Premier Alison Redford and an aide, at right, look on as Progressive Conservative caucus coup plotters try to remember if the signal to make their move is “Toga! Toga! Toga!” or “Tory! Tory! Tory!” Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Rumoured Redford replacements Gary Mar, Stephen Mandel and Jim Dinning.
It’s less than a week until the Ides of March and signs are now plentiful an attempt to topple Alberta Premier Alison Redford is under way.
By all accounts the coup plotters come from within the premier’s own Progressive Conservative Party. They are (Read more…)
Members of the Alberta Tory caucus consider the latest poll results as they prepare for the 2016 provincial election. Actual Alberta Progressive Conservative MLAs may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Dave Hancock … leadership potential at last.
It’s probably still possible for Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party to crawl back from the abyss – if you believe in miracles – but it’s increasingly hard to believe they can do it with Alison Redford at the helm.
Even viewed from the nation’s exceedingly quiet capital, the numbers in the Leger poll published this morning by the Calgary Herald are not (Read more…)
Whose House is it? In Alberta, not yours! Public service union members tried to enter the Alberta Legislature yesterday to protest Bills 45 and 46, and soon found the doors barred. Below: Some more of the 400 or so people who braved the coldest spot in Edmonton for an impromptu rally organized by public service workers yesterday.
Albertans got a first look at the Redford Government’s suspiciously timed public employee “restraint” legislation yesterday – which effectively bans meaningful collective bargaining in the public sector and allows the province to impose agreements by fiat.
Many of them, of course, won’t (Read more…)
I haz free speech
UPDATE: In light of the controversy ignited by Calgary Herald’s most out-of-touch journo, blaming Vancouver for Kelly Montieth’s death, I thought I’d go back in LFR’s wayback machine and present another gem from Ms. Corbella sometime in the past year or so.
I don’t know how I came to this webpage (Ed: now removed) of the Calgary Herald but somehow I landed on an article by one Licia Corbella. The questionable, chest-beating headine, “Society the biggest winner from ruling”, should have been the give-away.
Instead of a substantive report on two students whose probation by the University of Calgary for (Read more…)
I was talking to one of my friends around the the university the other day and I brought up Raj Sherman’s interview in the Calgary Herald on some form of cooperation between the two Liberal parties in Alberta. It was an off-hand comment and I didn’t really expect a conversation to come of it. He [...]
Freddy Lee Morton, in happier times, with your blogger. Below: Firewaller Tom Flanagan; the entire separatist 2001 Firewall team (grabbed from the National Post).
Freddy Lee “Ted” Morton, the worst premier Alberta never had, was back in the pages of the Calgary Herald the other day, bloviating at length about the need for brutal attack on public service salaries because this province’s frequently fluctuating principal revenue source has gone and fluctuated again.
Alert readers will recall Dr. Morton describing himself as “every liberal’s nightmare, a right-winger with a PhD.” He was also the owner of the mysterious “Frederick Lee”
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: ‘Freddy Lee’ Morton, the journalistic sequel: We’ve already seen this horror movie, thanks!
Some of the members of Alberta’s Treasury Board are pictured above. While not exactly as illustrated, they are all suspects in the leakage of budget details, in the office, with an email to the Calgary Herald. Below: Columnist Don Braid, detective Sherlock Holmes and Treasury Board President Doug Horner.
It’s a whodunit, a little like the one about the dog that didn’t bark.
Why didn’t the Calgary Herald create a huge front-page brouhaha when its columnist Don Braid ferreted out some pretty startling facts about Alberta’s March 7 budget?
Certainly, that’s what most newspapers would have done if their trusted
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Who leaked Alberta’s budget details? And who plugged the leak?
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 3, 2013: New Brunswick Premier David Alward really wants Alberta’s tar sands to flow to the world through his province. To accelerate Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s dream of converting Canada into a China-dominated petro-state, I should say. Alward is currently on a three-day visit to the heartland of Canada’s dirty READ MORE
Jesus, centre, separates the sheep from the goats. Don’t ask what happens to the goats. Below: St. Paul and modern Evangelical favourite Ayn Rand.
