Calgary Minute: Community Bailouts, Grading Calgarians, and the CBE's On Notice
Calgary Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Calgary politics
This Week In Calgary:
Calgary will rejoin the rest of Alberta today in entering Phase 1 of the province's re-opening plan. This means businesses like bars, restaurants, hair salons and barbershops are now allowed to open, albeit with capacity and social distancing restrictions.
- This morning there is a Combined Meeting of Council. The Agenda includes a review of Public-Private Partnerships, an Assessment and Tax Circumstances report, the Joint Use Coordinating Committee and Joint Use Reserve Fund Annual Report, the Calgary Police Service Annual Report 2019, several Land-Use Amendments, and more.
- On Tuesday there will be a meeting of the Foothills Athletic Park Redevelopment Advisory Committee, the details of which are not yet available. Wednesday's Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit is cancelled.
Last Week In Calgary:
- Education Minister Adriana LaGrange put the Calgary Board of Education on notice. A recent audit of the CBE provided 25 recommendations for them to follow and the Minister made it clear that unless they get their act together by November 30, she will have no choice but to dissolve the board.
- City Council approved a $22 million bailout for Calgary social agencies, city partners, community associations, sports groups and taxi and limousine drivers. Reducing licensing fees and cutting costs is great, but we're not sure handing out more cash to groups that already received significant budget hikes is the best use of taxpayer money.
- The Chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency gave Calgarians a C+ for their social distancing efforts last week, despite there being no tickets issued. If you were grading Council, what grade would you give them?
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