Topic: calgary election 2017

Calgary election polling failures to be investigated by industry group

The conflicting and inaccurate polls released prior to Calgary's municipal election are going to be investigated by a polling industry association.

Calgary voters didn't tar Nenshi with NDP brush in recent election, political scientist says

Calgary's recent municipal election wasn't the partisan backlash that some pundits predicted because most voters didn't link their anger at the governing provincial NDP with Mayor Naheed Nenshi, a political scientist says.

New Calgary city council sworn in Monday afternoon

Calgary's new city council was sworn into office Monday afternoon. In the past, the event has been held in the council chamber. However, this year's swearing-in ceremony took place in the atrium of the municipal building.

Mainstreet admits 'big polling failures' after predicting Nenshi would lose Calgary election

The polling firm that consistently predicted Bill Smith would be elected mayor of Calgary and challenged third-party observers who raised questions about its results now admits to "big, big polling failures."

'Voters were in a funny mood': Making sense of Calgary's 'change' election that wasn't

Many Calgarians woke up to the news that Mayor Naheed Nenshi had won another term as mayor, along with all 10 incumbent councillors who ran for re-election. It wasn't the most predictable outcome in an election where "change" was a major theme.

Chief returning officer suggests it's time to use automated tabulators after problems with Monday's vote

Calgary's chief returning officer says Monday's municipal election — which saw very long voter lineups, shortages of ballots and crashes of the website supplying results — could be a sign it's time to adopt a more automated approach.

Election results from around southern Alberta

It wasn't just Alberta's two major cities holding elections on Monday as voters across the province went to the polls. Here is a roundup of results from the southern half of the province.
Analysis

Third time really is the charm for Naheed Nenshi

The first reports of a polling station running out of ballots came hours before the polls closed; then there was another and another after that.

All incumbent councillors re-elected in Calgary election

There were tense moments for some, but every incumbent city councillor in Calgary's 2017 election has won re-election.

Sloth scrutineers and smoke signals: Frustrated voters post gripes about Calgary's slow election results

The City of Calgary was getting blasted over the slow release of municipal election results Monday night, as frustrated voters took to social media to air their grips — with oft-hilarious results.

Nenshi wins 3rd term as Calgary's mayor in election marred by long voter lineups, ballot shortages

Naheed Nenshi has been re-elected for a third term as Calgary's mayor and all of the incumbent councillors have secured their seats following an election day marred by long voter lineups, ballot shortages and slow results.

Long waits, ballot shortage mar election night as Calgarians turn out in droves to vote

Calgary voters in some areas faced waits of hours and some polling stations temporarily ran out of ballots amid a municipal election with an unexpectedly tight mayoral race, a slew of open council seats and a campaign that has struggled to stay above the muck.

Spinning the election numbers: The complete podcast series

If you have paid attention to any of the campaigns during Calgary's upcoming civic election, you may have heard claims about Calgary taxes being out of control, or the Flames leaving if they don't get a deal.

Why no leading mayoral candidates promise to cut taxes

A central issue in Calgary's election campaign has been citizen frustration with rising property taxes but none of the leading mayoral candidates are actually promising to reduce taxes.

Nenshi has big lead over closest contender in Calgary's mayoral race, new Forum poll suggests

A new poll by Forum Research puts incumbent mayoral candidate Naheed Nenshi ahead of challenger Bill Smith by 17 points — a major departure from results put out so far by another polling firm.

Smith leads Nenshi by 13 points in final Mainstreet poll before Calgary election

Bill Smith is "well positioned" to win the mayoral race in Monday's municipal election, according to the latest poll from Mainstreet Research, which puts him 13 points ahead of incumbent Naheed Nenshi.

Mayoral candidate Curtis Olson, on the challenges facing Calgary

CBC Calgary has offered each candidate for the office of mayor the opportunity to write up to 700 words on our website, outlining what they believe to be the greatest challenges facing our city, and what they would do about those challenges if elected. This is Curtis Olson's contribution.
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Andre Chabot insists he's still in mayor's race despite low poll numbers

Despite being well back in the polls, mayoral challenger and former councillor Andre Chabot says he doesn't think that will matter on election day.
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Calgary councillor denies making 'Johnny Jew from New York' remark, says he meant 'Jimmy Choo'

An incumbent candidate for Calgary city council is drawing criticism for comments he made at a public forum in which he refers to a "Johnny Jew from New York" as a hypothetical artist hired under the city's public art policy.

