About the Author

Posted on December 04, 2014, 2:40 am
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David J. 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. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from the Carleton University School of Journalism in Ottawa. His 1995 book, A Poke in the Public Eye, explores the relationships among Canadian journalists, public relations people and politicians. The opinions expressed in his blog and other journalistic and literary writing represent his own views and not those of any employer, organization, society, institution or organized religion with which he may be affiliated.

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8 Comments to: About the Author

  1. David Climenhaga

    April 15th, 2018

    Chris: I will mention this to my web designer. If I have found anything with WordPress, it’s that whenever you switch themes, you lose things you liked and get things you’re not crazy about and somehow didn’t expect when you looked at the mockups. They can’t always be fixed without just adopting a new look holus-bolus. On the whole, I think this is a big improvement visually. The newspapery appearance appeals to me, given my history. I will try to tweak it to keep readers happy. That said, the main reasons driving the need for change were technical in the back end of the site. The old theme was getting long in the tooth and some bits had stopped working properly. It should also be possible to build in the capability for more, and more sophisticated, advertisements with this theme. I’m not crazy about running ads, but there are expenses associated with running a blog like this, but I prefer that to constantly bombarding my readers with pleas for money like certain right-wing vloggers. DJC

    • Sub-Boreal

      April 16th, 2018

      I want to echo commenter Chris that I too checked back regularly to look at the number of comments – much more convenient when I can see this for all recent stories at a glance. I hope that your designer is able to fix this.

      Above all, thanks for doing this site. As someone who spent a total of 4 years in AB back in the ’70s and ’80s, I really appreciate your grounded, sensible perspective on a place which has had a certain grim fascination for me ever since. I have fond memories of meeting Grant Notley when I belonged to the NDP club at U of A in the late ’70s, so the bizarre petro-transformation of his daughter has been quite a sad spectacle to watch.

      • David Climenhaga

        April 16th, 2018

        I am happy to report that my web designer expects to be able to fix this. The number of comments will appear next to the Facebook and Twitter logos at the column’s top right, if all goes according to plan. DJC

  2. David Climenhaga

    April 26th, 2018

    I think this actually has to do with the size you have set your browser at on your page. DJC

  3. David Climenhaga

    January 6th, 2019

    John: My goal with this blog is to write entertaining stories and to write stories that are not told elsewhere, both from a progressive perspective. Brian Topp’s recent draft Policy Magazine story published on social media and ignored by mainstream media was an example that I think was important, even though I share many of Andy Marshall’s concerns about the state of the NDP right now. Bitterness from the Wildrose rump in the UCP may eventually create problems for Jason Kenney, but I believe most Alberta conservatives will stick with him regardless of almost anything in the immediate future, which spells a difficult 2019 for the NDP. So while there is the opportunity in this story to mock Mr. Kenney for his obvious hypocrisy, I am not persuaded the resignation of 17 constituency association officials in Calgary-Falconridge is that significant in the great scheme of things. Anyway, there’s only so much time. I basically write this blog myself, and I can’t cover every story out there. Neither can Postmedia, apparently, with considerably more reporters and columnists. We are ill served by our media, especially Postmedia, but I can’t make up for it all by myself! DJC

    • John

      January 7th, 2019

      Thanks for the detailed reply..appreciate it.

      Your thoughts on media in general and Postmedia are on the money…I have run across exactly one story on this in my travels through my dozen + sites I peruse.


  4. pogo

    March 31st, 2019

    Look here sensei! We go nothin’ to lose now! Open your site, let it all hang out! Find a last 15$ person to meet your criteria and post! Then post them on every american website! “The Kanasasing of Alberta”! The fucking of our friends! Get the fuck on it!

  5. Keith McClary

    April 14th, 2019

    I went to enable notifications in WordPress (so I get your posts hot off the press) but I don’t have a “settings” link as I do for other blogs I follow, eg. :

    Alberta Politics
    David Climenhaga’s Alberta Politics Blog
    updated 6 days ago


    Math with Bad Drawings
    Lover of math. Bad at drawing.
    updated 4 days ago



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