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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My eyes are dim, I cannot see; so AlbertaPolitics.ca must take a short break from publication
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As the venerable camp song goes, “My eyes are dim, I cannot see…” Indeed, my eyes are dim enough nowadays it doesn’t really make much difference whether or not I have my specs with me. Something must be done, therefore, and it will be done. Starting today. As a result, AlbertaPolitics.ca will sus...
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TMX gets the nod from Justin Trudeau’s cabinet – masterstroke or master blunder?
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With his cabinet’s second approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project yesterday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has either proved the Liberal Party of Canada’s old mojo is still intact or blown it all to smithereens. It’s too soon to tell. Alberta Conservatives and their le...
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It’s time for a frank talk about the T-word: Just who’s advocating treason here anyway?
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It’s time, my fellow Canadians, for us to have a frank talk about the T-word. Albertans who have been paying attention to politics for the past few years cannot have missed the fact certain elements of the right-wing ideological ecosystem have been sloppy and irresponsible in their use of terms l...
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Left by the pope with a choice between glory to God and death to the carbon tax, what will Jason do?
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Turns out you really can’t serve God and Mammon! Who knew? Tout le monde Conservative Alberta was reeling over the weekend at Friday’s news from Rome that Pope Francis, leader of 1.3 billion Catholics, has declared global warming to be a real thing and putting a price on carbon to be “essential” ...
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U.S. brags about targeting Russian power plants with cyber-attacks – have they lost their minds?
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Back in 2011, not long after Barack Obama had been sworn in as president of the United States, a Pentagon spokesperson warned that henceforth and forevermore, the United States intended to treat cyber-attacks by other nations as acts of war. “A response to a cyber-incident or attack on the U.S. w...
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‘This Place, 150 Years Retold,’ a collection of graphic fiction by Indigenous authors, tops Audreys Books’ Edmonton bestseller list
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Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton during the week ended June 9, 2019. The lists are compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. This Place: 150 Years Retold – Various Con...
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The strategy behind the UCP’s Public Sector Arbitration Deferral Act explained
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Albertans who don’t pay much attention to labour relations may be forgiven for wondering about the harsh reaction yesterday to the Alberta Government’s introduction of legislation to delay arbitration for thousands of public employees. Many readers not directly hostile to unions nevertheless may ...
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Acknowledging public reaction, Edmonton Public Library drops plan to cut pages’ wages, strikes deal with union
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Acknowledging negative feedback received by Edmonton Public Library about its plan to reduce pay rates for youth pages in line with the United Conservative Party Government’s cuts to the minimum wage, EPL Chief Executive Officer Pilar Martinez said today the Library would maintain current student...
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Hiding behind UCP youth minimum wage cut, Edmonton Public Library slashes library pages’ pay
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Using the wording of its collective agreement with Civic Service Union 52 as an excuse, and the United Conservative Government’s minimum wage reduction for students under 18 as the trigger, Edmonton Public Library is handing its youth pages pay cuts of $2.30 to $2.50 per hour. This is pretty sham...
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UCP bulls ahead with plan to ignore public employees’ collective agreements
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One thing you can say for Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party Government: they don’t even pretend to act in good faith! Early this month they mailed public sector unions a letter asking them to take part in “a consultation session” about the government’s wish to delay contractually stipulate...
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