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Susan on the Soapbox: The Carpay Decision and a Canary

One can’t help but feel Dr Allen’s pain. In fact many of us have felt Dr Allen’s pain, although not to such a debilitating degree.

Dr Allen is a 36 year old dentist from Okotoks. In Dec 2007 he injured his back playing hockey. He spent all of 2008 and part of 2009 doing the . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Carpay Decision and a Canary

OPSEU Diablogue: Two-tier “Alberta Chaoulli” goes down to defeat in courts

The so-called “Alberta Chaoulli” challenge to single-tier health care has been defeated in the courts. The Ultra-Conservative Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF) had sponsored two cases in that province that suggested Canada’s single tier health system represented a monopoly … Continue reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: By-election update: Conservatives choose Barlow for Macleod, Liberal MPs invade Alberta

TweetJohn Barlow was chosen as the Conservative Party candidate last night in the Macleod riding. With a by-election expected to be called soon, Mr. Barlow defeated three other candidates – Melissa Mathieson, Phil Rowland and Scott Wagner – to win the nomination. During the campaign, Mr. Barlow faced severe opposition from Canada’s gun lobby for . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: By-election update: Conservatives choose Barlow for Macleod, Liberal MPs invade Alberta

Alberta Diary: ‘Conservative activist’ seeks Brent Rathgeber’s Edmonton-St. Albert Parliamentary seat

Michael Cooper, left, celebrates after a fashion the May 2, 2011, federal election victory of Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber, as Mr. Rathgeber celebrates it in a more traditional and energetic way. (St. Albert Gazette photo.) Below: Mr. Cooper’s official campaign website photo; Mr. Rathgeber not long after his break with the Conservative . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: ‘Conservative activist’ seeks Brent Rathgeber’s Edmonton-St. Albert Parliamentary seat

Alberta Diary: Unsuccessful at the polls, Alberta market fundamentalists want the courts to impose two-tier health care

What heath care for the rest of us will look like if the market fundamentalist right’s battle for insurance companies’ “rights” ever succeeds. Below: Private health-care advocate John Carpay; Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne; Alberta Liberal Health Critic David Swann.

Not satisfied with their failure in the Alberta provincial election, market-fundamentalists here in . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Unsuccessful at the polls, Alberta market fundamentalists want the courts to impose two-tier health care

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Ambiguous Wildrose abortion statements emerge as NDP support jumps in Edmonton

Wildrose Apocalypse? Abortion chatter sparks new fears about Wildrose as poll shows NDP mini-surge in Edmonton. Below: NDP Leader Brian Mason.

Are residents of the Edmonton region, as disgusted with the antics of the long-ruling Progressive Conservatives as other Albertans, starting to have second thoughts about far-right Wildrose Party’s largely unknown agenda and the . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Ambiguous Wildrose abortion statements emerge as NDP support jumps in Edmonton

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: thorny candidates could be the wildrose party’s biggest liability.

Danielle Smith (photo from Wildrose Facebook page)

As the face of the campaign, Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith is her party’s biggest asset. She is media savvy, personable and, despite her limited governance experience (one year as a trustee on the dysfunctional Calgary Board of Education), she talks about becoming Premier with more . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: thorny candidates could be the wildrose party’s biggest liability.

A. Picazo: Thinking Big, With Small Minds

On Saturday March 20, Calgary will take its turn to host a conference touted by the organizer as “the political event of 2010.” The ‘Think Big Conference: Inspiring The Leaders Of Tomorrow‘ is presented by the Société Macdonald-Cartier Society (SMCS), an organization founded by Immanuel Giulea that describes itself as “non partisan and independent.” However, . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Thinking Big, With Small Minds