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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In case you missed it … Conservatives are in the news, making sure today’s bad ideas are tomorrow’s horrible reality! For you!
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PHOTOS: Former Canadian Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, now leader of the Conintern. (Photo: Remy Steinegger, Wikimedia Commons.) Below: Margaret Thatcher, just another moderate leader of the “centre right.” Dig those pointy collars! Mr. Harper’s former lieutenant Jason Kenney, who is...
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Maia Caron’s Song of Batoche leads Audreys Books’ Edmonton Bestseller List for fiction this week
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Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended Feb. 18, 2018, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Song of Batoche – Maia Caron 2. Marrow Thieves – Cheri...
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OK, maybe B.C. has a case against Alberta’s wine embargo … but so what?
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PHOTOS: Well! Now we’re trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored! (Photo: Asociación De Vecinos “virgen Coronada,” Creative Commons.) Below: Alberta Trade Minister Deron Bilous and his British Columbia counterpart, Bruce Ralston. It certainly seems like British Columbia has ...
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Jason Kenney tries to look tough, but that ship’s already sailed with Rachel Notley at the helm
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PHOTOS: The real Rachel Notley, looking tough and determined, as she is. Below: The new slimmed down, but still not very scary looking, Jason Kenney, trying to scare us of course. (Yes, the message from Mr. Kenney’s social media meme has been modified by your poor-sport blogger.) The real Dr. Dav...
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Elke Blodgett was a passionate environmentalist, artist and committed friend of St. Albert
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PHOTO: Elke Blodgett in 2016. (Photo: Screenshot from City of St. Albert video.) ST. ALBERT, Alberta I once described Elke Blodgett as not just a passionate advocate for our natural environment, but a force of nature herself. So it was particularly shocking to learn yesterday that Elke, environme...
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A modest proposal to defuse the looming constitutional and national unity crisis caused by Western Canadian pipeline plans
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PHOTOS: Protesters opposed to expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline in Vancouver last fall. (Photo: William Chen, Creative Commons.) Below: Police and protesters square off in Burnaby, near Vancouver, where the terminus of the existing KM Pipeline is located. (Photo: Mark Klotz, Creative Common...
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Ex-MLA Joe Anglin continues his court fights with Elections Alberta and studies law in the United States
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PHOTOS: Joe Anglin, speaking on the steps of the Alberta Legislature in his heyday as the Wildrose Party MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. Below: Mr. Anglin in November 2015, after his election loss as an Independent to Jason Nixon, his former constituency association president, who won...
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This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt tops Audreys Books’ Edmonton Bestseller List this week
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Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended Feb. 11, 2018, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BEST-SELLERS 1. This Wound is a World – Billy-Ray Belcourt* 2. The Grave’s a Fine...
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Is just talking about restricting diluted bitumen in pipelines an unconstitutional impediment to trade?
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PHOTOS: Some of the Fathers of Confederation looking, well, fatherly. Below: Steely eyed Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, B.C. Premier John Horgan, and would-be premier Jason Kenney. In case you missed it, a new constitutional doctrine seems to be developing in Alberta. To wit: the idea that creati...
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He’s no bot, but Russia’s social media and press guy in Canada manages to stir up controversy just the same
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PHOTOS: Kirill Kalinin, Press Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ottawa, in a reception room of the Soviet-era structure on Charlotte Street. Below: An image shot last week of the exterior of the Embassy, built in 1956 after the original building on the site burned down; the Em...
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