Graham Thomson

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Holy Healthcare

Just tell them we don’t have it here.” That’s what the nurse told me in Killam Hospital, an hour east of Camrose. I’d asked what would happen if a woman came into our ER asking for the morning-after pill. The nurse wasn’t being self-righteous, but simply explaining the policy. As ...

Partisan Job, Public Pay

When Premier Rachel Notley presented her State of the Province address in Calgary last October, she did it in front of a hand-picked crowd of 700 supporters who applauded at all the right moments—particularly when she attacked her political opponents. “We reject this obsessive idea, advanced by our colleagues on ...

Chilling Effect

I was in my classroom marking essays in October 2010 when the phone rang. The guidance counsellor told me she had two very upset parents in her office. Apparently, their daughters had seen a film in their Grade 11 English class that was “inappropriate.” As head of the English department ...