By Annalise Klingbeil and Kerianne Sproule
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Join journalist Annalise Klingbeil and producer Kerianne Sproule as they dive into current municipal issues with community leaders, policy makers, politicians, journalists and — most importantly — everyday Calgarians. We take you beyond the daily headlines, and delve into topics that pique our interest and yours through in-depth reporting, entertaining conversation and engaging audio.
||CleanEp. 17: City hall's greatest hits||Ten current and former city hall reporters talk about their favourite memories with host Annalise Klingbeil. - 1. Robson Fletcher invents a word that’s now part of the Calgary lexicon 2. The famous Lucas Meyer unveils his highlight reel of coun...||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 16: Alberta’s Opioid Crisis — 'There's no end in sight'||Across Alberta, there were 482 opioid-related accidental deaths in the first nine months of 2017.||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 15: ‘We only really notice things when they’re gone’||For years, more than 30,000 drivers a day rolled by a long row of character homes along Memorial Drive, west of 10 Street N.W., with little thought. When a construction fence surrounded the homes, some Calgarians took note.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14: SW BRT 101 (Why expanded transit is so controversial in southwest Calgary)||When city council debated a pair of dedicated bus lanes proposed for southwest Calgary this week, it wasn't the first time — and it likely won't be the last. Despite getting the green light from council in 2011,||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.13: 'Not your grandma's suburb'||Ward 12 Coun. Shane Keating has a bumper sticker in his office. It says: "I do suburbs, but I do them right." On this episode, host Annalise Klingbeil drives (and complains about an abundance of traffic circles) as Keating tours listeners around Calg...||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12: 'It's a blood sport and I don't see any bleeding'||He calls city hall the big blue playpen and he's been covering it for nearly three decades. On this episode of the Confluence podcast, host Annalise Klingbeil speaks to ever-opinionated Calgary Sun columnist Rick 'the Dinger' Bell about the looming m..||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 11: ‘This just isn’t right’||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.||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10: Secondary Suites 101||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 w..||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9: Downtown Calgary’s 10-to-20-year problem||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. -||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8: School's out for summer||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.||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7 — The Babysitters Club||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 com..||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6: The don't forget your helmet edition||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..||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5: An '80s TV dad for mayor and Calgary's garish Stampede cartoons||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. -||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4: Grabbing a tiger by the tale and much ado about slates||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. -||6/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3: How do you eat an elephant?||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 thous..||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2: They got asked... a lot||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,||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1: Nothing to lose||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,||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing soon ...||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. -||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Yes! Civic nerds will love this and I'm so glad these three journalists are tackling a show like this ahead of the October election. I'm subscribing.
Excellent interviews looking at what happens in municipal politics.
For This Election Year...
Just want this town needs in the lead up to the municipal election. Kudos to Trevor & Annalise.