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.

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.

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.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

Here's a quick snap I found on the Peace Bridge.

Monday, September 26, 2016

YYC Cityscapes

I like city-shots of YYCs downtown. here's another with the northern lights, awesome.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Have you seen this mouse door in Riley Park?

I've seen it, and it's recently been repaired. A cool little find in a nice inner-city park. What other things have you found in your neighborhood park? I remember another park in Lynwood where a few trees were painted (not the greatest to do that) but it was for a disc golf course for neighbours....