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Edmonton Election 2017
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Edmonton Election 2017
Another election has come and gone, and apart from a handful of new faces the biggest news is all the new stats! Let's take a look:First of all, turnout was abysmal. A total of 194,826 people voted, resulting in a voter turnout of 31.5%. The best (blue) and worst (red) areas of the city in terms ...
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Edmonton City Council Gender Parity
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Edmonton City Council Gender Parity
Back in October I took a quick look at the success rates of female candidates getting into city council. In 2013, 22% of candidates were female, but only one out of the twelve council seats ended up being held by a woman. The aim of that post was to investigate some of the source of the gend...
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Next Game Wins?
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(Subtitle: Which Game Should You Win? Part 3)Three years ago, my friend Andrew pitched in to the blog and asked which game in the playoffs was most worth winning. The results were a bit inconclusive, but from it he developed a database of all playoff outcomes since 1943, so a year later I looked ...
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How often does the best team win the championship?
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How often does the best team win the championship?
Imagine we have a four team single-elimination tournament. Team A is good enough that you'd expect them to win about 80% of all games, Team B ought to win about 60%, Team C should win 40%, and Team D ought to win about 20% of games (against random opponents). If we seeded a single elimination tou...
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Redistricting in Alberta
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Every eight to ten years, the Alberta Electoral Boundary Commission meets up to reconfigure the riding boundaries for upcoming elections. This is a fairly important part of our democracy, as cities are often growing, people tend to move around a lot, and keeping our boundaries updated to reflect ...
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Edmonton City Council Gender Equality
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Edmonton City Council Gender Equality
In the 2013 civic election, 79 candidates ran for mayor and city council, 17 of which were women. The election resulted in one woman getting elected out of a council of 13. Though women represent 51% of the city's population, they represented only 22% of candidates, and resulted in 8% of council ...
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Edmonton Bike Safety
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Bicycles in Edmonton have been in the news quite a bit recently, particularly given the success of new bicycle development in Calgary. Bicycle lanes in Edmonton have been proposed, installed, removed, illegally painted, removed again, and blocked in council quite a bit in the last few years. Frus...
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Edmonton City Council Votes (Part 2)
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5763 vote records358 non-unanimous votes
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Which Edmonton City Councillor are You?
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Since the Ward 12 by-election just a few months ago, Edmonton city council has gotten into quite a few rather contentious votes. Most recently the Mezzo Building decision left quite a few observers rather upset, but earlier council decided to scrap the proposed Hawrelak Park Water Play Feature (w...
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Edmonton Zone Map
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Earlier this week, there was a bit of a kerfuffle raised at City Council when they contentiously passed a motion to allow a new 16-storey building near Whyte Avenue. In order to allow the new building, they had to change some of the zoning around the area.I was curious about exactly what the...
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