Category Archives: MARK’S REMARKS

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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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  • Taxis in Calgary

    Posted on September 2, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS

      A new report to Calgary City Council recommends adding 383 new taxi plates to the existing 1526 currently ‘in operation’. The taxis bearing the new plates would be required to be disabled-accessible and operate during the peak evening and weekend periods. Of course there would also be a rate increase. A telephone survey of […]

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  • A Tale of Two Wages

    Posted on September 1, 2014 by in MARK'S REMARKS

      The following has been copied from Stephanie Jackman’s Blog at REAP . . . “September 1, 2014 “By: Stephanie Jackman “Today Alberta’s general minimum wage is increasing to $10.20 from $9.95 per hour. “Also today, Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC) is raising its Living Wage from $14.50 to $17.29 per hour or $16.14 per hour […]

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  • Bill C-24, the So-Called ‘Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act’

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

    On 15 May 2014 I sent an email to about 50 friends who I thought might be interested and more to the point, might be personally affected by the proposed Act now streaking its way through Stephen Harper’s Conservative Parliament. The Bill was brought to my attention by which had picked up on the […]

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