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Alberta Politics: Trading press barons for social media behemoths: not an improvement for people who want news

PHOTOS: The Calgary Herald newsroom, back in the day. (Photo grabbed from Facebook, of course.) It’s quieter, nowadays. Below: Brodie Fenlon, managing editor of CBCNews.ca, and Gillian Steward, former managing editor of the Herald. I have bad news for you, people: mainstream media in Alberta is a trainwreck! Of course, if you were paying attention, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Trading press barons for social media behemoths: not an improvement for people who want news

Alberta Politics: Hard truth from the Parkland Institute: New pipelines won’t much improve the price fetched by Alberta oil from Bitumen

PHOTOS: An oil tanker, floating in “tidewater” – in this case the balmy Persian Gulf. Below: Earth scientist David Hughes, and a caribou strolling along a pipeline, this one in Alaska. That’s tonight’s harvest of royalty-free photographs. My … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Hard truth from the Parkland Institute: New pipelines won’t much improve the price fetched by Alberta oil from Bitumen

Alberta Politics: Insightful Parkland Institute study of how media covers workplace injuries helps put yesterday’s tragedy in perspective

PHOTO: An Alberta Occupational Health and Safety officer on the job. (Government of Alberta illustration.) Below: Athabasca University labour relations professors Bob Barnetson and Jason Foster, authors of a new study on how media coverage distorts our… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Insightful Parkland Institute study of how media covers workplace injuries helps put yesterday’s tragedy in perspective

Alberta Politics: Former justice Frank Iacobucci’s recommendation proves one thing: Alison Redford haunts us still

PHOTOS: Alison Redford, back in the day. … She haunts us still. Below: Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci, former Alberta ethics commissioner Neil Wilkinson, Alberta Ethics Commissioner Marguerite Trussler and Parkland Institute E… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Former justice Frank Iacobucci’s recommendation proves one thing: Alison Redford haunts us still

Alberta Politics: Postmedia’s symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation fails to offer much illumination

PHOTOS: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s misleading “debt clock” trailer back when Alberta’s debt wasn’t $10 billion. Now it isn’t $17 billion. Below: CTF Alberta Director Paige MacPherson, telling Okotoks Online that 44,000 teachers sho… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Postmedia’s symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation fails to offer much illumination

Alberta Politics: Study highlighting large and growing gender income gap makes grim reading on International Women’s Day

PHOTOS: Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean, at left, announced the NDP Government’s plan to improve gender equality yesterday. (Government of Alberta photo.) Below: Queen’s University Law Professor Kathleen Lahey, the cover design of the Par… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Study highlighting large and growing gender income gap makes grim reading on International Women’s Day

Alberta Politics: Progress Alberta, new progressive advocacy group, will make waves … not just with opponents but maybe on own side too

PHOTOS: The Alberta Legislature, suitably decorated for the province’s progressive and proudly diverse population. Below: Progress Alberta Executive Director Duncan Kinney. Progress Alberta, a new group that describes itself as “a multi-issue, inde… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Progress Alberta, new progressive advocacy group, will make waves … not just with opponents but maybe on own side too

Alberta Politics: Hello Canada? This is London calling! … and we’re mildly confused

PHOTOS: BBC listeners, suitably equipped because they think they’re listening to Ezra Levant, tune into my words of wisdom from Canada. Actual 21st Century “media consumers” may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The weather in Britain …… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Hello Canada? This is London calling! … and we’re mildly confused

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– PressProgress points out that neither the public nor a group of the world’s leading economists sees the slightest value in balanced-budget gimmicks which override sound public decision-making. And Paul Krugman observes that the entire conservative economic strategy is based on overinflating bubbles, then letting somebody else clean . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: First NDP Throne Speech on message. McIver Tories totally tone deaf in opposition.

