Earlier this week, Naheed Nenshi, the Mayor of Calgary, Alberta, was awarded the 2014 "World Mayor Prize" by the World Mayors Foundation. I think every leader can learn from what Nenshi has done to reinvent civic government. Imagine an award for World's best business leader. Would you be a contender?
We Calgarians have much to look forward to in 2015, including visiting these three new and top-notch restaurants that will keep you coming back for more, again and again - we promise!
Calling all craft connoisseurs! Calgary has been making some sudsy strides into the beer scene: stouts, ales lagers - whichever barley pop you prefer, we've filtered out (or unfiltered, if you rather) the best spots to find the brew for you. Let's hop to it, shall we?
Hotel search trivago.ca analyzed every hotel within two kilometers of Canada's five most notoriously weather-delayed airports, to help grounded travellers stay in the ideal airport hotel during the nightmare of holiday delays.
When I visited, Pascal was preparing the butter. It involved a giant slab of butter and a wooden rolling pin. I suggested he sell tickets for people to come and beat the butter with the rolling pin because it looked like a great way to relieve stress.
Twenty per cent of older adults live with a mental health issue. In Calgary alone, that equates to over 21,000 older adults, with between 1,000 and 2,000 living with severe and persistent psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and delusional disorder. These figures do not take into account individuals between 45 and 65 who have lived a higher-risk lifestyle and been intermittently homeless. Such individuals age more quickly than the general population, and often present as "functionally geriatric" well before the age of 65.
Once again, Calgary city council has raised property taxes beyond the rate of inflation. No surprise. Over the past seven years, only once, in 2007, has council approved a tax increase below Calgary's inflation rate. The latest hike, 4.5 per cent in residential property taxes for 2015, is triple the average annual Statistics Canada inflation rate for the 2010-2014 period in Calgary
For the last six weeks, deep in the B.C. legislature, eight MLAs have been toiling away at trying to set spending limits for municipal parties and their candidates in 2018, as well as third parties. It's been an oddly quiet discussion, given that their recommendations might restore a modicum of faith in local democracy. Might.
When I first came to Alberta a quarter-century ago, vacancy rates in Calgary and Edmonton exceeded 10 per cent. In Edmonton, where I lived in 1988, landlords often gave one month free on an already cheap 12-month lease. Sometimes utilities and cable were included.
If you're looking for a fun and affordable vacation it's time to travel domestically and explore one of hotel comparison trivago.ca's 15 Best Value Canadian Cities for 2015. Based on the yearly average price of a standard double room and the destinations' overall hotel reputation on over 200 booking sites, trivago has revealed the home turf cities that are both budget friendly and worth a visit in 2015!
Let's talk about Camille Sullivan. This was a close one - just as I was going to print, a batch of Camille's new photos arrived in my mailbox. Yes! Oops. I went off on a tangent. How so not me.
Considering that local councils in B.C. spend more than $8 billion a year of our money, it's a bit of a paradox that most voters -- if it's anything like last time -- will find something else to do this Saturday. In 2011, some communities saw turnouts of less than 30 per cent. In Vancouver, 34.6 per cent of voters cast a ballot. So maybe it's time to spark some inter-provincial rivalry for bragging rights.
To borrow a popular internet meme, what if I told you we could build suburbs that preserved the natural landscape, had super energy efficient homes, built a sense of community and had no vinyl siding. Well we can, and the neighborhood of Echohaven, in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge in Calgary is doing precisely that. The homes of Echohaven must be super energy efficient, collect rainwater and are located in an oasis of nature. Echohaven has turned the modern process of building a neighbourhood on its ear
Food may not be what created Calgary, but it's quickly becoming a reason many tourists visit (and rave about) the city.
Just over a month ago now the Economist Magazines Intelligence Unit (EIU) released its annua Livability Survey Report, which found Calgary to be tied with Adelaide, Australia as the fifth most livable city in the world!
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