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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 30
Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr​
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney demonstrated remarkable chutzpah telling 26,000 laid-off public employees to collect employment insurance from Ottawa.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 29
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | On Saturday afternoon, Alberta school trustees learned funding was about to pulled by the provincial government, costing up to 20,000 jobs.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 28
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Image: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta health minister and his wife, Andrea Shandro, are part owners of a supplementary health benefits company that sells coverage for services recently delisted by Shandro's ministry.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 26
Image: kris krüg/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | By the time we get around to addressing the problem of global warming seriously, we may well be at the end of our rope.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 25
Image: Jason Kenney/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | "You are wasting precious N95 masks that are not necessary for the activities depicted in these photos," read a comment on the premier's Facebook page.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 24
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David J. Climenhaga | The Babylon "virtual care" app has created significant disruption to public health care in the United Kingdom.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 23
Image: Jeff Wallace/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The last time anything was heard from the war room was March 11. Since then, there's been radio silence.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta Medical Association has weighed in on Babylon, and it's not impressed.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 21
A Telus store in Edmonton. Image: Mack Male/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Could a new app being promoted as a COVID-19 health-care solution replace primary physician care down the line?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 20
Image: New York National Guard/Flickr
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
Image: Bill Morneau/Facebook
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
Image: Government of Alberta/YouTube
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
Image: Government of Alberta
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
Image: Tyler Shandro/Twitter
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
Image: Jason Kenney/Twitter
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
Image: Government of Alberta
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
Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
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
Image: Carolyn Bennett/Twitter
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
Image: David J. Climenhaga
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
Image: Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta
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
Image: Jason Woodhead/Flickr
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
Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
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.