Alberta Politics: A Happy New Year to all – seriously, to all of you – as AlbertaPolitics.ca begins its 10th year of publication

PHOTOS: Some of the high points … This one was taken about the time I broke the story that Danielle Smith would be running for the leadership of the “upstart” Wildrose Party. Below: chats, and photos, with Ed Stelmach, Alison Redford, Jim Prentice and Rachel Notley. Dear Readers, On this day in 2007 I sat ...

Alberta Politics: AlbertaPolitics.ca is taking a short break, with possible interruptions, staring now

PHOTO: Don’t be fooled. The plan is for this blog to be closed for the virtual equivalent of overnight, not forever. AlbertaPolitics.ca will be back soon. There hasn’t been a dull moment in Alberta politics for about four years now. Which makes it hard to believe that, before 2011, when Alison Redford stumbled confidently onto ...

A Different Point of View....: Don’t weep for censoring, right-wingPostmedia newspapers

Another 90 dedicated journalists in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa lost their jobs Tuesday as cutthroat Publisher Paul Godfrey slashed away again in an effort to turn Postmedia into a profit-making business.  In a bizarre move, two competing papers will continue to be separate entities, but there will be one set of editors and most ...

A Different Point of View....: Don’t weep for censoring, right-wingPostmedia newspapers

Another 90 dedicated journalists in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa lost their jobs Tuesday as cutthroat Publisher Paul Godfrey slashed away again in an effort to turn Postmedia into a profit-making business.  In a bizarre move, two competing papers will continue to be separate entities, but there will be one set of editors and most ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rabble Poll On NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s Leadership

This is the second loss for the NDP when leading out of the gate. In both cases the professional corporate spinners such as Hill and Knowlton’s Brad Lavigne and of course the Kool, Topp Read more…

OpenMedia.ca: The future of the Internet is on the line

A version of this article by our Meghan Sali was originally published at Common Ground and Rabble.ca  One of the big promises we were made about the Internet was its potential to revolutionize the way that we interact with the world around us. The Internet enables us to transcend our physical restrictions and travel the world; it ...

Alberta Diary: This is the last post on Alberta Diary, sort of: Welcome to AlbertaPolitics.ca

Your blogger with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. Your blogger with another Alberta premier, whose name escapes him at the moment, and with a former Alberta opposition leader. Maybe it’s evidence of the “seven year itch”? Leastways, it was seven years ago on Dec. 31, 2007, that I started this blog, promising commentary on politics, baseball ...

Politics and its Discontents: Andrea’s Dilemma: Whither Blowest The Wind?

Were I a gifted artist (or any kind of artist, for that matter) I would draw Andrea Horwath in a two-panel caricature. In the first panel, index finger raised, she would be turning to her left, and in the second, to her right, testing the prevailing winds. That would, I believe, adequately capture what I, ...

Alberta Diary: Happy New Year! Get ready for generational change in Canadian politics

Expect the new faces of Canadian politics to be young faces – like those of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, 34, shown above with some clapped-out old geezer, and Manitoba MP and former NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton, 31, below. “Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?” – ...

Cowichan Conversations: PM Harper has set up a sophisticated program to read our email and monitor our online activities.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Good morning folks. I was looking to do some tidying up and editing posts on the left side under News & Opinion from Home and Abroad. These are items from across the internet that I include because of their interest and relevance. This story regarding surveillance caught my eye again and I took another look at ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada Politics News Watch on Monday, February 11, 2013: Morning Picks

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 11, 2013: Senator Patrick Brazeau: Brazeau symbolic of Harper’s indifference to First Nations – Winnipeg Free Press Brazeau, Harper and Idle No More – The Tyee Let’s talk about punishing mentally ill – Winnipeg Free Press Brazeau Just Latest Thrown Under Bus by Harper – The Tyee Editorial: Unreformed senator – Calgary Herald Canadian Senate: ...

Alberta Diary: It’s time for Ezra Levant to apologize or explain his hateful Roma commentary

Canadians struggle to cope with the offensive noise from the Sun News Network. Typical TV viewers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Commentator Ezra Levant. It’s 2013, and it’s time for Sun News Network commentator Ezra Levant to either apologize for or explain his comments on Sept. 5, 2012, about the Roma. Now, Mr. ...

Alberta Diary: Toews an ill-timed Johnny-on-the-spot justifying imposition of U.S.-style gun-show anarchy

Victor Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Insecurity and Zombification, rendered by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Below, a shifty looking Mr. Toews as he appears in the halls of Parliament. Pat Martin is a Great Canadian. ™ What a perfect way to throw a little red meat to your gun-nut money machine! Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ...

Alberta Diary: Who’s censoring Ezra now? Has Sun News Network seen the light?

A screen shot of the blank spot on Ezra Levant’s website: no link, the plug pulled, presumably by Sun News Network. Below: Mr. Levant in full rhetorical flight. Where is Ezra Levant’s Sun News Network rant on Roma immigration to Canada, which has been depicted as ethnic stereotyping to foment hate? For that matter, where ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Until Friday the 13th to become a rabble.ca member

I believe in independent and progressive Canadian journalism. The kind that’s free from corporate control and manipulation. I believe wholeheartedly. So do you. Let’s go Rabble then. This just received from rabble.ca, via email: “rabble’s annual membership campaign is coming to an end – extended to Friday this week. Sign up to support rabble at ...

A Different Point of View....: ‘Dinner for two’ for first journalist who dares to explain Conservative ideology

Journalists in the mainstream Canadian media are being intimidated from fully describing the soulless ideology practised by the Harper Conservative government – at least this has been my impression for some time now.  Wanting to find out what journalists are really writing about the Tories and neoliberalism, I spent some time this week searching the ...