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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January 16, 2017

Common Sense Views of a Calgary Urban Gardener

Over the past few years, I've enjoyed urban gardening and backyard composting in a small garden that I have in my backyard. With the rising costs of produce at the grocery store, especially organics, it just made sense to try to grow as much of our own food as possible. It is wonderful to eat org...

January 10, 2017

Postcards from 2016

I am not sure why but I have always loved postcards.  I have spent the past few weeks looking at all the photos I have taken in 2016 to see which ones might make good postcards.   I thought I'd try to choose one for each month, but that didn't work out as some months were better than others.  The...

December 30, 2016

Making Sense of False Alarms

The Calgary Police Service responds to  approximately 16,000 false alarms each year; in other words, 96% of the alarms to which police rush with sirens activated, are false. These false alarms account for 20 minutes per alarm call, and with approximately 40 alarm calls to the police each a day, t...

December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays from Common Sense Calgary

Seasons Greetings from Common Sense Calgary! On behalf of Common Sense Calgary, Directors, and volunteers, thank you for your interest and support over the years. At this time of year we see the kindness and charity of Calgarians. The kind of spirit that makes our City such a great place to l...

December 14, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE - Ask for New Tax Powers “Out of Touch”

December 14, 2016 See Charter Think Tax Coalition Calls Alberta Mayors’ Ask for New Tax Powers “Out of Touch” CALGARY, AB: The See Charter, Think Tax coalition is calling for a reality check for the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton after they signed a letter asking for more tax powers on Tuesday. C...

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...