The bizarre end of an era for Okotoks sustainability


Early indications were that the council vote today in Okotoks was not going to go well. Councillors Laurie Hodson and Stephen Clark were strong in their commitment to Okotoks' sustainability model--a globally recognized, award-winning approach to community development based on the concept of "living within your means." But both were worried and as we know … Continue reading The bizarre end of an era for Okotoks sustainability

Miss Cranky Pants: Woke up with a PC tattoo


“Oh my god! It’s the Tuesday morning after and baby, who the hell did I vote for?” (with apologies to Amanda Marshall - http://youtu.be/oxUxIDOOPg0) Albertans woke up this morning to the same thing they’ve been waking up to for the last 40 years--another Progressive Conservative majority government. How is that possible, you say? FEAR. PC campaign … Continue reading Miss Cranky Pants: Woke up with a PC tattoo

Meltdown in Highwood: The floods are coming, but Smith will prevail


This post originally appeared on http://www.daveberta.ca Okotoks, the little town with the international reputation for award-winning environmental sustainability, could very well find itself the home riding of the next premier of Alberta, a climate-change denier. This is just one of many ironies of this 29th election in the province that birthed the oil/tarsands (depending on … Continue reading Meltdown in Highwood: The floods are coming, but Smith will prevail

Miss Cranky Pants: The Walk of shame. Don’t do it!


This post originally appeared on http://www.changealberta.wordpress.com. To be fair, real conversation was drowned out by the noise and the confusion. You could hardly think straight, bombarded with people and the place so crowded — and hot, so hot (like a fiery lake?).  Add to that, the intoxication of the moment. Taps were flowing with liquid … Continue reading Miss Cranky Pants: The Walk of shame. Don’t do it!

Twitter the clear winner in the Alberta election debate


This column appeared originally on Troy Media. Oops. They did it again. And we fell for it. We actually believed the debate was about informing Albertans of the issues prior to the April 23 provincial election. We tuned in to watch an hour-long “debate” expecting an all-you-can-eat buffet of election information and ended up ordering … Continue reading Twitter the clear winner in the Alberta election debate

Miss Cranky Pants: Seeing STARS, feeling dazed


Today, Alison Redford announced a promise of $10 million/year in funding for STARS air ambulance per year starting in 2013. The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service provides emergency health care service to rural and remote communities, a group of voters traditionally supportive of the Progressive Conservatives. Now, this audience is almost downright hostile to the … Continue reading Miss Cranky Pants: Seeing STARS, feeling dazed

Is social media a new take on politics or a new format for the same old song?


This blog post originally appeared on Troy Media. Ten days into the Alberta provincial election and social media is responsible for two of the biggest controversies of the campaign. Or is it? On the surface, it may appear as though a single rogue tweet or blog post has the power to derail an entire campaign … Continue reading Is social media a new take on politics or a new format for the same old song?