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Alberta Views Magazine

May 2019

Alberta Views is the must-read magazine for those shaping the new Alberta. Well-educated, savvy citizens turn to the magazine when they want great writing and analysis.

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10 Issues


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culture and consciousness

As a Mount Royal College instructor, I spent a year in Montreal in 1982 on exchange with a CEGEP teacher. It was only then that I discovered I was Albertan.I was born and raised in Alberta, but in the same way that nobody thinks they have an accent—only other people have accents—I had little awareness of the ways the culture here had shaped me. I thought I was just like everyone else in Canada. The stereotype of an Albertan as a self-reliant rugged redneck individualist, a conservative resentful of government, a maverick eluding restrictions, seemed false to me. Now, granted we did have the Stampede and Klondike Days, roots in the Wild West of ranching and oil wells, and the legend of a crazy Social Credit government in the early…

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alberta views

FOUNDER: JACKIE FLANAGANEditorEVAN OSENTON (on leave)Art DirectorBEATE WICHMANNAssociate EditorTADZIO RICHARDSAccountant/Assistant EditorAGA RETTIECirculation/AdministratorSARAH WESTERFactcheckerJOE WILDERSONAlberta Media Fund…

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Ricardo Acuña (“What They Did,” p 24) is executive director of the Parkland Institute, a public policy think tank at the U of A. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on politics and public policy issues in Alberta, and until recently wrote a regular column on provincial politics for Vue Weekly.Katherine Govier (“Back to the Garden” p 29) has published 10 novels, three story collections and two anthologies of travel writing. She was born in Edmonton and grew up there and in Calgary, skiing and hiking around Banff. She now divides her time between Toronto and Canmore.Greg Flanagan (“Should Alberta Have Higher Taxes?” p 40) is a public finance economist and distinguished research associate at the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute. He retired after 25 years as a teacher,…

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RE THE APRIL ISSUE: Jason Kenney’s UCP platform is “currently under development”—his vision for education, for instance, will be disclosed “closer to the election.” But Kenney has promoted himself as a brand already, in full frontpage newspaper and online ads critical of the NDP government as well as in prominent newspaper and magazine features. For all that, very little concrete information is given. Equal or “equitable” funding for all education is hinted at, be it public, separate, charter, home or private. But not all of these options are equally compelling. Surely, in a system always short of money, public funding of 70 per cent, and perhaps 100 per cent under a UCP government, is grossly inappropriate in schools where parents pay upwards of $22,000 per student per year.The seedier side…

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spot public art turn turn turn (a resting place)

(PETER ROCKFORD ESPIRITU (DANCERS OF DAMELAHAMID))(BLAKE SENINI (TURN TURN TURN))Calgary sculptor and Alberta University of the Arts instructor Blake Senini took inspiration from iconic shapes of southern Alberta: teepees, mountains and haystacks. Changing light throughout the day reflects off the metal, sculpted in the shape of an arctic tern’s wings.Artist: Blake SeniniLocation: Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine HatMaterials: Cast aluminum and dyed concreteUnveiled: 2011Commissioned by: Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the City of Medicine Hat…

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the scene

THEATREEDMONTONThe Empress and The Prime MinisterBy Darrin Hagen, Theatre Network, Roxy on Gateway, Apr 18–May 5The TempestBy William Shakespeare, Citadel Theatre, Shoctor Theatre, Apr 20–May 12NassimBy Nassim Soleimanpour, Citadel Theatre, The Club, Apr 30–May 5A Man Draws a BirdBy Booming Tree, Backstage Theatre, Arts Barns, Apr 30–May 11Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeBy Christopher Durang, Shadow Theatre, Varscona Theatre, May 1–19SilenceBy Moira Buffini, U of A Studio Theatre, Timms Centre, May 15–25Nextfest 2019Emerging artists in theatre, dance, music, film and more, various venues, May 30–Jun 9CALGARYBilly Elliot The MusicalBook and lyrics by Lee Hall, music by Elton John, Theatre Calgary, Max Bell Theatre, Apr 9–May 12Waiting for GodotBy Samuel Beckett, Black Radish Theatre, Theatre Junction Grand, Apr 26–May 12RBC Emerging Director’s ShowcaseLunchbox Theatre, May 6–11The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly…