Calgary City Councillors often talk about their heavy workloads. They juggle reports, meetings and constituent work. But is their workload really as heavy as they say? When it comes to Council...Read More
Politicians talk a good game about transparency and open government, with mixed results. How can we make transparency more than just a buzzword at City Hall?
Traffic congestion is a major source of productivity loss in Canada, which is estimated at $7.2 billion annually. But more transportation infrastructure is not the solution. Rather, what is needed...Read More
Good policies should be judged by their results rather than the intentions behind them. This maxim is particularly important in the realm of municipal social policies, where well-intentioned...Read More
Municipal expenditures in Alberta have risen significantly faster than inflation, population growth, and federal and provincial level expenditures over the past six years. How can we get taxpayers...Read More
The Manning Foundation for Democratic Education today released the results of an opinion survey of 2,000 Calgary citizens.
The issues ranged from the recent floods to affordability, crime...Read More
Accurate pricing of municipal services ensures allocative efficiency, meaning that the resources available to a community are put to their highest and best use. Conversely, inaccurate pricing...Read More
Policies that seek to encourage high-density development as a means of reducing municipal infrastructure costs focus on a very narrow component of the costs of growth, and could actually lead...Read More
Public consultations aim to discover public preferences, yet special interest groups have the ability and incentive to dominate the public consultation process. Cities should rely less on planning...Read More
The Manning Foundation has initiated an ambitious project to measure statistically whether Calgary City Councilors vote in accordance with the wishes of Calgarians, and analyze the general...Read More