Distracted driving law – Alberta data

If I told you that the number of vehicular fatalities in Alberta dropped after the distracted driving law was passed in 2011 would you conclude, “Great; it looks like distracted driving laws save lives”?

Suppose, instead, I told you that the total number of vehicular fatalities in Alberta didn’t drop, but remained about the same; what would you conclude then?

Now suppose that I told you that the number of vehicular fatalities in Alberta actually went UP in the years after the distracted driving law was passed. What would you think then?

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The three layers of success

As I launch my business, I’ve spent a fair bit of time trying to wrap my mind around what “success” looks like. How do I know if I have been successful? What criteria do we use? What ingredients are necessary to get there?

I think a useful paradigm for success is to think of success as having three layers.

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Why the wealthy should keep their money

At lot has been made about the so-called “income gap” but I’ve come to believe that it is in the best interest of society to let those who are wealthy keep their money. Yes, those of us without money – or, at least not as much as the “1%” – would be wise to let the “1%” keep the money they have instead of redistributing it.

Imagine you and three friends are stranded on a desert island…

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The great Canadian quest for mediocrity

I’ve been struck, lately, by the extent to which Canada is defined not by fantastic success on a large scale, but by our tendency to want to slip into the shadows and go largely unnoticed. If people are content to live lives of mediocrity, go right ahead, but problems arise when those who strive for mediocrity lash out at those who strive for more than mere mediocrity.

But first, a confession…

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Evidence-based sex-ed

The Notley government is taking aim at the Catholic teachings on sexuality because (among other reasons) it is allegedly not “evidence based.” I will ignore the other reasons for now, but…

Here’s a little evidence (with links to the resources) regarding sexuality, family and health that isn’t likely to be seriously considered by the NDP but which – ironically enough – is probably more or less consistent with Catholic teachings.

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Composting bins

We got our new composting bins, but they don’t seem to fit properly…

I’m curious how many more bins are going to take up space on our property. How many more ways can the government save the world with oversized, gas guzzling, taxpayer costing heavy industrial trucks?

[Honestly, I’m mostly doing this blog post to test the mobile version of WordPress. Being snarky is just a peripheral perk.]

Minimum wage and the Food Bank – by the numbers

Notley recently defended the NDP minimum wage hike by saying it would not hurt the economy. Western Feedlots would beg to differ, but that’s another story.

What I’m interested in was a small anecdote from the end of Notley’s comments. Her concern is hard-working Albertans who “had to stop at the food bank on the way home because they could not possibly feed their families based on a full-time salary that we pay here in Alberta.”

Let’s look at some numbers.

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