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Video – Ian on Renewable Energy

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

The Next Alberta sees the world’s energy economy at a turning point. Albertans need to be proactive to ensure that renewable energy joins oil and gas as an important part of our energy future. About 85 percent of the electricity used in Alberta today comes from fossil fuels. Encouraging the use and development of renewable […]

In the City of 100 Hellos What Language Will Get Ottawa’s Attention?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

“It smells gross, doesn’t it.” Taylor, working Safeway’s express checkout, said that as I bought a snack for my drive back to Vulcan. She was talking about the smell from Lakeside’s beef processing operations. It’s especially pungent on a windy, drizzly evening like last Thursday night in Brooks. Before I stopped at Safeway I made […]

Video – Ian on Empowering Albertans

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

This land was built on the democratic principles of public participation, debate, and dissent. Excessive partisanship, letting ideology trump fairness and common sense, destroys the people’s faith in politics and respect for public service. The Next Alberta makes public participation a priority.  As a University of Alberta professor, it’s never been more clear to me […]

Attack of the Clones?: The Wildrose Senate Nominee Candidates

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Happy Debate Day. I’m Meatball. Ian raced out of here yesterday to drive to Brooks for an all-candidates forum. I was snoring on the couch when he shook me and offered me a box of milkbones if I would write something for him while he was away. What discerning bulldog could refuse? He’s asked me […]

Video – Ian on Investing in the Future

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Ian on Investing in the Future – Complete with his 1984 Macintosh computer (in full operation) and how it relates to Alberta today:

Courted by Twelve Apostles

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

I better get this post onto the website right away – before the list of Senate nominee candidates grows even longer. There was a time when I thought I would be one of seven candidates…so I’m glad to be writing about Twelve Apostles rather than about the Seven Dwarfs. Apostles are messengers. This Senate nominee […]

Let’s Make the Next Alberta “Texas North”

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

No, this isn’t a post advocating that Alberta or Canada follows Texas and issue licenses allowing people to carry concealed handguns. It is, however, a post urging federal and provincial governments to follow our cousins to the south and promote more actively the development and use of renewable energy technologies. If you ask me what […]

Beggars, Afterthoughts, and Big Brother

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

You don’t have to have Charles Dickens or George Orwell on your bookshelf to know that the idea of “power” tells us what a word like “beggar” or a phrase like “Big Brother” means. My dream of the Next Alberta stresses the importance of empowering Alberta’s communities and citizens. It’s a dream demanding that Big […]

Equality and Democracy: Harper’s Senate Reform Bill Ignores the Most Fundamental Kinds

Posted by on Apr 7, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Bill C-7, the Harper government’s proposed Senate Reform Act, supposedly promotes democracy by encouraging provinces and territories to elect Senate nominees for the Prime Minister’s future consideration. However, C-7 turns a blind eye to shockingly anti-democratic and anti-egalitarian Senatorial qualification requirements from the 19th Century. To be a Canadian Senator you must be at least […]

What About the Other Calgaries?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Blog, News | No Comments

Many of us use labels to help us simplify a complex world. Handy though they are they too blind us to richer and subtler understandings of Alberta and her people. I found this out when I was in Calgary this past Friday (March 30th) talking about my dream of the Next Alberta. “Petroleum wealth” is […]