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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Pay to Go Politics in YYC

So, yesterday there was an “all candidates forum” sponsored by The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Urban Development Institute – Calgary and The Canadian Homebuilders Association – Calgary Region.

I did not attend this forum – for several reasons.  We already know that the developer community (or at least notable cabal within that group) have a “bone to pick” with the incumbent city council, and would dearly like to make things more “developer friendly” in the future.  They are entitled to that opinion and to advocate for it.  I have enormous problems with the obvious attempt to sponsor a (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Calgary Sun Plays The Racist Card …

It’s never been a big secret that lurking just underneath the surface of Canada’s right wing politics is a religiously-inspired vein of racism.  It reared its head back in the late 1980s when the debate over turbans in the RCMP was at full volume, and the Reform Party voted to ban turbans as part of the RCMP uniform, and frankly has never really gone away. In the Calgary Sun today, we find a column decrying the alleged silence over various attacks on Christians in the Muslim world. More or less, the reasoning in the column seems to be that (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Idle No More protests successfully wind up Alberta solicitor general

Alberta Solicitor General and Justice Minister Jonathan Denis, right, reacts to word of an Idle No More road blockade while Calgary Sun columnist Rick Bell looks on. Actual Alberta politicians and commentators may not appear precisely as illustrated. Below: the real Denis the Menace before he popped a gasket and the real Dinger.

Surprising as this may seem to alert readers in other parts of the country, protest is in fact permitted out here in Alberta. However, like strikes by unionized workers, it is usually only allowed if it’s completely ineffective.

So it should be easy for us to understand

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calgaryliberal.com: End of an Era: ex-Premier Peter Lougheed Dies

Peter Lougheed (1928-2012) died on September 13th. After decades of service to the public, heart problems and, coupled with pneumonia, he died at the Peter Lougheed hospital. His family has reported to the Calgary Sun that they’re being overwhelmed by well-wishers and those sorry for their loss. Don Braid of the Edmonton Journal writes a fantastic [...]

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The 100th Calgary Stampede: real men don’t kill horses for fun

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

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Five of Five: Friday Night

Liza Minelli and Joel Grey explain the surprising results in the 2012 Alberta Election.

Also, the Toronto Star won five National Newspaper Awards.

A Different Point of View....: Calgary columnist challenged to write about Harper neoliberalism

On January 11, 2012, I offered any mainstream journalist at any large Canadian daily a free-dinner-for-two (value$150) if he/she could convince their editors to let them write an article or column describing the neoliberal policies of the Harper government. I have had no takers. But this week, I did hear from a journalist by the name of Ian Robinson. He has some interesting opinions. He believes that “politicians fall somewhere below the humble, yet useful dung beetle and above penicillin-resistant staphylococcus.” And: “The heart of the Occupy movement is a festering, black mass of envy and hatred for success.” Lastly, “climate change is caused by the sun”. Robinson is a “shoot now, ask NO questions” columnist and copy editor with The Calgary Sun. In a comment on my blog, he took exception to my earlier article, in which I said that there is a silent conspiracy amongst media corporations to censor any discussion of the Conservative government’s . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: Calgary columnist challenged to write about Harper neoliberalism

Canadian Progressive World: Appointment of Next Auditor General Betrays Conservatives’ Contempt of Canada’s Bilingualism

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Angelo Persichilli as his director of communications, he showed the Conservatives contempt of Quebec and the French language. The Toronto native can’t speak French. Last Thursday’s appointment of Michael… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Appointment of Next Auditor General Betrays Conservatives’ Contempt of Canada’s Bilingualism

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alison Redford’s premiership wrong-footed on Day 2 by brutal Calgary Sun story

The Calgary Sun’s front page Saturday morning. Below: Sun columnist Rick Bell; Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi; a technician demonstrates the proper procedure for handling a typical Sun story.Has former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach’s bad luck rubbed off… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Alison Redford’s premiership wrong-footed on Day 2 by brutal Calgary Sun story

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Creepy Wildrose attack ads set the tone as Alison Redford prepares to be sworn in as Alberta premier

Wildrose Integrity? The Wildrose Party’s creepy video attack on premier-designate Alison Redford.Honeymoon? What honeymoon?Alison Redford was elected leader of Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservative Party in a vote announced in the wee hours … . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Creepy Wildrose attack ads set the tone as Alison Redford prepares to be sworn in as Alberta premier

CalgaryLiberal: Lets Raj and Roll: I’m Excited

Last Saturday Raj Sherman was elected as Alberta Liberal Leader. On Monday he was brought in, officially, to the Alberta Liberal caucus. A quick media scan: [[Visit blog to check out this spoiler]] Curiously, on the Saturday night the reporters surroun… . . . → Read More: CalgaryLiberal: Lets Raj and Roll: I’m Excited

djkelly.ca: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Every day has a story. But not every day has a story that changes so much in your life. For ten years I haven’t told my story because it’s not special or unique compared to anyone else’s, especially on that day. But I now realize that it’s an important story not compared to anyone else’s but because of the impact it had on me. I couldn’t have known it at the time, but I can look back now and realize just how impactful it was on me and the path it helped send me down. This is the story of (Read more…)