Reluctance to confront the past sows seeds of future division

The deep social divide in the United States is not a new phenomenon

Reluctance to confront the past sows seeds of future divisionMore than 40 years have passed since the end of the Vietnam War and it has taken nearly as long for a serious, prolonged examination of that conflict. The Vietnam War – the recently-aired documentary on PBS from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick – incorporated 18 hours over 10 episodes and yet even that ambitious…

Calgary’s potential for renaissance can be found in its history

Here's how the best of the city's founders would approach the problem of rebuilding the city

Calgary’s potential for renaissance can be found in its historyCalgary is becoming a city of ghosts. And it’s from ghosts that salvation may be found. I lived there for 30 years and pursued three careers – in oil, academia and museology, about one a decade. Each time I moved on, I did so enriched by stories of the founders of Calgary and with new…

Robo investment advisers can’t replace good financial planners

Only a human adviser can explain the implications of your investment decisions

Robo investment advisers can’t replace good financial plannersRobo advising is the hot topic, and all of the emphasis seems to be on how easy it is to do and how much lower the costs are than other ways of investing. But you still need to make sure you're doing the right thing, since there's far more to investing than just the fees…

Finding the inner strength to get through a divorce

Confidence, direction, соurаgе and reassurance аrе constant companions in your efforts tо mаkе a successful rесоvеrу from divоrсе

Finding the inner strength to get through a divorceDivorce is nothing like it appears on TV or on the Internet. The grieving ebbs and flows as your life changes significantly. Divоrсе rесоvеrу gives rise tо thoughtѕ like, “I nеvеr thought I'd hаvе tо dо this. I'vе never bееn in this predicament bеfоrе. Evеrуthing iѕ nеw and threatening. I feel lоѕt and afraid thingѕ…

Waste not, want not? Why we can’t stop embracing consumerism

Despite the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra, we have embraced a culture of relentless consumption and waste

Waste not, want not? Why we can’t stop embracing consumerismA remarkable light bulb hangs in a fire station in Livermore, Calif. The Centennial Light has been burning for over a million hours and almost continuously for 115 years. To say, “They don’t make ’em like they used to” of incandescent light bulbs is an understatement. The statement also applies to many manufactured items. Prior…

All I’m asking is for a little respect

People who are kind and compassionate are happier and healthier. And doing good for others has a ripple effect throughout society

All I’m asking is for a little respectRadio personality and motivational speaker Earl Nightingale said, “Treat every person as the most important person on Earth.” This may seem counterintuitive. Doesn’t it make sense to only treat people well if they have something to offer us? Why would I treat someone with respect if there’s nothing in it for me? It’s true that…

The endless pursuit of happiness

Happiness is found in a life of obligations satisfied and services rendered, of gifts accepted and love reciprocated

The endless pursuit of happinessIn my blue moments, I often wonder how to be happy and what it means to be happy. As a child, I was happy with my mother. She’d call me to her room in the days before kindergarten and I’d brush her hair. I was happy to make her happy and to sit with her.…

The German election earthquake

The AfD has its share of political troglodytes but they are not Nazis

The German election earthquakeBy all accounts, Germany’s elections on Sunday turned out exactly as expected. Angela Merkel cruised to an easy victory. Her fourth term puts her on track to be the longest serving chancellor in the post-Second World War period and second only to Otto von Bismarck as Germany’s longest serving leader. Beneath the surface, however, the…

For the sake of our kids, Calgary must end the anti-fluoride folly

Poor dental health in childhood becomes a lifelong burden, with consequences for those who can least afford dental care

For the sake of our kids, Calgary must end the anti-fluoride follyIf I could convince Calgarians to vote on one issue in the upcoming municipal elections, it wouldn’t be the one that’s in the headlines – whether to subsidize the Flames’ billionaire owners in their quest for a new arena. Instead, it would be to punish those idiotic councillors who voted in 2011 to remove fluoride…

Canadians need a civics education refresher

Americans are woefully ignorant of basic government functions; Canadians aren't far behind

Canadians need a civics education refresherCivics education hasn’t been a top priority in most Canadian schools for years. While that’s hardly front page news, the bigger concern is that we understand very little about what our nation is and the foundations upon which it was built. The evidence? In December 2008, Dominion Institute/Ipsos Reid conducted a survey of 1,070 Canadians. The…
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