Good Governance: Surprising Lessons from the Nordic Lights

This past few weeks the usually yawn-inducing topic of governance has figured prominently in newspaper headlines. Of note, Mayor Nenshi was lauded for his decision to hold off on fundraising and concentrate on governing and yet criticized for the steep entry fee to his first fundraiser; and The Economist carried a special feature singling out […]

Democracy on the ropes

Good governance versus the black arts of persuasion Published December 13, 2012 by Noel Keough in FFWD’s Viewpoint. On December 10, city council’s legislative task force debated rules for reporting gifts to the mayor and council. We learned that though the mayor apparently has a stash of gifted coffee mugs and socks, and has never received […]

Keystone XL Pipeline: A Homemade Crisis

Whatever the outcome of the raging Keystone XL pipeline battle, it is difficult to see a scenario where Alberta comes out a winner. If the pipeline goes ahead, we go further down the road of dependence on one of the most expensive, ecologically damaging, high-risk, mega-projects on earth. If it is halted, Albertans are left […]

The Road Less Travelled: Life Beyond the Private Automobile

Marshall McLuhan once wrote “The car has become an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete in the urban compound.” With the news last month that Calgary is at the bottom of the walkability heap according to Walk Score, isn’t it time we had a serious conversation about this urban wardrobe […]

A Tragedy in the Making

The Life and Times of the Great American Automobile The revved-up extravaganza known as the North American International Car Show took over Detroit last week. There were the usual attractions – concept cars and the latest version of the once-mighty Stingray; hype around electric cars seems to have short-circuited and now it’s back to the […]

Our very own fiscal cliff

Calgary’s growth management strategy under siege South of the border there is much gnashing of teeth over the impending “fiscal cliff” on which the United States economy teeters. Meanwhile, here in Calgary, a proposed plan to avoid our very own fiscal cliff — a tsunami of infrastructure spending and maintenance that will bury us if […]