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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 April 17
David J. Climenhaga | Newspapers can't be fixed by trying to stuff the Internet genie back in the bottle.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 13
David J. Climenhaga | What did Calgary-Currie MLA Dave Taylor expect to gain yesterday when he announced he was resigning from the Alberta Liberal Party?
Blog - Alberta Diary April 12
David J. Climenhaga | Canadians should look to Alberta for signs of who Stephen Harper will pick as Governor General.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 10
David J. Climenhaga | Canadians need to take a breath and ask some serious questions about the Jaffer-Guergis affair.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 9
David J. Climenhaga | Who sandbagged Rahim Jaffer? And why?
Blog - Alberta Diary April 7
St. Albert's Akinsdale neighbourhood
| People in the Edmonton bedroom community of St. Albert were shocked to learn over the weekend a local argument had become a national news story.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 6
| Four key factors have contributed to the Alberta Conservatives' frequent flip-flops.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 3
| It’s April in Alberta and we still haven't seen the first of the Alberta Party.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 1
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's government reversed a major health policy yesterday -- it's tenth major flip-flop in 2010!
Blog - Alberta Diary March 31
David J. Climenhaga | It turns out everyone has a you-know-what right-wing brother-in-law -- even Conservative Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 30
| A confidential document leaked by an Alberta union raises questions about why a psychiatric program is being moved.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 28
| If the Alberta New Democratic Party were to recast itself as the City Party of Alberta, what would the Alberta NDP's agenda look like?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 26
| The Alberta NDP can get its fair share of the province's fragmented political pie by recasting itself as the City Party of Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 25
| Friends of American hate-caster Ann Coulter want to frame the controversies about her Canadian speaking tour as freedom of speech issues. This is baloney.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 24
| Never mind Ann Coulter? Can it be only a year since Jason Kenney, Canada's diligent minister of immigration, was loudly barring the nation's gates to British MP George Galloway?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
| We are starting to see the outline of the effort well-financed Conservatives are prepared to put into knocking off Alberta's only opposition member, New Democrat MP Linda Duncan.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 20
| Despite a great name and some excellent startup publicity, there’s little reason to believe the new and improved Alberta Party will blossom in Alberta's increasingly crowded political garden.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 18
David J. Climenhaga | So far, 2010 has been pretty rosy for Alberta's far-right Wildrose Alliance. But despite what you may have read in the media, good times are not guaranteed to continue for the new party.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 15
| Last Thursday, Alberta's Conservative government surrendered unconditionally to the energy industry, abandoning the last of the changes it had trumpeted back in 2007.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 12
David J. Climenhaga | The release of a reputable Environics poll yesterday shows Ed Stelmach's Alberta Conservatives are still ahead of the Wildrose Alliance party, if only by a nose.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 11
David J. Climenhaga | Who says Prime Minister Stephen Harper won't make former Alberta NDP leader Raj Pannu Lieutenant Governor of Alberta? He is the best choice, after all.
Blog - Alberta Diary
Joe Soares
David J. Climenhaga | Conventional wisdom at this point seems to be that there will be six candidates for the Conservative nomination. Of those, only three can be considered serious.