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I spent some of my younger years playing in the "greenhouse" of a #yeg Surgeon who performed abortions prior to it being legal.

I never knew the full story but I know the surgery was performed in the greenhouse area and there was a recovery suite in the same 1/
...structure where my grandmother lived the last few years of her life.

This is compassionate medicine. The Surgeon invested a significant amount of money to provide a clean, safe and welcoming space for women who were, what we referred to then as being, in trouble.

Now we...
...just call them pregnant.

It seems as though a good chunk of the USA will have to go back to "in trouble."

I remember my Dad dropping food and clothing off food and clothing for young girls who were "in trouble" at the local nunnery in #yeg. We were never allowed to go...
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1/ This evening around 9:30 I was on the phone with a friend in Toronto. I was getting ready to go get a few groceries, and observing the rules: go to the bathroom before you get in the car.
I was interrupted in my task by an odd rustling sound from the
#yegdt #NotAngryAB
2/ livingroom. So, still with ghe phone in one hand and pulling my pants up with the other, I turned the corner into the livingroom...

...where a stranger, wearing my winter coat, was stuffing things into a gym bag. A box of 3 votive candles. A boxed New Testament. A paperback
3/ of Isherwood's Down There on a Visit. A boxed set of Sherlock Holmes books. A fancy programmable power bar. And my gym bag already had the swimsuit, workout gloves, athetic shoes etc.

I bellowed at the man to put my things down and I rushed toward him - my right hand with the
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Went out for a lovely walk after supper. I usually find them peaceful but not today. 3 things bothered me. One was actually heartbreaking.

cc @edmonton_anne @AmarjeetSohiYEG

I will start with that one:

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1- I saw a homeless couple washing their laundry in Paul Kane Park.

They had a bucket that they filled with water at the fountain, washed clothes in it, then laid them on a picnic table.

The city needs to provide some kind of facility for them. They have dignity too! 😢
2- Took my dog to Oliver Off-Leash park. Hadn't even stepped through the 2nd door when a large dog jumped on me & nipped my nose! The owner didn't even apologize. She said that he was just "excited". She couldn't control him, so we left.@OCLYEG put up rules please re: control
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1/Today is a brilliant, sunny day in #yeg.


Been a tough week in North America as millions woke up to the realization that corruption and misinformation are winning the battle for control over us.

Too many people didn't take it seriously enough early enough.

2/ Now the challenge is to stave off despair, to continue to find joy in our daily lives while we fight for a better world.

One where the word "freedom" isn't used to enslave people. Where death merchants can't buy from politicians the right to terrorize and kill women, children
3/ whether by violence or neglect, or by forced exposure to life-altering viruses.

Every day look for something good, something beautiful. Hold those things close and share them. Take strength from them.

Look at the people around you. Help the vulnerable in what ways you can.
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#Ableg News 🧵

While it’s officially summer - it’s bad news season for the @UCPCaucus:

✈️ Critics Balk At Kenney’s Trip to DC (Story #1)

🪙 Kenney’s Crypto Bet Falls Flat (#2)

😳 3-Posts on Michelle Rempel’s failed UCP Leadership Run (9-11)

Here’s 12 Bad News UCP Stories!
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1. Kenney left on a trip to the US Congress to discuss energy

Multiple critics are questioning “what’s the point” since Kenney’s resigned as Premier

One critic observed he’s “not a decision-maker…he’s walking in with no credibility”

No costs were released 😳
#Ableg News 🧵

2. Since UCP MLA Doug Schweitzer announced Alberta will be “A Canadian Cryptoland” and part of the UCP “diversification strategy”, crypto market prices collapsed by ~60%.

Kenney tweeted his support for crypto on Sunday, suggesting he still remains Bullish 🤦🏻‍♂️
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This is a day many of us hoped we would never see.

The destruction of basic human rights for hundreds of millions of people in what was once one of the world’s great democracies.

#ableg #yyc #yeg
Only a short drive from where I am standing today, our neighbours are being stripped of the right to make decisions about their own bodies.

Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States is abhorrent.

