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LFRENCH
Oct 19, 2010, 4:45 AM
Hey thanks everyone re: my shaw TV appearance. It wasn't a purple shirt, just brown and orange, but it looks purple from far away. Hope I did well.

But I can't believe any of you have commented on this yet:

OSCAR FECH HAS 65 VOTES.

That means 65 people in this city believe there is gold hidden under city hall and that someone is trying to assassinate Oscar. That is awesome.

gotta spoil the ballot somehow :tup:

Bigtime
Oct 19, 2010, 4:45 AM
Nenshi leading by over 8000!

mersar
Oct 19, 2010, 4:45 AM
Just that votes at 127 of the stations have been fully counted and reported. The population distribution between the stations isn't even, size of each poll area is based on population as well as on the actual size of the area.

srperrycgy
Oct 19, 2010, 4:46 AM
What does the 127/241 stations reporting mean?

[I do realize that not all stations are equal]

127 polls have been counted out of 241 in total.

fusili
Oct 19, 2010, 4:46 AM
What does the 127/241 stations reporting mean?

[I do realize that not all stations are equal]

Stations are voting stations. When you go to vote you vote at a "voting station." Sometimes people use the word polls in this context as well. There are 241 in the city. The ones that had huge lineups will be last to be counted. Smaller ones come in first, because they don't take much time to count.

freeweed
Oct 19, 2010, 4:46 AM
I think it's humourous that beyond the big 3, the leaders appear to be people who have withdrawn from the campaign.

Higgins is conceding as I type this.

devonb
Oct 19, 2010, 4:47 AM
Can someone explain the poll stations to me. If I look at my ward, ward 7, there are more polling stations for alderman than mayoral. Why is that? were there more polling stations for alderman? I thought they were the same location.

bigcanuck
Oct 19, 2010, 4:47 AM
Nenshi leading by over 8000!

................9343

freeweed
Oct 19, 2010, 4:47 AM
Nenshi's lead now over 7000 votes.

I want it "over 9000!"

You got it - 9300 at the moment.

That's it, I'm calling this one.

suburb
Oct 19, 2010, 4:48 AM
http://www.660news.com/news/local/article/116762--ctv-projects-naheed-nenshi-will-be-calgary-s-new-mayor

CTV projects Naheed Nenshi will be Calgary's new mayor

crooked rain
Oct 19, 2010, 4:48 AM
9,300 vote difference now. Man, listening to Barb Higgins is painful - she talks to slow, I couldn't listen to that for 3 years.

Bassic Lab
Oct 19, 2010, 4:48 AM
What does the 127/241 stations reporting mean?

[I do realize that not all stations are equal]

Well, the earliest polls to report were the smallest (hospitals and assisted living) and it is generally safe to say that the bigger the poll, the longer it takes to count. So it is pretty safe to say that well under half the votes are in for mayor.

Bigtime
Oct 19, 2010, 4:48 AM
SiMHTK15Pik

freeweed
Oct 19, 2010, 4:49 AM
Um, seriously? (http://election.gov.calgary.ab.ca/#ALDER14)

:haha: Don't you have to run under your legal name? :haha:

DarkKeyo
Oct 19, 2010, 4:49 AM
The sheer amount of action tonight is amazing. It took till now to catch up in this thread.... Nenshi is winning! Over 9000!

Unfortunately, Anti-bridge Taylor is beating Druh.

Barb is talking now...

MalcolmTucker
Oct 19, 2010, 4:50 AM
SiMHTK15Pik

^^
classic!

LFRENCH
Oct 19, 2010, 4:50 AM
pashak closed the gap

mersar
Oct 19, 2010, 4:50 AM
21% of eligible voters turnout counted now... so we're about 1/2 way to the worst case scenario any of the talking heads have predicted for turnout

Bigtime
Oct 19, 2010, 4:51 AM
Come on Zak!

fusili
Oct 19, 2010, 4:51 AM
Also want to mention that the guy who interviewed me on shaw, Brenden Parker, was really great. He said he usually does sports, but I think he did an awesome job at the political interview and he made the interview go really well. Kudos to him.

jeffwhit
Oct 19, 2010, 4:51 AM
fuck it

http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/full/179574828.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=0ZRYP5X5F6FSMBCCSE82&Expires=1287464893&Signature=X%2FphIIsZVEMWVR3K0%2Fi01V91yRo%3D

Innersoul1
Oct 19, 2010, 4:51 AM
Hey thanks everyone re: my shaw TV appearance. It wasn't a purple shirt, just brown and orange, but it looks purple from far away. Hope I did well.

But I can't believe any of you have commented on this yet:

OSCAR FECH HAS 65 VOTES.

