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Power Outage in Downtown Calgary

October 13, 2014

The recent fire in Calgary’s downtown core happened on Saturday October 11 at approximately 8 pm, and has affected many of the commercial high-rise and residential locations in the west part of the downtown core. The power outage has been reduced to locations between 4th Ave. SW and 7th Ave.

Professional Development
The Property Manager and The License

September 25, 2014

Property management positions can be varied depending on the company and the services they provide to their clients. Sometimes we’re asked about when a property manager needs to be licensed. We checked in with the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) to find out more. Do property managers need to be licensed?

AdvocacyEvents & Community
It’s a Simple Matter of Public Safety

August 13, 2014

(Note: The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views or the position of BOMA Calgary.) During any construction project, public safety is paramount. This concept applies equally to those on the job site and members of the public.

Advocacy
It is Way Past Time to Re-think Calgary’s Downtown Parking

August 07, 2014

There is nothing more emotional in urban development than parking. Those coming downtown expect to find a parking spot fairly close to their destination. If they are not familiar with downtown that task may be a little daunting. For most people, driving to the core is the most efficient mode of travel.

Advocacy
Updated BOMA MGA White Papers

July 31, 2014

The Municipal Government Act is the enabling legislation for municipalities across Alberta, and has significant consequences on the way cities plan development and tax their citizens and businesses.

AdvocacyEvents & Community
Could Calgary Become Like Detroit?

July 29, 2014

By William Partridge (with Lloyd Suchet) (Note: The opinions stated in this blog are solely my own. These opinions do not necessarily represent the views or the position of BOMA Calgary.)   There is no question the growth of Calgary’s population has been very significant.

EnvironmentEvents & Community
Environment Week Tip of the Day!

June 04, 2014

Canadian Environment Week is June 1 – 7 (2 – 6 for the business week). The City of Calgary will celebrate in various ways, including the Mayor’s Environment Expo and the annual Commuter Challenge.

AdvocacyEnvironment
The Cycle Lifestyle

April 08, 2014

Right out of the chute: I acknowledge that I ride a bicycle. And I enjoy it. I do not however, ride my bike to work. It’s winter! On those days when the weather is sane, my work calendar permits and I am so inclined, I do ride to work.

Advocacy
Funding Municipal Services: Who Should Pay?

March 28, 2014

If you read the Calgary Herald today you may have seen a story on non-residential property tax featuring comments from BOMA’s President & CSO. The City is considering changes that would lower the amount of tax non-residential properties pay relative to residential properties.

Advocacy
Business Tax: Coming Soon to a Property Tax Bill Near You!

February 12, 2014

You may recall that a few years ago the City of Calgary considered, and then passed a bylaw that consolidated the Business Tax with the Non-Residential Property Tax. BOMA Calgary opposed the proposal on the grounds that it actually represented a tax increase of over $200 million to commercial real estate in Calgary.

Advocacy
Role of Government

January 10, 2014

What is the proper role of government? What services should they provide, and what should they leave to the private sector? These questions have plagued policy makers for as long as societies have been organized into governments. In Canada we live this question each time a level of government presents and considers a budget.

Advocacy
Is Bill 28 Good for Alberta?

October 31, 2013

[vc_column_text pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] Bill 28 – Modernizing Regional Governance Act, was introduced in the Alberta Legislature on Monday of this week. That’s first reading.  It was debated in the legislature on Wednesday night until the wee hours of Thursday October 31, which coincidentally is Halloween.