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Fatal crossings, a look at pedestrian crashes

With city hall poised to implement its first pedestrian strategy this year, my colleague Annalise Klingbeil and I examined a decades’ worth of traffic collision data and spoke with Calgarians whose lives were forever changed after their loved ones were hit by a vehicle. The figures speak for themselves. Every day (on average), at least […]

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Calgary Data journalism Education Uncategorized

Sick days climb at Calgary public school board

With growing classroom sizes and an aging, stressed-out workforce, paid sick days at the Calgary Board of Education have climbed significantly over the past five years and cost the education system more than $136.5 million over that period. New figures obtained by the Herald show full-time public school teachers claimed 51,470 sick days in 2013, up 22 per […]

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Calgary Multimedia Public transit

Calgary’s $1.4-billion West LRT opens to great fanfare

Politicians, city officials and transit-loving Calgarians celebrated Saturday morning the ceremonial opening of the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history: the $1.4-billion west LRT. (Read full story here.) “Transit matters. Transit investments are among the best investments any city can make, any government can make for that matter. They’re investments in reducing congestion, investments […]

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Pots, pans and protest

On May 30, roughly 170 Calgarians joined thousands of Canadians in a nation-wide casserole rally in support of Quebec students who have protested proposed tuition hikes, as well as Bill 78 — a law the Quebec government recently passed that restricts public assemblies. (The video and photos were shot entirely on an iPhone. Most of […]