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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics

Aug 19, 2016

With revelations about changes to Alberta Health Services’ laundry arrangements that will cost the province millions of dollars, this week the Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal's politics podcast, takes a look at what those changes mean – will hospital sheets be cleaner? Or is this an ideological decision by the NDP? Guests Keith Gerein, Paula Simons and Stuart Thomson join host Emma Graney to weigh in on that, as well as temporary foreign workers and leadership race funding limits for political parties. Speaking of which, we also get an update on Calgary Southeast MP Jason Kenney’s tour around Alberta as he peddles his plan to unite the province’s conservatives, forming a single party to topple the NDP. Good stuff from the gallery Keith’s pick: Slate article The Lonely End of the Rink, an explainer about what the Tragically Hip mean to Canadians. Paula’s pick: Katherine Ashenburg's The Dirt on Clean, a fascinating read on the politics and history of taking a bath. Emma’s pick: BBC World magazine's profile on Lonnie Johnson, the man who invented summer's best toy for irritating your sibling, the Super Soaker. Stuart’s pick: Ron Chernow's biography of George Washington, Washington: A Life, that shows politics hasn't really changed all that much.