rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

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 20
David J. Climenhaga | How much of the vile, threatening commentary about Alberta's NDP and its leaders, especially women, originates with right-wing nuts from outside Alberta?
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta voters are likely to have an opportunity soon to demonstrate whether or not they’ve been paying attention. After all, anything can happen in a by-election!
Blog - Alberta Diary February 16
Image: Twitter/@IvankaTrump
David J. Climenhaga | If you want to worry about the Trump Family, think about the fact Mr. Donald now has the firing codes to 4,000 nuclear weapons.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 15
Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Rachel Notley reacts to threats with remarkable aplomb as many of the people who contribute to this problem shrug their shoulders and say, "Who? Me?"
Blog - Alberta Diary February 14
Dave Hancock Portrait
David J. Climenhaga | When by-then-premier Jim Prentice appointed a new cabinet in the fall of 2014, Dave Hancock was out, with barely a word of thanks.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 14
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Jeffery J. Nichols
David J. Climenhaga | Maybe higher oil prices will be back soon, but the realities of the market, and the realities of the biosphere, won't be changed by the ideology of capitalism.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 12
David J. Climenhaga | When it comes to education in Alberta, it turns out that competition is always good … except when it isn't! Who knew?
Blog - Alberta Diary February 10
Dave Hancock
David J. Climenhaga | If we ask why we are spending public money on portraits of Alberta premiers (and Legislative Speakers, too, it must be added) we are asking the wrong question.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 9
Brian Jean
David J. Climenhaga | If unification of the right happens, it will be under the Wildrose structure, says Opposition Leader Brian Jean, and he will be a candidate to lead it.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 8
Michael Janz
David J. Climenhaga | Horror-stricken Catholic school trustees quickly responded to Edmonton Public School Board Chair Michael Janz's call for optional Catholic programs in public schools.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 7
Fort Mac Fire
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta Public Service yesterday was honoured by Deloitte Canada and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada for its response to 2016's Fort McMurray fire.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 6
N. Murray Edwards
David J. Climenhaga | The story of billionaire flight from Alberta persists in Conservative circles. Luckily, it turns out Rona Ambrose, leader of the Opposition, is in a position to set the record straight!
Blog - Alberta Diary February 5
Rob Anderson
David J. Climenhaga | The days when party leaders like Danielle Smith and Rob Anderson expressed support for front-line health-care workers, are clearly over.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 2
Elizabeth May
David J. Climenhaga | Did anyone really expect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep his electoral reform promise? Other than the Green Party leader, that is.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 1
Stephen Khan
David J. Climenhaga | Former Progressive Leadership candidate Stephen Khan says there's "something" about Jason Kenney's campaign that attracts bigots and extremists.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 31
Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It sure sounds as if President Trump has confused his own government, perhaps his own wonderful self, with the United States itself -- "l'etat, c'est moi!"
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
Image: Flickr/Policy Exchange
David J. Climenhaga | Apparently Ted Byfield, crusading far-right journalist, and David Eggen, Alberta education minister, only agree on one thing: How to pronounce Eggen.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 27
Steve Khan
David J. Climenhaga | Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC leadership candidates Richard Starke and Stephen Khan all made significant announcements today as the Jason Kenney juggernaut rolls on.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 27
Edward Greenspon
David J. Climenhaga | Now that they are reaping what they sowed, Canadian newspaper owners want taxpayers to do the heavy lifting for them.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 26
Photo: Travis Warren/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Economist didn't blame the decline in American democracy on Donald Trump. They blamed Donald Trump on the decline in American democracy.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | Get used to it. As Otto von Bismarck famously observed, politics is "the art of the possible, the attainable, the art of the next best."
Blog - Alberta Diary January 24
Jim Stanford
David J. Climenhaga | With the economic case for austerity pretty well universally discredited, you have to look to the underlying motives of conservatives like Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 22
David J. Climenhaga | Given the turnout at Women's Marches around the world yesterday, if Trump's presidency has sparked a movement, its signature colour will most likely be pink.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 20
Image: Flickr/mostlyconservative
David J. Climenhaga | Prediction: Jason Kenney will get a tougher fight from Brian Jean, the leader of the Wildrose Party, than he will from the demoralized PCs.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 20
Ken Coates
David J. Climenhaga | Ken Coates is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 18
Brad Wall
David J. Climenhaga | When it comes to fiscal planning in conservative Western Canadian provinces, all we have to fall back on is the notion the lord giveth and the lord taketh away. Repeatedly.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 16
Nirmala Naidoo
David J. Climenhaga | Also, Alberta NDP lead fundraising results for fourth quarter and full-year 2016.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 16
Image: Facebook/Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | Decarbonization? No problem! Wait! That was then. This is now.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 13
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | Thank you, Jane Fonda! Former Harper minister touts celebrity visit to prop up implausible argument that visibly effective NDP climate strategy doesn't actually work.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 12
John Ashton
John Ashton | A useful primer on the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission by former NDP Caucus director John Ashton.

Pages