Let's see more Common Sense - Calgary

Common Sense Calgary is an organization dedicated to providing a balanced dialogue about issues important to the citizens of Calgary.

It is our hope to see more responsible spending and better government at City Hall and that the citizens of Calgary will become more informed and engaged as a result of our efforts.

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December 05, 2016

Macdonald: Are you Buying the Spin?

Over the past 18 months, the City of Calgary has been piloting a 6.5 km network of cycle track in the downtown core which officially opened on June 18, 2015. To the City's credit, it has considered the effects of the track on all parties, and communicated early and often with stakeholders, conduc...

December 04, 2016

McPherson: Canadian Taxpayers Submission City Charters Review

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) greatly appreciates the opportunity to partake in the consultation process around city charters. We attended both the Calgary stakeholder session and public information session. As a non-profit, non- partisan citizens advocacy group with over 90,000 sup...

December 03, 2016

Claughton: One Size Does Not Fit ALL

City Council just completed a three-day budget review for 2017. There were some very good presentations given by Public Safety, Information Technology and many other departments. These departments with managers and staff in tow carrying armloads of documents, presented a well-prepared self analys...

November 26, 2016

Macdonald: I Don't Feel So Pollyanna Anymore

I've always loved the happy book "Pollyanna." It has even given rise to the "Pollyanna Principle" that suggests that people tend to remember pleasant items more accurately than unpleasant things. I was having a Pollyanna moment the other day at Council as I started reading through the action plan...

November 25, 2016

Claughton Guest Post: Timing Is Everything - Especially In An Election Year

November 21, 2016, was the day that started the deliberations of Calgary's budget for 2017, which is actually year three of a four-year plan. It is an annual time allocation that gives Council the opportunity to review and revise the operating and capital budget plan for the coming year. To grasp...

November 22, 2016

Macdonald: Asking the Why

  It seems as though we are having a geographical shift in the relocation of businesses from the downtown core of Calgary to the suburbs. The oil and gas industry is slashing operating costs, vacating office space and shedding once highly valued yet now unaffordable employees. One would think eng...

November 08, 2016

Richard White: Calgary - Field of Crosses

Great cities have great visionaries.  Drive along Calgary’s Memorial Drive or by Memorial Park on 12th Avenue SW and you realize Calgary has benefitted in many ways from its early 20th century visionaries. A hundred years later today's visionaries are building on their vision. 

June 30, 2016

Kusie: Calgarians have good reason to be upset about property taxes

Published on: June 22, 2016 | Last Updated: June 22, 2016 3:00 AM MDThttp://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/kusie-calgarians-have-good-reason-to-be-upset-about-property-taxes   There’s been a lot of talk about property taxes lately — and for good reason. Calgarians are shocked and appalled b...