Good Governance: What does this mean to you?

If someone asked you whether you were happy with the state of  “governance” in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada, what would you say? What criteria would  inform your answer? The World Bank describes governance as the “rules for the rulers”, and the “processes by which the rules are selected, defined, linked together, and [linked] with society […]

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 […]

Cooperative Approaches to a New Economy

Interested in new approaches to Sustainable Economic Development? Mike Lewis, author of Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy will be in Calgary next week May 29 (evening lecture at Downtown Library) and 30 (morning Cooperatives Workshop at Headspace in Sunalta) and May 30 afternoon (Calgary Economic Development) for these events.