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Hicks' Weekly Dish: Home is where the Hart is - BY GRAHAM HICKS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014

Hart’s Table & Bar 14229 – 23 Ave. (Riverbend) 780 488 4278 No reservations centuryhospitality.com/harts Food: 5 of 5 Suns Ambience: 4 of 5 Suns Service: 4 of 5 Suns Dinner for two, just food — Basic $40, loaded $90. What is Hart’s Table & Bar? It’s nearly a neighbourhood restaurant, in a strip mall in Riverbend/Terwilligar’s 23rd Avenue shopping district. But it’s more sophisticated than your usual mom ‘n’ pop establishment. It’s almost a family diner … except kids under 18 have to clear out by 8 p.m. It’s almost a pub, but it’s more about atmosphere, liveliness and food than pints and conversation. There’s no defined lounge area — just couches in one corner and a bar stretching down the far wall. It’s almost gourmet, but the menu avoids any such pretension. Hart’s is about comfort food, but the quality and choices are better than comfort food elsewhere. ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks on Biz: Alberta's bogus budget - What’s a few billion here and there? BY GRAHAM HICKS, FIRST POSTED Edmonton Sun: FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

So what is the real state of Alberta’s finances? Finance Minister Doug Horner says it’s simple. To his cabinet colleague Jonathan Denis, he tweeted "By (former premier) Ralph's (Klein) format, we show a $1.1 billion surplus. How much simpler do you want?" Would that it were so. By splitting the 2013/14 and now the 2014/15 budgets (the provincial budget runs on a fiscal calendar, i.e. April to March) into operational, capital and savings plans, Horner has confused everybody – including the financially sophisticated. Horner’s tweet said a $1.1 billion surplus. In his budget speech last month, he stuck to an “operational” budget surplus of $2.6 billion. The official opposition, the Wildrose Party, claimed Alberta really has a $2.7 billion deficit. The Alberta Taxpayers Federation upped the ante to a $3.9 billion deficit. Respected University of Calgary economist Jack Mintz said, nope, it’s really a $1.8 billion deficit. Other experts have simply thrown ... Read the rest of entry »
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