Advance polls draw 3 times more voters than last Calgary election

Advance voting in Calgary’s municipal election wrapped up Wednesday with unofficial figures indicating turnout was more than three times higher than the last election.

Mayoral candidate David Lapp, on the challenges facing Calgary

CBC Calgary has offered each candidate for the office of mayor the opportunity to write up to 700 words on our website, outlining what they believe to be the greatest challenges facing our city, and what they would do about those challenges if elected. This is David Lapp's contribution.
Video

New poll puts Naheed Nenshi 15 points ahead of Bill Smith in mayor's race

A new poll done for a Green Line advocacy group found strong support for the project — and for the incumbent mayor.

Settled $2.2M lawsuit from 2010 alleged Bill Smith failed in duty as 'reasonably competent solicitor'

Court documents show Calgary mayoral candidate Bill Smith was sued in 2010 for what the company that employed him alleged was the failure to secure a guarantee meant to prevent losses in the case of a loan default.
Q&A

Bill Smith accuses Nenshi of playing 'bullying game' regarding campaign donors

Mayoral candidate Bill Smith says his opponent Naheed Nenshi is playing "bullying game" in response to criticisms that he has yet to release his list of campaign donors. He also spoke to the Calgary Eyeopener recently about transit, cutting spending at city hall and his motivation to run.

Wards to watch in this Calgary election: Almost all of them

Races are underway in wards 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 that could — or will — disrupt the status quo.
Opinion

Mayoral candidate Naheed Nenshi, on the challenges facing Calgary

CBC Calgary has offered each candidate for the office of mayor the opportunity to write up to 700 words on our website, outlining what they believe to be the greatest challenges facing our city, and what they would do about those challenges if elected. This is Naheed Nenshi's contribution.

'Totally inappropriate' for CBE to put superintendents on salary grid, trustee candidate says

Calgary’s public school board acted inappropriately and irresponsibly by voting behind closed doors to put senior administrators on a pay grid, according to trustee candidate Lisa Davis.

Opponents question Bill Smith's business savvy after bailiffs ready to seize assets over unpaid loan

The questions follow a CBC News story that uncovered bailiffs were prepared to seize more than $24,000 in property from Bill Smith earlier this year, something the candidate said was the result of a clerical error.

Calgary mayoral hopefuls face off at one of the last debates of the campaign

All but one Calgary mayoral candidate took to the stage on Tuesday night, tackling everything from the helping Midfield Mobile Park residents to racism during the campaign.

Racist trolls, Green Line 'rethink' and other controversies: Calgary mayoral race gets far more interesting

Mayoral candidate Bill Smith is fielding questions about a Green Line rethink, unsolicited Thanksgiving emails and a property seizure warrant. Naheed Nenshi's campaign faces criticism by those who say it's not clear what he's hoping to do if re-elected. And those are just two of the 10 mayoral candidates in a race that has become far more interesting than might have been expected, observers say.

Mayoral candidate Bill Smith 'embarrassed' by unexecuted warrant to seize property

CBC News has uncovered that a civil enforcement company was prepared to seize more than $24,000 in property from mayoralty candidate Bill Smith's business earlier this year.

Dogged by controversy, not one council member seeks re-election in Chestermere

An extremely rare electoral event is unfolding in Chestermere where not a single incumbent is seeking re-election, becoming the only Alberta village, town or city in this month's election where the entire council is leaving.

Some Bill Smith email recipients less than thankful for the holiday note

A Thanksgiving message from Calgary mayoral candidate Bill Smith has stirred up some less-than-thankful responses from Calgarians who wonder how Smith got a hold of their email addresses.

Nenshi claims opponents' supporters driven by racist ideology in Facebook video

A video of incumbent mayor Naheed Nenshi appealing for support is getting quite the reaction — from some of his mayoral opponents.

Calgary developer picks his candidates, urges staff to follow his lead

Jay Westman is a well-known Calgary developer who has made no secret of who he backs politically, sending out all-staff emails with an endorsement list, encouraging employees to get out and vote.

