Alberta Politics: Wildrose-style insurgency smacked down in St. Albert as progressive Cathy Heron elected as mayor

PHOTOS: St. Albert Mayor-elect Cathy Heron with the author of this blog post last night at her victory celebration. Below: Newly elected councillors Natalie Joly, Ken MacKay, Ray Watkins, Jacqui Hansen, and re-elected incumbent Wes Brodhead. ST. ALBERT, Alberta Let’s start with the basic score: Cathy Heron, widely perceived as the most progressive candidate for ...

Alberta Politics: Cathy Heron is the candidate for mayor of St. Albert with a compelling and positive vision for the future

PHOTOS: St. Albert mayoral candidate Cathy Heron at her official campaign launch. Below: Candidates Cam MacKay and Malcolm Parker, and outgoing Mayor Nolan Crouse; St. Albert Place architect Douglas Cardinal, and first artistic director Maralyn Ryan. ST. ALBERT, Alberta In the first few moments of Wednesday’s mayoral candidates’ forum in St. Albert’s treasured Arden Theatre ...

Alberta Politics: ‘What would Lois do?’ asks leader of St. Albert’s Vote Yes for the Library campaign at Saturday evening launch event

PHOTOS: In the foreground, former St. Albert Public Library Board chair Charmaine Brooks, who now leads the Vote Yes for the Library campaign, and mayoral candidate Cathy Heron, a city councillor, at last night’s campaign launch. Below: A band perked things up and Library Director Peter Bailey addressed the crowd of about 200 people at ...

Alberta Politics: ‘What would Lois do?’ asks St. Albert Public Library Board chair at launch of Vote Yes campaign for a branch library

PHOTOS: In the foreground, St. Albert Public Library Board Chair Charmaine Brooks and mayoral candidate Cathy Heron, a city councillor, at last night’s Vote Yes for the Library campaign launch. Below: A band perked things up and Library Director Peter Bailey addressed the crowd of about 200 people at the public library. ST. ALBERT, Alberta ...

Alberta Politics: Has St. Albert mayoral candidate Cam MacKay moved from opposition to a branch library to opposition to libraries?

PHOTOS: A children’s reading event at the St. Albert Public Library, illustrating the level of partication in some of the library’s programs. (Photo: YesForTheLibrary.ca.) Below: Councillor Cam MacKay, who is running for mayor of St. Albert on a platform that prominently features opposition to a new branch library, and St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, against ...

Alberta Politics: Has St. Albert councillor’s mayoral campaign forgotten the incumbent mayor isn’t seeking reelection?

PHOTOS: St. Albert City Councillor Cam MacKay, who is running for mayor of the municipality northwest of Edmonton. Below: Mayoral candidate Cathy Heron, also a city councillor, St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, and Councillor Sheena Hughes. ST. ALBERT, Alberta Have the key players in City Councillor Cam MacKay’s campaign to become mayor of St. Albert ...

Alberta Politics: With 588 invalid signatures, petition to St. Albert City Council opposing borrowing bylaw for library ruled invalid

PHOTOS: Supporters of the St. Albert Public Library gathered for a reception in the crowded downtown facility in 2015. Below: St. Albert City Councillors Bob Russell (Photo: City of St. Albert), Cathy Heron (Photo: Twitter) and Cam MacKay. ST. ALBERT, Alberta Surely St. Albert City Council should get the city’s branch library project back on ...

Alberta Politics: New board chairs appointed at Athabasca University and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

PHOTOS: Ray Martin at the side of NDP Leader Rachel Notley, back in the days before she was premier. He once sat in the Legislature with Premier Notley’s father, Grant Notley. Mr. Martin has been appointed chair of the board of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Below, Edmonton architect Vivian Manasc, who has been ...

Alberta Politics: Hello Canada? This is London calling! … and we’re mildly confused

PHOTOS: BBC listeners, suitably equipped because they think they’re listening to Ezra Levant, tune into my words of wisdom from Canada. Actual 21st Century “media consumers” may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The weather in Britain … way better than here in Alberta … and a small digital bit of post-media cultural ephemera. What ...

Alberta Politics: Every time you bug this 85-year-old city councillor, your library could lose a few books! Have you got that, people?

PHOTOS: St. Albert City Councillor Bob Russell – fending off annoying letters from voters since 1950-something! Time to send him back to the greenhouse? (St. Albert Gazette photo.) Below: A crowd of irritating readers at a recent library event. Probably every one them sent an email to Bob Russell, dammit! Below that: Proof that I ...

Alberta Diary: Why libraries – and library users – need their librarians and other library workers to be union members

Maureen O’Reilly, president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, speaking in Toronto last weekend. Below: Renowned author Margaret Atwood on an Alberta union picket line, circa 2000, Doug Ford and his Brother Rob. Doug Ford? Doug Ford? Who is Doug Ford again?  I think he’s Rob Ford’s brother? OK. Who is Rob Ford? Didn’t ...

Alberta Diary: There’s no better time than right now for non-union employees of the City of St. Albert to look for union protection

St. Albert’s 2013 civic election campaign was pretty dirty, as the illustration above, grabbed from an anonymous blog during the campaign, illustrates. Since those kind of tactics seemed to work, the next one, in October 2017, is likely to be dirtier still. Below: St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, Spruce Grove-St. Albert MLA Doug Horner. ST. ...

Alberta Diary: Moving on from the St. Albert Public Library Board: an occasion for bittersweet reflection

Your blogger with some of his fellow library trustees at last night’s farewell performance as chair of the St. Albert Public Library Board. Hasta la vista! Below: St. Albert Place. There’s no sign, but the library’s in there somewhere. ST. ALBERT Last night I attended my last meeting as chair, and as a member, of ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 10: The ‘Me Card’ comes to St. Albert library users

Your candidate for St. Albert City Council, looking happy while hanging around St. Albert’s terrific public library. And why wouldn’t he? Now the library offers even more to patrons. Below: The “Me Card” icon. Today marks the start of Canadian Library Month, so it was appropriate for now to be the moment when libraries in ...

Alberta Diary: Campaign Diary Volume 8: Why I’m running for council & why I went door-knocking Tuesday

Yours Truly, left, showing a patron the new automatic checkout machine at the St. Albert Public Library, one of the facilities in our community that’s worth making an effort to protect. The library is located in St. Albert Place, at 5 St. Anne St. A good friend of mine asked me in an email yesterday ...