Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CalgaryNext and public dollars for private arenas

I've been loosely following the talk about building a new Saddledome, and although I love the vision (the West end development), I don't like the price tag for tax payers. I also don't like the fact billionaire owners are pressuring the City and fans to make a choice to essentially donate public dollars to the private profit maximizing corporation. I'm all for some fair deal that will see the team build their new arena. I'm not in favour of giving them handouts no other corporation gets just because they're loved by the city. Sure, there is an intangible benefit, but I don't for a second think public money for sports arenas makes any sense. In fact, the evidence proves otherwise, municipalities that poney up funds to build someone else's building always end up losing in the end, and it's by hundreds of millions of dollars. Although my heart says yes, the reality says no. Probably the best article on this topic came out recently here: https://flamesnation.ca/2017/05/01/two-years-in-still-no-critical-thought-of-new-arena-project/ Have a look.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

PLayoff Fever!

Go Flames! What a tough loss, and what phantom call, that was a high-stick. Just like it was in in 2004. P.S. I don't like Anaheim.

Friday, April 7, 2017

May long for winter tires

Spring is here, but think twice about taking off your winter tires. My unwritten rule is never before May long weekend. ALthough you may be tempted, there's always a nice bit of snow somewhere in April. Last thing I want are the summer slicks keeping stuck at the underground parkade at Home Depot. Not that that's every happened to me before.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Calgary 4th Largest City in Canada after 2016 census data

With growth of 14.6 per cent, the highest of any metropolitan area in the country, Calgary is now Canada's fourth largest city at 1.4 million, moving ahead of Ottawa-Gatineau (1.3 million). Also at 1.3 million, Edmonton is the only other Canadian city with more than a million residents.
The population includes 'Greater Calgary Area' of Cochrane, Chestermere, and Airdrie. It does not include Okotoks. Natural increase (births over deaths I believe) was near zero. Most of the national population increase is due to immigration. 2017 data, and beyond, may show a net decrease due to the shift in the energy sector that employs a number of Calgarians. Western Canada as a whole also saw net increases, higher than their eastern counterparts. The .pdf from census Canada is here. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170208/dq170208a-eng.pdf

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Nice post of Peace Bridge

Frigid temperatures yet again. To be expected in February, but this has been an unusually cold Winter. Long stretches of -30 and lower due to wind chill. But there are still some opportunities to capture the beauty.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017 Civic Election Year in Calgary

2017 is election year for the municipal government in Calgary. We know the Mayor will run again. The Councillors are now starting to declare. The surprise out of the gate is that Ward 11 Councillor Brian Pincott won't be back. Whatever your political position is, you can't deny the tireless work Councillors put in, especially Brian over his tenure. Heres' the announcement. http://www.calgary.ca/citycouncil/ward-11/Pages/News/The-Walrus-Announcement.aspx

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Nenshi for 3rd Term

You'd be hard pressed to find one person who would say Mayor Nenshi's time as mayor has been an outright bust. The ones you would find are angry people who aren't quite straight. Yes, some misgivings, and perhaps some hubris, but overall he's been a good mayor for Calgary. He's announcing a third term. It's a civic election where about 1/3 of eligible voters come out, so chances are he's a shoe-in. I'm fine for another term, but at some point we may want to look at, as a city, at mandated term lengths. 2-3 terms max. You have career Councillors (I'm thinking of some from down SOUTH), who've been on staff for a GENERATION. Just a thought.