The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics
Join legislature reporter Emma Graney, columnist Keith Gerein, as well as others in The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal's Alberta politics podcast.
info_outline The Panels, Panels, Panels edition 08/16/2019
The Panels, Panels, Panels edition Minimum wage gets a panel! Alberta's finances get a panel! You ALLLLLL get a panel! Such was the case in Alberta politics this week. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy and Dave Breakenridge to talk about panels galore, and take a brief look at what legislation is ahead for the UCP government. Good stuff from the gallery Clare's pick: Clare wants you to listen to the Reply All podcast. Specifcially, this awesome episode called The Crime Machine. Emma's pick: Emma recommends this excellent and relevant deep dive by Journal reporter Liane Faulder about conversion therapy in Alberta. Dave's pick: Dave thinks you should go and check out as many Edmonton Fringe Festival shows as you possibly can. You can find the Journal team's swath of show reviews online here at the edmontonjournal.com, and maybe find your next favourite act.
info_outline The Paycuts And Promises edition 08/09/2019
The Paycuts And Promises edition Sure, it was a four-day week in the middle of summer, but that didn't stop MLAs from giving themselves a five per cent pay cut and Premier Jason Kenney from celebrating his first 100 days in office. Join host Emma Graney with guests Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to talk all things Alberta politics, and find out why former U.S. president Roosevelt ended up in the discussion this week. We also have a very special interview with departing editor Sarah O'Donnell (*Emma starts crying*), without whom The Press Gallery wouldn't even exist. Good Stuff from the Gallery Keith's pick: Keith would like you to read the editorials that earned Sarah O'Donnell a national newspaper award. Emma's pick: Off the back of a recent recommendation by Press Gallery regular Clare Clancy about young women becoming Catholic nuns, Emma's pick is along a similar vein but takes us to India where more young people are becoming Jain monks. Dave's pick: Dave recommends you drive across Canada and check out all the awesome stuff our wonderful country has to offer. Here are some tips from Culture Trip if you need them. Sarah's (final) pick: Keep on reading the Edmonton Journal (we're not crying YOU'RE crying).
info_outline The Injunction Junction edition 08/02/2019
The Injunction Junction edition It might be summer, but that doesn't mean Alberta politics is taking time off. Instead, it headed to court this week where Justice Eric Macklin granted an injunction against Bill 9, the UCP government's controversial labour law. Join host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Janet French and Sarah O'Donnell to dive into why, and what that means for unions waiting in the wings. The team also takes on recent developments in the Chicago Principles kerfuffle and an appointment to the war room. Good Stuff from the Gallery Janet's pick: This disturbing read from Toronto Life about greed, betrayal and medical misconduct. Sarah's pick: Sarah would like you to listen to these two awesome Planet Money podcast instalments about recycling, episodes 925 and 926. And if it's not going to leave you awake at night, she also recommends the Amazon TV series The Man In The High Castle. Emma's pick: On a lighter note, Emma recommends you all delight in the new Wigan Athletic football team mascot — Crusty, the giant pie. You can read about Crusty and his creators Caydenm (8) and Neve (9) here on Wigan Today, and about fan reactions to the mascot here on The Sun. Clare's pick: This jaw-dropping read from The Cut about a Harvard law professor, titled The Most Gullible Man in Cambridge. email@example.com twitter.com/EmmaLGraney
info_outline The Flipping The Switch edition 07/26/2019
The Flipping The Switch edition The new UCP government this week reversed an NDP decision around Alberta's electricity market, announcing the province will stick with an energy-only market. Confused as to what that means? You're not alone. It's outrageously complex. Join host Emma Graney who tries to explain it all with the help of guests Sarah O'Donnell and Clare Clancy. The team also takes a look at Alberta's sunshine list and the latest in party fundraising totals. Good Stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: Clare recommends two things this week. First up, Emma Graney's deep dive into the work of Janice MacKinnon who is overseeing a panel about Alberta's finances ("Thanks, Clancy!" - Emma.) She also recommends this horrifying read from The Guardian about the rise of domestic killings using the defense of a "sex game gone wrong." Emma's pick: Not to be outdone, Emma also recommends two things this week. Firstly, this amusing Washington Post interview with the graphic designer behind a parody presidential seal mistakenly used at a Trump speech this week. Also, she thinks you should absolutely go watch the Good Omens television series on Amazon. Sarah's pick: Sarah also jumps aboard the multiple recommendations train this week, but wins with three. She recommends the This Sounds Serious podcast, Elise Stolte's column about Edmonton drawing a line on urban sprawl, and — for the power geeks — the AESO real-time electricity tracker. firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/EmmaLGraney
info_outline The Investigations And Infections edition 07/19/2019
The Investigations And Infections edition Investigations into the 2017 UCP leadership race continued to make headlines in Alberta politics this week, with the elections commissioner slapping one-time candidate Jeff Callaway with $70,000 in fines for his campaign. The Journal also revealed two more UCP MLAs interviewed by police in the RCMP investigation into alleged voting irregularities in the 2017 race. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Keith Gerein and Sarah O'Donnell to talk about those developments. The team also delves into the syphilis outbreak declared this week in Alberta, and developments in the Persons with Developmental Disabilities file. Good Stuff from the Gallery Keith's pick: This deep dive explainer in Maclean's about the Jeff Callaway campaign donations. Clare's pick: A fun recommendation from Clare this week is the podcast The Moment, from Wondery. It's a podcast about love. Clare particularly recommends the Taylor Swift episode. Emma's pick: Emma recommends the book 'Minding the Public Purse.' It's by Janice MacKinnon, the former finance minister currently reviewing Alberta's finances. Oh, and check out the highlights from the cricket world cup final, too. Sarah's pick: Sarah has a whole series from the Toronto Star she'd love you to read. They all dive into the highest-billing doctors in Ontario. You can find them here, here and here.
