Calgary: The Road Ahead
Hot desks, beer halls, foosball and more: How 5 old downtown towers transformed to entice smaller startups
Five of Calgary's earliest skyscrapers quietly have been transformed from stuffy corporate headquarters to more contemporary, fun places to work and play. Opinion writer Richard White strolls by to see how they've done in the conversions to lure smaller, startup tenants.
The unvaccinated 'deserve what they get'? Not in my Calgary
Anila Lee Yuen, head of Calgary's Centre for Newcomers, pleads for understanding as Alberta debates how to deal with those who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
I'm a pastor; in the face of genocide, the soul of my church is threatened
Lutheran pastor Ryan Andersen gives his view on the journey required for Canadian churches as newly identified graves put the trauma of residential schools in sharp relief.
Despite recent failures in the oil sector, not all government investment is bad
The recent string of issues with Alberta government investments calls public investments into question, but each case holds key lessons on how to ensure future public investments benefit the public, says macro energy systems researcher and assistant professor Sara Hastings-Simon.
Why Canada needs universal public housing
To deal with the systemic discrimination that LGBTQ2S+ and other marginalized Canadians face, universal public housing, just like universal health care, is necessary, says law student Charlotte Dalwood.
To solve the climate crisis, let's have a race – first to net zero wins
No one does innovation and improvement like Canada’s energy industry, that's why I'm placing my bet on the oil and gas sector to win the race to net zero, says Michael Binnion, the executive director of the Modern Miracle Network.
Why the Jasons Kenney of the past would thunder over Alberta's 'Bitumen Boondoggle'
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has done many things in government that would come as a great surprise to the Jasons Kenney of the past, but perhaps none so much as the decision to purchase a 50 per cent interest in the Sturgeon Refinery, writes Andrew Leach, an energy and environmental economist at the University of Alberta.
Downtown Calgary's biggest issue is safety, not empty office buildings
The city can add all the murals, banners, hanging baskets, street furniture, public art and public spaces it wants in the downtown, but first they are going to have to deal with the safety and comfort issue, says urban affairs writer Richard White.
High oil prices a potential boon for beleaguered Alberta
High oil prices means more than a smaller deficit, says economist Trevor Tombe. Higher oil prices may generate higher rates of economic growth — which means higher incomes and more jobs for Albertans.
Here's why 'BIPOC' doesn't do it for me
My issue with the term “people of colour” wasn’t just that it was lumping all non-white people together, it’s with the term itself, which is why “BIPOC” doesn’t do it for me, says Calgary writer Tomi Ajele.
For Canadians with disabilities, supports are often too little, too late
The passage and rollout of pandemic benefits acknowledging the extraordinary costs and unique hardships facing individuals with disabilities and their families has been inadequate and slow, says Amelia M. Kiddle.
The dollars and sense behind Calgary's plan to save downtown
The city hopes that it can create new investments and lure cash from other orders of government in a $1 billion effort to transform downtown from a hollowed out core of office towers to a more vibrant community.
Looking back on a year of COVID for high schoolers
It feels like no one can settle into a routine or get comfortable, because we are always looking over our shoulder waiting for new restrictions to be announced or a classroom exposure that will put us into isolation, says Calgary Grade 11 student Priya Migneault.
Supervised drug consumption site seemed too good to be true. It turned out it was
Decision makers preach a single road to wellness; one that is known only to them. They will share it – impose it actually – because they hold the power and make the rules, says addictions medicine practitioner Dr. Bonnie Larson.
Net zero by 2050: So easy to say, so hard to do
Net zero by 2050 is the most ambitious, expensive and complex restructuring of an essential component of human existence in history, says Calgary writer and oil service executive David Yager.
Alberta's economic recovery lags behind the rest of Canada, but there is room for optimism
Oil and gas is a key reason for Alberta's lagging recovery, according to economist Trevor Tombe. Total compensation in the mining and oil and gas extraction sector is over $85 million lower in March 2021 than it was that same month a year earlier.
How the inspiration for Jason Kenney's inquiry into un-Albertan activities came to be so (mis)understood
Vivian Krause, the erstwhile detective who inspired Premier Jason Kenney's beleaguered inquiry into un-Albertan activities, is back in the news insisting she never said U.S. commercial interests were behind a campaign against the oilsands. The confusion lies in that what she's said isn't what people heard, writes economist Andrew Leach.
Why Calgary's betting $450M it can convince owners of empty towers to change
The City of Calgary is making a complex gamble that its financial carrot will spur owners and developers of vacant downtown office towers to take a leap that almost none of them have taken on their own.
Crunching the numbers: A test case for converting a Calgary office tower into apartments
It will be interesting to see if the private sector can make the numbers work with the help of the city’s new subsidy program to convert old office buildings into new market housing, says Richard White, who writes about Calgary's urban development.
Why Canada needs to recognize a charter right to the city
Opportunities are concentrated in large urban centres, but with rising housing costs, the ability of those without financial means to pursue these opportunities is increasingly limited. The solution is to read a right to the city into the charter, says law student Charlotte Dalwood.
Alberta's Jason Kenney put down a caucus revolt. But he got hurt in the process
Until the COVID-19 pandemic has been brought under control and Jason Kenney improves his polling and mitigates the internal fissures within the United Conservative Party, the Alberta premier will remain susceptible to further caucus revolts, says political scientist Duane Bratt.
CBC poll: Results give us an idea of who the vaccine hesitant in Alberta really are
The most-important factor when it comes to vaccine hesitancy is populism, according to a new poll commissioned by CBC News. The most-populist respondents have a 50/50 chance of being vaccine hesitant whereas the least populist have only an eight per cent chance, says data scientist John Santos.
CBC poll: Looking beyond the stereotypes of rural Albertans and pandemic restrictions
It is too easy to exaggerate regional differences and make sweeping narratives about people based solely on where they live, says political scientist Melanee Thomas.
Moving Red Deer's shelter out of downtown core will not solve problems of homelessness
Red Deer city council believes relocating its shelter to the suburbs will make the downtown safer. It won't, says Dr. S. Monty Ghosh.
Exodus of Vancouver developers should be red flag for Calgary
The west coast contingent was so dominant, I heard Calgary’s downtown referred to as “Vancouver East” a few years ago. However, some Vancouver developers have quietly begun to leave, says Richard White, who writes about Calgary's urban development.
CBC poll: Some heartening data about vaccines in Alberta, but intransigence remains
Polling data shows that Albertans who say they will refuse to take a vaccine are more likely to be conservative, less educated, and pessimistic about the financial future.
U.S. climate summit: Canada needs new and better policies, not another round of target bingo
The fundamental problem with agreeing to reduce our emissions by the same percentage as the U.S. is that we’d require more stringent policies to reach that outcome, says economist Andrew Leach.
CBC poll results underline how much at stake in upcoming municipal elections
It remains to be seen what impact the UCP strategy of putting an equalization referendum on the ballot will have on conservative voter turnout. The future of the big city councils, and their relationship to the provincial government, may hinge on that question, says political scientist Duane Bratt.