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Alberta Diary: High-speed rail in Alberta: a terrible idea that just won’t go away

“Modern high-speed passenger trains are not pushed forward on billowing sails…” Although, when we’re done paying for a multi-billion-dollar high-speed rail link between Edmonton and Calgary, this may be how many of us have to get around if we fancy using public transit. Below: William Cornelius Van Horne and the typical high-speed rail advocate – apparently they’re both baaaaaaack!

The Van Horne Institute? The Van Horne Institute? As in William Cornelius Van Horne, late of the Michigan Central Railway, the Chicago and Alton Railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Cuba Railway Company?

Well, whooo, whooo, whoooooo-oooo better to advocate (Read more…)

calgaryliberal.com: The brutal lessons of 2013.

2013 has been a rather tough year for this blogger. I ran for the Vice Presidency of the Alberta Liberal Party and was unsuccessful. Quite quickly I found I had little support in Edmonton and that I had to work harder to earn the trust of people. It was truly a humbling experience. When the Alberta […]

Bill Longstaff: Era of sense of entitlement reaches U of C

CEOs loading up on compensation and perks, even if their companies are floundering, has become a commonplace of our era. This sense of entitlement has similarly been observed among various politicians, including recently the Senate. Now it seems to have crept into the University of Calgary.

In a year when the university’s operating and capital budgets were cut by $47-million, it is spending $

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 the province’s post-secondary budget.

Yes, I know, the $142 million is a capital (one-time) payment while the $147 million decrease in the post-secondary budget is an operating budget (on-going) cut, so it’s impossible to have an apples-to-apples conversation about this.

Instead of focusing on the (Read more…)

calgaryliberal.com: University of Calgary Liberals mentioned in Wikileaks

Turns out the Young Liberals at the University of Calgary is seen as an organization of real influence by the US State Department. Below is a quote from Wikileaks that talks about how the UofC Liberals were able to influence the policy of the party and shake up a whole other party. 6. (SBU) The […]

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, doctors cashing in despite cash-strapped health care system: Report

A new report by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy says today’s Canadian physician earns nearly four-and-half-times more than the average Canadian, even as the price of health care continues to rise.

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calgaryliberal.com: Vincent Endorses Graeme Maitland’s Run for AYL President

Vincent St. Pierre, Canada’s #1 Political Blogger and Alberta Young Liberal, has endorsed Graeme Maitland in his run for President of the Alberta Young Liberals. See Vincent’s endorsement below. “My name is Vincent St. Pierre. And I am proud to endorse Graeme Maitland for AYL president. His work as a young liberal in Calgary-Klein, efforts [...]

calgaryliberal.com: How to End a Career in 24 Seconds: Dr. Flanagan

A Canadian Conservative has to do a lot to be punted by the Wildrose party and the Manning Centre. Thomas Flanagan did that on Wednesday by condoning child pornography. See the recorded video below of his response to a question on his views on child pornography. His argumentation basically noted that the individual act of [...]

The Canadian Progressive: DISGUSTING! Ex-Harper Adviser Tom Flanagan Okays Viewing Child Porn

“I do have some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures” – Flanagan By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Feb. 28, 2013: Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s former senior adviser, Tom Flanagan, has questioned the jailing of people who view child pornography. And paid a huge price for it. “I certainly have no READ MORE

calgaryliberal.com: Todd’s Letter: The NDP Merger

  I’m not interested in merging with the NDP. Todd Van Vliet, party president of the Alberta Liberals, isn’t a fan either. There was one point, almost a year ago, that I was. And I was quite frustrated then. I’m still frustrated, but more on that later. But I’m tired of hitting a brick wall. [...]

calgaryliberal.com: UofC Liberals sign up 150 young liberals

Liberalism is alive and well in Calgary. As of September 21st the University of Calgary Liberal Association signed up 148 young Liberals from the annual week long clubs week held by the Students’ Union. The membership now counts more than 170 with renewed members, in addition to several new federal Liberal memberships sold and renewed [...]

Bill Longstaff: Carleton makes amends … sort of

Carleton University has finally attempted to atone for accepting what was little better than a bribe and then trying to cover it up. In 2010, the university made a secret deal with Calgary businessman Clayton Riddell which, in return for a $15-million donation for a graduate program in political management, would allow the Riddell Foundation to appoint three of five people on a steering

CalgaryLiberal: Calgary-Centre By-Election: Lee Richardson Resigns

Two days ago Lee Richardson resigned to work with the Progressive Conservatives and Ms. Redford in Edmonton. The first thing that is apparent is that a federal Tory joined the Progressive Conservatives, and not the Wildrose. That should but a substantial damper on those who equate Ms. Smith’s Wildrose and the Conservative Party of Canada as [...]