info_outline The Stampede, Saskatoon And Session's Settled edition 07/12/2019
The Stampede, Saskatoon And Session's Settled edition Yahoo, another set of politicians played dress up at Calgary Stampede this week ahead of the premiers meeting in Saskatoon. Join host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to discuss everything pancake-related, and what Premier Jason Kenney brought to the table when premiers hung out in Calgary and later in Saskatchewan. The team also takes a look at the latest in pre-election stumping by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, and gives a rundown of what happened in the spring session. Good Stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: An astounding read from HuffPost about how more young women want to become Catholic nuns. Keith's pick: This excellent long read called Searching for Keith (no, not our Keith, but a guy who went missing off a sailing vessel). Emma's pick: This intriguing read from BBC News about how Norway's approach to jails and criminals is reducing recidivism at an impressive rate. Dave's pick: This story about the Bowie classic Space Oddity, about how the song became a cultural icon.
info_outline The Haters Gonna H8 edition 07/05/2019
The Haters Gonna H8 edition Hating on oil? Premier Jason Kenney will not be putting up with that, thank you very much, announcing this week his government will conduct an inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on Alberta's energy industry. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Keith Gerein, Clare Clancy and Dave Breakenridge to delve into why that inquiry is happening and what it means for Alberta. The team also takes a look at Alberta's longest-ever sitting day via NDP concerns with education Bill 8 (or "Bill H8," as the opposition likes to call it), the kerfuffle over the true state of Alberta's finances and what's happening with Kenney's promised 10 per cent pay cut. Good Stuff from the Gallery Keith's pick: Keith has two interesting reads for you this week. The first is from Macleans, about the recent Hong Kong protests. The other piece is a gobsmacking read from the Washington Post about Florida's iguana infestation. Clare's pick: This super interesting read in the New Yorker about what medical science is doing to try and cure phantom itches. Emma's pick: The fascinating Netflix documentary called Sour Grapes, about a high-priced wine scam. Dave's pick: The excellent album Lux Prima.
info_outline The Senator! Senator! edition 06/28/2019
The Senator! Senator! edition Premier Jason Kenney wants Albertans to elect their senators again, no matter what the federal government thinks. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Keioth Gerein and Dave Breakridge to chat about what that means and why it's a whole... thing. The team also takes on the Western Premiers' meeting and changes to the oil industry this week. Good Stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: This awesome episode of the excellent podcast Reply All, called Dark Pattern, about the invisible maze, designed to trick millions of people out of their money. Keith's pick: This fascinating read about a massive nuclear waste site being developed in Finland. Emma's pick: This fantastic documentary about the Australian cricket ball-tempering scandal, called Crossing the Line. Dave's pick: The disturbing podcast about the Golden State Killer called Man in the Window.
info_outline How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 4 06/24/2019
How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 4 In the fourth and final chapter of our special series on the Alberta election, Emma explains how Jason Kenney was able to win so convincingly.
