Calgary council votes to change title from alderman to city councillor

CALGARY — What’s in a name?

CALGARY — What’s in a name?

Apparently gender neutrality, at least when it comes to Calgary aldermen.

Starting after the next civic election in 2013, Calgary aldermen will be known as city councillors.

Council voted to make the change after it rejected such a move twice in the last 10 years.

Proponents argue Calgary is the last major city in Canada to use the title aldermen, and it is time to move forward.

They point out that Calgary has already moved toward political correctness by changing emergency responder titles to firefighter and police officer.

It’s expected the name change will cost about $15,000.