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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 November 16
University of Alberta campus in 2013. Image: IQRemix/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The university leadership likely concluded that lobbyist Elan MacDonald has the connections necessary to work with Premier Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party government.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 13
Kenney at a press briefing in October. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The pandemic is quickly getting worse in Alberta with 860 new daily cases, 225 people in hospital including 51 in intensive care, and the province's ICU wards said to be overcapacity.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
Trump at a rally in October. Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Conservative Party of Canada and the Republican party in the United States increasingly resemble each other in disturbing ways.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
The Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary. Image: Twitter/Alberta University of the Arts
David J. Climenhaga | The panel rejected an employer demand for a two-per-cent pay roll-back, and instead ordered that non-academic staff at eight institutions receive a one per cent pay increase.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 9
U.S. Capitol building. Image: Andy Feliciotti/Unsplash
David J. Climenhaga | A U.S.-style senate in Canada would likely forge a permanent and undemocratic edge for social conservative and neoliberal parties based on support from underpopulated rural regions.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 6
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health during yesterday's daily COVID-19 briefing. Image: Screenshot of YourAlberta video/YouTube
David Climenhaga | Only three categories of close contacts will now be notified by provincial health officials: health-care workers, children (whose parents will be informed) and people in communal facilities.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 5
Athabasca University president Neil Fassina. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Neil Fassina is about to leave his job as president of Athabasca University to lead Okanagan College in Kelowna, B.C.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 4
President Trump addresses supporters on election night. Image: Screenshot of Donald J. Trump video/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | If what is happening in the United States were taking place in another country, the American establishment would likely be denouncing the behaviour of President Trump as that of a tyrant.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 3
Jason Kenney responds to journalist Emma Graney's question at yesterday's news conference. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with an Edmonton radio station Friday to urge the province to adopt the federal app, and stated that the United Conservative Party government was blocking its use.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 3
The White House. Image: David J. Climenhaga​
David J. Climenhaga | "If you haven't done it already, you know what you need to do today, for the sake of your Republic, our Dominion, and the rest of the planet as well. To wit: Vote!"
Blog - Alberta Diary November 2
The ad pictured on a Vancouver bus. Image: Garnett Genuis/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Conservative MP Garnett Genuis said his supporters crowdfunded the ads appearing on buses in Vancouver, and insists they're not attacking reproductive rights.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 30
Well-known earth scientist David Hughes. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | David Hughes concludes in a new study that if TMX is completed, it will result in a loss of at least US$4 per barrel shipped to Asia by that route.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 29
Image: Paul Lowry/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Commissioner Steve Allan still hasn't managed to unearth any foreign funders of "anti-energy" campaigns.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 28
Image: Jeff Wallace/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The National Energy Program was intended to ensure Canadian oil security, increase Canadian ownership of the resource, and capture for all Canadians some of the huge windfall increases in oil revenue.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 26
The message on the author's COVID Alert smartphone app, and yours too if you live in Alberta. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | COVID Alert can be turned on in Alberta immediately without waiting for the provincial government to solve the technical issues with its own failed app, which it has walked away from anyway.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 23
Premier Jason Kenney pictured on October 16, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | New COVID-19 cases are soaring in Alberta, on Wednesday passing 400 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 22
Premier Jason Kenney at the opening of the Mazak Edmonton Technical Centre on October 21, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Erasing mention of residential schools from curriculum "will perpetuate systemic racism," the Alberta Teachers Association's Indigenous education officer says.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 21
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: David J. Climenhaga​
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta government is cramming up to 20 bills into the six-week legislative sitting.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at a press conference on October 16, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has now passed a significant milestone -- more COVID-19 cases than at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic in the spring.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 19
Jason Kenney and Erin O'Toole converse at the UCP's virtual 2020 AGM. Image: United Conservative Party/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | In an online Q&A, Kenney admitted that governments like his are going to have to be seen to be taking action on the environment if they expect bankers to loan any money to the oil and gas industry.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 16
Jason Kenney touting his staff's seven-per-cent pay cut during a press conference on October 15, 2020. Image: Jason Kenney/Screenshot of Twitter video
David J. Climenhaga | The cuts will hit political staff working for the government of Alberta, including press secretaries, chiefs of staff, junior policy advisors and other staffers in the premier's office.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro gives a press conference on October 8, 2020. Image: Tyler Shandro/Screenshot of Twitter video
David J. Climenhaga | The fiscal benefit of the cuts will be negligible, if not negative.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 14
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro at this morning's news conference. Photo: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP's promise to not layoff health-care professionals until after the pandemic is probably not going to keep those workers from thinking about moving to other jurisdictions.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 9
Scott Moe on the campaign trail on October 7, 2020. Image: Scott Moe/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Saskatchewan's media has had at least since 2016, when a 1992 charge surfaced, to ask further questions about the premier's driving record.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 8
RCMP parade in 2011. Image: Kat2Kat2/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The RCMP may be no paragon of liberalism and progressive enforcement, but they're apparently too liberal and progressive for the United Conservative Party.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 7
AFL president Gil McGowan. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's conservatives are no strangers to the idea of boycotting businesses -- or even whole provinces -- when the idea suits them.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 5
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews. Image: David J. Climenhaga​
David J. Climenhaga | A retracted statement in a local news outlet has prompted more questions about what the Alberta government is planning to do with assured income payments for the province's most vulnerable population.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 2
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney giving his "Alberta Day" address last September. Image: Jason Kenney/Screenshot of Twitter video
David J. Climenhaga | It's safe to assume that there's no way Premier Jason Kenney will give Albertans two days off in September.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 1
Shane Getson with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in June, 2020. Image: Shane Clayton Getson​/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Getson insulted more than a million Albertans who were helped by the benefit in the face of the COVID disaster and expressed a level of contempt for working people.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 30
Rob Anders with an election sign in 2008 (Image: Rob Anders/Facebook)
David J. Climenhaga | Anders faces five separate charges related to tax evasion, mostly alleged to have taken place during the years he was in Ottawa.

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