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It is a curious thing to run for public office. We are naturally skeptical of the wannabe politician. A common assumption is that candidates crave power, or glory. I spent nearly 13 years as a reporter and columnist writing about the machinations of civic government for The Edmonton Journal. In my experience, civic politicians are mostly just folk — good folk, in fact. It’s one of the reasons I’m running for council. After spending all...

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City council candidates don’t normally talk about death and dying. Campaigns are about hope and assurances. Let me assure you, this will likely be my only mention of death during the campaign. But I couldn’t NOT write about my recent visit to the inspirational Pilgrims Hospice. It’s a curious thing, how a place devoted to dying can feel so full of life. But it does. Pilgrims Hospice is not the solemn, grim and shadowed place...

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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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