Today is Christmas, and thus an opportunity for many who think of themselves as adherents of the Christian faith to lecture everyone else sternly about the need to “put Christ back into Christmas.”
This is, after all, His birthday, they remind us – although, actually, it’s almost certainly not, but that doesn’t really matter as Dec. 25 stands in for it at a conveniently miserable time of year when European pagans would otherwise quite
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Putting Christ back in Christmas: maybe Christians themselves need to ‘press reset’
Just pointing something out here. Raj Sherman says Kent Hehr can speak his mind on mergers and the very base frustration that the Liberal MLA from Buffalo has with politics as they stand in Alberta. Hehr giving voice to that fundamental frustration is fine and well. People who care deeply about the process are frustrated. I’m [...]
The scene in the Alberta Legislature yesterday, with Premier Alison Redford at the centre of things. Actual Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Gary Mar, Premier John Brownlee, Vivian MacMillan. I suppose the question has to be asked: Is it too late for the Tories bring back Gary Mar? Mr. Mar had … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: HMS Alberta Tory: All hands to damage control! Is Commodore Mar aboard?
There’s a split in Calgary in the conservatives. And it’s about principles. Calgary Herald: Provincial rift spreads to federal realm Calgary Herald: “Pat Moore says she doesn’t like the way the Conservative nomination was controlle… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: By-Election Update: Tories Flipping to Liberals in Calgary-Centre
Brock Ketcham, left, and the author on the picket line at the Calgary Herald, circa 2000.
My old brothers and sisters from the Calgary Herald strike will be saddened to learn of the death on Saturday of our dear comrade Brock Ketcham, a solid journalist, a sweet guy and an unlikely student of the sweet science. He was 64, less than a year shy of qualifying for a well-deserved retirement.
Precisely spoken, carefully dressed, sober of mien, unfailingly polite, perpetually upbeat, willing to pitch in and finish the rotten jobs that prima donnas disdain but that must nevertheless be done
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Brock Ketcham, 64, newsman and trade unionist; polite, positive and determined
A chuckwagon race at the Calgary Stampede in 1957. Canada’s greatest city? Below: One resident of Canada’s greatest city camps it up for the occasion.
“Autopsy shows lead horse in chuckwagon accident died of ruptured aortic aneurysm,” shouts a headline in yesterday’s Calgary Herald.
So… what? The Calgary Stampede’s going to blame the chuckwagon crash that killed three horses Thursday night on “equine error”? Shoulda seen a vet, that dumb hoss…
Have you noticed that in such situations it’s usually the driver that gets blamed? If a passenger jet skids off the runway with fatal results, it’s pilot error. If
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Chuckwagon carnage: Three horses die and Calgary Stampede blames the lead horse!
Peering through the fence at the newspaper business in 2012. Canadian newspapers may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Edmonton Journal editor in chief Lucinda Chodan.
The newspaper industry was officially pronounced a dead man walking on Sunday, July 8, 2012.
The declaration was made by no less an authority than the New York Times, the world’s remaining newspaper of record, which hopes to be the last newspaper standing when all the others have fallen at its feet. So it should know, eh?
Times journalist David Carr began his gloomy story with a terrific lead – worthy of those days
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald to shed more staff as newspapers struggle to survive
Cowboys in the aftermath of a bad chuckwagon spill at the 1937 Calgary Stampede. Below: Chuckwagon races as they’re supposed to appear; Stampede Programming VP Paul Rosenberg; Bell Canada logo of yore.
Money talks, and what money is saying now, the day before the 100th opening of the Calgary Stampede, is that Canadians are turning away from animal cruelty as entertainment.
Sometimes a whisper is louder than a shout, and the big money was barely whispering on the topic of harm to animals at the Calgary Stampede, which opens for the 100th time tomorrow. But rest assured those sibilant sounds
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Big money speaks quietly to the recalcitrant Calgary Stampede on its 100th anniversary
It takes courage to go against the grain. When a conservative columnist feels the need to voice her unique insights regarding the Montreal teacher that showed the Luka Magnotta dismemberment video, you simply must take a step back from the right versus left divide and acknowledge the courage of her conviction.
