Calgary: The Road Ahead



Albertans turn increasingly to self-employment in recession's wake

Those in the field say hard work — and a little luck — can go a long way in forging your dream job. But the hours are long, the pay is uncertain and the risk of ruin is real.

There are 3 options for flood mitigation on the Bow River and none of them will be easy

Five years after the 2013 flood, we’ve not built any new upstream mitigation projects on Calgary’s largest river, nor will shovels be in the ground for years to come.

Calgary faces 3.9% chance of '1-in-100-year' flood before major mitigation is built

It’s been 5 years since the 2013 disaster and new upstream protection is still another 4 years away, at least.

Female premiers and what's behind their pattern of defeat

"It’s a common assumption that women come in to lead parties that are in major trouble and headed off a cliff," says political scientist Melanee Thomas.

Seton is a community under construction but it already has a heart

It's a soon-to-be neighbourhood but the Calgary Eyeopener's Angela Knight finds a flood of humanity while visiting this part of southeast Calgary. It's Part 1 of a series as we explore the places that will one day become C-Train stations along the new Green Line.

We need to fix up 17th Avenue, but we'd better not screw it up

Improving the parts we don't like while preserving the parts we love will be a tricky balance.

Most homes listed for sale in Calgary this year haven't sold: What that means for prices

Sales of single-family homes haven't been this slow in nearly a decade. But what does that mean for prices?

Why Trudeau and his Liberals are now the targets that Kinder Morgan once was

"There never should have been the need for the buyout. It is a crazy outcome to a crazy situation."

Notley, Singh, Horgan and the pipeline that sparked an NDP civil war

In short, being premier of Alberta trumps party ideology and partisan relationships, says political scientist Duane Bratt.

Trans Mountain is a stick right in the eye of the Liberals' own people

“As it turns out, the Liberals were not the brilliant negotiators they imagined themselves to be,” Jen Gerson says of the federal government's purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Move over, Waterloo and Ottawa: Calgary is now out-innovating you

You might be surprised to know that Calgary has now taken the lead on that front, as measured by one of the most common ways of gauging innovation — patents.

Calgary's news comes in many languages these days

In northeast Calgary, media in many languages is everywhere — if you're looking and listening.

Buying up Trans Mountain isn't ideal, but it's the right call, right now

Temporary federal ownership IS a credible way to overcome the unique political and regulatory risks created by B.C.

Alberta's income tax 'advantage' exists for the poor and the rich, but not those in between

Whether Alberta should return to a "flat tax" on income has been the subject of debate recently. But even if the province reverted to its old system, most Albertans would still pay more than people in B.C. and Ontario.

'Making wolf': How Calgary and Tsuut'ina can move forward, together

It's a process that dates back to Chief Lee Crowchild's ancestors, who would meet with leaders of tribes with whom they had battled — not to apologize for what had happened, but to validate the experiences on both sides.

Now why would they go and build that there? How house design can drive neighbours nuts

Who lives where and how is a fraught concept, at once simple and complex, fundamental and frivolous, nobody else's business yet irretrievably tangled in our social framework.

Here's what makes Albertans more likely to vote NDP vs. UCP vs. other parties

Some fancy statistical work reveals factors that influence how we're likely to cast ballots, come election time.

Partisan biases influence 'the truths we cling to' about Alberta's economy

Poll results show Albertans' partisanship plays a big role in how they feel about the end of the recession — if they even believe it's ended.

Why a whopping 6,500 condo units are being built in Calgary right now

New projects are popping up everywhere in Calgary: city centre, inner-city and suburbs. Is there really a market for all of these homes? Here's what's behind the condo boom.

How Jeremy Quaile's suicide changed the way I behave on social media

I realized, after the fact, how my knee-jerk reactions and careless comments could have played a role in his death.

It's tough to talk politics these days, but it helps to start by listening

Talking politics can be daunting, especially if you dislike confrontation. But it can also be illuminating. And you might be surprised by how much we actually have in common.

What matters most to Albertans: Poll results set the stage for 2019 election

We're about a year from the next provincial election. What's on people's minds? What will motivate voters? Check out this special podcast.

A lot of spin and a little misrepresentation: Why Kenney's political message is winning over Albertans

Jason Kenney is a formidable politician whose political messaging has made Albertans view the facts — and the "alternative facts" — in a way that benefits the UCP, says political scientist Duane Bratt.

Albertans' opinions differ most sharply along religious, educational lines

Albertans agree on a lot of things but, where they differ in opinion, there's often a pattern.

We want it all: Albertans expect low taxes, balanced budgets and no service cuts

While almost 58 per cent Albertans want a balanced budget, a large number also don’t want to pay more taxes or cut spending on social programs such as health and education. It’s a fiscal course difficult to reconcile.

UCP dominates on issues most important to Albertans, according to poll

There are only two issues Albertans think would be best handled by the governing NDP: protecting the environment and issues facing LGBTQ individuals. But neither of those issues are really top of mind for most voters.

Alberta's recession is over, and we'd best make peace with that

“The gap between perception and reality is understandable following such a deep recession,” says economist Trevor Tombe.

The politics of personality in Alberta — how Notley and Kenney help and hurt their parties

The reasons why some Albertans say they may like a politician but don't plan to vote for them. And why they might vote for someone they're not sure they like.