City council can't approve major pipelines, but it has other levers for job creation

Calgary Eyeopener podcast explores the city’s role in creating jobs — what the incoming new council can do to boost the economy.

Bill Smith leads Nenshi by 17 points in latest poll

Incumbent mayoral candidate Naheed Nenshi trails challenger Bill Smith by 17 points in the latest poll from Mainstreet Research.

More than 19K Calgarians cast ballots in first 2 days of civic election advance voting

If advance voter turnout is any indication, this Calgary municipal election will be one to watch. In the first two days of advance voting, 19,073 Calgarians showed up to get their vote in early.

Province says 'no guarantee' it would fund Calgary's Green Line if city changes its plans

Alberta's infrastructure minister says the province would take its $1.53 billion off the table if Calgary were to alter the agreed-upon plan for the first phase of the Green Line LRT expansion, as one candidate for mayor has been suggesting.

Ward 5 candidate calls on competitor to explain past legal problems

George Chahal has issued a statement, saying elected officials must be accountable. He says fellow candidate Aryan Sadat has had numerous past run-ins with the law.

Arena funding debate: A play that always unfolds over several acts

By now you’ve heard all the arguments for why Calgary needs a new hockey arena: the Saddledome is old, the roof sucks, the concourse is too small, Bruno Mars won’t play there, whatever. What are the facts? Let's take a look.

Calls to drop out of mayoral race won't sway Smith, Chabot

Both Bill Smith and Andre Chabot say they've received calls and messages suggesting they should drop out — making it easier to defeat incumbent mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Calgary's 'wild west' of campaign finance law likely to change — after the election

This will likely be Calgary's final election under campaign finance rules that have been likened to the "wild west" for how relatively lawless they are.

Voter turnout 152% higher than last Calgary election on 1st day of advance polls

The first day of advance voting saw more than twice the turnout compared with Calgary's last election, with 9,670 ballots cast on Wednesday, officials say.
Analysis

Calgary businesses want to pay less property tax: How much will that cost homeowners?

Calgary businesses pay more city taxes than Calgary homeowners, but that could change under a plan being proposed by a local business group.
Opinion

Mayoral candidate Jason Achtymichuk, on the challenges facing Calgary

CBC Calgary has offered each candidate for the office of mayor the opportunity to write up to 700 words on our website, outlining what they believe to be the greatest challenges facing our city, and what they would do about those challenges if elected. This is Jason Achtymichuk's contribution.

New poll finds Nenshi supporters more likely to be in favour of bike lanes

The poll by Mainstreet/Postmedia found only 30 per cent of people surveyed said they were in favour of downtown bike lanes, while 55 per cent of respondents said they opposed expanding the bike lanes to the suburbs.

Are Calgary taxes out of control? The 'dark math' of property taxes explained

Calgary has some of the lowest property tax rates in the country, yet many residents and businesses complain their tax bills are out of control. Those two statements are not as paradoxical as they seem.

More than mayor and council at stake: What do you know about school board trustee candidates?

Calgary's municipal election takes the form of three distinct selections for voters, and the one that's often forgotten is the school board trustee.

Flyer targeting Druh Farrell heats up Ward 7 race

At a recent all-candidates meeting in the northwest Calgary community of Montgomery, someone decided to dish the dirt directly to voters' vehicles outside in the parking lot.
Opinion

Mayoral candidate Stan Waciak, on the challenges facing Calgary

CBC Calgary has offered each candidate for the office of mayor the opportunity to write up to 700 words on our website, outlining what they believe to be the greatest challenges facing our city, and what they would do about those challenges if elected. This is Stan Waciak's contribution.

Calgary advance voting stations include new 'drive-up' option

Calgary's municipal election may not be until Oct. 16 but you can start voting as of Wednesday — without even leaving your car.
Opinion

Mayoral candidate Bill Smith, on the challenges facing Calgary

CBC Calgary has offered each candidate for the office of mayor the opportunity to write up to 700 words on our website, outlining what they believe to be the greatest challenges facing our city, and what they would do about those challenges if elected. This is Bill Smith's contribution.

