Topic: calgary at a crossroads


Olympic Plaza brick app leads you to your Calgary '88 legacy

Ron McMahon spent four years and more than 1,000 hours geocoding more than 35,000 of the custom donor bricks in Olympic Plaza so you can use your smartphone to find your Calgary ‘88 legacy.

A Calgary Olympic bid: Can it pull us out of the doldrums a second time?

Back in the '80s our city was in the dumps. We were in a recession, oil prices were way down, business vacancy rates were up. And so we threw ourselves a little party. The Winter Olympics. Would another Olympics be just the thing to boost our current collective Calgary fortunes?

Alberta economic downturn: Everything old is new again

The story aired in January 1987, but putting fashion and film quality aside, this news report on the struggling Alberta economy is just as relevant today as it was three decades ago.

A year in Calgary: 3 dramatically different refugee stories for 3 different families

CBC News reconnects with three refugee families we first met a year ago. One woman is thriving in her new home, another family is struggling to even get out of the house, and the third family has left town.

Calgary psychologist gives advice on getting through the downturn

“Sometimes we feel sorry for ourselves and that’s exactly what we need to do, for a while. It’s real, honest, and often warranted, too, because life is not fair.” Calgary psychologist Donna Sales on how we can best cope with the downturn. And how, “visiting self-pity for a while is okay, but we can’t stay there.”

Calgary Camera Club's summer of earth, wind and fire

Remember sun? Remember shorts and cocktails on the patio? Remember the rain? And then the rain? And the rain? As we brace for months of gloom, the Calgary Camera Club brightens things up with a few of its best moments from our city's summer.

Shiny new terminal just the latest in a long line of Calgary airports

Calgary's aviation history has been anchored in numerous hangars and terminals. As YYC prepares to open a new terminal which doubles the size of the airport, it's time to look back at where flying has been based in Calgary over the years.

Denver and the allure it has for millennials

If you've ever travelled to Denver, you may notice it feels a bit like Calgary. And there are similarities. But the city south of the border is attracting millennials by the thousands while Calgary has recently lost some.

Denver and Calgary: A tale of 2 similar but very different cities

Calgary could stand to learn a thing or two from Denver about getting off an energy rollercoaster. The cities have many similarities, but decades ago our friends south of the border charted a different path — and are reaping the benefits. Calgary? Well, our economic wagon is still pretty hitched to the boom-bust cycle.

George Brookman on Albertans' growing anger, and Calgary's future

"It is ridiculous that we are not building pipelines to the East and West Coasts. The vast majority of Canadians know that it is short-sighted and poorly thought out, but at least part of the reason for that is Alberta’s own lack of selling itself over the past twenty plus years. We got fat, we got lazy and we quit selling,” George Brookman on what Alberta needs to do next.

Grappling with Calgary's 'new normal': Moving beyond words in a downturn

“We need to embrace the new normal now. Alberta’s deficit is soaring, thousands and thousands of people have lost their jobs, and we are at risk of falling into a self-perpetuating funk of economic and social stagnation if we don’t start acting soon.” Doug Kirby on some ideas from a recent forum, on how we in Calgary can start shaping our future.

Ralph Klein's Calgary: Kicking around in the town he loved, in 1985

Drinking at the St. Louis, checking out the brand new Saddledome, chatting about oil and gas. In 1985 then mayor Ralph Klein took our CBC cameras on a tour of the city. It was hard times for the energy industry, but he wanted to share what he loved about Calgary.

Design wars: It's Edmonton vs. Calgary for the architectural cup

While Edmonton is the media darling of late, if you examine the 'battle of two city centres' from an urban design perspective, Calgary might actually be winning. Richard White on the race between Alberta's two biggest cities as they try to outdesign each other.

A look down the road, at Calgary's future roads

“Enter my generation, the first in 60 years that sees vehicles as a luxury instead of a necessity.” Willem Klumpenhouwer on how demographic change gives us a chance to redesign our city.

Possible futures for the CP Rail line in downtown Calgary

'The track of the Canadian Pacific Railway is a fundamental part of our urban geography,' says Richard White. But is it an economic link to the world, or a bit of urban blight? And what's the future of the steel rails that run through Calgary's core?

Calgary's brash brand of NIMBYism and why we pay so much attention to it

Some fear immigrants. Some fear poor people. Some fear trees. They're known, pejoratively, as NIMBYs (an acronym for not-in-my-backyard!) and they've been on full display in Calgary lately.

