Calgary Minute: Green Line, Drug Trafficking, and Carra Steps Back
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This Week In Calgary:
The Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday at 9:30 am. The Committee will receive a second-quarter report on Indigenous relations and a Resilient Roofing Rebate Program Monitoring Report, as well as an update from the Green Line Board.
There will be an Infrastructure and Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday at 9:30 am. The Committee will receive a report outlining which partnerships should be supported to activate lands that will be needed for future LRT expansion. A community garden and community plaza along the Green Line route are among the items planned for development.
- On Thursday, the Audit Committee will meet at 8:30 am but no agenda has been posted for this meeting yet. The Calgary Planning Commission will also meet on Thursday, at 1:00 pm. They will discuss multiple land use amendments.
Last Week In Calgary:
Work finally began on the Green Line. The first project is the installation of new utility lines so that the current ones can be removed when tunnelling under downtown begins. No disruptions to utilities are expected as a result of the work, though there will be traffic interruptions. This first phase is costing $100 million, a drop in the bucket of the overall estimated $4.6 billion, sorry, $4.9 billion, no wait, $5.5 billion cost.
The Calgary Police Service laid more than 100 charges related to a drug trafficking ring that had been operating out of CTrain stations. Police arrested 22 people and seized crack cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and unknown pills. CTrain safety has been an issue in the city for a while - hopefully, this begins the process of making stations safer for Calgarians.
- Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra has taken a step back from his role on the Calgary Police Commission after reports surfaced of his alleged involvement in a road rage incident. The Calgary Police Service passed the case on to their counterparts in Edmonton owing to the fact that Carra is a council-appointed member of the Commission.
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