Calgary Minute: Green Line, Parking, and Transparency

Calgary Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Calgary politics.

This Week In Calgary:

 

Last Week In Calgary:

  • The City released formerly confidential documents showing that, despite claims to the contrary, Council was warned about the high risk that hosting the Olympics would have posed. For the 56.4% of us that voted against hosting the Olympics, this vindicating report comes as no surprise. 

  • The Terms of Reference were released for the City's new, highly-anticipated Financial Task Force, and it's not good news. The Task Force will *not* be permitted to consider proposals to amend the City's Budget (ie: spending cuts). They *will* be allowed to suggest "new revenue options" (ie: higher taxes). What exactly is the point of a new Task Force that is only allowed to recommend doing the exact same thing (more taxes, more spending) that got the City into this mess in the first place?

  • Last week we highlighted a proposal by Councillor Farkas to provide greater transparency around what happens at City Council meetings. While the proposal was attacked by several councillors it wasn't rejected outright and will be discussed further at a committee meeting next month.