daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: 7 City Council races to watch in Edmonton

TweetWith most attention focused on Edmonton’s mayoral election, it is important to remember there are a number of contest for City Council that could produce interesting results on election day. There are seven Wards that I will be keeping a close watch on when voting ends on October 21. Ward 1 After three-terms, councillor Linda ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Councillor Linda Sloan not seeking re-election

TweetTo the surprise of many political watchers, Councillor Linda Sloan announced in a press release this morning that she will not seek re-election to Edmonton City Council in Ward 1. She had previously announced on June 28, 2013 that she would seek re-election. A former president of the now-defunct Staff Nurses Association of Alberta, Councillor ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: #yegvote Google Hangout #3 with ActivatED

Tweet On last night’s #yegvote Google Hangout, the third in our series, Ryan Hastman, Mack Male, and I were joined by Aliza Dadani from the group ActivatED. According to their website, “ActivatED is committed to electing forward-thinking progressive councillors in the 2013 Edmonton Municipal Election.” Endorsing candidates can be a messy business and ActivatED is already ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Funding Edmonton’s Downtown Arena, the strange comedy of errors continues.

TweetThe strange comedy of errors that has become Edmonton’s Downtown Arena project continued this week as City Council scrambled to fill a $100 million gap in a funding plan they approved months ago. Despite repeated claims by Mayor Stephen Mandel that provincial government money would fill the $100 million gap, anyone who has paid any attention ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: pity the billionaire. katz group asks city council for more.

TweetOne week after Edmonton’s Chamber of Commerce warned of dramatic consequences if construction of the new downtown arena did not begin soon, the Katz Group, owned by billionaire Daryl Katz, has demanded further financial concessions to the already rich deal that City Councillors agreed to last year. Despite the weak-kneed stance taken by most Councillors who ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Will any of this stuff ever stick to Alberta’s Teflon-coated premier?

Finance Minister Ron Liepert, centre, lets a couple of oil drilling contractors know what he thinks of their political judgment. Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated and may not always come in threes. Below: Gary Mar, Doug Griffiths and Alison Redford; Don Herring of the CAODC. So far in her short career as ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: tory attack ad tame by all standards.

Alberta's culture of negative attack ads began with this nasty Social Credit Party newspaper ad during the 1971 election. Alberta’s political twitterati were atwitter yesterday after a Progressive Conservative radio advertisement was leaked to the Calgary Herald. The ad defend the new law passed by Premier Alison Redford‘s government that will lower a driver’s legal ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: one week. too many tweets. two apologies.

Loose tweets sink fleets With Alberta’s pre-election season in full-swing, molehills are becoming mountains and politicians are clinging to any issue they believe could help them score political points. Kicking off this past week, Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths announced that Progressive Conservative MLAs would boycott an annual breakfast hosted by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association ...