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Catherine Ford's Calgary: A very personal view of our city

Calgary to the core, Catherine Ford shows us her world from the bar that once refused to serve her because she was a woman to her grandfather’s garden.

Ladies and gentleman, for your viewing pleasure, catch a ride with Calgary’s ‘Wild Rose'

Catherine Ford reflects on Calgary 7:38

Each of us has our own Calgary. It's a city made up of memories, experiences, joys and sorrows.

There isn't one Calgary — there are 1.2 million versions out there. There are also different ways to experience the city. It's all about the people and places that matter the most to you.

As part of Calgary at a Crossroads, we've asked several well-known Calgarians to tour us around their Calgary.

We begin this series with Catherine Ford.

For decades she was one of our city's best-known journalists. Working at the Calgary Herald, Ford was a force to be reckoned with when it came to her national column on politics and social issues. Sometimes acerbic, always funny, she later wrote a book called Against the Grain: An Irreverent view of Alberta.

Ford was sometimes referred to as "Alberta's Wild Rose" — thorns and all — and she had a gift for pissing off the powers that be, like Ralph Klein. Yet she was, and is still, involved in charity fundraising and writes on issues as diverse as city parks and politics. She also still works as a policy pundit.

If Calgary had "grand dames," Ford would be one of them (although she'd likely prefer the word "broad").


Calgary at a Crossroads is CBC Calgary's special focus on life in our city during the downturn. A look at Calgary's culture, identity and what it means to be Calgarian. Read more stories from the series at Calgary at a Crossroads.

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