Posts tagged with ‘Advocacy’

  • Power Outage in Downtown Calgary

    By Aydan Aslan on 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. SW, from 6th Street SW, all the way West to the river. The expectancy […]
  • It’s a Simple Matter of Public Safety

    By Bill Partridge on 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. The Alberta Safety Codes Act is pretty specific about a number of things […]
  • It is Way Past Time to Re-think Calgary’s Downtown Parking

    By Bill Partridge on August 7, 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. In the 1970s, Calgary introduced cash-in-lieu parking (CIL). […]
  • Updated BOMA MGA White Papers

    By Lloyd Suchet on 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. Last year the Provincial Government announced their intention to review the Act, at which time BOMA kicked into gear working with BOMA Edmonton to hold industry workshops, and producing two White Papers […]
  • Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference

    By Aydan Aslan on June 10, 2014
    On June 3, the 9th Annual Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference took place at the Telus Convention Centre. Focused on strategies, issues, practices and trends in real estate leasing for the office, industrial and retail markets, real estate professionals gained insight through round table discussions and a series of break out educational sessions. With the one year anniversary of the […]
  • What Are You Doing for Environment Week?

    By Aydan Aslan on June 3, 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. We checked in with our members, to find out what they are doing to mark this national week of awareness: We hold the “Great Energy Challenge” […]
  • Time for a Review of Downtown Parking Policies

    By Lloyd Suchet on April 24, 2014
    In the coming months, Calgary City Council will decide whether to conduct a review of their Downtown Parking Strategy. The key issue to BOMA members is the cash-in-lieu of parking program, which specifies how many parking stalls can be built in new developments, and how much developers must provide to the City to build CPA lots. As it stands, the […]
  • Desert Lessons in Water Conservation

    By Bill Partridge on April 15, 2014
    Calgarians can learn a lot about water from folks that live in the desert. Water is a precious and life-giving resource that requires careful management. California’s Coachella Valley where Palm Springs is located is at the transitional point of both the Sonoran and Colorado Deserts. The Coachella Valley has received virtually no rain since August 2013, and is becoming    increasingly […]
  • The Cycle Lifestyle

    By Bill Partridge on April 8, 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. It’s 10 KM door-to-door and takes me about 26 minutes on […]
  • Funding Municipal Services: Who Should Pay?

    By Lloyd Suchet on 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. According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, non-residential properties pay a tax rate five times higher […]