Posts tagged with ‘Government’

  • 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 […]
  • The Property Manager and The License

    By Aydan Aslan on 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? Owners who manage their own properties and property […]
  • 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 […]
  • Could Calgary Become Like Detroit?

    By Bill Partridge on 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. When I arrived in this magnificent city the demographic clock had just ticked over the […]
  • Environment Week Tip of the Day!

    By Aydan Aslan on June 4, 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: Did you know one-third of the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Business Tax: Coming Soon to a Property Tax Bill Near You!

    By Lloyd Suchet on 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. This is because vacant units, as well […]