The Confluence

The Confluence

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The Confluence hosted by Annalise Klingbeil and Kerianne Sproule
11: ‘This just isn’t right’
Sep 15 • 29 min
When he ran for mayor in 2010, Naheed Nenshi campaigned on 12 better ideas for Calgary. “Better idea number one is about secondary suites,” Nenshi said in a 2010 campaign video before he won council’s top job. “This is one of those areas where our city…
Ep 10: Secondary Suites 101
Sep 8 • 22 min
If you’re a homeowner in Calgary and you want to put a stove in your basement, prepare for a process that’s unheard of in any other major Canadian city. Calgary remains one of the only municipalities across the country where most property owners who want…
9: Downtown Calgary’s 10-to-20-year problem
Aug 25 • 42 min
Picture Calgary’s downtown core, where tall office towers and cranes working on the next big project have long dominated the skyline. Today, the equivalent of one in four of those buildings sits completely empty. The city’s record-high downtown vacancy…
8: School’s out for summer
Aug 11 • 42 min
City council’s final meeting before their summer break felt like it would simply never end. Thankfully, after three long days, it finally did. “Ladies and gentleman, school is out for the summer,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi around 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday…
7 — The Babysitters Club
Jul 28 • 60 min
One’s a retired Court of Queen’s Bench judge. The other a University of Calgary law professor. Together, they are tasked with keeping Calgary’s mayor and councillors on a short leash and under a watchful eye as city hall’s first integrity commissioner and…
6: The don’t forget your helmet edition
Jun 30 • 44 min
What happens when a podcast host goes for a bike ride with city council’s most ardent opponent of cycle infrastructure? Well, for starters, she learns that Ward 4 Coun. Sean Chu can indeed bike. Chu is the happy owner of a blue mountain bike and a helmet,…
5: An ’80s TV dad for mayor and Calgary’s garish Stampede cartoons
Jun 16 • 38 min
The race to become Calgary’s next mayor has another entrant. Bill Smith, a Calgary lawyer and former president of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party, formally kicked off his campaign at a well-attended event at Fort Calgary on June 12. On this…
4: Grabbing a tiger by the tale and much ado about slates
Jun 2 • 46 min
The former owners of a well-known restaurant have sued Druh Farrell, accusing the inner-city councillor of — among others things — defamation, “systematically” flouting her public duties and corruption. And a foursome with conservative ties announced…
3: How do you eat an elephant?
May 19 • 75 min
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It’s Calgary’s most ambitious infrastructure project to date. A 46-kilometre, $4.65-billion (and counting) light rail transit line that will tunnel beneath the downtown core and ease commutes for thousands…
2: They got asked… a lot
May 5 • 42 min
In this week’s episode, we’re joined by Ask Her board member Sarah Elder-Chamanara, former Calgary alderwoman Gael MacLeod, and Minister for the Status of Women Stephanie McLean to discuss why so few women run for public office, the discrimination they…
1: Nothing to lose
Apr 21 • 31 min
A popular mayor seeking re-election and vying to secure his political legacy. A veteran Ward 10 councillor with “nothing to lose” and everything to gain … if he can woo enough voters in his favour on election day. No, we’re not previewing this October’s…
Coming soon …
Apr 18 • 0 min
Join hosts Trevor Howell and Annalise Klingbeil for thoughtful discussions on critical municipal issues with community leaders, policy makers, politicians and, most importantly, Calgarians who make this city unique and vibrant. Stay tuned for our first…