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Past articles by Rick:

Bell: Farkas plan to cut city budget done like dinner

His words are still strong despite the whupping.“I’m steamed. But who has it worse? Calgarians,” says Jeromy Farkas, down but not out.“I’ll keep fighting, I have to keep banging the table. I have to represent my constituents.”Another day. Farkas loses. → Read More

Bell: Kenney soon to show us the bad and the ugly

It’s deja vu all over again.Yes, the words of baseball great Yogi Berra come back to haunt us, 26 years later.Alberta’s books are in a real mess. Again.The yearly deficits, where the provincial government spends more than what comes into the kitty. The piling up of debt. → Read More

Bell: Kenney slams what he calls a ‘campaign of revenge’

Jason Kenney would be the first to admit he’d rather be talking about almost anything else.Instead, Kenney says, he has to answer allegations from those in a “sour grapes group” he sees waging a “campaign of revenge. → Read More

Bell: NDP still think they have a shot at winning

The smart money figures this time next week the ballot battle will be on.In a week, Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney will have already fired their first rounds of political ammo. The deep thinkers will have offered up their first not-so-deep thoughts for easy digestion.Time moves quickly. → Read More

Bell: City of Calgary public art, who runs the sideshow?

Ah, city hall. Caught between a shiny split shell of supposed sophistication and a hard place.Yes, deer in the headlights.You see, the city’s northeast wants some art. So it is said.They don’t know what exactly. They haven’t been asked. The city hasn’t talked to them. → Read More

Bell: Calgary Olympics now a walking dead bid

So it came to pass as this scribbler forecast.We’re in Zombie Land.Calgarians will vote Nov. 13 on a bid the city council majority want to kill.On a bid even the chairman of city council’s Olympic committee wants to kill — and he loves the Olympics. → Read More

Bell: Confusion reigns with Winter Olympic bid

Get this straight. The Olympics are not bringing us a new NHL arena.Some people are apparently confused.The Olympic folks say the Saddledome is fine for Calgary’s 2026 Winter Olympic bid.When the bid details roll out earlier this week no new NHL arena is included. No football stadium either. → Read More

Bell: Trudeau had his chance and he blew it

The prime minister is handed a wide-open opportunity to do better, to do much better. And he blew it. He really, truly blew it. We are on the rooftop of a Calgary airport parkade for a government announcement when the news breaks on Friday afternoon. → Read More

Bell: Calgary city hall, why not come clean on pensions?

Jeromy Farkas is in trouble again.The rookie councillor is once again going up against the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil city hall where they believe loose lips could sink their ship.City hall standard operating procedure is to say as little as possible. → Read More

Bell: Where is Trudeau’s promised pipeline law?

For Shannon Stubbs, an Albertan in the House of Commons located in the far away universe known as Ottawa, the clock ticks.For everyone in this province, the clock ticks.And still the puzzler. → Read More

Bell: B.C.'s NDP rulers shaft Alberta — again

You have all the right in the world to be riled up and feel cheated.We weren’t supposed to get the middle finger from the bigshots in British Columbia — again.But we did. On Tuesday &md… → Read More

Bell: NHL commish Bettman says Nenshi told him if the Flames have to move, so they’ll move

Call it what it is. A bombshell. → Read More

Bell: While Jason Kenney plays the pro, Brian Jean plays populist in United Conservative Party gabfest

Jason Kenney and Brian Jean. → Read More

City of Calgary tries to explain why they spent $500,000 on four rusty-looking tall thingies

A day after crapping all over Calgary city council, here I stand. In a deeper hole. → Read More

Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman wastes no time slamming United Conservatives

Sarah Hoffman, Alberta’s deputy premier, takes no prisoners Wednesday. None. → Read More

United Conservative Brian Jean’s budget blueprint ain’t Ralph 2.0

OK, what he’s suggesting is not exactly a walk in the park. → Read More

Trudeau insists $10.5M Khadr payout sends message on rights

The prime minister doesn’t back down. He doesn’t sound rattled or up against it. → Read More

Wildrose leader Brian Jean says notifying parents their kid is in a GSA is sometimes OK

A lot of you probably remember Monday’s story. → Read More

It's NDP Alberta. Free stuff for everyone

I just talked to the man from the NDP government. → Read More

Go figure, Fraser Institute survey shows Alberta's investor appeal slumping under Notley NDP

All together now. We're better than Iraq. We're better than Iraq.How good is being better than Iraq?Well, not so good.Yes, we all know oil prices aren't like the old days but the deep thinkers at the Fraser Institute are once again curious about what oilpatch bigshots think of 96 places to invest.You won't like the answer.Oklahoma is number one. → Read More