Variant spread from a BC traveller. Why Kenney had to act.
Also, why everyone was telling Kenney to act weeks ago.
Kenney remains ever-apologetic to those who oppose the snapback covid restrictions, and he addresses directly the critics within his own party and caucus, worries about polarization.
Then there’s the matter of people who criticize him from the other side of the action line.
This Kenney announces/Shandro offers details briefing pattern works really well in a world in which the premier gives brief overview and lets health minister flesh out details.
My fellow Albertans, that world doesn’t exist. We elected a details-loving, say-it-all premier.
These closures suck for restaurant owners, of course, this premature reopening and subsequent closing.
But my goodness, are things dangerous for servers and other front-line workers with these variants, in a province that has yet to prioritize vaccination for such workers.

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25 Feb
Kenney gov't will spend $10M to hold Senate election and that equalization referendum (plus others?) during Oct. civic votes.
That's decent change to spend on largely symbolic public ballots, from a crew demanding the public sector tighten belts and get paid less.
(Warning: corporatespeak alert)
Alberta budget talks of "right-sizing" public sector compensation but doesn't tip Kenney's hand on how big the salary cuts gov't expects in labour bargaining.
BUT... compensation per full-time equivalent across public sector drops ~4% this year.
The same Alberta government that's pledged a $30M "Energy war room" to brighten the industry's reputation will now add a $2M Environmental, Social and Government Secretariat out of premier's exec council to further spread oil's good-news gospel.
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24 Feb
Alberta Health Services’ buggy vaccine registration launch (hurrah to brothers @korymath & @MathKyle) is a rough and very visible blunder for a provincial agency that’s done a lot of good this pandemic, INCLUDING on the tech front. A wee thread:
AHS has a very robust Covid testing signup/results system that throughout last year was handling higher volumes than other provinces, and handily phoning or texting residents promptly. It was quite good! And it’s hard to recall things at the start of the pandemic but...
Alberta Health Services' covid assessment tool (plug in your symptoms, find out if you need to quarantine/get test) was developed in less than a week and proved a masterclass in health tech implementation. Used 6 million times in six months.…
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24 Feb
Computer scientists will save us all! This works, and it fixes the buggy AHS system.
This is proving the easier code fix for Alberta’s vaccine registration than one I posted earlier. Best wishes, peeps.
It’s alarming to think how differently today would have gone for my family and many in Alberta if it weren’t for @korymath & @MathKyle spending the morn helping their grandparents, puzzlling over a glitchy Alberta website & using coding wits to overcome it. then sharing w/ us all
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24 Feb
Q for Albertans in vaccine registration limbo: when you get stuck on the “enter your postal code” page, do you eventually get through?
My mind goes to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the factory owner who had all his workers opening chocolate bars in search of the golden ticket for his dear Violet Beauregard.
This was Veruca Salt, not the gum-chewing Violet. i need remedial Dahl
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31 Aug 18
Rachel Notley vows to not raise the current carbon tax three years from now unless Trudeau pushes forward in the next few months to protect the massive investment he just made, which he'll doubtless do. That's all she did today, right? 1/
Notley couldn't have just said she was mad as hell. To channel Alberta anger she had to Do Something. Temporarily suspending plans for a three-years-from-now tax change has the fairly thin veneer of Something.
But... 2/
A tough-sounding Something that actually means Very Little might be the best option she has at present.
The bag of options mostly contains dumb, self-sabotaging and ineffective things. Notwithstanding clause! Shut off the taps as if that unquashes a permit! Slash gas taxes! 3/
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