Dave’s faves

- April 3rd, 2011

As best I can, I’m hoping to make this a weekly feature, running down my favourite stories of the past few days. And no, despite my massive ego, I won’t include my Monday columns.

1. Another delay for Peace Bridge: This makes the list more because it has been one of my favourite stories for the last 18 months. But it stands to serve as a reminder of what can happen when bureaucrats and politicians get hung up on pet projects.

2. Alleged Twitchell victim recounts fight for his life: I could have picked any of the stories this week, and if you go looking for them, you can find the rest. Counting this as a favourite may make me a bit of a ghoul, but the Twitchell trial has all the elements of a compelling, yet disturbing, court/crime story.

3. Man of Steel won’t fly in Alberta: Look, I know it’s not an earth-shattering story, but the film business is big business in Alberta. And a lot of people were banking on Zack Snyder bringing the Man of Steel to our neck of the woods. Plus, our reporters broke the story, and I like promoting our paper’s scoops.

4. Golden handshakes for Bronco staffers: Speaking of scoops, we have Rick Bell digging up documents showing some last-minute severance deals for high level staffers in former mayor Dave Bronconnier’s office. The city’s spin in the follow-up column is just as outrageous.

5. Harper meets YouTube sensation: As far as election stories go, this was pretty much fluff. But in a campaign where the Tories are putting up policy planks cribbed from its budget, called “stillborn” by Parliamentary Bureau Chief David Akin, the Liberals keep talking about red doors and blue doors so much I just want to take a handful of blue Nyquils, and the NDP, Greens and the Bloc are just background noise, images are going to resonate. And you don’t get a better election image than the prime minister at a piano with young Maria Aragon. Seven years ago, had someone said that Harper would be using musical photo ops with children as a way to appear warm and fuzzy I would have slapped them in the face for talking crazy. Sure, it’s crass politics, and exploiting the popularity of young Maria just a wee bit, but I guarantee it’s better than any photo-op Ignatieff, Layton, Duceppe and May will stage before May 2.

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