CalgaryLiberal: Renewing Raj’s Contract

I’ve been thinking. I want to renew Raj’s contract–for leader of the Alberta Liberals. He has a nose for politics, knows exactly what the party needs to build in terms of organization and skill sets, and he was key to the reason why the party did so well. Rather than an implosion, like what many ...

Terahertz: No, I don’t

Look at this photo. What do  you see? I see the moon, some clouds, a tree, and an over-exposed light post in the foreground. The Calgary Herald wants to know if you’re as pareidolia-susceptible as their reader L. Wolanski and see Jesus in the clouds. Nevermind how angry this story about the supermoon will make ...

Five of Five: Morton, Hinman and Some Bickering

The last pre-election message on Ted Morton’s website: To our Supporters: Thank you for supporting me and the PC Party—a party that has madeAlbertathe best place to work, to live and to raise a family. As your MLA for Chestermere-Rocky View, I will work for you to keep it that way. I wasn’t really sure ...

Five of Five: ABVOTE: Play the Obama Card.

Donna Kennedy-Glans, election flyer 2012 This was in my mailbox on Friday. Donna Kennedy-Glans is running as the PC candidate in my riding of Calgary Varsity. It’s quite impressive, the production values are great.  It looks like it cost a lot. Not surprising from a governing party that spares no penny on self-promotion.  Interesting, no mention of the ...

CalgaryLiberal: No Debate: FawcettFails To Attend Forum

A question that burned through my mind on Tuesday during the Calgary-Klein forum was “How did this guy ever get elected?” How did this guy get in? Fawcett wasn’t prepared. He fumbled. He didn’t have answers, didn’t have positions, and shared very little. This has to end. This Tory didn’t stand for anything. And he opted ...

A. Picazo: Link Byfield – Another Thorn On The Wildrose

Though it took longer than I anticipated, it seems Wildrose leader Danielle Smith, gag order and all, has failed to contain the radical views held by some in her party from seeping out into the public sphere. These views would have been discovered eventually, mind you, as Smith cannot muzzle her candidates (or MLAs, for ...

Bill Longstaff: My two cents on Calgary’s Peace Bridge

It’s finally done. Over budget and overdue, but it’s done. One of the most controversial pieces of infrastructure in Calgary’s history, the Peace Bridge, a pedestrian walkway over the Bow River, is finally open for traffic. I am a strong supporter of the compact city as a more efficient city, both financially and economically, and ...

Rusty Idols: Danielle Smith: Wrong for Alberta

What happens if a rigid, far right ideologue who’s only experience in a public service role is a tale of obstruction, fundamental lack of understanding of the facts, radical disdain for the role of the public sector, childish spats and a seeming inability to compromise or work with anyone who disagrees with her becomes Premier? December 6, 1998: ...

Slap Upside The Head: Calgary Radio Station Tackles Bullying

Kool 105.5, a Calgary-based radio station, is tackling bullying with a pretty novel incentive: A contest. The school that signs the most pledges asserting that everyone has “the right to feel safe, respected, valued, and accepted” will get a free concert performed during school hours. Of course, if anyone breaks the pledge, all memory of ...

CalgaryLiberal: Where has Vincent been?

Everywhere, that’s where this one blogger has been. Last month’s convention in Ottawa was a roaring success–with the open primary system that the Alberta Liberal championed and now the federal Liberals have chosen to adopt the next leader in 2013–that I supported and fought for on the convention floor for both parties to adopt. Since ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: That Annoying Twitter Access

I’ve seldom seen a journalist whine so much about politicians who are too accessible to the public. Look no further, you can find them in the Calgary Herald. Mayor Nenshi has even replied to a tweet from me, and I don’t even live in Calgary, so obviously he must be wasting time. Right, right? Ugh. ...

Five of Five: What the Mayor Said

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Bill Longstaff: Public transit blossoms in Calgary

When Calgary’s GoPlan, the blueprint for the city’s transportation development for the next 30 years, was created in the mid-1990s, it predicted that by 2024, 50 per cent of commuters would be using public transit to get downtown to work. Only 33 per cent used public transit at the time. Critics said the plan was ...

