Macdonald: Could the Charter be a Trojan Horse?

CommonSenseIcon.png 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 presents what could be the real agenda within the City Charter.

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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 powers.

Finally, it seems they've found a willing dance partner in NDP Premier Rachel Notley.

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Macdonald: There is NO Business Like SNOW Business

CommonSenseCalgary-handout2.jpgThe 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 take a Common Sense look at the City of Calgary's snow and ice control program.


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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 Calgary makes a difference as the only organization dedicated exclusively to dialogue on civic politics. 

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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 carbon do all the blue/black/green carts produce? 

Let's recap...

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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 Facebook.

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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.

Recently, I met with Elise Bieche President of the Highland Park Community Association who has been leading the community’s response to the redevelopment of the Highland Golf Course. I was impressed with her professionalism - no ranting, no name-calling and no unrealistic demands. 

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Macdonald: Calgarians Use Your Voice: Online Petition Launches Support for a City Wide Referendum

Common Sense Calgary is concerned that the incoming City Charters will provide the City with a vehicle for new taxation powers. Today, we launched a petition calling on you, the citizens of Calgary, to support a referendum that will allow you to vote on whether City Council should be given taxation powers through the City Charters. This petition is part of a broader coalition titled, "See Charter, Think Tax." 


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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 organic produce that I've grown knowing that it is free of pesticides, herbicides, and environmental toxins. For these reasons, I have taken a keen interest in how my food is grown and I'm very excited to share my gardening and composting secrets with readers.

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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.  Then I thought maybe 16, given it was 2016 - so sixteen it is.  

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