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Old 04-11-2021, 06:52 AM   #1221
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It can be valid, but it's not actionable.
Considering that the City conducts Ward boundary reviews in-between elections, it is most certainly something worth sending feedback to the City and is actionable down the road, and therefore okay to talk about in this thread.
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Old 04-11-2021, 06:19 PM   #1222
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I wonder if there's been any serious consideration to adding more Councilors?

It would be a tough sell because they're not cheap, and each one has a support staff too, but it's weird that Calgary has had the same number of City Councilors since 1976. The city's population has nearly tripled since then.

In that same time, both Provincially and Federally, the number of ridings in Calgary has doubled.
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Old 04-11-2021, 06:49 PM   #1223
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I wonder if there's been any serious consideration to adding more Councilors?

It would be a tough sell because they're not cheap, and each one has a support staff too, but it's weird that Calgary has had the same number of City Councilors since 1976. The city's population has nearly tripled since then.

In that same time, both Provincially and Federally, the number of ridings in Calgary has doubled.
There was a discussion about this a few years ago. They decided not to do it, obviously (because we donít have any more).
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:58 PM   #1224
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I wonder if there's been any serious consideration to adding more Councilors?

It would be a tough sell because they're not cheap, and each one has a support staff too, but it's weird that Calgary has had the same number of City Councilors since 1976. The city's population has nearly tripled since then.

In that same time, both Provincially and Federally, the number of ridings in Calgary has doubled.
Of course, in 1976 councilors didn't have email to deal with their constituents either.
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:59 PM   #1225
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A system of wedge-shaped Ward boundaries emanating from City centre would be an interesting concept. Each councillor having to represent a mix of inner city and suburb constituents would maybe lead to a better compromises between the needs of both.
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:07 PM   #1226
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A system of wedge-shaped Ward boundaries emanating from City centre would be an interesting concept. Each councillor having to represent a mix of inner city and suburb constituents would maybe lead to a better compromises between the needs of both.
Nah, it just result in suburbanites overwhelming the inner city in every ward. This idea is basically textbook gerrymandering.
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Just a note on Douglasdale in Ward 11 now: the community association covers Douglasdale, DouglasGlen, and Quarry Park. In the past, the ward boundaries split up these communities, so there was one community association with multiple city councillors, which wasn't the most efficient system. Now all three communities are in Ward 11 together, which is probably why it was drawn that way.

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...ncil-1.5983061

This article is all sorts of hilarous.

Bills $95,000 in OT in 5 months, then goes on sick leave for 5 months?

Then Jones:

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When asked if the total he approved was nearly $95,000, Jones said; "I'm shocked at that dollar figure."

"I don't remember signing for that."

Jones said he would sign off on overtime authorizations as they came in but he doesn't recall signing many of the forms last year.

The overtime bill raises a lot of questions for the former councillor.

"First off, I want to know who signed it," said Jones.

"I can't believe I signed that."

As for what the employee was doing to earn all of that overtime, Jones said he wasn't aware of anything beyond her regular duties.
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I’m starting to see lawn signs pop up in ward 13 and I had to double check when the municipal election is.... It’s October 18, we are going have to with lawn signs for the next 6 months...
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...ncil-1.5983061

This article is all sorts of hilarous.

Bills $95,000 in OT in 5 months, then goes on sick leave for 5 months?

Then Jones:

It seems more reasonable to me that someone would work that much OT and then take leave. Those are probably crazy hours.
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Old 04-13-2021, 06:27 PM   #1232
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Iím starting to see lawn signs pop up in ward 13 and I had to double check when the municipal election is.... Itís October 18, we are going have to with lawn signs for the next 6 months...

I wonder if you can request they be removed. I am sure they donít check the identity of the requester.

At least you havenít had to walk by a Farkas lawn sign for the last 2 months. Not even sure how that managed to be.
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One guy near me has had Farkas signs up since before Christmas.
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I wonder if you can request they be removed. I am sure they donít check the identity of the requester.

At least you havenít had to walk by a Farkas lawn sign for the last 2 months. Not even sure how that managed to be.
Lawn signs can be on private property whenever. They are NOT allowed on public property until 1 month before the election. If they are, you can report to 311/bylaw to have them removed and the owner fined.
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One guy near me has had Farkas signs up since before Christmas.

Before Christmas!? Im lucky though as a couple blocks down the street the candidate has a billboard sized sign in what must be his own house's front yard. It even has Christmas lights to light it up at night....
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I haven't really kept up with municipal politics but I'm guessing the mayoral race is really between Gondek and Farkas? And I take it CP hate Farkas for some reason? The few bits I've heard of him on QR77, he came across as reasonable.

Just staring to look into the candidates...
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I haven't really kept up with municipal politics but I'm guessing the mayoral race is really between Gondek and Farkas? And I take it CP hate Farkas for some reason? The few bits I've heard of him on QR77, he came across as reasonable.

Just staring to look into the candidates...
“CP” hates Farkas because he constantly grandstands and wastes councils time while being completely ineffective in his role. He is the classic example of talking a big game (taxes, etc) and whining to the media but when it comes to the votes and motions and working with other councillors he doesn’t back it up with...well, anything.

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Old 04-15-2021, 10:03 PM   #1238
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ďCPĒ hates Farkas because he constantly grandstands and wastes councils time while being completely ineffective in his role. He is the classic example of talking a big game (taxes, etc) but when it comes to the votes and motions and working with other councillors he doesnít back it up with...well, anything.
He also purposely spreads misinformation. In one example, for which he was sanctioned by the City Ethics Commissioner, he literally and shamelessly lied to his constituents. He tweeted out a photo to his followers claiming that he was the only member of council to vote for a 5% council pay cut. The only problem? No such vote ever took place. He just makes up whatever he wants and shares it with his supporters, counting on the fact that they believe everything he says at face value without validating the actual facts.
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