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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Sep 17, 2016

This week marks the 150th episode of The Press Gallery, the Journal's weekly politics podcast. To celebrate, the Journal's team of reporters and opinion writers talked about all the boards you could possibly want: school boards, school boards, corporate boards and did we mention school boards? Education reporter Janet French, columnist Paula Simons and health reporter Keith Gerein joined opinion editor Sarah O'Donnell to discuss the ongoing struggle between a local, private Baptist school board and Alberta's education minister over complying with the province's gay-straight alliance policies, parent concerns about the policies of the Peace Wapiti school division and a Wetaskiwin school's change of heart on the role of the Lord's Prayer in the classroom. The quartet also talk about a proposal to ask corporate Alberta to publicly report the gender composition of its boards and upper management ranks, a move that has the backing of Alberta's minister for the status of women. They round out the show with a short discussion about government's commitment to a renewable energy strategy that calls for 30 per cent of Alberta's electricity to come from sources such as wind, solar and hydro by 2030. Good Stuff from the Gallery links Sarah's pick: The war on drugs is an epic fail by Jay Z http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/opinion/jay-z-the-war-on-drugs-is-an-epic-fail.html?_r=0 Keith's pick: 'We're the only plane in the sky' by Garrett M. Graff http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/were-the-only-plane-in-the-sky-214230 Paula's pick: Four ways in which girls are changing sports in India by Namita Bhandare, Pradip Kumar Saha, Preeti Zachariah and Akhila Ranganna http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/q02JdqeyePLy3vZ86qg2oM/Girls-sports-change.html Janet's pick: When our dream school had no space for my son I panicked. Then I confronted prejudice I didn't know I had by Christy Stewart http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2016/08/19/when-our-dream-school-had-no-space-for-my-son-i-panicked-then-i-confronted-prejudice-i-didnt-know-i-had/#.V9xW2KIrJaG