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Alberta byelections — Inside Calgary-Foothills

New premier facing a challenge

AlbertaLegislatureWEBFormer Alberta MLA, Len Webber, following his nomination by the federal Conservative Party for Calgary Confederation, vacated the Foothills riding in late September. The riding is being closely watched as Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, vies for the seat in the legislature.

The candidates running for the Calgary Foothills seat are:

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Alberta byelections — Inside Calgary-West

Traditional PC riding up for grabs

Alberta LegislatureThe Progressive Conservatives have governed Calgary-West for the better part of 47 years, 19 of which had Peter Lougheed representing this riding as Premier. Between 1993 and 1997, Liberal Danny Dalla-Longa was the MLA in Calgary-West. But the 1997 general election was won handily by the PC's who have remained in this seat ever since.

Calgary West sees five candidates vying for the vacant seat left by Progressive Conservative Ken Hughes who resigned on Sept. 29. The candidates are:

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Alberta byelections — Inside Calgary-Elbow

Who will ultimately replace Alison Redford?

AlbertaLegislatureWEBThe Calgary–Elbow riding has been a Progressive Conservative stronghold since it was founded in 1971.

Candidate's platforms are all generally the same with a few variations between parties. Care for seniors, updating Calgary schools, healthcare and maintaining Calgary infrastructure are what the candidates are talking about. 

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Ring Road extension threatens Weaselhead Park

Weaselhead group and citizens gather to discuss concerns and options

WeaselThumbHundreds of citizens gathered at the Cedarbrae Community Centre on Oct. 7 to get an update and voice concerns on the $5 billion ring road extension along Calgary's western edge.

The southwest extension, which will stretch from Highway 22X to Highway 8 along the city's western edge, will see two bridges built over the Elbow River — a five-lane southbound structure and a four-lane northbound span — and through a portion of the Weaselhead Flats. Plans also call for a diversion of part of the Elbow River to accommodate the freeway.

 "It's a matter of values," proclaimed Paul Finkleman, president of the Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society. "Some things are worth fighting for and this certainly is."

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