For a party that once appeared expansive and confident, the Conservatives now appear divided, shrinking and defensive. Even delegates arriving in Calgary are puzzled why media has been given such limited access to the convention. One quipped, "It's because of the Senate stuff going on."
During the time that I've followed municipal politics, I have not seen a more devoted individual than Chris Harper when it comes to his community. If there was one individual who deserves the extra 87 votes, it would be Chris.
So marijuana came to be demonized in the same way as cocaine and heroin. Now organized crime took over and production increased and over the years so did the concentration of the products. It was much easier to transport, deliver and conceal concentrated drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Over the years a great deal of energy has been invested in "product development". Marijuana produced today comes in unlimited varieties and strengths. This has been the result of prohibition. No one would have invested the time and energy to cultivate so many strains without a market.
On partnerships with the other two levels of government, Pincott is looking for stability. He wants the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding to continue at the provincial level so that we can continue funding long-term projects. He also wants to work with the federal government to promote long-term municipal infrastructure development.
Canadian Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and that means it's time to celebrate. But instead of preparing a huge dinner and eating yourself into a turkey coma, travelocity.ca wants you to consider travelling to another city and taking in their Thanksgiving spirit this year.
A face to imagine that perhaps a lot of Montreal Canadiens fans have this morning after the FLAMES' win last night.
It is true that those in this industry--very few of us being lawyers--earn our living from this process, but it is unfair to state that we are the chief beneficiaries. That is like suggesting that City Councillors are the chief beneficiary of there being a City Council, since that is a key source of their income. A fair and equitable system of taxation benefits all citizens.
It's not your imagination. Your property taxes really are shooting higher. For those who haven't paid attention to their property tax bill until recently, let me offer some calculations.
Developers are receiving a $4,800 per house subsidy for every new house that is built in new suburban communities. That subsidy cost you $33,000,000 in 2012. It's time for it to end.
The question 'would you live by a gas well' is designed to be a 'gotcha' question. The presumption that oil and gas people who obviously understand their own industry best, would therefore never live by an oil and gas well. It is another example of the gross misunderstanding our industry has allowed to perpetuate in Quebec and elsewhere.
There's been a lot of talk about the City's budget and your property taxes. I want to set the record straight about the budget and your taxes over the last three years, as well as what you get in return. Bear with me; it can be challenging to explain the City's budget, but I hope by reading through this blog post, you'll be able to gain a clearer understanding of property taxes and how the City uses your money.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz knows exactly what he is doing and he thinks he is achieving all of his goals. His disruptive tactics are winning him acclaim from conservative Americans who disdain all things Washington, while the Republican establishment is fuming with anger.
Many issues will come up when the civic elections happen in October. One important issue that should take a seat front and centre in the campaigns is whether the City cares about public engagement when it comes to new developments that are due to appear right next door to your home. If the cases of the Stadium Centre and Shawnee-Evergreen developments are of any indication, Calgarians should expect a rude awakening when plans are put in place to reshape communities.
In the 20th century, much of the divide in politics and policy was over how best to create jobs, incomes and keep people from starving--how to create opportunity as part of the good life. Those on the "left" argued for state intervention and often outright state ownership; those on the "right" pointed to open markets and other elements of capitalism as the superior route to avoiding poorer populations.
A few years ago I came up with an algorithm to help determine the number of films I could see in a season, attempting to break my 2010 record of 32 films in 10 days. Thus far, the elusive 33rd film continues to escape me. Perhaps this year?
Sometimes the worst of times may be the best of times in disguise. I repeat the caveat: sometimes. Case in point, let's look at four very different mayors from across Canada: Gérald Tremblay, Rob Ford, Naheed Nenshi, and Colette Roy-Laroche. They all faced different types of crises this summer, and their responses defined them in the public eye.