Gem-grade Alberta ammonite fossils for high-end decorating

My self-serving posting for the family business for the year.

The Ammonite Factory in Canmore has expanded into designing and selling ammonite fossils into show pieces for designer home and office decor.

Ammonite has recently been declared the official gemstone of Alberta. Finding whole fossils with gem-quality material is very rare.

Every piece is unique as fossils vary in size and color. A piece can be found to meet any decorating scheme.

Fossils inlaid into large Rundle Rock slabs can be mounted and displayed in any environment.

Blue and green are the rarest of colors

Fossils and art pieces can be sourced to fit your Feng Shui goals

Check out the Ammonite Factory online or come out to Canmore for a visit. There are gems, art pieces, and fossils for all tastes and budgets. Found only in Alberta Canada.

Meet Nate Pike from Calgary Alberta

I support independent journalism along with citizen journalists. I should. I am currently making a living in that industry.

I think people’s efforts should flourish or wither based on the quality and principles of their work.

Nate Pike is a lowly person who participates in trash journalism based on posting the personal information of others and trying to expose them to ridicule or humiliation.

I don’t think Nate should be sued, swarmed online, or canceled. I just want to ensure that his actions are documented online in perpetuity for those who may be searching his name for whatever reason.

The recent action taken by Pike was to post the profile from a dating site of a person who had been out of politics for years. There was nothing unusual in the profile. Just a person who was seeking to meet somebody. Nate thought it was a good idea to post an image of the profile on his little news account called “The Breakdown” and essentially tried to belittle the person in a snickering way.

Even Pike’s own followers were repulsed by the pointless invasion of somebody’s personal space and privacy online. They called for Nate to pull down this puerile, pointless posting.

This is where Nate Pike’s true nature shines through. He refused then and refuses now to delete the posting. As of this posting, it still remains up.

We all make mistakes. Many of us have posted impulsive things online that we shouldn’t have. The mark of a decent person though is the ability to realize an error and work to correct it. Deleting his disgusting post would have been the first and least of the efforts Nate Pike could have made to right this wrong. Apologizing would have been even better. Instead, Nate Pike wants the posting to remain on the internet forever. Just as this little posting about Nate will.

So keep this in mind if you are researching Nate Pike from Calgary Alberta who has run for the Alberta Party in a provincial election and for Ward 3 in a municipal election. He is a petty little man who gets off on trying to humiliate others who have done nothing to him.

Bear that in mind as well if looking into his little venture into citizen’s journalism with @thebreakdownAB where he posts personal information on others while begging for donations with a Patreon account. There is little of credibility to be found in his writings.

Hope you grow up one day Nate. Until then, enjoy this little bit of the attention you so clearly were seeking.

Trudeau’s contempt for veterans is repugnant

Canadians understood when the flags were lowered at the end of May. The nation was shocked as unmarked graves were found by the hundreds around former native residential school sites. The history of residential schools is something of a national shame. Nobody really liked to think about the abhorrent policy of taking children from their families and placing them into schools where they were often subject to abuse. An entire culture was disrupted and we are still experiencing the damage and mistrust fostered by those policies. The graves forced us to face that historical injustice.

What we didn’t expect was that the Canadian flags would be lowered permanently. Never in our history has the flag been lowered for a period of time like this and Trudeau won’t give a solid answer on if or when the flag will ever be raised again.

There are protocols and rules for when the Canadian flag is to be lowered. Many businesses and different levels of government follow the lead of the federal status of the flag. That is why we are seeing the Canadian flag at half-mast in front of places such as Superstore. They won’t raise the flag until they see the federal buildings and government take the lead. Trudeau won’t let them.

Remembrance Day is approaching and it is the most solemn of Canada’s national observances. Since 1919 when it was called Armistice Day, Canada would hold services in order to honour fallen soldiers who fought for our freedoms.

For the first time in over 100 years, Canada will not be lowering the flag in honour of those soldiers who performed the ultimate sacrifice because our Imbecile in Chief has kept the flag lowered. We can’t lower the flag to a quarter mast.

Canadian Legions have declared that they will symbolically raise and then lower the flag for Remembrance Day. What a slap in the face to veterans that they have to go through such a rigamarole in order to pay respect to fallen veterans.

Meanwhile, as far as we know every flag on every federal building including our national parliament will not be lowered for Remembrance Day.

