Purple army celebrates
After a tension-filled battle over the spot for Calgary’s 36th mayor, Naheed Nenshi has taken office as Canada’s first Muslim civic leader.
“The purple army was never about winning an election. It was about revitalizing the public conversation in this city.” said Nenshi during his victory speech.
Promising budget cuts, improved transit, and a new approach to “fix” city council, Nenshi has much to do for the city that’s long been known for economic prowess and corporate lifestyles.
Having garnered strong support from the youth sector in Calgary, Nenshi won 40 per cent of the popular vote.
Calgarians voted in record numbers for this civic election. More than 50 per cent of eligible voters went to the polls.
SAIT hosted an advanced polling station over two days, Oct. 7 and 13.
Between SAIT and Mount Royal University combined, a total of 874 voters cast ballots during this advanced voting period.
During his campaign, Nenshi made promises to reinstate apprentice U-Passes, improve accessible transit, and allow SAIT students to park at Sears.
Now that Calgary has a new mayor, students should know how they can voice their concerns to Nenshi. Email him at email@example.com, or drop off a letter at the City of Calgary office. Station M.
While you probably won’t speak to him directly, calling his office is a more active way to make sure your concerns or comments are heard, 403-268-5622.
Don’t be afraid to use the resources available.
Knocking on the office of your newly elected alderman will ensure your voice gets heard at City Council, and will often provide direct responses and follow-ups to your concerns.