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Kent Hehr: The Energizer Bunny who's back in the game

macleans.ca — For a politician, supermarket shopping can be a chore punctuated by frustration. At the lettuces, a constituent approaches and pontificates on the latest upheaval in a different level of government. At the checkout, someone chews out their representative about snow removal that missed a few ruts.
Feb 08, 2016

RT @kenthehr: .@JasonMarkusoff wrote this RE: yours truly & the VAC file | The Energizer Bunny who’s back in the game https://t.co/DRagpo…

Feb 08, 2016

Kent Hehr’s energy can outlast his own batteries. Can he recharge Veteran Affairs? macleans.ca/politics/ottaw… pic.twitter.com/awlYBbz8QA

Feb 08, 2016

RT @coreyhogan: Kent Hehr: The man, the myth, the legend..ary grocery store stalker. Great read about a great guy. macleans.ca/politics/ottaw… #ableg #cdnpoli

Feb 09, 2016

As if on cue, I saw @kenthehr chatting outside a Safeway this eve. My closer look at the extreme retail politician: macleans.ca/politics/ottaw…

Feb 09, 2016

Interesting profile of Kent Hehr, shooting survivor and now minister of Veterans Affairs. Great read by @markusoff macleans.ca/politics/ottaw…

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Justin Trudeau's 'Hands Across Canada Tour' lands in Alberta

macleans.ca — The best Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could do for Alberta's pipeline needs was to repeat everybody's favourite new buzzphrase - "market access" - until it the listener reached a sort of hypnotic state, losing track of where syllables began and ended. Market access? Mark a taxiss? Mar kitacks es? Marxist Aztecs?
Feb 04, 2016

Trudeau’s “Hands Across Canada” tour hits a needy Alberta, and I wrote this about it: macleans.ca/news/canada/ju…

Feb 04, 2016

Hands Across America is a pretty dated reference, isn’t it. I’ll never get that dream job @Buzzfeed. macleans.ca/news/canada/ju… (it’s ca.1986!)

Feb 05, 2016

As Alberta cries for help, Trudeau lobs his non-pitch pitch for pipelines. Will it work? Well... macleans.ca/news/canada/ju…

After Trudeau's visit to La Loche, what he should do next

macleans.ca — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flew Friday to La Loche, Sask., with an entourage of cabinet ministers, to offer sympathies and lay flowers, to listen and offer broad promises but zero specifics on how the federal government can assist the remote Dene village and others like it in Canada's north.
Jan 29, 2016

Justin Trudeau visited La Loche. Here's five ideas for what to do next. macleans.ca/politics/ottaw…

Jan 30, 2016

La Loche got Canada's attention and the PM's visit. Now what? Here are 5 ideas: macleans.ca/politics/ottaw…

Jan 30, 2016

Not just paying lip service to La Loche. Nice work by @markusoff Five ways Trudeau can help La Loche macleans.ca/politics/ottaw… via macleansmag

Jan 30, 2016

Sounds like an excellent blueprint from @markusoff Five ways Trudeau can help La Loche macleans.ca/politics/ottaw… via @macleansmag

Jan 30, 2016

RT @jchianello: Sounds like an excellent blueprint from @markusoff Five ways Trudeau can help La Loche macleans.ca/politics/ottaw… via @macleansmag

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The suffering of La Loche

macleans.ca — Before anybody could notice, the troubled teen took his grandfather's shotgun and aimed. Consumed by a maelstrom of emotions, he slid his finger over the trigger, ready to kill. La Loche, Sask., was on the brink of discovering its next exposure to violent death, in a remote northwest village where snapshots of the too-young and gone are pushpinned to many household walls.
Jan 27, 2016

La Loche shooting could've been like its quiet tragedies, but for which way the gun pointed ow.ly/XBrMc pic.twitter.com/KYqP9sUyb8

Jan 27, 2016

RT @markusoff: La Loche shooting could've been like its quiet tragedies, but for which way the gun pointed ow.ly/XBrMc pic.twitter.com/KYqP9sUyb8

Jan 27, 2016

RT @markusoff: La Loche shooting could've been like its quiet tragedies, but for which way the gun pointed ow.ly/XBrMc pic.twitter.com/KYqP9sUyb8

Jan 27, 2016

La Loche: We paid scant attention as suicides exacted a worse toll. Maclean’s cover story: macleans.ca/news/canada/la… pic.twitter.com/dT9L9wF2i4

Jan 27, 2016

La Loche: A small town's grief. A nation's shame. macleans.ca/news/canada/la… via @macleansmag

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In La Loche, hurt, grief and disbelief

macleans.ca — At the edge of a growing shrine in front of La Loche Community School, Cody Montgrand placed an unlit votive Saturday, as well as a small plastic figurine of the Virgin Mary. It had been sitting at home on Montgrand's nightstand, and used to belong to his late grandfather, the 30-year-old explained after he said a silent prayer and crossed himself, tears welling his eyes.

