Calgary needs more common sense.

Common Sense Calgary strives to be Calgary’s thought leader in objective balance to Calgary City Council; particularly in the areas of housing and development, transportation as is useful and a practical manner for Calgarians, safe communities and most importantly, responsible spending at City Hall.

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Take Action on Affordability

Will your kids be able to afford to live in Calgary? Average home prices continue to hover near half-a-million while the Alberta economy is expected to retract 0.6% in 2015.

Take Action on Safety

Break and Enters have increased 28% since 2012 and vehicle thefts are up 64% in 2015 over 2014. Don't you want to live in a city where you feel safe?

Take Action on Mobility

Calgary has received a congestion index of 22% over the last two years that saw Calgary as the 5th most congested city in 2014 with a driver of a 30 minute commute spending an extra 71 hours per year in their vehicle.

March 23, 2016

Calgary Should Hold ”Giveaway Weekends”

Common Sense Calgary encourages City Hall to copy a great environmental policy idea currently in place in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Halifax The policy helps the environment, low income people, deal seekers and is taxpayer-friendly

March 02, 2016

Taxed to the max — Calgarians feeling pinch of taxes and fees

By Paige MacPherson, Amber Ruddy and Stephanie Kusie When faced with a slumping economy, residents and businesses pore over their expenses with a fine tooth comb to ensure value for the services paid for. People often complain about their property tax bill, but is there any merit to the grumbling?

February 19, 2016

Notley Must Let Albertans Decide On New City Taxes

By Stephanie Kusie, Amber Ruddy and Paige MacPherson According to the Chinese zodiac, 2016 will be the year of the monkey. But will it also be the year of the tax? Unfortunately, if Alberta's big-city mayors have their way, all signs point to yes when it comes to city charters. What advocates of ...

February 05, 2016

Calgary City Council Urged to "Do Better"

By: Stephanie Kusie Dear city hall: So you want to do better? There has been a lot of talk by politicians as of late about “doing better.”  

December 08, 2015

Lobby group calls on Calgary to reduce congestion, gridlock

The interests of Calgary motorists have been kicked to the curb by the city, a lobby group said Tuesday. It’s time for a city hall strategy to reverse that with a focus on relieving gridlock through sustained investment in roads, said Stephanie Kusie, executive director of the group Common Sense ...

December 08, 2015

Lobby group calls on City Hall to develop 'motorist strategy'

Common Sense Calgary said City Hall continues to ignore the plight of drivers and demanded the city establish a so-called “motorist strategy.” The lobby group, which receives funding from a “variety of sources” including the Manning Centre, maintains traffic congestion and infrastructure is the ...

December 08, 2015

Common Sense Calgary calls on city to create 'motorist strategy'

A local advocacy group is calling on the city to develop a motorist strategy to deal with the concerns of Calgarians about traffic congestion — but is getting a lukewarm reception from the city's mayor. Common Sense Calgary, a public policy group funded by the conservative Manning Centre, says ci...

December 08, 2015

Time for a Motorist Strategy

Calgary has a bike strategy, a cycle strategy and a pedestrian strategy - it’s time for a motorist strategy! The City’s own survey shows traffic is the public’s number one concern

December 07, 2015

Nenshi pumps brakes on Calgary advocates' motorist plan

A Calgary group has pledged not to sit idly by in traffic and call on the city to get motorists moving again. Tuesday, Common Sense Calgary, a local advocacy group funded by the Manning Foundation and several other stakeholders, called on the City of Calgary to craft a motorist strategy. This...