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Ross Macnab

Difficult to Define

Ross is a guy who likes to refer to himself in the third person. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he keeps house for his wife and three boys. He was a lawyer for a long time, but decided he’d prefer to blog for no money. When asked to name the personal attribute he possesses of which he is most proud, he said, “Judgment. Obviously.” He can be found at www.mcmacman.com – any time, day or night.
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Don't Lump Homosexuals in With Criminals

Homosexuality is not a criminal behaviour. It is a sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is like race, religion, ethnicity, sex, age and all the other prohibited grounds of discrimination found in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and in human rights legislation in every Canadian jurisdiction. I assume they'll teach this at TWU Law School. If they miss this fundamental, but not fundamentalist, point, they're in danger of their law degree having the same currency as a diploma from the Amish Institute of Technology.
02/11/2014 12:15 EST
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Why Senate Controversy Is Unique in One Province

Of special interest has been travel expenses incurred by Senators traveling back and forth between Ottawa and the provinces they were appointed to represent. This is a special burden on Saskatchewan Senator Pamela Wallin. The controversy exposes something unique about the province.
02/28/2013 12:40 EST
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New Stadium Is a Love Letter to the Roughriders

Last week, Regina City Council approved a plan for a new stadium. There are about 200,000 of us here. Why do we need a 33,000 seat, roof-ready, stadium -- which will sit cold and empty for half of the year and will cost us a half a billion dollars or so? Only one reason. One BIG reason. The Riders.
02/08/2013 05:33 EST

Saskatchewan Is Allowed Strippers, But There's a Catch

The lifting of the stripper ban in Saskatchewan. But wait. Not so fast. Saskatchewan won't completely lose its peculiar culture. We will simply express our peculiarity in a different, and more amusing way. Get this: our strippers won't be allowed to show everything.
11/27/2012 08:01 EST
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Saskatchewan -- Not so Socialist Anymore

What comes to mind when people think of Saskatchewan? Socialism, of course. Other things too, but certainly socialism. But since Tommy Douglas left provincial politics, Saskatchewanians have wandered back and forth on the political spectrum. Saskatchewan has 14 seats in the House of Commons. There's not a single socialist bum in those 14 seats.
10/26/2012 05:30 EDT

Why Saskatchewan Will Never Be a Strip Club Kind of Town

Strip clubs aren't illegal here. You just can't sell liquor at them. Without booze, strip clubs just aren't viable. Apparently, guys need to drink while strippers perform. It gives them something to do with their hands, I guess. So, we don't have strip clubs. No, I don't think it is backwardness or puritanism that keeps Saskatchewan a peeler-free zone. No politician wants to be "The Guy who Brought Strip Clubs to the Province." Though long gone,Tommy Douglas peers over the shoulder of every public figure here, and you can imagine what the Baptist minister thought of strip bars.
09/26/2012 05:14 EDT
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Saskatchewan: the Ugly Kid With the Great Personality

In what can only be described as some serious junior high level cyber-bullying, Saskatchewan is being dissed all over the internet as Canada's ugliest province. To be completely accurate, the euphemism used is "least beautiful." It's not a big surprise. If you ask us what we love about Saskatchewan, we'll say "oh, it's the people" or, "I got a job and had to move here." We're no British Columbia with its mountains and rivers and trees. Prairie beauty is more subtle. Obviously, too subtle.
07/14/2012 12:37 EDT
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Why I Love Canada: We'll Tickle Your Funny Bone

Canada is a funny place, and I mean "funny - ha ha." We may not love to laugh any more than anyone else, but I think we may laugh more. Canadians are funny and they like funny. It's how we see ourselves and how others see us. To the U.S., Canadians were either hockey players or funny guys. Eventually, Americans and Europeans played hockey, but Canadians remain the comedy Kings and Queens.
06/29/2012 12:00 EDT

In the Prairies, We Can Talk Farm

You find Saskatchewan people everywhere. We often stray from the province and find ourselves working, visiting or living our lives in other parts of Canada. When you discover one of us -- as you most certainly will -- there is a good chance that the conversation will turn, at some point, to farming. I guess people just really like to talk about farming and they believe that we're more likely than others to indulge them.
06/27/2012 12:03 EDT

Is Saskatchewan the New "It" Province?

You out-of-towners say Saskatchewan funny -- Saas ka tchoowahn. That is just way too vowelly. Relax. It's S's-kah-tchwn. Practice it. Because many of you are going to be coming here. Saskatchewan is the new "it" province. We have dodged the economic troubles that afflict the rest of Canada -- and the rest of the world, for that matter.
06/20/2012 07:45 EDT