Cyclists of Calgary – Winter 2014/2015

For years, the majority of people in our city have assumed that once the temperatures drop below 0 C and the snow drifts begin to build up, we put away our walking shoes, tuck our bikes into the garage and bundle into our cars for 8 months until the walking and cycling weather returns. But […]

Pedestrians of Calgary – Winter 2014/2015

For years, the majority of people in our city have assumed that once the temperatures drop below 0 C and the snow drifts begin to build up, we put away our walking shoes, tuck our bikes into the garage and bundle into our cars for 8 months until the walking and cycling weather returns. But […]

Governance Indicator #5: Campaign Financing Transparency

On September 27, our sneak peak on campaign funding transparency showed that 35% of candidates polled by Sustainable Calgary had committed to disclosing their campaign financing. This number is now up to 57% of candidates, who were polled within a week of nomination day, that have now released their campaign financing information (see graph below). [i] Any […]

Governance Indicator #1: Effectiveness of Planning

The idea behind this indicator of governance, Effectiveness of Planning, was to evaluate how effectively our municipal government sees projects through – from research, to consultation, to approval, to funding, to completion. As is often the case, no one data source fully captures this intent.  Looking at citizen satisfaction data provides a good start, however, […]

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 […]

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 […]