Calgary Minute: Multiple Pensions, Insider Lobbyists, and Defund Police Damage Control
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This Week In Calgary:
On Monday, there will be a Business Advisory Committee meeting. The Committee will review an update on the Customer Journey Issues for Restaurant and Brewery Industry.
- Tuesday morning's planned meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Utilities and Corporate Services has been cancelled, but the afternoon Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit meeting will go ahead as planned. The Committee will be looking at how COVID-19 has changed mobility trends, as well as a Future Capital Project plan.
- On Wednesday morning, there will be a Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services meeting. The meeting will include a Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy Brief, a School Board COVID-19 Update, and Co-Creating An Indigenous Relations Governance Model for the City.
Last Week In Calgary:
- Some City Councillors went into damage control after we publicized their decision to defund the police. While it's clear that some on Council think they should be able to control the vernacular of citizens by insisting that this was simply a "reallocation" away from the police budget, back here in the real world, "defund" is a transitive verb of the English language meaning to withdraw funding - exactly what Council did. You can read all about their decision and sign our petition to Defund Calgary Council instead, here.
- Mayor Nenshi used even more of our tax dollars to hire a team of insider lobbyists to help him maintain his undemocratic control over Calgary's surrounding communities. The Calgary Regional Board needs to be abolished and we need competition and voluntary co-operation between municipalities, not a single central plan dictated to the entire region by one City's Mayor.
- New Canadian Taxpayers Federation research unveiled new stats showing thousands of City employees in Calgary are eligible for second or even third pensions when they retire. These extra pensions are costing Calgary taxpayers more than $15 million dollars a year!
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