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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Feb 7, 2014

A December trip to attend South African leader Nelson Mandela's funeral has become a political liability for Alberta Premier Alison Redford. Press Gallery host Sarah O’Donnell talks with her Journal colleagues Graham Thomson, Paula Simons and Mariam Ibrahim about the controversy and why the $45,000 expense is causing an uproar. Then, the group talks about the province’s new salary sunshine list and why it is still contentious a week after it was published. Good Stuff from the Gallery recommendations run from the funny to the serious. Useful links Ignorance is no excuse for wasting taxpayers’ money http://www.calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/Braid+Ignorance+excuse+wasting+taxpayer+money/9474152/story.html Edmonton Journal’s searchable sunshine list database http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/alberta-politics/sunshine-list/index.html Good Stuff from the Gallery Mariam’s pick Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly nations for journalists: Committee to Protect Journalists special report https://cpj.org/reports/2013/12/syria-iraq-egypt-most-deadly-nations-for-journalis.php Sarah’s pick Crazy Town: The Rob Ford story excerpt by Robyn Doolittle http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/02/01/crazy_town_the_rob_ford_story_exclusive_excerpt_of_robyn_doolittles_book.html Paula’s pick City of Edmonton to change slogan from ‘Gateway to the North’ to ‘Portal of the Universe’ by CBC’s This is That http://www.cbc.ca/thisisthat/blog/2014/02/04/city-of-edmonton-to-change-slogan-from-gateway-to-the-north-to-portal-to-the-universe/ Graham’s Pick Why things are seen: A Story of Blunders, Bombs, Broken Teeth and Bad Ideas by Adam Day http://legionmagazine.com/en/2014/01/why-things-are-seen-a-story-of-blunders-bombs-broken-teeth-and-bad-ideas/