Late spring, few fires


Dakin says there has only been one fire this year in the Athabasca Forest.

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Hodson: A trashing of everything that has made our community the success it is today


Okotoks Councillor Laurie Hodson has shared his speaking notes from the historic vote where Okotoks council voted to set aside its internationally-renowned sustainability framework. Hodson voted against the motion, but the motion was passed (see my previous blog post and more official background on the decision here). Here is a slightly abridged version of his comments … Continue reading Hodson: A trashing of everything that has made our community the success it is today

The bizarre end of an era for Okotoks sustainability


Early indications were that the council vote today in Okotoks was not going to go well. Councillors Laurie Hodson and Stephen Clark were strong in their commitment to Okotoks' sustainability model--a globally recognized, award-winning approach to community development based on the concept of "living within your means." But both were worried and as we know … Continue reading The bizarre end of an era for Okotoks sustainability

Letter to the Editor: Calgary Regional Partnership jeopardizes Okotoks’ sustainability


Published in the Western Wheel on Feb. 9, 2011: Dear Editor, Truper McBride, the chair of the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) is quoted in the Rocky View Weekly this week as saying that for members of the partnership, “residential development densities of between eight and 10 units per acre are non-negotiable.” The former Mayor of … Continue reading Letter to the Editor: Calgary Regional Partnership jeopardizes Okotoks’ sustainability

Stelmach’s new “Water for the Wife” strategy


The following is a parody...just to be totally clear. Calgary - The Stelmach government is on track with its new "Water for the Wife" strategy and the opening of the new CrossIron Mills Mall in Balzac this week marked its launch. The water plan, previously known as the "Water for Life" strategy, was changed partly … Continue reading Stelmach’s new “Water for the Wife” strategy