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Alberta Views Magazine


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.

Alberta Views Limited Partnership
10 期号


division versus diversity

In his victory speech on the evening of April 16, Jason Kenney said, “Albertans have chosen hope over fear, and unity over division.” From a man whose campaign promises were full of threats, aggression and divisiveness, this language evokes an Orwellian dystopia: War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Hope over fear? Unity over division? Kenney pledges to create a “war room” to attack Alberta’s “enemies.” He will pit us against the federal government, BC, Quebec, educators, environmentalists and even large oil companies. He has said that his first government bill will repeal the carbon tax, which will trigger the federal government to impose its own. Then he’ll wage a constitutional battle over their right to do so. He’ll cut off the oil supply to BC if they don’t…

alberta views staff

FOUNDER: JACKIE FLANAGAN Editor EVAN OSENTON Art Director BEATE WICHMANN Associate Editor TADZIO RICHARDS Accountant/Assistant Editor AGA RETTIE Publisher/Advertising sales BETH ED 403 243 5334 1 877 212 5334 sales@albertaviews.ca Circulation Administrator SARAH WESTER Factchecker JOE WILDERSON SUBSCRIPTIONS: In Canada: $29.99 per year [includes GST]. In US: $50 CDN. Visit albertaviews.ca/subscribe, mail a cheque or subscribe by phone. Alberta Views is published by Alberta Views Limited Partnership: 208–320 23 Ave SW, Calgary AB T2S 0J2 Phone: 403 243 5334 Toll-free (in Alberta): 1 877 212 5334 All requests for permission to reprint should be sent by email to the publisher. Queries with article proposals should be sent by email to the editor. Printed in Canada. GST Registration No. 89455 6307. ISSN No. 1480-3151. Publications Mail Agreement No. 40024877. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: Circulation department, 208–320 23 Ave SW, Calgary AB T2S 0J2 Contents copyright 2019.…


Jeff Doherty (“Taking Back the Neighbourhood,” p 24) is a freelance journalist in Lethbridge. His previous Alberta Views article (April 2016) was on secondary suites. A trained historian, Doherty can often be found sifting through documents in libraries and archives. Alvin Finkel (“Our Almost-Revolution,” p 30) is a professor emeritus of history at Athabasca University, where he began teaching in 1978. He is a co-author (with Margaret Conrad) of the two-volume History of the Canadian Peoples, and the author of Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy. Sharon J. Riley (“Rural Rite,” p 34) is an investigative reporter for The Narwhal. Her work has been published by The Walrus, Harper’s, The Tyee and Maisonneuve, and she was a finalist for Best New Writer at the 2017 National Magazine Awards. She grew up on an Alberta…


I READ WITH INTEREST RICARDO ACUÑA’S “What They Did” (May 2019), about the Notley government’s so-called achievements. I was disappointed that Acuña, in the name of fair reporting, didn’t mention the spendaholic NDP indebting Albertans tens of billions of dollars to accomplish “what they did”—crazy things, like hiring firms from Ontario to install light bulbs, killing business (e.g., making driver training the domain of the NDP), and hailing the sprinkling of supervised drug consumption sites around the province as “historic.” This was the term Shannon Phillips used for the tragedy unfolding in Lethbridge; her pet project has near totally ruined business downtown. ALVIN W. SHIER, Lethbridge THE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE NDP as socialists and UCP as capitalists is a false comparison yet continues to colour political discourse in the media. The UCP…

the scene

LITERARY EDMONTON Matthew Stepanic, Writer in Residence, Edmonton Public Library, monthly events from Jan 2 Alberta Literary Awards Gala Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Jun 8 AUDREYS BOOKS Read and Write with Pride 2019, Jun 13 CALGARY Liz Howard, Writer in Residence, University of Calgary, until Jun 30 OWL’S NEST Writers Unplugged, an open mic evening presented by the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, Jun 26 SHELF LIFE NeWest Calgary Triple Header, Heidi L.M. Jacobs, Audrey J. Whitson, Theanna Bischoff, Jun 25 MUSIC EDMONTON EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Venue: Winspear Centre Prior’s New Violin Concerto Alexander Prior, conductor, Simone Porter, violin, Jun 1 The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein Jack Everly, conductor, Ben Crawford, baritone, Ted Keegan, tenor, Kokopelli and Òran choirs, Jun 7, 8 Thorgy and the Thorchestra Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor, Thorgy Thor, violin, Jun 9 Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Rimsky-Korsakov Alexander Prior, conductor, Sara…

must-see exhibition

Laara Cassells: _after Until June 9, 2019, Whyte Museum, Banff In this portrait series, painter Laara Cassells juxtaposes representations inspired by paintings of European society from the 15th to early 20th centuries with present-day models that resemble the original. The contemporary figures are depicted using anachronistic technology while interacting with their historical doppelgängers. Cassells aims to illustrate how life has changed over the ages, not necessarily to comment on the disengagement of electronic device users.…