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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 June 16
David J. Climenhaga | Where can troubled Tories turn in times of trouble? Why, the RCMP, of course!
Blog - Alberta Diary June 15
Ed Stelmach
David J. Climenhaga | Or is Alberta's premier smarter than the rest of us? There's evidence for both propositions.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 12
David J. Climenhaga | Independent MLA Guy Boutilier's reappearance in the news bodes ill for Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 10
David J. Climenhaga | Why does the implausible story of a federal NDP-Liberal merger have legs?
Blog - Alberta Diary June 9
David J. Climenhaga | Consider the PM's "Message Event Proposals" and you'll know the fake lake is just the start.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 6
David J. Climenhaga | Stephen Harper is no Tory, and he's no Conservative either.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 4
Alberta MLA Dave Taylor
David J. Climenhaga | Independent MLA Dave Taylor speaks for himself on his future, and the Alberta Party.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 2
David J. Climenhaga | Knowing someone in the thick of it puts things in a different perspective. It's time for the rest of us to show some backbone too.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 1
Brian Mulroney
David J. Climenhaga | We just spent $14 million to find our Brian Mulroney is sleazy? Seriously?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 31
David J. Climenhaga | In Bill C-9, the budget implementation act, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is bringing to Canada the U.S. legislative technique of hiding "earmarks" within spending legislation.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 28
David J. Climenhaga | Private polling conducted for the Conservative government must be saying it can win a majority campaigning on narrow, far-right wedge issues.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
David J. Climenhaga | Statement of claim, columnist's comment, provide rare insight into how mainstream media blockades progressive news.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 26
AHS CEO Stephen Duckett
David J. Climenhaga | Controversial Alberta Health Services CEO continues to act as a lightning rod for Albertans.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 21
David J. Climenhaga | Can the Liberals and NDP can get together in Alberta? Or is that the wrong question entirely?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 19
Danielle Smith
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's right-wing Wildrose Alliance released a 172-page resolutions package for its upcoming policy convention.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 18
David J. Climenhaga | Parliament can't have it both ways on the same core issue.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 15
David. J. Climenhaga | There is only one place for Alberta's Liberals to go for an effective leader: back to the future.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 12
David J. Climenhaga | Bad planning: Alberta taxpayers must spend $3-million to keep a private hospital afloat during bankruptcy proceedings.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 11
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's mainstream media are struggling manfully to keep the Conservative-Wildrose horserace yarn alive.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 8
David J. Climenhaga | Just when you thought it was safe for your RRSP to head back into the market, Greece melts down!
Blog - Alberta Diary May 6
Alberta Liberal MLA Kent Hehr
David J. Climenhaga | The impact of yesterday's announcement by Alberta Liberal MLA Kent Hehr that he plans to run for mayor of Calgary could spread far.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 1
David J. Climenhaga | The Vietnam War ended 35 years ago. The WWW seems to have mostly missed the story.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 29
David J. Climenhaga | A media release about Alberta job safety 'progress' promotes a cynical fantasy.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 28
David J. Climenhaga | First the king and then Stephen Harper! It's two for two for Parliament...maybe.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 27
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta NDP needs to nominate candidates for the next provincial election. Now!
Blog - Alberta Diary April 26
David J. Climenhaga | Say what? Alberta's Conservative government has reversed itself one more time.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 23
David J. Climenhaga | The most engaging and promising politicians in Alberta today are two women at opposite ends of the political spectrum.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 21
David J. Climenhaga | A chance for Conservative 'advocates of free speech' to redeem themsleves looms.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 19
David J. Climenhaga | Bonuses for Alberta Health Services executives? Clearly, the bigger your salary, the smaller the consequences for messing up.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 17
David J. Climenhaga | Newspapers can't be fixed by trying to stuff the Internet genie back in the bottle.