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 […]

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Five Fast Facts – What Does our Aging Population Need?

  1. Our aging population needs better sidewalks and crosswalks In this podcast David Foot, an economist and demographer at University of Toronto, addresses the need for longer pedestrian lights at crosswalks for older people who walk more slowly and tapered sidewalk curbs that reduce the chances of older adults tripping. These needs align with the […]

Five Fast Facts – Commuting and Happiness

1. Commuting affects the shape and quality of our social networks A study done in 2009 in Switzerland found that people who commute longer distances to work tend to have friends that live farther away from one another. This tends to mean these individuals’ friends are less likely to know each other and their social networks […]

State of our City 2013

For the past several months, we’ve been rolling out our indicators for the 2013 edition of Sustainable Calgary’s State of our City on this website.  Now we’re putting it all together! Below are links to the entire suite of blogs laying out Sustainable Calgary’s 2013 State of our City 2013.  Check out how we’re doing […]

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 […]

Natural Environment Indicators for SOOC 2013

The synopsis: We’re seeing positive trends when it comes to water quality, water consumption, and Christmas bird counts, but pesticide use in Calgary is a concern, and air quality shows mixed results. Sustainable Calgary’s State of our City tracks 5 indicators of the Natural Environment, including Air Quality, Food Grown Locally, Pesticide Use, Christmas Bird […]

Governance Indicator #4: Governance and Finance

by Byron Miller  A critical aspect of governance concerns the ability of democratically elected governments to actually implement the policies they adopt.   Having robust democratic decision-making at the municipal scale means nothing if, at the end of the day, municipal governments cannot carry out the wishes of their citizens.  Over the last three decades we […]

Governance Indicator #3: Representativeness of Electoral System – Unearned Runs (Seats) Average

by Noel Keough One of the Hall Marks of a sustainable community is well-functioning, fair and transparent institutions of governance.  One of the pillars of our system of governance is the electoral process. In a representative democracy we expect that the people who represent us do in fact mirror the popular will expressed at the […]

Governance Indicator #2: Cultural Diversity in Leadership Positions

The synopsis:  Representation by women is up, representation by First Nations is down, and representation by visible minorities is relatively stable.  None of these groups are represented in proportion to their share of the population, with First Nations being the most under-represented in leadership. Why is representation important? Representation is one-half of the equation in […]

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, […]