Calgary Minute: Covid Costs, Budget Deficits, and a Relaunch Strategy
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This Week In Calgary:
Alberta and Calgary's reopening has begun with provincial parks and non-City-owned golf courses already open (with limited service) and non-urgent surgeries, dentists, physiotherapists, speech and respiratory therapists, social workers and dietitians due to open today.
The Special Meeting of Council that was planned for today has been cancelled. The Boards, Commissions and Committees (BCC) item from this meeting has been postponed to Day 2 of the Combined Meeting of Council scheduled for June 15th.
- Committee meetings will be going ahead, with a Priorities and Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday, a Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development meeting on Wednesday, and a meeting of the Calgary Planning Commission on Thursday.
Last Week In Calgary:
- The City's initial estimate of the cost of COVID-19 at $400 million has now been nearly halved, with the new estimated costs now expected to be between $145 and $235 million. Despite this, Mayor Nenshi claims that there's no way the City can make up for the shortfall by cutting spending. You heard it here first folks, blue rings, golden pensions for elected officials, cycle tracks, and other vanity projects are all essential services and don't you dare question it!
- Council debated and approved an emergency motion to put ribbon decals on city-owned vehicles to recognize essential workers. We all appreciate the efforts of those who are working hard during this pandemic, but is this really what Council should be spending their time? Couldn't the drivers have done this themselves, and left Council to focus on more important things?
- Mayor Nenshi announced that he is not prepared to follow the Province's recommendation to re-open City-owned golf courses yet. The City will instead spend the coming days creating their own plan. Seems a bit of a waste of time and money given private golf courses will already be open. All the more reason to sell City-owned golf courses.
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