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Alberta has already had its populist moment

A big political win is like a trend in the stock market or in house prices: a lot of people want to pile on board. It's not surprising to see Canadians trying to take lessons from the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's presidential election.

2017: The year in preview

Enough of this looking back stuff. Let's look ahead to what to expect in 2017. Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th, and possibly last, President of the United States.

Navigating the 'decumulation' maze is a puzzle

Most people are consumed with the accumulation phase of saving for retirement — where to find the money, what type of accounts to put it into, and into which asset classes.

When 'expert advice' isn't

The greatest number of complaints received by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) comes from people saying they were put into unsuitable investments by the financial advisors they trusted.

NDP economics much the same as PCs

Some Alberta businesses really seem to be letting down the side. They're actually investing money in Alberta.

Some facts about fake news you should know

Did you hear that the Trudeau government is fast-tracking citizenship for Syrian refugees so that they'll be ready to vote for the Liberals in three years' time? And did you hear that Rachel Notley is going make solar panels mandatory on all new home

A letter from Canada to our friends, the Americans

Dear America: Hi, folks, or as some of you like to say ‘hi, y'all'! Your neighbour Canada here. Just look north, or “up”.

Changing election laws a perilous challenge

There may or may not be movement soon toward changing election laws in Alberta and across the country. The arguments over any change will continue to be guided by a search for party advantage instead of by a commitment to reasonable principles.

Free trade between provinces doesn't exits

When did beer become so important? Provincial governments fight over how much beer and other alcohol to allow across their borders. They also all want their own craft brewing industries. In one way that's rather funny.

Halloween isn't kids' stuff anymore

October is the scariest month of the year, and not just because summer is dead and winter is waiting to move in for a long spell. It's the month of Halloween or, as we used to spell it, Hallowe'en. I suspect that was the traditional (i.e.