Licia Corbella injected her own subtle perspicacity into her Calgary Herald column
PostMedia CEO Paul Godfrey holds a translation of his memorandum to the chain’s newspaper staff yesterday. Warning, senior Canadian newspaper executives may not appear exactly as illustrated, or as below.
Welcome to the world of zombie newspapers, the era of the living journalistic dead.
Last week it was the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the venerable Louisiana newspaper with the best name in English-language journalism, which announced it would only publish three days a week and send most of its staff packing.
Yesterday it was PostMedia News, the tattered remnant of Canada’s once proud Southam family newspaper chain, also known
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: ToastMedia News announces cuts, dropped editions: welcome to the world of zombie newspapers
A chuckwagon race in 1924 – then and now, unquestionably exiting and unquestionably cruel. Time for it to stop. Below: Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, both looking fashionably butch in their cowboy duds.
There’s no doubt about it: chuckwagon races are as exciting as hell. There’s also no getting around the fact they’re cruel to horses.With the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede almost upon us – the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” marks its centennial on July 6 – it’s time once again to turn our attention a popular event that uses pointless cruelty
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The 100th Calgary Stampede: real men don’t kill horses for fun
Warren Buffett, the third wealthiest man on the planet (net worth: $44 billion), often referred to as the "Oracle of Omaha," is the target of a May 5 action called for by Stop Coal B.C. Well, not Buffett directly, but a rail company he owns through his massive holding company, Berkshire Hathaway: Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway.
BNSF Railway is the second largest freight rail company in the United States and the exclusive carrier of thermal coal from coal basins in the northwestern U.S. to docks in British Columbia,
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: B.C. Protest This Saturday to Stop Warren Buffett’s BNSF Coal Trains
Earlier today Raj Sherman help rescue three people who had rolled off the road on Highway 2 (Calgary Herald). This is one of the reasons why I really like Raj Sherman as a human being: this selfless, service above self attitude he has, where he was on a schedule to be at an event (that had a [...]
The future of the press in Alberta, what’s left of it? If you didn’t shoot that angel, your only option is to sue. Below: Edmonton Journal publisher John Connolly.
If you have a problem with something written in the Edmonton Journal, you can forget about seeking help from the Alberta Press Council.
Early last month, the Journal quietly pulled out of the 40-year-old voluntary organization that was set up to help resolve conflicts between newspapers and the people they write about. Journal management told APC officials that they no longer saw any value in the organization the newspaper once
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Pulp friction: Edmonton Journal quits toothless Alberta Press Council; Calgary Herald to follow
Brian Brennan, at left, accepting a piece of paper from a copy boy. Your blogger remembers that haircut, and thinks he had one a lot like it himself. As for the copy boy? That’s Roman Cooney, now VP of Communications for Alberta Health Services. Below: Brennan today.
It seems that the Calgary Herald is the only media organization some corporate executives will talk to when it comes to the news stories they’d rather not talk about.This convoluted fact goes a long way to explaining why, even though the last link between that newspaper and downtown Calgary is about to
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The last insignificant link between the Calgary Herald and downtown Calgary will fall soon … but so what?
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Stephanie Larocque highlights the Cons’ gall in hanging onto federal reimbursements from their own ad scam even after having admitted their guilt: You don’t have to prove guilt when the charged plead guilty. And that is exactly what happened last week when the Conservative Party entered into an agreement in Ottawa where they would plead guilty to overspending and pay the maximum fine allowable under the Canada Elections Act if the charges were dropped against their senior members.
One might think that pleading guilty to attempting to circumvent the rules that manage
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
Premier Alison Redford of the Popular Conservatives is really popular with these guys, you can just tell!Wow! This just in! Alison Redford is so popular….How popular is she?Alberta’s new premier is so popular she’s more popular that her popular p… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: The jury’s out – or it should be, anyway – on the Calgary Herald’s latest pro-Redford poll