No more pencils, no more books ... // horizontal.integration via Compfight

Disadvantaged kids lose out in summer

In a city where there’s the potential to see snow fall in 10 out of 12 months, it’s hard to make the case that our school boards should shorten the summer vacation for everyone and move t...
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The bisecting barbecue

It’s not too often that elections for a community league’s board of directors require paid security guards and attract the attention of local media outlets, but that’s what happened...

Not my monkeys

“But you don’t understand, the person who wins the leadership of the PCs becomes Premier.” I wondered if the woman mistook me for a seven-year-old child who had not yet taken Grade ...
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Putting a stop to it

There’s not much that can ruin an afternoon bicycle ride more than narrowly avoiding being hit by a pick-up truck that just ran a stop sign. The potential for collisions exists at countless int...
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...
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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...