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Susan on the Soapbox: What Happens to the Eloi When the Morlocks Leave Town: A Lesson for Jim Prentice from H.G. Wells

“History is a race between education and catastrophe.” — H G Wells

HG Wells may not have had a time machine, but he was certainly prescient.

In The Time Machine the narrator, known simply as the Traveller, invents a contraption that takes him to 802,701 AD. There he finds a world inhabited by . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: What Happens to the Eloi When the Morlocks Leave Town: A Lesson for Jim Prentice from H.G. Wells

Susan on the Soapbox: Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy Goes Up in Smoke

Alberta’s Auditor General blew a gasket. He called the government’s performance on climate change strategy “troubling” and “disturbing”. Hey, he’s a mild mannered accountant; this is as in-your-face as he gets.

Our feisty Auditor General

Mr Saher kicked off the July 2014 audit report with a lesson on the role of government. A . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy Goes Up in Smoke

Susan on the Soapbox: Ric McIver Stumbles…the PC Party Falls

“Closed-mindedness or intolerance have no place in the PC [party].” —The PC party’s response to Ric McIver’s participation in the March for Jesus led by anti-gay pastor Artur Pawlowski.

Instead of belabouring Ric McIver’s pathetic too-little, too-late apology for participating in last Sunday’s March for Jesus (led by Pastor Pawlowski who says gays are agents . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Ric McIver Stumbles…the PC Party Falls

Susan on the Soapbox: Round One! Thomas Lukaszuk!

“Diamond” Jim Prentice (don’t you just love the “Brian Masonism”) adopted a “nobody moves, nobody gets hurt” strategy for his leadership campaign…and it works for the 99% of his election platform.

There will be no change to the energy policy (full steam ahead with expanding the oilsands), no change to upgrading bitumen in Alberta…unless it’s . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Round One! Thomas Lukaszuk!

Susan on the Soapbox: Jim Prentice: A Risk Adverse Banker Meets the Black Swan

Two energy company executives made a wager. The one who bet that Jim Prentice would never give up $3 million a year in exchange for power lost. True story.

Mr Prentice

On May 16, 2014, Mr Prentice entered the Progressive Conservative leadership race. After two months of dancing on the edge, he managed . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Jim Prentice: A Risk Adverse Banker Meets the Black Swan

Susan on the Soapbox: The Premier’s Penthouse

“We run a $40 billion corporation that matters an awful lot to the people of Alberta and the economy of this country”—former Premier Redford in the Legislature, March 4, 2014

Excuse me??? The “government” is not a “corporation”, its premier is not the CEO and the cabinet is not the executive leadership team. Unfortunately Ms . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Premier’s Penthouse

Susan on the Soapbox: Where are the Ethical Lawyers?

In the last three months Albertans have witnessed a shocking display of raw power. The Redford government calls it “delivering the responsible change Albertans voted for.” The rest of us call it the abuse of majority power to crush the rights of environmentalists, land owners and labour unions.

Black November

In Nov 2013 the . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Where are the Ethical Lawyers?

Susan on the Soapbox: Why Ms Redford will be Confirmed as PC Leader: The Wikipedia Factor

The pundits say Ms Redford will be confirmed as PC party leader. They’re right, but not for the reasons they think. Here’s why:

The party cannot endure another leadership campaign. True, the skirmish between PC leadership candidates (he’s an idiot, no she’s an idiot) would present the Opposition with useful fodder to bludgeon the PC . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Why Ms Redford will be Confirmed as PC Leader: The Wikipedia Factor

Susan on the Soapbox: Campus Alberta: Converting Universities into Trade Schools

I like engineers but this is ridiculous (and I’m not talking about Supercow, the U of C engineering mascot).

Supercow U of C Engineering Mascot

The PC government just invested $142.5 million to expand the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary while at the same time hacking $147 million out of . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Campus Alberta: Converting Universities into Trade Schools

Susan on the Soapbox: “Campus Alberta”: Soviet Style Research and Development Comes to Alberta

Sigh…where to start? The barrage of bad news spewing out of the Premier’s office has been so intense that the government’s Machiavellian takeover of post secondary institutions and research and development slipped by with relatively little public outcry.

Sure, some students and academics staged protests on the steps of the Legislature but the general public . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: “Campus Alberta”: Soviet Style Research and Development Comes to Alberta

Susan on the Soapbox: Strike While the Iron is Hot: The Edmonton Remand Centre Labour Dispute

For years I’ve wondered whether unions had outlived their usefulness and were simply using their collective bargaining power to crank up wages and benefits at the expense of…well…who knows what. But the wildcat strike arising out of the Edmonton Remand Centre labour dispute proved me wrong.

Edmonton Remand Centre

The Edmonton Remand Centre is . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Strike While the Iron is Hot: The Edmonton Remand Centre Labour Dispute

Susan on the Soapbox: And Now…A Message from your Premier-In-Waiting: Mr Lukaszuk

We interrupt our regular programming—the PC spin on the cause of the $4 billion budget shortfall—to bring you an important public service announcement from the Premier-In-Waiting, Mr Lukaszuk.

Mr Lukaszuk steps up to the microphone and says: Listen up you pesky union types, and this includes all you doctors who aren’t in a union but . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: And Now…A Message from your Premier-In-Waiting: Mr Lukaszuk