuttered

Seven months after a press release trumpeted the reopening of WIN House III—the only specialized emergency shelter for immigrant and refugee women and children fleeing domestic abuse in Canada—the fa...
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Polite applause for extra funds

The provincial government’s recent announcement of $6 million in additional funding for women’s shelters and sexual-assault centres across Alberta is welcome news for agencies providing s...

Heart and head voting

For those of us who live and breathe politics, elections are like the icing on a cake that’s been baking for four years. So it’s a shame they’ve become soulless, meaningless exercis...
Eden Munro

A flood of government handouts

Alberta Liberal leader Raj Sherman might be on to something when he suggests that more than half a million dollars in untendered contracts awarded to the Canadian communications firm Navigator “...

Picketers not going anywhere

Labour disputes are rarely polite, dignified affairs and they’re almost never quiet. When they involve vulnerable people like seniors, the disabled or children, it’s often hard for the pu...
Take my place and get to hold the megaphone // Wikimedia Commons

Leading the orange

Following Brian Mason’s announcement last month he would be stepping down as leader of the Alberta New Democrats this fall, the party is putting into place the process that will be used to sele...

The halo effect

A little while ago, I expressed disappointment on Facebook that my MLA was absent for a particular vote in the legislature. Given the legislature sits, on average, less than 50 days a year and that o...

Full transparency is what we need

It’s clear we live in a time when political careers come to a screeching halt when the public smells a whiff of entitlement. The case of former federal minister of health Bev Oda, who billed ta...
Residential school

Healing comes slowly

‘The Government of Canada now recognizes that it was wrong to forcibly remove children from their homes and we apologize for having done this. We now recognize that it was wrong to separate chi...