info_outline The Pipelines and Earplugs edition 06/21/2019
The Pipelines and Earplugs edition The federal government approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (again) this week, but Premier Jason Kenney was not jumping for joy. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney and guests Keith Gerein, Janet French and Dave Breakenridge to talk about why. The team also takes a look at this week's passage of Bill 9 and why the government didn't want to hear about it (very literally), and a new immigration office announced by the UCP. Good Stuff from the Gallery Keith's pick: Keith's digging on another John Ivison column this week, this time on the Scheer climate plan giving voters expressions of concern with no actual cost. Janet's pick: This fascinating article on Toronto's Stronach family and their $500-million family feud. Emma's pick: Getting far away from Alberta politics, Emma recommends the YA novel Cinder by Marissa Meyer — a retelling of Cinderella featuring cyborgs, robots and a handsome prince. Dave's pick: This gob-smacking read in The Atlantic, What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane.
info_outline The Budgets and Backbench Bills edition 06/14/2019
The Budgets and Backbench Bills edition Money, money, money was on the mind of the Alberta legislature this week as the United Conservative government introduced its interim supply bill. Join host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to talk numbers and go over exactly why unions are unimpressed with the government this week. The team also takes a look at a couple of backbencher bills and the committee that oversees them. Good Stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: This project from the LA Times called The man in the window, about the golden state serial killer. Keith's pick: This piece from John Ivison in the National Post about some of the exciting goings-on in Ottawa. Emma's pick: This fascinating read in Washingtonian magazine by a mom whose 13-year-old son joined the alt-right movement. Dave's pick: This heartbreaking piece from the New York Times, The Day the Music Burned, about the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — the 2008 Universal fire.
info_outline The All-Night Filibuster Fun edition 06/07/2019
The All-Night Filibuster Fun edition The Alberta legislature broke a record for the longest Wednesday sitting in provincial history this week, and Press Gallery host Emma Graney was there watching... for some of it, anyway. Join Graney and guests Clare Clancy, Janet French and Sarah O'Donnell to discuss why on earth Alberta MLAs were in the house for a full 24 hours. The team also dives into changes around the Education Act and what the report on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls means for Alberta. Good Stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: Season 4 of the awesome podcast series called Ear Hustle, which is recorded in prison. Janet's pick: This fascinating piece from The Star on something called atmospheric rivers, and how they're changing . Emma's pick: This book by former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer called Yes we (still) can, about journalism and social media in the age of Trump. Sarah's pick: This series on sexual violence and policing in remote Alaska, called Lawless. It's a partnership between ProPublica and Anchorage Daily News.
info_outline How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 3 06/06/2019
How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 3 Jason Kenney was elected premier of Alberta on April 16 after a bitterly fought campaign. But the journey started nearly three years ago. This special series from the Press Gallery, the Edmonton Journal’s long-running politics podcast, will give listeners a deep dive into Alberta’s 2019 election. Chapter 3 focuses on the NDP campaign and whether or not the election was lost before the writ was even dropped.
info_outline The Fighting Fires edition 05/31/2019
The Fighting Fires edition As the wildfire situation in Northern Alberta worsens, the United Conservative Party is fighting political fires of its own. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Janet French, Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to take a dive into the appointment of a special prosecutor in the RCMP investigation into the UCP leadership race, and the new elections commissioner investigation facing UCP MLA Peter Singh. The team also looks at the fires Health Minister Tyler Shandro tried to put out this week — and why the phrase "In due course" was trending on Twitter. Good Stuff from the Gallery Janet's pick: The wonderful children's book series about families (comes with bonus magic tricks!) called Magic misfits, by Neil Patrick Harris. Keith's pick: This piece in the Globe and Mail by economist Trevor Tombe, about why Alberta's carbon tax is not, in fact, dead. Emma's pick: Not at all political, this Netflix documentary about body building, called Generation Iron 3. Dave's pick: This awesome new podcast called Defence Watch, which takes us behind the curtain of Canada’s special forces.
info_outline How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 2 05/30/2019
How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 2 Jason Kenney was elected premier of Alberta on April 16 after a bitterly fought campaign. But the journey started nearly three years ago. This special series from the Press Gallery, the Edmonton Journal’s long-running politics podcast, will give listeners a deep dive into Alberta’s 2019 election. Chapter 2 focuses on the UCP leadership campaign, the surrounding controversies and the role it played in the election.
