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Calgary council gets schooled on election ethics

The City of Calgary ethics adviser Alice Woolley presented her solutions to questions council raised on how to act when they're prepping for the 2017 election

Calgary councillors now have a clear-cut path on how to act during the 2017 municipal election.

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Calgary councillors now have a clear-cut path on how to act during the 2017 municipal election.

Councillors now have a document to point to when it comes to door knocking and event going etiquette as the city ramps up towards the 2017 election.

Drafted by the city’s ethics adviser, a new document with several election-related clauses will dictate how councillors act as they try to garner votes in the freshly drawn ward boundaries.

Although there were concerns over some of the clauses, especially getting permission from a councillor before attending private community events, the guidelines passed.

The document lays out rules for councillors to be courteous and let each other know if they are door knocking outside of their ward. Any concerns raised by residents must be referred directly to the councillor in power. As with rules already in place, councillors aren’t allowed to use city resources to campaign.

Ethics adviser Alice Woolley explained if a councillor is at a private event, and someone approaches them about a city-wide concern, that’s fair game.

“That concern could be about bike lanes, CalgaryNEXT, the Olympic bid, that’s something any councillor can speak to,” she said. Woolley noted if an issue came up that had to do with how a councillor is able to run their ward they need to know about it.

“It’s not limiting anyone to do anything, it’s a communicative function,” said Woolley.  

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