Wednesday, August 17, 2016

'Oops' Bike Lock

This picture hit the front page of Reddit
it was shot in downtown Calgary. Turns out it's probably not as innocent. Bike thieves dot his all the time until they can return at night and saw off your bike lock and take two bikes home.... If you get in this predicament you can call the police and they'll come to hopefully cut the lock off....

Monday, June 13, 2016

Bow to Brookefield to Bow

The Bow building in Calgary is about to be eclipsed by the Brookfield tower, making the latter the tallest building in Western Canada. Here are pictures from one looking at the other. Bow to Brookefield
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Brookfield Looking South
BrookField Place South Crane

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

No Uber in Calgary? Boo hoo

The notion of Uber finally entering into the market in Calgary was an exciting new opportunity for consumers to have an alternative to the archaic and dysfunctional taxi system. The only problem since the service tried rolling out with no rules (And nobody wanted that) was the lack of policy behind the innovation. That shift came as Council changed the livery rules and opened the door to Uber and Lyft related services. http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/ABS/Pages/Livery-Transport-Services/Thinking-about-driving-for-Uber.aspx Uber's response? Not good enough and they won't be rolling out in Calgary till they get their way https://newsroom.uber.com/canada/en/response-to-calgary-city-councils-proposed-ridesharing-bylaw/ Like a spoiled brat on the playground, they are taking their toys home until they get their way. The rules in place are for consumer protection, and they are not onerous by any means. Uber as try the same tactic in other cities and held out until he got there way. This Is not a way to do business and although it took time for the City to get on board and break the taxi monopoly, it has happened so take it or leave it. The new rules are merely consumer protection and don't seem unreasonable.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Via Rail from YYC to Banff?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/train-passenger-banff-calgary-1.3445936 There is a rumor swirling around that VIA rail Will reintroduce their train service between Calgary and Banff. Unlike relatively populated Europe, there is very little training service in Canada. VIA used to have a passenger train station in Calgary but that hasn't been around for ages. The idea would be to open up passenger rail service between two cities and hopefully open up park usage to those without cars. WIll it work or will our car happy city ignore the new service? It will certainly be an option for tourists to take a quick get away to the mountains. As those without a vehicle increase, one can see the possibility that a rail service would makes sense, but there needs to be a critical mass of customers.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cool 1960s Map of Calgary

I found this cool map while browsing Reddit. You can really get an idea of how some of the outlying areas that used to be connected via rail were in their own self tiny towns. Forest Lawn, Midnapore, of course Bowness, overall lying areas that were eventually consumed by the growing city. Can also see another airport up on the hill by what is now WestHills. Really amazing to see how this city is grown such a short period of time it makes you wonder what it will look like in the next 50 years.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Uber to Calgary

Ridesharing service Uber is trying to make inroads in Calgary. The only problem? The taxi commission. Taxis basically run the town when it comes to their services. On one hand it's because taxi medallions are pretty petty and to lose that exclusivity means many people who rely on this investment may lose it all. On the other hand, taxes are both expensive and in high demand periods they aren't available. It doesn't help matters that there are routine stories of for taxi service. In comes Uber, which for most major cities in North America the Service is no problem. For some reason they run up against a wall in Calgary. The City is trying to enforce their taxi bylaws and are behind the eight ball when it comes to innovating their policies. They are trying to figure out a way to accommodate the new service which at this point seems to be unstoppable. It's going to roll out in the city is just a matter of what kind of policies will be in place to govern. Insurance doesn't seem to be a problem because Uber drivers are required to hold a certain level of insurance and Uber themselves has over two and a half times the required minimum of insurance coverage. One things for sure, consumers will demand a Service that ends up being cheaper any be readily available in comparison to the existing taxi system. The flip side of this or the Uber Driver themselves. Although may seem attractive at first to become a driver, for the the most part there suggest you can't make an honest living by driving alone. The costs are too high and the Commission is too low.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Just a wee funnel hits Calgary

Scary moments in Calgary as multiple funnel clouds swirled around the city on July 22. No damage from the twister that touched down somewhere around Priddis (SW of the City). Here are some shots of the afternoon.

Calgary Funnel Cloud July 22, 2015 from Imaginea Energy on Vimeo.

I happened to be shooting a time-lapse of a thunderstorm approaching down town from the 26th floor of Jamieson Place. This storm produced a large funnel cloud that lasted several minutes. In the wide angle shot you can see the strong rotation in the clouds on the left, which is where the funnel cloud formed moments later. Then I went tighter on where the funnel cloud formed. If only those darn buildings would have moved out of the way!
Wes Pohl,
Imaginea Energy Corp.

What to do with the massive hail that fell in some areas in South Calgary? Drinks of course.