Mayor in 2017

One thing I was really looking forward to was the showdown this year. Even before the election was on I was asked, “What do you think about Chabot running against Nenshi?” Not to spoil the punchline, but Nenshi has absolutely met my expectations and I have absolutely not a single hesitation endorsing him again. I have a good view of Councillor Chabot. I absolutely dislike everyone else in the race. [Read more from Mayor in 2017...]

Vapour lock at City Hall? The 2017 edition.

Back in 2010, I figured I had my city council vote figured out when Dave Bronconnier decided not to run again. I was quite frustrated with what seemed to be constant fighting between the aldermen (as they were known at the time) and my sense that city council was lost in the wilderness and not accomplishing what it should. There was one guy on city council that stood out to me: his nickname was “Dr. [Read more from Vapour Lock at City Hall? the 2017 Edition....]

Some time in the early 90’s I became dissatisfied with the provincial government. I wasn’t really thrilled with 5 percent cuts across the board. I was definitely unhappy with the direction post-secondary education was taking at the time. The thing that really upset me the most was when I heard over and over again that the government was talking with ordinary Albertans. “Well,” I thought to myself, “They haven’t been talking to me. [Read more from]

Holding Higher Expectations

How can you not be sucked into the circus that is the Government of Alberta this week? I keep waiting for the Keystone Kops to scamper across the stage flailing billy clubs and rubber hoses. The title for this post was originally going to be “The Good Old Give and Take” which was meant to allude to the lame predictability of an austerity budget, followed by a fudgy number budget, followed with a good news budget and finally - just in time for the election - a break open the piggy bank budget. [Read more from Holding Higher Expectations...]

Bigger than a plane ride

Well, this has certainly been shaping up to be an interesting week in Alberta politics. On Monday, Premier Redford’s bad polling numbers were released and they were a shock even to me. Now, I personally have not been a fan of Ms. Redford and I have lost faith in the PC party years ago, but I was still surprised to see such bad numbers in Alberta of all places. We’re long famous for political dynasties and turning on a dime, but this feels different to me. [Read more from Bigger Than a Plane Ride...]

A funny thing happened on the way to the nomination...

At the end of 2013 I really enjoyed reading an interview Jason Markusoff published with Naheed Nenshi. (Full disclosure, I love Jason Markusoff mostly because a) his last name starts with “Mark”, b) he covers Calgary City Hall so I read his column regularly and c) he attended the Jane’s Walk I hosted.) My favourite part of the interview was this exchange: CH: Is there a dream job out there for you, though? [Read more from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Nomination......]

Positive change is far overdue in Alberta's child welfare system

When Karen Kleiss and Darcy Henton wrote their Fatal Care series, I felt devastated, sad and very angry. I knew I had to write about my feelings over it, I had no idea what to say or even how to go about saying it. Now there are further details of deaths outside of the parameters of the Fatal Care series. The deaths of 741 Albertans troubles me deeply. I’m appalled they were children or young adults. [Read more from Positive Change Is Far Overdue in Alberta's Child Welfare System...]

Calgary Civic Election 2013

So I lost my last blog post. Maybe it’s for the best, this one won’t be quite so vitriolic. I hope. I know I haven’t been as involved in this election as I was in 2013 for very personal issues that have arose. This year hasn’t gone as planned and I have a lot of work ahead of me still. Although I haven’t been as active as 2010, I have still been involved and informed, and I don’t feel that will ever change now. [Read more from Calgary Civic Election 2013...]

Reflecting on a Dream

I have always known who Martin Luther King Jr. was. Always. In and of itself, that statement may not be remarkable. Dr. King was a powerful orator and a deeply driving force for civil rights in the USA. He had a great affect on millions of people, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics and millions of others not enumerated. Billions upon billions of people should know who Martin Luther King was. [Read more from Reflecting on a Dream...]

Provide Proper Flood Maps Now

The difference between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ is an uncrossable chasm. But the difference between ‘right’ and ‘kinda right’ can be a very, very large gap too. I’ve spent the past couple of days trying to reconcile the details from over the past month. It’s been tough, it’s been inspiring, it’s been hot and sweaty work followed up with sweet refreshment. The flood has unquestionably been unprecedented. No one has seen a flood this bad before, this was truly major. [Read more from Provide Proper Flood Maps Now...]