Calgary: The Road Ahead



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.

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."

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.

Why dating in Calgary is such a crazy mix of energy and anxiety

"For women reared to strive for self-sufficiency, finding yourself wooed by displays of traditional masculinity that, these days, are often paired with terms like ‘toxic,’ can make you feel like you’re selling yourself short — if not selling out the entire sisterhood,” Jessica Barrett on dating in Calgary.

Calgarians want the city to spend a bit more on most things but slash public art: poll

Across age, gender and political lines, that's one thing we tend to agree on.

There's a whole lot of unanswered questions around the new arena and entertainment district

"If the plans lead with all of the publicly funded projects first, in the hope that private-sector projects will follow, it could be a recipe for disaster," says urban writer Richard White.

Calgary's restaurant scene isn't dying — it's changing

Traditional sit-down venues are being replaced by new eateries that are fast, fresh and less expensive.

Why Calgarians' perceptions of the economy are 'more negative than the reality'

How's the economy doing? That depends entirely on who you ask.

Marketing, spending — sales tax? Calgary Chamber election panel suggests many ideas

CBC and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce discuss the future of the province's economic landscape, looking ahead to the 2019 Alberta election.

Oh ya?! Says you! Or, how Calgary's development system leads to conflict

How drawn-out debate and disagreement can lead to higher home prices. Richard White on the struggles between neighbours, city officials and developers as they try to hash out a vision for Calgary.

Women led Alberta's economic recovery in 2018

Female employment in Alberta is rapidly rising, as are average earnings. And today, more Alberta women in their prime working years are participating in the labour market than ever before, writes Trevor Tombe.

Mayor Nenshi: Who likes him — and who doesn't

Young women who live in north Calgary and support the NDP are most likely to approve of the mayor — while he's far less popular among older, male UCP supporters who live in the south.

New insights offer glimpse of what might replace Calgary's Saddledome

Years in the making, the final version of the city's 50-year master plan for redeveloping Victoria Park is now complete and goes before planning commission on Thursday.

In the new year, what we need isn't more histrionics, it's civility

“Those who argue their fundamental freedoms of belief, expression, association and assembly take precedence over civility create a toxic cycle,” says Susan Wright on public debate. “We need to resist the urge to be petty.”

The grievances we feel in Alberta are legitimate, but we need to cool our jets: Jen Gerson

Like Brexit, separation has the appeal of self-determination, and of simply giving a giant middle-finger to Ottawa. This is an emotionally satisfying prospect. But then what?

What we mean when we talk about Alberta conservatism

Rural Albertans hold pretty moderate values and beliefs that aren’t all that different from urban Albertans, says political scientist Melanee Thomas. Yet, the politics of rural Alberta is different than what we’d see in the cities.

Western alienation: Let's be clear, the West didn't pull away until it was pushed away

"The national message, intended or not, seems to be: you are poisoning the earth but send us your billions in oil revenue until we implement policies that will strangle your economy," writes Monte Solberg, a former federal cabinet minister and MP, and staunch Albertan.

Notley is riding a wave of goodwill and can capitalize on that leading into the next election

"Some of her supporters think she’s been too generous to the industry and see this as selling out. They should cut her some slack," Susan Wright says of Rachel Notley, Jason Kenney and the next moves in provincial politics.

Trudeau's neglect of the nation has led us to this place

Dark resentments thought buried in this part of the country have been reawakened, say Donna Kennedy-Glans and Don Hill.

The crisis in Alberta should be top of the first ministers' agenda

"It is very careless politics, feeding forces of friction between provinces, confirming suspicions that Central Canadian mandarins are not really all that convinced that this is a national problem at all,” Rex Murphy says of the federal reaction to Alberta’s crisis.

See how Alberta's economic recovery has been sputtering in a few simple charts

The roller-coaster that is Alberta's economy plunged in 2015 and 2016, and then started climbing back up in 2017. But now, we've hit a flat spot. And we're only just starting to see what lies around the next bend.

Why producing less oil is likely to help Alberta — and Canada — earn more

"The government’s action is quick, simple, and likely to yield benefits," says economist Trevor Tombe on the possible outcome of production cuts.

Notley has done the right thing — her mistake was to trust Trudeau

"On the whole, Notley has proven herself a capable national leader during one of the most fraught economic periods of Alberta's recent history," writes Jen Gerson on the premier, the prime minister and oil production cuts.

Why Calgarians should have to pay for the parking spot in front of their house

Maybe you should have to pay to park in front of your own home. Richard White offers a curbside reality check. And we want to hear from you. Let the seething begin.

Calgary turning downtown office towers into condos and apartments

The challenges and opportunities associated with turning downtown office towers into condos and apartments. And how it could change our city.

Why it's hypocritical for oil companies to ask the Alberta government to manipulate market prices

Industry fought for the system we have today. And now some ask to be saved from their own creation.

Can Calgary really cram 650,000 more people into existing neighbourhoods?

The city’s long-term plan to limit sprawl contains some 'noble goals,' says Richard White, but pulling it off will be a 'herculean task.'

If Albertans want to avoid fiscal disaster, the only choices left are difficult ones

"There are no simple solutions here. And shock therapy with massive immediate changes is not the way to go.” Economist Trevor Tombe on our immediate challenges.