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Alleviating Separation Anxiety (Part 1)

Québec politicians have on two occasions offered the citizens of la belle province the opportunity to secede from Canada via referendum:  once in 1980 and the other in 1995.  The events caused both excitement and consternation in the voters.  In spite of the promise of a future free from the clutches of Ottawa, fear won the […]

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Idle Some More?

Anyone who has watched the news coverage of the “Idle No More” protests will be made aware that the First Nations people of Canada are unhappy.  Even though the reports fail to explain the reasons for the protests (and the “Idle No More” website isn’t much more help), their demands to meet with the Prime […]

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Gun Control Does Not Mean Murder Control

In 2010 the RCMP gave its employees who roam about Parliament Hill Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns.  The MP5 can be configured for fully automatic operation.  Such a weapon is off limits to the average citizen, though.  Whereas the political class in Canada has reserved the right to protect itself with all available gun […]

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The State’s Human Road Kill Project

Driving on government owned and operated roads is a dangerous business.  More than 2,000 Canadians are killed every year while simply travelling from point A to point B.  More than 400 people are killed every year in Alberta alone.  Of those, an average of ten people die on Alberta’s Highway 63, the sole two-lane highway […]

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Central Planners and Pagodas

Not long ago I attended an interesting presentation by an engineer who had the job of promoting the use of wood in the construction of commercial and industrial buildings.  Traditionally, wood has not been used to a great extent outside of residential home construction.  The primary purpose of the presentation was to demonstrate that wood […]

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Salt Crimes

Just as the winds of socialism blew-in from our southern border in the early 20th century [1], the War on Salt (WOS) is about to do the same.  You may not know that in 2010 the New York government went full-bore on the WOS by introducing a bill that promises to fine chefs hundreds of […]

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Solar Energy: Going for Broke

Every environmentalist drools over it, every physicist and engineer breaks into a dreamy sweat when they think about it, and every politician has fallen completely head-over-heels in love with it:  solar photo-voltaic (PV) energy.  What on earth could be more “sustainable” or “socially responsible” than converting sunlight directly into the energy needed to power our […]

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