High noon in Highwood


Published originally on http://www.daveberta.ca on January 10, 2011. A sleeper riding on the outskirts of Calgary, Highwood has more controversy per acre, than bales of hay. For instance, the first thing you might notice about Okotoks, the riding’s largest town, is how the steady convoy of polluting vehicles travelling to and from Calgary at rush … Continue reading High noon in Highwood

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Stelmach’s new “Water for the Wife” strategy


The following is a parody...just to be totally clear. Calgary - The Stelmach government is on track with its new "Water for the Wife" strategy and the opening of the new CrossIron Mills Mall in Balzac this week marked its launch. The water plan, previously known as the "Water for Life" strategy, was changed partly … Continue reading Stelmach’s new “Water for the Wife” strategy

TILMA trade agreement thumbs its nose at democracy


Originally appeared on the Alberta Green Party’s website in 2008. Remember the protests that erupted this past summer in Montebello, Quebec, as Prime Minister Harper and President Bush met to discuss the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America? When politicians tried to show how the SPP would permit commodities such as jelly beans … Continue reading TILMA trade agreement thumbs its nose at democracy

Warming up the “empty nest”


By Jody MacPherson Originally published in C3 Views newsletter, Climate Change Central, November, 2003 1981. It’s the beginning of a new decade and hopes are high. Pierre Elliott Trudeau is at the height of his popularity, having won the first referendum on Quebec sovereignty. Across the nation, Pac-Man is the video game of choice. Canadians … Continue reading Warming up the “empty nest”

Life as a house: Colouring your blueprints green


By Jody MacPherson Originally published in C3 Views newsletter, November, 2003 Energy. It’s defined as “exertion of power,” or “expression of vigour.” The word brings to mind action and movement. How is it then, that a house, nestled peacefully in a neighbourhood, silent and watchful, is such a voracious consumer of energy? According to the … Continue reading Life as a house: Colouring your blueprints green

Deadly bacteria in manure tainted water in Walkerton


By Jody MacPherson Originally appeared in C3 Views (Climate Change Central Newsletter) in September, 2003 It had been “raining cats and dogs” for two days straight, so when April 22, 2000 dawned sunny and clear in Bruce County, Ontario, Dr. David Biesenthal welcomed the break in the weather. He decided to move 70 tons of … Continue reading Deadly bacteria in manure tainted water in Walkerton