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Police make mistakes. Most are minor and the universe unfolds without notice. But when a cop shoots and kills a civilian, the world stops. The recent shooting of a Toronto man on an an abandoned streetcar appears, in hindsight at least, to be a mistake. The man was holding a relatively small knife. He was alone on the streetcar. He held no hostages. Why not use time, distance and negotiation to calm the situation? Or,...

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Below is a column I wrote in June of 2008 for my son on Father’s Day. It is being reprinted here at the request of Stacey Brotzel of CTV, who is a fabulous broadcast journalist. The column was a gift to my son. But it spoke to my own inner yearning — a yearning common to men of my generation and perhaps all generations. Here it is. - This belated Father's Day message is for...

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You encounter the coolest people on the doorstep while campaigning. On a recent day I met a bright, passionate woman who challenged me on urban sprawl. She wanted to know if I’d take a “principled stand” on the issue. We talked for about 20 minutes. But I left feeling a bit uneasy about our conversation. So I wrote her a follow-up email. Here it is, below. I’ll call her Mary, for anonymity sake.

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If cleanliness is next to godliness then Edmonton best get on with some serious bathing. This, the Capital City of one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the world, looks a bit unkempt. I was reminded of this while out campaigning recently. I ran into a couple who just returned to Edmonton after years in the United States. They wondered: What the heck? They say Edmonton isn’t the neat, tidy and manicured city of their memory....

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In the rush to create an Edmonton of our dreams, we are sometimes guilty of forgetting the hard costs. Property taxes are painful. They are the most infuriating of taxes. GST? An annoyance, but part of the background noise of modern life. Income taxes? We hardly notice them. Our pay cheques are direct-deposited and we might not even look at the deductions. In fact, if we get a raise at work, we’re pleased. We don’t...

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