Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Shelley Youngblut: Calgary’s Swerve Magazine Rebel with a Cause

Shelley Youngblut Swerve Magazine CalgaryShelley Youngblut had a problem. How can I get people like me to feel they can do home improvement? She was working on art ideas for a cover story titled “What’s the Worst That Can Happen?” So, when the Swerve editor-in-chief saw someone dressed as Mike Holmes at a Halloween party, she thought, Wouldn’t it be funny to put him on the cover? She found a local impersonator. Perfect! But she didn’t stop there. What if Mike Holmes had a terrible disaster? What if he ended up with a nail in his head?

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Margaret Mardirossian: An Alberta Filmmaker Blazing a Trail from BC

Margaret Mardirossian: Alberta filmmakerA graduate of McGill University, Margaret Mardirossian founded Anaïd Productions in Edmonton, Alberta in 1993. Honoured four times as one of the world’s most influential independent production companies on Realscreen Magazine’s Global 100, Anaïd Productions produces award- winning, internationally recognized, top-rated factual and dramatic television series. Margaret has produced over 200 hours of television including five seasons of the Gemini award-winning series X-Weighted (Slice) and four seasons of both Gemini award-winning series Mentors (Family Channel) and Taking It Off (Life Network).

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Poll says Alberta’s Wildrose Alliance Within Striking Distance? Maybe, But Don’t Bet on It

Alberta PolticsHere in Manitoba, it takes a little longer for news from Alberta to make its way up the swollen Red River to Winnipeg, where the major story of the day is whether the town’s new NHL hockey team is to be named the delightfully retro Jets, or something new. So it was rather late when we learned the startling news that back in Alberta the Wildrose Alliance is within “striking distance” of the governing Conservatives, and according to a public opinion poll, no less. Well, maybe… But the poll on which these reports are based needs to be considered with caution, and quite possibly taken with the traditional grain of salt. There are many questions that must be answered about the poll before it can be taken seriously.

This post is from David Climenhaga, a well read political blogger from Alberta and this month’s featured media personality.

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David Climenhaga: Alberta Blogger and defender of civic discourse

David Climenhaga

David Climenhaga: Alberta blogger and defender of civic discourse

David Climenhaga is astounded at the readership his political blog has gained since he wrote his first post three years ago. Climenhaga’s prose is delightfully witty, always informative and never wavers from blunt or left of spectrum. It also draws a substantial audience. David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary ( now gets 12,000 visits per month.

Climenhaga’s career spans 30 years and began in traditional journalism. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria – which he says took him more than a decade to complete – a followed by a Master of Journalism from Ottawa’s Carleton University in the early 1980s. After graduation, Climenhaga worked as a senior reporter and editor for The Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald, until the latter newspaper went on strike in 1999.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)