COVID denialism and the Alberta context

Originally published on Jan. 16, 2021 at CBC Calgary. In the summer, with half of Memorial Drive in Calgary shut down to traffic, a group of protesters set up near the Peace Bridge to draw attention to a bewildering array of grievances. One sign attacked Justin Trudeau, another warned of 5G networks, some supported oil and … Continue reading COVID denialism and the Alberta context

Alberta micro-maltsters serve exploding craft beer scene

  Alberta might not have the hop prowess of our western neighbours in B.C., but as the craft beer scene rapidly expands under new provincial rules, micro-maltsters are popping up to bring local barley to local brews. "We're a craft maltster, so we're producing specialty malts for the craft brewing industry here in Alberta," explains … Continue reading Alberta micro-maltsters serve exploding craft beer scene

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 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

Jim Prentice’s flood of words

Although the calendar reads September 2014, some Calgarians would be forgiven for thinking it was June 2013. Since Jim Prentice was anointed as this province’s new leader, the latest in the 43-year Conservative dynasty, there has been a flood of promises and policies, including sudden decisions on flood mitigation itself. The government is going to … Continue reading Jim Prentice’s flood of words

Cycling outside of Calgary’s inner city

While cries of social engineering and a war on cars echo off the sides of skyscrapers and condos, the city is busy turning Calgary into a bike-friendly city in newer communities and suburbs without much fuss. Although there has been at least one councillor bemoaning the separated bike lane being built on Northland Drive in … Continue reading Cycling outside of Calgary’s inner city

Clint, the calf-roping calf

So, you get to be in the Stampede this week? Yeah, pretty excited about it. Really? No. Why? Well, there’s the lack of prize money and the fact that someone will be chasing me down while mounted on the back of a horse, trying to throw a rope around my neck and stop me dead … Continue reading Clint, the calf-roping calf

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