Calgary Minute: Canada Day, Stage Three, and a School Renaming Process
Calgary Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Calgary politics
This Week In Calgary:
- Thursday is Canada Day and also the start of Stage 3 of the Province's reopening plan. We still don't know exactly what the rules will look like in Stage 3 (especially given Council's shenanigans - see below), but we've repeatedly been told that "almost all" rules will be repealed, so we're looking forward to it!
- Otherwise, it's going to be a very quiet week at City Hall with just two Council meetings planned and no Committee meetings. The first meeting, at 9:30 am this morning, will be a Strategic Meeting of Council to discuss "Prioritizing the Principle of Equity".
- The second meeting, on Tuesday, is actually a continuation of the Special Meeting of Council that started on June 15th and acts as the Annual General Meeting for a series of City-owned organizations.
Last Week In Calgary:
- Calgary Council voted down 7-7 (tied votes fail) a proposal by Councillor Farkas to repeal the City of Calgary's mask mandate on July 1st when the Province's mandate will be removed. Council then voted 8-6 to meet again on July 5th to debate this again but, notably, that is still almost a week after the Province's mandate expires.
- Council also voted unanimously to receive a confidential report for information, 11-3 to adopt confidential recommendation 2 in the confidential report, and 9-5 to adopt confidential recommendation 3 in the confidential report. Yes, seriously. We're pretty sure this is something to do with the taxpayer-funded hockey arena, but who knows?
- Finally, the Calgary Board of Education adopted a new policy for renaming schools. A renaming will now be able to be initiated by a Trustee, or by a petition containing at least 5,000 signatures.
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