Bill Given: 2011 State of the City Address

This afternoon I had the pleasure of presenting the State of the City Address at an even hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Here’s the full text of the speech:Good afternoon, It’s my pleasure to present the State of the City Address for the first time as Mayor of Grande Prairie.Before I go any further, ...

Bill Given: 2011 State of the City Address

This afternoon I had the pleasure of presenting the State of the City Address at an even hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Here’s the full text of the speech:Good afternoon, It’s my pleasure to present the State of the City Address for the first time as Mayor of Grande Prairie.Before I go any further, ...

openalex: Cities, Green Development, & Politics: Passing the Buck or Jumpstarting Change?

I’ve been meaning to write about Steve Cohen (director of Columbia Universty’s Earth Institute) Valentine’s Day piece in the Huffington Post since it came out on Monday. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of the savage grilling that Climate and Sustainability policy is getting at the Federal level in the U.S., versus the political support it’s gotten ...

Politic-O-Pinion: Dept. of Fin.: Corporate Tax Cuts Least Effective

Yesterday I wrote about my wish that the government would make moves to reduce the personal tax rate rather than continue to lower and already low corporate tax rate. Today I’m at it again. It seems that overnight, a bunch of people have jumped on the bandwagon in agreement that corporate tax rates aren’t the ...

World Headlines Review: Bangladesh: Dabbling in Dhaka Stock Markets

A classic stock market boom-bust cycle is underway in Bangladesh, inciting riots after the closure of the country’s main markets in Dhaka and Chittagong this week.  The picture painted by the charts and reports from Bangladesh make for an abject lesson in how markets fluctuate and are driven by salesmanship and sentiment. The chart below ...

World Headlines Review: Switzerland: Swiss Franc -ly Under Attack

Separate reports this week in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuericher Zeitung (NZZ) are highlighting the difficult choices Switzerland, and by extension other nations, are facing in the continued onslaught of effective currency devaluation by US and Eurozone officials. The Greenback and the Euro have fallen significantly against the Franc and other currencies in the past ...

bastard.logic: Montreal Massacre: “Remember, then organize.”

by matttbastard Record snowfall may have forced the cancellation of local commemorative events, but the memories of December 6th, 1989 remain fresh, regardless of where we wrestle with them. Though we take time today to reflect on the untimely murders of 18 women (for the heinous crime of being women), all-too-immediate events demand that we not simply remember the ...

World Headlines Review: Seoul G20: Perplexing Conclusion, Clear Result

The conclusion of the most recent G20 summit in Seoul last Friday, hailed as a success for political reasons by attending politicians, was punctuated with the following agreed upon statement: “Uneven growth and widening imbalances are fueling the temptation to diverge from global solutions into uncoordinated action… uncoordinated policy actions will only lead to worse ...

Bill Given: Prestigious $2.3 million research award to GPRC

Grande Prairie Regional College is among the eleven colleges which will receive Federal funding from Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to work with their communities and local businesses to get new innovations from campuses into the marketplace.  The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced a total of nearly $15 Million to ...

Time Heals All Wounds

Today, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney spoke in Windsor on the state of Canada’s economy and made his predictions for the future. The outlook seems that the economy will remain at a crawl, for the time being, with gradual growth. Still recovering from the recession, growth will not come easily in Canada, due to ...

On Rob Ford.

IntroductionI’m not worried about Rob Ford becoming mayor of Toronto. And you shouldn’t be either. Given what he’s presented right now as part of his platform, over at his website, the man seems to be well on his way to becoming another Mel Lastman. Embarrassing, incompetent, but incapable of serious long-term damage. Note that I’m ...

Tattered Sleeve: We get mail – from US reporters wanting our opinions on other US reporters!

From: “Jacobon, Terry” [name changed] To: randboro@yahoo.caSent: Thu, June 3, 2010 3:56:46 PMSubject: From Terry Jacobson [name changed] of the [MAJOR ESTABLISHED US NEWSPAPER]Dear Scott in Montreal:Hi. I’m a reporter for the [MAJOR ESTABLISHED US NEWSPAPER], and I’m writing under deadline about the media coverage of the BP oil spill.I was intrigued by your comments ...

atypicalalbertan: Hearing David Suzuki

I had the opportunity through work to attend the 2009 Canadian Public Relations Society Conference in Vancouver this past June. The second afternoon luncheon was delivered by David Suzuki. I was so inspired and impressed by his talk. Now, that I have finally gotten around to writing my report on that conference and the Suzuki ...

Jacked Up: Harper, Baird, Flaherty, EI and the Economy.

I’ll start with two separate paragraphs, from two separate articles (The first from the Ottawa Citizen, the second from the Globe and Mail: Baird falsely portrayed the Liberal scheme for a 360-hour standard as one that would require a massive payroll tax. The Liberals said they would fund the move through general revenue. “It would ...

Jacked Up: Democracy Delayed is Democracy Denied

So let’s do a little comparative analysis: Number 1: David Warren calls a possible coalition a “Thai-style coup d’état”. Now as much as I like the guy, I don’t think Dion could fool anyone into thinking he was the commander of a ruthless army. And last time I checked no politicians had been dragged into ...