Ric McIver and the extremists

When the Peace Bridge opened in March of 2012, crowds gathered to celebrate. Politicians and citizens all swarmed both ends of the controversial bridge, eager to be amongst the first to cross. Just prior to cutting the ribbon, there was a blessing by a First Nations elder — recognition that Calgary sits on traditional Blackfoot … Continue reading Ric McIver and the extremists

Out(road)rageous: $5 billion could go a long way

We seem destined to always talk about transportation. Public transit, including the long-sought southeast LRT line and the nuances of where to put the north-central line; the mess that is Calgary’s taxi system; bike lanes; pedestrian safety improvements; two-way roads through the Beltline; and now the revelation that the southwest portion of the ring road … Continue reading Out(road)rageous: $5 billion could go a long way

New York Times columnist sees hope where others see despair: an interview with Nicholas Kristoff

At first blush it’s easy to envy Nicholas Kristof, maybe even resent him. He’s a graduate of Harvard and Oxford who studied Arabic in Egypt. As a journalist for the New York Times , he’s been stationed in Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Los Angeles and has covered everything from the Tiananmen Square uprisings to … Continue reading New York Times columnist sees hope where others see despair: an interview with Nicholas Kristoff

City of Calgary to tackle affordable housing crisis

There is at least one thing that almost everybody agrees on: there is a housing crisis in Calgary and we need more affordable housing. The devil, as they say, is in the details. The mayor has made the issue a priority and now the city is taking its first tentative steps towards creating an affordable … Continue reading City of Calgary to tackle affordable housing crisis

Cut the public affairs bureau

The latest provincial budget comes out on March 6 and the opposition is already circling, with Wildrose leading the charge. On February 25, Alberta’s other right wing released its budget recommendations. No surprise, there were lots of savings to be found in the bullet points (see, it’s easy!). It was bullet number 4 that, as … Continue reading Cut the public affairs bureau

Theatre Outré outrage unfounded

** Update ** Theatre Outré has released a new statement that contradicts its earlier claims. The new post says the theatre is not closing and says there are no issues with the city or their landlord, but only with the alleged homophobic neighbours in their building. More on that if we can confirm the content … Continue reading Theatre Outré outrage unfounded

Public art I can’t wait to see

Council recently voted to have city administration review the public art policy. One suggestion was that the public should have more say in public art installations. I couldn't agree more. We should do away with the jury and those people who "claim" to know about "art." Here are some sculptures that I'm really excited to … Continue reading Public art I can’t wait to see

UDI’s facts on segregating Calgary

You know what's uncomfortable? Living next to tattooed lesbians, or gays or just straight dudes with tattoos. Especially if they shop at Safeway alongside more respectable members of suburban society. I mean, yes, you have to come across them from time to time when you work downtown, but these people should really stay down there … Continue reading UDI’s facts on segregating Calgary

Dispatches from the front line of the war for democracy: an interview with Chris Hedges

Immersing yourself in author and journalist Chris Hedges’ world, even briefly, is overwhelming and important. His work chronicles all that is ugly and corrupt in the corporate-controlled western world — from environmental destruction, to right-wing Christian fascism, to new-age slavery — and forces you to reconsider the spoon-fed notion that we live in a functioning … Continue reading Dispatches from the front line of the war for democracy: an interview with Chris Hedges

A black mark on Bob Edwards’ legacy

   We are not impressed. On November 14, Lord Conrad Black will descend in all his majesty, sneering down from his imagined social perch to be recognized as this year's winner of the annual Bob Edwards Award. For shame. A bit of history. Bob Edwards was a hard-drinking, rabble-rousing gonzo journalist who ran theCalgary Eye … Continue reading A black mark on Bob Edwards’ legacy