That means 65 people in this city believe there is gold hidden under city hall and that someone is trying to assassinate Oscar. That is awesome.

So, my wife says to me "Oscar Fech was at my Bar call."

I say: "How in Gods name did you know it was Oscar Fech:"

She says: "He was the only guy I didn't know in the room. I had no clue who he was until this election"

crooked rain
Oct 19, 2010, 4:51 AM
Barb is talking now...

very....very....slowly....
cut her off already, now she is yammering about being close to Bob Hawksworth alphabetically.

Dafunk
Oct 19, 2010, 4:53 AM
Nenshi was indeed the Black Swan in this election. He was never predicted to win, lobbyists looked to other candidates. He came from nowhere, and killed it!

sync
Oct 19, 2010, 4:53 AM
very....very....slowly....
cut her off already, now she is yammering about being close to Bob Hawksworth alphabetically.

she seemed intoxicated.

Policy Wonk
Oct 19, 2010, 4:53 AM
Unfortunately, Anti-bridge Taylor is beating Druh.


She has worn out her welcome

Me&You
Oct 19, 2010, 4:54 AM
very....very....slowly....
cut her off already, now she is yammering about being close to Bob Hawksworth alphabetically.

Another forum I'm watching is convinced she's shit-faced :haha:

halifaxboyns
Oct 19, 2010, 4:55 AM
Higgins just gave up.
Nenshi just hit over 10,000 lead according to shaw. 56717 to 46464.

DarkKeyo
Oct 19, 2010, 4:56 AM
She has worn out her welcome

Maybe, but Taylor is pretty uninspiring... GlobalTV predicting Nenshi will win even when McIver's home ground in the south is counted.

mersar
Oct 19, 2010, 4:57 AM
Ward 13 and 14 McIver and Nenshi are essentially tied.

crooked rain
Oct 19, 2010, 4:58 AM
11,700 votes now!

eggbert
Oct 19, 2010, 4:58 AM
I'm happy to stand corrected from my earlier comments.

11778 lead for Nenshi now. Super happy about that!

The Chemist
Oct 19, 2010, 4:59 AM
So much for a tight race. I kind of thought it'd turn out this way - Nenshi had a huge amount of momentum, and the other 2 had very little.

mersar
Oct 19, 2010, 5:01 AM
Global just called it too.

crooked rain
Oct 19, 2010, 5:01 AM
Global called it!

Innersoul1
Oct 19, 2010, 5:01 AM
David Taras is CREEPY!

jeffwhit
Oct 19, 2010, 5:01 AM
Global calls it for Barney the Big awesome Purple dinosaur!

fusili
Oct 19, 2010, 5:01 AM
SiMHTK15Pik

KAMEHAMEHA!!!! Take that Vegeta, Goku's got this one in the bag.

Yume-sama
Oct 19, 2010, 5:02 AM
Redneck Calgary voted in a brown guy? Holy crap :P

</Vancouver,Montreal,Toronto>

Boris2k7
Oct 19, 2010, 5:03 AM
David Taras is CREEPY!

Our class at UofC offered to buy Dave a drink after our course with him ended (several years ago...). Too bad he turned it down, he was a fun prof. :(

Aegis
Oct 19, 2010, 5:04 AM
Global called it!

Nice avatar.

mersar
Oct 19, 2010, 5:04 AM
leading by 14,000 now

Bigtime
Oct 19, 2010, 5:05 AM
We just done fucked up the rest of the country!

jeffwhit
Oct 19, 2010, 5:05 AM
Man, barb definitely went through more than half a box of Franzia before conceding.

Bigtime
Oct 19, 2010, 5:06 AM
Over 13,000 now!

mersar
Oct 19, 2010, 5:07 AM
Counted turnout at 28.5% so far

Yume-sama
Oct 19, 2010, 5:07 AM
We just done fucked up the rest of the country!

The uppity secret foreign muslims are takin' over Canada, too!

halifaxboyns
Oct 19, 2010, 5:08 AM
Pretty close to 14,000 now - i'd say McIvor is done.
I'm shocked Fox-Melway is 3rd.

frinkprof
Oct 19, 2010, 5:08 AM
Just digging up some old posts...

lynch mobs are democratic.

McIvor who's against these tax raises vs. bronconnier who's whining to the media that the increases are ok.

Why would a poll here thats in a forum frequented more by people from around the world, and with an audience thats prone to approve of urbanism, be more valid than a mundane news website followed mostly by locals of a wide demographic?

McIver isn't proposing "change", he's the fiscal responsible guy so this change example is completely out of tune with what he's about, I certainly don't expect anything drastic. He will address priorities and thats important.