The crooked heart of Calgary: A quirk of history

Ever noticed that all of Calgary's downtown avenues slant slightly to the southeast? The maps prove it and history tells us that the Canadian Pacific Railway is to blame.

Calgary's dogs through the ages

Loyal friends, military mascots, brave trackers, skilled hunters. Whether they've been trained to help the North West Mounted Police, forced to sit with a biscuit on their nose, or dressed up in baby clothes and plunked in a pram, dogs have long been part Calgary's fabric. Check out these nifty photos of Calgarians and their four-legged friends through the ages.

A look at Calgary's pups on #NationalDogDay 2016

Did you know Calgary has more than 99,500 dogs licensed in the city as of August this year? We take a peek at some of those residents and other interesting facts about dogs in the city.

Calgary neighbourhood bylaw open to suggestions from public

The city wants your feedback on rules governing odd smells, noise, weeds, open fires and eyesores in your community in preparation for a Community Standards Bylaw update.

Signs of the times: Calgary's evolving identity

From weirdly cute bears wearing cowboy hats, to a Stampede city, to a 'progressive industrial centre'. Calgary's long history of slogans and welcome signs, tells us something about who we were, are and want to be.

5 big ideas from some of Calgary's biggest brains

Congress 2016 is an annual gathering of Canada's big thinkers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. This year it was held in Calgary and many of the big thinkers were from the local university. Here are five big ideas to mull over from five of the University of Calgary's big thinkers.

Faces of the recession: Calgary photographer Michael Heywood documents downturn through intimate portraits

Recessions can be measured in terms of lost incomes and jobs, but behind the numbers are people: grandmothers, welders, church pastors, information technology managers and tens of thousands of others. These are our friends, our neighbours, our family members and each has their own story and experience.

Why Jason Kenney could be the best thing to happen to Rachel Notley

If the right is to be united, a united right under the Jason Kenney model is as good as it gets for the NDP – and likely better than the status quo, says political analyst Corey Hogan.

Indigenous Calgarians struggle to find their cultural identity

"Indigenous people will have a significant impact on the identity and direction of the city." James Wilt, explores the complexities of identity for indigenous peoples living in Calgary — what it means and who gets to decide.

Olympics helped create Calgary in surprising ways

Sociologist Harry Hiller says there is no doubt that, whether it was planned that way or not, the Calgary Olympics truly represented the emergence of a new kind of city.

Calgary graffiti: The good, the bad and the reason it's not all bad

The intersection of cultures. The expressions of the marginalized. The way we form community. Artist and art professor Dick Averns on why we should give Calgary's graffiti a second look.

Revitalizing Calgary's core: Some possibilities for rebirth

Richard White on how other cities have weathered tough economic times and downturns, and what Calgary can learn from their success. From off the wall ideas, to stuff that's already happening to keep our core vibrant.

Calgary in transition: Advice for new graduates trying to score a job

“This is about how Calgary as a city is struggling with the loss of identity and certainty.” Finals are underway, and then what? Some tough love advice from Heather Heasman for new graduates entering a workforce, where the downturn has been a game changer.

Funerals held each year for dozens of Calgarians who die alone

Quite a bit of work goes into preparing a funeral for those who die in Calgary with no friends or family to claim them. The province says the goal is to provide "dignity in death" whether they are a "prince or pauper."

Calgary Camera Club turns its lens on the city

We asked the good people of the Calgary Camera Club if they'd share their visions of Calgary with us.

Francophone homes in Calgary, by community

French may be one of Canada's official languages, but it's not a particularly popular mother tongue in Calgary. Still, there are pockets of Francophone households throughout the city, concentrated more in some areas than others.

How Calgary shaped Paul Brandt's evolution from a 7-year-old 'word nerd' to a country music singer

From Ranchman's, where he was in talent competitions, to the Baptist church and his spiritual awakening, to the confluence of the Bow and Elbow: country music singer Paul Brandt shows us his Calgary — the places in our city that matter the most to him.

The debate over preserving Calgary's architectural heritage

'Call me elitist, but I wouldn’t trust the masses to vote on which buildings to keep or whether we should,' says Calgary historian Harry Sanders, as he explores the arguments for and against preserving our city's architectural past.

New graduates need to manage expectations in the downturn

'Students should be encouraged to find a job – any job – in their chosen industry and work their way up through the field,' SAIT academic VP Brad Donaldson advises new graduates.

How 'disgraceful' naked Brotherhood of Mankind statues became a Calgary icon

'People were shocked and appalled and thought it was disgraceful' – The story of how the Brotherhood of Mankind statues came to Calgary.

