Sep 4, 2015
The dog days of summer are over and it's time for back to school. In Alberta politics, things have begun to pick up once again. With a Calgary Foothills by-election victory, the Wildrose won their first urban seat. It’s not even Labour Day, and Rachel Notley’s critics are already accusing her government of prioritizing the civil service over the private sector. This week on The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal's politics podcast, reporter Sheila Pratt (@SheilaMPratt), provincial affairs columnist Graham Thomson (@Graham_Journal) and provincial affairs reporter Mariam Ibrahim (@MariamDena) join host Brent Wittmeier (@Wittmeier) to talk about that, plus how the crisis in Syria might affect the ongoing federal election campaign. Good Stuff from the Gallery, a weekly segment, concludes the show. Sheila’s pick: Forgiveness: A Gift from my Grandparents, by Mark Sakamoto. A memoir of two Canadian families united by the Second World War. http://www.amazon.ca/Forgiveness-A-Gift-My-Grandparents-ebook/dp/B00H1UX4I2. Graham’s pick: Better Watch What You Say, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. On how American college students are demanding protection from uncomfortable words and ideas, all in the name of emotional well-being. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/ Mariam’s pick: The Truth of 'Black Lives Matter,' an editorial by the New York Times. On a movement created in response to police shootings of African-Americans, as well as the Republican backlash. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/opinion/the-truth-of-black-lives-matter.html?_r=0 Brent’s pick: What Happens to Former ISIS Fighters? by Ben Taub. Examines what happens to the hundreds of former fighters in Iraq and Syria who've returned to Europe. http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/what-happens-to-former-isis-fighters?