#ableg #yyc #yeg
It destroys generations of hard-won progress towards equality for women, girls, and all people who become pregnant.

#ableg #yyc #yeg
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I try to offer support to those expressing #MentalHealth struggles, but I can't respond to everyone all of the time. That said, I do see you. You matter and you are valid.

The following thread is a compilation of #Edmonton/#yeg resources.

** Links don't imply endorsement.

Momentum Walk-In #counseling offers FREE drop-in groups and workshops for women, men, teens and first responders. Help is available to those with #anxiety, #depression, and #bipolar disorder.

The Family Centre (@tfcnalberta) offers a series of workshops, groups and classes on #anxiety and #depression, #SelfEsteem, #anger management, #parenting, #grief, #trauma, #relationships, communication skills, and understanding #addiction.

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1/🧵 about global oil demand. Alberta, pay attention.

Peak oil demand is determined by electric vehicles. Full stop.

How fast is global transportation electrifying? Really, really fast. Faster than we ever expected.

@colinmckerrache @BloombergNEF #ableg
2/The internal combustion engine has already peaked, according to BNEF.

Next up, peak oil demand. That happens mid to late 2020s...just a few years from now.

The solid line on the first graph is EXISTING POLICIES. If govts do nothing else.
3/This interview with economist Werner Antweiler is one of the most interesting and important I've ever done.

He explains the economic reasons why the global economy (not just energy) will be disrupted during the 2020s.

Rapid change is coming, #alberta.
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holy shit!! there was just a massive, massive power outage in the west end of downtown. there was a huge boom, then a massive flash of lightning, another boom — then the power was totally out. big police and fire presence.
tons of emergency crews still rolling around downtown #yeg. here’s the view from my place facing east towards downtown.
yup, that’ll do it.
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The @CityofEdmonton is only opening outdoor pools this summer for two months because of budget cuts. @OCLYEG has had to fight almost every budget cycle to keep our outdoor pool open, and in 2020, I decided to compare #yeg to other cities in Canada 🧵

Edmonton has almost a million residents, which means each of our outdoor pools serve 200,000 residents.

Calgary has eight outdoor pools managed by a non-profit association (rare in Canada). They charged $5 entry in 2021, compared to $9 in Edmonton. Ratio: 160,000/🌊.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba certainly aren’t flush with natural resource revenue and high incomes like Alberta, they must have less than us?

Saskatoon: four pools, 70,000/🌊
Regina: four pools, 80,000/🌊
Winnipeg: nine pools, unheated are free, 85,000/🌊
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Today in #YEGDT we held an open house for our #ManagedAlcoholProgram (MAP) and their new space - we even got to sample the wine that clients brew themselves. It got grape reviews!
Big things are happening at the MAP space - they just moved into a bigger area to give participants a more dignified and functional drop in space with plenty of activities and ways to get to know each other.
We also started filming a short video that will highlight the positive outcomes and life changing aspects of MAP. We’ll be featuring participant voices as well as agency partners that have seen really incredible stories arise. Stay tuned for that!
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So about that Crime Stoppers misdirection presser today with UCP Minister Shandro and EPS Chief McFee. #ableg #yegcc 🧵

Let's clarify a few things about police funding and public safety in Edmonton:
Edmonton property taxes provide for the best resourced police force in Alberta and 2nd in Canada.

No one spends more on police per person than Edmonton and it's almost a quarter of your tax bill.…
We have the largest air force with two helicopters, an airplane, and are buying a second airplane for $4.5 Million. Plus drones. And tanks. And cars. And trucks. And a ton of guns.…
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Another not-so-fun Sunday morning story. Today, I got chased and harrassed while I was walking my dog… for being Muslim #yeg #ableg 🧵
I’m not Muslim. I was wearing a headband, and the guy clearly wasn’t very smart to understand it wasn’t a hijab. He changed direction after he saw me and started walking after me, yelling things, and the last one I heard before I rushed around the corner was “F*ck you, Muslim”
As a Canadian citizen that came from Latin America, I’ve had my share of racist/xenophobic comments directed at me. People are usually able to tell I’m not white, but don’t quite recognize where I’m from (where to send me back to?) so it’s not as direct or as violent.
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Man once rejected by a pretty horse girl / cyclist blocked me for pointing out the entire internet is not true 😆
Also don’t read that thread unless you want your brain to explode! It’s also both offensive and amusing.
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#Ableg News 🧵

