Caught between a rock and a hard place. This best sums up the position that the UCP government recently found itself in as it announced new, stricter lockdown measures for Christmas across the province of Alberta. The government is attempting to “bend” the rising curve of COVID-19 infections. The premier and his most trusted ministers…… Continue reading Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Is Political Clamoring Helpful or Harmful?
It has become routine, every morning around 11:15 a.m. EDT thousands of Canadians gather around their television sets to hear the daily national briefing. Closely watching as our national leaders soberly descends down the stairs and step up to the microphone. Citizens and mainstream media all wait with bated breath to learn about the nation’s COVID state…… Continue reading Contextualizing the Cost of COVID: Will Canada Ever pay it Off?
We are spending double the amount of time on our streaming platforms compared to last year, close to 45.4 billion minutes spent on Netflix alone in the first few weeks of March 2020. Movie titles such as: 28 Weeks Later (2007), Quarantine (2008), Carriers (2009), and I Am Legend (2007), have provided an escape from our quarantined hideouts. Unfortunately, such movies about a virus-infected planet and roaming…… Continue reading The Rise of Zombies in the Wake of COVID-19
The ride-sharing industry, UBER specifically, is disrupting traditional transportation. UBER provides people with an alternative choice from taxis and buses for their transportation needs. This type of service increases the competition in the choices for people: one’s own vehicle, public transit, taxi, or UBER service. As this industry spreads throughout Canada, provincial and municipal governments…… Continue reading 2017 UBER-lessness: Canada’s Lack of Ride-Sharing Legislation
The lights are on, but is anybody home? Canada’s Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation Many of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers such as: Tesla, Uber, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Volvo, BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Nissan, GM, and Ford along with some other less-common brands are working on and planning to release driverless cars or driverless systems in the near…… Continue reading The lights are on, but is anybody home? Canada’s Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation
During the June 24, 2014 council meeting, captains of the Rocky View utility industry (the councillors) rammed through the approval to spend $80,000 and put together the implementation plans for sole director Rolly Ashdown’s Aqueduct Utility Corporation. Rocky View resident’s attention were diverted just enough so they glazed over the next agenda item, bylaw C-7380-2014.…… Continue reading Aye aye Captain … full St-R-eam ahead!
Aging through the past 40+ years it is interesting to recall certain phrases one hears over time, such as, “Permission to Speak, Sir!”, “Rule of Thumb”, “Don’t Panic”, “Listen Very Carefully, I Shall Say this only once”, or “Food, Money, Sex!”. Recently, Paul Harvey’s famous radio broadcasts “The Rest of the Story” comes to mind.…… Continue reading And now you know … The Rest of the Story
Just in time for Christmas! Rocky View Council and the county staff are looking to spread a little bit of christmas bud. Unanimously passing a resolution, Council has instructed the county staff to light up the new year with a draft amendment to the Land Use bylaw which will include a definition of and parameters…… Continue reading All Rolled Up Into One: Municipal Marihuana Bylaws
Elections, Elections, and more Elections. As a citizen it sometimes can become overwhelming keeping track of all the different elections, especially when several occur within short periods of time. In fact, some may even lose interest altogether in exercising their democratic right. Between March 1, 2012 and May 31, 2012 a provincial general election will…… Continue reading Layers, Levels, and Legislation
In a letter dated November 3, 2011, the new Premier of Alberta outlined her and the Alberta government’s mandate along with their expectations for the new Minister of Municipal Affairs, Doug Griffiths: “… Innovative approaches will be needed to deliver results for Albertans. This has been started through a reorganization of government to better align…… Continue reading Vicarious Experiences and Words of Wisdom