info_outline The Game Of Throne Speeches edition 05/24/2019
The Game Of Throne Speeches edition Your dragon show has ended but the 30th legislature of Alberta has just begun, kicking off this week with the speech from the throne. Join host Emma Graney with guests Janet French, Keith Gerein and Dave Breakenridge to take a look at what was in that speech, what we can expect and what that means for Alberta. The team also visits new standing orders that will change some of the rules that govern the house. Desk-thumping? Yeah, you won't hear that anymore if the UCP gets its way. Good stuff from the gallery Dave's pick: This excellent and completely bananas podcast called The Shrink Next Door. But before you get to that, give this piece about Middle Eastern representation in Hollywood on The Ringer a read, and listen to Vampire Weekend's new album Father of the Bride. Keith's pick: This profile on Ed Whittingham, the former Alberta Energy Regulator director Jason Kenney promised to fire. Emma's pick: This super interesting read from Mosaic about how Iceland solved its teen substance abuse problem. Janet's pick: Channeling the spirit of regular Press Gallery guest Clare Clancy and her own education reporter role, Janet recommends this NPR podcast about the overlooked factors that lead to success in education.
info_outline How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 1 05/22/2019
How the Alberta election was won and lost: Chapter 1 Jason Kenney was elected premier of Alberta on April 16 after a bitterly fought campaign. But the journey started nearly three years ago. This special series from the Press Gallery, the Edmonton Journal's long-running politics podcast, will give listeners a deep dive into Alberta's 2019 election. Host Emma Graney and others from the Edmonton Journal politics team will delve into how Kenney was able to cobble together an agreement that unified the Progressive Conservative and the Wildrose parties, before eventually leading the United Conservatives to a landslide victory. We will explore some of the major themes and controversies of the election, including the RCMP investigation into the UCP leadership race that saw Kenney win, the central place GSAs and LGBTQ issues played in the campaign and the importance of renewing Alberta's oil dependent economy in the minds of voters. We will also discuss what, if anything, the NDP could have done differently to stave off the UCP machine. Chapter 1 focuses on Kenney's arrival in Alberta and his ultimately successful pitch to lead the Progressive Conservative party in August 2016.
info_outline The Jason Kenney appoints a Blue Ribbon Panel edition 05/10/2019
The Jason Kenney appoints a Blue Ribbon Panel edition Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has appointed a panel to find ways to balance the budget, but without raising taxes. Join guest host Sarah O'Donnell, Keith Gerein, Clare Clancy and Dave Breakenridge as they discuss this, the UCP's plan to encourage free speech on universities, and Derek Fildebrandt's colourful goodbye.
info_outline The It's A Neeeew Alberta Cabinet! edition 05/03/2019
The It's A Neeeew Alberta Cabinet! edition Alberta has a new cabinet, sworn in at Government House in Edmonton this week. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Don Braid, Clare Clancy and Dave Breakenridge to talk about who was appointed and why. The team also delves into Premier Jason Kenney's problems with federal bills C-69 and C-48, and the implications of Alberta's proclamation of Bill 12, known as turn of the taps legislation.
info_outline The Consequences Of Killing The Carbon Tax edition 04/26/2019
The Consequences Of Killing The Carbon Tax edition As the United Conservative Party prepares to govern from next week, head-scratching over the implications of its first promise — to scrap the carbon tax — has already begun. Join host Emma Graney with guests Paige Parsons, Clare Clancy and Dave Breakenridge to take a look at what's worrying municipalities and the potential implications for new in-situ oil projects in Alberta. The team also talks new MLAs — and the case of the two Nixon brothers.
info_outline Introducing Down to Business 04/22/2019
Introducing Down to Business Coming April 24: There hasn’t yet been a podcast dedicated to a wide range of Canadian business stories. We want to change that. Down to Business is a new podcast devoted to what you need to know about Canadian business this week in under 30 minutes. Hosted by the Financial Post's Emily Jackson. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts
info_outline The Thank God It's Over election edition 04/18/2019
The Thank God It's Over election edition Election 2019 is finally done. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney and her equally tired guests Sarah O'Donnell, Clare Clancy and Keith Gerein to discuss what the UCP victory means for Alberta and relationships outside our provincial borders, delve into some cabinet speculation and give a quick update on the Peter Singh file. Good Stuff from the Gallery is here.
info_outline The Alberta Election — Is This Thing Over Yet? edition 04/13/2019
The Alberta Election — Is This Thing Over Yet? edition As the election drags into its final days and Albertans prepare to head to the polls on Tuesday, the Press Gallery team takes a look back at the campaign so far.
info_outline Jason Kenney hopes to push past scandal-plagued campaign 04/10/2019
Jason Kenney hopes to push past scandal-plagued campaign The Alberta election heads into the homestretch.
info_outline Interview: Jason Kenney's education platform explained 03/27/2019
Interview: Jason Kenney's education platform explained A United Conservative Party government would proclaim a seven-year-old piece of education legislation, turfing some legal protections for Alberta LGBTQ students and school staff introduced by the NDP government, Jason Kenney announced Monday.