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David Climenhaga, author of the Alberta Diary blog, is a journalist, author, journalism teacher, poet and trade union communicator who has worked in senior writing and editing positions with the Toronto Globe and Mail and the Calgary Herald. His 1995 book, A Poke in the Public Eye, explores the relationships among Canadian journalists, public relations people and politicians. He left journalism after the strike at the Calgary Herald in 1999 and 2000 to work for the trade union movement. Alberta Diary focuses on Alberta politics and social issues.
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 26 David J. Climenhaga | Some of the costly flaws of Alberta's Agencies, Boards and Commissions Sector are a hangover from the days it served as a green pasture for semi-retired Tory warhorses.|
|Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 25 Dennis Gruending | Asylum seekers, hunted and harried in the U.S. are turning up at remote and frigid Canadian border crossings|
|Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 25 Maya Bhullar | An interview with Tom Henheffer of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression|
Blog - Alberta Diary
Two views of Alberta third-quarter financial update: Steady as Joe goes, versus 'Faster, pussycat! Cut! Cut!'David J. Climenhaga | As yesterday’s fiscal update shows, Albertans will actually have a rare meaningful choice in approaches to budgeting when the next general election rolls around.
|Blog - The Views Expressed February 24 Ken Billings | The Central Experimental Farm (CEF) in Ottawa is a 1055-acre open-space jewel in a modern metropolis. The government is trying to parcel it out to developers.|
|Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 24 Yves Engler | Following February 1966 coup against leading Pan-Africanist, Canadian High Commissioner in Accra wrote that “a wonderful thing has happened for the West in Ghana and Canada has played a worthy part.”|
|Blog - The Views Expressed February 24 Paul Barrett | When Black people are killed by the police, white Canada has a ready script of liberalism, multiculturalism, and Canadian fairness that serves to silence any discussion of race and racism.|
Blog - Alberta Diary
Canada had better plan for an unprecedented refugee crisis as U.S. lurches toward 'ethnic cleansing'David J. Climenhaga | Canadians should be deeply concerned about stated plans by the Trump Regime in the United States to expel literally millions of U.S. residents from their country.
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 23 David J. Climenhaga | Count on it that all parties in Alberta, for once, will be watching the election results next door in British Columbia on May 9 with intense interest.|
|Blog - Hill Dispatches February 23 Karl Nerenberg | Canada and the U.S. have an agreement which states both countries are safe for refugees. If that was once true, it is not today. But Canada fears retaliation if it were to call a spade a spade.|
|Blog - David Suzuki February 23 David Suzuki | In November, scientists overseeing at-risk species in Canada said the government should list the monarch butterfly population as endangered.|
|Blog - On The Other Hand February 23 Penney Kome | The Globe and Mail's "Unfounded" marks a media milestone, something that would not have been possible even two years ago.|
|Blog - Christopher Majka February 22 Christopher Majka | Climate change denial is alive in Canada. Despite massive evidence to the contrary, fossil-fuel interests and compliant media try to obscure and obfuscate. Here's how it's done and what's at stake.|
|Blog - What's the plan? February 22 John Cartwright | The world won't change just with positive emotions. We need a comprehensive plan to address these troubling times.|
|Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 22 Yves Engler | Highlighting Russia's "propaganda system" to a Canadian audience without mentioning the one at home indicates either a journalist's ignorance or that she is part of it.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed February 21 Cheryl Thompson | Mainstream feminism espouses to speak for and on behalf of all women, but essentially speaks for and on behalf of white, middle-class, cis-gendered and able-bodied women.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed February 21 Christina Gray | Now, more than ever, there's an imperative need to raise our voices, be present, and stand up for our rights to be free, equal, and inclusive of all people regardless of faith, race, or ethnic origin.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed February 20 Caroline Biotteau | One would expect Quebec politicians to be guarded with respect to relations with the Israeli government. This could not be more wrong.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 20 David J. Climenhaga | How much of the vile, threatening commentary about Alberta's NDP and its leaders, especially women, originates with right-wing nuts from outside Alberta?|
|Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg February 20 J. Baglow | A co-founder of Black Lives Matter-Toronto has attracted some criticism recently for comments she has made. Maybe it's time to criticize the critics.|
|Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 17 Gerry Caplan | The Trudeau government is looking for a new Africa strategy. Surely telling the truth about who is ripping off whom would be a very constructive way to begin.|
Blog - Alberta Diary
Canada's Conservative Party, a once-great national organization, is being overwhelmed by its own extremistsDavid J. Climenhaga | Alberta voters are likely to have an opportunity soon to demonstrate whether or not they’ve been paying attention. After all, anything can happen in a by-election!
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 16 David J. Climenhaga | If you want to worry about the Trump Family, think about the fact Mr. Donald now has the firing codes to 4,000 nuclear weapons.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed February 16 Vibhor Garg | U.S. President Donald Trump has a long, complex and mutually profitable relationship with the WWE and its billionaire owners, Linda and Vince McMahon.|
|Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 15 Yves Engler | A Black Lives Matter - Toronto spokesperson recently called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a "white supremacist terrorist." "White Supremacist," sure -- but what about "terrorist"?|
|Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg February 15 J. Baglow | By conceding Canadian sovereignty to American border officials, the Trudeau government has crossed a bridge.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 15 David J. Climenhaga | Rachel Notley reacts to threats with remarkable aplomb as many of the people who contribute to this problem shrug their shoulders and say, "Who? Me?"|
|Blog - A change is gonna come February 15 Doreen Nicoll | Justin Trudeau, self-proclaimed feminist, is looking more misogynous with each passing day.|
|Blog - David Suzuki February 15 David Suzuki | The David Suzuki Foundation and Council of Canadians have published a report card rating government progress on its commitment to ending drinking water advisories in nine First Nations in Ontario.|
Blog - Alberta Diary
Portrait unveiling stands in for the fond official farewell former premier Dave Hancock never had from his PCsDavid J. Climenhaga | When by-then-premier Jim Prentice appointed a new cabinet in the fall of 2014, Dave Hancock was out, with barely a word of thanks.