Bill Longstaff: Calgary’s main attraction

What is Calgary’s most popular attraction? The Calgary Stampede, you say? Flames games, perhaps? The Calgary Zoo? Wrong, wrong and wrong. According to an article in Fast Forward Magazine, in 2010 the Calgary Public Library system “had more visits than the Stampede, Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, Science Centre, recreation arenas and all professional sporting events ...

A. Picazo: #OccupyWallStreet – Calgary edition

So much has been written about the Occupy movement, it’s difficult to discuss it further without a sense of redundancy. At the same time, it’s difficult for the apolitical to fully appreciate the scope of the protests without understanding the motivation behind it. It’s also difficult to examine the #OccupyCalgary movement without first studying the ...

Bill Longstaff: A message from Forest Lawn for workers everywhere

The workers at Sobeys’ Forest Lawn supermarket, the only unionized Sobeys in Calgary, are currently on strike. The pickets have been on duty for two weeks. Doug Smith of the United Food and Commercial Workers union says the action resulted from the company’s refusal to bargain in good faith. He claims they have been bargaining ...

Bill Longstaff: Cities—the provincial option

The possibility of Toronto becoming a province has popped up in the news again. The idea has floated around for years, supported by a variety of civic thinkers including the urban guru Jane Jacobs. The idea has considerable merit and not only for Toronto. Under our Constitution, cities are creatures of the provinces, to be ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Civics, Humour, Space, and Water

I’m going to assume that Calgary’s Civic Camp is a success, because they have an awesome mayor who nobody expected to win. == Things could be worse. These disasters will make you smile. == http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/videos/dawn/20110915/vesta20110915-640.swf Embedded video from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Vesta is a minor planet in our solar system, ...

Cheney speech: c’mon Calgary, you can do better than this

Only about 50 protesters showed up to Cheney’s Calgary speech, a dismal showing compared to the far more sizeable crowd at his Vancouver speech the night before. I realize Calgary is a conservative city but with Nenshi, I thought things were changing. Even the Calgary Herald reporting was soft. Ten years after the attacks on ...

Slap Upside The Head: Calgary Mayor Leads Pride Parade For First Time

Calgary may not have the reputation of being a particularly tolerant city, but that perception change sooner than one might think. For one, Calgarians elected a surprisingly progressive mayor last year. Naheed Nenshi won by a comfortable margin thanks in large to an active youth vote, assembled into action via social media. And now, from ...

CalgaryLiberal: Alberta Liberal Leadership Survey: Bill Harvey

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Slap Upside The Head: Calgary Mom Launches Anti-Homophobia Campaign

A Calgary mom has launched a new anti-homophobia campaign that will be gracing various public transit vessels in the city starting this September. The campaign was originally conceived after a mother, who wishes to only be identified as Grace, became fed up with the harassment her teenage daughter has had to endure. Having worked on ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-05-19 11:36:00

CANADIAN ANARCHIST MOVEMENT: THE CALGARY FESTIVAL OF ANARCHY:How different from when I was young. Anarchist festivals in ‘Calgary’ !!!!FESTIVAL OF ANARCHY!Time Friday, May 27 at 6:00pm – May 29 at 4:00pm—————————Location The Old Y for Communities, 223 12th Avenue SW Calgary, Canada————————–More Info The Calgary Anarchist Bookfair Committee is happy to announce the 2011 Festival ...

A. Picazo: Secondary Suites And The Right To Affordable Housing

In December 2007, at the height of Calgary’s housing crunch, a report emerged from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation that confirmed what many had long suspected: the cost of renting a two bedroom apartment in Calgary eclipsed that of all major Canadian cities, marking the first time since the CMHC started tracking the data ...

More Notes From Underground: How The Anti-Fluoride Craze Explains Sarah Palin

Tom Flanagan is upset that Calgary’s city council has decided to end fluoride treatment of Calgary’s water supply. This is, as Flanagan correctly points out, against all evidence about the safety and benefits of fluoride in the water supply. Of course, as the Big City Liberal observes, Flanagan is reaping a whirlwind that he sowed ...