Ald. John Mar has lost his seat to newcomer Evan Woolley. 

He will likely have to deal with the thorny issue of revamping Crowchild Trail — a serious bottleneck which needs a 21st Century refresh.

This riding is home to more than 7,000 transit customers — the most in Calgary. Flood concerns and future mitigation are on the radar for residents in parts of this ward. 

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Ward Demographics

  • Population: 82,080
  • Per cent population: 7.1%
  • Total dwellings: 50,995
  • Percentage of home ownership: 36.93%
  • Vacancy rate: 4.57%
  • Largest age group: 25-34
  • Transportation:
  • Bicycle: 484 Transit: 7,301 Drove alone: 16,280
  • Current alderman: John Mar
  • Communties: Bankview, Beltline, Cliff Bungalow, Downtown Commercial Core*, Downtown West End, Elbow Park*, Killarney/Glengarry, Mission, Mount Royal Lower, Richmond, Rosscarrock, Scarboro, Scarboro/Sunalta West, Shaganappi, South Calgary, Spruce Cliff, Sunalta, Upper Mount Royal, Westgate, Wildwood​

*Downtown Commercial Core is also part of Ward 7, Elbow Park is also part of Ward 11

Registered candidates


City Councillor

John Mar

John Mar

Represented the residents of Ward 8 for two terms from 2007-2013.

Ian Newman

Ian Newman

Candidate running in Ward 8.

Evan Woolley

WINNER: Evan Woolley

Former community relations advisor for the city’s Office of Sustainability, including running projects for the imagineCalgary partnership.


Public School Board

  • Steve Chapman
  • WINNER: Judy Hehr
  • Irina Kuperis 
  • Steven Urvald 


Catholic School Board

  • Mark Franssen
  • Antoni Grochowski
  • WINNER: Peter Teppler