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preston-manning-by Paul W Conway

There is more to Preston Manning than meets the eye. He does so meet however from time to time, most recently in The Globe and Mail on Monday, January 18  — and these occasions are all we have unless we attend the proceedings of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy. There is one next month in Ottawa, if you are keen.

I met the man in person some thirty-plus years ago, when he and I were both young per-diem-rate peddlers in northern Alberta. He was working the oil industry side of the Cold Lake heavy oil deposits, I the community development side. I expect he got higher rates than I did and stayed in better hotels, but we met as equals....

gradBy Jon Farmer
Right now aspiring and recent high school graduates are preparing applications for college, university, and apprenticeships. Teachers are handing out materials and well-meaning relatives are asking detailed questions about averages and career paths. We're funneling our teenagers into post-secondary institutions but we're not doing it on purpose. It's a habit and one that we need to examine....

Lincoln-and-sonBy Jon Farmer
Humanity is responsible for every problem that our society faces. Whether we're talking about climate change, poverty, racism, misogyny, violence, or apathy, they're all self-inflicted; the consequences of our life styles and our culture. It's a hard fact to accept. Our adult comfort with business as usual and the status quo keep us from seeing our problems and we simple can't solve problems that we don't see.

 

So, if we want to change the world for the better then we need to put the kids in charge...


LarryMiller-featureDear Editor,
During an election campaign, it is quite easy for candidates and leaders to get caught up in the 'buzz' of the election and make promises that are politically motivated but are not practically responsible from an operational standpoint. This is exactly what the Liberal Party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have done in regards to Canada's involvement in aiding Syrian refugees.
The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship has announced that the Liberal Party remains committed to their lofty campaign commitment of relocating 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. During the announcement the Minister stated that the government will be taking a "whatever works" stance on the issue to bring 25,000 refugees to Canada in roughly 7 weeks. Since the government made this announcement a number of experts have claimed that this goal is impossible and if the government decides to proceed on a rushed basis this plan could jeopardize the responsible intake of refugees.
This is entirely a politically motivated policy based on an irresponsible campaign announcement. I am disappointed

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