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Alberta Diary

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 April 22
Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley in 2016
David J. Climenhaga | The Liberals setting up a national election campaign that is about 50 per cent Sunny Ways and 50 per cent Beware of the Dog. Jason Kenney looks good for the part of the dog.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 20
Scales of justice. Photo: houstondwiPhotos mp/Flickr
Penney Kome | Linda Silver Dranoff's calling changed family and marriage in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 20
Alberta Opposition United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J.Climenhaga | It's time, perhaps, for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to spend more energy explaining how her government is different from Jason Kenney's Opposition and less on how it's the same!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 19
Members and supporters of the Stop the JNF Campaign in NYC. Image: Joe Catron
Yves Engler | A number of members of the subcommittee on anti-Semitism have personal or institutional ties to the Jewish National Fund, which practices a form of discrimination outlawed in Canada seven decades ago.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 19
Sophia Reuss | In honour of rabble's 17th birthday, Judy Rebick, rabble's co-founder, and Duncan Cameron, president emeritus of rabble, reflect on our impact.
Blog - Policy Note April 18
Seth Klein stands with Indigenous leaders and #ProtectTheInlet protesters outside the Kinder Morgan facility on Burnaby Mountain. Photo: Protect the Inlet/Flickr
Seth Klein | Here's a different take on Kinder Morgan's ultimatum and the so-called "constitutional crisis" it has sparked.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 18
Picture taken from a Sûreté du Québec helicopter of Lac-Mégantic, the day of the derailment, July 6, 2013. Photo: Sûreté du Québec/Wikimedia Commons
Bruce Campbell | The feds do not favour the request. Why? The reasons extend to Transport Canada decisions.
Blog - David Suzuki April 17
Image: Mark Klotz/Flickr
David Suzuki | If people, especially those in positions of power, truly understood the severity and urgency of the climate crisis, they would be doing everything possible to confront and resolve it.
Blog - Progressive Economics Forum April 17
Apartment buildings in Vancouver. Photo: Robert Ashworth/Flickr
Nick Falvo | A federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) framework agreement on housing was signed on April 10 in Toronto. It supports the Trudeau government's National Housing Strategy, which was released last fall.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 17
Alberta Energy Minister Margaret McQuaig-Boyd looks on as Premier Rachel Notley speaks about Bill 12 yesterday (Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr).
David J. Climenhaga | Overwrought anyone? Rachel Notley threatens to punish British Columbians. UCP, after screaming for something like this, ducks and covers. Send in the army, demands former energy minister.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 16
Penney Kome | Last weekend's airstrikes in Syria are just one in a string of recent world-destabilizing events. Luckily, activists everywhere are continuing to mobilize for a more just and peaceful world.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 16
David J. Climenhaga | The current dispute between Alberta, B.C., and Ottawa over the Trans Mountain pipeline is not a constitutional crisis, but it could turn into one.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 14
Yves Engler | By launching airstrikes without UN approval, the U.S. has once again flagrantly violated international law, and Ottawa immediately supported the U.S. bombing.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 13
Vancouver Kinder Morgan Protest. Photo: William Chen/Flickr, released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International
David J. Climenhaga | We've got the chance, thanks be unto Donald J. Trump. Obviously, it's time to get the heck out of NAFTA!
Blog - Alberta Diary April 13
Alberta Trade Minister Deron Bilous at the Rally4Resources Rally (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Yesterday's rally was an unedifying event. At least no one was chanting, "Lock 'Er Up" this time, although I'd bet you some members of the crowd were thinking it.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 12
Downtown Toronto. Image: tsaiproject/Flickr
Yves Engler | By turning public land devoted to noisy, dangerous, and polluting vehicles into social housing it is possible to put a dent into runaway climate change while improving housing affordability.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 12
David Suzuki (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | New salary regulations introduced by Alberta NDP won't please top university administrators; entire United Conservative Party Caucus goes missing!
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 11
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Judy Rebick | Part Two excerpt from rabble co-founder Judy Rebick's memoir, with a look at the court battle to support Dr. Henry Morgentaler, and Rebick's own exploration of her mental health.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 11
Perfidious Pierre, villain of the National Energy Program, as the late prime minister is understood by all good Albertans to have been (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | It's pretty hard to argue this situation isn't an example of the oil industry's continued domination of the Alberta government.
Blog - David Suzuki April 10
Image: Mike Beauregard/Flickr
David Suzuki | As with climate change, we have ample evidence that we're facing a biodiversity crisis, we know what's causing it and we have numerous solutions. It's time to act.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 10
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Judy Rebick | Part One: Activist, feminist and co-founder of rabble.ca, Judy Rebick shares her life in this excerpt about her support for Dr. Henry Morgentaler's Toronto abortion clinic.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg April 10
Journalists inspect building after it was burned by the Israeli military. Photo: Al Jazeera English/Flickr
J. Baglow | Canadian journalists didn't support their Palestinian colleagues under fire in Gaza. Instead, they went after a journalism advocacy organization that did.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog April 9
Voting. Image: justgrimes/Flickr
Linda Leon | Party List Proportional Representation (PLPR) is one of the more commonly used electoral systems in the world. Could it work for the Yukon?
Blog - Alberta Diary April 9
Alberta premier Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | If Canada won't stop acting like a constitutional democracy and start acting like a petro-tyranny, Kinder Morgan says it will take its pipeline and go home!
Blog - Alberta Diary April 7
Kirill Kalinin, former First Secretary and Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Canada.
David J. Climenhaga | It’s not a "scurrilous story" to say Chrystia Freeland's grandfather was a Nazi collaborator and a propagandist for the Holocaust. It’s an uncomfortable fact.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 6
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | NDP Palestine policy offers a sort of barometer by which to evaluate the party’s commitment to democracy and social justice. Right now the forecast doesn’t look good.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 5
Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson present brief to UN. Image: Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland—Colchester, Nova Scotia
Penney Kome | Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson lobby for UN Committee on Torture to recognize sexualized violence as a form of torture.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood April 5
Loose tobacco. Photo: Lindsay Fox/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | Canada can't have it both ways -- they can't complain about the cost of First Nation poverty and continually criminalize all Indigenous means of subsistence.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 5
Oil processing facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Photo: kris krüg/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Media conspiracy theories and angry right-wing rhetoric may Make Alberta An Environmental Pariah Again, but the result would be a world of hurt.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 4
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