Rank #1: Interview: Don Iveson on why the carbon tax works
Edmonton's mayor sat down with city columnist Elise Stolte for this week's The Press Gallery interview, pondering the risks for Edmonton in this upcoming provincial election, explaining the math behind the new provincial city funding deal, and taking a stand on the carbon tax.
Rank #2: #231: The Pipeline Party Poopers edition
Alberta was the party pooper at the Western Premiers' Conference in Yellowknife this week, and it's all thanks to pipelines. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Dave Breakenridge and Paula Simons to talk about why Premier Rachel Notley dissed the conference and sent her deputy instead, and why Alberta refused to sign onto the meeting's communique to Ottawa. The team also takes a look at why British Columbia is suing Alberta, and a recent NDP government hire that has the opposition seeing red. Good Stuff from the Gallery Paula's pick: The world lost Phillip Roth this week, so Paula recommends his novel The Plot Against America, as well as this read in the New Yorker about the frightening lessons in the book. Emma's pick: This excellent investigation by Pamela Colloff about the death of a small-town Texas teacher, and the potentially questionable blood splatter evidence that led to her husband being convicted of her murder. Dave's pick: This new series of ESPN's 30 for 30 podcasts, in particular this first one about the dark side of Bikram yoga.
Rank #3: #230: The Pipeline With The Political Depth Of A Fingerbowl edition
Jason Kenney said he wanted to "raise the bar" of political decorum, but apparently that means insulting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — if the opposition leader's comments this week are anything to go by. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Dave Breakenridge, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to talk about those remarks and this week's head-scratching Alberta visit by the PM. And of course, it wouldn't be Alberta politics if there wasn't something that happened around the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The team takes a look at the developments with the federal government this week, and what turning off the taps to B.C. might look like now that Bill 12 has passed. Good Stuff from the Gallery Dave's pick: Hogarth Shakespeare, a series of novels in which Shakespeare's plays are retold by famous authors. Paula's pick: This piece by Joanna Chiu in Foreign Policy magazine about the impact of so-called "sexpats" — white, male journalists working in Asia and taking advantage of female colleagues and translators. Emma's pick: This Washington Post opinion piece by Christian Caryl about why the journalist it sitting out on covering this weekend's royal wedding. Oh and here's a link to the other piece mentioned in this week's episode called Inside the NDP's family feud over Trans Mountain. Graham's pick: This CNN rundown on what you need to know about the Mueller investigation.
Rank #4: #229: The Conventionally Unconventional UCP Convention edition
The founding United Conservative Party convention drew thousands of partisans to Red Deer last weekend and dominated talk in the Alberta legislature for the rest of the week. Join Press Gallery host and provincial affairs reporter Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Sarah O'Donnell to chat about the resolutions, the vibe and what it all means politically. The team also talks us through the most recent changes being proposed to Alberta's election finance laws. Good Stuff from the Gallery Paula's pick: Fresh off her own National Newspaper Awards win, Paula recommends some NNA-nominated work, including this excellent investigation by the Toronto Star about temp workers. You can find Melissa Martin's NNA-nominated work here, under the columns section. Clare's pick: This disturbing New Yorker read about Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general accused of sexual misconduct against multiple women. Emma's pick: All things Eurovision. Be sure to watch the final this weekend, if you can. As a quick refresher, here's last year's winner from Portugal. Sarah's pick: Two picks from Sarah this week — The Wall, an amazing, interactive look at the US-Mexico border, and this podcast episode about the Toronto Star's investigative work.
Rank #5: #228: The Walking Awaaaaaaaay (From Bill Niiiiine) episode
Join the Press Gallery podcast team to talk about an unusual event in Alberta politics this week, when United Conservative Party MLAs walked out of two votes on a bill that will create protest-free bubble zones around abortion clinics. It wasn't exactly unexpected, but it was quite the sight. Host Emma Graney takes a look at the political implications of that walk out (and sings Jason Aldean's Walking Away very badly) along with podcast guests Clare Clancy, Dave Breakenridge and Graham Thomson. The team also have a chat about the UCP founding convention happening this weekend in Red Deer and the kerfuffle caused by the appointment of Alberta's first Election Commissioner. Good Stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: This powerful 2014 read from the New York Times, called The Horror before the Beheadings. Dave's pick: This excellent podcast, called Caliphate. Emma's pick: This bizarre story out of the New York Times about a baby formula crime ring. Graham's pick: This piece in the Globe and Mail about why we need to pay attention to the killing of nine Afghan journalists.
