We are very good at calculating costs, but bad at tabulating benefits.

Green Line: Let’s talk about money

If you are a semi-occasional reader of Spur, you might have noticed that I tend to avoid talking about costs when discussing projects like the Green Line. I very rarely talk about specific dollar values, and when I speak on the radio I tend to avoid them as well. Part of the reason is that I often don’t have access to meaningful numbers. Sure, reports come out here and there about how much the project is going to cost, but these

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City issues affect our daily lives, and having a voice is easier than any other level of government

Why municipal politics matter

In the 2013 Calgary municipal election, only 36% of eligible voters turned out to have themselves heard. Compared with the last provincial (58%) and federal (69%) elections, this is a really low number. We are middle-of-the-pack in terms of municipal voter turnout, though there are efforts afoot to increase turnout in this fall’s election. It appears that very few people want to make the effort to make their voice heard on a city level. So why is this? Existential Issues

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