In This Issue

Canada’s Top Judge

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

The Grand Entrance Hall of the Supreme Court in Ottawa is beautiful in an imposing, not to say forbidding, way. Lined with three kinds of marble in chaste tones of beige and gold, punctuated by 12-metre columns, it’s dominated by a monumental double staircase. But once you ascend the staircase to the main courtroom, things become warmer and more matter-of-fact.

After a security check, anyone can enter this room and watch the Supreme Court of Canada at work. Nine chairs upholstered in red leather stand on a dais, against walnut panelling the colour of dark chocolate.


Editorial: The Corporate U

What's wrong with a little sponsorship?

At the University of Calgary you can attend classes in the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex. Lectures are given in the ConocoPhillips, Progress Energy and Encana theatres.

University Debased

"Whatsoever things make money."

University of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon seemed troubled in 2012 at delays in implementing her school's new collaboration with Enbridge.

Six Waves of Refugees

A refugee is someone who is forced to flee from persecution in their home country, or who has fled violence, war or destruction.


W. Mark Giles' Seep; Elizabeth McLean's The Swallows Uncaged; James E. Cote's Lowering Higher Education; and more.

This Land
A Plan for the Better


Alberta's public lands were a disaster, its economy hopelessly mismanaged and the only people actually benefiting...

What’s Funny? What’s Not?


Having written humour for pay, I have theories about how it works.

Eye on Alberta
Clippings, Quotes and Controversies


Business As Usual; Feast or Famine; The Upside of Insecurity; plus other clips, quotes and controversies.

Arts Season Guide


Alberta's performing arts season, running September to June, features theatre, music, dance and opera.

Meet the Minister
Marlin Schmidt
Minister of Advanced Education


Marlin Schmidt knows how to clean up a mess—but the soil contamination expert has his hands full at Advanced Education.

Community Action
West Lethbridge


Lethbridge, Alberta

Highlights from Past Issues

In Our Previous Issue

Our Vital Forests

And how they're mismanaged.

I’ve seen the transformation of the country in my lifetime,” says biologist Lorne Fitch as we drive up gravel Highway 517 to Hidden Creek. “Alberta’s Forest Service has failed to recognize that there are more values to these landscapes than fibre. A lot of policy is driven by mill capacity. They have to feed the maw.”
A burly man with a trim silver beard, Fitch is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and the provincial riparian specialist for Alberta Cows and Fish. “If you want to know what’s happening in Alberta’s forests, you should look at the fish,” he says. Hidden Creek—previously “the best habitat and spawning ground in the Oldman system”—was logged in early 2013.


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From The Archives

Is It Too Late For the Heritage Trust Fund?

Better late than never for saving

A decade ago, when Alberta was debt-free and staring at a $7.4-billion surplus, Premier Ralph Klein decided it was time to spread the wealth. He announced that every person who lived in the province—and, as it turned out, more than a few who didn’t—would receive a cheque for $400 as a “Prosperity Bonus,” a $1.4-billion giveaway that quickly became known as “Ralph Bucks.” Former premier Peter Lougheed, the architect of the province’s long-neglected Heritage Fund, disagreed with the move.