Nenshi, Smith and Chabot face off on economy and visions at Calgary Chamber debate

Amidst debates about how to tackle Calgary's lingering financial troubles, two of the three leading mayoral candidates also took time to trade barbs at the Palace Theatre on Monday.

Poll puts Bill Smith in the lead over Naheed Nenshi in Calgary's mayoral race

The Interactive Voice Response poll says Smith has the support of 42 per cent of respondents, while Nenshi has the backing of 33 per cent. Longtime councillor Andre Chabot is polling at a mere seven per cent in his quest for the mayor's chair.

Zoning (yes, zoning) could save Calgary's finances

Calgary follows the rigid North American model of planning that zones developments into certain areas, potentially limiting creative approaches that could help, for instance, a downtown core thrive even in the midst of an oil crash.

'We're just not that pathetic, as a city': Political panel doubts NHL arena tactics will work in Calgary

The NHL may have been able to push other cities around but its strong-arm tactics could backfire as it presses for an ownership-friendly arena deal in Calgary, say this week's guests on the CBC Calgary News at 6 Political Panel.
Opinion

Mayoral candidate Brent Chisholm on the challenges facing Calgary

CBC Calgary has offered each candidate for the office of mayor the opportunity to write up to 700 words on our website, outlining what they believe to be the greatest challenges facing our city, and what they would do about those challenges if elected. This is Brent Chisholm's contribution.

Nenshi and Gary Bettman offer differing takes on March arena meeting

Naheed Nenshi has a different recollection of a meeting he had with Gary Bettman last March — different from the NHL commissioner's memory of that chat.

Incumbents have the advantage in municipal politics, but not always

Past history shows city council incumbents have a high chance of success when it comes to seeking re-election in Calgary.
Opinion

Mayoral candidate Larry Heather, on the challenges facing Calgary

CBC Calgary has offered each candidate for the office of mayor the opportunity to write up to 700 words on our website, outlining what they believe to be the greatest challenges facing our city, and what they would do about those challenges if elected. This is Larry Heather's contribution.

Nenshi vs. business: Is corporate opposition helping or hurting incumbent mayor's re-election bid

Longtime local political watchers think opposition from the business community to Naheed Nenshi may end up helping to re-elect the incumbent mayor.

Calgary's Ward 7 candidates face off on secondary suites

Four of the five candidates vying for the Ward 7 council seat discussed some of the hot-button issues facing constituents on Tuesday night at SAIT.
Opinion

Mayoral candidate Emile Gabriel on the challenges facing Calgary

CBC Calgary has offered each candidate for the office of mayor the opportunity to write up to 700 words on our website, outlining what they believe to be the greatest challenges facing our city, and what they would do about those challenges if elected. This is Emile Gabriel's contribution.

Mayoral candidate for 'coulcil' gets flak for error-filled ad

A full-page newspaper ad for Calgary mayoral candidate Bill Smith is making the rounds on social media — for all the wrong reasons.

Calgary fights to keep $76K investigation into councillor misconduct a secret

The City of Calgary is fighting to ensure an independent investigator's report on misconduct by city councillors remains a secret. The city paid a lawyer $76,000 to investigate whistleblower complaints against council members.

Citizen group wants water fluoridation to be election issue in Calgary

A Calgary citizens group is working to make putting fluoride back in the city’s drinking water a civic election issue.

Spurned developer discontinues 1 of 2 lawsuits, clearing Druh Farrell to seek re-election

A lawsuit seeking to prevent Druh Farrell from running in the October election has been discontinued.

'You're asking us to spoon-feed it to you': Mayoral hopeful says Flames arena deal was never going to fly

Both Bill Smith and Naheed Nenshi also responded Thursday after the Flames' released their proposal for an arena deal to the public.

Watch the Ward 4 city council candidates debate

Four candidates vying for the Ward 4 seat on Calgary's city council took part in an all-candidates debate.

Druh Farrell seeks to have 'frivolous' Terrigno lawsuit tossed out

Calgary city councillor Druh Farrell has signalled she is ramping up her legal fight with the Terrignos, the high-profile restaurateurs and developers who have filed two lawsuits against the incumbent councillor now running for re-election.

