31 December 2015

2015—a very good year

2015 is nearly done, a year of significant change for me: a new home after 25 years of living by Calgary's Elbow River, by far the longest I've ever lived in one place, and even a new car, also after driving my little Honda Civic for 25 years.

But blogging-wise, the most dramatic changes were political. First was the election of the NDP in Alberta, my home province, something I never thought I'd live to see. And then—my cup runneth over—the dark clouds lifted federally and the Harper government was replaced by the Liberals.

About these latter changes, Jackie Flanagan, founding publisher of Alberta Views magazine, had this to say in the New Year's edition:
The people of Alberta and Canada chose our new leaders for the hope and the change they promised. Both Notley and Trudeau brought a new, inclusive attitude to governing, a more collaborative approach to solving our problems. Both individuals are noted for their warmth. They don't demonize opponents or regard those who disagree with them as enemies.
My sentiments exactly, Ms. Flanagan. Politically, Canada is a much sunnier place entering 2016 than it was a year ago. I look forward to the new year and wish my readers the best.

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