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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 16
​Image: Jason Woodhead/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The ecosystem of partisan Conservative propaganda outlets is gearing up for the full-court press to persuade us the United Conservative Party is right and that there is no alternative.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 14
Syncrude camp and operations site north of Fort McMurray. Photo: Julia Kilpatrick/Pembina Institute/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's strategy of yelling at anyone who disagrees is not going to prove very effective as the world comes to the conclusion climate change is real.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 13
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro tours the Stollery’s new pediatric intensive care unit. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After years of constant conservative mismanagement, Alberta's health-care system may not be able to take another major reorganization without catastrophic results.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 12
A typical workday for UFCW 401 President Doug O'Halloran. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | On Friday, Doug O'Halloran, one of Canada's last old style union leaders -- tough, plain spoken and deeply committed the workers he represents -- announced his life is coming to an end.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 9
Mark Iype attends "Words Matter" event at Peter Lougheed Leadership College, University of Alberta in 2017. Photo: Peter Lougheed Leadership College/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Do the latest changes at the Journal have anything to do with the placement of one of Canada's most right-wing commentators in charge of political coverage at Postmedia?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 8
Jason Kenney, Andrew Scheer and Tim Uppal (Photo: Andrew Scheer/Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | Investigations by the RCMP and the Office of the Election Commissioner keep turning over new rocks in the 2017 UCP leadership race won by Jason Kenney.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 7
Thomas Dang, one of the NDP members of the Alberta legislature's member services committee (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | From the perspective of practical politics, what is important, and what will be remembered, is that the vote of the committee was unanimous. NDP members should have voted no.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Being exposed as a politician willing to put our country's future at risk isn't a good look for a guy who still harbours his own prime ministerial ambitions.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 4
Postmedia political columnist Licia Corbella. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Bans on journalists employed by major media operations holding party membership cards are a ridiculous affectation of the sort commonly known as a fig leaf.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | When Sonya Savage said "the lies end now," was the energy minister referring to what the CEOs of the oil giants have to say? Or just those pesky foreign-funded environmentalists?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
AUPE President Guy Smith addresses union members and supporters Wednesday in Edmonton (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Should the Appeal Court uphold the injunction, it will be interesting to see which is more important to the UCP: preserving the federal Tories' election chances, or pursuing their own radical agenda.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 1
Premier Jason Kenney cutting red tape. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Support for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's peer-reviewed grant application-review process appears to cross political lines.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 31
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith speaks wither reporters about Bill 9 earlier this month at the Alberta Legislature (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | In the short term, this doesn't leave the government a lot of palatable options if it doesn't want to upset federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's rickety applecart before October 21.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 30
Jason Kenney, 22, tells CNN why women at the University of San Francisco have no right to speak freely on campus in favour of their reproductive rights (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube).
David J. Climenhaga | Premier Jason Kenney has a history of opposing free speech rights of people he disagrees with. Now we're supposed to believe his government is concerned about free speech on campus?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 28
Pengrowth Saddledome and the Calgary skyline. Photo: James Teterenko/Creative Commons
David J. Climenhaga | If Calgary city council had been paying attention, someone might have asked: Does Mr. Calgary really want to go down in history as the Peter Pocklington of Southern Alberta?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 25
One of the subjects of the Corporate Mapping Project’s ongoing study (Photo: Suncor Energy/Flickr).
David J. Climenhaga | Given the great work the Corporate Mapping Project has been doing, I am astounded it has taken this long for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and their former CEO to start trying to discredit it.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 25
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson back in the day. Photo: EU2017EE Estonian Presidency/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Meanwhile, back in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney has been strangely silent about his enthusiastic support for the Brexiteers two years ago.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 24
Economist Jim Stanford  (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The notion more pipelines will solve all of Alberta's problems is, of course, nonsense. To understand why, consider Australian LNG exports.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 23
Calgary cityscape. Photo: Wayne S. Grazio/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary could afford a new arena for the Flames and a decent transit system. But that would mean fair business taxes, among other things.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 22
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. Photo: Manitoba Government/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Don't think for a moment the same calculations aren't on Conservative minds in Canada as on those of their Republican brethren, especially with a federal election looming.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 21
Premier Jason Kenney and cabinet are sworn in at Government House, in Edmonton on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Government
David J. Climenhaga | So far, Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson's staff has levied fines of $168,350, against various participants in Jeff Callaway's 2017 UCP leadership campaign.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 19
Economist Jim Stanford. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "Canada is never going to run out of oil, just like we never ran out of beavers." Alas, notes economist Jim Stanford, that doesn't mean there will always be a market for the stuff.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 18
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney with Jason Luan, associate minister of mental health and addictions, at cabinet swearing-in ceremony. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If the UCP doubles down and announces another inquiry, this time into foreign pharma funding of propaganda to sell Naloxone kits, we'll know they've gone over the edge.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 16
The chuckwagon races at the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" back in the day. Photo: Calgary Stampede
David J. Climenhaga | This barbaric and pointless activity should be an embarrassment to every Albertan.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 15
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Announcements that don't contain much news are absolutely a staple of democratic politics, and Conservatives are masters of the art form.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 14
John McCallum in 2013. Photo: John McCallum/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | John McCallum deserves credit for telling the truth and looking out for Canadians in peril. For this he's excoriated by Conservatives and tossed under the bus by the Liberals.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 9
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at provincial legislature. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Government/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | More opportunities for drama and legal recourse will arise as the real litigators get their sharp teeth into this matter, as doubtless is already happening.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 7
Former prime minister Stephen Harper, whose 2008 bitumen export plan sounded suspiciously like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's now-reviled version. Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The principal thing that is different at this moment is simply this: there's a Liberal government in Ottawa.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 5
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, flanked by Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer and Energy Minister Sonya Savage, at yesterday’s news conference in Calgary (Photo: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video).
David J. Climenhaga | This can be an honest inquiry, or it can be what the government has promised it will be, but it can't be both.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 4
Cadets of the École Polytechnique parade through Paris on July 14, 2010, looking like what U.S. President Donald Trump presumably imagines he will see in Washington today (Photo: Jérémy Barande, Wikimedia Commons.)
David J. Climenhaga | If today's military parade in Washington is a flop, presumably U.S. President Trump can just lie about the quality of the marching and the size of the crowd.

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