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Cutting through: What do we do now?

Cutting through: What do we do now?

By Norman Leach

Last week was an interesting one in international politics – especially for Canadians. On Monday Prime Minister Harper set the stage for an extension of Canada’s role in the no-fly zone over Libya. In addition more aid for humanitarian purposes was also announced.  Continue Reading

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Cutting through: Does power now reside in the West?

Cutting through: Does power now reside in the West?

By Norman Leach
It has now been over three weeks since Stephen Harper was elected as Prime Minister of Canada, leading a Conservative majority. Continue Reading

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Cutting Through: Following orders is no excuse

Cutting Through: Following orders is no excuse

By Norman Leach

On Feb 1 a news story broke out of Whistler BC that an employee of a sled dog company had slaughtered over 100 sled dogs. The details were that the man responsible for destroying the dogs worked for a company that had purchased the dogs in hope of windfall profits from the tourists coming to the 2010 Olympics. Continue Reading

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Cutting Through: Cash cow or safety measure?

Cutting Through: Cash cow or safety measure?

By Norman Leach

Finally, some sanity might be coming from Calgary City Council. Most Calgarians had given up any hope of getting off the Merry–Go-Round of old issues becoming new again. I really don’t care if I hear about fluoride or alderman vs. councillor ever again.

Yet, for a brief shining moment council may actually be ready to consider something that is really important. Like how our police are funded. Continue Reading

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Cutting Through: Competition brings out the best, so why are we settling for less?

Cutting Through: Competition brings out the best, so why are we settling for less?

By Norman Leach

It always amazes me when we try to use social policy to overcome human nature. Since the first caveman outran another in trying to get to that new fangled invention – fire – human beings have been competing against each other. Continue Reading

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STOP THE INSANITY NOW!

STOP THE INSANITY NOW!

 By Norman Leach

That’s it. I’ve now officially had it with the health care issue. I have had it with whining special interest groups that want things to be different but don’t want change. I’ve had it with the Alberta Medical Association which has not had an original thought about Medicare since it was originally introduced and I have really had it with doctors who think they know how to run a multi-billion dollar medical system because they went to medical school. Continue Reading

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BRAVO MR. HARPER

BRAVO MR. HARPER

Bravo Mr Harper – and if media reports are correct – congratulations Michael Ignatieff.

By Norman Leach

Recently, both Prime Minster Stephan Harper and Defense Minister Peter MacKay have made public statements that Canadian troops will stay in Afghanistan – in non-combat roles through 2014. Continue Reading

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WALKING WITH HEROES

WALKING WITH HEROES

By Norman Leach
There was always a biting wind on Remembrance Day in Saskatchewan. Each year, as November 11th dawned, the temperature would plummet, the bitter cold somehow driving home the seriousness of the day. Bundled layer upon layer I stood proudly at attention at the cenotaph across from Town Hall, in my Boy Scout uniform, looking I am sure, vaguely like the Michelin Man. Continue Reading

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WILLIAMS IS A MONSTER – PLAIN AND SIMPLE

WILLIAMS IS A MONSTER – PLAIN AND SIMPLE

By Norman Leach
I know – I know. We just want the former Colonel Russell Williams to goaway. We want the monster locked up, forever, in a place where we will not have to think about him again. Continue Reading

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CANADA LOST SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT BY STANDING ON PRINCIPLE

CANADA LOST SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT BY STANDING ON PRINCIPLE

By Norman Leach

Canada had a moment on the world stage and it all slipped away.  This past week Canada withdrew from the race for a Security Council seat at the United Nations when it was clear we would not receive the required votes. Continue Reading

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