The Rational Case Against Huawei

There are many that think Huawei is just a puppet of the Chinese government and an equal number that think the Huawei bans and bad talk are nothing more than hype designed to stifle a non-Western competitor. We recently wrote two articles explaining some of Huawei’s background: 10 Short Answers To Why Huawei is so Scary To Western Countries Who Owns Huawei? A Fascinating Story but neither our previous articles nor the political hype have clearly explained why countries should…

VIDEO: What is Short Selling Stocks & How It Can Be A Good Thing For Markets

People typically purchase stocks in a company for two reasons: to make money from an increase in stock price over time to make money from dividends However, there is a third way to make money with stocks… a very risky way called ‘short selling’. What is Short Selling Stocks In Simple Terms? A ‘short’ as it is called in the financial industry is a bet against a companies stock. To short a stock, you ‘borrow’ shares from someone with a…

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Timeline of 2019 Events

Since the start of the 2019, there have been many important events in the Trans Mountain Pipeline saga and it is easy to get lost.  To clarify the issues we have appended the following entries to our master list “Complete Trans Mountain Pipeline and Expansion Timeline from 1947 to 2022” 2019 Jan 15 100 First Nations groups meet in Calgary to discuss purchase of Trans Mountain 2019 Jan 21 Trans Mountain submits report to NEB proposing three new mitigation measures…

How The China US Trade War Only Serves to Galvanize China’s Resolve, Just Like Apple and Qualcomm

The goal of a trade war is to increase access to some other countries markets.   However, we can simplify the logic by reducing down from a country scale to an individual business scale. At the single company scale, Company A withholds a key product or increases price on that product because they want something from Company B, perhaps increased sales effort of some key line.  At some point the  cost becomes too much for one or both of the parties…

Uber CEO Promised a $100 Million Bonus For Ramping Up Excited IPO Investors

In her book “The Signals Are Talking” venture capitalist investor Amy Webb states as soon as she sees “The Amazon of…” she stops listening and moves to the next project.  If you have ever watched Shark Tank or Dragons Den, you will know that those VC’s turn off as soon as the person pitching their concept explains that all they need is 1% of some insanely large global market, they tune out. It is a fools game to try and…

Beware The New WestJet BASIC Fare

We recently flew with WestJet and had a VERY minor clerical problem with the tickets.  To make a long story short (you can read the full story at the end of this article, if you want the details), WestJet told us they were unwilling to adjust our ticket even though there were dozens of open seats and the core problem was a WestJet issue. We were told that the new Basic fare: has resulted in received a high number of…

What The Mueller Report into Trumps Relationship With Russia Has To Do With Canada

We just spent a few hours reading, skimming and searching through the Mueller report and found just two references to Canada or Canadians, both of which are completely innocuous. You may then ask why a negative outcome worth reporting and we respond that it is a question we have been asked to look into. We expected to at least be able to to say that the report was chock full of mysterious inferences about the Russia – Trump relationship but…

12 Quick Facts About Leela Aheer, Alberta MLA for Chestermere-Strathmore

We have known Leela Sharon Aheer for a couple of decades but the last eight years with the Wildrose/UCP and 2019 Alberta election brought out some facts we’ll bet most people just don’t know about her: If you think Leela is a hard worker, you’d be wrong because ‘hard working’ is a massive understatement.  She only sleeps a few hours per day and works constantly.  She personally knocked on over 7000 doors in the riding of Chestermere-Strathmore and more than…

If The Alberta NDP Are Not ‘Crazy Lefties’, Why Are They Not Still In Power?

This op-ed piece is taking a short departure from our mandate of shedding light on facts and avoiding opinion.   After the election, we had discussions thoughtful, educated people referring to the NDP as “crazy lefties”, “nutty greenies” and “anti-pipeline activists” all of which we think is inaccurate. Keep in mind that we are concerning ourselves with the Alberta NDP Party and not individuals.  We believe there are two primary reasons the Alberta NDP Party is not “crazy left”, “nutty green”…

Who Are The Most Popular Provincial Politicians In Alberta? Jason Kenny & Rachel Notley Do Not Even Make the Top 10!

It is usually highly subjective process to create a most popular anything list but elections are popularity contests so we have some very solid numbers to work from.  We analysed the results directly from the Elections Alberta database for the April 16th 2019 election and were a bit suprised to find: Jason Nixon is, by far, the most popular Provincial Politician in Alberta Jason Kenny & Rachel Notley Do Not Even Make the Top 10 Not a single NDP candidate…

Chestermere – Strathmore 2019 Election Results By Zone: Aheer, Langmaid, Fildebrant & Avermenko

If you are wondering how “your” candidate did amongst your neighbors, this is the place to be.   These tables show the results of 32000 votes sorted by all 75 polls (aka ‘areas’) and by popularity. Click on the map to expand it, then find your poll/area and match it up with the tables below. Click to Enlarge Area “Polls” / Zone / Area Map Leela Sharon Aheer (UCP) 13,808 votes = 67.4% (as at 1am April 17, 2019) United Conservative…

Why DNA Tests Can Be Dangerous To You And Your Family

In our recent short article titled Why DNA Tests Are Misleading we explained that DNA tests for racial background are far less ‘fact’ and much more ‘fiction’ than you have been led to beleive by slick ad campaigns. In this article we explain how these test can be dangerous to you and your family: How DNA Tests Can Be Dangerous DNA tests can be fun and potentially interesting but the results are questionable and you no longer control your own…

Why DNA Tests Are Misleading

If you want to take a DNA test with 23andme.com, myheritage.com or ancestrydna.com you would be well served to think twice because these tests are much less “accurate” than you might think and they put you and your family at risk. How Are DNA Tests Misleading? DNA tests are misleading because they give your impression of scientific certainty when in fact there is a great deal of uncertainty involved because: 1 – Where You Are From OR Where People Live…

5 Myths About Carbon Taxes, On Both Sides of the Issue

If you live in Alberta, BC, Ontario… ok… Canada, or the US or UK or Australia… ok… if you live on planet earth, you have heard about Carbon Taxes.  Those that are for them claim they will cure all environmental ills and those against claim they are just another government tax grab. We dug into the facts and came up with 5 Myths about Carbon Taxes we thought you would find interesting: MYTH 1 – Carbon Taxes Don’t Change Behaviour…

VIDEO: Chestermere-Strathmore All Candidates Debate Monday April 8th 7pm

UPDATED: April 12 2019 – The video of the live stream forum is now avialable: https://youtu.be/GdW4NBupzw4  The Strathmore and Chestermere Chambers of Commerce are hosting an all candidates forum and PartisanIssues.com will be live streaming it (via our sister site URTech.ca YouTube channel). The Forum will focus entirely on business-related issues.  If you have a business specific question you would like to ask the Alberta election candidates, send them to [email protected] . We are hoping to see the Leela Aheer…

VIDEO: Economic Need Does Not A Refugee Make & How Far Voters Will Go To Protect Their Borders

The cover of this weeks “The Atlantic” prompts a well logic’d article by David Frum (son of Barbara Frum and former speech writer for George W Bush), in which he explains two key points: the history and intent of refugee / asylum laws voters around the globe will select near fascists as a way to protect their borders As Mr. Frum correctly points out, the number of refugees (largely from Central America countries like Nicaragua) to the United States has…