This time you have McIver who's really the only friend of taxpayers in city hall, and given the liberal reputation city hall has he will fare much better than alnoor.

McIver will win.
and note when you bash someone, its best to state reasons rather than express emotional angst, such as smok and www, there's more people that made similar posts, but too sensationalist and profane to mention them.

50% of people polled on the ctv website give council an F, which is a more diverse sample group. Do you think just a couple vocal liberals on ssp is reason for confidence in a bronconnier re-election? [this convo has been had before, and its agreed this place attracts younger people which tend to be liberals/socialists; voter turn out is stronger amongst elder people as well so think about it].

The role of a mayor isn't to fulfill an egotistical "vision" for a city. Your a manager, and you identify priorities and act on them.

Good, I'm getting tired of people from the east coming here and telling us how to run the best city in Alberta. We need an Albertan, if not a born Calgarian, at the very least.McIver is from the "east."

Yeah, especially when you realize all your nenshi pumping/cheerleading got you nowhereComing from the guy who is pumping Ron Paul for 2012.

Saved the best for last:

:rolleyes:

It's going to be very funny when McIvor wins - a lot of denial on here as usual and when the election results are released you will all be posting comments like "I can't believe it, our poll had nenshi at 90%"

The truth is the opinions of people on this forum make up a small minority with extremist ideals - and a lot of you don't even live in Calgary and you can't guarantee that someone from California that's jobless is checking out things in Calgary and happens to cast a vote in the poll. Already there are people here that are resorting to insults that are only used on this forum - inside jokes around here. To me it doesn't come across as a sign of political influence/might - rather it gives me the impression of a support group.

The comment sections in mainstream media are more representative of the general public's opinion. This forum is not mainstream - but I think we can all agree that mainstream media has more influence than blogs and forums - for now.

For clarity, the point here is that this is a specialty website made up of a relatively small group of voters with strong opinions on certain topics. It is not representative of the general voting public. The attempts to justify waste and the inside jokes are proof to me that there's a lot of denial going on here. Hopefully some of you will take off the pink sunglasses.

Tomorrow, Corndogger.

Bassic Lab
Oct 19, 2010, 5:08 AM
leading by 14,000 now

That lead is really looking insurmountable right about now. If it had been shrinking over time it would be one thing but the percentages are holding pretty steady and lead just keeps growing.

Some of the Alderman results are starting to come in now too.

freeweed
Oct 19, 2010, 5:09 AM
Redneck Calgary voted in a brown guy? Holy crap :P

</Vancouver,Montreal,Toronto>

I am going to be trumpeting this on various forums for weeks to come. And to my parents and in-laws in such cities as Winnipeg and Toronto, who remind me every year that Calgary is full of intolerant redneck bigots and that I really do not fit in here.

I'm curious - the news is saying "first Muslim win of any major office" - don't we have Muslim MLAs/MPs in Canada? Or is that considered a more minor office compared to Mayor? Any chance Rusty is lurking and can comment (he seems to know more about the larger scope here)?

halifaxboyns
Oct 19, 2010, 5:09 AM
Whoops, now over 14,000...
Global has called it for Nenshi now too.

Boris2k7
Oct 19, 2010, 5:09 AM
The lead just keeps getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger, and bigger, and bigger...

I'm putting Nenshi at close to 43% by the end of the night.

DizzyEdge
Oct 19, 2010, 5:09 AM
watchin shaw and reading the thread on my blackberry. Got a question. Hey have you heard of this Nenshi fella? I hear he's got a little somethin goin on. ;)

mersar
Oct 19, 2010, 5:09 AM
Scary... Fech has 129 votes... and isn't in last place either.

skrish
Oct 19, 2010, 5:09 AM
So proud of Calgary right now. Thanks to everyone on here that posted on other forums and really helped to spread the word.

Yume-sama
Oct 19, 2010, 5:10 AM
MLA's don't matter. Nobody even knows what MLA stands for :P

The Chemist
Oct 19, 2010, 5:10 AM
Response to anybody that claims that Calgary is a redneck white town - our mayor is a Brown Muslim! :D

freeweed
Oct 19, 2010, 5:10 AM
frink, thank you for that. And wb.

MalcolmTucker
Oct 19, 2010, 5:11 AM
September 24th:
Nah. Remember Alnoor went from 2% at the start of the writ period for 17% at the end. High single digits as of the last poll and gaining isn't the best place to be in for Nenshi, but it isn't anything to complain about.

Naheed should be in the mid teens by now, and with the number of private lawn signs they have out the door there is huge momentum. Within ten points of the front runner before thanksgiving weekend and he should win by 10%, barring any Bradley effect.

