The Calgary Sun reported yesterday that business insolvencies in Calgary have reached the highest levels since the 1990s.
Downtown Calgary resembles a ghost town, with one-third of the commercial lease space sitting vacant.
And the city of Calgary is making it all worse.
According to the Calgary Herald, 8000 Calgary businesses will face double-digit tax increases this year, because the city is trying to make up the difference in the dwindling taxbase from the businesses that remain.
It’s starting to feel a little like Cowboy Detroit in Calgary and council is refusing to make the hard decision to rein in salaries.
Thanks to a little inspiration from our friends at Save Calgary, I started looking into some of the more ridiculous jobs at the city of Calgary that council finds indispensable.
I even found a job listing for somebody who does something described as eco-mentoring, earning anywhere from nearly $57,000 to $76,000 per year.
Calgary needs leadership and people willing to cut the fat to save the private sector from the public sector.