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City wards to be redrawn — without new councillors

Wards are being redrawn, but there will be no addition to city council members.

Wards are being redrawn, but there will be no addition to city council members.

Ald. Andre Chabot put forward a motion at city council yesterday for city administration to report back on the costs of increasing council members from 14 to 16, but was voted down when only Ald. Bob Hawkesworth and Ald. Ray Jones backed Chabot.

However, neither of them were particularly happy with the proposed new ward boundaries, which drastically affect both Ward 4 and Ward 10.

“The new ward boundaries for communities in Ward 4 are quite disconnected,” Hawkesworth said. “It will form a horseshoe around Nosehill Park.”

He’s especially concerned about the continuity of the neighbourhoods that would be connected, saying they would have been better off in different wards.

However, it’s not set in stone, particularly because the Calgary Board of Education, which bases its decisions on ward boundaries, has yet to submit an opinion and council’s vote was close: 8-6 in favour.

 
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