Just theory then, quoting to gloat a little. So I predict a ten percent lead in the end.

Bigtime
Oct 19, 2010, 5:11 AM
Oh my god, the return of Frinkprof!!! ;)

Wooster
Oct 19, 2010, 5:11 AM
I'm so proud. The engaged people who frequent this board did have an influence in him getting the early support necessary to break out of the pack. Once that happened, there was no stopping him. :tup:

devonb
Oct 19, 2010, 5:11 AM
Just digging up some old posts...




Thinking the same thing

Bigtime
Oct 19, 2010, 5:13 AM
Over 16,000 now. Call it Ric.

mersar
Oct 19, 2010, 5:13 AM
Herald calls it as well now as does the Sun

reflexzero
Oct 19, 2010, 5:14 AM
well, as a city employee, I sure hope I have a job after all this.

Boris2k7
Oct 19, 2010, 5:14 AM
Tomorrow, Corndogger.

Wait. Maybe I just have not been around enough to notice... but... Cornhead? U back!?! /hugz

Ramsayfarian
Oct 19, 2010, 5:16 AM
Oh my god, the return of Frinkprof!!! ;)

Will wonders tonight ever cease.

Welcome back Frinkprof.

Yume-sama
Oct 19, 2010, 5:16 AM
lol @ CalgarySun comments.


SO NOT HAPPY.... we are being OVER RUN by the middle east..... now before you accuse me of being "racist".... think about it... look at the battle in NYC regarding the Mosque.... would AMericans vote in Nenshi?? Hell No.... this is a disaster waiting to happen NICE JOB CALGARY... although somehow i blame the NE (unfortunatly where I live not for long though ) the one year they decide to come out by the dozens.... I didnt want McIver in there but this was the last thing I wanted!!! I can only image the special treatment for "his people" in this city.... Ugh i swear I am going to throw up

Apparently we should ask WWAD (What Would America Do)

Innersoul1
Oct 19, 2010, 5:16 AM
Sweet Jesus, did Duane (sp) Bratt just say: "Nenshi is muslim but very articulate"

devonb
Oct 19, 2010, 5:17 AM
Nenshi is coming on stage and Ric is on right now

bigcanuck
Oct 19, 2010, 5:17 AM
Pincott is trailing. Farrell is trailing. Fox-Melway is trailing.

devonb
Oct 19, 2010, 5:17 AM
:previous: on shaw





nenshi on twitter

A little bit too busy to follow the Twitterverse tonight. But I have election results! The tie on the right won! :-) #yycvote
less than 5 seconds ago via Twitter for iPhone

Policy Wonk
Oct 19, 2010, 5:17 AM
Sweet Jesus, did Duane (sp) Bratt just say: "Nenshi is muslim but very articulate"

There is a name I haven't heard in a while, so what does that guy weigh these days?

crooked rain
Oct 19, 2010, 5:17 AM
@innersoul1: maybe the that chick in red he has been forced to talk with all night is rubbing off on him. You can tell this is not her desired result.


I am going to take a shot everytime Ric blinks during his concession speech.

Bigtime
Oct 19, 2010, 5:18 AM
McIver is on now, time to call it.

DarkKeyo
Oct 19, 2010, 5:19 AM
Ric now sounds like a defeated salesman

SFUVancouver
Oct 19, 2010, 5:19 AM
So now that Calgary has itself a new mayor, could someone provide an introduction of him for the benefit of the rest of us out-of-towners?

mersar
Oct 19, 2010, 5:20 AM
Counted turnout at 34%.

And McIver is upset you can tell from his voice.

Yume-sama
Oct 19, 2010, 5:20 AM
Sweet Jesus, did Duane (sp) Bratt just say: "Nenshi is muslim but very articulate"

At least that's not as bad as Harry Reid saying that Obama is a black man "but at least he doesn't have a negro dialect".

Ferreth
Oct 19, 2010, 5:20 AM
I'm really proud of this city right now - not since '88 have I felt that this city has gotten it right like now. We voted for someone with ideas, not for color, religion or race. I also expect that more people gave a damn about this race than any other in a long time - that's a win too. I will sleep well tonight, for I feel we have voted for a better future for this city.

Bassic Lab
Oct 19, 2010, 5:20 AM
I am going to be trumpeting this on various forums for weeks to come. And to my parents and in-laws in such cities as Winnipeg and Toronto, who remind me every year that Calgary is full of intolerant redneck bigots and that I really do not fit in here.

