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.
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Jason Kenney says it ain't so, but with Alberta's high COVID-19 rates, a hard lockdown seems inevitable soonDavid J. Climenhaga | Since Alberta Premier Jason Kenney learns nothing and forgets nothing, a hard lockdown now seems all but inevitable.
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 26 David J. Climenhaga | One would almost think from the reporting last night that China was the only country taking hostages in this tangled affair.|
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Napoleon's advice to Alberta NDP: 'Never interfere with your enemy when he's busy destroying himself'David J. Climenhaga | Threatened with a vote of confidence yesterday by his rebellious United Conservative caucus members, Jason Kenney bluffed the lot of them into silence.
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 22 David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney seemed to make it clear at yesterday's COVID news conference that he has no intention of going without a fight. A mandatory, in-person UCP caucus meeting is scheduled to take place today.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 20 David J. Climenhaga | Have the zealots who could always be counted on to get out and vote for the Conservatives abandon Erin O'Toole and the CPC for Max Bernier's People's Party of Canada?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 20 David J. Climenhaga | The punditocracy is already acting as if Justin Trudeau and his Liberals will squeak back into power. It sounds as if Preston Manning, godfather of the Canadian right, is leaning the same way.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 17 David J. Climenhaga | The O'Toole Conservative campaign has three days to come up with a strategy to remedy Jason Kenney's reverse Midas touch.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 16 David J. Climenhaga | What a train wreck! The Best Summer Ever has now officially become the Worst Fall Possible.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 15 David J. Climenhaga | All that effort keeping his head down for all but a couple of days over the past five weeks while Alberta's health care system appeared to fall apart, and here we are.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 14 David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's problem, largely of his own devising, is that so much of the UCP's support base is made up of COVID vaccine skeptics, dodgers, deniers and refuseniks.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 13 David J. Climenhaga | Canadian Energy Centre Ltd., better known as Alberta's "Energy War Room," has not registered with Elections Canada as a third party.|
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Bafflegab aplenty but few answers for Albertans at Health Minister Tyler Shandro's COVID-19 news conferenceDavid J. Climenhaga | Alas, vaccine refuseniks are the heart of the United Conservative Party's base, and a significant part of its Legislative Caucus. In other words, they are driving the train.
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 9 David J. Climenhaga | This fight is not over. The government still wants to eliminate lump-sum payments that would cost nurses about two per cent in annual salary, and it seeks significant changes to contract language.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 8 David J. Climenhaga | Neither Alberta Premier Jason Kenney nor whoever operates his normally frenetic Twitter account has tweeted anything since Friday. His Facebook account has also been inactive for four days.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 7 David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney plans to give a $100 gift card to vaccine-hesitant Albertans who agree to get a jab. Citizens who did the right thing and got vaccinated already get bupkes. There is a fury in the land.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 3 David J. Climenhaga | If the Kenney government can't put the pandemic behind it before the next election, it represents an existential threat to the United Conservative Party.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 2 David J. Climenhaga | Media are cut out of Alberta premier's first online appearance after 23 days of silence. Also, new Alberta Party leader appointed.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 1 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Health Services CEO Verna Yiu said yesterday all AHS employees, physicians and contracted health care providers will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 31 David J. Climenhaga | You'd think Jason Kenney's dereliction of duty at a moment of genuine crisis in Alberta's history would be a matter of journalistic inquiry. Apparently not.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 30 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's COVID-19 strategy continues to move deeply into full-blown implementation of the discredited Great Barrington Declaration.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 27 David J. Climenhaga | Meanwhile, Justice Minister Kaycee Madu yesterday announced the appointment of a "chief firearms officer" to subvert enforcement of federal gun control legislation.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 26 David J. Climenhaga | With the door left open for the cryptocurrency speculators to restart, what is the Alberta government going to do about it?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 25 David J. Climenhaga | Premier Kenney will need to resurface soon, or darker theories than the amusing ones now in circulation will begin to gain credence.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 24 David J. Climenhaga | "Mr. O'Toole's record is one of attacking workers and weakening unions," said CLC president Beatrice Bruske. "His opportunistic rhetoric and empty promises today do nothing to change that."|
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That Delta variant COVID-19 scenario that Jason Kenney just didn't see happening? As summer ends, it's happeningDavid J. Climenhaga | No wonder Alberta's premier and health minister seem to have gone into hiding -- supposedly on vacation, but with no one left to mind the wheelhouse of the ship of state.
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 22 David J. Climenhaga | Many felt that had the campaign of 2011 lasted a few days more, the orange wave Jack Layton surfed could have carried the NDP to victory.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 20 David J. Climenhaga | It seems likely we'll be hearing lots more about Jason Kenney and his many failings, and not just in Alberta, before the federal election on Sept. 20.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 19 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has surpassed its quota of right-wing nut-jobs from Ontario, thank you very much. We're full! And as for you, my fellow Albertans, stop voting for these people, would you?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 18 David J. Climenhaga | Looks like masks and restrictions on university students' freedom to infect their fellow scholars with respiratory illnesses will have to remain in place at least until the federal election.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 17 David J. Climenhaga | Grounds for suspicion maybe, but ethics commissioner says unreliable memories prevent conflict finding against Alberta education minister.|