Ted Cruz: Made in Canada

macleans.ca — Ted Cruz must long for the day when his three-word memory could suitably summarize his time as a tot in Canada: "It was cold." He wouldn't remember, but it was forecast as snowy at -9° C the day he was born, according to the Barometer Betty cartoon on the front of the Calgary Herald for Dec.
Jan 13, 2016

RT @markusoff: Ted Cruz: Made in Canada. Dug into his family's Calgary roots for the latest @MacleansMag: macleans.ca/politics/washi… pic.twitter.com/mXM60RVSoD

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Shannon Phillips: Alberta's Minister of hard hits

macleans.ca — In a small Paris conference room, Shannon Phillips sat in awe among international corporate executives, environmental foundation leaders and fellow provincial environment ministers as California Governor Jerry Brown hosted a panel. He was first governor in 1975, the year Phillips was born. The way he waxed on confidently about emissions and efficiency, Phillips thought: it's in his DNA.
Jan 11, 2016

You have to be tough to be Alberta's reformist environment minister. And to be a single mom and roller derby player: macleans.ca/news/canada/sh…

Jan 12, 2016

RT @STAHRDERBY: This is magnificent! Roll on Gnome Stompsky of Lethbridge Roller Derby Guild @deathbridgeDame... fb.me/55aGxuajl

Jan 12, 2016

Great Shannon Phillips profile by @markusoff but worth it for the roller derby photo alone macleans.ca/news/canada/sh… #ableg #yyc #yeg

Jan 12, 2016

RT @DonBraid: Great Shannon Phillips profile by @markusoff but worth it for the roller derby photo alone macleans.ca/news/canada/sh… #ableg #yyc #yeg

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All ears on Calgary's National Music Centre

macleans.ca — From the oil sector's booms and busts, the rise and fall of former prime minister Stephen Harper and the broadly inspirational leadership of Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Canada's eyes have repeatedly turned to Calgary in the last several years. In 2016, the ears of a nation will perk up.

The death of the Alberta dream

macleans.ca — Late last year, Brandon MacKay listed his Kawasaki dirt bike for sale on Kijiji, the online classifieds site. It was the only treat the 25-year-old had given himself in three years living in Fort McMurray. The rest he'd spent on supporting and visiting his wife and kids in Pictou County, N.S.
Jan 06, 2016

Canada's promised land, gutted by the glut: my feature on Alberta in the next Maclean's macleans.ca/news/canada/th… via macleansmag

Jan 06, 2016

RT @markusoff: Canada's promised land, gutted by the glut: my feature on Alberta in the next Maclean's macleans.ca/news/canada/th… via macleansmag

Jan 06, 2016

RT @willoughbey: Excellent piece by @markusoff, on the ailments of Alberta. - The death of the Alberta dream macleans.ca/news/canada/th… via @macleansmag

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Alberta NDP vs. budget reality

macleans.ca — Last month, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and her team drew 600 people to a $250-a-head fundraiser in Calgary, a city where "dozens" used to be a respectable turnout for her party's events. The crowd was dotted with business lobbyists-read: former Tory government aides-who wished more elected members wore name tags.
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Feb 12, 2016

@Wittmeier @Paulatics I'm reasonably confident there will be compromise, a la Quebec. methinks Paula countered bellicose language with same.

Feb 12, 2016

@GKentEJ by time i left bureau after 6 years, only 6/14 councillors and 0 Nenshis had been there longer than me.

Feb 12, 2016

@GKentEJ Goodness - you outlasted Mandel by a full term. Congrats on a great run, and all the best on your new challenge.

Feb 12, 2016

@Wittmeier @Paulatics Clunkiness and inefficiencies are one thing. Palliative patients' ability to access Charter-right services, another.

Feb 12, 2016

@LukaszukAB @Paulatics "Some argue" my foot. There must be some audits or findings that prove or disprove this.

Feb 12, 2016

@mrmartyna @Wittmeier @Paulatics Though I suppose the same sort of (ahem) efficiencies could be sought as in the AHS merger

Feb 12, 2016

@Paulatics @Wittmeier ah. to Brent's point, why do they exist as a contract system? what's the benefit of alternate administration?


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