The NDP throne speech was predictable and on message The first Speech from the Throne of Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley‘s administration included many of the key promises made during the recent provincial election. The 604,515 Albertans who voted NDP should be pleased… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: Banning corporate and union election cash: not just the right thing for the NDP to do, but the smart thing too

PHOTOS: A group of Albertans studies the effects of corporate cash on the conservative domination of North American politics. Actual Albertans may not appear exactly as illustrated. Regardless, Alberta’s NDP government may be about to try to fix this problem. Below: Parkland Institute charts showing the percentage of election campaign donations in 2012 over $375, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Banning corporate and union election cash: not just the right thing for the NDP to do, but the smart thing too

Alberta Politics: $15 is too low, and three years is too long to wait, for a higher Alberta minimum wage

PHOTOS: Greetings from Halifax, where a minimum wage almost as low as Alberta’s isn’t half of what a two-earner family needs to live a decent life. Can it be much different in Calgary or Edmonton? Below: Enthusiastic Tweeter Dan Kelly’s Twitter thumbnail; Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci. HALIFAX, N.S. The biggest problem with the Alberta . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: $15 is too low, and three years is too long to wait, for a higher Alberta minimum wage

Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: What’s next for Alberta?

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This episode focuses on what else but the recent Alberta provincial election that saw the social democratic NDP sweep into power after 44 consecutive years of Conservative rule. To gain some perspective on this rather remarkable result in Canada’s oil and gas heartland and see what lies ahead for Alberta, I speak . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: What’s next for Alberta?

Alberta Politics: Whither Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives? Nowhere, probably …

PHOTOS: Potential supporters eye all that’s left of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party, metaphorically speaking, after Jim Prentice got finished driving it off the tracks. Below: Mr. Prentice and Premier Designate Rachel Notley. Former premier Ed Stelmach’s sound advice notwithstanding, it seems unlikely Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives have much of a future after the debacle they . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Whither Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives? Nowhere, probably …

Alberta Diary: Tory income-splitting tax policy: It’s about creating and preserving gender inequality and making rich guys richer

Whew! This income splitting is a killer. Actual perfect families as seen by the Harper Government may not appear exactly like Canadian reality. Below: Queen’s University tax law professor Kathleen Lahey.

A fundamental purpose the Harper Government’s ideologically driven income-splitting tax scheme is to undermine women’s equality, Queen’s University tax law professor Kathleen . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Tory income-splitting tax policy: It’s about creating and preserving gender inequality and making rich guys richer

Alberta Diary: Albertans have a right to ask questions about the integrity and preservation of their government’s records

Alberta Tories contemplate their departure from the Legislature. Actual Progressive Conservative Government officials may not leave office in exactly the manner illustrated. Below: But if they do, is this the fate of their secrets? Below that: the late premier Ralph Klein and privatization advocate and cabinet minister Steve West.

There’s a whiff of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Albertans have a right to ask questions about the integrity and preservation of their government’s records

Alberta Diary: U of A counters Redford Government whims by skimming institutes’ donations

Why send guys like these when you can just skim the cash right off the top? Actual employees of the University of Alberta Accounting department may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: U of A President Indira Samarasekera.

Well, I don’t suppose you can accuse the University of Alberta of shaking down the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: U of A counters Redford Government whims by skimming institutes’ donations

Alberta Diary: Albertans want election-spending-limit law but are unlikely to get one from Redford PCs

Generous corporate donor drops off cash at Tory headquarters. Actual donors, who may not be exactly as illustrated, will be determined later. Below: Parkland Institute researcher Trevor Harrison and Tory Human Services Minister Dave Hancock.

It’s a conundrum!

What should Alberta’s Tories do? A study by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute released . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Albertans want election-spending-limit law but are unlikely to get one from Redford PCs

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

This and that to end your Saturday.

– Bill Curry breaks the news of the Cons’ next round of public service slashing – with Canada Revenue Agency employees whose work far more than pays for itself once more looming as one of the main targets of a government determined to ease the way for tax . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Alberta Diary: You can’t overlook convenient hours if you hope to preserve the obvious benefits of public liquor sales

In Alberta, this kid would be buying Jägermeister and Red Bull. Below: The Parkland study; Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.

In one regard, Alberta’s 1993 experiment in liquor store privatization has been a resounding success. To wit: almost everyone thinks it worked.

I was reminded of this reality earlier this week when the Parkland . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: You can’t overlook convenient hours if you hope to preserve the obvious benefits of public liquor sales