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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 January 15 David J. Climenhaga | The UCP policy document's goals depend on the same old elephant in the room that looms over all discussions of Alberta fiscal policy: it requires higher oil prices.|
|Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg January 12 J. Baglow | Hassan Diab, a Canadian citizen, has been held without trial or charge in a French maximum-security prison for a bombing that took place in 1980. This week, he was set free.|
Blog - Alberta Diary
'Blockbuster' job creation in Alberta leaves UCP in search of new talking points about 'job killing' carbon levyDavid J. Climenhaga | You can probably count on the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativity at the UCP to come up with a new reason that is clearly the NDP's fault to explain why the sky is falling.
|Blog - David Suzuki January 10 David Suzuki | How did "throw-away," "disposable" and "planned obsolescence" become part of product design and marketing? It was deliberate.|
|Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 9 Dennis Gruending | The business lobby is using alarmist tactics to oppose a minimum wage hike in Ontario.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 9 David J. Climenhaga | Never mind the spin. The actual Bank of Canada note concluded that the benefits of increased minimum wages outweigh any depressant effect they may have on job creation.|
|Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog January 8 Maya Bhullar | Four ways support workers continue to fight for $15|
|Blog - David Bush's blog January 6 David Bush | Kathleen Wynne has been defending workers' rights during the recent backlash against minimum wage increases. By contrast, Andrea Horwath's NDP have only meekly supported the issue.|
|Blog - A change is gonna come January 4 Doreen Nicoll | Provincial funding for women's shelters was frozen over a decade ago, placing vital services in never ending precarious position.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed January 4 Ed Finn | Creating an anthology of famous and not-so-famous poems on justice for humanity is thought provoking and inspiring.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 4 David J. Climenhaga | Some member of the UCP caucus is bound to be told sooner or later to dress up as Porky the Waster Hater, at least until the Opposition party can generate some porky waste of its own.|
|Blog - Activist Communiqué January 4 Krystalline Kraus | Two-thirds of all First Nation communities in Canada have been under at least one drinking water advisory at some time in the last decade, and it has not gotten much better in 2017.|
|Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada January 3 Judy Haiven | A protest against the arrest of 16 year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, and a tribute to the resistance of her and family to the Israeli occupation.|
Blog - Alberta Diary
New Year's Twitter attacks on fact-checking economists suggest UCP will make 2018 Year of the Big ChillDavid J. Climenhaga | United Conservative Party MLA launches social media bizarre attack on PhD economist who pointed out false claim in Jason Kenney tweet.
|Blog - On The Other Hand January 3 Penney Kome | Scientists and the Dalai Lama say that happiness is a skill set that takes training and practice.|
|Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 2 Gerald Caplan | How can any sensible person fail to be shaken by the political events in the past year?|
|Blog - David Suzuki January 2 David Suzuki | Where will we be 25 years from now? It won't be chance that determines our future. It will be the choices we make today.|
|Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog January 2 Bonnie Burstow | "Unfit to practice" social work policies violate human rights and are part of "creeping fascism."|
Blog - Alberta Diary
Happy New Year! It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without Alberta Diary's Top Ten political predictions for 2018David J. Climenhaga | Illegal hunting, legal hunting, bitumen refining, bitumen pipelining, lying and licence plates will all figure in the news in 2018, Alberta Diary predicts.
|Blog - Alberta Diary December 30 David J. Climenhaga | From Jason Kenney's campaign to unite the right, to the NDP’s election financing reforms, to Catholic education, an Albertan’s take on the year’s most important stories.|
|Blog - Activist Communiqué December 29 Krystalline Kraus | Nellie Rider, an Indigenous woman from Regina, received a notice from her property manager that smudging was prohibited in her apartment because "smoke is smoke."|
|Blog - Activist Communiqué December 29 Krystalline Kraus | $85 million centre for treatment of mercury poisoning promised after years of grassroots activism by Grassy Narrows citizens and allies.|
|Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 29 Yves Engler | Canada's recent record of foreign interference elsewhere belies Ottawa's claim that it wants to protect "democracy and human rights" in Venezuela.|
|Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada December 26 Martha Roth | On December 8th, a rally was held in Vancouver to protest Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.|
|Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 25 Yves Engler | Since taking office the Trudeau government has repeatedly isolated Canada with the U.S., Israel, and a few tiny Pacific island states in voting against UN resolutions upholding Palestinian rights.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary December 24 David J.Climenhaga | According to a report published in the Calgary Herald, United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney is willing to forgive Derek Fildebrandt and invite him back aboard UCP Mother Ship.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary December 24 David J. Climenhaga | The principal goal of the "War on Christmas" is to distract us from the real war its theorists are prosecuting, the war for continued domination by the dominant classes.|
|Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 22 Meg Borthwick | As 2017 comes to a close, it's time for our annual babble roundup. We asked babblers what their favourites threads were for the year and we've collected them here.|
|Blog - Open Media's blog December 22 Marie Aspiazu | The Standing Committee on International Trade (CIIT) recently published a report on a study on how NAFTA affects Canadians, bearing encouraging news for Internet advocates.|
|Blog - Open Media's blog December 22 Victoria Henry | A concerning rise in phone searches this year shows that Canadian and U.S. law see no difference between searching your suitcase and searching your cell phone or laptop.|