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Image: Stéphane Lavoie. Drumheller, AB

Drumheller, Alberta is a world-class tourist destination, said to be the third largest in the province, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Yet, much of the tourist activity seems to bypass the core of the town. Conflicts regarding the future of the downtown have persisted for over fifteen years, both within formal and informal spheres. Schisms between different grassroots efforts, such as business coalitions and citizen groups, as well as in the city council and the Chamber of Commerce, have elucidated important points of contention — including over the importance of tourism, planning, and coordination between players, as well as the role of institutions such as the museum, the prison, the downtown, and the chamber. The situation is entirely transparent yet entirely unsatisfactory. Many caught in these disagreements express annoyance about the state of affairs, often stating that “nothing has gotten done for fifteen years”.

8. Conflicts Building futures in communities is more than telling stories about the future, agreeing on a common path forward in governance, and distilling this into a vision supported by institutions. It is not always easy to discern or enact a better future, and it is even more difficult to agree upon one. Conflicts are a guaranteed part of governance, and if governance is ambitious and takes place under challenging circumstances, conflicts are almost unavoidable. Why? Let us take a closer look. A community is never without problems, without difference, without conflict. A story or community identity might be dominant in governance, but it is never the only one. A person never fits one identity story, and certainly not a community. In collective decision-making, actors and

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Boom and Bust: a guide

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Boom & Bust: A Guide, Managing Ups and Downs in Communities  

Boom and Bust: A Guide is the result of a collective effort at the University of Alberta to better understand the dramatic ups and downs whi...

Boom & Bust: A Guide, Managing Ups and Downs in Communities  

Boom and Bust: A Guide is the result of a collective effort at the University of Alberta to better understand the dramatic ups and downs whi...

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