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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 February 21
Rachel Notley. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta Opposition leader's other ideas? Attack schoolteachers, and environmentalist David Suzuki.
Blog - Song of the Watermelon February 21
Protester in Vancouver. Image: William Chen/Wikimedia Commons
David Taub Bancroft | Simply put: now is not the time to be building new pipelines.
Blog - David Suzuki February 20
Rally outside U.S. Congress to oppose EPA head Scot Pruitt. Image: Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Extracting, processing, selling and transporting polluting, climate-altering fossil fuels isn't the best way to ensure economic prosperity.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 18
Martin Luther King's battle for racial justice can inform our reaction to the Gerald Stanley murder trial
Dennis Gruending | Indigenous and Black experiences of oppression are not equivalent, but we can learn from civil rights activism when fighting for justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
PHOTO: Elke Blodgett in 2016.
David J. Climenhaga | Blodgett, an environmental and civic activist in the city of St. Albert, died last week at the age of 81.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 17
The courthouse in Battleford, Saskatchewan, where Gerald Stanley's trial was held
Krystalline Kraus | Stanley was acquitted last week in the killing of 22-year old Cree man Colten Boushie.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 17
Krystalline Kraus | Colten Boushie's death and the ensuing trial of Gerald Stanley highlight racial tensions in Saskatchewan and mobilize Indigenous activists.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
Protesters opposed to expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline in Vancouver last fall.
David J. Climenhaga | If a pipeline capable of carrying diluted bitumen from Alberta to the West Coast is essential to Canada's economy, then the federal government should build it and run it.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 16
Penney Kome | After the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida, this week, students are demanding change from legislators, but many Republicans remain indebted to the NRA.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 16
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | The anti-Palestinian consensus among Canada’s three main political parties is crumbling and NDP members could bury it this weekend.
Blog - Open Media's blog February 15
Marie Aspiazu | On February 8th, our Executive Director, Laura Tribe, testified before the Parliamentary committee reviewing Bill C-59, delivering thousands of voices and raising Canadians’ top privacy concerns.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada February 15
Rabbi David Mivasair | A call to action to fellow NDP members: support non-violent measures for a just peace in Israel and Palestine.
Blog - A change is gonna come February 15
Map of Canada.
Doreen Nicoll | Geography Now! Canada currently boasts 1.4 million views with 26,000 likes. For good reason, I side with the 1,000 dislikes.
Blog - David Suzuki February 13
Running water. Image: Eli.berckovitz/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | A David Suzuki Foundation report finds the government failing on eight of 14 indicators developed to assess its progress on ending all long-term drinking advisories in First Nations communities.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 13
Kirill Kalinin. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It certainly seems from his Twitter feed and his approach to reporters that Kirill Kalinin, Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Canada, can make decisions on the fly.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada February 13
Ahed Tamimi: Image: Haim Schwarczenberg/Wikimedia Commons
Larry Haiven | Discussion of continuity of racist stereotypes applied in different eras to Jews and Palestinians.
Blog - MiningWatch blog February 12
New impact assessment process.
Jamie Kneen | C-69's top-line principles and commitments are laudable, but their execution falls short.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 12
Women in front of YWCA’s Ontario House, 698 Ontario Street ca. 1912 Photographer: William James City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1244, Item 71.22
Maya Bhullar | Some Canadian resources available for activists.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 11
Caroline Mulroney
David J. Climenhaga | Caroline Mulroney, who is currently campaigning to lead Ontario's PC party, was warmly welcomed at the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa this weekend.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 10
Don MacIntyre
David J. Climenhaga | Lifted publication ban solves the mystery of why the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake resigned unexpectedly from the UCP Caucus and his seat in the Alberta Legislature.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg February 10
J. Baglow | The unpunished killing of Colten Boushie is a national tragedy and a national disgrace.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 9
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | At next week’s New Democratic Party convention in Ottawa, Palestinian rights are set to be a major flashpoint. Already a slew of media have published stories regarding the resolutions.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 8
How to identify junk news. Image: Newseum
Penney Kome | An Oxford research project has confirmed what anybody could have told them: the people who voted for Donald Trump are the most "susceptible" to junk news.
Blog - February 7
Traffic on 401 Highway in Toronto. Image: Danielle Scott/Wikimedia Commons
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Between 1990 and 2014 transportation pollution increased 42 per cent. Since transportation is the second largest source of climate pollution in Canada, reversing this trend is essential.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 7
Photo: Paul Downey
Ed Finn | Who benefits from government priorities? Usually just the rich and powerful.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 7
Harvey Weinstein, former chairman, The Weinstein Company. Photo: Thomas Hawk
Peggy Nash | Media attention on Hollywood's abusers will lessen, but the need to take action to end harassment and abuse will not.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 6
A cave mouth, roughly in the shape of Africa, on the continent's northern shore. Image: Kevin Walsh/Flickr
Gerry Caplan | The Western world's intervention over the past 600 years is significantly responsible for Africa's problems.
Blog - David Suzuki February 6
Mushrooms. Image: Stu's Images/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Could the same six-legged creatures that form the backbone of ecosystem services also help minimize humanity's environmental footprint? Could insects revolutionize the way we eat and produce food?
Blog - The Views Expressed February 6
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, gives his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a thumbs up after Pence addressed the Republican National Convention. Photo: A. Shaker/VOA
Jeff Shantz | A new book by pollster Michael Adams explores data to find out if Canada could succumb to xenophobic populism on a mass scale.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 5
Apartment buildings in Toronto. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Krystalline Kraus | Fifty residents of 1251 King Street West in Parkdale are holding a rent strike for the month of February after learning that their landlord was going to be hiking up their rent by 3.4%.

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