I don't know if you know this, but we've got our Best of Calgary poll up and running. You can vote for everything from Best New Trend to Best Local Beer to Best Burger. Of course, you can also vote for Calgary's Sexiest Man. And who have you voted for two years in a row? Nenshi. Yeah, the mayor.
Have a look at this video, giving an inside tour of the mayor's office. At 2:19, he brags about his Fast Forward Weekly plaques prominently displayed on the wall just outside his office, highlighting his wins as sexiest man (last year he also won for Most Beloved Calgarian and Best Twitter Personality).
Canadian journalist Linda McQuaig isn't the kind of person to pull punches. This is a woman whose work helped send Ontario lobbyist Patti Starr to jail. Conrad Black said she should be horsewhipped after McQuaig dug into his financial dealings in the U.S. Her regular columns for the Toronto Star are biting, witty and, thanks to the issues, infuriating.
Her latest book, The Trouble With Billionaires, looks at the rise of the ultra rich and what it means for society (spoiler alert: it's not good).
"The States are the most extreme," says McQuaig by … Read More
According to an email circulated to Mount Royal University staff by president David Docherty, and obtained by Fast Forward Weekly, the university was forced to close two centres that evaluated internationally educated nurses in Edmonton and Calgary, despite recent claims by minister of health Fred Horne.
In an interview with the CBC, Horne said the decision to close the program was made by the university. In the email from Docherty, however, he writes: "This statement obscures the true nature and depth of our discussion on this issue with ministry officials dating back as early as July 2012."
Docherty goes on to explain that the provincial government would not commit to long-term funding of the program despite the need … Read More
It probably has nothing to do with a recent poll by Forum Research showing her support plummeting, but Joan Crockatt, the Conservative contender in the Calgary Centre by-election, has finally agreed to make a debate appearance.
Hosted by the Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association, the debate scheduled for Thursday November 15 will be the first all-candidates debate to be just that.
Crockatt confirmed her appearance this evening, one day after a poll pegged her support at 32 per cent compared to Liberal Harvey Locke's 30 per cent, Green Party candidate Chris Turner's 23 per cent and the NDPs Dan Meades at 12 per cent.
Although the recent provincial election, and the lead up to the most recent municipal election … Read More
Former cabinet minister Ron Liepert has been hired by the lobbyist organization Canadian Strategic Group, in Calgary as a senior advisor. Liepert began working for the provincial government in 1980, eventually becoming the minister of Health, Energy and Education before announcing he would not seek further office in the April 2012 election.
The Alberta Lobbyists Act requires politicians wait one year from the point of leaving office to working as a lobbyist. According to the Calgary Herald, Hal Danchilla, a principal of Canadian Strategic Group and a former staffer for Ralph Klein, says Liepert will not be in contact with the government before that cooling-off period expires in eight months, but will impart his … Read More