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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Aug 1, 2014

Phantom passengers, pay bumps and protecting Alberta lakes: Press Gallery panelists take on all three hot topics this week. Columnist Paula Simons, reporter Alexandra Zabjek and provincial affairs reporter Mariam Ibrahim join podcast host Sarah O’Donnell to discuss the auditor general’s draft report leaked to CBC news that raises serious questions about former Premier Alison Redford’s use of the government’s planes and the quiet lifting of the three-year pay freeze imposed on senior civil servants in 2013. The panel also dives into why more Alberta lakes are seeing blue green algae warnings and what’s being done about to tackle the problem. USEFUL LINKS Premier Alison Redford’s flights had ‘false passengers,’ auditor general says by Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/premier-alison-redford-s-flights-had-false-passengers-auditor-general-says-1.2720906 Lake Health Warnings Now a Rite of Summer by Alexandra Zabjek http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Lake+health+warnings+rite+summer/10065806/story.html County Organizes to Protect its Lakes by Alexandra Zabjek http://www2.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=07652ddc-d027-449e-8e4b-41382743719a Want to Keep Your Favourite Lake Pristine? You’ve Got to Do Something Yourself by Alexandra Zabjek https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHMO_enCA539CA539&ion=1&espv=2&es_th=1&ie=UTF-8#q=Zabjek%20lakes%20edmonton%20journal GOOD STUFF FROM THE GALLERY LINKS Mariam’s picks: A Step Too Far From Alison Redford by Susan Elliott http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2014/07/30/elliot-a-step-too-far-from-alison-redford/ Turkish Women Defy Deputy PM with Laughter by Constanze Letsch http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/turkish-women-defy-deputy-pm-laughter Paula’s pick: The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan http://www.margaretmacmillan.com/ Alex’s pick: On the Government’s Wage Freeze Reversal, lipstick won’t disguise this pig by Graham Thomson http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/Thomson+Lipstick+disguise+this+mess/10070424/story.html