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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 November 22
Dr. Jamie Peck. Photo: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | We have all been so conditioned by constant repetition of the nauseating nostrums of neoliberalism that it’s hard to think coherently any more.
Blog - David Suzuki November 21
Photo: SumOfUs/Flickr
David Suzuki | Each of us has a responsibility to change the way we live to minimize our carbon footprint, but we need the folks we elect to step up and restore our confidence.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 21
Photo: Edward Bilodeau​/Flickr
Yves Engler | While accusations of student anti-Semitism at McGill draw international headlines, the university administration's open association with the Jewish National Fund has been ignored.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 20
Guardian journalist Martin Lukacs. Photo: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Journalist Martin Lukacs says, "we need a Canadian Orwell to taxonomize the way Liberals have managed to use language to serve their ends!"
Blog - A change is gonna come November 18
Image: Angry Inuk
Doreen Nicoll | Alethea Arnaquq-Baril's compelling documentary Angry Inuk explores the history of the Inuit seal hunt and the colonial hypocrisy of anti-sealing activists.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left November 17
Close up of doctor taking blood pressure.  Image: World Bank Photo Collective/flickr
Jesse McLaren | New guidelines have labeled millions more people as hypertensive, but will this help prevent the social, economic and ecological causes of cardiovascular disease?
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 17
McGill University campus. Photo: Ken Chaplin
Ehab Lotayef | Was the administration's behaviour revealing interference and intimidation meant to silence dissent?
Blog - On The Other Hand November 17
Calgary Women's Centre staff at fundraising event. Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | Reciprocity model of social inclusion drives empowering volunteers at Calgary Women's Centre.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Passage of Bill 24 is a backhanded tribute to UCP Leader Jason Kenney, who kept his social conservative backers sweet by advocating outing kids who join GSAs to their parents.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog November 16
Photo: 4 Cdn Div / 4 Div CA - JTFC/FOIC/Flickr
Yves Engler | Many Indigenous voices applauded Canadian militarism during National Aboriginal Veterans Day/Remembrance Day activities.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
Photo: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | The big question now has to be whether, come the next Alberta general election, the reconstituted PC-dominated Alberta Party is likely to take more votes from the NDP or the UCP?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
Tzeporah Berman. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "If they are not dealt with now, tar sands tailings could become a permanent toxic legacy of the most reckless forms of 20th century fossil fuel extraction," writes environmentalist Tzeporah Berman.
Blog - Scott Piatkowski's blog November 14
Newspaper Bundle
Scott Stager Piatkowski | In an era in which circulation figures for most newspapers are falling faster than water over Niagara Falls, the answer isn't simple
Blog - November 14
Photo: PV2 Andrew W. McGalliard/Wikimedia Commons
Thomas Woodley | The general public has panned the government's arms sale to the Saudis. Now it's time to close loopholes in Canada's new arms sales legislation.
Blog - David Suzuki November 14
Photo: Emma Gilchrist, DeSmog Canada/Flickr
David Suzuki | A long-held belief that big hydro projects are the most economically sustainable energy options is fast losing support as renewable energy costs plummet and projects multiply worldwide.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 13
MP Romeo Saganash. Photo: United Steelworkers/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | The Canadian government promised it would implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. MP Romeo Saganash says do it now.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog November 13
Image: Cara Mumford
Heryka Miranda | An in depth interview about the making of the short film "Ecstasy" with Metis/Anishinaabe filmmaker, writer and director Cara Mumford.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 13
Ted Byfield. Image: YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | Conservative commentator Ted Byfield's recent inflammatory post about "sex clubs" in Alberta schools has hit the province's political scene like a pie in the face.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 11
Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark
David J. Climenhaga | Whether the changes at the Alberta Party are good news or bad news for Rachel Notley's NDP, or for that matter Jason Kenney's UCP, all depends on which way the votes split.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada November 10
Photo: Brennan Schnell/Wikimedia Commons
Martha Roth | Report on October 26 public meeting in Vancouver with singer/songwriter Roger Waters, organized by Independent Jewish Voices-Vancouver and local Palestine solidarity groups
Blog - November 10
 TPP rally in Ottawa. Image: SumOfUs/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Liberal government has failed to adequately consult Canadians and Indigenous peoples on the TPP and failed to listen to what the vast majority of people have told them about this deal.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 10
Ed Finn | ​Secreting wealth in tax havens deprives Canadian governments of massive amounts of tax revenue every year.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 10
Jason Kenney. Photo: Dave Cournoyer/Daveberta.ca
David J. Climenhaga | The results of Tuesday's elections in the not-entirely-dissimilar republic next door are suggestive of possibilities, if not certainties, here in Alberta.
Blog - November 9
Protestors in Saint John. Image: Environmental Defence Canada/flickr
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Climate justice campaigner Andrea Hardne-Donahue details the harassment and misogyny she and many activists face in response to their fight against the fossil fuel industry.
Blog - November 8
Tax evasion graphic. Image: Mark Hatot/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians calls for tax justice following Paradise Papers investigation.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 7
rabble staff | rabble.ca and the Institute for Change Leaders, are delighted to announce that Phillip Dwight Morgan is the recipient of the very first Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship.
Blog - David Suzuki November 7
European Space Scientists View the NASA Data Visualizations. Photo: U.S. Department of State
David Suzuki | It's hard to imagine anyone could read this report, or read about it, and not be convinced we have an urgent problem and failing to put everything we can into resolving it puts our survival at risk!
Blog - A change is gonna come November 7
Students from Fort Albany Residential School reading in class overseen by a nun. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | The process of healing settler and Indigenous relationships requires reconciliation and action, or 'reconciliAction.'
Blog - The Views Expressed November 7
Rally4Faculty at Queen's Park on Nov. 2. Photo: @OPSEU/Twitter
Thomas Ponniah | The Ontario colleges strike presents all of us with a fundamental question: what kind of society do we want to live in?
Blog - On The Other Hand November 7
Impeach Trump protestor in Washington, D.C. Image: Elvert Barnes/flickr
Penney Kome | To save the U.S., Robert Mueller must dump the whole trumping crew.

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