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Alberta Politics: Are the Wildrosers eyeing public service pensions? It’s worth keeping an eye on what they get up to in Cowtown

ILLUSTRATIONS: Can the Wildrose Party control its Tea Party fringe? We’ll get a sense tomorrow and Saturday when the party considers its members’ policy proposals. Below: Party Leader Brian Jean, at right, in Terminator mode; with Wildrose Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt in a stunt with big signs inspired by Mr. Fildebrandt’s former employer, the Canadian . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Are the Wildrosers eyeing public service pensions? It’s worth keeping an eye on what they get up to in Cowtown

Alberta Diary: Minister’s F-Bomb illustrates the lamentable state of Alberta’s political discourse

A cheerful looking Doug Griffiths, back when he was running against Alison Redford for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith.

Many of us were asking ourselves yesterday afternoon if Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths had really dropped an F-Bomb on the Wildrose Party?

Well, now we . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Minister’s F-Bomb illustrates the lamentable state of Alberta’s political discourse

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Attitudes to Guns #nlpoli

Her pistol is concealable with any outfit choice.

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Song of the Watermelon: Mass Shootings by the Numbers

Over three-quarters of the firearms used to carry out mass shootings in the United States since 1982 were obtained legally. How on Earth can there not be a national discussion on gun control?

And to those gun advocates who say that tragedy ought not to be politicized, that we need to wait a respectful . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Mass Shootings by the Numbers

Song of the Watermelon: On the Latest School Shooting: Symptoms, Disease, and Gun Control

With every problem, there are symptoms and there is the disease.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States today — this one leaving twenty-seven dead at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school — the disease, clearly, is the culture of violence that pervades the country, and I do not blame . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: On the Latest School Shooting: Symptoms, Disease, and Gun Control

Man arrested & strip-searched after daughter draws picture of daddy watering plants, teacher suspects grow-op

Okay, that didn’t really happen and was in fact pulled right out of my arse. But it’s only a matter of time: A Kitchener father is upset that police arrested him at his children’s school Wednesday, hauled him down to the station and strip-searched him, all because his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a . . . → Read More: Man arrested & strip-searched after daughter draws picture of daddy watering plants, teacher suspects grow-op