Evaluating Education in Calgary: SOOC’s 2013 Indicators

Sustainable Calgary’s State of our City tracks 5 indicators that evaluate education in Calgary and Alberta: Average Class Size, Daycare Worker Salaries and Turnover, Grade Three Achievement Scores, Library Use, and Adult Literacy. Why? The ripple effects of education are far-reaching. Education improves literacy, socialization, problem-solving skills, and employability.  It can increase our GDP per capita. […]

Polling All Candidates – “Sneak peek” Results and Best Practices

by Binnu Jeyakumar, Sustainable Calgary volunteer Sustainable Calgary polled all candidates who had declared their candidacy prior to nomination day, regarding their commitment to campaign funding transparency. 35% of those polled committed to releasing data on the contributors and contributions on their websites. Any candidates who did not receive our poll invitation and/or have not […]

You’re Invited: “Women Suffrage and Beyond: Confronting the Democratic Deficit”

On October 3rd and 4th, the newly re-launched Institute of Gender Research at the UofC is hosting acclaimed researcher and author Veronica Strong-Boag – and you’re invited! Happening just weeks before Calgary’s municipal elections, this event is sure to provide insight on our systems of our governance, and how effectively they represent and lead us. […]

SOOC 2013 Community Indicators

Did you know the smell of pine trees decreases stress?  That income is a predictor of engaging in leisure activity? That crime is linked to literacy, inequality and the built environment? These relationships give us just a hint of the interconnectedness of different factors in our communities, and underline the value of tracking the State […]

State of our City 2013 Rolls Out

The research phase for State of our City 2013 is nearing completion! More than 10 community volunteers were hard at work this summer, bringing new ideas and new perspectives to this work, and proving that issues such as municipal waste, pesticides (and their politics!), and approaches to childhood asthma can be thoroughly absorbing. Over the […]

What Is Governance? And How Does It Impact Our Lives?

by Byron Miller  What is governance?  It’s not as easy a question to answer as we might think.  Most of us, when we think of governance, think of government.  We think of “the state” and the ways in which particular governments, elected by citizens, control the activities of the state.  Our elected “governments” play a […]

Good Governance: Developing Meaningful Measures

I know what you’re thinking: you care about how your city feels, how it looks, how inclusive it is, how environmentally sustainable it is and a whole host of other things; you do not care about when that Standing Policy Committees meets, and you certainly do not want to sit in a City Council meeting […]

Democracy on the ropes

Good governance versus the black arts of persuasion Published December 13, 2012 by Noel Keough in FFWD’s Viewpoint. On December 10, city council’s legislative task force debated rules for reporting gifts to the mayor and council. We learned that though the mayor apparently has a stash of gifted coffee mugs and socks, and has never received […]

Good Governance: What does this mean to you?

If someone asked you whether you were happy with the state of  “governance” in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada, what would you say? What criteria would  inform your answer? The World Bank describes governance as the “rules for the rulers”, and the “processes by which the rules are selected, defined, linked together, and [linked] with society […]