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Upcoming

  • Feb 17- May 22 ALBERTA IN THE GREAT WAR
    lberta & the Great War, an exhibitaion commemorating the role of Albertans in WW1, and including recreations of a trench, a parlour of the period, and a public square, opens in the Borealis Gallery on the main floor of the Federal Building.
  • Feb 20 LAST DSM
    The final delegate selection meeting for the PC Leadership Convention (Mar. 17-18) will be held for the Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood riding, postponed from an earlier date and therefore later than the original DSM cut-off of Feb. 16. It will take place at Montrose Community Hall 5920 119 Ave. at 7 pm.
  • Feb 21- 24 ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES
    Final week of public hearings by the Electoral Boundary Commission (EBC): in Calgary at the Coast Plaza Hotel (1316 33 St, NE) on Tuesday at 9 am, 1 pm, & 7 pm, and on Wednesday at 9 am & 1 p.m; on Thursday in Edson at the Best Western (300 52 St.) at 8:30 am, and in Slave Lake at the Holiday Inn Express (1551 Main St.) at 2:30 pm; and on Friday in Westlock at the Ramada (11311 100 St.) at 10:30 pm. For the audio feed & transcripts, go to http://assemblyonline.assembly.ab.ca/Harmony/MonthView.aspx?date=20170116&tnid=255
  • Feb 25 WILDROSE NOMINATION
    The Wildrose holds the first of its nomination meetings, this one in in Chestermere-Rocky View, represented by MLA Leela Aheer, who is unlikely to be challenged. The nomination may be have to be redone if the electoral boundaries are changed.
  • Feb 25- 26 DIPPER DOS
    Two NDP fundraisers: Saturday’s $50 event is Edmonton-Centre’s Black History Month Celebration Dinner starting at 6 pm at the Global Buffet & Grill, 11845 Wayne Gretzky Dr., hosted by the Legislature’s MLA David Shepherd, and featuring music, dance, & poetry; Sunday’s $50 event is an Oscars party in Calgary with our openly gay Culture & Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda and prodigal daughter of the party Deborah (“Fear of Attack”) Drever (Calgary-Bow) presiding (we’re guessing Ricardo will be plumping for Moonlight as best picture, while Deb’s likely more of an Arrival gal.) Things get underway at 3 pm at the Seanachie Pub, 5909 Signal Hill Ctr SW. Tickets for these and other Dipper dos can be had at: http://www.albertandp.ca/events

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Week ending February 17th, 2017 Vol 31, No 21

HAPPY DAVE — The portrait of Dave Hancock, the 15th premier, was unveiled last Monday. Hancock, who warmed the seat between the resignation of Alison Redford and the election of Jim Prentice, calls his less than 6-month-long position "the best summer job I ever had."
Humility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are.
Laurence J. Peter, Canadian educator & originator of the Peter Principle

Inside this week

"Scud Stud" receives a settlement for court costs in his defamation case against Don Martin
Brian Jean's unity pitch to his grassroots: move fast
Hancock gracious at portrait unveiling ceremony
Red Tory stalwarts continue their last-ditch efforts to remove Kenney from the leadership race.

Talk in the Corridors

The last ditch attempt by Jeff Rath, Calgary lawyer and campaigner for Richard Starke, to have leadership front-runfner Jason Kenney booted from the race for doing harm to the PC brand (Insight Feb. 10) seemed to die a natural death last Sunday after the Leadership Election Committee (LEC) voted unanimously to reject Rath’s complaint.

The committee reasoned that since the party’s directors had already agreed before last October’s nomination to let Kenney run, despite his plan to close down the party and form a new one combining PCers and Wildrosers, that Rath’s complaint was mooted. There would be no further action. The only one getting booted was Rath—by leadership Candidate Dr. Richard Starke, who knows full well that efforts to remove Kenney this late in the game would invite ridicule, create chaos and probably do good things for the opposition Wildrose. Maybe he knows something else too.

Top Story

We caught Arthur Kent, the former NBC war correspondent known as the “Scud Stud” during his reports from the first Gulf war, on Jesse Brown’s Canadaland podcast this week. Speaking in his splendidly modulated broadcasting baritone, Kent, 63, was righteously defending his win in a defamation suit against columnist Don Martin and Postmedia.

The interview came on the heels of Calgary QB Justice Jo’Anne Strekaf’s mid-January decision to award Kent $250K in court costs, following on the ruling she made in his favour last summer which awarded $200K in damages plus $60K in interest.

Kent came up somewhat short of the total $10.5M he’d originally been asking for in damages from the defamation and the $1.2M he’d sought in court costs, but, after seven years of litigation, he considered it a win, and on Brown’s show he played up the decision as a victory for responsible journalism…