Reading Calgary: How 12 authors have captured our city's character

“When we read Calgary’s literature, we become aware of our city’s deeper identity.” Booms, busts, murders, mayhem and everyday life. Calgary's complexity in literature. Twelve books you're going to want to check out.

Job advice for Calgary grads

"The worst thing you could do is sit in the basement and become an expert gamer while waiting for the price of oil to rise.” Calgary in a downturn and things are tough. But there are things young people can do to put them on the right path.

Doug Dirks on culture shock and Calgary arts

The days of complaining like a bored teenager about how there's nothing to do in Calgary are clearly over. The CBC's Doug Dirks on culture shock, the wild '80s and Calgary's ever growing arts scene. How it's time to abandon the "Calgary ovation."

What Earls dropping Alberta beef says about Alberta

Janet Brown on Earls' decision to drop Alberta beef — what it says about a changing market strategy, and change in who we are.

The men and women who wrote our city

'The citizens of Calgary tend to be unaware of our rich literary past - of the writers who have walked our pathways and lived in our neighbourhoods.' On the day he hands over the baton as Calgary's poet laureate, Derek Beaulieu writes of our city's literary landscape.

Jack Peach on Calgary in 1910

Jack Peach talks about Calgary's city hall, services and commerce in 1910.

Jack Peach on Calgary's Alberta Hotel

Jack Peach talks about the old Alberta Hotel, once the city's meeting place.

The big blue hoop: A lens on Calgary's soul

"We might believe that our character is formed by economics or geology, but there are deeper footings underwriting Calgary, despite our oblivion or our deliberate disregard." Aritha van Herk on a big blue hoop and our city's form and substance.

Calgary's lesser known art: statues, paintings, memorials and manhole covers

Have a ramble around the city and check out some art that you've probably walked by a dozen times, and never noticed. Meg Wilcox brings us a list of 10 places in Calgary communities to find art where you might not expect it.

Current Torontonian writes on his Calgary past, and the city's present

'It is an economic calamity that is exacting a very human price.' With reflections from someone who spent 15 years as CBC Calgary's bureau chief, Fred Youngs offers the perspective of someone who's left the city but finds Calgary hasn't left him.

The Alberta budget will polarize the political system

Duane Bratt on the political gamble that is the Alberta budget. And whether it will turn the NDP into a 'one hit wonder.'

Why Rachel Notley's budget should raise taxes, spend political capital and play it cool

Compromising with those who will never support the government is a good way to lose the support of those who do, Corey Hogan writes in budget advice for Premier Rachel Notley.

Junior oil sector hit hardest amid downturn

When times are good, the junior energy sector is the place to go to make real money —third house and a polo pony kind of money. But when times are bad, like they are now, it gets rough. Will the junior sector survive this downturn?

Fort Calgary art installation evokes outlines of original fort

The fort at Fort Calgary is long gone. But a new art installation gives visitors a sense of the police fort's size.

Calgary's music scene, and how it shapes us

As Juno Week in Calgary kicks into full swing, Drew Anderson muses on the music of our lives: how we form community, express identity and understand ourselves though music.

Calgarians share their sacred spaces

When Richard White wrote about his sacred spaces, it generated a lot of responses with Calgarians sharing their special places with us.

Alberta and oil prices: How Middle East geopolitics and religion affect our future

For better or for worse, Calgary's well-being and prospects hinge on the world price of oil. Local experts Harrie Vredenburg and Tim Marchant look at the escalating rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, why oil prices fell and what keeps them low.

Arlene Dickinson on Calgary's recession

“Alberta is a province full of wealthy individuals. It’s time for these individuals to step up and invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs.” Arlene Dickinson's call to arms. The Calgary entrepreneur on the dangers of downplaying the recession. What government and individuals need to do right now.

How Alberta and the energy sector look through the eyes of Canadians

We asked 2,098 people from across the country all sorts of questions that relate to Alberta's current situation and boiled down some of the most interesting results into a handful of colourful and interactive graphs, which you'll find in this story.

Horse thieves, prostitutes and forgers: Century-old mugshots offer unique glimpse of history

Sylvia the manicurist was a prostitute who frequented opium dens. Frank the farmer was caught stealing horses. Harry from Austria was busted with vagrancy and escaping custody. These Calgary Police Service mugshots offer unique perceptions of gender, race, ethnic origin and crime a century ago.

Calgary break-ins: Check out how often thieves hit your 'hood

Calgary break-ins spiked by 56 per cent last year. How many happened in your community? And which neighbourhoods were hardest hit? These maps may surprise you.

