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Election looms as two Alberta opposition parties have no permanent leader

calgaryherald.com — Alberta could see two of the province's opposition parties head into an unprecedented election campaign this spring without a leader after Liberal Leader Raj Sherman announced Monday he is stepping down immediately. His resignation continues the opposition convulsion that saw 11 Wildrose MLAs, including party leader Danielle Smith, defect to the benches of the governing Tories before Christmas.
Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

Election looms as 2 AB opposition parties have no permanent leader - & no leaders remain from 2012 campaign. calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg

Jan 27, 2015

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Calgary businesses need better preparation for disasters

calgaryherald.com — A report by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on the devastating flood of 2013 says 40 per cent of flood-impacted businesses still do not appear to have off-site storage of critical documents, remote operating abilities and protocols, or an emergency communication strategy.

PSAC drilling forecast adjusted lower to 7,650 wells in 2015

calgaryherald.com — About 7,000 oilfield jobs will likely disappear under a revised drilling forecast for 7,650 new wells in 2015 in Canada, according to the Calgary-based Petroleum Services Association of Canada. On Tuesday, the association which represents mainly non-rig workers in service, supply and manufacturing sectors said lower oil and gas prices have eroded its earlier forecast by about 2,450 wells or 24 per cent.

Braid: Quick - opposition blowout in aisle five!

calgaryherald.com — The Alberta legislature is starting to look like Target. Whole departments are closing down and clearing off the shelves. Some even join the Progressive Conservatives, our political Walmart. Raj Sherman now quits the Liberal leadership and won't run again.
Jan 27, 2015

Such a clever, fun read about a serious issue by @DonBraid: Quick - opposition blowout in aisle five! calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg #abpoli

Jan 27, 2015

Sherman’s departure just the latest sign of pre-election opposition collapse. Column calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg #yyc #yeg #ablib

Jan 27, 2015

Don Braid: Other brands liquidate next to Prentice's political Walmart calgaryherald.com/news/politics/…

Jan 26, 2015

"The Alberta legislature is starting to look like Target." Braid: Quick - opposition blowout in aisle five! calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg

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U of C’s ‘Happyness’ day brings out the kid in everyone

calgaryherald.com — After winning a much-publicized battle with prostate cancer in 2001, Brett Wilson announced to the world last October that the dreaded disease had returned. "I knew in July," said the Calgary entrepreneur and philanthropist, known Canada-wide from his stint on the CBC TV series Dragons Den.

No end in sight for oilpatch spending cuts: TD analysts

calgaryherald.com — Oil and gas companies have chopped more than a fifth of projected 2015 capital spending in the past two months but the commodity prices they've based their forecasts on are still higher than current futures market prices, suggesting more cuts to come.

Ten-year old Albertan wins international photo competition

calgaryherald.com — Like father, like son. Ten-year old Josiah Launstein, who lives along the Porcupine Hills near Pincher Creek with his family, has just been awarded Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year in an international photo competition. "I can't believe it," he said in an interview with the Herald.

The balmy weather has skyrocketed the number of cyclists, according to the Peace Bridge bike counter

calgaryherald.com — The counter tracked 915 bicycle trips Monday - nearly half the summer average. Calgary's weekly winter numbers are typically closer to 500 per day (or about a quarter of the summer number.) Ridership has seen a steady increase since the warm temperatures descended earlier this month.

Queen’s Brian May puts ceremonial Calgary white hat up for auction on eBay

calgaryherald.com — An insult to a Calgary tradition? Or regifting for a good cause? Last June, when rock legend Brian May came to town with the Queen + Adam Lambert tour, the guitarist was gifted with a Smithbilt cowboy hat as part of the famed white hatting ceremony that visiting celebrities and dignitaries are ho...
Jan 27, 2015

Queen's Brian May puts ceremonial Calgary white hat up for auction on eBay calgaryherald.com/entertainment/…

Prentice, Saskatchewan’s Wall skipping premiers’ trip to Ottawa

calgaryherald.com — Two of western Canada's conservative premiers, Alberta's Jim Prentice and Saskatchewan's Brad Wall, are skipping this week's premiers' meeting in Ottawa. B.C.'s Christy Clark says she'll represent the West at the meeting, where the impact of sliding oil prices on the Canadian economy is expected to be a key topic of discussion.
Jan 27, 2015

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Why do nasty online comments get us so riled up? It's literally in our DNA

calgaryherald.com — WASHINGTON - These days I don't have much occasion to use my fight-or-flight response. That's the automatic release of chemicals in our bodies that our barely human ancestors depended upon to keep from getting eaten by a saber-toothed tiger.
Jan 27, 2015

Aha! An appropriately cerebral (but readable) column about how our DNA leads us to be riled by online commenters bit.ly/1wzriKh

Newcomer Kiesza leads small group of Calgary Juno nominees with four

calgaryherald.com — The group is a small one, but from the modest pack of Calgary Juno nominees the city could very well provide the queen of this year's awards when they're handed out in Hamilton March 14 and at the televised ceremony March 15.
Jan 27, 2015

Calgary's @Kiesza leads local Juno contingent with four noms, while @JannArden @ChadVanGaalen earn one each calgaryherald.com/entertainment/… #Sceneyyc

Beware the temptation of layoffs in the oilpatch

calgaryherald.com — There's a lot that feels like the oilpatch has entered a time machine and gone back to the mid-1980s, with a few modifications. Instead of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries significantly boosting production as it did in 1986, it is choosing to keep production at current levels at ...

Lakritz: It’s looking like 1939 all over again

calgaryherald.com — Last week, Swedish journalist Peter Lindgren, a non-Jew, walked around Malmo wearing a yarmulka and a Star of David pendant to see what would happen. As he sat reading a newspaper in a Malmo cafe, passersby shouted anti-Semitic insults at him.
Jan 27, 2015

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of #Auschwitz Lakritz's must read: It's looking like 1939 all over again calgaryherald.com/opinion/column…

Unite the left? Centre-left parties ponder what’s next after Sherman’s departure

calgaryherald.com — The sudden resignation of Liberal Leader Raj Sherman has again raised the issue of co-operation and unification among Alberta's centre-left parties, which may soon have to face the Progressive Conservative juggernaut in a provincial election.
Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

Unite the left: Parties ponder what's next after Sherman's departure. "AB politics is in a state of flux,” says Hehr. calgaryherald.com/news/politics/…

Teen gets probation for assaulting woman at downtown protest

calgaryherald.com — A young pro-Israeli woman says every aspect of her life has been negatively affected since she was punched in the face by a pro-Palestinian teen, who was sentenced Monday to 12 months probation for assault. "I have never felt fear like the fear I experienced that day," Samantha Hamilton, 23, wrote in a victim impact statement before the male teen, now 17, was sentenced.

Field Law celebrating 100 years of being in business

calgaryherald.com — This year will be a special one for legal firm Field Law with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife. The firm will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. "It's an exciting year for us. We're very proud of our history. We are in the process of finalizing for publication a book setting out a history for the firm.

Maritimers are bravely facing their blizzard with a gargantuan supply of #StormChips

calgaryherald.com — A bag (or three) of #StormChips has become an essential winter storm supply on Canada's east coast, leaving store shelves nearly empty and snack fans with greasy fingers as the region gets pummelled by winds gusting up to 100 km/h.

Corbella: Link Byfield was a humble man of faith and many gifts

calgaryherald.com — My favourite personal anecdote about Link Byfield occurred in June 2003, just days after Alberta Report magazine folded. I called Link, who had been the influential magazine's editor and publisher since 1985, to commiserate and ask him if he'd meet me for lunch.