Category Archives: MARK’S REMARKS

  • Alberta – Climate Leadership

    Posted on September 17, 2015 by in Climate Change, Politics

      It isn’t often that you see the three words in the heading in the same sentence, without a critical comment. Four months after being elected, Alberta’s New Democratic Government published the 57 page  Climate Leadership Discussion Document,  held a couple of ‘open houses’ in Calgary and Edmonton and solicited responses to the information, ideas […]

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    GREENS CALL FOR MORE DIVERSITY IN THE LEGISLATURE

    Posted on August 10, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release August 10, 2015 CALGARY – Green Party of Alberta Leader Janet Keeping is urging voters in the riding of Calgary – Foothills to elect her as Alberta’s first Green MLA, as a way of adding a necessary, but now missing, perspective to democratic discussion of the province. Keeping, who is […]

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  • General Election #42 – Here We Go!

    Posted on August 7, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

      On Sunday August 2nd, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Governor General who dissolve Parliament and triggered the General Election on 19 October 2015. The mainstream media comprehensively covered three of the five party leaders, even giving Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe more than ample time. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May O.C. was given […]

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    Alberta New Democrats Must Fix the Voting System

    Posted on May 7, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS

      Congratulations to the Alberta New Democrats on ‘winning’ the 2015 Alberta general election. Everyone put in a tremendous effort, led by new NDP Leader Rachel Notley and a Notley Crûe of candidates, volunteers and eventually voters who turfed the 44 year Progressive Conservative dynasty. Another ‘orange crush’. Democracy is great, when it works. What […]

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  • Make Rob Vote

    Posted on April 28, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    ‘Make Rob Care’ Rob Lewis – a 34 year old junior high science teacher in Calgary, hasn’t voted for many years. The CBC Eyeopener is asking people to persuade Rob to vote — here is my effort, on behalf of Fair Vote Calgary. Rob – your vote is important, even if it doesn’t serve to […]

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  • ‘Conservative’ Alberta, Elections and Fair Voting

    Posted on March 21, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

    The Calgary Herald on Friday 20 March 2015 carried two interesting articles. Peter Bowal in ‘Fixed Election Dates Matter until They Don’t’, p. A25, effectively uses the Progressive Conservatives (PCs) own words to emphasize the lack of need for an ‘early’ (pre-2016) general election. James Wood, in ‘Voters Will Need a Scorecard to Keep Track […]

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    A Good Day

    Posted on March 6, 2015 by in MARK'S REMARKS

    Thursday March 5 2015 was a blue-sky, sunny, not-too-cold day; typical Calgary. Mehr joined Ann and me and we drove together to the Harry Hays building, the federal government building in downtown Calgary where Room 201 is the Citizenship Court; the same room where Ann became a Canadian Citizen on its opening day on March […]

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  • Vitamin D Deficiency Common in US Children

    Posted on March 4, 2015 by in Health

    We just received the following ‘Essentials of Health’ message from USANA concerning the need for Vitamin D. It is scary, and in fact it probably means Canadian children (with even less exposure to sunshine than our southern neighbours) are worse off than they are. “At a Glance: “Research indicates that the prevalence of vitamin D […]

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  • Climate Change and Alberta

    Posted on January 9, 2015 by in Climate Change, MARK'S REMARKS

      I have just completed a course named Our Changing Climate: Past Present and Future presented by the prestigious Walker Institute at The University of Reading, England. It was offered by FutureLearn and is a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The purpose was to update what I learned at Reading in the 1960s and […]

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  • Tories Sweep By-Elections – Oh, Really?

    Posted on October 30, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS, Politics

      Tories Sweep By-Elections – Oh, Really? So, we had four provincial legislature by-elections on Monday 27 October 2014 and according to the Calgary Herald and most other media, ‘Tories sweep byelections’. However if you carefully examine the count and turnout – that’s a good headline but not entirely accurate. According to the Calgary Sun, […]

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