Economy and environment weigh heavy on Canadians: EKOS-CBC poll

A new EKOS-CBC poll suggests that Canadians are feeling torn between the priorities of economic growth and those of environmental stewardship, particularly when it comes to the oil and gas industry.

Calgary's railway history from Jack Peach

Jack Peach meets us on the platform and we catch a ride along the rails of Calgary's train history. Whistle stops and long gone stations.

In It Together speakers series hopes to turn the tables on negative talk in Calgary

“The danger of just riding it out is that we have no idea when it will come back," says Jeff Bradshaw who has organized a speakers series bringing industry and civic thinkers together to find solutions.

Energy East politics must give way to national interest, says Jim Gray

Oil veteran Jim Gray weighs in on the politics of Energy East. He speaks Tuesday at a series intended to find creative solutions in the midst of the downturn.

Take a trip inside the Glenbow's cultural artifact collections

There's a room at the Glenbow where a good bit of Calgary's cultural history is housed. Bits and bobs used by everyday Calgarians (and a few famous folk) who have called this place home for well over a century.

The Rockies: How they shape us as individuals and as a city

David Gray on why we live here and our personal relationship with the mountains.

Calgary's great neighbourhoods created by transit-oriented development, just look at the past

Public transportation helped shape some of the city's favourite neighhourhoods. As we look to the Calgary's future, transit-oriented development can do the same.

Suburbs' fabric shifts as jobs move away from the downtown core

Richard White on how our relationship with the suburbs is changing as "work" is now nearer to "life," and how our vision of the city can change from being one from the core out to the suburbs in.

Behind the failure of Calgary's 'core of the core'

There's an art and a science to building neighbourhoods. Sometimes, mistakes get made. As new plans for Eau Claire sit before city council, we'll look at why the old plan failed to build a community hub, and what's been learned.

A look at Calgary 'firsts' and the legacy they left

“Once upon a time, for a few short weeks, downtown Calgary saw so much cash changing hands at a feverish clip, that it had to be stuffed into wastepaper baskets and carried to the banks on Eighth Avenue.” This is Jack Peach's Calgary.

Public Art: Building Calgary's civic identity one utility box at a time

Meg Wilcox takes an in-depth look at Calgary's public art and what it says about us as a city. From the megaprojects that are giving our downtown a new sense of cool to the smaller pieces that dot our local neighbourhoods, and how we've even learned to love some stuff we hated. It's a complex system that generates controversy.

Calgary downturn has some businesses offering discounts

Downturn or not, many Calgarians still want to grab a beer and a burger — have a night on the town. As cash gets tighter, some of our city's restaurants and entertainment venues are coming up with deals and lowering their prices.

Calgary Olympian Mark Tewksbury shows us his city

Mark Tewksbury tours us around his personal Calgary. The places in our city that mean the most to him and the places that changed his life.

Calgary Community Quiz: Do all our suburbs really look the same?

Rising like mountains beyond mountains, our city's neighbourhoods stand out on the landscape, but can you tell Huntington Hills from Harvest Hills? Taradale from Martindale? Lake Bonavista from Lake Bonaventure?

Communal living in Calgary could solve housing issues

James Wilt explores the idea of co-housing in Calgary. Where people live in private units, but have shared common spaces, and some common rituals. He tells us how what could seem like faux-communism, may actually be a Calgary problem solver

Alberta's fiscal update: Difficult choices ahead

“Many were expecting the worst, and they weren't disappointed.” Calgary economist Trevor Tombe digs into Alberta's latest budget update. He says while there is no need to panic, there are serious conversations to be had, and difficult choices to face.

Mark Tewksbury on junior high

Mark Tewksbury tours us around his personal Calgary. The places in our city that mean the most to him and the places that changed his life.

Mark Tewksbury on Victoria's Restaurant

Mark Tewksbury tours us around his personal Calgary. The places in our city that mean the most to him and the places that changed his life.

Mark Tewksbury's Chinook mall

Mark Tewksbury tours us around his personal Calgary. The places in our city that mean the most to him and the places that changed his life.

Calgary's downturn through a salon's window view on the city

Sometimes his clients have tears in their eyes, but a sure sign of the bust for Francis Byron are the DIY haircuts.

Jack Peach's Calgary circa 1912, or so

Here's another audio trip back in time with Jack Peach when Calgarians sipped cocktails on rooftops during earthquakes, the fashionable folks rented luxury apartments that came equipped with reception halls and the central library was a hallmark of civilization.

