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Calgary vaping ban: City council should butt out

July 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Calgary vaping ban: City council should butt out

No scientific or health-related reason for Calgary vaping ban By Derek James From for Troy Media Calgary City Council’s proposed ban on vaping – a practice that mimics cigarette smoking using atomized vapour – in public is giving me déjà vu. You may remember that in 2013 councillors discussed banning shark fins even though they […]

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Is Stephen Harper giving away Canadian sovereignty?

June 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Is Stephen Harper giving away Canadian sovereignty?

Canadian sovereignty ‘handed out’ in FIPA, CETA, TPP By Gus Van Harten for Troy Media TORONTO – What do the European Parliament and the U.S. Congress have in common? They both have done more to protect Canadian sovereignty than our House of Commons. Since winning a majority in 2011, the Harper government has been giving […]

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Failings of monetarism giving rise to new economy of wellbeing

June 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Failings of monetarism giving rise to new economy of wellbeing

The end monetarism means and end of economics as we know it By Robert McGarvey for Troy Media The future for Alberta is filled with promise, but with the end of oil in sight realizing that promise will require new thinking and a radically different approach. The world is changing. And while many of these changes […]

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Was the Senate audit worth it?

June 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Was the Senate audit worth it?

Senate audit: Auditor general spent $21 million to find less than $1 million in questionable expenses By Lee Tunstall for Troy Media Consider me one of the millions of Canadians offended by the Senate spending scandal. But it’s not for the reason you might think. The senate audit cost $21 million, and less than $1 […]

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Science Matters: The values of hope and happiness

June 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Science Matters: The values of hope and happiness

Materialistic values undermine wellbeing By David Suzuki and Aryne Sheppard Reading the news, it’s hard not to feel a growing sense of unease. The threat of terrorism, growing instability and conflict overseas, a shooting on Parliament Hill last October and uncertainty about the economy diminish our collective feelings of safety and security. To this we add […]

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Canadian scientists urged to speak out against unscientific ‘evidence’

June 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
Canadian scientists urged to speak out against unscientific ‘evidence’

Canadian scientists should fight erroneous ideas that, like zombies, just won’t die By Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski for Troy Media At a time when many government scientists in Canada are being muzzled, talking to the media may be a scary prospect for many researchers. Yet some academics are calling on their peers to speak out in the […]

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Electric cars still not ready for prime time

June 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
Electric cars still not ready for prime time

Electric cars are nothing but taxpayer subsidized toys for the rich and famous By Kenneth P. Green for Troy Media Twenty years ago, in May, 1995, I had my first op-ed published in a major newspaper, the Los Angeles Times. The title was Pull the Plug on the Electric Car Mandate. In that column I pointed out […]

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The world was safer during the Soviet era

June 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
The world was safer during the Soviet era

Unlike during the Soviet era, principled conversation is impossible today By Fred McMahon for Troy Media Recent threats on the world stage cause me to wonder whether perhaps we should be mourning the passing of the Soviet empire. With the eruption of ISIS in the Middle East and the ongoing autocracies in Russia and China, pause for […]

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Canadian healthcare check delivers mixed results

May 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Canadian healthcare check delivers mixed results

There’s a lot of room for improvement in the Canadian healthcare  By Robert McMurtry for Troy Media Wait times have long been a source of concern for Canadians. A new report provides both encouraging news and areas in need of attention. A report released by the Canadian Institutes of Health Information (CIHI) follows the wait […]

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Science Matters: Signs of change are sweeping the nation

May 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Science Matters: Signs of change are sweeping the nation

This week’s Science Matters: Alberta election, BC LNG By David Suzuki and Ian Hanington Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won’t stand for having corporate interests put before their own. When plummeting oil prices late last year threw Alberta into financial crisis, people rightly asked, “Where’s the […]

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