Calgary: The Road Ahead

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Opinion

$500-million BMO Centre is not going to turn Calgary into a top-tier convention city

Richard White says a study should have been done to determine Calgary’s potential as a major convention, trade show and event centre and how best to utilize existing and expanded facilities before megabucks were given for expansion of the BMO Centre.
Stampede Special

Searching for Calgary's true country heart

There's one ingredient missing if the Stampede City wants to be considered a true country music mecca: Calgary has no honky-tonk.
Point of View

Paula Simons: My Canada includes Alberta

The independent senator and former journalist says we shouldn't let the whiners and quitters take over our political discourse.
Analysis

How to create a new Calgary neighbourhood in 12 not-so-easy steps: Part 3

Building new communities is a risky, high stakes business that can take 25-plus years from land acquisition to completion. It isn't for the weak of heart.
Analysis

How to create a new Calgary neighbourhood in 12 not-so-easy steps: Part 2

Building new communities is a risky, high stakes business that can take 25-plus years from land acquisition to completion. It isn't for the weak of heart.
Analysis

How to create a new Calgary neighbourhood in 12 not-so-easy steps: Part 1

Building new communities is a risky, high stakes business that can take 25-plus years from land acquisition to completion. It isn't for the weak of heart.

Oilpatch feels 'crushed' as it moves one step forward, two steps back 

Frustration, disappointment, uncertainty and distrust. That sums up the mood of some oil and gas leaders after a tumultuous month that saw the re-approval of a controversial pipeline project and the passing of legislation seen as unfriendly to the industry.

OPINION | On Trans Mountain pipeline, well done

It’s nice every once in a while to say to political leaders, ‘Well done.’ The federal government’s approval of the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and what came with it, is one of those times.
Opinion

Calgary lagging behind on transit-oriented development

If the future of urban living in North American cities is linked to creating vibrant, dense communities next to LRT stations, why isn't Calgary fast tracking TOD development?
Analysis

Behind the bluster of Calgary's great tax debate, 2019 edition

Finger-pointing, protests, calls for city council to be fired and close-up photos of tax bills have been the defining moments of Calgary's great tax debate, 2019 edition. But there's complexity behind the scenes that eschews easy blame and bluster.

How Calgary's 'built for speed' playground zones punish people for doing what comes naturally

Even in Elbow Park — home to the most-ticketed playground zone in Calgary — area residents say speeding remains a problem, so some safety advocates say more enforcement isn't the best solution.

Northeast Calgarians wonder why their playground zones get so much less speed enforcement

The extra-long playground zone along Elbow Drive S.W. sees the most speed enforcement in Calgary, and it stands in stark contrast to many others in the city, like the one along Valleyview Road N.E.
CBC Investigates

Calgary has 1,200 playground zones. Most speeding tickets are issued in just these 10 spots

There are roughly 1,200 playground zones in Calgary but the majority of photo-radar tickets are issued in just 10 of those locations, according to a CBC analysis of three years' worth of police data.

OPINION | The more I visit Calgary's new Central Library, the less I like it

Yes, Calgary’s new Central Library has received international design praise, but I have to wonder if these out-of-town reviewers were only interested in how it looks and not how it functions.

OPINION | Why Kenney's honeymoon popularity may last less than 9 months

Jason Kenney should savour these days, political analysts say, as the "glow that comes with winning" almost invariably gets tarnished by the weight of governing.

OPINION | Maybe it's time for equalization of greenhouse gas emissions, too

How we might reconsider the way we share the benefits — and costs — of Canada's abundant but disparate natural gifts.
Analysis

'We're hiring, constantly': How the tech industry figures into Calgary's future

In a city still hurting for jobs, some companies are hurting for workers. Here's what that means for the economy.

An upside to Calgary's falling house prices

The dream of a detached home, complete with a yard and garage, is increasingly out of reach in some Canadian cities. Not Calgary.
Opinion

Governing this province should be an honour, not an inheritance

I suspect that the platform the UCP is presenting is built on little more than fear, anger, and wishful nostalgia.” political columnist Jen Gerson on the Alberta election.
Opinion

Canada's oilpatch needs to stop living in a bubble

Only a handful of Canadian energy companies attended the world's biggest oil conference in Houston last week. That's a mistake.
Opinion

How the 2015 election changed Alberta politics, no matter what happens in 2019

Regardless of who wins the 2019 provincial election, Alberta has been fundamentally altered by the results of the 2015 election and its aftermath.
Opinion

An electric Ford F-150 truck? It's a sign of the times

The head of Ford pitched an electric Ford F-150 pick-up truck to a crowd of oil executives in Houston yesterday. It's a sign of the times.
Analysis

How Calgary's maverick mythology, as mask and reality, can influence the roads ahead

Like all cities, Calgary has its mythology. Not mythology as in untruth, but as in grand narrative.
Analysis

Calgary's moment of choice: How the city can break its mould but preserve its soul

Cities don't just happen. They are the collective result of countless decisions. And Calgary is now at a point particularly well suited to reflect on who we are — and discern what we want to become.
Analysis

The growing pains Alberta faces as it sheds its boom-and-bust past

Many involved in the energy sector, especially, are making changes based on the expectation of new realities, planning for a future that doesn't look like the past.
Analysis

The reality of the recession bites some Albertans harder. What that means for the election — and whoever wins

The two-headed economy is shaping up as a major issue for voters — and a challenge for whichever party forms the next government.
Analysis

Why there is no quick fix for Alberta's malaise, no matter how much we want one

"Perhaps the hunt for such a fix is, itself, a problem — one that blinds us to a need for a multiplicity of smaller solutions."
Opinion

How a culture of coupledom, some loneliness and just getting older complicates dating in Calgary

"If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all of this: There are no rules in dating anymore — so we’re making up ones that work for us as we go.” Jessica Barrett with Part 2 of her look at dating life and romance in Calgary.