Calgary Minute: School Name, Inglewood Barn, and More Police Officers
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This Week In Calgary:
There are no Council or committee meetings this week, on account of the Easter holiday. The next scheduled meeting at City Hall is a Council Services Committee meeting, on April 17th.
A developer is planning to preserve the 114-year old barn in Inglewood while giving it a new use. There will be seven townhouses built on the adjacent land, and the barn’s bottom floor will become their garage bays. The upstairs hayloft area will become a live-work space for a tenant. A legal agreement with the City has been signed to protect the barn in perpetuity.
- For Western Christians, today is Easter Monday. The Easter weekend is always observed alongside Passover celebrations in Judaism, but this year, Ramadan comes at the same time. Because Judaism and Islam keep different lunar calendars, Easter, Passover, and Ramadan will only overlap three times per century, as they do this year. From all of us at Common Sense Calgary, may you have a joyous day, whichever holiday you’re celebrating.
Last Week In Calgary:
After yet another series of violent attacks at CTrain stations, Premier Danielle Smith announced that she will do whatever it takes to put an end to rising crime in Alberta’s cities. Smith pledged 100 new police officers - 50 for Calgary and 50 for Edmonton. She also announced $5 million in funding for each of the two cities to help clean up transit stations and $8 million for Police and Crisis Teams, which pair officers with mental-health therapists to respond to mental health-related 911 calls. During her announcement, she placed part of the blame with the federal government’s bail reforms. Calgary police Chief Mark Neufeld confirmed that the suspect in the latest CTrain stabbing was indeed out on bail. Thank you to all those who have continued putting the pressure on by signing our petition to declare a transit safety emergency. If you haven’t already done so, please click here to sign it so that we can continue demanding action.
Residents shared their opinions on the Heritage Communities Local Area Plan with the Infrastructure and Planning Committee. The plan covers 10 communities south of Glenmore Trail, including Eagle Ridge, Kelvin Grove, Kingsland, Fairview, Haysboro, Acadia, Southwood, Willow Park, Maple Ridge, and Chinook Park. It would expand the types of housing allowed to be built in those areas to include more density. The Committee voted 7-2 in favour of the plan, which will now go back to Council for a public hearing and potential amendments.
- The Calgary Board of Education selected a name for the new high school in Coventry Hills. The new school, opening in September, will be called North Trail High School. The name was selected after consultations with an Indigenous Elder and is a nod to the trails used by the Siksika.
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