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So you get your first real job. Then your social media past catches up.

An obscure young Calgary woman became relatively higher-profile as one of 54 NDP MLAs elected to office in that party’s stunning May 5 Alberta provincial election win. Now, everyone who follows news in Alberta has likely been exposed to Deborah Drever’s name — but for the most trivial of reasons, namely, a social media stumble.

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IS possibly mingling with North African refugees to reach Europe

From CBCNews.ca (“ISIS fighters hiding among migrants bound for Europe, Libyan adviser says“): ISIS is smuggling extremists into Europe using boats carrying migrants across the Mediterranean from North Africa, an adviser to the Libyan government has said in an interview.

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Key Iraqi city of Ramadi falls to Islamic State insurgents

From the NYT via the Globe and Mail (“Islamic State captures key city of Ramadi after Iraqi forces flee”): The last Iraqi security forces fled the provincial capital of Ramadi on Sunday, as the key city fell completely to the militants of the Islamic State, who ransacked the provincial military headquarters, seizing a large store […]

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Some afterthoughts on the Alberta election

Well, I did not expect to be writing in my lifetime that my home province of Alberta has suddenly converted into a socialist worker’s paradise. But fear not, Alberta capitalists: You’ll be getting a pragmatic, centrist government from the NDP for the next four years. Think Roy Romanow more than Hugo Chavez. But if you […]

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Harper hypes Islamic State war mission

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Canadian forces involved in the air war against Islamic State that they have his unconditional support for the effort — then went into a hair-raising rant about the dangers posed by IS.

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Some thoughts on Alberta’s looming election

In March, the cover of albertaviews magazine read How Prentice Rescued the PCs, Swallowed the Opposition and Took Total Control of Alberta.

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