They lined the motorcade route and stood by the hundreds at Calgary's city hall where the Ralph phenomenon got its start. It was more than respect for former mayor and premier Ralph Klein. It was affection, something rarely shown to long-serving politicians who are discarded and quickly forgotten.
There aren't many journalists who have fought in the news trenches here and in bureaus around the globe for 36 years, which is why today's retirement of CTV's Roger Smith is such a notable loss to the profession.
There’s always been a superior lineup of national chiefs leading the Assembly of First Nations. Whenever a crisis hits the aboriginal file, the top spot has been held by a negotiator, not a warrior. Ironically, the best of the bunch is there now.