Yearly Archives: 2014

  • 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 Change.org which had picked up on the […]

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  • Organ Donation in Alberta

    Posted on May 6, 2014 by in Health, MARK'S REMARKS

    The Calgary Herald on Monday, May 5, 2014 published an editorial entitled ‘Organ donation saves lives, softens dying’. This followed the announcement by the Government of Alberta on April 22, 2014, of the new online Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry This government action, initiated by former PC and now independent MLA Len Webber, eases […]

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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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