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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Sep 12, 2014

The Alberta premier’s office is in the midst of an extreme makeover, with new Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice’s transition into the top job. Outgoing Premier Dave Hancock just announced he will resign his seat as an Edmonton MLA immediately and pieces of Prentice’s new team are snapping into place. Journal columnist Paula Simons, senior reporter Sheila Pratt and health reporter Keith Gerein join podcast host Sarah O’Donnell to talk about these first few days of the Prentice era. The panel also talks health care, with the release of an auditor general’s report on chronic health conditions, another change at the top of the Alberta Health Services chain of command and the reappearance of one of the most controversial AHS figures, Stephen Duckett, in Edmonton. GOOD STUFF FROM THE GALLERY LINKS Keith’s pick: Auditor General’s Report on Health – Chronic Disease Management http://www.oag.ab.ca/webfiles/reports/OAGSept2014Report.pdf News release & key findings http://www.oag.ab.ca/node/449 Sheila’s pick: Personal History by Catherine Graham http://www.amazon.ca/Personal-History-Katharine-Graham/dp/0375701044 Paper Route: New York Times review of Personal History by Nora Ephron http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/02/09/reviews/970209.09ephront.html Sarah’s pick: The Aura of Power game app ‘Alison’ seeks ‘Skypalace in Aura of Power videogame by Karen Kleiss http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Alison+seeks+Skypalace+Aura+Power+videogame/10189091/story.html Paula’s pick: The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys by Jenny Norberg, photos by Adam Ferguson http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/09/the-underground-girls-of-kabul/379762/