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Alberta Politics: Guest Post: Where’s the evidence for a health care sustainability crisis in Canada?

PHOTOS: Well, that’s one way to “bend the cost curve” … premier Ralph Klein’s way. The old Calgary General Hospital begins to fall an instant after the dynamite was triggered on Oct. 4, 1998, the Klein PC Government’s approach to health care infrastructure. Within seconds, Calgary’s only downtown hospital had been reduced to rubble. Below: . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Guest Post: Where’s the evidence for a health care sustainability crisis in Canada?

Alberta Politics: You’re in for it now, Canada! Wildrose has a plan to make you love pipelines … or else!

PHOTOS: Some of the 2,000 or so Albertans who turned up in defence of their pensions in minus-30 weather on March 2, 2014. Turns out a lot of them voted, too. Below: Pipelines! Love ’em or lose your allowance! Have you got that, Canada? Get ready, Canada! If there’s ever a Wildrose Government in Alberta, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: You’re in for it now, Canada! Wildrose has a plan to make you love pipelines … or else!

Alberta Politics: The Sonic privatization mystery: what were the Tories thinking?

PHOTOS: More medical lab techs examining specimens, still not illustrated exactly as they’re likely to appear nowadays. Below: Progressive Conservative health ministers Gary Mar, Iris Evans, Stephen Mandel and Fred Horne, every one a would-be privatizer and every one in a picture personally snapped by your blogger. Viewed with 20/20 hindsight, a Frequently-Asked-Questions document published . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The Sonic privatization mystery: what were the Tories thinking?

Alberta Politics: Notley Government channels Lougheed to protect Alberta jobs and services, dumps medical lab privatization ‘experiment’

PHOTOS: Medical lab techs examine a specimen, perhaps appearing not exactly as illustrated nowadays. Below: Alberta NDP Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, former PC health minister Stephen Mandel, Alberta Health Services CEO Vickie Kaminski and long-ago Conservative premier Peter Lougheed. In a bombshell move reminiscent of Peter Lougheed’s 1974 takeover of Pacific Western Airlines, Rachel Notley’s . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Notley Government channels Lougheed to protect Alberta jobs and services, dumps medical lab privatization ‘experiment’

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

Alberta Diary: Got trouble with ‘overbearing urban planners’? The Manning Centre wants to help!

A civic election all-candidates’ meeting in Calgary. “Why don’t we pass the time with a game of solitaire?” Actual Manning Centre supported candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Manning Centre namesake Preston Manning; Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi; Calgary developer Cal Wenzel (CTV photo).

If on Oct. 21 the market-fundamentalist slate trained . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Got trouble with ‘overbearing urban planners’? The Manning Centre wants to help!

OPSEU Diablogue: Premier Wynne – Important memo re public health care

Memo: To the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier, Province of Ontario From: Your new pals at OPSEU Diablogue Dear Premier Wynne – Imagine our surprise when we discovered in today’s newspaper that the public sector unions are in fact running government. We have to give thanks … Continue reading →

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Alberta Diary: Renting seniors’ beds is a formula for failure – and it’s time for Alberta to stop doing it

Fresh air and yogurt might have helped these guys live to be 160, but if they’d lived in Alberta, instead of Russia, where could they afford to sleep? Below, seniors care in Calgary, back in the day, before oldsters all carried tennis racquets, rode bicycles and looked like fashion models, only with white . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Renting seniors’ beds is a formula for failure – and it’s time for Alberta to stop doing it

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: Wildrose leader openly lays out plan for privatizing health care

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith in Promises, Promises, the Medical Comedy. The trouble is, it’s not funny. Real Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Smith as she really, really appears.

There’s not much need for scare tactics by supporters of public medicare: Yesterday the Wildrose Party laid out a pretty clear . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Wildrose leader openly lays out plan for privatizing health care