commons

// ˈkɒmənz // noun

belonging equally to an entire community,  nation or culture.

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Mission

Inform, engage, activate.

To inform, inspire and empower the people of Canmore to become more engaged in ensuring the long term viability of our community.


Goals

It can be challenging to get your head around the issues and implications that living in an environmentally sensitive yet popular destination like Canmore entails. Canmore Commons hopes to provide you with the context you need to feel empowered with a broader understanding of the issues that matter to you, to elevate the level of conversation and to encourage you to make your voice matter. 

 
 

Goal 01

Harness the knowledge of local experts to give readers the tools they need to engage in effective and meaningful discussions.

Goal 02

Create a platform that keeps citizens up to date with resources, questions and concerns related to local developments and environmental issues.

Goal 03

Present an active and balanced voice for the residents of Canmore. And yes, grizzlies, wolves and elk are residents, too! 

 
 

Get involved + shape your future. 

 
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The story

The development of the remaining lands in and around Canmore, and they way we behave in this environmentally significant valley, is constantly shaping our town and the lives of those who call it home. It's also a great reason for residents to connect with each other and get involved by providing feedback and direction on how we want Canmore to look both today and in the future.

Canmore Commons is an independent website founded in January 2017, catalyzed by concerns about the upcoming Three Sisters Mountain Village (TSMV) developments. Our research into the topic was just the tip of the iceberg and we soon realized the conversation about TSMV has broader implications related to the reasons we choose to live here, the forces that are shaping our town, and how to make Canmore even better by engaging more residents in the conversation. This website is a place to become engaged in that broader conversation.

Canmore Commons adds value by providing readers with trusted resources, news and updates, and simple summaries that will inspire you to have a say on complicated and controversial development and environmental matters. While attempting to keep it simple, we also hope that the information shared through this platform will give readers a greater appreciation for the unique complexity of the issues that are faced by our community, our wildlife, developers, conservationists, our town planners and our elected representatives.



Who we are

This website is a collection of knowledge and resources brought together through interviews with dozens of experts, entrepreneurs and leaders in the Bow Valley. We have tapped into Canmore's world-class community of scientists, engineers, wildlife experts, town planners and others to bring you a comprehensive overview of the issues. 

 

Kristy Davison

CO-FOUNDER / publisher + designer

Kristy is the founding publisher of Highline Magazine and has 12+ years expertise in publishing, editing, creative and technical writing, photography, layout and design. She works as a consultant with not-for-profit organizations in the Bow Valley, including the Alpine Club of Canada, KEA Canada, Y2Y, and the Banff Canmore Community Foundation as a writer, designer, and marketing communications specialist.

 
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Colette Derworiz

CO-FOUNDER / Journalist

Colette is a journalist who worked at the Calgary Herald for almost 18 years, writing about the environment, health, social issues, politics and education. She has lived in Canmore since November 2013 and is currently the journalist-in-residence at the University of Calgary's faculty of law and works as a freelance journalist. She regularly writes, edits and gives talks on journalism and communications. (Photo by Leah Hennel).


Using the Commons

  • NEWS: Stories as they happen.
  • HISTORY: Context for news stories and a deeper dive into the issues.
  • EVENTS: Moments that bring the community together to be inspired, activated or engaged such as public hearings, open houses, community gatherings, and more. Key events will be featured in our monthly newsletter.
  • RESOURCES: Find the latest data on wildlife science, summaries and news of developments that affect you, note about the town's history, as well as current thoughts on recreation and tourism in the valley. Brush up on your definitions of fancy words, acronyms or phrases, and a selection of maps of the areas featured and peruse other key documents.
  • CONNECT: Information you need to connect with your local and provincial leaders to make it easy for you to make your voices heard.

  • SOCIAL: Follow us on Twitter.