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Normally, Fridays are my day off, but it's not every day International news is on the doorstep of your workplace, so I'm on my way to cover the protest. #ableg
There's someone speaking at the podium now and a dueling horn from a semi truck blaring. People holding pro-oil signs and holding pro-environment signs.
There is a wide variety of ages here. Lots of bikes. Lots of doggies.
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For all you international journalists out there, here's the Premier of Alberta hanging out with the MAGA hat wearing, twenty-something "journalist" that harassed teenaged Greta Thunberg in a hotel yesterday #Elxn43 #Climatestrike #fridaysforfuture #GretaThunberg #Cdnpoli #Canpoli
Here's the same "journalist" who harassed Greta Thunberg in a hotel hallway yesterday when he was invited to cover the election night victory for Jason Kenney and the UCP in Alberta. #Cdnpoli #GretaThunberg #Fridaysforfuture #Cdnpoli #elxn43
Lots of examples out there of the Albertan "journalist" who harassed Greta Thunberg in a hallway in Alberta harassing young females in a similar manner. #GretaThunberg #FridaysForFuture #Ableg
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Wanna know some deets about what our government is doing to our healthcare?

The @ucp has told radiologists in our province that there is no more money for CT SCANS.

#ableg #abhealth #abpoli
Basically, this means that there is a finite number of CT SCANS that can be done. And they’ve been told they CAN NOT exceed this.

#ableg #abpoli #abhealth
An URGENT CT SCAN for someone with a suspected lung cancer will not happen for at least 2 MONTHS. (2 years ago it would have been done within a week).

#ableg #abpoli #abhealth
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Notice of motion now up from the Opposition, urging the gov't to maintain safety requirements for newly licensed Class 1 drivers. #westcdnag #ableg
To be fair, I'm not sure what happens after this motion... Will keep you posted on what happens with it. #ableg
Renaud thanks family members stayed for QP. She says this is a serious matter. The entire country was shaken by the crash. #ableg #westcdnag
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The @Alberta_UCP is now policing women’s bedrooms. The agents at Alberta Works have a policy to send one male agent to a single women’s home. Then they demand to view ur underware drawers. This is to prove no man is living w/ me. What if I am a cross dresser? Are they checking
My bra size to see if they are actually mine ?! Why are they intimidating me and scaring me? I have provided doctors note that I have severe PTSD and aniexty. How we they feel it’s ok. Manager at AW Drew Hewitt says they are just following policy. Pls help me understand
How this is ok? What women in Alberta find this acceptable ? They said they are trying to make sure I’m not lying about paying my rent and that no man lives with me - umm I have a 19 and 16 yr old sons.
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The second French-language Quebec debate is underway.

For those of you in Alberta who aren't watching, I'll provide some commentary.

The first question is on Climate Change (of course).

Justin Trudeau says "we need to stand up to oil barons".

#elxn43 #cdnpoli #abpoli #ableg
Now, a second question on Climate Change, this time for May, Trudeau, and Blanchet to "debate".

Spoiler: It's not really a debate.

The only thing they disagree on is how *quickly* they would destroy Alberta's economy.

#elxn43 #cdnpoli #abpoli #ableg
Moderator asks Trudeau whether he would force Quebec to allow a pipeline.

Trudeau says a lot of words, but he doesn't answer yes or no.

Blanchet says Quebec doesn't want a pipeline.

#elxn43 #cdnpoli #abpoli #ableg
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Not going to bother debunking this because other folks have already done that, but let's talk about the optics for a second and how that plays into narratives about how Alberta see themselves.

Notice how workers of colour are largely relegated to the side or background? #ableg
The "Nice White Kids"(TM), like Connor who's fistbumping Kenney, get to appear in their slick supervisory uniforms, which is precisely how white Albertan parents see their kids: clean-vut promoted, etc. even though McDonald's franchisees happily exploit workers of colour. #ableg
McDonald's loves the Temporary Foreign Worker program. (See here:…,…)

It expliticly allows franchisees to "utilize this federal program" (…).

