Calgary: The Road Ahead



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.