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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 March 20
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David J. Climenhaga | Vladimir Lenin famously observed: "There are weeks when decades happen." Could the next few weeks see the United States and old Imperial powers like Britain diminished as if decades had passed?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 19
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David J. Climenhaga | Countries that come out of this worldwide phenomenon fastest and in the best condition will be the ones willing to spend more and spend fast.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 18
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David J. Climenhaga | Alberta cancels change to physician billing rules. Call it status quo ante bellum, which is Latin for "you can fight the doctors, but you can't win."
Blog - Alberta Diary March 17
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David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Health Services revealed yesterday it will soon pull the plug on contracts with three of the province's largest diagnostic image providers.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 16
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David J. Climenhaga | With oil prices low and COVID-19 bearing down on Alberta, Jason Kenney and the UCP have found themselves on the horns of a dilemma.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 13
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David J. Climenhaga | Like Donald Trump, as long as Twitter is up and running, Alberta’s United Conservatives never stop campaigning and gas-lighting.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 12
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David J. Climenhaga | Would Jason Kenney's UCP government be prepared to legislate mandatory paid sick time for all workers, even as a temporary measure, to halt the spread of coronavirus? Highly unlikely.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 10
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David J. Climenhaga | Mintz is the University of Calgary economist who is one of the UCP's favourite professors -- because he espouses their utopian market-fundamentalist ideology so well.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 9
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David J. Climenhaga | Back in 2006, Harper planned to make Canada "an energy superpower." Today, oil prices are plummeting with no alternative source of revenue, pushing Alberta toward a financial meltdown.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 8
Alberta Medical Association President Dr. Christine Molnar
David J. Climenhaga | A big fight with Alberta's doctors might have seemed like a good idea to the United Conservative Party a few weeks ago. But that was then. This is now.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 6
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David J. Climenhaga | It is all but certain the UCP will close some or all of Alberta's safe drug consumption clinics. Meanwhile, officials say chances are still low of contracting COVID-19.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
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David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney wants to unzip the public purse to buy oil and gas investments, and then sell you shares. Don't buy them! Here's why.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 4
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David J. Climenhaga | U.S. President Donald J. Trump's incompetent and ideologically driven response to the international coronavirus outbreak puts Canada at risk of a serious public health crisis.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 3
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David J. Climenhaga | Political revenge on Edmonton voters is far from a sound basis for economic policy, no matter what the short-term political benefits may appear to be to Jason Kenney's government.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 2
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David J. Climenhaga | It's not too late for Conservatives in Ottawa and Edmonton to do the right thing and not attempt to sabotage Sunday's agreement.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 1
The "Fair Deal" panel at work, in Fort Saskatchewan
David J. Climenhaga | By any standard, the Alberta "Fair Deal" panel's online questionnaire is risibly unscientific and biased to dovetail with the panel's pre-determined recommendations.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 28
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David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's finance minister did yesterday what lots of others have done over the past half century -- tried to sound positive while he prayed for higher oil prices.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 27
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David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta government's Bill 1 appears to be designed to criminalize dissent and make protest illegal.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 27
Duncan Kinney, director of Progress Alberta. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Justice Paul Belzil granted the injunction yesterday afternoon and awarded Progress Alberta $2,000 in costs.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 25
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David J. Climenhaga | For Teck's executives, the national "crisis" of the past couple of weeks was a useful opportunity to ditch the Frontier oil sands project with their corporate reputation intact.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 24
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David J. Climenhaga | If Andrew Scheer is unprepared to deal with the separatist contagion in his caucus, the Conservative Party of Canada will be dismissed as nothing more than a Prairie province bloc.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 24
Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If Alberta and Saskatchewan want more representation in Ottawa, the best way to go about it would probably be to elect a few MPs from a couple of other parties.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 21
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David J. Climenhaga | The UCP is unique in the history of Alberta and Canada: it will fight with anyone except Big Oil.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 20
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David J. Climenhaga | The Canadian Energy Centre's problems are all the result of the nefarious work of "environmental activists and the green left," energy minister tells journalists.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 18
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David J. Climenhaga | A military "solution" to suit the desires of an extremist conservative minority concentrated in Western Canada is exactly what the country does not need.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
Premier Don Getty while in office. Image: Government of Alberta.
David J. Climenhaga | Thirty years ago today, thanks to premier Don Getty and his Progressive Conservative government, Albertans celebrated their first Family Day statutory holiday.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 13
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David J. Climenhaga | Despite a short-lived war room Twitter tantrum followed by a response, the New York Times is standing by its story.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 12
Alberta Legislature, Edmonton, Alberta. (Image: Jeff Wallace/Flickr)
David J. Climenhaga | If Jason Kenney and the UCP stay the course, the reasonable expectation should be that job losses in Alberta will continue to get worse.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 11
Suncor Steepbank mine, near Fort McMurray. Image: Jason Woodhead/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After spending five years bashing the Alberta NDP's "social license" strategy for oilsands projects, Kenney suddenly announced he will pursue a remarkably similar strategy for new energy projects.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 10
Bruce Heyman with his wife Vicki, flanked by members of the Governor General's Foot Guard on April 9, 2014. Image: U.S. Embassy to Canada/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Former U.S. ambassador Bruce Heyman's tweet suggests the Alberta premier's startling conspiracy claims about the Keystone XL decision are baloney.