Where is Trudeau anyway while we insult our veterans?

He is off partying in the Netherlands as he gets ready to rub shoulders with the world’s top virtue signalers at a climate conference in Glasgow. Trudeau has socks to show off and woke statements to make. He doesn’t have time to pay attention to Canada’s veterans.

Trudeau already demonstrated scorn to veterans when he snidely told a veteran that we are already giving them all we can. It seems that we can’t even maintain a symbol of respect for them with our flags however.

The Trudeau family has held a long tradition of disdain for Canada’s military. Pierre’s loathing for Canada’s armed services is well established.

Pierre Trudeau shook up Canada’s unity. Justin Trudeau appears to be poised to shatter it. If we keep telling Canadians that they should hang their heads in shame at all times and that they can’t even take a little pride in flying the national flag high, we erode the cohesiveness of the country.

This makes the work of independence movements in the West and Quebec all that much easier.

I guess there is one silver lining in that.

Voters have to fire Joe Magliocca



It will be up to the courts to decide whether or not Joe Magliocca’s actions were criminal or not. After such a lengthy investigation by the RCMP into Magliocca’s expense scandal, they decided that it was worth laying charges. Police typically aren’t eager to get into the mess of charging sitting politicians with crimes unless there is some pretty solid evidence of wrongdoing. Time will tell.

The public doesn’t need to wait for the courts in order to render judgment upon Councilor Joe Magliocca. They can find him guilty on October 18th by giving him a resounding loss in the civic election.

Whether Joe’s actions were criminal or not, they were clearly unprincipled. He has repeatedly demonstrated a complete disregard for the taxpayer’s dollars that he has been entrusted with. Whether it was the espresso machine that he expensed to the city in 2014 (he paid that back when exposed) or the clearly egregious expensing of meals while traveling, it shows a pattern of entitlement and disrespect for taxpayers.

Fraud under $5,000 is one of the charges that Joe faces. Not that I would have wanted Joe to aim higher, but it’s the low and petty nature of his actions that make this all the uglier. If indeed a person is going to risk a career with a six-figure income and a huge tax-subsidized pension plan, you would think they would try to take something big. I don’t support or respect any civil servant who would steal a large amount from taxpayers, but if the prize was large I could at least understand the motivation a little. Moral lapse aside, Magliocca’s judgment was seriously terrible on this whole issue.

Had Magliocca been more genuine in apologizing and doing public penance for his actions, perhaps some voters could forgive him. Joe’s strategy upon being caught with his hand in the cookie jar had been to keep a low profile and hide from the public. He really was hoping that the scandal would be forgotten by now and that he could ride the advantage of being an incumbent in an apathetic city back into another term in office.

Calgary voters are loathe to bother themselves with kicking incumbent councilors from office. Once elected, councilors can and often do spend decades on their seats. As long as they don’t rock the boat, voters will keep putting them back. Look how long Dale Hodges and Ray Jones stayed on city council. Most people couldn’t even name either of them because they rarely did a damn thing to put themselves in the spotlight. It worked like a charm and they spent decades in office.

Voters need to get off their apathetic asses and do their civic duty by voting out Joe Magliocca in this election. If Magliocca gets back in after all this. the voters in Ward 2 indeed will be getting the government that they deserve. It will be an embarrassment for the city.

Trudeau on beach vacation during the Truth and Reconciliation holiday that he created.


This was to be the height of recognition of the historical injustices done to Canada’s indigenous people..

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has kept Canadian flags at half-mast for over six moinths with no plans on raising them so far due to the revelation of unmarked graves at the sites of residential schools.

This is the Prime Minister who sheds tears at the drop of a hat.

He created a brand new holiday to be held on September 30 of every year to recognize how poorly the native people of Canada have been treated.

He is hip.

He is woke.

He is sensitive.

He is hiding out on a vacation likely surfing in Tofino during the first Truth and Reconciliation Day ever held.
It sounds almost impossible to believe.

Is this Prime Minister really too shallow to even take part in the holiday that he created? Is he really too stupid to see how these optics will be?

The answer to both is yes.

While the Prime Minister’s public itinerary said that he was in “private meetings in Ottawa”, it has been revealed that Trudeau is actually enjoying the beach at Tofino on Vancouver Island and the Prime Minister’s office was forced to confirm that.

