News and Views

Welcome to the blog page of my website. This is where I tell you about the latest happenings in my writing life and express my opinions on things going on in the world of Canadian writing, arts and politics. To receive notifications about new posts, I invite you to enter your email address in the “subscribe to blog” box at the right. I post infrequently, and I promise I will never send you spam!


Old titles reborn as eBooks

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Books, News and Views | 0 comments

My early books, published long before eBooks became popular, no longer have to be buried when they go out of print. Thanks to modern technology they can now be read on any device and will be available in perpetuity.

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Langara Journalism at 50

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Journalism, News and Views, Newspapers and Magazines | 0 comments

I had the dubious distinction of being identified as the oldest graduate of the Langara journalism program when former and current students and staff gathered on May 15 at a community centre in Vancouver’s former Olympic Village to celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary.

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A new dawn for Alberta

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in News and Views, Politics | 0 comments

In 1971, the year the now irrelevant Progressive Conservative party first rose to power in Alberta, a Canadian folk-pop group from Montreal called The Bells had a million-selling hit titled “Stay Awhile.” It stayed in the American Top 50 for 11 weeks. The last line of the chorus went, “guess I’m gonna stay with you awhile.” That could have been a mantra for the PCs of that era. They remained at the helm for the next 44 years. Alberta, the home province of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been...

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Pre-election polling

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in News and Views, Politics | 0 comments

Do you respond to phone calls from political pollsters or do you hang up? Take my survey so we can see how valid these polls really are.

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One casualty of the CBC cuts

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015 in CBC, Job losses, Journalism, News and Views | 0 comments

The local newspapers have been silent about the 20 job cuts at CBC Calgary. I’ve put a human face on the story. It belongs to a young woman named Tara Weber.

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