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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 February 21
Rachel Notley. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta Opposition leader's other ideas? Attack schoolteachers, and environmentalist David Suzuki.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
PHOTO: Elke Blodgett in 2016.
David J. Climenhaga | Blodgett, an environmental and civic activist in the city of St. Albert, died last week at the age of 81.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
Protesters opposed to expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline in Vancouver last fall.
David J. Climenhaga | If a pipeline capable of carrying diluted bitumen from Alberta to the West Coast is essential to Canada's economy, then the federal government should build it and run it.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 13
Kirill Kalinin. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It certainly seems from his Twitter feed and his approach to reporters that Kirill Kalinin, Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Canada, can make decisions on the fly.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 11
Caroline Mulroney
David J. Climenhaga | Caroline Mulroney, who is currently campaigning to lead Ontario's PC party, was warmly welcomed at the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa this weekend.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 10
Don MacIntyre
David J. Climenhaga | Lifted publication ban solves the mystery of why the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake resigned unexpectedly from the UCP Caucus and his seat in the Alberta Legislature.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 4
Derek Fildebrandt
David J. Climenhaga | Given the date, the weather and the location, Derek Fildebrandt is likely to be forever associated with groundhogs. The nickname "Didsbury Derek" therefore suggests itself.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 3
Dave Barrett and David Climenhaga in 2008.
David J. Climenhaga | The death yesterday at 87 of Dave Barrett, premier of British Columbia from 1972 to 1975, is a huge loss to all Canadians.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 1
Oil processing facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Photo: kris krüg/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The enormous cost associated with burning tarsands reserves underscores the simple reality that business as usual is not an option for the Big Five oil producers.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 31
B.C. Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman. Photo: BC Gov Photos/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | This is a complex political fight that, while it appears to pit two NDP governments ironically against one another, actually involves a lot more players.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, apparently as puzzled by the results of some polls last fall as many other Calgarians were. (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association said in October it was concerned the results of various polls had "shaken confidence in our industry."
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
Bottles of champagne in ice. Photo: Unai Telleria/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Newspaper publishers across Canada have been engaged in a furious lobby for months to get tax-funded respite from the consequences of their incompetence. It now appears they have succeeded.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 28
Brad Wall, Saturday in Saskatoon
David J. Climenhaga | Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall's swansong: Hope Beats Fear. You know, try like hell to make Saskatchewanians fear the NDP and hope like hell that it works.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Methane flare in oil field. Photo: WildEarth Guardians/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | "Wasted methane represents lost value to oil and gas operators due to lost sales volumes of natural gas, and lost value to the government through lost royalty collection," says the Pembina Institute.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 24
Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney. Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr and michael_swan/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has adopted conservative positions on pipelines. Is Opposition Leader Kenney coming around to a policy traditionally associated with the NDP?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 23
Brad Wall, Saskatchewan's premier (Photo: Saskatchewan Party/ Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | The New West Partnership is not without its good points, as it turns out. At least it managed to silence Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall for a few minutes ahead of his departure Saturday.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 18
Unifor President Jerry Dias (Photo: Unifor Local 591-G)
David J. Climenhaga | In the background of Unifor's decision to pull out of the CLC is a long and bitter dispute about the practice of "raiding," and of the role of U.S.-based international unions.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 16
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Image: Kremlin.ru/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | "Don't get in between us and terrorist organizations, or we will not be responsible for the unwanted consequences." – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the United States.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 15
Stephen Mandel & Jim Prentice in 2011. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's conservatives clearly have a Messiah Strategy for returning to power. It's been tried before, and it's not clear that it works all that well.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 15
Calgary, Alberta
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 - Alberta Diary January 10
The Calgary skyline in 2016 (Photo: Kevin Cappis, Wikimedia Commons).
David 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 - Alberta Diary January 9
Kathleen Wynne (Photo: David Climenhaga)
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 - Alberta Diary January 4
PHOTOS: United Conservative Party MLA Wes Taylor, from Twitter with modifications by the author.
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 - Alberta Diary January 3
University of Alberta economist and professor Andrew Leach. (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | United Conservative Party MLA launches social media bizarre attack on PhD economist who pointed out false claim in Jason Kenney tweet.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 31
David 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 - Alberta Diary December 24
Derek Fildebrandt
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 - Alberta Diary December 19
Image: Derek Fildebrandt
David J. Climenhaga | A Traffic Court Commissioner concluded MLA Derek Fildebrandt couldn’t prove he was elsewhere at the time of a hit and run in the parking lot of his Edmonton condo.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 15
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's widely forecast by-election victory yesterday formally concludes the double-reverse hostile takeover of Alberta's conservative parties.

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