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Todd Herron

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Todd Herron is a homelessness advocate in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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The Alberta NDP Needs A Lesson On 21st Century Governing

The Alberta NDP provincial government is getting its ass kicked with Bill 6. Nowhere in the Alberta NDP election platform does it mention occupational safety on farms. So where did this major piece of legislation come from? The Alberta NDP is using an obsolete "you elect us, we govern you" style that was already rapidly dying 20 years ago -- a style that became highly ineffective under the information openness of the Internet.
12/07/2015 03:30 EST
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Lowdown Tracks Lifts Up The Homeless And All Of Us

Wendell (Woody) Cormier, a paranoid schizophrenic homeless man from Toronto, got up to the microphone last Thursday and told the audience bluntly, "If you force a man to stay outside and freeze to death, and then blame the cold; it's like making a man walk the plank and blaming the water for him drowning."
11/09/2015 04:51 EST
ASSOCIATED PRESS

'Sherlock' Prentice: Grand Master Politician?

I think the big win is that Prentice has shifted everyone's focus away from an unproductive and damaging debate to something far more important: creating an education system that is a genuinely "welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment". He doesn't want the hostility of the gay/anti-gay debate the adults are having to filter down to the children, where it has already caused real and tragic harm.
12/03/2014 03:33 EST
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Prentice Dabbling with his own 'Lake of Fire'?

If the "Lake of Fire" fiasco that cost the Wildrose the last election is any indication, Albertans overwhelmingly vote against a party that smells of promoting homophobia, so there is no need to seek a "safe middle ground" on this wedge issue. In fact, the "middle ground" is not so politically safe for right wing parties. In two years, it will be far less safe. So why is Prentice talking tough but actually equivocating on an issue for which he clearly has overwhelming public support?
12/01/2014 03:41 EST
CP

Mandel to Play Giant Game of Health 'Whack-A-Mole'

He'll learn, if he follows the money, that two thirds of health dollars spent are public dollars, yet two thirds of health dollars consumed are by private health providers, which includes specialists and family physicians operating their own private practices. This means he isn't so much the commander of a "health system" as he is at the apex of a "health industry". In short, the secret to really getting things done is: incentives, incentives, incentives.
09/22/2014 02:16 EDT

Debate Rages on in Terwillegar Towne

The saga of the proposed supportive housing complex in Edmonton's suburban Terwillegar Towne continues. On both sides of the issue, Terwillegar Towne residents are really rolling up their sleeves and...
08/27/2013 11:42 EDT

Back to Terwillegar Islande

Once upon a time, there was a magical place called Terwillegar Islande. It was the southernmost island in an archipelago of many different islands. For 10 years, the 6,700 residents of Terwillegar Islande had fashioned an almost Disney-esque lifestyle.
08/18/2013 09:15 EDT

Michele Bachmann Needs a Civics Lesson

Michele Bachmann needs a civics lesson. In a staggering public display of ignorance, Michele Bachmann -- a four term congresswoman -- showed the world that she truly is not qualified to sit in the Ho...
06/28/2013 05:21 EDT
AP

It's Only Monday and I've Already Read Romney's Obituary

In the modern world of reporting news before it happens, conservative bloggers are already writing Mitt Romney's political obituary. Conservatism in the USA will face an unprecedented crisis. It is no longer a proud animal; it is a fearful one.
11/04/2012 10:59 EST
AP

The Presidential Race isn't as Close as You Think

Is the U.S. election really a neck-and-neck race, like the pollsters in the mainstream media keep reporting? Not really. It would be close, if the popular vote indeed decided the Presidency, but it's the Electoral College that determines who wins. That's why Obama and Romney don't bother to campaign in California, New York, or Texas; the outcomes there are "givens." The swing-states are where the action is -- and this time around, Ohio is the "swingyest" of them all.
10/18/2012 12:21 EDT