CalgaryLiberal: My Three Things for Calgary

Nenshi and the City of Calgary, over the last year, have pushed a very central theme on how we can make Calgary a better place. It’s simple. If we do just three things to better Calgary, and if a lot of us do it, we’ll make Calgary a better place. You can read more about [...]

CalgaryLiberal: Endorsement: CalgaryLiberal.com Endorses Kyle Harrietha for VP Membership in the Liberal Party of Canada

This Calgary Liberal is proud to endorse National Membership Secretary candidate Kyle Harrietha. When I was president of Calgary East, rebuilding it from nothing to 100 members and rekindling its existence, he provided me with the support to succeed in my role through advice and mentorship. This same advice and mentorship is continuing to help me [...]

350 or bust: University of Calgary Prostitutes Itself To Big Oil & Gas

Canadian journalist Mike DeSousa, who first wrote three years ago about the anti-science group with the Orwellian name “Friends of Science”, who funded a PR blitz meant to cast doubt on the science of climate change. Friends of Science paid… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: University of Calgary Prostitutes Itself To Big Oil & Gas

Oil Illiteracy. University of Calgary paid to deny climate change.

When a university takes money from an oil company to build skepticism for climate change, you not only have a dishonest higher educational body but also one that goes against everything that is sacred about the pursuit of knowledge. It becomes one big Con of a PR firm, you know like the Fraser Institute. Plus, . . . → Read More: Oil Illiteracy. University of Calgary paid to deny climate change. . . . → Read More: Oil Illiteracy. University of Calgary paid to deny climate change.

Oil Illiteracy. University of Calgary paid to deny climate change.

When a university takes money from an oil company to build skepticism for climate change, you not only have a dishonest higher educational body but also one that goes against everything that is sacred about the pursuit of knowledge. It becomes one&nbsp… . . . → Read More: Oil Illiteracy. University of Calgary paid to deny climate change.

DeSmogBlog: Talisman funded Friends of Science skeptic film

talismanlog-lg.gif Calgary oil company Talisman Energy has been outed as the major funder behind a Friends of Science video series that falsely tried to claim legitimacy by tacking a University o… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Talisman funded Friends of Science skeptic film

CalgaryLiberal: Alberta Liberal Leadership Race: An Open Game

As I took a step back at the convention in May for the Alberta Liberals I recognized something key: it was an open field for anyone to enter and try to win support. The ‘inner party’ folks–the ones who organize, are in the know on thi… . . . → Read More: CalgaryLiberal: Alberta Liberal Leadership Race: An Open Game

CalgaryLiberal: Something to Watch: Federal Liberals in Calgary

With the new seats coming federally in the House of Commons to the economic seat of Canada–Alberta–the province will finally get a more reasonable level of representation. No longer will each of our votes matter less than Ontario or Quebec … . . . → Read More: CalgaryLiberal: Something to Watch: Federal Liberals in Calgary

CalgaryLiberal: The Liberals need to reform themselves. I think I know how.

Last month I attended an event hosted by the Conservative Party of Canada’s University of Calgary club that had Preston Manning come in and talk about democracy, coalition building, and his history with his involvement in the conservative movem… . . . → Read More: CalgaryLiberal: The Liberals need to reform themselves. I think I know how.

Carbon49 - a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: Sustainability Becoming Required Course In MBA

Leading business schools in Canada and around the world are adding sustainability to their required MBA curricula. Oxford in the U.K., INSEAD in France, and York University in Canada are some of the business schools with required courses in sustainability. This can be seen as an indicator that sustainability has become a core business competency needed to effectively compete in today’s and tomorrow’s environments. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: Sustainability Becoming Required Course In MBA

Five of Five: Open Letter to Dr. Elizabeth Cannon

Please consider faxing or emailing this open letter to University of Calgary President Dr. Elizabeth Cannon. This is regarding Dr. Flanagan’s comments on CBC re Julian Assange. I recommend including your own cover letter with your own thoughts to mini… . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Open Letter to Dr. Elizabeth Cannon