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On the Buses, Off the Buses. (from Huffington Post)

For a young reporter, as I was once, there were few better assignments than a leader’s bus during an Ontario or federal election. You felt like you were making an important contribution to the democratic process: watching every move, listening to every word of a person aspiring to high political...

The Man Who Sculpted the Sceptred Isle

The English countryside is rightly celebrated for its beauty.  But many of the most memorable sights are far from natural–they were created by the influential landscaper Lancelot “Capability” Brown.  I was grateful to visit some of his best-known creations, thanks to Visit Britain and WestJet.  Along the way, I met...

Bringing the Rockies to the Highlands

After many years of writing about Europe for Canadian readers, I’m grateful for the chance to bring a slice of Canada to the UK.  Thanks to the venerable Edinburgh paper The Scotsman for commissioning my story on Banff.  Lots of links, historic and otherwise, between Scotland and Alberta. The Scotsman...

Rachel Notley’s Big, Dry Tent

Rachel Notley has almost nothing in common with Lyndon Johnson.  But in developing her climate change strategy the Alberta Premier followed the practical political advice of the Texan who was US President in the 1960s. Talking about the fearsome J. Edgar Hoover, Johnson pithily observed: “Better to have him inside...

Spin Doctor Heal Thyself

Like long time convicts suddenly released into the light of day, Parliament Hill journalists were perplexed at the burst of information sunshine on the first day of the Justin Trudeau government. There was the new prime minister striding out from Rideau Hall to take questions, several questions, with no preordained...