Cranbrook and the Kootenay Ice

The large makeshift rink in Baker Park is bustling with kids and parents having funĀ on a pleasant Saturday afternoon. There are multiple, informal hockey games going on at the same time on the two halves of the rink. It’s an idyllic Canadian scene, and a reminder that Cranbrook B.C. is a hockey town. For 20…

Today’s NDP: Strong On Yurts

I sometimes feel bad for the Manitoba NDP party. After 16 years in power they have mangled almost every portfolio so badly that they have very little to brag about. They want to be the party of health care, but after dumping hundreds of millions into the health system, wait times are the worst in…

Art for Christmas?

Are you stressed and panicked because you’re running out of time to find a Christmas gift for somebody? Are you exhausted from walking through crowded malls and stores, aimlessly looking for some ideal gift that doesn’t seem to exist? Well, here’s an idea that might save the day: Art classes. Seriously. It’s unique and easy…

Lessons from Denver: Marijuana Legalization

Although traffic was sparse, I crept along the avenue at 15 mph, my eyes darting from the road to the sidewalk and back again. One has to be careful driving around here. They’re everywhere — the stoners — stumbling around, oblivious to their surroundings, often strolling out into the road while mindlessly drawing potato chips…

A bigger beach for Bird’s Hill Park

Canada Day, July 1 2014, was a cold and miserable day. A terrible beach day. The five park employees playing cards on the deck of the life guard cabin outnumbered the three 20-somethings drinking beer in a tent-like shelter at the far end of the lake. I was there cooling down after a jog around…