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City plans to implement utilities model to deal with storm, wastewater

Calgary City Council Chamber There is a growing interest in the city's plan for wastewater management after the heavy rainfall and flooding that took place in June.

The floods brought storm and wastewater-related concerns to the forefront for many who live in the city.

At a meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee on Utilities and Corporate Services on Sept. 13, aldermen discussed existing issues in storm and wastewater management.

Upgrading Calgary's emergency telephone service to help better serve the hearing impaired

911-Upgrade-3 ThumbRight now for people in the deaf and hard of hearing communities, picking up the phone and calling 911 isn't easy.

But come January, an upgrade to the 911-telephone service will allow these people to text emergency services.

The system will eventually be able to receive – not only texts – but pictures and video as well says Steve Dongworth, commander of public safety communications.

Running for councillor or mayor comes with big price tag

thumb RichardPootmansIf the last city election is any indication, based on averages, you'll need to raise around $360,000 to be a mayor and $92,000 to be an alderman.

Among the most common donors to political campaigns in Calgary are real estate developers, construction companies, law firms and taxi associations.

"All companies are interested in civic politics for zoning purposes and development purposes. It tends to be construction firms and developers who are main donors to civic campaigns," says Duane Bratt, chair of the department of policy studies at Mount Royal University.

Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra hits the campaign trail

thumb GC11 resizeIn an age when we work, interact with our friends, and even meet new people largely from behind a luminescent computer screen, the proposition of marching up to a strangers door just to see if there is anything they feel like talking about most likely sounds terrifying to the average person.

It definitely requires a thick skin, and that becomes clear on a Sunday evening door-knocking session through the southeast neighborhood of Acadia with Ward 9 councillor Gian-Carlo Carra.