Work permits under the program are tied to the employer. #ableg
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Something I'm wondering about re: the #ableg war room. Let's take their mission at face value - assume they are looking for data-driven responses to false information. Great. That raises a HUGE efficiency question with respect to moving the office outside of government. 1/N
Suppose someone (say, me for example) publishes something with which they disagree. Perhaps they want to access some data to counter or test what I've written. Perhaps from Bloomberg? IHS? Other very expensive subscription services? 2/N
The GoA has access to many of these services (I get a lot of them on academic pricing or library access) but a private corp in a separate physical location can't access GoA subscriptions for these items without violating terms of service. So, you're duplicating. 3/N
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1/10 #CDNpoli #ForeignInterference @ElectionsCan_E @rcmpgrcpolice #Elxn43

It appears RCMP will need to investigate if the allegations of voter fraud in #ABleg have now tainted the federal election

More than 1 person from Alberta has come forward with an illegitimate voter ID
2/10 #CDNpoli #ForeignInterference @ElectionsCan_E @rcmpgrcpolice #Elxn43

For the record, I have not engaged in doxing Mr. Gabriel

He made his complaint & photo of the illegitimate voter ID card public, with a request that everyone shares it widely…
3/10 #CDNpoli #ForeignInterference @ElectionsCan_E @rcmpgrcpolice

Moreover, Mr. Gabriel's example illuminates that voter ID cards are being distributed to non-Canadians via post office box numbers & not physical addresses, so any foreign entity could easily interfere in #Elxn43
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Quick dive into @StatCan_eng's quarterly population estimates released on Monday.

Series of charts coming... #cdnecon #cdnpoli 🇨🇦👨‍👩‍👦‍👦
@StatCan_eng Let's start with quarterly population change for Q2 2019. Prince Edward Island led the way, clearly due to tourists visiting Anne of Green Gables, falling in love with the place, and remaining.

Overall, Canada grew by 0.5% in the quarter.
@StatCan_eng Year-on-year, Canada grew by 1.4%. Again, PEI led the way. AB, Nunavut and Ontario also above the national average.
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It's important that we carefully examine claims made about our oil sands. The Premier, in this video, makes some claims which are, at best, misleading due to errors of omission. NB: Due to a lack of disclosure, I am not sure if he has received foreign funding. 1/N #ableg
"A barrel of Alberta heavy crude has a lower carbon footprint than the average barrel around the world." Really? Based on what? Here's Masnadi et al data on global crude supply. No, AB barrels are not below the global average. 2/N
What's the omission? Perhaps the Premier is referring to other heavy oil barrels with a field-weighted average? Perhaps the Premier has a citation that he can share to that effect. There are certainly some higher-emissions barrels, as shown here via California import data. 3/N
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Alberta Q2 Opioid Reporting fresh off the press!

As previously noted by @ehyshka, this quarter demonstrates an increase in fentanyl-related overdose compared to Q1 2019.
#AbLeg #ABpoli…
This is one of many reasons why it’s important to avoid overgeneralizing from a single data point—overdose deaths occur in ebbs and flows.

Sometimes a single bad batch can make the difference between a low point vs a surge in deaths.
Opioid related overdose deaths in the province related to fentanyl—important to note we are STILL in CRISIS. We are STILL LOSING 2 people everyday.

We are not doing enough to protect the vulnerable.

A reminder that there are still three communities waiting for SCS funding.
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Next up at AUMA: Premier Jason Kenney. Follow along for more. #ableg
Kenney gets a standing ovation as he takes the stage at AUMA. "I sure hope you'll still be applauding after the budget," he says. "It's all because of Travis Toews." #ableg
Kenney's wearing a 'Support Canadian Energy' t-shirt over the top of his shirt today. They're giving them out at the door. Says he's going to ignore his 32-page speech... "I want to speak to you from the heart," he says #ableg
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1/20 #CDNpoli #Elxn43 #TrudeauBlackface/#Brownface

Here's the supporting docs to my podcast interview with @canadianglen

The ORIGINAL exposé by Mercedes Stephenson on Global News concealed Conservative Party as source of the racist video depicting PMJT
2/20 #CDNpoli #Elxn43 #TrudeauBlackface/#Brownface

That disingenuous story by Mercedes Stephenson was followed up by David Akin, also from Global News

That same afternoon, he told PMJT to step aside & quit the election so someone else could take over LPC…
3/20 #CDNpoli #Elxn43 #TrudeauBlackface/#Brownface

Global News then dramatically edited its original story by Mercedes Stephenson, to finally admit they received the PMJT video from Conservative Party

