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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 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.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 29
B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson on the campaign trail flanked by B.C. Liberal candidate Helen Poon. Image: Andrew Wilkinson/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Andrew Wilkinson, leader of the right-wing B.C. Liberals, is campaigning on a promise to cut the provincial sales tax.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 22
Premier John Horgan announces a snap election on September 21, 2020. Image: John Horgan/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | The snap election call has particularly upset the provincial Greens and right-wing B.C. Liberals.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 17
Jason Kenney unveils Alberta's economic recovery plan on September 15, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | As hostility to fossil fuel producers grows, it will be easier in the short term for a cynical politician like Kenney to persuade some Albertans that they need to double down against critics.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 11
Premier Jason Kenney unveils new cabinet appointees in August 2020. Image: Jason Kenney/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Columnist Allan Fotheringham once compared Conservatives to cream: "Rich, thick and full of clots." The Alberta government is living up to that description.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 1
Dr. Deena Hinshaw at yesterday's COVID-19 daily briefing. Image: Screenshot of Alberta Government video
David J. Climenhaga | Reaction to the revelation of the weekend order by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, was visceral.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 31
John A. Macdonald. Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta separatists keen to depart from the rest of Canada were apparently horrified by the actions against the statue of this country's first prime minister.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 19
Members of the Canadian parliamentary press gallery in their offices in Ottawa in 1916. Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Why do Postmedia's principles apply in Edmonton but not in Ottawa?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 18
Image: Lindsay Gibson/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Christian P. Champion's main qualification seems to be that his views on the use of history as a tool for shaping society are remarkably similar to Premier Jason Kenney's.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 17
Alberta minister Demetrios Nicolaides in April, 2020. Image: Demetrios Nicolaides​/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | UnemployedProfessors.com says on its website that "we only hire current and former academics or graduate students who teach their own classes."
Blog - Alberta Diary August 14
Members of the Alberta legislature press gallery at work. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Postmedia proved that the Alberta press gallery is an anachronism, primarily serving as a gatekeeper for a couple of perks for favoured journalists.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 12
Russia's Akademik Lomonosov. Image: TuomoS/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | There's a whiff of scam about efforts to promote the idea of a small reactor manufacturing industry, which wouldn't be located in Alberta anyway.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 11
Edmonton's Royal Alexandra Hospital. Image: Ian Stumpf/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Most of the Edmonton region's orthopedic surgeons would have needed to be on board for the private hospital idea to have legs. At least one of them evidently wasn't.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 10
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage and Premier Jason Kenney in Friday's video. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | The explanation for Friday's announcement, almost certainly, is the embarrassment wrought by the education minister's curriculum-review news conference the day before.

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