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Rants, raves, etc. by Maurice Tougas

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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning: Welcome to Wuss Nation
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First things first: Canada is a great place to live. Prosperous, generally kind, accommodating, peaceful. All good stuff. Maybe it’s because Canada is so kind, accommodating and laid back that we are also a bit of a wuss of a country. Maybe because there are so few of us across such a vast ...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, Week 24: Raptors? What Raptors?
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If you’re a regular reader of this blather, you’ll know that I am most decidedly not a “fan” of the Toronto Raptors (and for the record, neither are the millions of Canadians who suddenly became Raptors “fans”; they are bandwagon jumpers who don’t know a ...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, Week 23: Genocide? Not in my country
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The final report of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (shorted to the ungainly MMIWG) was released this week. The final report was about 1,200 pages and cost about $90 million. This is an important report, but much of its value was wiped away by the commiss...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, Week 22: Welcome to the new normal, and it’s not nice
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It’s summertime here in Alberta (well, actually it’s not, but we tend to call any time with temps in the teens ‘summer’), a time when the sun shines for 18 hours a day. At least, we assume the sun is shining. For the past week, what would have been a lovely few days were o...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, week 20: The issue that won’t go away
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, week 20: The issue that won’t go away
If you want an example of how Canada and the United States differ, look no further than developments in Alabama this week. Alabama – a southern U.S. state with such a long history of fanatical conservatism and institutional racism that even people from Mississippi look down their noses at them – ...
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Stuff Still Happens IV, the Reckoning, week 19: The Greens are coming, the Greens are coming!
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Don’t look now, folks, but the Green Party has quietly become a force in Canada. In British Columbia, the Greens hold the balance of power in the minority NDP government. In the PEI election this year, Greens formed the official opposition, and briefly looked like they might win. And on Mon...
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 18: Jason Kenney goes to war
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No one can say that Jason Kenney is easing into his new job as premier of Alberta. After appointing his cabinet this week (one from Edmonton, as expected, most of the rest from Calgary, as expected), Kenney proclaimed legislation passed by the NDP government that allows the province to shut off f...
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 17: God bless the Bruins
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The first 16 weeks of the year have been pretty heavy on the news side, what with elections and mass shootings and bombings and Mueller reports and SNC/Lavalin and resignations and expulsions from cabinet and the troubles with Trudeau, etc. So, this week, let’s lay off the major news for a ...
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 16: The results, and Paris is burning
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 16: The results, and Paris is burning
On Tuesday night, I was listening to Rachel Notley’s defiant concession speech. At one point, she said that child poverty in Alberta had been cut in half during her four-year reign. What? Really? Why was this the first I’d heard of this? Now, I don’t know if it’s true or n...
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Stuff Happens IV, The Reckoning, week 15: The end is near …
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As a citizen of the province of Alberta, I will dutifully head to my nearby polling station to cast my vote in the provincial election on Tuesday. I admit that, even after many decades of voting, I still get a tiny little thrill about the democratic process. As Churchill said, democracy is the wo...
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