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 June 3 David J. Climenhaga | The Sky Palace brouhaha diverted attention away from the troubling appointment of market-fundamentalist economist Jack Mintz to the board of Alberta Health Services.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 2 David J. Climenhaga | No one is proposing that John A. Macdonald's name be erased from the pages of Canadian history or that we cease to study his role as Canada's first prime minister. Quite the contrary, in fact.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 2 David J. Climenhaga | Don't worry, this isn't about dictator oil at all. It's only about dictator grain, in a manner of speaking, which is obviously a different matter entirely.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 31 David J. Climenhaga | As for the details and intent of the crime, if it marches like genocide, and talks like genocide, it is genocide.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 28 David J. Climenhaga | The claim that anyone opposing a recklessly fast re-opening is undermining public confidence in COVID vaccines is utter pish-posh, and Alberta's premier certainly knows it perfectly well.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 27 David J. Climenhaga | Sometimes fortune does favour the bold. More often it doesn't. It's just that foolhardiness looks better in the rear-view mirror because the fools who fail are usually soon forgotten.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 25 David J. Climenhaga | Albertans have learned that being good at clicking a tweet button, which UCP issues managers do scores of times every day, doesn't mean they have enough clicks to make a clack!|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 25 David J. Climenhaga | A normal government in normal times would be deeply concerned by the degree of dissatisfaction among teachers with Alberta's education minister. Not the UCP.|
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UCP's favourite researcher says she never thought Canadian environmental groups were used by U.S. interestsDavid J. Climenhaga | The justification for Jason Kenney's Alberta inquiry is unravelling before our eyes like a badly knitted sweater.
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 21 David J. Climenhaga | Yesterday's announcement by Postmedia, like the one in March by Torstar, is presumably a sign of just how well their deal to kill 36 Canadian newspapers and set up no-competition zones is working out.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 20 David J. Climenhaga | The justification for the Kenney government's 2019 election promise is starting to look a little threadbare, even if we do manage to learn the inquiry's conclusions before the start of 2022.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 19 David J. Climenhaga | For years Ron Liepert, a former broadcaster who once served as Peter Lougheed's press secretary, was thought by many to have been the worst provincial health minister in Alberta history.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 18 David J. Climenhaga | COVID-19 "is not an urban-versus-rural issue," Premier Jason Kenney said yesterday. But that's exactly what his government has made it by harping on the supposedly unique virtue of rural folk.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 17 David J. Climenhaga | If a pipeline to tidewater is as important to Alberta as folks around here seem to think it is, Amarjeet Sohi has done far more to make one a reality than Premier Jason Kenney ever did.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 16 David J. Climenhaga | The report of the Alberta inquiry is due in two weeks. Inquiry Commissioner Steve Allan has refused to confirm he won't have to ask for a fourth extension.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 14 David J. Climenhaga | MLA Drew Barnes, who has been needling Alberta's premier for weeks, and Todd Loewen, who yesterday called for Kenney to resign, have been kicked out of the UCP caucus.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 13 David J. Climenhaga | If you wanted evidence the divisions in Alberta's UCP are real, this is it. The wheels are falling off the clown car.|
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Alberta Speaker, who opposed COVID-19 restrictions, cites pandemic 'health concerns' to extend legislature shutdownDavid J. Climenhaga | NDP House Leader asks: why is the safety of Jason Kenney and his UCP MLAs more important than the safety of essential workers?
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 12 David J. Climenhaga | The internet let out a collective gasp yesterday afternoon when Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was caught telling a monumental fib.|
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Alberta justice minister claims Liberals and New Democrats want Alberta to be overwhelmed by COVID-19David J. Climenhaga | Gaslighting, not to mention outright sabotage, has been a standard part of the Conservative repertoire in Canada for half a century. Of course they accuse others of the same thing.
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 10 David J. Climenhaga | The latest arrests may not seem like much, but whatever the explanation they represent something of a sea change for the Kenney government and police.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 6 David J. Climenhaga | Despite a string of daily news conferences intended to restore confidence in its foundering COVID-19 performance, the Kenney government appears to have lost control of the narrative.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 5 David J. Climenhaga | Unlike the premier, Opposition Leader Rachel Notley entertained questions from reporters, telling them it sounded as if Kenney was "making it up on the fly." It's hard to dispute that assessment.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 4 David J. Climenhaga | Reporter: "How can you not shoulder some blame for things getting this out of hand?" Alberta Premier Jason Kenney: "I reject the premise of your question."|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 3 David J. Climenhaga | It would be fair to say, in that venerable Canadian political phrase, there was a fury in the land at the United Conservative Party's decision to cut and run in the face of bad COVID-19 news.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 2 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's premier appears to be more worried about what a group of 17 COVID-denying UCP MLAs might do than the health of the province's citizens.|
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Little change in Alberta's inconsistent, indecisive, confusing and unsuccessful approach to COVID-19David J. Climenhaga | As for those "targeted regional measures," this is a misleading characterization. "Targeted regional exceptions" would be a more accurate term.
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 29 David J. Climenhaga | You'd have to be the premier of Alberta or a member of his UCP caucus not to think this is a catastrophe. If you want to set records as a province, these really aren't the kind you want to break.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 28 David J. Climenhaga | It's reasonable to assume the committee is intended to provide and justify the excuses the UCP will need to keep Alberta out of what is sure to be an enormously popular program.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 27 David J. Climenhaga | We Albertans are now living in a petri dish, an ongoing experiment in how well the Great Barrington Declaration really works. It doesn't look good.|