But they concealed that significant edit too #Ethics
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Hello from an Edmonton public school board meeting with a loaded agenda. 13 members of the public are scheduled to speak today. (For school board, that's loads). Link for nerds:… #abed #epsb
I'm fighting with the internet right now, so live tweeting may or may not work well today. Board chair @TrishEstabrooks kicks off the meeting noting the climate strike coming on Friday. Teens and post-sec students expected to rally at the legislature. #abed #ableg
@TrishEstabrooks Tomorrow morning, they're going to demolish part of Highlands school to make way for a new addition, and Estabrooks said the education minister will be there. (I guess I will be, too, then?) Estabrooks plans to remind minister of substantial need for new schools in #yeg #abed
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Salaries for UCP political staffers have just been posted.… #ableg
Here's the tea. The UCP is listing the contracts on a biweekly basis...NDP contracts listed annual amounts. So I'm multiplying the amounts in the contracts by 26 pay periods. #ableg
Jamie Huckabay, chief of staff to the premier is making $224,120, slightly less than Notley's chief of staff Nate Rotman who made $225,000 #ableg
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New: the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said plaintiffs are discontinuing their legal challenge of Alberta school legislation now that the UCP government has replaced the School Act with the Education Act. #abed #ableg
The JCCF has claimed legislation (Bill 24) brought in by the former NDP government violated the charter rights of parents and schools. They were particularly concerned about school staff being prevented from telling families a child was in a gay-straight alliance. #abed #ableg
To be clear, privacy legislation still prevents school staff from disclosing a kid’s GSA membership in most instances, as does the teachers’ code of conduct. #abed #ableg
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This is really starting to piss me off. #Trudeau literally created the most diverse cabinet in the history of #Canada, giving #POC the highest jobs in the country. He’s welcomed #Syrian refugees, he’s increased funding to #Indigenous people, he’s marched with #LGBTQ in #Pride...
...Parades. He’s supported #women’s rights, stood with #feminists & created the most gender balanced cabinet in the history of this country. His record on #humanrights, #multiculturalism & #diversity speaks a feck of a lot louder than some 20 year old photos. Wake up #canada!...
This is not #racism it is character assassination plain & simple. Don’t believe me? Look at Scheer’s record on #multiculturalism, #diversity & #inclusion. Look at the #whitenationalists, #bigots & #racists running in his campaign & ask yourself why they got a pass & JT doesn’t...
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Good luck @dryiu_verna and @jkenney with the AHS review when @EYnews doesn't even understand the principle of the Nash Equilibrium. Hint: it's why we have problems like resistant strains of infections. #ableg #abpoli #scitwitter #statstwitter #epitwitter #NotEvenWrong
@dryiu_verna @jkenney @EYnews In healthcare the Nash Equilibrium occurs because clinicians try to do what's best for the immediate problem right in front of them, without view to the future clinicians or broader society. #ableg #abpoli #scitwitter #statstwitter #epitwitter #NotEvenWrong
@dryiu_verna @jkenney @EYnews The result is that we end up trying to cure ageing through the primary, ambulatory, or inpatient care. #ableg #abpoli #scitwitter #statstwitter #epitwitter #NotEvenWrong
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We are now entering a new paradigm. @charlesadler is calling out conservatives who threatened a Liberal cabinet minister and her children. Physically threatened. The (sic) kudatah boys are spreading across the country. 1/10
I heard a @cbcradio report that experts expect, regardless of who wins the election, the losing side will not accept the win. I beg to differ. In #ableg the hard right did not accept the NDP win. They sought to overthrow the democratic choice. 2/10
It is not Liberal supporters, or NDP or Green, who threaten to "take back" their province or country from the duly elected government. Let's drop this "both-sideism". It is only the far right that threatens violence if they don't get what they want. 3/10
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The choice of the #MacKinnonReport to only use the measure of per capita spending guaranteed the outcome. Because that measure fully ignores the fact that Albertans earn more across the board (public and private) compared to other provinces. It's called the free market. #ableg
Per capita spending also ignores cost of living and the fact that Alberta's economy is still very clearly the strongest in Canada.
And per capita spending ignores, of course, the fact that Alberta's tax system raises by far the least amount of revenue of any tax system in Canada.
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While the McKinnon Report is the opening salvo in the brutal austerity and class war that's to come let's talk about something the UCP buried late on a Friday before the Labour Day long weekend - your car insurance rates going up (1/x) #ableg…
This was strategically released late on a Friday with almost no comment from anyone. There was no economic impact analysis released and reporters have been too busy with the McKinnon report to follow up. We have no idea how much this will cost Albertans. #ableg
But make no mistake, everyone in Alberta will be paying more to private insurance companies to drive around as a result of letting the cap expire. And this is exactly what the private insurance companies wanted. The insurance industry lobbied extensively for this change.
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Fun fact: If Alberta had the same level of taxation as British Columbia - the second lowest in the country - then Alberta would have no deficit. #ableg
Here is the source:…

"It would bring in $8.7-billion in revenue. That pretty much takes care of the province's deficit right there, without having to make any adjustments to expenditures."
Two of Alberta's largest cities also have the highest number of millionaires per capita.

The provincial fiscal review just announced benefits them more than students by maintaining their absurdly low taxes and proposing increased tuition and privatized Healthcare.
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