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Reflections On Canada Day: What Does It Mean To Be Canadian?
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, July 06 at 18:44 (268 reads)
I'm writing this on the morning of Canada Day 2017, Canada's 150th anniversary, thinking about all the fascinating things I've read and the people I've met. One thing that I've come across is how much time and effort we as Canadians spend trying to define exactly what being Canadian means.
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A Look Back: Parallels In Canadian And St. Albert History
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, July 06 at 18:44 (440 reads)
Canada Day, particularly its 150th anniversary, is an ideal time to consider how Canada has developed, and what the future holds for our country. Curiously enough, it is also an ideal time to consider how St. Albert has developed, and what the future holds for our city.
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How Do Political Parties Catch Fire?
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, June 01 at 18:03 (745 reads)
One of the most prominent debates in Alberta politics right now is the proposal to merge the Wildrose Alliance and the Progressive Conservatives to form a new party to take on the governing NDP in the next election.
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St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse’s sudden decision to drop out of the Alberta Liberal leadership race was surprising. However, what may not have been so surprising was that he was the only declared candidate for the leadership until he dropped out. Finally, on the deadline of March 31, two last-minute candidates signed up, sparing the Liberals the indignity of a leadership race where no one showed up.
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People Need To Feel Heard
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, March 23 at 18:14 (1,023 reads)
I’ve heard a lot of different predictions about what will happen in this year’s St. Albert election. One person suggested to me that either the people who support the ‘status quo’ of spending on City projects, or the people who support cutting back on different kinds of spending, will win a majority on Council. Another person predicted that all the incumbent members of Council would be removed.
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We Must Listen To Concerns About Shared Values
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, February 09 at 18:34 (3,661 reads)
During the federal Conservative leadership race, Kellie Leitch has gotten more attention than most candidates, due in large part to her proposal to screen new immigrants for “Canadian values”. The proposal has gotten Leitch a lot of support, but it’s also gotten her a lot of criticism from people who say that the proposal is racist. White ethnic nationalists have even latched onto Leitch’s campaign, in much the same way as their American counterparts have to President Donald Trump. Since then, Leitch has denied that her campaign is based on ethnic nationalism. Instead, she says, it is based on civic values. Her campaign website indicates that the “Canadian values” she promotes include gender equality, freedom of religion, freedom and tolerance.
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There Is No Single Elite In Canada Or The U.S.
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, January 12 at 18:06 (3,202 reads)
The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. President is said to be a backlash by Americans, many of whom live in the “flyover country” of the central states, against an elite that lives in the coastal states. This elite, who supported Hillary Clinton, supposedly sees Americans in flyover country as stupid and bigoted, and doesn’t care about their problems. Voting for Trump was flyover country’s retaliation against the elite.
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St. Albert Healing Garden Is Necessary
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, November 03 at 18:20 (4,142 reads)
The St. Albert Healing Garden, meant to be a way of recognizing the abuse and torment that Indigenous survivors of the residential school system endured, has had a rough ride lately. The committee overseeing the Garden ended up having to come back to City Council for more funding after geotechnical reports showed that new pilings would be needed for the construction, because of the high water tables. Council balked at the increased cost, and asked the committee to try to find another site. Residential school survivors working with the committee described the incident as a ‘slap in the face’. Meanwhile, some residents are questioning the amount of money we’re spending on the Garden and whether the Garden is even necessary.
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Trump And Ford Appeal To The Disenfranchised
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, September 29 at 17:59 (2,446 reads)
Donald Trump’s candidacy for the U.S. presidency has attracted a lot of scorn for many of Trump’s supporters. Kevin Williamson and David French wrote contemptuously in the National Review about how the working-class Americans supporting Trump had no one to blame but themselves for their problems. They failed themselves, and they should have known better.
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The Two Sides Of The Anti-Terror Coin
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, August 25 at 18:25 (1,350 reads)
The wave of attacks that have occurred this summer have made the debate over how to respond to terrorism more heated than ever, with calls for Canada and its allies to step up the fight against ISIS and other organizations. Other voices decry what they see as the tarring of all Muslims and people of Arab and Middle Eastern background as potential terrorists, arguing that it amounts to racism and judging people guilty until proven innocent.
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Mel Hurtig. 1932-2016
Contributed by Robin Mathews on Thursday, August 04 at 18:27 (4,559 reads)
The passing of Mel Hurtig will remind Canadians that his courageous work is still unfinished, and he needs powerful successors.
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Plenty To Criticize-Plenty To Celebrate
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, July 21 at 18:23 (3,224 reads)
Yesterday, we celebrated Canada Day. For most people, Canada Day is a day to take pride in, to celebrate who we are as a country. However, more recently there have been harsh criticisms levied against past figures in Canadian history, particularly prime ministers like John A. Macdonald and Wilfrid Laurier. Critics have pointed out the way past historians often ignored or downplayed the negative aspects of their legacies, such as the “head tax” on Chinese immigrants, the discrimination against indigenous peoples, or the racist immigration hierarchy that favoured people from Western and Northern Europe over people from other parts of Europe or the world.
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Plenty To Criticize-Plenty To Celebrate
Contributed by JaredMilne on Thursday, July 21 at 18:23 (1,756 reads)
Every year in July, we celebrate Canada Day. For most people, Canada Day is a day to take pride in, to celebrate who we are as a country. However, more recently there have been harsh criticisms levied against past figures in Canadian history, particularly Prime Ministers like John A. Macdonald and Wilfrid Laurier. Critics have pointed out the way past historians often ignored or downplayed the negative aspects of their legacies, such as the “head tax” on Chinese immigrants, the discrimination against Indigenous peoples, or the racist immigration hierarchy that favoured people from Western and Northern Europe over people from other parts of Europe or the world.
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EU. Fascism And Imperial Globalization. Part Five
Contributed by Robin Mathews on Thursday, July 21 at 18:23 (1,368 reads)
The Great Divide in Europe is between democratic community and the designs of international capital to erase genuine community and erect a Gigantic Market in which the working people of Europe will toil as semi-slaves. BREXIT is a warning blast.
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Reflections On Canada Day: A Tale Of Two Constitutions
Contributed by JaredMilne on Saturday, July 02 at 13:02 (1,662 reads)
I'm writing this on the morning of Canada Day 2016, thinking about all the fascinating things I've read and the people I've met. One thing I've come across is the different ways in which the Canadian and American Constitutions have evolved, and the deep, fundamental differences they suggest between our two countries.
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