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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Can the Alberta NDP win in Calgary?

TweetTo describe it as a long-shot is polite, but two Edmonton MLAs running for the leadership of Alberta’s New Democratic Party say that growing support in Calgary is critical. Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Rachel Notley launched her campaign for her party’s leadership at Niko’s Bistro in Kensington this week. And Edmonton-Calder MLA David Eggen described Alberta’s largest . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Can the Alberta NDP win in Calgary?

Bill Longstaff: Alberta politicos hedge on flood mitigation

After the great flood in Calgary last year, municipal and provincial governments agreed something had to be done to prevent another such catastrophe. There were, however, no shortage of sceptics. There would be bold promises initially, they said, but the commitments would wane with time, people would start to forget, and much less would be . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Alberta politicos hedge on flood mitigation

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Ric McIver and the March for Jesus: A Lake of Fire Redux?

Tweet “Last year alone, Calgary’s streets were flooded with people of wrong sexual preferences during a homosexual parade of over 30,000 attendees and none of them were embarrassed the slightest to publicly even present their nakedness in front of families and in front of future generations to openly proclaim and manifest that they are not . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Ric McIver and the March for Jesus: A Lake of Fire Redux?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Opposition hoping for a sequel to Air Redford… Air Prentice

TweetThe long-summer of 2014 has begun in Alberta politics. With little substantial policy ideas to dispute or debate, Alberta’s opposition parties have set their sights on Progressive Conservative leadership front-runner Jim Prentice (if this continues, Thomas Lukaszuk and Ric McIver are going to start feeling left out). Hoping to tie Mr. Prentice to frequent-flying former . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Opposition hoping for a sequel to Air Redford… Air Prentice

Alberta Diary: Conservative former Edmonton mayor endorses conservative future Alberta premier: Yawn

Former Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel and PC leadership candidate Jim Prentice, obviously pleased to be in one another’s company, at a news conference yesterday in Edmonton at which Mr. Mandel endorsed Mr. Prentice. Below: The other Tory leadership candidates, Ric McIver and Thomas Lukaszuk, and New Democrat MLA Rachel Notley, who is expected . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Conservative former Edmonton mayor endorses conservative future Alberta premier: Yawn

Bill Longstaff: Calgary, I’m forced to admit, is a world class city

I have always been inclined to ignore talk about making my city—Calgary—world class. It sounds rather desperate, a sad sort of social-climbing by civic boosters. But now it appears that Calgary really is a world class city. How can it not be when two of the world’s top newspapers declare it to be so.

The . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Calgary, I’m forced to admit, is a world class city

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Deicing a WestJet plane in Calgary, in April 2014

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On "Toll Lanes" In Calgary

I see that the geniuses at the Manning Foundation have put on their thinking caps and burned some extra wood to come up with this idea.  

The Manning Foundation is recommending tolls on some Calgary roads, such as Glenmore Trail, Crowchild Trail and Deerfoot Trail. 

“Folks are spending more time in traffic than being in . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On "Toll Lanes" In Calgary

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Linda McQuaig responds to the CCCE’s tax spin by pointing out what’s likely motivating the false attempt to be seen to contribute to society at large: Seemingly out of the blue this week, the head honchos of Canada’s biggest companies, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, put out . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

The Disaffected Lib: You’ll Pay For Climate Change One Way or The Other.

One thing climate change will probably bring you is higher insurance premiums. Last year Canadian insurers forked over $3.2-billion in payouts, a record.  For the first time, flooding-related claims exceeded fire losses.

Calgary flooding losses hit $1.7-billion.  Toronto’s flooding set an Ontario record of $940-million.

Insurance companies aren’t in the business of paying out more . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: You’ll Pay For Climate Change One Way or The Other.

Alberta Diary: Ted Cruz: For God (& country’s) sake, talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!

Canada or USA? USA or Canada? Texas Senator Ted Cruz, visible between the signs, ponders what he should do. Actual Tea Party favourites may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Cruz waves bye-bye to his fellow Canadians … maybe; Lord Black of Crossharbour.

It’s said here that Calgary native Ted Cruise needs . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Ted Cruz: For God (& country’s) sake, talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!

