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Seniors' passes may rise from $95 to $150 but low income pass to stay at $15

WalterBrownCalgary Transit has proposed raising the price of the annual seniors' transit pass from $95 to $150 per year by late 2014, according to a report sent to city council Sept. 3, 2013.

The seniors' pass has already had a three-fold increase from $35 to $95 between 2011 and 2013.

"It's $95 bucks a year, right. So that's still a very good deal," said Ron Collins, the spokesperson for Calgary Transit. "I think our rates for the senior citizens is actually still probably the lowest in the country or among the lowest in the country for sure."

'No premises permit' keeps mobile eateries in business for now

yogitruckthumbnailCalgary City Council is looking to change the city's current food truck pilot program.

The proposed changes would remove the current 40-truck limit on the number of licenses available.

However, the changes won't go before council until November, leaving at least one food truck in licensing limbo.

New language praised by women's advocates

Farrell2 thumbOct. 21 saw a number of changes for municipal politics in Calgary. In addition to a few fresh faces, election day also ushered in a fresh new title for municipal politicians in the city.

Effective Oct. 21, the elected officials of city council assumed the title "councillor," and the longstanding title of "alderman," was retired.

City Council voted in favor of the name change back in December of 2010, but the change, which was passed with nine votes in favor and six against, did not officially come into effect until election day.

Upsets, landslides, and squeakers make for exciting 2013 election

City-Hall-Thumbnail-4With incumbent Mayor Naheed Nenshi clinching victory early in the Monday evening election, the real fight was in Calgary's 14 wards, as several of the city's incumbent council members faced strong challengers.

Ward 1 - Recount expected as Sutherland sneaks by Harper

It was a tight race between Chris Harper and Ward Sutherland Monday night. At the time of publication, the race was so close that both candidates were expecting a recount.