The plight of Canada’s First Nations was acute enough to create a holiday but not important enough for Justin Trudeau to actually take part in it.

Trudeau truly is the fakest Prime Minister in the history of Canada.

You would think that he would spend this one day out of 365 with some of his First Nations constituents. Nope. Beach time came first.

That said, Central Canada will continue to elect him until he tires of playing Prime Minister and retires permanently to a beach somewhere.

Rules for thee but not for me

It may seem minor and petty but this is serious business.

Calgary mayoral hopeful Jyoti Gondek has made great political hay out of her support for lockdowns, masking, social distancing and mandatory vaccinations. Gondek opposed Alberta’s unmasking back in June and still supports stronger restrictions today.

Meanwhile at an event today (September 25) Gondek was apparently doing maskless selfies in close quarters with people who aren’t in her household.

Emma May who appears in the picture quickly deleted the tweet and blocked me on Twitter but alas, it is too late. The image of this act of hypocrisy endures.

Leading by example is critical. How are we supposed to expect citizens to take social distancing legislation or even recommendations seriously when proponents of such measures won’t do so themselves?

Are not Alberta’s hospitals filled to capacity right now? Has it not been made clear that vaccinations alone don’t prevent spread? Why does Gondek think that unmasked, close contact with people outside of her own cohort won’t lead to the potential spread of infections?

Hypocrisy is one of the worst traits one can see in political leadership.

There are many reasons not to select Jyoti Gondek as Calgary’s next mayor.

Her gross hypocrisy when it comes to COVID-19 safely measures should top that list.

Carbon can be a commodity rather than a liability


While the term “Just Transition” sounds innocuous enough, it is anything but. It represents a plan based on the presumption that the world will no longer need petrochemical products in the near future. Proponents of Justin Trudeau’s “Just Transition Act” view energy transition as being a black and white issue. They feel that petrochemical production must be halted altogether as soon as possible while we seek new means of energy generation. This ideologically driven approach to policy is certain to irreparably harm Canada’s energy sector while doing little to mitigate climate change.

Producers in Canada’s energy sector are well aware that the old way of doing things is finished. They also understand that Canada remains blessed with some of the most abundant energy resources on earth. Rather than throwing up their hands and working under the assumption that we will be shutting in our petrochemical resources, our energy producers have been taking a pragmatic approach through embracing the principles of a circular economy.

In a circular economy, producers no longer are simply focused on extracting, refining, and selling an energy product. The age-old principles of reduce, reuse and recycle are now being applied with resource extraction. Companies are now looking at the entire cycle of their operations and with technological advancements, net-zero emission goals are within reach.

Carbon that once was released into the atmosphere is now captured. Rather than viewing carbon as a waste product to be disposed of, researchers are finding ways to turn it into an asset.

Carbon dioxide is already being used for enhanced oil recovery projects. This reduces water and steam injection and naturally sequesters the carbon underground.

Technology is being developed that can use carbon in concrete, plastics, and liquid fuels. Captured CO2 can be used to accelerate algae growth which can be used as feed-stock for food, biofuels, and plastics.

We are just beginning to see the potential uses for captured carbon and new applications for it are being discovered all the time.

To foster continued innovation in carbon technology, industry leaders and investors need to be confident that they can get a long-term return on their investment. Why invest in new technology when the government appears to be poised to shut down the industry that it will apply to?

It will be nothing less than a tragedy if Canada shuts down one of its core industries based on ideological and political motives. We have an opportunity in front of us to be technological leaders in the production of net-zero emission petrochemical products. Both the economy and the environment will suffer if we allow our petrochemical sector to be shut down rather than cleaned up. The world will continue to consume fossil fuels from nations with low environmental standards while our domestic energy prices will skyrocket.

We need to move away from binary thinking when it comes to the future of petrochemical production. There is a third way and it isn’t transition, it’s transformation. The petrochemical industry is embracing positive, forward-thinking change. If only the government would let the industry get on with it.

Charting a course to Western independence.

I formed the Alberta Independence Party in 2000 at the ripe old age of 29. I was full of piss, vinegar, and inexperience. The party didn’t last long but the experience gained was invaluable.

Now more than 20 years later, other Western independence groups and parties have come and gone. All of the same regional grievances exist and we are no closer to independence than we were decades ago.