I'm curious - the news is saying "first Muslim win of any major office" - don't we have Muslim MLAs/MPs in Canada? Or is that considered a more minor office compared to Mayor? Any chance Rusty is lurking and can comment (he seems to know more about the larger scope here)?

We do have Muslim MPs and MLAs. The US has at least one Muslim member of Congress. To state that those are not major political offices is a bit much. The distinction between legislative and executive might mean something but not that much. We have had a Sikh Premier/Federal Minister.

devonb
Oct 19, 2010, 5:21 AM
Counted turnout at 34%.

And McIver is upset you can tell from his voice.

Yep, his voice is shaky and he's blinking more than usual. :haha:

Ramsayfarian
Oct 19, 2010, 5:21 AM
Ric now sounds like a defeated salesman

Doing the Wily Lowman.

srperrycgy
Oct 19, 2010, 5:22 AM
Ric now sounds like a defeated salesman

Deflated and has probably had a few. Too mellow for the Ric we've seen.

Spring2008
Oct 19, 2010, 5:22 AM
WOW unbelievable. Nenshi`s now officially Calgary`s mayor according to CTV. So happy, Calgary is definately the city of the future.


P.S. the Calgary forum is blowing up lol, 304 forumers on when i logged on. Most I`ve ever seen it for any city on this website.

ByeByeBaby
Oct 19, 2010, 5:22 AM
I'm curious - the news is saying "first Muslim win of any major office" - don't we have Muslim MLAs/MPs in Canada? Or is that considered a more minor office compared to Mayor? Any chance Rusty is lurking and can comment (he seems to know more about the larger scope here)?

There are several Muslim MPs, Rahim Jaffer was the first.

These are the two mayors I've been able to find.

There was a M. Afzal Khan who did a year as Lord Mayor of Manchester a few years back, but it's an honourary position, although he is on council.

Mohammed Hameeduddin is the mayor of the mostly-Jewish (!) Teaneck, NJ, (pop: 40K) but he was not directly elected by the public, rather by his fellow elected councilors.

So it's a big first at the mayoral level, from what I can see.

Ramsayfarian
Oct 19, 2010, 5:22 AM
I'm really proud of this city right now - not since '88 have I felt that this city has gotten it right like now. We voted for someone with ideas, not for color, religion or race. I also expect that more people gave a damn about this race than any other in a long time - that's a win too. I will sleep well tonight, for I feel we have voted for a better future for this city.

Calgary has really turned a corner with this election.

Surrealplaces
Oct 19, 2010, 5:25 AM
Congrats Calgary!

Boris2k7
Oct 19, 2010, 5:25 AM
I think Calgary just raised it's famous middle finger to the ROC again, this time in defiance of the redneck labels.

ByeByeBaby
Oct 19, 2010, 5:25 AM
Who was the guy who just made the speech? He looked like Blinky, but sounded like Eeyore.

I actually think Ric will be missed a little bit; you need one tight-fisted bastard on Council. Not five, and not the head guy setting the tone, but you do need one bastard.

mersar
Oct 19, 2010, 5:26 AM
Global called Ward 1 for Hodges. 3 for Stevenson, 5 for Jones, 10 for Chabot (with 67% lead), 13 for Colley-Urquhart

Surrealplaces
Oct 19, 2010, 5:27 AM
Calgary has really turned a corner with this election.

Couldn't agree with you more Dave!

skrish
Oct 19, 2010, 5:27 AM
I know the majority of people on this forum are Nenshi supporters, but lets also be proud that Calgarians actually voted. People took interest, were engaged, but most of all went out to the polls to support their candidate. Nenshi winning it, is just icing on the cake.

Spring2008
Oct 19, 2010, 5:28 AM
Nenshi`s at 38.7% now and growing

halifaxboyns
Oct 19, 2010, 5:28 AM
CBC, Global and Shaw have called it for Nenshi. I'm impressed and very proud of Calgary. While I didn't like McIvor's politics - I think his speach was from the heart - I give him that.

"Today Calgary is a different place than yesterday" - Nenshi; how true is that?

Boris2k7
Oct 19, 2010, 5:28 AM
@mersar: the DCUaenigma returns... :frog:

Bigtime
Oct 19, 2010, 5:30 AM
Do some of you remember being at his first real campaign speech back at Arts Central? It feels like so long ago, and we have worked so hard to make this day happen.

Really awesome feeling! We have a great community here on SSP.

halifaxboyns
Oct 19, 2010, 5:32 AM
I'm hoping that Nenshi can hit over 20,000 - nothing like putting it in the bag.

Bassic Lab
Oct 19, 2010, 5:32 AM
Farrell and Pincott are both in the lead again but both Ward 7 and 11 are really close. This will be a very late night.