2022 is the year of “Really Bad News” for the @UCPCaucus:

🤦🏻‍♂️- Elections Alberta is investigating Kenney (AGAIN!) (Story #1)

🤫- UCP hide documents during FOIP Requests (#7)

👩‍⚖️- A judge warns Kenney about divisive language (#16)

Here’s 17 UCP Bad News Stories
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So It Begins…

1. Elections Alberta is OFFICIALLY investigating allegations of bulk UCP membership purchases made by Kenney’s camp right before this year’s leadership review

The investigation involves 4,000 new UCP memberships purchased by only 6 credit cards.
#Ableg News 🧵

2. 13 motions to improve accountability & transparency in Alberta’s Lobby Act, including several made by Alberta's Ethics Commissioner, were rejected by the UCP!

It’s noted Kenney has close, secretive “relationships with firms who regularly lobby his government”
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This was the WORST bad news week for the @UCPCaucus in 2022:

🤬- The UCP suddenly defund critical diabetic care (Story #1)

🤫 - Jason Nixon secretly removes park protections (#2)

🤐- Kenney’s silent on Women’s Rights (#7)

Here’s 22 (YUP!) Bad News UCP Stories!
#Ableg News 🧵

1. Thousands of Albertans were SHOCKED after the UCP announced a plan to “improve” diabetes care…by partially defunding insulin pumps for diabetics

Sick Albertans may see expensive premiums, co-payments or they’ll be forced to abandon their treatments altogether
#Ableg News 🧵

2. 🤫 Shhhh….pro-coal UCP MLA Jason Nixon is AGAIN silently changing legislation to weaken protections of our provincial parks!

Critics say he is attempting to now allow activities in provincial ncisl parks and public lands that are currently prohibited ⛏
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I told @AB_AgainstUCP it’d be a “quiet” week for the @UCPCaucus

I was wrong: it’s AWFUL:

🥊 UCP MLA Nixon Gets Away With Bullying (Story #1)

😨 Another UCP MLA Calls Kenney Out! (#5)

🏥 4 Major Health Care Crisis’s! (#7-10)

Here’s 16 bad news UCP stories!
#Ableg News 🧵

1. UCP MLA Jason Nixon will not be sanctioned for comments he made during an angry exchange that included him swearing at Speaker Nathan Cooper in the leg.

It is noted Nixon didn’t ACTUALLY apologize…rather an “I’m sorry” letter was read by another UCP MLA.
#Ableg News 🧵

2. UCP MLA Fir announced private schools, which receive 70% of funding from taxpayers, won’t need report how much they charge for tuition under a new bill. 

Critics suggest the UCP is hiding how much wealthy private schools make in tuition payments from parents
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Edmonton’s police commission needs to be more transparent & open up private meetings to foster public trust, says city councillor (& commissioner) Anne Stevenson. The police commission had its first public meeting with council today. #yeg #yegcc…
Coun. Anne Stevenson, who is also a commissioner, said there needs to be a “cultural shift” so that the oversight body becomes comfortable asking difficult questions of police leadership in a public forum.
Police commission chair John McDougall told me the commission has been “remarkably transparent” already. Even so he supports the idea to have more public committee meetings.
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It was a stinker of a bad news week for the @UCPCaucus

👩‍🎓- LaGrange’s education cuts create chaos! (Story #3)

😔- The UCP kick 40,000 vulnerable Albertans off health care plans! (#5)

🎭 - 5 UCP DRAMA STORIES!(#7-11)

👀 Here’s 16 bad news UCP stories this week
#Ableg News 🧵

1. Kenney is accused of hiding a report showing how Alberta auto insurance providers collected over a $1,000,000,000 more than they paid out in 2020!

