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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Are steroids for you? You might be surprised…

| March 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Are steroids for you? You might be surprised…

Steroids commonly used to relieve inflammation from joints, muscles By Dr. Paul Martiquet   Say the word steroids and many people automatically think of sport cheaters and oversized hulking athletes. That is not what we’re going to talk about (and not the same thing at all). Steroids (short for corticosteroid) are used to treat pain from […]

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Calgary police – Teen stabbed to death at house party

| March 8, 2014 | 1 Comment
Calgary police – Teen stabbed to death at house party

A second teen is in hospital with superficial wounds – Calgary police Calgary police say one teen is dead and another is in hospital recovering from stab wounds suffered during a fight at a Braeside house party early Saturday morning. Around 12:10 a.m. emergency personnel were called to a residence to the 11400 block of […]

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Alberta public pensions need further reform

| March 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
Alberta public pensions need further reform

Redford government could have made Alberta public pensions more fair to taxpayers By Mark Milke   One theory about politics is that because politicians must get votes to stay in power – that’s their “currency” – they are unlikely to act against their own self-interest. So politicians cater to the specific voters who put them […]

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Fair Elections Act criticized by Preston Manning

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fair Elections Act criticized by Preston Manning

Poll says more Canadians know about Fair Elections Act, the less they like it Elder conservative statesman Preston Manning is chiding the Harper government about the Fair Elections Act at the same time a new poll suggests many Canadians aren’t fond of it either. In a speech to his namesake convention on Saturday, former Reform Party leader  Manning […]

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Designer drugs a public health crisis – study

| March 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Designer drugs a public health crisis – study

Recreational designer drugs can affect brain neurochemistry By Bryan Alary   In the span of a decade, Canada has gone from ecstasy importer to global supplier of the illegal party drug. At the same time, even newer designer drugs —sometimes just a mouse-click away—are flooding the drug market faster than legislation can keep pace. It’s […]

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Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine decision should start national gun control discussion

| March 1, 2014 | 10 Comments
Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine decision should start national gun control discussion

RCMP ban on Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine begs question, How much power should police have to prohibit weapons? I support Canada’s approach to gun regulation, but the RCMP’s decision to prohibit the Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine appears to cross a very important line. I say appears because we don’t know why the Mounties decided to […]

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Canadian middle class doing well, thank you

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian middle class doing well, thank you

Western Canadian middle class leading the country in gains By Jock Finlayson   Statistics Canada’s new survey of household finances[1] throws cold water on the often-voiced assertion that the ranks of the Canadian middle class have been dramatically thinned by the combined forces of rising income inequality, globalization and disruptive technological change. According to the […]

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Manning Networking Conference features Harper wannabees

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Manning Networking Conference features Harper wannabees

Manning Networking Conference features Who’s Who of Canadian conservatives There’ll be a lot of big thinking going on in Ottawa today as the Manning Networking Conference holds its annual gathering. Among the speakers slated to put on their thinking caps are Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, federal cabinet ministers James Moore, Jason Kenney and Tony Clement, […]

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Canadian sex offenders target of new legislation

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian sex offenders target of new legislation

Beacon News readers support stronger deterrents for Canadian sex offenders The federal government is getting tough with Canadian sex offenders, including longer sentences and a publicly accessible database of high-risk offenders. The legislation introduced Wednesday would also require registered Canadian sex offenders to provide more information when they travel abroad and permit more sharing of information between federal agencies. […]

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David Bissett gives $5 million to SAIT for scholarships

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
David Bissett gives $5 million to SAIT for scholarships

David Bissett also supports Bissett School of business at Mount Royal Calgary financier David Bissett has donated $5 million for a bursary and scholarship program at SAIT Polytechnic that will help train students in the trades and technology. The Bissett Scholar Program will allocate nine entrance bursaries of $7,500 each year to graduating high school […]

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