We continue to go in circles and keep making the same mistakes. While the situation of the West hasn’t changed in the last 20 years, I have.

I have remained active in provincial political circles and have served in roles ranging from election candidate for the Separation Party of Alberta to VP of policy for the Wildrose Party of Alberta when they were the official opposition.

After every assault on the wealth or culture of the West, we see new supporters of independence created. Every time a Conservative candidate takes us for granted or a Liberal candidate insults us, a few more people realize that the West’s relationship with Canada is untenable.

New supporters of Western independence are often politically inexperienced. They are ready to pursue independence but don’t know where to begin. They need a guide and I am putting it together.

It’s time for a new approach and there is little need to keep slamming into the walls that I already have.

The book is now in the final stages of editing and an electronic version will be published soon. The introduction is below. Consider signing up in the form at the bottom of the page so you can be informed when the full book is available.



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INTRODUCTION


Support for Western independence in Canada has had ebbs and flows for decades. Western alienation in Canada has existed since the beginning of confederation.

This book is for those who have concluded that the time has come for Western independence but may not know where to begin. We have tried to achieve change through the electoral system for generations to no avail. Attempts to change the constitution are futile as demonstrated by the failure of the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords.

Canada’s system is outdated and lopsided. It is designed to serve Central Canada at the expense of outlying provinces. The deck is stacked and we will never win by playing within the existing structure.

The Reform Party burst upon the scene with the message of “The West wants in”. Through decades of pressure and compromise, the Reform Party merged into the mushy Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) of today. Even with O’Toole throwing Western interests to the wind by flip-flopping on his carbon-tax and firearm rights stances, the CPC was rejected by Central Canada in favour of the scandal-ridden Liberals. Western interests will never be a priority in federal politics. It is political suicide for a federal party to serve anything but Central Canada’s demands.

Western independence parties and movements have come and gone over the years. The Western Canada Concept made inroads in the 1980s and faded away. The Alberta Independence Party made ripples at the end of the 1990s and dissolved shortly into the 2000s. The Separation Party of Alberta came and went by 2010. Wexit was formed in 2019 and morphed into the soft-regionalist Maverick Party that made little more than a blip in the 2021 election.

We need to approach the pursuit of Western independence differently or we will never break out of the pattern of chronic failure that has marked the movement so far.

Rather than spawning more parties and advocacy groups, Western independence proponents need to build their base as individuals.

A lasting foundation for Western independence won’t be built through electoral runs or advocacy groups that seem to be little more than fundraising machines. Those organizations inevitably fall apart due to self-interested leadership, infighting or the compromising of core principles by the impatient.

Every supporter of Western independence needs to become an ambassador for the movement. The discussion forum for independence needs to be at dinner tables, over the neighbour’s fence, and in the lunchroom at work. Growth needs to be organic and from peer to peer.

This book will provide the tools to become an effective advocate for Western independence. Not as an annoying fanatic, but as a rational voice for a concept whose time has come.

Supporters for Western independence need to be won one person at a time. It will take patience and many conversations but this is how we will build the environment for the sea-change required in order to make Western independence a reality.

As Western independence proponents, we must to be able to effectively counter the common arguments made against independence. We need to be able to express how it’s the Canadian system rather than the Canadian people that we are eschewing.

We also need to avoid the mistakes made by previous independence movements.

Rather than having an independence movement represented by a handful of parties and groups we need to have a movement made up of hundreds of thousands of active, individual supporters. A true grassroots movement is invulnerable to the damage that organizations can cause under poor leadership.

When we communicate with our peers about independence, we speak directly and genuinely. The bias of the mainstream media is bypassed when we take on communication individually.

Once the strong foundation of support for Western independence is built, the parties will follow. As the late Ralph Klein said, his secret was to find out where the parade was going and to get in front of it. Once we build the parade, rest assured we will see plenty of prospective leaders and spokespeople rushing to get in front of it.

The concept is old but our approach needs to be new. This book will chart the path to Western independence and it begins with you.

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Interview with leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada Jacques Boudreau

The Libertarian Party of Canada has been around since 1973. Few alternative parties can claim that sort of longevity and many have come and gone in that period.

The Libertarian party stays true to its ideals and philosophy. While the mainstream parties tend to change tact whenever the political winds shift, the Libertarians stick with their principles. That tenacious nature may be admirable, but it does make it difficult to garner support on the electoral front.

