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Calgary Housing Choice and Affordability Ignores Car Dependency

Research by University of Calgary professor Dr. Noel Keough shows the surprising impact that transportation choice has on the affordability of home rental and purchase. The report entitled: Action Research on Transportation Housing Affordability, funded by the Calgary Mortgage and Housing Corporation, details how for different income levels and communities in Calgary, car ownership costs […]

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 […]

Election Education 101 from the Disability Action Hall

Accessing the voting booth isn’t always straightforward – from having the right voter ID, to arranging transportation, getting time off work, or accessing a wheelchair ramp.  Further challenges include accessing information, knowing what information is trustworthy, and getting it in plain language. The Disability Action Hall consistently does great work around citizen and voter engagement. […]

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, […]