Doug Bell


September 3, 1894, Labour Day was celebrated for the first time in Canada. “The Way Home” … “It’s almost a year now…


Ah, our wonderful wacky world… Boy, just when you think you’ve got things all figured out, you pick up a magazine; this time it was…


Desk calendar notes … A Canadian history page-a-day desk calendar pad reminded us we had a big deal here 28 years ago: “August 18th,…

The giant is stepping out

‘Energy independence sounds good, especially considering that half of the world’s petroleum reserves are vulnerable to the whims of…


Stretching his hand out to catch the stars, he forgets the flowers at his feet. (Jeremy Bentham) Wisdom from a pencil — now really? “A…


The four seasons… “Spring was Smith’s favourite season. In spring a man looked forward to two summers and only one winter.


Someday my boat will come in and with my luck I’ll be at the airport. On together… A woman walked into a store to return a pair of…


Put on your thinking cap … At the 2001 International Conference on Thinking in Edmonton, there was a special guest.


1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1998, 2007, 2019 in the Chinese calendar are some of more recent Years of the Pig… Every year,…


The Encyclopedia of Immaturity Even at low volume, the hooting and hollering coming from the television set loudspeakers became a cacophony…


There are a million definitions of public relations. I have found it to be the craft of arranging the truth so people will like you.

The land of behemoths

It is easier to be gigantic than to be beautiful. (Nietzche, 1844-1900) Brobdingnagian… Prime Minister Stephen Harper laid the…


 “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.


If dreams were for sale, what would you buy? On roughing it… Campers, roughing it in a country park, plugged in so many coffeemakers, TV…

Once upon a time in the oil sands…

Of 70 oil sands deposits presently identified on the planet only two are currently active on the world’s oil sands stage.


Curmudgeons… A wise old owl sat on a tree, The more he saw, the less he spoke, The less he spoke, the more he heard.


Parliamentary tales . . . On running for election . . . A nobleman in England asked a man named Garrick to be a candidate for a seat in Parliament.


Beware of bread  . . . Can the smell of baking bread be equaled in a kitchen? Buns come close, stew too. Pie is a contender.


On leadership: “The biggest challenge will be how you treat your own people.” Chief Clarence Louie.


‘Dissent is what rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors.” (Lewis Lapham, editor 1935- ).