Calgary’s potential for renaissance can be found in its history

Here's how the best of the city's founders would approach the problem of rebuilding the city

Calgary’s potential for renaissance can be found in its historyCalgary is becoming a city of ghosts. And it’s from ghosts that salvation may be found. I lived there for 30 years and pursued three careers – in oil, academia and museology, about one a decade. Each time I moved on, I did so enriched by stories of the founders of Calgary and with new…

Kindersley council approves new strategy and governance structure

The plan was developed around three pillars identified by council: Build Bridges, Smart Spending and Make it Happen

Kindersley council approves new strategy and governance structureKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley town councillors have approved a new strategic plan and governance policy near the end of the first year of their term. Council members passed resolutions to approve the strategic plan and governance policy at a meeting on Sept. 25. Council adopted the strategic plan first after a brief presentation…

For the sake of our kids, Calgary must end the anti-fluoride folly

Poor dental health in childhood becomes a lifelong burden, with consequences for those who can least afford dental care

For the sake of our kids, Calgary must end the anti-fluoride follyIf I could convince Calgarians to vote on one issue in the upcoming municipal elections, it wouldn’t be the one that’s in the headlines – whether to subsidize the Flames’ billionaire owners in their quest for a new arena. Instead, it would be to punish those idiotic councillors who voted in 2011 to remove fluoride…

Calgary’s down, but is it out?

A former Calgarian returns to find empty office space, a battle over a multimillion-dollar hockey rink, and deserted restaurants and hotels

Calgary’s down, but is it out?After a summer spent up B.C.'s Sunshine Coast, I recently returned to Calgary for board meetings. The onset of fall is the uptake of my work as a member of five boards. They all crunch back into business mode almost the same week that ocean swimming becomes unpleasant. Every September, swimming is replaced by Robert’s…

Finally, a ticket to ride: Uber making inroads in Canada

Taxis and ride-sharing services can happily co-exist. Even cabbies are starting to get that

Finally, a ticket to ride: Uber making inroads in Canada“She's got a ticket to ride, but she don't care,” goes the old Beatles song. When it comes to Uber, most riders would sing along. If consumer demand was the only issue, the ride-sharing service would probably be operating across Canada by now, just like it does in over 600 cities around the world. Unfortunately,…

Environment-friendly “plyscrapers” blocked by red tape

The USDA estimates every four storeys would save the same amount of carbon emissions as created by 500 cars every year

Environment-friendly “plyscrapers” blocked by red tapeIf a tree falls in the forest, can a tree-hugger cheer? Yes, believe it or not. Felled trees can now replace concrete and steel in high-rise buildings, saving their weight in carbon emissions. Engineers and environmentalists are both rightfully excited by the new innovation in building high-rises. Unfortunately, a recent competition south of the border…

World needs a Canadian perspective, steeped in small-town values

Our store of creative capital, entrepreneurial risk taking, peacekeeping and a welcoming attitude rooted in our small-town history

World needs a Canadian perspective, steeped in small-town valuesFor the past year, I’ve been living in a small town. It has about 20,000 residents counting the ‘highway people’ – those few thousands of us who live along Highway 101, which stretches about 30 km north and south of town. We’re seasonally augmented by a few thousand ‘island dwellers’ who essentially show up for…

Houston, we have a problem

While scientists are cautious about attributing any particular weather event to global warming, the trend is ominous, particularly as sea levels rise

Houston, we have a problemIt would be callous to respond unsympathetically to the Houston and area hurricane and flood, and the consequences: death, general privation, lack of drinking water and electricity, properties and personal items destroyed. But a clear perspective on the circumstances is needed. It’s been claimed that the magnitude of the tragedy was unpredictable, but surely everyone…

Sod turned at $3.75-million regional landfill project

Kindersley has been under pressure from the province to do something since the existing landfill caught fire in 2013

Sod turned at $3.75-million regional landfill projectKenneth Brown of The Clarion Construction of the new regional landfill west of Kindersley has been launched with a sod-turning ceremony. The sod turning was held on Aug. 30 at the site of the facility south of Highway 7 and 10 km west of Kindersley. The project is spearheaded by 19 urban and rural municipalities…

Regional bylaw court established in Kindersley

Establishing the court came up because area municipalities have a hard time enforcing bylaws and collecting fines

Regional bylaw court established in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion More than 30 municipalities have committed to participate in a municipal bylaw court in Kindersley. The court has received preliminary approval. Bernie Morton, the chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Town of Kindersley, has been working with provincial court and justice officials to establish a bylaw court in the region.…