5 de ago de 2015

A população de Calgary chega a 1,2 milhões de acordo com novos números do censo

Calgary saw its third largest wave of new residents last year, with 2015 census figures showing the city’s population grew almost three per cent, but this has created challenges for communities with the most new residents.

The city’s total population now stands at 1,230,915, an increase of 35,721 from 2014. Much of the growth was concentrated in the southeast quadrant of the city, although the northwest community of Evanston took top spot for fastest growing area with 2,853 new residents.

That growth, spanning April 2014 to April 2015, was lower than last year’s record-setting-figure of 38,508 across Calgary, but easily outstrips previous projections of 25,000 used by the city to base its four-year budget. And that will present challenges to the city as it struggles to build and maintain infrastructure to accommodate Calgarians, said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

“Over the course of two and half years, we added greater than the population of Red Deer, the third-largest city in Alberta,” Nenshi told reporters at a news conference Wednesday.

“Think of how many schools, how many roads, how many buses, how much wastewater infrastructure Red Deer has and understand that we added those people without any of those things,” he said.

The fastest growing communities continue to be in Calgary’s far north and the deep south, as Mahogany (2,300), and Auburn Bay (2,064) in the southeast also ranked high among the regions that grew the most.

Calgary’s largest communities by population:

Panorama Hills — 25,993
Beltline — 21,939
Evergreen — 21,700
Tuscany — 19,737
Taradale — 19,223

According to the latest census figures, 24,909 more people migrated to Calgary than left. In other words, 68 people moved to the city each day, on average, over the 12-month span.

Fonte: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/is-calgary-still-growing-city-releases-new-census-figures

30 de jul de 2015

Canadá é o país com melhor reputação no mundo; Brasil fica em 26º

O Canadá retomou o posto de país com a melhor reputação do mundo. O país obteve 78,1 pontos em cem possíveis na enquete Country RepTrak 2015, que colheu opiniões de 50 mil pessoas sobre 51 países dos cinco continentes --o Brasil ficou apenas com o 26º lugar, à frente de Chile, México, Argentina e China.

A pesquisa levou em consideração uma série de fatores ambientais, políticos e econômicos. Segundo o instituto, o Canadá tem um governo eficiente, pouca corrupção e um povo simpático e acolhedor, além de um bom sistema de saúde.

Resultado contribui para que país atraia mais visitantes e investimentos mundiais, segundo relatório
Em algumas categorias o Canadá ficou atrás de outras nações, já que a percepção geral é de que ele não tem marcas e empresas muito fortes internacionalmente e nem grande impacto na cultura global. No entanto, os outros indicadores levantaram a nota do país.

A Noruega (77,1) ficou em segundo lugar na lista, seguida por Suécia (76,6), Suíça (76,4), Austrália (76,3), Finlândia (75,1), Nova Zelândia (75), Dinamarca (74,5), Holanda (73,7) e Bélgica (72,3).

O Iraque figura na última posição, com 22,5 pontos.

Segundo análise do Reputation Institute, há uma correlação entre a reputação do país e a renda recebida do turismo.

28 de jul de 2015

Transporte - Sinal verde para a Linha Verde do Ctrain de Calgary

A hora 'e agora para comecar a construcao da terceira linha de Ctrain de Calgary diz o editorial do Herold!! O LRT On The Green​ vai de Evanston a Auburn Bay, passando por downtown. Essas duas regioes (Norte e SE) reune a maioria dos novos bairros da cidade.

Veja o video com as estacoes previstas

One would be naive to think that the $1.53 billion that Ottawa has suddenly conjured up from the federal Public Transit Fund to build the CTrain’s Green Line is not an exercise in vote-buying. It’s so obviously transparent. But that really doesn’t matter. What matters is that Calgary absolutely needs to build the Green Line, and hopefully, the provincial NDP, the greenest party ever to reign over Alberta, will pony up funding as well for the $4.6 billion project.
It’s interesting that the opposition parties are united in their approval. But then, it’s hard to find a downside to the project. Now, the city just needs to figure out how to contribute its one-third share to the Green Line. It is frustrating to hear the naysayers inveigh against borrowing to fund the project. Interest rates are relatively low for borrowing money, but the bottom line really is that Calgary needs the Green Line. The city is growing and its infrastructure must keep up; if the pace of new public transit growth isn’t maintained now, the city will have to play catch-up later at a much greater cost.
Yes, the province’s debt stands at $11.9 billion for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, but it is unrealistic to expect, as Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt does, that the money should come from existing revenues. The province has vowed to finish the southwest ring road at a likely cost of $5 billion, as well as build the crucially important $1.3 billion cancer centre in Calgary. Plus, the LRT project would be a great economic stimulus in this time of downturn, providing jobs for what Mayor Naheed Nenshi estimates could be 23,000 people.
There are two things to remember about this project. The first is that it is desperately needed. It would take thousands of cars off the road daily, contributing to markedly less congestion and thus reducing the city’s carbon footprint. The southeast quadrant of the city is burgeoning and the Green Line would be packed from Day 1 with commuters sick of doing the twice-daily Deerfoot crawl during rush hour.
The second thing to remember is that there will never be an opportune time to build the Green Line. Even if borrowing were to be treated as some sort of bugaboo that should delay the project, down the road it is highly likely some of the money would still have to be borrowed. Anyone waiting for the perfect fiscal circumstances will wait forever. Plus, construction costs will have risen in the interim, and population growth will have choked the roads that much more.
There is no time like the present to get this project on track. Let’s green-light the Green Line.