Nenshi celebrates victory before challenger Jon Lord concedes defeat
Calgary's municipal election featured close races, some big upsets, and a nail-biter race that, as of publication time, was too close to call. However, the mayoral race played out as expected.
Over 200 of Mayor Naheed Nenshi's purple-clad supporters gathered at the Metropolitan Centre downtown, clutching signs as results came in.
Within two hours of polls closing, the incumbent mayor cruised to an easy victory over Jon Lord and seven other contenders. Nenshi was rushed onto the stage with family and friends as the clock neared 11 p.m.
- By ALEXANDRA RABBITTE, PAULINE ZULUETA and PAULINA LIWSKI
Harper trails Sutherland by 85 votes
At approximately 11:15 p.m. Ward 1 candidate Ward Sutherland grabbed the microphone as nervous supporters and family gathered around.
"It's going to be a late late night for our campaign," said a somber Sutherland.
Sutherland finished 85 votes ahead of rival Chris Harper, but neither was ready to concede defeat in the face of an impending recount.
- By GEOFF CRANE and ANDREW SZEKERES
Initiative plans to build community, resiliency, teach vulnerability
One of the long-term goals of The Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative is to decrease poverty in the city by half before 2023.
The initiative is using Statistic Canada's low-income cut-off rates as a reference to determining who is living in poverty.
- By JOCELYN DOLL
Why is parking in Calgary so expensive?
Parking in Calgary is pricey – that's no shock. But when did our city decide it was going to pull a Manhattan and hold something as mundane as parking up to a brand-name standard?
According to Collier's 2012 Parking Rate Survey for North America, Calgary was rated the second most expensive place to park in all of North America, aside from New York. With monthly parking rates around $550, Calgarians working downtown are paying well over $6,000 a year for parking.
- By ANNA BROOKS