Calgary Minute: Emergency Renewed, Tax Hikes, and Mayoral Candidate Voting Records
Calgary Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Calgary politics
This Week In Calgary:
- With today being the Victoria Day holiday, City Hall will get started this week on Tuesday at 9:30 am with an Emergency Management Committee meeting that will receive a verbal COVID update and receive a report on emergency preparedness for severe summer weather.
- On Wednesday, there will be a meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Utilities and Corporate Services at 9:30 am, while the Business Advisory Committee meeting that had been planned for 1:00 pm has been rescheduled to next month.
- On Thursday, at 9:30 am, there will be a meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Protective Services to discuss Civic Partners.
Last Week In Calgary:
- With less than five months to go until the fall municipal election, we kicked off our election coverage with a look at how the Councillors running for Mayor voted on fifteen big issues that went before Council since the 2017 election. With three incumbents challenging for the position, Calgarians have a unique opportunity to see the Council voting records of each candidate before deciding who to vote for.
- Calgary's CFO says a third year of zero property tax increases would ultimately threaten the City of Calgary's services. We couldn't disagree more - in fact, it was just this week that Mayor Nenshi was suggesting that the $4 million planned to be spent on public art for the Green Line wasn't enough, and that Council should approve more public art spending. Council should finally get serious about getting spending under control, before even considering any more tax increases.
- Calgary's state of emergency was extended for another 90 days, despite rising vaccination rates and a "sharp drop in daily new infection numbers". As of today, Calgary has now had 270 days of continuous state of emergency.
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