Alberta Politics: Alberta public employees, subject to constant Wildrose and media vilification, win national award for effective service

PHOTOS: An image of the May 2016 Fort McMurray fire taken by Alberta Government photographer Chris Schwarz. Below: The Wildrose Party sees government workers like forest fire fighters (GoA photo) and Licensed Practical Nurses (AUPE photo) as “union bosses.” Just guessing, but you probably won’t read much news coverage about the national award the Alberta ...

Alberta Politics: Medical transport is an essential service, and properly so – it’s time to start treating it like one

PHOTOS: Medical air transport – an essential service too important to be left to private insurers and their ilk. Below: Amy and Amelia Savill (CTV News) and Alberta Health spokesperson Timothy Wilson (Linkedin). So now we need to buy medical-travel insurance when we travel inside Canada? Who knew? Certainly not Amy Savill of High Prairie, ...

Alberta Diary: Alberta government confused by plan to give ‘non-essential’ workers paid time off at Christmas, New Year’s

The children of unionized Alberta public employees enjoy Christmas at home. Unfortunately, Mom and Dad had to be at work because the jobs they do are essential. Below: One of the great minds of the Alberta government scratches his head as he puzzles out the problem. (Edmonton Sun photo.) The government of Alberta has “no ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Dan Gardner writes about the Cons’ backup plan of answering their own wrongdoing with criticism of anybody who dares to investigate it – and points out the dangers of that approach: (W)hat happens if Elections Canada delivers a report even a fraction as damning as the one Sheila ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Wall government’s spin on an essential services appeal seems to be largely ignoring some of the most important conclusions reached by Justice Ball in his decision. For those interested in seeing exactly what Justice Ball concluded about Wall’s overreach, see generally paragraphs 174-222 of the decision. But I’ll particularly highlight the ...