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  • Bill C23 – The (so-called) Fair Elections Act

    Posted on April 25, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    In my previous post, I encouraged you to write to your MP and send copies to the party leaders. I eventually took my own advice; the text of my letter to the Prime Minister follows. This has also been posted on the Fair Vote Calgary web site. The proposed legislation will here be referred to […]

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    Be Green Globally

    Posted on April 11, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    This is exciting: Tomorrow — April 12 at 8:00 PM EST — you can chat live with Elizabeth May. Elizabeth May will be talking with you, Christine Milne leader of the Australian Green Party, Jill Stein leader of the US Green Party, and hundreds of other Greens across the globe. Each leader will take questions […]

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    Mission to Colombia, 2005

    Posted on March 13, 2014 by in Colombia, MARK'S REMARKS

    The following text was originally written on the ‘plane from Bogota to Toronto on Monday 28 February 2005 at the end of a memorable three weeks in Colombia. It has been edited for currency and for a wider audience than the original intended readers . . . Monday 28th February 2005 saw the return from […]

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  • High Speed Rail in Alberta

    Posted on February 25, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS

    This post is in response to the recent advertisement published by the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future, soliciting comments and presentations at hearings on a proposal for High Speed Rail (HSR) service in Alberta. This is substantially the same as the letter sent to the Standing Committee. The following remarks are based on my […]

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  • Fair (?) Elections Act

    Posted on February 13, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    The Government on February 2nd 2014 introduced Bill C23, entitled the Fair Elections Act into the House of Commons and indicated it intended to press for closure — limiting debate — on the Bill so it could be rapidly passed into law. The Bill was given second reading a mere six days later on February […]

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    About Ann

    Posted on January 17, 2014 by in About Ann, ANN'S ANTICS

    THEN: Born a world War II baby, I was brought up mainly by my grandmother near Edinburgh, Scotland, while my GP mother worked in the slums of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and my father, an RAMC surgeon, was at the front. I knew little of the war until, much later, I learned that my father had been a […]

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  • Calgary May Need More Aldermen

    Posted on October 15, 2013 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

      The Calgary Herald on Friday October 11 2013 carried an article headlined ‘Calgary may need more aldermen’. Excuse me, headline writer – from this year our representatives are councillors. Do we really need more councillors or do we need a better system of representation? Herald reporter Michael Wright points out that each ward representative […]

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    About Mark

    Posted on October 14, 2013 by in About Mark, MARK'S REMARKS

    English born, DP (‘Delayed Pioneer’) in 1971; Canadian Citizen 1976. Lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Retired Geographer and Community Planner. Retired Civil Servant – Provincial and Municipal; Glasgow, Scotland and northern and western Canadian jurisdictions. Former:  Toastmaster, Board Development Program Instructor, sea kayaker, sailor, very amateur skier. Former President of Fair Vote Calgary – a […]

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