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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 December 4
Image: Kārlis Dambrāns​/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It was evident as soon as Meng was arrested in Vancouver two years ago that participating in this charade was not in Canada's interest.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 3
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | "Star Trek" actor William Shatner called the Jason Kenney government's refusal to activate the federal government's COVID Alert app "bizarre and dangerous."
Blog - Alberta Diary December 2
Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley. Image: Screenshot of Alberta Legislature video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's NDP Opposition revealed yesterday Alberta Health Services case modelling projects about 775 Albertans will be in hospital with COVID-19 in just two weeks.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 1
Calgary's Rockyview General Hospital, one of the sites where doctors are being asked to ration oxygen. Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Health Services is rationing the use of medical oxygen supplies in three major Calgary hospitals -- Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre and Rockyview General Hospital.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 30
Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu seems to have become the Kenney government's main spokesperson responsible for attacking the NDP.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 27
Premier Jason Kenney at a news briefing. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | CBC scoop shows how Alberta pandemic response has been guided more by political pressure and right-wing ideology than science and expert advice. A witch-hunt for the leaker will be launched.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 26
Former Alberta politician and envoy to Washington D.C. Gary Mar in 2018. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If incoming U.S. president Joe Biden nixes Keystone XL, as is widely expected, Alberta will be out billions and Kenney will be left with egg on his face.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 25
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Public health policy in Alberta appears to be guided by business lobby groups, not the chief medical officer of health.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 24
Retiring Alberta Liberal leader David Khan. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan, 46, announced his departure on Sunday. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, 42, announced his yesterday morning.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 23
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta is in the midst of a pandemic emergency that grows more frightening by the day, but it's been days since the public has seen or heard from the premier.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 20
Miranda Rosin at a press conference earlier this month. Image: Miranda Rosin/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party might be trying out a new talking point, with MLA Miranda Rosin's constituents as a focus group.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 19
AIMCo CEO Kevin Uebelein. Image: Screenshot of Legislative Assembly of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | Did Kevin Uebelein jump or was he shoved? Albertans can be confident they'll never get a straight answer about why the pension executive chose this week to announce his departure.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 18
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole in Parliament. Image: Erin O'Toole/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | As prime minister, it's unlikely that Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole would be union friendly. That doesn't mean progressive politicians should assume union votes are theirs.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 17
Kenney in July. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Sunday was Alberta's deadliest pandemic day to date. Twenty people died from COVID-19, and the province recorded 860 new cases.
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.