Calgary Council Jargon

Calgary City Hall (Photo: Chealion/Flickr)

Calgary City Hall (Photo: Chealion/Flickr)


A Calgary City council committee today approved a new policy mandating clear and simple communication. Alderwoman Druh Farrell brought forward the plain language policy because she's sick of bureaucratic and jargon-y language, for example, referring to "fenestration" instead of "windows" and calling swimming pools "a flat water amenity."

She thinks that politicians fall into this bad habit and fail as public servants if they can't communicate clearly with the public. We reached her in Calgary.

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