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David Climenhaga is an award-winning journalist, author, post-secondary teacher, poet and trade union communicator who has worked in senior writing and editing positions at the Toronto Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald.

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Yesterday’s floor crossing won’t make much difference, but at least the Tories are getting their drama lessons
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One way or another, as of yesterday 143 politicians have crossed the floor of the House of Commons or a Canadian legislature since Confederation. If you can’t name any or many of them offhand, there’s a good reason. A successful floor crossing usually generates a bit of excitement for a day or tw...
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Jason Kenney’s Passage to India is nothing more than a nice fall holiday with two friends
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United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney and UCP MLAs Prasad Panda and Devin Dreeshen took off for India yesterday. The main problem with the UCP passage to India is that, no matter how Mr. Kenney describes it, the six-day visit is really nothing more than a nice fall vacation in the company...
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Thank you, Doug Ford, for making it clear our Constitution isn’t worth the paper it’s written on!
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By making use of the Canadian Constitution’s Notwithstanding Clause to wreak petty vengeance on his old adversaries at Toronto City Hall, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has actually done Canadians a favour. After 36 years of delusional complacency, we have now had confirmed what anyone who was really ...
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Kids’ book by Edmonton singer-songwriter Ben Sures tops Audreys fiction bestseller list
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Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended Sept. 9, 2018. The lists are compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. The Boy Who Walked Backwards – Ben Sures * 2...
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Doug Ford achieves the impossible: he’s gotten Canadians interested in constitutional reform!
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Office-holding Conservative politicians and operatives of their well-funded Astro-Turf and think tank support network across Canada have now virtually to a man and woman jumped aboard Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford’s runaway constitutional train, defending his use of Charter of Rights and...
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The Dougtatorship notwithstanding, what have you got to fear, Mr. Scheer?
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What have you got to fear, Andrew Scheer? Is there a single office-holding Conservative in this country who is willing to stand up for the fundamental rights of Canadians as they are assaulted by Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his unrestrained Dougtatorship? What an opportunity this could have bee...
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The era of Notwithstanding Clause restraint is over … get used to it!
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The era of Notwithstanding Clause restraint is over. Get used to it. To borrow someone else’s felicitous metaphor, Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was always an unexploded bomb lurking in the rubble of our country’s constitutional history like a decaying munition under t...
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Irreconcilable differences? Gulf between the Alberta and federal NDP is wide, and could grow wider
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The rift between Premier Rachel Notley’s Alberta New Democrats and the federal NDP led by Jagmeet Singh over the Trans Mountain Pipeline is wide and deep, but it is not unbridgeable – yet. That could soon change, though, if two likely political scenarios unfold in tandem: an early federal electio...
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The Dutch Wife by St. Albert-raised Ellen Keith leads Audreys Books Edmonton fiction bestseller list this week
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Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended Sept. 2, 2018. The lists are compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. The Dutch Wife – Ellen Keith 2. This Wound i...
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Say hello to the hurtin’ Albertans, Mr. Trudeau: If the premier ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!
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Welcome to Alberta where, as the prime minister of Canada no doubt discovered yesterday afternoon, if the premier ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! And, right now, the premier ain’t happy! Old Alberta New Democrats have been familiar with this hurtin’ refrain for some time. Don’t jump to the concl...
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