Calgary: The Road Ahead


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.

Why we should think beyond economics when voting on the Calgary Olympic bid

We've studied the numbers and done the math, but the Winter Games mean so much more than dollars and cents.

Why homeowners, not businesses, are paying more and more of the property taxes in Calgary

Calgary is becoming increasingly like Edmonton in its tax split, as the burden shifts slowly off the business sector and onto the residential sector.

The challenges (and science) of building community in Calgary's East Village

"The East Village is still in the process of becoming whatever it’s supposed to become." Kathryn Marlow explores the architecture and design of a flagship neighbourhood.

Calgary's new central library tells us how much our community has changed

"Even if the image persists in our imaginations, the notion of a library as a rarefied temple of erudition and illumination is long extinguished,” says Aritha van Herk.

It's time for an Olympic-sized financial reality check

"Our leaders should engage with citizens with full information about all aspects of this decision. They should trust Calgarians with more than spin." Economist Trevor Tombe analyzes the latest Olympic numbers.

Blasting the earth with radio waves and one possible future for the oilsands

A look at how a Calgary company is launching a pilot project to test electromagnetic heating of bitumen in the oilsands.

What you had to say about the 'dangers of self-ghettoization in Calgary'

Israr Kasana's article on the city's 'ethnic enclaves' spurred a flurry of discussion. Here's a cross-section of the response.

The dangers of self-ghettoization

"To me, multiculturalism means a single big bouquet with as many colours as possible, not a multiplicity of bouquets, each of only one colour,” Calgary journalist and commentator Israr Kasana says about our city's social fabric.

So, Calgary: what if every time you threw out your garbage, you had to pay a fee?

It's an approach that would fundamentally change the way Calgarians think about their trash. And while it would come with some up-front costs, it could save us a lot of money in the long run.

'People are still having a very hard time': Survey shows Albertans deepest in debt, despite highest incomes

This latest poll paints further detail into the grim picture of the financial situation facing many households in this province.

Where to find golden larch trees in Calgary

Want to go on a larch hike but don't want to leave the city? Here's how.