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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 11
David J. Climenhaga | Canada's role in Afghanistan will continue to be presented to us through the deceptive and distorting lens of World War II.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 9
Alberta Party President Chima Nkemdirim
David J. Climenhaga | With the Alberta Party about to surface with a policy conference in Red Deer on the weekend the question remains: Has anything changed?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 6
Alberta Deputy Premier Doug Horner
David J. Climenhaga | In Alberta, being in power for nearly 40 years means never having to say you're sorry.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 4
David J. Climenhaga | It took a group of cranky building trades unionists -- card-holding Tories to a man -- to defeat an anti-union resolution at last weekend's Alberta Conservative convention in Calgary.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 3
Bob Rae
David J. Climenhaga | Fondly do we hope -- fervently do we pray -- that a recovery from BRS awaits Barack Obama.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 1
Rob Ford
David J. Climenhaga | Advice for Toronto on dealing with Mayor Ford: Fight him every step of the way. Burn the crops. Poison the wells.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 30
Conrad Black, circa 1999
David J. Climenhaga | Conrad Moffat Black, late of the federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla., remains a convicted felon. His Order of Canada should be revoked.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 29
Alberta Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's health minister avoids tough decisions. The trouble is, a tough decision on long-term-care beds is needed.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 27
Dr. David Swann
David J. Climenhaga | When the Alberta Legislature needed him to help force an emergency debate Monday, where was Liberal Leader David Swann?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 26
Alberta Brand, sort of
David J. Climenhaga | It sounds very much as if no one can recall what Alberta's $3.7-million slogan says, or is aware of any significant details about its $15-million branding campaign.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 25
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary's worst literary enemies are not "smarmy twerps" from the eastern press. They are the paranoid and belligerent twerps in the Calgary media.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 23
David J. Climenhaga | The Citizen Society Research Lab poll released yesterday may indicate Wildrose Alliance support in Alberta has stalled.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 22
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta political landscape remains gloomy for those who hope for genuinely progressive change at the provincial level.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 21
David J. Climenhaga | Drug decriminalization is an economic decision. It increase tax revenues some places, and decrease economic activity elsewhere -- like British Columbia.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse
David J. Climenhaga | Analysis of one Edmonton-area civic vote may contain a few tidbits for candidates and campaign managers eyeing municipal elections in suburban communities elsewhere.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 19
Naheed Nenshi
David J. Climenhaga | It's not exactly springtime in Alberta -- it's October, after all -- but there may be hints of a warming trend among big city voters nonetheless.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 18
David J. Climenhaga | Albertans are entitled to ask if we are likely to see more unsavoury activities by the far right in future Alberta election campaigns.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 17
Bob Hawkesworth
David J. Climenhaga | For voters on the left, Bob Hawkesworth's endorsement of Barb Higgins' Calgary mayoral candidacy should make the decision about how to vote Monday a little easier.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
David J. Climenhaga | Whatever they may be elsewhere in the province, the right-wing Wildrose Alliance's prospects are excellent in Okotoks-High River.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 13
Stephen Mandel
David J. Climenhaga | The Edmonton civic election is no "proxy war" between the Alberta Conservatives and Wildrose Alliance. It is the opening skirmish in the real thing.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 11
Barb Higgins
David J. Climenhaga | The race to be Calgary's mayor is now close enough that if enough voters who initially backed other candidates hold their noses and vote for Barb Higgins, she can beat Rob Ford clone Ric McIver.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 9
Jim Flaherty
David J. Climenhaga | Imagine the damage a coalition involving conservatives in Alberta would do to the prime minister's key scare tactic!
Blog - Alberta Diary October 8
David J. Climenhaga | NADBank numbers may not be as good news as newspapers suggest.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 6
St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse
David J. Climenhaga | The results of the Oct. 18 Alberta municipal election will tell other Canadians a lot about what kind of community St. Albert really is.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 5
David J. Climenhaga | Rumours swirl as 18 more Edmonton Journal staffers walk the plank.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 4
Rick Salutin
David J. Climenhaga | The Globe needs to issue a statement that clears the air before we all remove its iPhone app!
Blog - Alberta Diary October 3
George Galloway
David J. Climenhaga | A defamation suit by Galloway would possibly be useful, certainly instructive and surely a source of political entertainment of the most elevated sort.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 2
David J. Climenhaga | The next Canadian assembly to entertain thoughts of a coalition may not be Parliament but the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 29
Ed Stelmach
David J. Climenhaga | Vote splitting on Alberta's right can be expected to increase the number of seats held by Liberals and New Democrats.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 28
David J. Climenhaga | Voters expect you to lie to them, and if you don't and they catch on, they'll punish you on voting day.