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MAKICHUK: TOP SECRET – Meet the real-life James Bonds

“We haven’t had a female Bond in the films, but there are already lots in real life.”

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Like James Bond, they cross borders with fake identities and passports. They operate in small isolated teams and have access to the full array of 007 gadgets designed by the spies’ Q section. Its members are famed for not always looking like soldiers. Some speak different languages and can pass as foreign nationals. The standing joke is that they could fit in at an embassy party or a wh

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Dave Makichuck is a Columnist for the Western Standard. He is a 35-year veteran journalist who has served at both the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald.

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Royal Canadian Legion ‘saddened’ over vaccine-related protests

Several vaccine related incidents unfolded on Remembrance Day, including the desecration of a war memorial.

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The BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion released a statement regarding vaccine related disruptions that took place during Remembrance Day ceremonies, as well as the desecration of a war memorial. “We are the keepers of remembrance in Canada. As long as we exist we will uphold the tradition of remembrance to ensure Canada’s fallen will not be forgotten,” said Val MacGregor, Presi

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WATCH: Calgary psychologist says lockdowns, mandates creating serious mental crisis

From people fearing the collapse of our healthcare system to government mandates, Dr. Angela Grace said it’s an “incredibly stressful time for people” who need to make “very tough decisions.”

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A prominent Calgary psychologist said she's seen an increase in clients coming to her in crisis — especially frontline and healthcare workers — over the last 20 months. Registered psychologist Dr. Angela Grace shared her perspective on supporting her clients through the COVID-19 pandemic in an exclusive interview with the Western Standard. Along with providing "trauma work" for first re

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Elon Musk’s nine must-read books

Musk, co-founder of Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and The Boring Company, credits his success to reading books.

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When Elon Musk tires of the world of AI, solar energy and underground tunnelling beneath Los Angeles, what’s left but to get lost in a good book? Musk, co-founder of Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and The Boring Company, credits his success to the printed word, according to an article on blinkist.com “I read books,” Musk said when asked how he learned to build rockets. Here are the nine m

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We the undersigned call on the Canadian government to immediately cease all payouts to media companies.

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