Calgary Minute: Service Review, Green Line, and the Mayor's EuroTrip
Calgary Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Calgary politics
This Week In Calgary:
- With Stampede over, Council gets back to work this week with a Strategic Meeting of Council on Tuesday, a Standing Policy Committee on Utilities and Corporate Services meeting on Wednesday, and a Calgary Planning Commission meeting on Thursday.
- The Strategic Council Meeting will discuss a plan to identify services that the City doesn't need to do, or could reduce to cut costs. This is a positive move but, unfortunately, all the details of the proposals are... you guessed it... confidential.
- Every week there seems to be more bad news about the Green Line LRT. We haven't heard anything specific, but given the number of "everything is fine" emails the Green Line team have been sending out recently, we think it's a pretty safe bet that there will be yet another news story about yet another problem at some point this week.
Last Week In Calgary:
- As we predicted just last week, the provincial government has started to question the mess that is the Green Line LRT. But wouldn't you be worried too, if you promised billions for a project and then after you made the promise, the project was cut in half while the costs doubled?
- In even more Green Line news, the deputy director of the city's Green Line project resigned, and the City won't say why. The Director of the project left in November too!
- Finally, while most Councillors were enjoying Stampede events, Mayor Nenshi flew to Europe during Stampede, skipping out on an event for kids, and didn't even tell anyone that he was going. Was he hoping no-one would notice he was away, speaking at an anti-oil conference, funded by anti-oil activists?