Libertarians are a stubborn lot by nature and can be difficult to lead. Jacques Boudreau has taken on a challenging task. Boudreau is maintaining an optimistic and pragmatic attitude and is planning to have a bigger presence in the next election which may be coming quite soon. With unrestrained government growth being the theme of the 2021 general election, a fiscal crisis down the road is unavoidable. The Libertarians plan to be there as the small-government alternative if and when Canadians do realize that we need to change the status quo.

The Libertarian Party is running candidates in a number of ridings. Their site and platform are here.

It was refreshing to interview a leader with a vision deeper than simply printing money and hoping to have retired before the inevitable financial crisis comes home to roost.

Calgary’s city council mask zealots

Despite COVID-19 infections being in a total freefall in Alberta and despite the rest of the province dropping all restrictions on July 1, Naheed Nenshi and his usual gang of fartcatchers decided to keep Calgary’s mask bylaw intact as it is set to expire at the end of 2021.

This spiteful and pointless move was done simply to give the middle finger to Premier Jason Kenney. Kenney has invested a lot of political capital into what he is calling “the best summer ever”. Nenshi and company want to make sure that Calgarians remain miserable and hope that this will ensure that Kenney gets no bounce in support from people happily shedding their masks and getting back to normal living for the summer.

Unfortunately, it will be Calgary businesses who bear the brunt of the cost for Nenshi’s posturing as people choose either to shop outside of the city boundaries or to stay home rather than shop and go out while wearing stifling masks in the heat.

City council will be revisiting the mask bylaw on July 5. They may choose to finally get rid of the law and catch up with the rest of the province at that time or they may not. Clearly need and science aren’t behind their choices so it is hard to say right now.

Most of those who voted to keep us all masked will be running for one elected office or another this year. I want to document them below so that voters can be reminded just who decided to arbitrarily restrict their rights and return to normal in order to try and score petty political points.

Below are the seven council members who voted to keep you sweating and gagged this summer.

While Naheed Nenshi won’t be running for Mayor again, it is clear that he is far from being done in politics. He may be appointed to the senate or as Governor General. He may also run to become a Liberal MP if indeed he has his eye on the Prime Ministerial throne down the road.

Jyoti Gondek is Naheed Nenshi’s preferred successor. Nenshi’s former top man Stephen Carter is even managing her campaign. You may be familiar with her campaign signs polluting streets throughout the city as she takes advantage of a sign bylaw loophole in order to campaign for mayor while purportedly simply promoting a townhall meeting.

Diane Colley-Urquhart was past her electoral best-before date a decade ago. Unfortunately, voter apathy has allowed her to continue to keep her seat. Let’s hope her zeal in masking citizens finally encourages enough voters to send her out to pasture this fall.

Giancarlo Carra found life as a city councilor to be more lucrative than being an urban designer. While within the city, he could nudge developments into compliance with his density dreams. Carra consistently follows Nenshi’s lead and will happily swing left and become Gondek’s second on council if she becomes mayor. Let’s get Carra back into the private market so he can try pursuing his design dreams again. It will be for his own good (and ours).

You may not have heard of councilor George Chahal. That is because as a first term councilor, George has taken the tact of doing little and not making waves in order to keep his job secure. It worked well for Hodges and Jones for decades. George wants to keep you masked for the foreseeable future however thus he really should be eased out of his seat and replaced with a councilor who will be less lacklustre and who will put the needs of constituents ahead of those of the mayor’s agenda.

Druh Farrell has long been the queen of the looney left on city council. It was no shocker that she voted to keep citizens suppressed. Farrell finally won’t be running for re-election but she may surface elsewhere. I am sure the Notley NDP would welcome her with open arms. Let’s ensure that voters don’t.



Evan Woolley is the Hipster in Chief for council. Consistently left and happy with high spending. He was gleeful in voting to keep the mask bylaw. Woolley isn’t running for re-election but he has been known for electoral waffling for years. His eyes have always been on the mayor’s chair but he just couldn’t make that leap. Best that we help his indecision by making sure that he remains in the political dustbin of Alberta.

This fall’s municipal and federal elections will be important ones.

Here are seven people who no longer should be in elected office. Let’s remind voters of that this fall.