Calgary: The Road Ahead



Playing politics with good 'cents' in Calgary's Olympic bid

The Olympic Games are supposed to be about the glory of sport. They’re also about politics.

Calgary now has 202 neighbourhoods: Should we get rid of some?

Amalgamating communities into larger chunks would come with some advantages — and some downsides.

Why it's unlikely Alberta actually gained 79,000 'government jobs' in just a few years

You might have heard that the number of government workers has ballooned in Alberta, but this is based on an estimate that Statistics Canada says should be taken with a grain of salt, as the results aren't reflected in more precise measurements of employment.

The Trans Mountain blame game and why we should get ready for Premier Jason Kenney

"The Federal Court of Appeal did not just quash the extension project for the Trans Mountain Pipeline last week, it effectively ended Rachel Notley’s NDP government’s re-election efforts," says political scientist Duane Bratt.

The Trans Mountain court ruling would have us accept a moral duty we can't yet meet

The ruling goes back to this phrase again and again. The demand for meaning and "meaningful dialogue" without giving us any real guideposts as to how to know we have achieved it. Jen Gerson on the Trans Mountain court ruling.

Why these parents encourage their kids to explore Calgary without an adult

Letting a five-year-old cross the street to a friend's house? Sending an eight-year-old to the store for milk? These parents see it as a calculated risk with enormous reward.

Who earns minimum wage in Alberta? About 100,000 more people than before

The rising wage floor has increased the pay of tens of thousands of Albertans by a small but significant degree. A dollar or two an hour may not sound like a lot to some of us, but for others, it's the difference between living above or below the poverty line. Who are these people,? Not necessarily who you might think.

Notley seen as political leader most responsible for pushing Trans Mountain pipeline ahead, new poll suggests

A new poll conducted for CBC News suggests 42 per cent of Albertans think Premier Rachel Notley is the politician most responsible for pushing the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion ahead.

Why Calgary's downturns tend to be 'mancessions'

The recession struck and average male income plunged by $20,000. Here's what that means for men whose sense of identity is tied up in being a breadwinner.

Hanging out at the beach in landlocked Calgary

The Homestretch’s Jenny Howe explores another neighbourhood on the future green line.

Albertans turn increasingly to self-employment in recession's wake

Those in the field say hard work — and a little luck — can go a long way in forging your dream job. But the hours are long, the pay is uncertain and the risk of ruin is real.

There are 3 options for flood mitigation on the Bow River and none of them will be easy

Five years after the 2013 flood, we’ve not built any new upstream mitigation projects on Calgary’s largest river, nor will shovels be in the ground for years to come.

Calgary faces 3.9% chance of '1-in-100-year' flood before major mitigation is built

It’s been 5 years since the 2013 disaster and new upstream protection is still another 4 years away, at least.

Female premiers and what's behind their pattern of defeat

"It’s a common assumption that women come in to lead parties that are in major trouble and headed off a cliff," says political scientist Melanee Thomas.

Seton is a community under construction but it already has a heart

It's a soon-to-be neighbourhood but the Calgary Eyeopener's Angela Knight finds a flood of humanity while visiting this part of southeast Calgary. It's Part 1 of a series as we explore the places that will one day become C-Train stations along the new Green Line.

We need to fix up 17th Avenue, but we'd better not screw it up

Improving the parts we don't like while preserving the parts we love will be a tricky balance.

Most homes listed for sale in Calgary this year haven't sold: What that means for prices

Sales of single-family homes haven't been this slow in nearly a decade. But what does that mean for prices?

Why Trudeau and his Liberals are now the targets that Kinder Morgan once was

"There never should have been the need for the buyout. It is a crazy outcome to a crazy situation."

Notley, Singh, Horgan and the pipeline that sparked an NDP civil war

In short, being premier of Alberta trumps party ideology and partisan relationships, says political scientist Duane Bratt.

Trans Mountain is a stick right in the eye of the Liberals' own people

“As it turns out, the Liberals were not the brilliant negotiators they imagined themselves to be,” Jen Gerson says of the federal government's purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Move over, Waterloo and Ottawa: Calgary is now out-innovating you

You might be surprised to know that Calgary has now taken the lead on that front, as measured by one of the most common ways of gauging innovation — patents.

Calgary's news comes in many languages these days

In northeast Calgary, media in many languages is everywhere — if you're looking and listening.

Buying up Trans Mountain isn't ideal, but it's the right call, right now

Temporary federal ownership IS a credible way to overcome the unique political and regulatory risks created by B.C.

Alberta's income tax 'advantage' exists for the poor and the rich, but not those in between

Whether Alberta should return to a "flat tax" on income has been the subject of debate recently. But even if the province reverted to its old system, most Albertans would still pay more than people in B.C. and Ontario.

'Making wolf': How Calgary and Tsuut'ina can move forward, together

It's a process that dates back to Chief Lee Crowchild's ancestors, who would meet with leaders of tribes with whom they had battled — not to apologize for what had happened, but to validate the experiences on both sides.

Now why would they go and build that there? How house design can drive neighbours nuts

Who lives where and how is a fraught concept, at once simple and complex, fundamental and frivolous, nobody else's business yet irretrievably tangled in our social framework.

Here's what makes Albertans more likely to vote NDP vs. UCP vs. other parties

Some fancy statistical work reveals factors that influence how we're likely to cast ballots, come election time.

Partisan biases influence 'the truths we cling to' about Alberta's economy

Poll results show Albertans' partisanship plays a big role in how they feel about the end of the recession — if they even believe it's ended.