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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 September 24
Alison Redford
David J. Climenhaga | Considering Alison Redford's press release yesterday morning, it may be time for a complete reassessment of how smart she actually is.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 23
Link Byfield
David J. Climenhaga | Talk about tilting at windmills! Social conservative icon has exchanged the most hopeless cause in the federal jurisdiction for the most hopeless electoral crusade in Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 21
David J. Climenhaga | For many sound political reasons, the scenario described by government supporters sounds each day less like reality and more like Conservatives whistling past the graveyard.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 20
Justice William J. Brennan, U.S. Supreme Court
David J. Climenhaga | With a little luck and the efforts of a capable lawyer, the Criminal Code offence of "Defamatory Libel" will end up on the scrapheap of history, where it belongs.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 18
Nancy Pelosi
David J. Climenhaga | Stripped of all the hullabaloo, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach doesn't seem to carry much weight with the U.S. government.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 17
David J. Climenhaga | Don't expect to hear anything more about health care reform in Alberta until after the next election.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 16
David J. Climenhaga | The remarkably unmarketable pro-market National Post is dragging down valuable and still-viable daily newspapers.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 15
NDP leader Jack Layton
David J. Climenhaga | Is the NRA propagandizing susceptible Canadians with a worldview in which citizens require firearms to defend themselves against too-liberal governments?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 13
George Orwell & Franz Kafka
David J. Climenhaga | Reliance on voodoo science is the motivating factor behind the long-form census brouhaha, and it is the motivation behind new rules about dealing with media for federal scientists.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 12
David J. Climenhaga | A bizarre editorial in the weekend Globe and Mail hails the profound wisdom of the Thomson family's noble pursuit of "the greater good and their own admirable gain."
Blog - Alberta Diary September 10
Alberta Finance Minister Ted Morton
David J. Climenhaga | Freddy Lee "Ted" Morton, Alberta's finance minister, comes by his association with the far right honestly.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 8
Sherwood Park as Charlie Brown
David J. Climenhaga | Whenever there's an election in the wind, Alberta Conservatives promise Sherwood Park a hospital. When the election's over, they jerk it away.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 6
Martin Luther King
David J. Climenhaga | Get ready for a propaganda onslaught against unions by fake-grassroots weeds cultivated in the corporate grow-ops of the "conservative movement."
Blog - Alberta Diary September 4
Alberta Finance Minister Ted Morton
David J. Climenhaga | In a spectacular blooper, Alberta Finance Minister Ted Morton admits he'd consider a sales tax.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 3
Jack Layton aboard HMCS Halifax
David J. Climenhaga | Fighting to save the rifle-and-shotgun registry -- without which undoubtedly lives will be needlessly lost -- is a political hill worth dying on.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 2
Alberta Speaker Ken Kowalski
David J. Climenhaga | Don't rule out the possibility Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the Alberta Legislature, may yet have a lesson or two to teach the Wildrose Alliance.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 1
Walt Whitman, American poet and patriot, late of Camden, N.J.
David J. Climenhaga | The time has come to think seriously about the "stark choice" Mr. Harper's media echo chamber presented us with today and get rid of these so-called Conservatives before the lights go out in Canada!
Blog - Alberta Diary August 31
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has only three instinctive responses to bad news from scientists about oil extraction from the Athabasca tar sands: deny, deny and deny.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 29
David J. Climenhaga | The private surgical clinic fiasco illustrates two things: health care belongs in the public sector and the Wildrose Alliance's intentions for health.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 28
David J. Climenhaga | Danielle Smith's campaign to bail out a bankrupt private surgical clinic is her first major blunder since becoming Wildrose Alliance leader.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 27
David Heyman
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary Herald gobsmacked by news of Tory aide's help for Liberal mayoral candidate.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 26
David J. Climenhaga | That noise you hear is the sound of rock-solid Tory voters from Vegreville yelling "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!"
Blog - Alberta Diary August 25
Danielle Smith
David J. Climenhaga | Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Ted Byfield -- which of these muses inspired Danielle Smith to defend Calgary's bankrupt surgical clinic?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 24
Abraham Lincoln
David J. Climenhaga | Inconvenient new geographical facts put the 'Ground Zero Mosque' controversy in an appropriately symbolic context.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 23
David J. Climenhaga | Don't rush out and buy health insurance on the strength of this public opinion poll.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 22
David J. Climenhaga | Australia's election result Saturday is one more nail in the coffin of the peculiar Canadian notion Parliamentary coalitions are "undemocratic."
Blog - Alberta Diary August 20
David J. Climenhaga | Why does the market fundamentalist Wildrose Alliance want to use Alberta taxpayers' dough to bail out a bankrupt private health company?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 19
David J. Climenhaga | Neither of the two parties most likely to form the next government of Alberta seems poised to make a breakthrough with voters.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 18
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's best-read blogger -- Alberta Health Services CEO Stephen Duckett -- gets it off his chest about the media.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 16
Marie Stelmach
David J. Climenhaga | A persistent rumour says the First Couple of Alberta have had enough and are looking for a graceful way to slip out the side door.