Traffic, taxes and the $52-million question on candidates' minds as official nomination papers filed
All 14 Wards in Calgary will be contested during Calgary's upcoming Oct. 21 election. At city hall on nomination day, 38 councillor contenders joined the 12 incumbents in filing their papers.
These 50 candidates are a significant drop-off from the 80 that ran in the last municipal election.
This will be the first time that candidates will be elected to four-year terms, as well as the first to use the title "councillors" instead of "aldermen."
- By ASHLEY ALCANTARA, COLIN MCHATTIE, NEIL HILTS and IAN ESPLEN
Opponents concerned with city's fiscal responsibility
A crowd of roughly 150 people, made up of media, elections staff and political supporters gathered around the north exit of Calgary's City Hall council chambers on Sept. 23, to kick off the city's civic election.
The city unofficially (at time of press) has nine candidates running for the positions of mayor in the Oct. 21, 2013 election.
As the candidates emerged one by one from chambers, all were optimistic about their chance of winning.
- By ASHELY ALCANTARA, COLIN McHATTIE, NEIL HILTS and IAN ESPLEN
Inspiring Strong Neighbourhoods spent nearly $100,000 on parks, benches and other community additions
A report on Calgary's $225,000 Inspiring Strong Neighbourhoods initiative was held until after the election.
A Community and Neighborhood Services report to the priorities and finance committee was schedueled for the Sept. 16 City Council agenda, but was removed because key aldermen were absent, according to Laura Lobsinger, assistant to the director of community and neighbourhood services with the City of Calgary.
- By VERONICA POCZA
Council discusses stricter noise bylaw
Calgary city council discussed the volume and locations of city festivals during their Sept. 16 meeting, the last before the coming municipal election.
The topic, first introduced by Ward 7 alderman Druh Farrell, drew a great deal of discussion from her fellow council members, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
- By JUSTIN WILSON