In This Issue

Editorial: A Call for Bold Action

Government by the PCs or by the people?

In the ancient city of Telmessos, a farmer once tied his ox cart to a post using a fiendishly difficult knot. So intricate was the knot that the cart stayed where it was for several centuries. Eventually Alexander the Great tried to untie the knot. Finding it impossible, he simply cut it with his sword.


View PhotoMr. Takahasi, Retired Farmer, Raymond, Alberta by John Fukushima.

The End of Alison

The multiple meanings of the Redford resignation

Redford's use of government planes was less costly than Klein's. Either a double standard is at work or motives other than presumed character flaws drove the backlash

The War On Workers

Bills 45 and 46 were an attempt to crush unions. Have Alberta's public sector workers been vindicated?

On Friday, April 26, 2013, corrections officers at the Edmonton Remand Centre began a wildcat strike. The root cause of the illegal strike, they say, was a government inaction on safety concerns about the new jail--a list that ran some five pages.

Opera Divided

Not everyone agrees with the modern approach to a classic form

The old guard is pushing back, insisting the best opera focuses firmly on vocal quality, putting all other elements of training and performance second. That's why you'll still see European singers in their 40s cast as teenage geishas.



Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon's Gender Failure; Meredith Quartermain's Rupert's Land; Aaron Giovannone's The Loneliness Machine; and more from Alberta writers and publishers.

This Land
Students in the Woods:
Good work, good wages, great outcomes.


There was a time when we saw a role for government in helping students become citizens through meaningful summer jobs in wild places.

Eye on Alberta
Clippings, Quotes and Controversies


The poison in Alberta's labour-relations well; Canada's hypercompensated CEOs; the skinny on Fort Mac living.

The when and why of it.


As they age, the people who fight hard for an improved world change in various ways.

Meet the Minister
Thomas Lukaszuk
Minister of Labour


Alberta's most divisive politician.

Public Gardens


Lush spaces and great tips.

Community Action
What could your community look like?


Pinnacle Ridge: City-wide community-building.

Highlights from Past Issues

In Our Previous Issue

100 Years of Oil

The legacy of the historic discovery of oil at Turner Valley

Natives, cowboys and settlers had all noticed bubbling gas on the banks of the river. Finally, in 1911, Okotoks farmer Bill Herron bottled the smelly substance and sent it for testing. Analysis confirmed his suspicion.


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From The Archives

Alberta Politics: The First 100 Years

An illustrated history

A political cartoon chronicling the diversity of leaders in Alberta’s first 100 years.