Archive for June, 2012

COLUMN: Gunter – Zero teacher policy a failure

- June 29th, 2012

Zero controversy won’t go away

by Lorne Gunter

All the Edmonton Public School Board trustees did at their meeting on Tuesday was punt the issue of the no-zero policy into the fall.

The trustees may have voted unanimously to review whether or not high school teachers should be prohibited from giving zeros to students on assignments they fail to hand in or exams their fail to write, but not a single trustee spoke against the wishy-washy, feel-good policy. Read more…

COLUMN: Lilley – Health care and freedom

- June 28th, 2012

Obamacare stunner: U.S. court deals blow to freedom of choice

by Brian Lilley

Obamacare has survived.

I have to say the decision was a stunning one, not so much because the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the complex and overreaching health care law to stand but because of the way it arrived at that decision. Read more…

COLUMN: Goldstein – Canada’s love affair with Trudeau

- June 28th, 2012

We’re Justin love

When it comes to Trudeau, Canucks act like groupies

by Lorrie Goldstein

There are only two possible explanations for this week’s national Abacus Data poll which surveyed Canadians on the prospect of Justin Trudeau becoming federal Liberal leader.

The first is that Canadians can accurately be described as giddy school girls who would elect their hair brushes as prime minister, as long as they were named “Trudeau.” Read more…

COLUMN: Duhaime – Harper isn’t a threat to national unity

- June 28th, 2012

Harper an effective federalist champion

by Eric Duhaime

Quebec has historically been the key battleground to win or lose a federal election. Since the arrival of the Bloc Quebecois in Ottawa 20 years ago, however, the political weight of Quebec has drastically declined.

If you look at the efforts of the political parties who are all trying to court voters in La Belle Province these days, you might think the good old days are back. Read more…