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Braid: How could Smith do that to her party?

calgaryherald.com — What a thing Danielle Smith did. It takes the breath away. It tests the gag reflex. Not only did she abandon her party to join the government, taking eight Wildrose MLAs with her; not only did she praise the very premier her byelection campaigns vilified only weeks ago.
Dec 17, 2014

Ouch RT @DonBraid: Smith’s move? Yuck. Never saw that in 42 years of writing about politics. Column calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg

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Majority of Wildrose MLAs set to cross floor to Prentice’s PC government

calgaryherald.com — With Tories meeting behind closed doors for hours Wednesday to discuss taking in opposition MLAs, it appears a majority of the Wildrose caucus are prepared to join the Progressive Conservative government. Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes said Wednesday afternoon he and four other Wildrose MLAs are committed to staying as members of the official Opposition and not cross the legislature floor to Premier Jim Prentice's party.
Dec 17, 2014

Wildrose MLAs and leader bolt to Tories, leaving opposition decimated calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg

Dec 17, 2014

Majority of Wildrose MLAs to cross floor to Prentice's Tory government calgaryherald.com/news/politics/…

Dec 17, 2014

With Smith & Prentice remark: Majority of Wildrose MLAs to cross floor to Prentice's Tory government calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg #yyc

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Rise and fall of Alberta Wildrose party inextricably linked to Danielle Smith

calgaryherald.com — Smith didn't come to politics. It came to her when she was at junior high school in Calgary. She arrived home one day to recount how her teacher gushed about the virtues of communism. Her dad had roots in Ukraine, where millions had died under Josef Stalin's forced relocation-starvation schemes.

Calgary contractor charged with voyeurism

calgaryherald.com — A local contractor has been charged with two counts of voyeurism after residents found a "covert camera and recording device" inside a bathroom electrical socket allegedly installed during a contracted job, police say. The accused was operating a renovation company called The Good Shepherd Group, according to police.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @calgaryherald: Calgary contractor charged after residents find camera hidden in electrical socket, police say #yyc bit.ly/1zwmfyB

Dec 17, 2014

A #yyc contractor is facing voyeurism charges after residents found a camera inside a bathroom electrical socket: calgaryherald.com/news/crime/cal…

House of Cards, Alberta edition: Be careful when on the LRT platform

calgaryherald.com — Last Wednesday, hours after a restive caucus forced Alison Redford to take a $45,000 hit for the team, MLAs of all colours gathered at a hotel near the legislature to celebrate the bloodsport they all play.

The odds of Calgary enjoying a white Christmas this year aren’t great

calgaryherald.com — Environment Canada forecasters say they're pretty sure Calgary won't have much snow on the ground next week. Currently, there isn't enough snow lying around to meet the minimum threshold of two centimetres for a white Christmas, and there's not much hope of there being more on the way.
Dec 17, 2014

:( The amount of snowy Christmases has been dropping steadily since the late 1980s: calgaryherald.com/news/local-new… #yyc

Dec 17, 2014

You'll never guess the odds of Calgary enjoying a white Christmas: calgaryherald.com/news/local-new… #yyc

Mass defection expected as Wildrose MLAs to join PCs

calgaryherald.com — The president of the Wildrose Party is standing firm against a push by members of the party caucus - including Leader Danielle Smith - to merge the party with the governing Progressive Conservatives, calling it a "capitulation."
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What they said: 12 quotes behind Alberta’s political shakeup

calgaryherald.com — Nine Wildrose MLAs, including leader Danielle Smith and house leader Rob Anderson crossed the floor Wednesday to join Premier Jim Prentice's PC party. It's an unprecedented political move in Canada, and leaves the Official Opposition with just five seats in the Legislature.
Dec 17, 2014

“There’ll be no more floor crossings.” What they said: 12 quotes behind Alberta's seismic political shakeup. calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg

In heart of Wildrose country, disappointment takes root

calgaryherald.com — HIGH RIVER - Annie Munro, a longtime High River resident, sits on a stool in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 71, tearing through a pile of paper slot tickets and noting, unprompted, her support of her MLA, Danielle Smith. Until Wednesday.
Dec 17, 2014

In heart of Wildrose country, disappointment takes root. "It’s a case of ‘me-first,” says former PC min Marv Moore. calgaryherald.com/news/politics/…

Calgarian becomes first North American to climb seven volcanic summits

calgaryherald.com — After a decade of climbing among the steaming volcanoes and crawling mud flows of some of the world's highest peaks, a Calgarian has become the first North American to complete the seven volcanic summits.
Dec 17, 2014

Calgarian becomes first North American to climb seven volcanic summits calgaryherald.com/news/local-new…

