TOPIC: CALGARY AT A CROSSROADS
Boozing at the Palliser, chillin' at the library, calling the Devenish home: Jack Peach's Calgary circa 1912
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.
Life after oil and gas: Calgarians look to reinvent themselves as job options dry up
About 250 people registered for an information night at Mount Royal University Wednesday evening.
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.
Calgary as you've never heard it
It was a time when Killarney was Prairie, Elbow Drive was a cattle trail and Stephen Avenue was the city’s main drag: Listen to these short audio files and you'll never look at Calgary the same way again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Asphalt history lesson: What Deerfoot, Crowchild and Shaganappi say about Calgary
What a city chooses to name its roadways helps to create its identity and ground it in its past. From First Nations to the North West Mounted Police, Calgary's myriad concrete thoroughfares capture a unique character.