Alberta Politics

David Climenhaga is an award-winning journalist, author, post-secondary teacher, poet and trade union communicator who has worked in senior writing and editing positions at the Toronto Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald.

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Indian Horse by the late Richard Wagamese leads Audreys Books Edmonton Bestseller List for fiction
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Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and noir-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended May 20, 2018, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Indian Horse – Richard Wagamese 2. Warlight – Michael Ondaatje 3. ...
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28 years and counting, Conservatives in Alberta and Ontario continue to misrepresent Bob Rae’s record
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Now that he’s sworn to be nice to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Opposition Leader Jason Kenney is running against Bob Rae. Ralph Klein was a high school dropout & TV reporter before becoming Mayor. Bob Rae was a Rhodes scholar & accomplished MP before becoming Premier. Who do you think d...
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Shark Jumping in Alberta: NDP and UCP strive to outdo each other with ridiculous statements
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As the Alberta Government’s fight with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain Pipeline takes on comic opera proportions, Premier Rachel Notley’s New Democratic Party and Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party Opposition appear to be struggling to see which one can come up with the most ridicu...
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Guest Post: Canadians should be on red alert over Redwater Energy case
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Guest Post by Regan Boychuk Regan Boychuk is an independent researcher in Calgary and part of ReclaimAlberta.ca, which advocates solutions to the crisis of aging and expired Alberta oil and gas wells. He is the former public policy research manager of the Edmonton-based Parkland Institute. DJC It...
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11 days from the brink, and Rachel Notley’s dice roll brings back memories of Mulroney and Meech
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Rachel Notley, Alberta’s tough NDP premier who has clearly concluded her government’s survival depends on there being shovels in the ground building a pipeline by the time she asks the lieutenant governor to call an election next year, rolls the dice a lot like Brian Mulroney. Well, not exactly l...
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Andrea Horwath is going to win Ontario on June 7 – that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!
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Happy Victoria Day! I’m feeling good about my prediction that the next Premier of Ontario will be Andrea Horwath. When I made that prediction back on Feb. 27, scads of commenters on social media and quite a few on this blog and at Rabble.ca said I was crazy. This being a blog that leans toward th...
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Cobra Clutch by A.J. Devlin tops in fiction last week on Audreys Edmonton Bestseller List
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Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and noir-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended May 13, 2018, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. By the way, my apologies to Audreys and the BPAA for missing the previous week’s Edmonton best-sel...
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‘NRA Strategy’ to block connection of climate change dots won’t work when the climate disaster’s in B.C.
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As fear rises in British Columbia this week along with the province’s record floodwaters, the likelihood B.C. voters will connect the dots between man-made climate change and “natural” catastrophes is rising too. Politically speaking, this is not exactly good news for the determined advocates in ...
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Prominent labour activist, plus well-known chanteuse and LGBTQ+ activist, named to Alberta Order of Excellence
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What a pleasure it was yesterday to see Reg Basken’s name on the 2018 list of eight new members of the Alberta Order of Excellence. There was a day I wasn’t at all sure it was even possible for someone associated with a trade union to be honoured in this way. But, for sure, Mr. Basken was and is ...
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Call it what it is, says labour minister: successive Conservative governments denied Alberta working people their rights
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CALGARY – For many years, Alberta working people were routinely denied rights other Canadians take for granted, Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray said last weekend in a bluntly worded speech on labour relations policy in Alberta. The speech provided insights into the direction the NDP govern...
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