TSB finds flood to blame for June 2013 Bonnybrook Bridge train derailment

calgaryherald.com — After blasting the federal government and Canadian Pacific in a train derailment and partial bridge collapse in Calgary last year, Mayor Naheed Nenshi is welcoming a report released Wednesday that blamed unprecedented flood water for the incident.
Dec 17, 2014

'Unprecedented' flood to blame for Bonnybrook Bridge failure, train derailment in June 2013: report calgaryherald.com/news/local-new…

Braid: Bizarre merger pitch could doom Wildrose

calgaryherald.com — In politics, as in sex, a sudden urge to merge can bring disaster. Wildrose is already tearing itself apart over this bizarre plan to stage a "reunion" with the Progressive Conservative government. Wildrose President Dave Yager sent out a bitter memo Tuesday morning. "This is not a merger in any way," he said.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @DonBraid: A few more column tweaks and that’s it for tonight - unless the Liberals and NDP merge with the PCs. calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg #pcaa

Dec 16, 2014

RT @DonBraid: A few more column tweaks and that’s it for tonight - unless the Liberals and NDP merge with the PCs. calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg #pcaa

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Wildrose members decry betrayal as MLAs ponder defection to PC government

calgaryherald.com — Shock and anger swept through Wildrose country Tuesday as the grassroots of the official Opposition seethed over the possibility of a merger with the governing Progressive Conservatives. Many party members decried the situation as a massive betrayal by Wildrose MLAs and questioned why they ever trusted politicians in the first place.
Dec 17, 2014

“This would be...the greatest double-cross that has ever been perpetrated by a political leader in Cdn history.” calgaryherald.com/news/politics/…

Dec 17, 2014

This typically excellent @DarcyHenton story explains just how furious Wildrose activists are. calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #wrp #pcaa #ableg #yyc

Dec 17, 2014

Wildrose members decry betrayal as MLAs ponder defection to PC government calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg

Dec 17, 2014

"I have kind of lost faith in politicians now." Wildrose members decry betrayal as MLAs poised to join PCs. calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg

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Performing arts centre transforms into Arts Commons

calgaryherald.com — The Performing Arts Centre Formerly Known as Epcor isn't just a performing arts centre anymore. It's now the Arts Commons. That's the message Johann Zietsman, the President and CEO of (the newly-christened) Arts Commons sent out at a Wednesday press conference announcing the beloved old performing arts centre's new moniker.
Dec 17, 2014

Hey that’s interesting. Sorry, Epcor, but Calgary’s performing arts centre is now Arts Commons. calgaryherald.com/entertainment/… by @Halfstep

Calgary Flames sign Hartley to multi-year contract extension

calgaryherald.com — Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley has signed a "multi-year" contact extension, the NHL team announced on Wednesday. The Flames made the announcement as the team is coming off six losses in a row. Hartley was first named the team's head coach on May 31, 2012.

Dreaming of a white Christmas, Calgary? Don’t hold your breath.

calgaryherald.com — Environment Canada forecasters say they're pretty sure Calgary won't have much snow on the ground next week. Currently, there isn't enough snow lying around to meet the minimum threshold of two centimetres for a white Christmas, and there's not much hope of there being more on the way.
Dec 17, 2014

Boo-urns: Dreaming of a white Christmas, Calgary? Don't hold your breath. #yyc calgaryherald.com/storyline/drea…

Cooking the Books: the best of 2014

calgaryherald.com — The mark of a good cookbook is not the name on the front or the theme of the recipes inside. To me, it's in how many recipes I flag because I want to give them a try, how many times I actually crack it open in my kitchen to use it, and then, how often I think about the dishes I made from it afte...

Lakritz: Rachel Notley, grab the brass ring

calgaryherald.com — Guess who emerges from all this PC/Wildrose merger/betrayal mess as looking better than ever? NDP Leader Rachel Notley. The provincial NDP, with the highly principled Notley as leader, has an incredible opportunity now to shine; they should take advantage of it to build momentum and strengthen ...

Corbella: Danielle Smith leads a bounty of mutiny

calgaryherald.com — Danielle Smith, the leader of Alberta's official opposition, has staged a mutiny against herself and has committed political treason against the party she helped form and lead. To coin a new phrase, she has self-mutinized. News that Smith is reportedly trying to lead her 14-member Wildrose caucus to cross the legislature floor and join the governing Progressive Conservative Party is unprecedented.
Dec 17, 2014

Corbella: calgaryherald.com/opinion/column… Smith led a bounty of mutiny against the ship she built, sailed and then sunk. #abpoli #ableg

Dec 17, 2014

Corbella: Smith could have resigned as WRP leader. Instead, this captain committed political treason. sunk.calgaryherald.com/opinion/column… #ableg

Dec 16, 2014

Danielle Smith grew to "hate" having to represent social conservatives on gay issues. She's socially liberal. calgaryherald.com/opinion/column… #ableg

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