Calgary Minute: Councillor Charged, Cancer Center, and Transit Plan Debated
Calgary Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Calgary politics
This Week In Calgary:
The Council Services Committee will meet this morning at 9:30 am. The Committee will elect a Chair and a Vice-Chair.
On Tuesday, at 10:30 am, there will be a Strategic Meeting of Council. Much of the meeting will be spent in-camera on a “Strategic Look Back 2022” discussion.
- The Calgary Planning Commission will meet on Thursday at 1:00 pm. Several land use amendments are on the agenda as well as a confidential discussion about a Bridgeland Riverside Multimodal Pedestrian Bridge.
Last Week In Calgary:
Councillors got a look at the new “Route Ahead” transit plan and were divided on the strategy. The City plans to implement a primary transit network and prioritize frequency rather than coverage. While buses and trains will come more often along key routes - at least every 10 minutes between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm - users along secondary routes will need to travel farther to a transit stop. The Infrastructure and Planning Committee voted 6-5 to approve the changes. Councillors Dan McLean, Jennifer Wyness, Sonya Sharp, Andre Chabot, and Peter Demong were opposed to the changes. Council as a whole must still vote to approve the plan.
- Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra has been charged with mischief under $5,000 after a road rage incident in April. The case was handled by the Edmonton Police Service to ensure an independent investigation, as Councillor Carra sat on the Calgary Police Commission. Carra later resigned from the Police Commission but says he plans to fight the charges.
- Construction of the Calgary Cancer Centre has been completed and the keys handed over to Alberta Health Services. The facility is located next to the Foothills Medical Centre in northwestern Calgary and will focus on diagnosis, treatment, and research. It will be another year before the $1.4-billion Centre is ready to accept patients.
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