Rank #6: #227: The David Suzuki's Naughty By Nature Of Things edition
The University of Alberta's decision to award scientist David Suzuki an honorary doctorate caused quite the kerfuffle this week in Alberta politics. For once, Premier Rachel Notley and UCP Leader Jason Kenney were on the same page — neither of them support the appointment. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Paula Simons, Dave Breakenridge and Keith Gerein to talk about the honorary degree debate and the political undertones of the whole brouhaha. The team also takes on the latest developments in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion saga (they doubt it will ever end) and the Saskatchewan government's decision to take the feds to court over the carbon tax — and what that means for Alberta. Good Stuff from the Gallery Paula's pick: Billy-Ray Belcourt's amazing book of poetry. Dave's pick: This excellent podcast called the ongoing history of new music. Emma's pick: This mind-blowing story from the New Yorker about Japan's rent-a-family industry. Keith's picks: Two picks for Keith this week include this long read from The Star about the Harrison family murders, and this Washington Post article saying farewell to free journalism.
Rank #7: #226: The Pipelines, Pipelines, Pipelines edition
Another week in Alberta politics, and yet more developments in the Trans Mountain pipeline skirmish with British Columbia. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to talk about the new oil control legislation introduced in the house Monday, a meeting with the Prime Minister, and the latest comments from Kinder Morgan. OH! And a poll. About pipelines. Because it's all pipelines, all the time. The team also has a chat about a handful of Alberta MLAs who have decided not to run in 2019 — including one of the nicest guys in politics. You'll have to listen to find out who that is. Good Stuff from the Gallery Clare's picks: This read in The Guardian about the murder that shook Iceland. Also, the film A Quiet Place. Paula's picks: The podcast Slow Burn, about Watergate. Paula also highly recommend's Graham's pick, The Death of Stalin. Emma's pick: This super interesting read in The New Yorker about Chinese immigrants in Italy and their production of cheap fashion. Graham's pick: This awesome new TV show called The Terror.
Rank #8: The turn off the taps to B.C. edition, #225
This week we discuss the ongoing Trans Mountain pipeline saga, and how Jason Kenney and the rest the United Conservative Party won't be voting on on Bill 9 which would create buffer zones around abortion clinics. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Graham Thomson and Paula Simons as they discuss the future of the federation, as Alberta and British Columbia continue fight over bringing bitumen to tidewater. Good stuff from the Gallery Paula's pick: CBC Ideas episode The 'trial' of Sir John A. Macdonald: Would he be guilty of war crimes today? Graham's pick: From Wired, Inside the safety issues surrounding the NY helicopter crash Emma's pick: A book on Russia's oligarchs, Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs—A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder Clare's pick: Wild Wild Country on Netflix: A documentary series about a cult that took over a small American town.
Rank #9: #224: The Bills, Bills, Bills edition
This week was all about bills in Alberta politics, from a bill outlawing demonstrations outside abortion clinics to the real cash money bills partisans threw at their parties in 2017. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Graham Thomson and Paula Simons to talk legislative bills and dollar bills, as well as a quick update on Premier Rachel Notley's latest travel plans. Good stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: Clancy has yet another outstanding podcast to recommend this week. This time it's Making Obama. Paula's pick: The excellent political series Collateral, a British a co-production between BBC2 and Netflix. Emma's pick: This interesting read in The New Yorker about the battle between California governor Jerry Brown and president Donald Trump. Graham's pick: This Vanity Fair piece about a recording salvaged from the doomed El Faro, a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.
Rank #10: #223: The Panels, Plans And A Provincial Tour edition
The legislature is on a constituency break this week, but that hasn't stopped the political news out of Alberta. Join Press Gallery host Emma Graney with guests Clare Clancy, Paula Simons and Graham Thomson to talk about the latest recommendations from Alberta's child intervention panel, which were quietly slipped online by government this week. The team also takes a look at United Conservative Party plans to target Edmonton in the 2019 election and Premier Rachel Notley's tour around Alberta to sell Budget 2018. Good Stuff from the Gallery Clare's pick: This excellent podcast about life in a cult, called Dear Franklin Jones. Paula's pick: This award-nominated piece by Cullen Bird about the lack of access to water around Fort McMurray. Emma's pick: This week Emma goes for an oldie but a goodie with the BBC political comedy series The Thick of It. Fair warning — it's heavy on the swearing. Graham's pick: Another movie from Graham this week — The Death of Stalin, based on real events in the dictator's life.