Calgary business elite applaud Danielle Smith as she brags about encampment sweeps and tells lurid, unsubstantiated stories of sexual assault and arson

On Feb. 15, Alberta premier Danielle Smith boasted of her government’s mass displacement of unhoused encampment residents in Edmonton to a formal black-tie dinner at Calgary’s Ranchmen’s Club, making extreme and unsubstantiated allegations about how the camps operated. 

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Why Edmonton’s public spaces bylaw debacle matters to everyone

The business owners and conservative politicians arguing for Edmonton’s draconian public spaces bylaw last week had two silent partners—the UCP and the Edmonton Police Service. And that’s why what happened with this bylaw matters outside of Edmonton city limits. 

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The UCP/EPS swept nearly eight encampments a day for 23 days. How many people got housed?

The initial results on the scorched earth campaign that the Edmonton Police Service and the United Conservative Party have initiated on encampments in Edmonton are in—179 encampments swept in 23 days. That’s nearly 8 encampments swept a day.

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Can we finally admit that Danielle Smith's not-a-bigot routine was just an act?

God willing, mass public outcry like the rallies and school walkouts we’ve seen over the past several days are going to kill Danielle Smith’s anti-trans policy push before it can become law in November.

But whatever happens, it’s time to call an end to something else: Danielle Smith’s ‘maverick libertarian’ brand.

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The 15 worst things about Edmonton’s new public spaces bylaw

In January, Mayor Amarjeet Sohi and city council declared a housing and homelessness emergency. The very first bylaw that city manager Andre Corbould has come back with since then is a Public Spaces Bylaw that not only further criminalizes and punishes the poor and the homeless, but brings in harsh restrictions on political protest.

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Forced-birth activists make absolute fools of CTV Calgary in polling debacle

If you’re wondering who sent you that push-poll on abortion and ‘parental rights’ this week, corporate records have the answer: Alberta Blue Strategies, through their subsidiary, ‘National Public Research Canada.’ Alberta Blue Strategies is a conservative voter contact firm and call center run by Richard Dur. 

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POD: Kenneyism - Reckoning with what Alberta's ultimate political weirdo has done to us

Jeremy Appel joins the pod to talk about his newly published book, Kenneyism: Jason Kenney's Pursuit of Power. We discuss how Jason Kenney's ghost continues to haunt us still and the effects his time in politics have wrought at the federal and provincial level. Also, you should buy the book.

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Odds of a Naheed Nenshi ANDP leadership bid aren’t high—but they aren’t zero

Could former Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi run for the leadership of the Alberta NDP? One of his closest friends and advisors is telling him to think about it. 

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What you need to know about a potential City of Edmonton strike

Edmonton libraries could be shut down as early as February 12 due to a strike or lockout. Most inside city of Edmonton workers including 911 operators, recreation centre workers and civilian police workers could be off the job as early as February 15.

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Testy police commission meeting sees multiple citizens call for accountability for Chief McFee

Edmonton’s police commission, the body tasked with civilian oversight of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS), held their monthly public meeting this Thursday, and the proceedings were tense. Eight different speakers from the public, all critical of Chief Dale McFee, his recent handling of encampment sweeps and his recently announced plans for an encampment crackdown, rose to protest EPS’ recent activities. Many of those same speakers interrupted Chief McFee’s report to the police commission and walked out after an extended verbal confrontation. 

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