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Condo boards need more oversight

After losing $74,000 because of two condo board disputes, June Donaldson is fighting to bring in new rules for Alberta condo boards

THUMBopinion borstmayer condoboard EDAre you attracted to the carefree living condo ownership is said to offer? Here's what you should know.

Your purchase will be unlike renting an apartment under the Residential Tenancies Act. Currently, condominiums are run by unregulated condo boards. That means they report to no one. It also means that when you purchase a condo you are giving a group of people you don't know influence over your quality of life, property values and financial status.


Alberta byelections — what can we expect?

Mount Royal University Policy Studies chair, Duane Bratt, weighs in on the upcoming Alberta byelections and the impacts it will have on the current Alberta government

electionthumbnailWEBByelections are rare in Alberta politics. In the last decade, there have only been three of them. Yet, on Oct. 27, there will be four byelections: one in Edmonton (Whitemud) and three in Calgary (Elbow, West, and Foothills). It is a "mini-election." As such, the stakes are high, not just for the governing Progressive Conservative Party, but for all of the opposition parties too.


My Big Fat Thanksgiving

Why my family plans Thanksgiving five months in advance

thanksgivingcook living ocondonwebFor most families, Thanksgiving is merely a holiday to transition into Christmas and eat your weight in flightless birds. Not for my family. I come from a place where a 38-pound turkey might not leave any for leftovers and where the pumpkin pie is worth getting into a fistfight over.

Since I can remember, Thanksgiving has always been our biggest holiday celebration. My mom and her youngest sister credit distance as the main reason. With most of my family living in, around and outside of Calgary it can be difficult to make it to see all members of the family at Christmas and it was decided early on that Thanksgiving was close enough to make it work.


Children of Alienation: The battle between feuding parents

Courts have no penalties for divorced parents who ignore child access rulings, leaving some parents with few options to see their kids

Christine GiancarloParental alienation is a well documented but poorly-recognized form of child abuse. It happens when one parent denigrates the other in order to turn their children against that parent.

It's a serious issue because children alienated from a parent with whom they had a positive, loving relationship are more likely to be truant, drop-out of school, suffer poor health, and engage in at-risk, antisocial behaviours. The tragic result is known as Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS).