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, […]

Economic Update: How are Calgarians faring?

The synopsis: Calgary is experiencing increasing income inequality, and, being disproportionately dependent upon the oil and gas sector, our economy may not prove resilient to change – neither of which rank us very highly in terms of sustainability.  The decrease to our unemployment rate is encouraging, but tempered by increases in food bank usage, inadequate […]

How Well Are We?

The synopsis: State of our City’s most recent assessment of wellness indicators is not encouraging overall.  We’re falling short when it comes to supporting people with disabilities, and falling very short when it comes to supporting people on low incomes.  Youth obesity, access to preventative care, and healthy birth weights are further areas of concern.  […]

SOOC 2013 Evaluates Resource Use

The synopsis: When it comes to population density and transit use for work, Calgary hit its peak in 1951 and 1960 respectively, and our ecological footprint is 110 times the actual size of our city.  Our spending on public transit is increasing, but revenue sources are not currently stable or sustainable.  On the upside, our […]

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. […]