Bill Longstaff: Calgarians are happy campers

If you were looking for a living definition of the expression “happy campers,” you might cast an eye on Calgary. According to an Ipsos Reid poll, almost ninety per cent of Calgarians believe their city has a good quality of life and is on the right track to become a better city; 95 per cent . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Calgarians are happy campers

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Win Friends and Improve Policy…

…Or that might be what the usually compliant and forgiving media would say if they hadn’t been pissed off about being locked out of policy meetings at the Conservative Convention last weekend in Calgary.

the weird, unsettling vibe that hung over the whole event. (We’ve grown used to seeing prime ministers sealed inside an impenetrable . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Conservatives Win Friends and Improve Policy…

Alberta Diary: Stephen Harper to Canada: ‘It’s not my fault! Now shut up and vote for me’

Trying to change the channel: Unfortunately for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the remote seems to have disappeared under a pillow and the movie stuck on the TV screen stars Mike Duffy, shown above moving toward the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary Friday night. Actual Canadian Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Stephen Harper to Canada: ‘It’s not my fault! Now shut up and vote for me’

Alberta Diary: Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Halloween 2013: a meditation on power

Prime Minister Stephen Harper just one year ago. Actual Canadian prime ministers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Senator Mike Duffy and former Harper cabinet member Jim Prentice.

Last Halloween, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper went trick ’n’ treating, he was monarch of all he surveyed.

This year, he’s a ghost.

Oh, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Halloween 2013: a meditation on power

Trashy's World: How not to show your appreciation of and trust in your “base”…

Dear fellow Conservative: We really, really want your money and support. But please, please, just STFU. If you are approached by anyone resembling a reporter, blogger, Liberal, New Democrat, Green, environmentalist, Public Servant, First Nation member, telecom industry employee or Maude Barlow, please run away screaming, hands over ears, and yelling “LALALALALALA!” as loudly as . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: How not to show your appreciation of and trust in your “base”…

Bill Longstaff: Calgary—sprawl or planning?

During the recent Calgary election campaign, two visions of the city’s future development vied for attention. One, presented by Calgary’s mayor, Naheed Nenshi, was about planning growth to ensure a sustainable city. The other, presented by a group of home builders and their hired gun, Preston Manning of the Manning Institute, was about leaving growth . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Calgary—sprawl or planning?

Susan on the Soapbox: Congratulations Mayor Nenshi!

John Macfarlane, editor of The Walrus,* asks the question: When did society turn against its best and brightest and more importantly, why? He was bemoaning the fact that Torontonians had elected Rob Ford—a man he described as wearing “his ignorance like a badge of honour”—to be their mayor.

Mayor Rob Ford

Mr Macfarlane concludes . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Congratulations Mayor Nenshi!

Bill Longstaff: Progressive Alberta

Seemingly in defiance of Alberta’s reputation as a very conservative province, voters in Calgary and Edmonton both elected young, progressive mayors yesterday.

Calgary elected the 41-year old Naheed Nenshi for a second term and Edmonton chose the 34-year old former city councillor Don Iveson. Nenshi supports a more compact city with increased density in the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Progressive Alberta

Terahertz: Albertans choose progressive mayors

After a surprise victory in the 2010 purple wave, Naheed Nenshi became one of Canada’s most popular mayors during his handling of severe floods in Calgary earlier this year.

Few predicted any chance of him losing his position in yesterday’s election and perhaps the only shock was the size of his victory, with 74% of . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Albertans choose progressive mayors

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Pay to Go Politics in YYC

So, yesterday there was an “all candidates forum” sponsored by The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Urban Development Institute – Calgary and The Canadian Homebuilders Association – Calgary Region.

I did not attend this forum – for several reasons.  We already know that the developer community (or at least notable cabal within that group) . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Pay to Go Politics in YYC

djkelly.ca: What the heck is CivicCamp?

Who’s behind these pencils? Where do pencils get their funding from? Pencils are nothing but a left-wing propaganda machine. One pencil wrote in cursive once so all pencils obviously can only be used the same way!

I’m sorry, but I can’t help but play this game whenever I hear some folks talk about . . . → Read More: djkelly.ca: What the heck is CivicCamp?

Bill Longstaff: Buying Calgay’s civic election with a little help from Preston Manning

Alberta’s election funding rules are notoriously weak. Those applying to municipal elections are no exception. The essentials can easily be summarized: no spending limits, contributions limited to $5,000 a year (the candidate may contribute up to $10,000 of his own funds), and the candidate must file a disclosure statement of contributions over $100. Candidates are . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Buying Calgay’s civic election with a little help from Preston Manning

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Canada’s Far Right Next Attack On Nenshi

It’s no big secret that the Conservative power base in Calgary was profoundly pissed off when Naheed Nenshi won the Mayoral race in 2010.  The amount of vitriol seen in the Sun’s pages after election day was astonishing, and since then, they have taken every opportunity to snipe at Nenshi.

This is no surprise. . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Canada’s Far Right Next Attack On Nenshi

Bill Longstaff: Is flood amnesia setting in?

Immediately after the big water in June, two truisms were out and about in Calgary. One stated the flood had been so catastrophic that finally Albertans would take significant measures to mitigate damage from future floods. The other said that it wouldn’t be long before the disaster was put out of mind and things would . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Is flood amnesia setting in?