Jason Kenney sidesteps war of words on rumoured PC leadership bid

Jason Kenney, the Conservative MP who has upended right-wing politics in Alberta with the suggestion he's considering a run for the leadership of the PC Party, isn't getting drawn into a war of words on his ambitions. Some party members are none too pleased at the prospect of Kenney as their leader, particularly since the former federal cabinet minister has … Continue reading Jason Kenney sidesteps war of words on rumoured PC leadership bid

Calgary company Dissolve creates the perfect (fake) U.S. campaign ad

This is a lede. It's meant to draw you into the story by telling you what you're about to read. Often we'll toss in some active words like rammed, or ploughed, or engulfed so that you don't turn your infant-level attention span elsewhere. In this case, we want you to be interested in a story about a mock presidential … Continue reading Calgary company Dissolve creates the perfect (fake) U.S. campaign ad

Calgary’s music scene and how it shapes us

Some speculate that music is the reason humans are what humans are. That the sounds of voice and eventually instrument over the millennia helped form the communities that became the societies, that allowed us to grow into the dominant species on the planet. As famed cultural critic George Steiner put it, there is no community on this planet … Continue reading Calgary’s music scene and how it shapes us

Bar philosophy: What Calgary’s drinking holes say about our city

  When a certain magic takes hold, a bar becomes a memory palace that stands apart from other social spaces. It captures our imaginations, tells our stories. Bars are places where we make and keep friends, form community and, even if we don't realize it, bars shape how we think of ourselves. You can also get … Continue reading Bar philosophy: What Calgary’s drinking holes say about our city

On strategic voting and cooperation

It's a fundamental question for our democracy: do you vote simply to get rid of a party — or prevent it from seizing power — or do you vote your conscience for the party that best represents your interests? With a provincial election apparently just over the horizon, and a federal one scheduled for October, … Continue reading On strategic voting and cooperation

Alberta’s uncultured minister

One could be forgiven for assuming that Alberta's minister of culture would have some semblance of the arts and the province's arts community, but by all accounts, that's not the case. If there were any doubts, this recent interview in the Globe and Mail should remove them. The fact that Maureen Kubinec hasn't seen a live performance … Continue reading Alberta’s uncultured minister

It’s hard not to cheer for an economic downturn

The prospect of a housing market collapse makes me giddy. Low oil prices? It warms my heart. Higher interest rates? Ooh, baby. I would be willing to bet there are a lot of you reading that and nodding your head in agreement. Yes, you think, that could be great. It might even mean that one … Continue reading It’s hard not to cheer for an economic downturn

Calgary doesn’t care about you

Back in 2008, a friend of mine lived in a nice apartment with not-so-great neighbours on a bit of a sketchy corner. Still, the two-bedroom, 1950s-era space was big, relatively nice and relatively cheap at $800 per month. Six years later, that same apartment is up for rent, listed on rentfaster.ca for $3,000. That represents … Continue reading Calgary doesn’t care about you

Winter on two wheels: an interview with Tom Babin

Long marginalized as mentally unstable radicals, there’s a particular group in Calgary and beyond that is fighting back against stereotypes in an effort to bring more unwitting citizens into their fold. Terrorists? Scientologists? Climate-change deniers? Nah, winter cyclists. Front and centre in this battle for the minds is Tom Babin, senior tablet producer at the … Continue reading Winter on two wheels: an interview with Tom Babin

A better response to the Ottawa shooting

If only... Today, Canada awoke to a new reality, with the government saying it will do everything in its power to support those with mental illness and addictions after a citizen who had fallen through the cracks killed a soldier on Parliament Hill before being shot and killed outside the Library of Parliament. "Too often those … Continue reading A better response to the Ottawa shooting