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Unique challenges face female politicians, say experts

thumb thumb Farrell1 copyOver the past decade, the number of women holding elected office on Calgary's City Council has been steadily declining. Following the most recent municipal election in fall 2013, two out of council's 15 representatives are women, a ratio of only 12.5 per cent.

These numbers may seem representative of a different era. The last time numbers were this low was in 1971, when the late Barb Scott stood alone as the sole female representative on council.

So why are so few women entering Calgary's political landscape? And what are the consequences when a city council lacks gender diversity? The Calgary Journal explores declining female political participation and what this might mean for our city.

Regulations compared to Cochrane, Edmonton, Vancouver

thumb CourtneyssuiteThroughout the Calgary Journal's extensive Inside Secondary Suites Investigation, overarching patterns and issues involving these developments were uncovered.

If a Calgarian wishes to apply for a development permit they must go through the City of Calgary Development Authority, which manages developments throughout the city and also classifies each suite as legal, illegal or non-conforming.

Illegal suites are those that are either built without a permit or do not meet building codes.

Non-conforming suites are those that may have met building codes at the time of construction – but do not meet present day codes.

Extension could create safer, less crowded streets, say councillors

THUMB LIQUORWait times for cabs, crammed streets and shoving shoulders to get that last drink at 2 a.m. are just some of the reasons why City Council requested to extend liquor service to 3 a.m. at the Council meeting last month.

Council members asked Mayor Naheed Nenshi to send a letter to the President of the Alberta Treasury Board and the Alberta Minister of Finance requesting amendment of current liquor service regulations.

If passed, patrons will also have an additional hour to finish up their last drinks after 3 a.m., but everyone has to be off the premises by 4 a.m.

Recent high school graduate says she lucked out in the current housing market

halee mcbeath SS renterLike many 18-year-olds fresh out of high school, Halee McBeath was looking to gain independence from her parents and start a new chapter of her adult life.

Halee and her two close friends, Keeley McCormick and Andrew Bone, began looking for a rental property in Airdrie in September 2013. With a limited budget and the current housing market, their chance at freedom seemed bleak.

Keeley's father and stepmother, Scott and Kim McCormick, have owned a rental property in Airdrie since 1992, a block from Keeley's childhood home. When they saw the difficulty of finding a rental property for their daughter, they suggested moving everyone into the house they owned.

The three kids moved into the main level of the 1,300 square foot bungalow in October 2013, and they found a couple to live in the fully developed basement suite to make rent lower for all tenants.