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The tasks facing the newest members of city council

By Jason Herring. Illustrations by Samantha Lucy Throughout Calgary’s 2017 municipal election, the pervading narrative was one of change. Early polls suggested that Bill Smith, not incumbent Naheed Nenshi, led the pack in the mayoral race, while many candidates vying to unseat an established councillor focused more on their opponent’s weaknesses and the city’s desire for…

Students’ Union advocacy needs to extend beyond elections

August 2, 2017 — With less than three months until Calgarians go to the polls, election season is in full swing. That means it’s advocacy season for the University of Calgary Students’ Union. SU vice-president external Shubir Shaikh is spearheading this year’s advocacy efforts, with a strong focus placed on secondary suites, public transit and…

Calgary well-equipped for Olympic bid

By Saima Asad, January 24 2017 — Many Calgarians grew up hearing glamorous stories about when the Winter Olympics were held on home ice in 1988. Now, we may have the chance to experience that wonder in our own lifetimes. Calgary City Council received  a report at their Jan. 23 meeting intended to evaluate the…

Students’ Union sets municipal advocacy priorities

By Zarif Alibhai and Scott Strasser, January 19 2017 — With the Calgary municipal election next October, the University of Calgary Students’ Union has set their municipal lobbying and advocacy priorities. SU vice-president external Tristan Bray presented the union’s priorities for city issues at Students’ Legislative Council on Jan. 17. A highlight of the SU’s…

City ignorant to disregard fluoride study

By Jason Herring, September 20 2016 — The City of Calgary stopped fluoridating water in 2011. Ten city councilors voted to stop the process, which involves a controlled addition of fluoride to public drinking water in order to reduce levels of tooth decay. In the same meeting, councillors voted against including a plebiscite about fluoridation…

A lower voting age benefits democracy

By Tina Shaygan, August 30 2016 — Last week, Edmonton City Council passed a vote to endorse the lowering of the municipal voting age to 16. There are sound arguments on both sides of the issue, but ultimately a voting age of 16 should be implemented. People do not fall down a rabbit hole on…

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