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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Desmond Tutu says oil sands ‘filthy’ after helicopter tour

| June 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
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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Ric McIver and Jim Prentice – Main St. vs. Bay St.

| May 21, 2014 | 1 Comment
Ric McIver and Jim Prentice – Main St. vs. Bay St.

Ric McIver is a clear alternative to PC party favourite Jim Prentice Jim Prentice is getting all the headlines right now, but Ric McIver may yet pull off an upset when the votes are counted in the Alberta PC leadership race on Sept. 6. I don’t know Prentice. Never interviewed him for a news story, […]

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Jim Prentice set to announce PC leadership run today

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Jim Prentice set to announce PC leadership run today

Half of Alberta PC caucus support Jim Prentice Former federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice plans to formally launch his campaign today to become Alberta’s next premier. Jim Prentice is scheduled to deliver a morning speech in Edmonton before heading to Calgary in the afternoon. For six years between 2004 and 2010, Prentice was the member […]

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Mustard Seed parkade test of Mayor Nenshi leadership

| May 20, 2014 | 3 Comments
Mustard Seed parkade test of Mayor Nenshi leadership

Probably an easy solution to Mustard Seed parkade issue, but Mayor’s leadership required Sean Chu can’t believe it and neither can Beacon readers: The City of Calgary requires the $3 million Mustard Seed parkade, which now sits empty because bureaucrats won’t allow the 79 stalls to be rented out. The City requires residential developments to […]

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