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Bill Longstaff: NHL is worried about global warming—listen up, Mr. Harper

Surprising perhaps, but the National Hockey League now produces a sustainability report. And it’s worried about global warming. According to League Commissioner Gary Bettman, “Our sport can trace its roots to frozen freshwater ponds, to cold climates. Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect opportunities for hockey players of all ages to learn and

Alberta Diary: Eureka! Labour relations in Alberta explained by, of all things, NHL hockey!

An Alberta Labour Relations Board official suddenly realizes how the world works, and immediately rules in favour of the employer. Application of the law in Alberta may be pretty much exactly as illustrated.

All but forgotten amidst the rejoicing about the tentative end of the National Hockey League lockout reached during the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday was the truly remarkable epiphany that occurred to the Alberta Labour Relations Board at the beginning of this unusual hockey season.

This is a pity, because while the behaviour of the ALRB is well known and understood to we few who toil

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Alberta Diary: With the NHL back on the ice, why not let Chinese taxpayers subsidize Canada’s billionaires?

The Great Leap Forum: what Edmonton’s luxurious new ice hockey palace could look like with a little gesture of internationist solidarity from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Communist Chinese friends. Conceptual art by Dave Cournoyer used with permission.

It’s a moment of such perfect convergence that it’s astonishing Alberta’s Wildrose Party, which last week proposed paying for professional sports arenas through the risky tactic of encouraging vulnerable citizens to gamble, didn’t think of it.

I speak, of course, not of the imminent return of the National Hockey League but of the strategy used to good effect by the Communist government

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Alberta Diary: Trivial pursuits: Still no NHL? The Asia Ice Hockey League awaits!

Your blogger drops the puck at centre ice of Maple Leaf Gardens. Really! Below: The lost and lamented Seibu Prince Rabbits’ rabbit, before the team rabbitted in 2009. Below: The lamentable China Dragon’s logo. Really, people, who needs the NHL?

If later today or on the morrow the news from the National Hockey League and its locked out players is not good, I have four words for frustrated Canadian hockey fans: Asia Ice Hockey League.

You got the sickness? The Asia Ice Hockey League’s got the remedy!

After all, what most of us are missing in this awful season of

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Alberta Diary: NHL and NHLPA in labour relations face off: no penalties for Alberta employers caught offside

Members of the NHLPA wait around for their Sui Generis Alberta employers to obey the law. Alberta hockey players may not appear exactly as illustrated – for one thing, they wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the stove.

Since the regular season of the National Hockey League was supposed to start yesterday, but won’t be starting anytime soon, let’s take this opportunity to pay tribute to the remarkable efforts of the Alberta Labour Relations Board.

The vision of the ALRB is “the fair and equitable application of Alberta’s collective bargaining laws,” and don’t feel you have to take my word for

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