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The Subprime Sub-plot

As I write this article the media is full of stories on the alternative lending or subprime market in the United States. One edition of the Wall Street Journal had so many stories on the subprime sector that it looked more like a special mortgage insert >

Small Time No More

Alberta’s hockey teams return to action this month following a busier than usual off-season, highlighted by reclusive drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz’s attempt to purchase the Edmonton Oilers >

Learning to Love Carbon Taxes

You are worried about the climate risks from carbon emissions. But you live in Alberta or some other fossil fuel-rich region. So naturally you despise carbon taxes, without even five seconds of thought >

The Plot to Save (Eastern) Canada

With an estimated 30,000 Ontarians pulling up stakes last year and moving to Alberta, it was clear something had to be done >

Roughing It in the Patch

“If you ever move, and I mean really move, like from Ontario to Alberta, don’t expect your friends to keep their word when they say that you’ll always be friends" >

The Cultural Relocation

Before there was $50-a-barrel oil or fluoride in the water, western Canadians waited breathlessly for news from the East >

Hello to Nova Scotia

An economic boom creates many friends >

A Confederation of Dunces

With all that fuss over last month’s anointment of a new Liberal leader, I was afraid Ed Stelmach’s election as Progressive Conservative leader would go unnoted in the rest of Canada >

Fear of the 403

For years now, Toronto moguls have complained about the unfair taxes that are driving businesses out of Hogtown into the sprawling suburbs of Markham, Vaughan and Mississauga. The public yawned.
But when Juri Pill, chair of the Toronto Office Coalition, spoke out against unfair taxation recently, he knew how to get headlines for his cause: drag Alberta into it.
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Help Is On Its Way

For years, the spectre of shortage loomed. Pundits warned that Alberta could not exploit this vital resource forever. But now it’s done, and even Peter Lougheed has said that the provincial government wasn’t ready.
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