Author Archive: Markham Hislop

Markham began his journalism career writing columns in the mid-1980s for Western People Magazine, then reported for a small Saskatchewan daily. He has spent most of his career in media and communications, likes to dabble in politics, was actively involved in economic development for many years, thinks that what goes on in the community is just as important as what happens provincially and nationally, and has a soft spot for small business (big business, not so much). Markham is a bit of a contrarian and usually has a unique take on the events of the day.

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Canada is not ‘at war’ with Radical Islam

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Canada is not ‘at war’ with Radical Islam

…and Canada was never “innocent” and will respond appropriately to recent attacks Across the land today, editorialists are opining that Canada has lost its innocence, that the deaths of two soldiers at the hands of so-called Islamic jihadists changes our country forever. For instance, the Calgary Herald editorial board put it this way: “…Canada will […]

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Ottawa shootings statistically more likely work of madman

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ottawa shootings statistically more likely work of madman

Too many rushing to judgement in midst of Ottawa shootings As I write this, roughly five hours have elapsed since this morning’s Ottawa shootings, when a gunman shot and killed a Canadian reservist outside the Parliament buildings. Already some are rushing to judgement about who is responsible. Others are demanding harsh measures in response – think the […]

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Simushir update: Russian ship being towed out to sea

October 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Simushir update: Russian ship being towed out to sea

Russian ship Simushir lost propulsion off Haida Gwaii, raising fears of wreck and fuel spill A Canadian Coast Guard vessel continued to slowly tow disabled Russian container ship Simushir, which is carrying hundreds of tonness of fuel away from British Columbia’s northern coast on Saturday. The move significantly lessened the threat of the ship running […]

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Kathleen Smith, Ont. politician sued by AUPE for $500,000

September 28, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Kathleen Smith, Ont. politician sued by AUPE for $500,000

Kathleen Smith claims AUPE using SLAPP lawsuit designed to muzzle critics Edmonton social media queen and occasional Beacon News contributor Kathleen Smith is being sued by Alberta’s largest union for tweets about a labour dispute at Artspace, a co-op housing program. AUPE filed the lawsuit and claims that Kathleen Smith, Jason Tucker – a candidate for the Conservative nomination […]

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Len Webber wins federal Tory nod in Calgary Confederation

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Len Webber wins federal Tory nod in Calgary Confederation

Len Webber defeats Susanne DiCocco for CPC nomination Calgary PC MLA Len Webber, 53, is the new Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the new federal riding of Calgary Confederation. Len Webber tweeted last night that he won the nomination, defeating Susanne DiCocco for the right to represent Stephen Harper’s Tories in the upcoming 2015 election. Len Webber left provincial […]

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Manitoba Legislature a ‘Da Vinci Code’ puzzle

September 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Manitoba Legislature a ‘Da Vinci Code’ puzzle

Manitoba Legislature designed by Freemason architect Frank Worthington Simon The Manitoba Legislature is the last place one might expect to find the bust of Medusa, recurring odes to “666” and the number 13, alongside Egyptian sphinxes etched with hieroglyphics. But a closer look at the Manitoba Legislature reveals a whole host of hidden clues left behind by an […]

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Colton Crowshoe: Allegations of Calgary police beating two days before disappearance

July 28, 2014 | By | 20 Replies More
Colton Crowshoe: Allegations of Calgary police beating two days before disappearance

One family member suspects Calgary police culpable in Colton Crowshoe death Colton Crowshoe, the 18-year old native man whose body was pulled from a N.E. Calgary pond Thursday, spent time in police custody two days before he disappeared and he told family and friends that police beat him. Beacon News has obtained Calgary Police Service documents […]

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Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

July 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

Widespread adoption of electric cars will require huge expansion of power grid Ontario’s overabundance of utility firms may pose a major roadblock to the province’s plan to boost electric cars, some experts say. The experts say Ontario’s 75 independently operated utilities often overlap their efforts and breed inefficiency, holding back upgrades needed so the grid […]

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Colton Crowshoe missing in Calgary since July 3

July 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Colton Crowshoe missing in Calgary since July 3

Family members say it is out of character for Colton Crowshoe to lose touch with his family Friends and family of 18-year-old Colton Crowshoe are canvassing the NE Calgary neighbourhood of Abbeydale for the young man, who has been missing since July 3. Colton Crowshoe was last seen that evening when he departed a friend’s house and started […]

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BC Hydro aboriginal employment strategy a big success

July 7, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
BC Hydro aboriginal employment strategy a big success

Jeannie Cranmer says BC Hydro program effective because of commitment to working with aboriginal communities Jeannie Cranmer gets very excited talking about her job – and she should. She’s responsible for BC Hydro hiring 300 aboriginal workers, as the crown corporation reaches out to aboriginal peoples. I shared a table with Cranmer at the recent Aboriginal […]

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