//Curtis Hauser

From city to county

For many, Edmonton feels like it’s bursting at its seams. The population is skyrocketing, schools are overcrowded, and services are increasingly stretched thin. The thought of adding 30 000 Edm...
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Downtown discourse

The local discourse around Edmonton’s downtown growth continues to bring clear forecasts of expansion, urban dynamism and prosperity—but for whom, exactly? Between the weekly unveilings of cond...
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First hurdle: learning English

Largely unnoticed by most homegrown Edmontonians, English as a Second Language education plays an increasingly foundational role in our booming economy. With foreign workers arriving at a steady pace...

Unapparent transparency

The Alberta government is well known for stifling oppositional voices in the oilsands debate, but its disregard for fairness and transparency may have hit a new comic level. When the Canadian Press r...

Arts fly away

The University of Alberta is the latest institution to get sucked into the maelstrom that is Edmonton’s downtown revitalization, doing so at the risk of becoming a casualty of the city’s ...

Bestseller bias

One novel to change our nation. Such is the prized label of this year’s Canada Reads winner, designated the novel that speaks most to what Canadians care about. Now in its 13th year, this compe...
At the top of the world // Alex Giesbrecht

Curing beginners’ nerves

It was only after the long journey to Kicking Horse’s radiant summit that my knees started to shake. Wholly unprepared for the panoramic view of mountaintops stretching beyond the horizon, I st...

Confiscation time

With the news that a driver went to absurd lengths to watch videos on his laptop while speeding and veering across lanes in a winter storm, distracted driving is once again at the forefront of traffi...

Halt the high speed

For some, the push for a high-speed train link between Edmonton and Calgary is a sure sign the cities are ready to move ahead as allies rather than feuding siblings. However, as amicable as they may ...