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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 May 22
Rachel Notley. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's premier is more disciplined than the old Irish-Canadian baritone from Baie-Comeau. The words "roll the dice" will never pass her lips. Dice are rolling just the same.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 21
Image: Joey Coleman/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | I'm feeling good about my prediction that the next Premier of Ontario will be Andrea Horwath of the NDP.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 20
David J. Climenhaga | The location of rising water renders ineffective the tactics of friends of fossil fuel apologists, who would prefer the public doesn’t ponder the links between bitumen extraction and climate change.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 18
Reg Basken (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Conservatives starting to hyperventilate about the possibility of David Suzuki being nominated can settle down. You actually have to live here, at least some of the time, to be considered.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 17
Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Why are so many old Tories going to pot? Is Canadian democracy is simply too important to be left in the hands of voters? The UCP caucus gets its exercise! Derek Fildebrandt gets something right!
Blog - Alberta Diary May 10
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray (Photo: Alex Shevalier).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has finally joined other Canadian provinces by giving working people the right to refuse unsafe work. The United Conservative Party says it will roll back this change if it's elected.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 8
Image: michael_swan/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Prediction: The UCP is going to run against itself and its policies are bad enough it just might work!
Blog - Alberta Diary May 5
Rachel Notley moments after her election victory was announced on May 5, 2015.
David J. Climenhaga | There's a big difference between sensing change is coming and seeing it take place before your eyes. So the events of the evening of May 5, 2015, shocked almost everyone.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 4
A WestJet aircraft at Las Vegas airport in 2015. Photo: Tomas Del Coro/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | A strike would do serious harm to the goodwill WestJet has built over the years with travellers, especially in Western Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 3
Jason Kenney. Photo: michael_swan/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After the weekend, the UCP will quietly get to work on its real priorities: tax cuts for the rich, benefit cuts for the poor, and carte blanche for the fossil fuel industry.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 2
Wind turbines. Photo: Tobias Nordhausen/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The furious debate about the merits of current and future pipeline projects underscores the need for an evidence-based long-term energy strategy for Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 30
David J. Climenhaga | An official conclusion to the Korean War would be another step toward a multipolar world, which the U.S. political and military establishments are both committed to avoiding.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 28
David J. Climenhaga | Governments are hesitant to move forward on workplace safety legislation, lest it compromise the profits of the "job creators" we celebrate.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 26
Jason Kenney in role as Citizenship and Immigration Minister at press conference Feb 13, 2012. Photo: Rob Salerno/Daily Xtra/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Let's consider the case of the Israeli university that in 2012 came up with a scheme to give an honorary degree to an unsavoury right-wing foreign politician …
Blog - Alberta Diary April 25
David Suzuki. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Want to hand a victory to those who would shut down Alberta's oilsands tomorrow? Withdraw the U of A's offer of an honorary degree for David Suzuki. Trust me, that'll work.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 24
The author’s favourite boots, handmade by the Alberta Boot Company of Calgary. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | One would have thought a corporation with revenue of US$14 billion could afford to hire people who would keep them au courant about how things work in the countries where they do business.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Alberta Diary April 3
Jason Kenney in 2008. Photo: mostlyconservative/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Social conservatives' complaining notwithstanding, based on objective reality, no one can argue anything bad has happened to Alberta or Albertans as a result of the historic Vriend decision.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 2
Shoppers in West Edmonton Mall. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If the Christian faith is all but done for, militant, fundamentalist Christians have no one to blame but themselves.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 1
ND lapel pin. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Dear readers, do not fret. Before you cancel your donation to the Alberta NDP, check the date.

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