Oil prices have rebounded, so where’s the Edmonton boom?

Oil prices have rebounded, so where’s the Edmonton boom?The city still seems to be in a post-pandemic slump We live in strange times here in Edmonton. Every other time we went through high energy price cycles – when oil was running between C$100 to C$130 – Edmonton boomed. Restaurants and clubs were opening every week, packed from the moment they opened their doors.…

Pickleball is taking over the world

Pickleball is taking over the worldMay even be destined to become an Olympic sport one day Pickleball, kind of a combination of tennis and ping pong, is the fastest-growing sport in the United States. The state of Washington, in fact, has declared it the state sport. Based on different reports, there are somewhere between five million and eight million pickleball…

Cooking and grilling on social media

Cooking and grilling on social mediaFood-related videos, recipes and ideas continue to proliferate on social media As I wrote in a previous column, one of my great passions is grilling and smoking. I do the former four or five days a week in every season, including winter. The latter is done as often as possible, including pork butt or shoulder,…

Cities are incubators for what is best about humanity

Cities are akin to living organisms where everyone can potentially thrive

Cities  are incubators for what is best about humanityWhen local voters across British Columbia recently ushered in a new slate of mayors and councillors – the City of Vancouver’s wholesale turnover being the best example – citizens sent a message: We like our cities and we love our neighbourhoods, so stop making them less desirable with ill-advised policies that exacerbate homelessness and crime.…

Urbanites have to get out more

And learn first-hand where the necessities of life come from

Urbanites have to get out moreThe old saying goes, “No news is good news.” But in the 21st-century smartphone/internet era, it should read, “Good news is no news.” Driven by today’s ultra-competitive media, headlines have increasingly become what has been coined “click bait” – capture eyeballs with something awful happening to somebody somewhere. That’s why you’ll never see “7.9 Billion…

Canadian brewers having a hard time staying afloat

And thanks to the federal government beer could get even more expensive in 2023

Canadian brewers having a hard time staying afloatWith recent reports that people are out enjoying the weather, we could assume that everything is back to normal after the pandemic. But that’s not entirely true, especially for the beer industry. Total beer sales have dropped 7.3 per cent from last year, according to Beer Canada. Total beer sales are up in Newfoundland and…

How to be eco-friendly when mowing your lawn

Helping insects survive is more valuable than practically anything else we do to help nature

How to be eco-friendly when mowing your lawnI recently wrote about haying and the delicate balance between harvesting a crop and protecting nesting birds. Today, I would like to offer some advice to help us protect the beauty and functionality of our properties while simultaneously protecting wildlife. Why should we care? Wildlife is more than just an attractive feature of the landscape;…

What to do when you see wildlife on urban trails

Four tips on making wildlife encounters of every description safe and enjoyable for all parties

What to do when you see wildlife on urban trailsIt seems one can’t swing a cat without hitting a coyote, a jackrabbit, a Canada goose, or a bear – and not just in the far-flung wilderness. Wildlife encounters are now common in cities, with urban populations of coyotes, skunks and Canada geese increasing throughout North America. Here are four tips on making wildlife encounters…

How to help cities improve planning for natural disasters

Many municipalities don’t have evacuation plans in place

How to help cities improve planning for natural disastersAs natural disasters like fire, extreme heatwaves and flooding are on the rise globally due to a changing climate, cities are looking at how they can be better prepared. According to Stephen Wong, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alberta, many communities lack clear evacuation plans, and communication to residents is inconsistent across jurisdictions.…

How urban design helps create a more vibrant city

Diversity and culture help attract and retain the creative talent that cities thrive on

How urban design helps create a more vibrant cityWhen Richard Florida published The Rise of the Creative Class in 2002, it came as news to many that the greater the population of creative types – artists, musicians, designers and technology workers – in a given city, the stronger its economy and quality of life. Attracting and retaining creative talent was partly a question of…
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