Despite this: Auto premiums went up significantly over the past 2 years- after @jkenney removed the rate cap.
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2. The Alberta Ombudsman is calling out the Kenney gov’t to make MAJOR changes to the AISH appeal system

He ruled that under the UCP, Disabled Albertans wanting to challenge their provincial disability benefits are facing a system that isn’t fair and troubling.
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Another Wednesday, another conference filled with misinformation.

@JasonCoppingAB says not all hospitals are overcapacity. Only some in #yyc and #yeg ... And okay, perhaps that true. But that should not be reassuring to anyone, and here's why.
#YYC and #YEG contain the main tertiary car centers for AB, where specialized surgeries, procedures and transplant medicine occurs. It's where resources such as telemetry beds, specialized equipment exists as single point access for all Albertans.
If those hospitals are overcapacity, they can no longer safely accept patients from the peripheral sites, the rural hospitals, the smaller centers that do not have all of the necessary medical tools and personnel to care for every patient.
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#Ableg News 🧵

Despite it being “Good Friday”, it’s been a BAD News Week for the @UCPCaucus:

🧳- Alberta has the WORST job growth in Canada (Story #1)

🤦🏻‍♂️- LaGrange’s BRUTAL Presser (#8)

📈 - Alberta Insurance Profits Skyrocket (#13)

Here’s 13 Bad News UCP Stories
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1. Despite record job growth all across Canada - Alberta is being left behind under Kenney!

#YEG saw the unemployment rate jump to 7.1% (from 6.9%); #YYC saw a tiny drop at 7.7% (8%) — these are some of the HIGHEST unemployment rates among major Canadian cities
#Ableg News 🧵

2. In just 3-months in 2022, Alberta Health Services has posted 52 news releases alerting the public that Alberta emergency rooms and urgent care centres were closed or relying only on nursing staff because there wasn't a doctor available.

This is a crisis 😬
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Here's your pre-Easter weekend look at #COVID19AB wastewater data.
At the risk of sounding glib, something has risen and it isn't a holy figure... 🧵
Fort Mac #YMM has seen a general upward trend for the past 3 weeks (last data point today)
Grande Prairie looks to be starting a swing upward from an apparent nadir a few weeks ago (last data point Apr 12)
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#Ableg News 🧵

There’s no “Good News Weeks” in Alberta; only slightly less awful weeks under the @UCPCaucus:

🤦🏻‍♂️- Kenney’s expensive referendum was useless (Story #1)

👨‍⚖️- Provincial Lawyers Threaten To Strike (#5)

📉- More Bad UCP Polls! (#X)

Here’s XX Bad News UCP Stories!
#Ableg News 🧵

1. Despite spending $10,000,000 in taxpayer 💰, Kenney’s “Equalization Referendum” had 0 influence on Canadians' support for the program, revealed a new national survey

This 100% goes against Kenney’s claim his referendum sent a “powerful message” to Canadians🤦🏻‍♂️
#Ableg News 🧵

2. Dr. Verna Yiu was fired by Kenney’s AHS Board, shocking health workers who admired her calm, compassionate leadership

Critics say she stood in the way of Kenney privatizing health care + supported COVID-19 mandates. Multiple UCP MLA’s publicly attacked her
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Invited my wife to grab groceries with me tonight on our bikes. It was her first time. She laughed the whole time, sent pictures to her friends, was like “I can’t believe we’re doing this”. Then halfway home she was like, huh, this isn’t that interesting actually. Haha. #yegbike
This has been my experience over and over again. As North Americans we’ve made biking for daily trips seem so absurd and novel. Somehow getting $60 of groceries with a bike and basket is weirder than driving a 4000lb metal box that seats 5 people 4mins to get a few bags. #yegbike
Part of normalizing biking again has to be invitational. “Come and see”, “want to join me?” I am convinced this can make leaps and bounds in cycling advocacy world. Cheap rentals and free trials/courses for bikes are especially needed. (Ebike, Dutch, cargo too as foreign kinds)
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