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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 August 3
Jason Kenney. Image: Flickr/mostlyconservative
David J. Climenhaga | If we accept UCP leadership candidate Jason Kenney's arithmetic, the Saskatchewan NDP appears to have wrecked the province's economy two years before it was elected!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 2
Entrance to Tulawaka Gold Mine, Tanzania. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Hansueli Krapf
Yves Engler | Disregarding its election promise, the Trudeau government is openly backing Canada’s most controversial mining company in the country where it has committed its worst abuses.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 2
Image: Flickr/Latuff​
Yves Engler | Its time to look at the vast organizational and financial ecosystem smearing critics of Israeli policy
Blog - David Suzuki August 1
Image: Flickr/Garry Knight
David Suzuki | If government implements the recommendations, it would be the first time the right to a healthy environment has been recognized in Canadian federal law.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 1
Carmela Hutchison | Women with disabilities do not necessarily seek medically assisted death because they are disabled, but because they aren't valued by the medical establishment or by society.
Blog - Activist Communiqué August 1
Krystalline Kraus | Two controversial new Netflix programs have sparked discussion about issues usually deemed irrelevant by the left.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 31
Syrian refugees protest at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Mstyslav Chernov​
Raluca Bejan | Last week, Advocate General Yves Bot dismissed the claims of Hungary and Slovakia against the EU refugee relocation scheme.
Blog - Open Media's blog July 31
NAFTA: Don't trade away our digital rights.
Meghan Sali | OpenMedia's official submission to the NAFTA consultation puts the digital rights concerns of Canadians front and centre
Blog - A change is gonna come July 30
Doreen Nicoll | The Hamilton Fringe production's exploration of art and symbolism in the McCarthy era resonates with our present political moment.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog July 30
Advocates on homelessness hold a banner outside the mayor's office in Toronto.
Cathy Crowe | Despite decades of research showing homelessness is bad for your health, the gap between research and action has only widened.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 30
David J. Climenhaga | Recent comments Kenney made on education policy in Alberta suggest that he will appeal to the province's religious right throughout his campaign.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 29
Doreen Nicoll | The one-woman show by Robin Zee navigates violence and childhood trauma with intelligent humour.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 29
Penney Kome | The problem with scientific guidance is that science changes. Lately, I've been tallying up all the times in my life that conventional scientific wisdom has flip-flopped.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 28
Krystalline Kraus | The Prime Minister's current high popularity ratings could be compromised by resistance to Keystone and Kinder Morgan.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 28
David J. Climenhaga | Health-care workers would be a significant target of the cuts Jean is proposing in his campaign to lead the United Conservative Party.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 28
 Image: Facebook/We Are Not The Others at the Hamilton Fringe
Doreen Nicoll | The play is based on a research project conducted by Mirna Carranza, who interviewed female immigrants living in Hamilton. Playwright Izad Etemadi crafted the findings into a powerful one hour play.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 28
Image: Flickr/Environmental Defence Canada
Mark Calzavara | The ruling more clearly defines what Indigenous consultation on proposed energy projects will look like and will shape the future of energy development in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 27
Richard Starke (from his Facebook page)
David J. Climenhaga | Could Alberta voters ignore the PACed up big-money guys dancing the Frankenparty fandango and recognize they're getting pretty good government in difficult circumstances from Rachel Notley’s NDP?
Blog - Brad Hornick's blog July 27
System Change, Not Climate Change sign. Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr
Brad Hornick | For ecosocialists, ecological alternatives are not possible within the framework of capitalism, so socialist demands must be articulated alongside transitional concrete ecological demands and reforms.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 27
Judy Rebick | Not enough people know that rabble was one of the first independent journalism sites in the world. You can help rabble take it to the next level in amplifying the voices of social movements.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 27
The Dufferin pit has opened but the gravel washing operations have not begun.
Mark Calzavara | While the Feds have red-flagged Atrazine, a poisonous herbicide, Ontario seems to have buried its head in the gravel.
Blog - Liz Kessler's blog July 27
Image: Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski
Liz Kessler | The huge amount of power that doctors have makes it likely that Canada's assisted dying laws will be abused.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 26
Image: Facebook/In This Corner - Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas
Doreen Nicoll | Tommy Douglas is very much alive in Dan Ebbs play "In This Corner: Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas."
Blog - David Suzuki July 25
Pokémon Go at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, joining the fight to achieve a more sustainable world through UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Image: Facebook/UNFCCC​
David Suzuki | In Canada, a blueprint to implement the Sustainable Development Goals exists: the Leap Manifesto, supported by more than 46,000 individuals, communities and organizations.
Blog - David Bush's blog July 25
David Bush | Recent proclamations that a $15 minimum wage will leave the Ontario economy in shambles are nothing new.
Blog - Policyfix July 24
Neon "Wage Hike or Strike" sign above traffic. Image: Flickr/Joe Brusky
Lynne Fernandez | The living wage is one of the most powerful tools available to address this troubling state of poverty amid plenty in Manitoba. It ensures that families who are working hard get what they deserve.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 24
Breanna Ho | Students from the University of Alberta were one of many groups that mobilized on Khadr's behalf over five years ago.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 24
Wildrose leader Brian Jean
David J. Climenhaga | With numbers voting and the vote breakdown much the same, it almost seemed as if the same people were voting in both parties -- which, come to think of it, they may have been.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 23
Yves Engler | In a recent CFIA decision on wines produced in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, free trade trumps Canadian law.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 23
Marianne Daly
Doreen Nicoll | Marianne Daly's one-woman show about a Catholic family's secrets is one of many wonderful shows at the annual festival.