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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BC government debt growing rapidly because of CAPEX

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
BC government debt growing rapidly because of CAPEX

Liberals claim budget surplus, but total BC government debt rising Finance minister Mike de Jong recently issued a flurry of press releases touting the high credit rating of the BC government debt by various rating agencies. In one release he said: “The judgment of the rating agencies is an objective confirmation that by balancing our […]

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Fathers critical for baby’s neo-natal development

| June 4, 2014 | 1 Comment
Fathers critical for baby’s neo-natal development

Support from fathers lowers mothers’ cortisol levels By Nicole Letourneau   It’s almost Father’s Day, a time when many of us reflect warmly on the role our fathers and grandfathers have played in our lives. It’s no secret that dads are important, and that their role as caregivers has, for many families, broadened in the last […]

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Alberta tops new Canadian economic pecking order

| June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta tops new Canadian economic pecking order

Western Canada takes four of top 5 spots – Alberta number one if all categories By Jock Finlayson    Canada’s economic pecking order is changing – with Alberta and the West at the top – at a pace that raises questions about the country’s economic future as well as the sustainability of current federal-provincial fiscal […]

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Desmond Tutu says oil sands ‘filthy’ after helicopter tour

| June 1, 2014 | 2 Comments
Desmond Tutu says oil sands ‘filthy’ after helicopter tour

Desmond Tutu criticizes oil sands, but urges two sides to work together A brief helicopter tour of the oil sands Saturday wasn’t enough to shake the conviction of Archbishop Desmond Tutu  that the industry is doing massive harm to both the climate and the environment. “It is important that we do something about the horrendous […]

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Canadian working women – Retirement is challenging

| May 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
Canadian working women – Retirement is challenging

Canadian working women dealing with retirement issues differently than men A New Brunswick gerontology professor says the first generation of Canadian working women to be employed all their lives outside the home is now starting to retire. And as they do, those Canadian working women are facing serious issues of identity and ageism. Deborah van den Hoonaard […]

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Knowlton Nash, iconic CBC broadcaster, dies at 86

| May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Knowlton Nash, iconic CBC broadcaster, dies at 86

Knowlton Nash mentored young journalists like Peter Mansbridge Knowlton Nash, a veteran CBC broadcaster best known as long-time anchor of The National, died Saturday night at the age of 86, around the time he once was getting ready to go on the air. “Oddly enough it was shortly before 10 o’clock,” said Peter Mansbridge, his […]

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Calgary Street Church persecuted by City Hall – Chandler

| May 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
Calgary Street Church persecuted by City Hall – Chandler

Calgary Street Church feeds and clothes the homeless By Craig Chandler    I was asked to attend a showing of the “Street Advocate” about the Calgary Street Church on Feb. 1 at the Plaza Theatre in Calgary’s Kensington district. Unfortunately, I could not attend, but, that did not stop the sell out crowd. There was the […]

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BC LNG opportunities – Time to grasp brass ring?

| May 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
BC LNG opportunities – Time to grasp brass ring?

LNG development biggest investment opportunity in British Columbia history By Randy Kerr    British Columbia has an unparalleled opportunity to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects along the NW coast. However, the question is: will we or won’t we? Will these major investments in the Canadian economy be allowed to go forward or will we […]

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Canadian Arctic sovereignty compromises by Putin, not Ukraine

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian Arctic sovereignty compromises by Putin, not Ukraine

Putin points to Russian talks with Scandinavia as model for Canadian Arctic sovereignty Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin says he can understand Canada’s concerns about Canadian Arctic sovereignty, but the Canadian stance on Russian involvement in Ukraine is far harder to accept. Putin took questions from senior representatives of international wire services, including The Canadian Press, […]

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Thomas Lukaszuk in hunt for Alberta PC leadership

| May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Thomas Lukaszuk in hunt for Alberta PC leadership

Thomas Lukaszuk agrees he’s the underdog in the leadership race By Kathleen Smith   Following weeks of speculation, Thomas Lukaszuk, MLA for Edmonton Castledowns, has thrown his well-known bark and bite into the PCAA Leadership race. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” […]

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