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Date registered: 27 January 2008
URL: http://www.technicalbard.com

Latest posts

  1. Progressives and Intent — 13 August 2016
  2. On Discussions with Progressives — 20 June 2016
  3. On Election 2015 — 15 October 2015
  4. On CO2 Pricing in Canada — 29 June 2015
  5. The NDP will destroy Alberta’s economy — 2 May 2015

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  1. The NDP will destroy Alberta’s economy — 14 comments
  2. Mulcair and Dutch Disease — 12 comments
  3. On Conscience Rights — 11 comments
  4. On Canadian History in the Schools — 9 comments
  5. On the danger of Islamist terror — 9 comments

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Aug 13 2016

Progressives and Intent

Recently, as noted previously on this blog, I have spent some time frequenting some socialist websites and forums and reading some of the modern socialist “thinkers”. I have also read a couple of books, include The Problem with Socialism by Thomas DiLorenzo, which is a pretty good deconstruction while still be approachable. Not as detailed …

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Jun 20 2016

On Discussions with Progressives

For those that have been waiting months for me to post, I think I’m back.  I spent the last few weeks trying to discuss economic and government policy with progressives on rabble.ca, using both Disqus comments to articles and on the babble forum. However, I can no longer do that.  I was always professional and …

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Oct 15 2015

On Election 2015

On Monday, 19 October, Canadians return to the polls to elect new members to our national Parliament, much as we have done for nearly 150 years, and as our forefathers in Britain have done for centuries. One could say that this election isn’t about big ideas, or big change.  And they would be right.   …

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Jun 29 2015

On CO2 Pricing in Canada

In the past week, there have been two news items in Canada on the pricing of CO2.  The first came from Alberta’s new NDP government.  Rachel Notley‘s government announced that large emitters in Alberta will need to reduce their CO2 intensity by 20% by 2017.  Any emissions above that level will be charged a tax …

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May 02 2015

The NDP will destroy Alberta’s economy

All the recent polls in the Alberta election seem to indicate that the NDP (i.e. socialists) under Rachel Notley will form the next government of our fine province.  Ms. Notley has vowed to fix the regulatory environment for the oilsands, to withdraw funding from “independent” schools, to spend more on infrastructure, roll back cuts to …

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Feb 23 2015

Canada’s Debt and Government Growth Problem

Today on Zero Hedge, there was a post about how government debts are over 100% of GDP in many countries, and there are even six nations with debt/GDP ratios greater than 300%.   Canada was mid-pack at 221%, just ahead of China (if you called having more debt being ahead). What caught my attention was …

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Feb 22 2015

Nenshi is wrong on cutting costs

This week, two incidents made me once again question the financial and economic acumen of Calgary’s mayor, Naheed Nenshi.  The first was a brief exchanger he and I had on Twitter after someone else had challenged him about spending at City Hall.  I questioned whether, considering that many Calgarians in the private sector were either …

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Feb 20 2015

On Cost Pressures in the Oil Sands

In the Globe and Mail: The president of one of Canada’s biggest oil and gas producers delivered a stern warning to the oil sands industry, telling a room full of Fort McMurray business people that they need to start cutting costs or the industry will fall into a “death spiral.” The “made in Fort McMurray …

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Nov 01 2014

On Teacher Retirement Behaviour

At my daughter’s high school this semester, two of her four teachers have chosen to retire in the middle of the term, forcing the students to be handed to another teacher.   The fact one of her other teachers is very pregnant means that by January she will have had seven teachers for four courses. …

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Nov 01 2014

On Cost Consciousness in Health Care

This week, my family had the misfortune to have to deal with Canada’s health care system.  It was a very mixed experience.  It began on Sunday evening, when my lovely wife tipped the pasta pot and poured boiling water over her hand and forearm.  She was scalded quite severely, and although we quickly got it …

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