Calgary mayoral candidates engage in first forum

Six of 10 candidates running to be Calgary's next mayor shared their visions for the city and answered moderated questions Tuesday evening in a forum at Mount Royal University.

Official list of Calgary election candidates released

More than 130 people declared their candidacy on nomination day, which was Monday, but had 24 hours to withdraw.

Nenshi challenges candidates to release donor lists before civic vote

Naheed Nenshi, the incumbent mayor, is challenging candidates running in the municipal election to release the names of donors ahead of the Oct. 16 vote.

Vote split could be game changer in mayor's race, analysts say

Calgary's current mayor may keep his job despite a lot of competition from one longtime councillor and the former president of the PC Party in Alberta, a few municipal political watchers say.
Video

Hear some of Calgary's would-be mayors, councillors and school board trustees share what they'd do if elected

Some candidates running to be Calgary's next mayor, councillors and school board trustees took a few minutes to share their visions for the city with CBC Calgary in a Facebook Live video while they were filing their nomination papers at City Hall on nomination day.
Q&A

Same old song and dance: Edmonton councillor who voted against arena deal says Calgary script a familiar one

Edmonton Coun. Tony Caterina, who voted against the deal that financed the new $613 million Rogers Place arena in Edmonton, says Calgary's arena argument has a familiar ring to it.

131 Calgarians declare as candidates as election campaign officially kicks off

A total of 131 people have submitted names for Calgary city council and vacant school board trustee jobs by the deadline of noon Monday, as the campaigning for the Oct. 16 election officially kicks off.
Analysis

High stakes, tough times, open seats: Why this year's Calgary election is one for the books

Calgary is rounding the corner on a bruising economic downturn just in time for a municipal election where there is a high number of council seats — possibly even the mayor's chair — up for grabs and some big ticket items on the agenda, not to mention provincial battles that could influence the local vote.

Calgary election 2017: Where to vote, who the candidates are and everything else you need to know

From where and when to vote in Calgary's municipal election in October to who your candidate is, CBC News has you covered with everything you need to know.
Video

Calgary Flames CEO says city's arena proposal would leave team footing full bill

The CEO of the Calgary Flames says the city's proposal for a three-way split on a new $555-million arena would have left the team paying "120 per cent of the project."

Arts group walks away from city negotiations to transform old planetarium after 3 years

Contemporary Calgary, picked by the city to establish a contemporary art gallery in the old planetarium on the west end of downtown, has walked away from negotiations after three and a half years.

Calgary 'remains at the table' in new arena talks, Nenshi says

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the city remains at the table and ready to negotiate in good faith with the Calgary Flames ownership, despite Ken King saying the group has dropped its plans for a new arena.

Campaign finance reform in the air again as Calgary municipal vote looms

The looming municipal election in Calgary is prompting cries for change once again on aspects of the city's municipal campaign finance rules — from a lack of spending or fundraising caps to donor lists that don't need to be made public until after the election to third-party advertisers operating without much oversight.

'Don't operate anonymously,' Nenshi tells Save Calgary political group

Naheed Nenshi says the group behind a billboard and social media campaign targeting him and four other council members before the Oct. 16 municipal election should not operate under a cloak of anonymity.

Save Calgary's campaign against city councillors raises questions about 3rd-party electoral laws

Under Alberta's current laws, third-party groups aren't subject to donation limits or required to disclose their donors — or even reveal their own identities.

Former PC president Bill Smith announces plans to run for mayor of Calgary

Former PC President Bill Smith has added his name to the list of hopefuls running for mayor in the municipal election next fall.

Who's your best match as mayor? Read about the candidates and their visions for the city

Ten candidates are vying to be elected mayor in Calgary's municipal election on Oct. 16. We invited each of them to share their vision for the city — and you might be surprised to hear what they had to say.

Andre Chabot to run for mayor of Calgary

Ward 10 Coun. Andre Chabot will challenge incumbent Naheed Nenshi for the mayor's chair in the 2017 civic election, set for Oct. 16.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi to run for third term in 2017

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi will run again next year, hoping to secure a third term in office.

Candidates in Calgary's next election already registering

With the 2015 federal and provincial elections behind us, political watchers can turn their gaze to the next vote: Calgary's 2017 municipal election. Candidates are already registering so they can raise money for campaigns.