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...

Sexism, schmexism

There is little doubt in my mind that Alison Redford is the most intelligent person to hold the office of Premier of Alberta since Peter Lougheed left office in 1985. She’s an accomplished lawy...
// Mike Kendrick

Inside the institution

Somehow the Visitation and Correspondence room inside the Edmonton Institute for Women manages to be sunny and bright and bland and depressing all at once. Outside the wall of windows, a faded plasti...
// Wikimedia Commons

Where the axe falls

Somewhat buried in the recent flurry of announcements of provincial funding for schools has been the fact that some of those funds came with strings attached, leaving both Edmonton school boards with...
// Mimi Williams

Training for the trades

Earning a living as a boilermaker is not for the faint of heart. But if you can bear the thought of working 200 feet above ground, don’t mind confined spaces and can withstand being outside in ...

Proudly Canadian?

Pride’s a funny thing. While it’s a reasonable emotion to feel when we’ve personally accomplished something, pride manifests itself in other ways far less explicable. Like national ...
// Mike Kendrick

The sex-work clock is ticking

It’s unlikely that last month’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Bedford case will be the final one on sex-trade regulation. With the SCC unanimously upholding lower court r...

New neighbours, old neighbourhoods

The Way We Grow, Edmonton’s Municipal Development Plan adopted by city council in 2010, called for an open-planning process that enabled residents to participate in policy development and plann...
The end of the road? // Creative Commons

Preventing jail with diplomas

although a high school diploma can’t be used as a “Get out of jail free” card, obtaining one might be the best defence against ever needing one, particularly for racialized (visible minority) youth. ...