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Councillors have issue with residential and highway speeding fines being the same

DriversSpeeding in residential areas of Alberta could cost drivers more money if Calgary city council gets its way.

Council gave Mayor Naheed Nenshi the green light at the May 12 regular council meeting to craft a letter compelling the Alberta Justice Minister and Solicitor General Jonathan Denis to amend the province's Traffic Safety Act to increase the fine for speeding in residential areas.

Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre’s placement within CPIP comes into question

thumb NenshiPhoto courtesy of the office of the mayorMembers of city council met in March to discuss a number of important issues, including the introduction of a new program, and the placement of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre within the CPIP.

The CPIP was created in 2005. It works with the Calgary Police Service, other city business units and grassroots community agencies to foster and develop crime prevention.

Despite the downfall of a collective office space, Social Innovation Calgary is working to create a virtual space for social entrepreneurs

workspace Calgary City Council approved an online initiative that will support the development of social enterprises at a meeting earlier last month — its second attempt to do so.

The city's first attempt to facilitate a co-workspace for those looking to make social change was partially subsidized by Calgary's Innovation Fund. According to the city's annual report, the $75,000 investment was used to create and operate the space, called EPIC YYC, from March until Dec. 2013.

Unique challenges face female politicians, say experts

thumb thumb Farrell1 copyOver the past decade, the number of women holding elected office on Calgary's City Council has been steadily declining. Following the most recent municipal election in fall 2013, two out of council's 15 representatives are women, a ratio of only 12.5 per cent.

These numbers may seem representative of a different era. The last time numbers were this low was in 1971, when the late Barb Scott stood alone as the sole female representative on council.

So why are so few women entering Calgary's political landscape? And what are the consequences when a city council lacks gender diversity? The Calgary Journal explores declining female political participation and what this might mean for our city.