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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March 02, 2017

Macdonald: Could the Charter be a Trojan Horse?

 How much do you know about the City Charters? Do you know what the financial consequences will be? Why are the elected officials so slow in providing information on the financial implications of the Charter? Truth and reality seem elusive when it comes to the Charters. Here, Common Sense Calgary...

February 22, 2017

MacPherson-Ruddy-Macdonald: New City Charters Could Mean New Taxes

Soon, the public will finally get the privilege of knowing more about what the premier and big-city mayors have been discussing behind closed doors for some time: the 'fiscal framework' of city charters.For several years, Alberta's big-city mayors have been pushing various premiers for more tax p...

February 19, 2017

Macdonald: There is NO Business Like SNOW Business

The City of Calgary's Snow and Ice Control Policy of 2011 (SNIC), that tackles snow removal has been tested several times over the years, but not like it has been recently. In the first two months of 2017, Calgary has received "more snow on the ground" than in each of the past eight years.  Let's...

February 17, 2017

Macdonald: Let's Talk Common Sense - Calgary

Well, it has been a busy time in municipal politics and here's a quick recap on some of the most interesting issues facing Calgarians recently. Please share this with your friends and please encourage them to join Common Sense Calgary, Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook. Common Sense Ca...

February 07, 2017

Bidulock - Big Data and the Environmental Impact of City Recycling

Guest Columnist - Daniel Bidulock -   Something's been bugging me since Calgary first rolled out the blue carts seven years ago… Is our city recycling program really helping the environment? With the carbon tax and the new green carts, the question becomes that much more pertinent. How much carbo...

January 30, 2017

Macdonald: An Update from City Hall

What's Been Happening Recently in City Council: Common Sense Calgary is pleased to offer the following commentary relative to recent activity in Calgary City Council. Please share this with your friends and encourage them to join our website, sign our petition, follow us on Twitter and Like us on...

January 30, 2017

White: Community Engagement: The Community's Perspective

Over the past few months, I have done a Q&A with Greg Morrow, an urban growth academic at the University of Calgary and Chris Ollenberger, an experienced Calgary developer about Calgary’s community engagement process. To close the circle, I thought a Q&A with a community leader was needed...

January 16, 2017

James: 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

White: 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...