Here is the word on the street in Calgary during the downturn

We've been hoofing it through the downtown core recently, asking folks how things are going in the downturn. And while there might be fewer people out and about, there's still a lot of optimism around.

Calgary high schools hire psychologists to help kids cope

Two Calgary high schools have hired psychologists to help their students cope with the combined pressures of parental expectations, university admission requirements and the financial downturn.

Hey Calgary! What's the word on the street?

We took a stroll though downtown Calgary the other day, and bumped into a bunch of people doing their thing. Making sandwiches. Shining shoes. Building office towers. We asked them how they were feeling about the city these days. Here's what they had to say.

Calgary colours: The hues and shades of our city

Chicken-on-the Way yellow. Peace Bridge red. Road salt grey. Calgary is a city of shades and hues. Especially this time of year. Tim Loblaw on the colours that make up our city.

Calgary's real estate future: questions and answers

What's the best course of action in the downturn, and are we headed toward another real estate train wreck like the one of 1982?

Calgary's downturn: a time to teach our children some valuable lessons

Sociologist Caroline McDonald-Harker on how we can use Calgary's economic downturn as a way to bring families together, and teach children some important life skills.

Calgary manners on the wane. Bigger city. Bigger problems

The forgotten thank-you. The door closed in your face. The demise of the courtesy wave on Crowchild. How manners in Calgary are changing as the city gets bigger. And what we can do about it.

A tour of Calgary with Buck Shot

Kid's entertainer extraordinaire Ron Barge shows us around Calgary — the places that matter most to him, and parts of our city that bring back memories.

Calgarians share their random acts of kindness

A little "happy" as you head into the long weekend. Strangers who shovel your sidewalk, pay your grocery bill, buy coffee for cops: your stories of random acts of Calgary kindness, and how they made this city a better place.

This is Buck Shot's Calgary

Calgary's kid's entertainer extraordinaire Ron Barge shows us around town — the places that matter the most to him, and the parts of our city that bring back memories.

Fixing Calgary's downtown ghost town

A "ghetto for office workers," Calgary's core is mainly a jumble of office towers. At night the streets seem to roll up. Richard White explains what this means to our city, and looks at what's been done over the last 40 years to fix it.

Random acts of kindness in Calgary promote other selfless acts

We want to hear your story about a random act of Calgary kindness, when a stranger did something nice for you, and what it meant to you — one of those things that just made you love living in our city.

Rumours spur anti-German riots in Calgary 100 years ago

The trouble began with a rumour that a diner had fired returning servicemen to hire "enemy aliens" — spurring an angry mob of soldiers to go on a rampage of looting and fighting. Then things took a turn for the worse.

Rex Murphy on Calgary: 'Where are the city's allies?'

'Were I a Calgarian, I’d be first perplexed, and then perhaps angry.' Rex Murphy has some tough questions about the national response to our energy industry and downturn. He writes on how a prosperous Calgary with a global reach added a balance to Confederation.

Low oil prices hollow out Calgary's downtown core

Silent cubicle farms, abandoned offices and empty coffee rooms. As our city's energy sector sheds jobs to cut costs, the physical makeup of the downtown core is changing.

Bret Hart's Calgary: Famed pro wrestler tours most memorable places in his home town

Famed wrestler Bret Hart takes us on a tour of the places in his home town that mean the most of him, and reflects on a life uniquely lived.

The Strategists dissect Trudeau's Calgary meetings with oilpatch execs

The Strategists dissect pipeline politics and energy economics as the federal government and Calgary's ugly economic reality meet face to face.

17th Avenue: its past, present and future

Skinny jeans, late night pizza by the slice and a good place to have one too many beer. Part of the heart and soul of Calgary, 17th Avenue has a long history as a place to strut your stuff with friends.

Calgary's community engagement leads to confrontation

Richard White on how a process that was supposed to bring neighbourhoods together can actually create divisions, and how Calgary's community engagement has 'gone wild.'

Duane Bratt on the politics behind Rachel Notley's royalty review

The review is done, the politics under way. Duane Bratt on how NDP ideology ran head-on into political reality, and Rachel Notley is now being criticized by the left and the right. Why some of the government's allies say it's been 'captured by industry.'

Alberta royalty review insight from a Calgary economist

Economist Trevor Tombe presents his take on the royalty review and getting our 'fair share:' What's changed, what stays the same and how this report could set the stage for the next go-around.

Inglewood: The Calgary community comes of age

The Homestretch continues its series on Calgary's main streets and talks to residents about the importance of keeping gentrification out of the city's oldest community.