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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Electric cars held back by inefficient Ont. power system

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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 | 0 Comments
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 | 6 Comments
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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5 Health hazards you never considered before, but should

| July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment
5 Health hazards you never considered before, but should

Health hazards can include microwaved eggs, roller coasters and toothbrushes ‘It’s summertime and the living is easy” is a favourite expression at this time of year. But health hazards don’t care what month it is. You can stub your toe at any time. And, for instance, how many parents worry that their children face a […]

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First Nations now have right to participate in resource development

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
First Nations now have right to participate in resource development

Tsilhqot’in decision last week by Supreme Court of Canada is absolute game-changer for First Nations, resource companies By Ken Coates   With unexpected clarity and decisiveness, the Supreme Court recognized the Tsilhqot’in Aboriginal title to their traditional lands and directed governments on how they must proceed with any future development on non-treaty lands. Even the […]

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Net-zero home 101: Make as much energy as you use

| June 28, 2014 | 2 Comments
Net-zero home 101: Make as much energy as you use

A net-zero home is the foundation for a green energy future By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney, Green Energy Futures  A net-zero home is more than just a place to hang your hat – it’s a super-efficient, solar-powered look into the future. It was Le Corbusier, the Franco-Swiss modernist and founder of brutalism who coined the term […]

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First Nations ready to do business with resource companies

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
First Nations ready to do business with resource companies

Supreme Court ruling will force developers to partner with First Nations The recent Tsilhqot’in decision by the Supreme Court raises the bar for First Nations, governments and energy companies, and could open the floodgates for more Canadian resource development. That view is not the prevailing sentiment this week. Environmental NGOs battling oil sands projects and pipelines crowed […]

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AltaLink sale to Warren Buffet no excuse for protectionism

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
AltaLink sale to Warren Buffet no excuse for protectionism

More investment by Canadians in other countries than foreign investment in Canada By Mark Milke   Ever since Berkshire Hathaway Energy announced it would buy Calgary-based AltaLink Ltd. (an electricity transmission company with 12,000 kilometres of power lines), the predictable protectionist sentiment has ramped up. While the deal is worth $3.2 billion for the current […]

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Bowe Bergdahl trade a Barack Obama sell out to Taliban?

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bowe Bergdahl trade a Barack Obama sell out to Taliban?

Critics say Bowe Bergdahl not worth 5 Taliban “war criminals” By Barry Cooper   U.S. President Barack Obama stood in the Rose Garden recently with the parents of Bowe Bergdahl to celebrate the release of their son from Taliban captivity. What began as a triumph quickly soured, like warm milk in the sun. A few days […]

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Skin cancer – Check your moles, preferably with a dog

| June 19, 2014 | 1 Comment
Skin cancer – Check your moles, preferably with a dog

If you have a mole and know a dog trained in skin cancer detection, forget the dermatologist By W. Gifford-Jones, M.D   Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of malignancy. But according to The Cancer Society, it is also one of the fastest increasing malignancies. For instance, the incidence of new cases is now […]

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