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Alberta Views Magazine

September 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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alberta’s mood

With the election of Jason Kenney, Alberta is great again. Pipelines are being built, oil is flowing, coal is coming back, and creeks in the Bighorn remain choked with the mud churned up by ATV tires. The natural order of things is restored. This year’s election was nonetheless strange. Never before has a governing party in Alberta served but one term and then been replaced—usually they get to run the show for decades. It’s unusual for Albertans to replace their governing party with one further to the right (though historians will quibble about the United Farmers’ unconventional orientation). It used to be that if your sole job outside of politics consisted of “lobbyist,” you wouldn’t be trusted to lead a government. Not so in Alberta in 2019. Perhaps most surprising, this year…

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Tadzio Richards (“All the Rage,” p 28) is the associate editor at Alberta Views. He received an Alberta Magazine Award for his AV story on the 2015 provincial election; his story on the UCP leadership race was a 2019 AMA finalist. He drives a blue truck, bought in Calgary long before Mr. Kenney got his Dodge Ram. Trevor Tombe (“Misplaced Anger,” p 24) is an associate professor of economics at the U of C and a research fellow in The School of Public Policy. His work focuses mainly on international trade and macroeconomics. He took part in AV’s March 2018 dialogue: “Should government go into debt?” Ali Bryan (“The Big Man in Cargo Shorts,” p 41) writes novels, short stories and non-fiction. Her first novel, Roost (Freehand, 2013), won the Georges Bugnet…

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RE YOUR JUL/AUG COVER STORY, BY Arno Kopecky: The short answer to “Can climate change be reversed?” is “maybe”; the long answer is “no.” The issue of human-induced climate change is complicated. David Keith’s carbon removal moonshot is based on the premise that our climate is solely based on the percentage of CO2 in the atmosphere. This is only partly true. Other GHGs such as methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and water vapour are just as important, if not more so. In addition, carbon removal engineering such as carbon capture and storage and Keith’s direct-aircapture system is very expensive and unfortunately not very cost-effective. The largest CO2 emission reductions could be attained by energy efficiency. Canada needs 315 MT of CO2 emission reductions per year in 2030 (per the Paris Accord). Only…

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spot public art wolfe and the sparrows, calgary

Inspired by a statue of General James Wolfe that stands in Calgary’s Mount Royal neighbourhood, this work is meant to move beyond the celebration of historic figures and instead be viewed in a transformative light. The statue’s head and shoulders are in fact a flock of sparrows, which can be seen as the viewer moves closer. Artist: Brandon Vickerd, with fabrication by BronzArt Casting Ltd. Location: SW corner of 12th St SE bridge (Inglewood) Materials: cast bronze Dimensions: 16' tall Unveiled: May 2019 Commissioned by: City of Calgary COURTESY OF TAJ EXPRESS; BRANDON VICKERT (PUBLIC ART)…

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the scene

THEATRE EDMONTON Rent Broadway Across Canada, Jubilee, Sep 3–8 The Color Purple Based on the novel by Alice Walker, Citadel Theatre, Shoctor Theatre, Sep 21–Oct 13 Vidalia By Stewart Lemoine, Teatro La Quindicina, Varscona Theatre, Sep 26–Oct 12 CALGARY Rent Broadway Across Canada, Jubilee, Sep 10–15 Noises Off By Michael Frayn, Theatre Calgary, Max Bell Theatre, Sep 10–Oct 5 The Wedding Party By Kristen Thomson, Alberta Theatre Projects, Martha Cohen Theatre, Sep 11–29 The Pink Unicorn By Elise Forier Edie, Lunchbox Theatre, Sep 14–Oct 5 Strangers on a Train By Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, Vertigo Theatre, Sep 14–Oct 13 The Tempest Directed by Jamie Dunsdon, The Shakespeare Company, Vertigo Studio Theatre, Sep 19–Oct 5 LETHBRIDGE Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story By Alan Janes, New West Theatre, Yates Memorial Centre, Sep 4–21 MEDICINE HAT TerZettto L’Aubergine, Esplanade, Sep 28 GRANDE PRAIRIE The Addams Family…

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must-see exhibition

William Kentridge, an artist from South Africa, is internationally famous for his prints, drawings and animated films. Living during apartheid has strongly informed his work, which focuses on the politics of power and resistance. “More Sweetly Play the Dance” is the main component of the exhibition, a multi-media work combining images and sound that surround viewers with life-sized projections of a moving parade of people. “Procession,” a series of bronze sculptures, accompanies the video installation. CHARLES COUSINS; COLLECTION OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA…