Calgary Minute: Smith Wins, Ward Boundaries, and a Boil Water Advisory

Calgary Minute: Smith Wins, Ward Boundaries, and a Boil Water Advisory

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Calgary Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Calgary politics


This Week In Calgary:

  • A meeting of the Event Centre Committee originally scheduled for May 18th will be held today at 9:30 am. The agenda is sparse other than a verbal update.

  • There will be a Regular Meeting of City Council on Tuesday at 9:30 am. Council will discuss a report from Administration regarding recruiting a Ward Boundary Commission to review the effectiveness of the current ward system, with the potential to add an additional ward and City Councillor for the 2029 municipal election. There will also be a confidential discussion about the process of exchanging information between Council and the Calgary Police Commission.

  • On Wednesday, at 9:30 am, there will be a meeting of the Infrastructure and Planning Commission. The Commission will approve a ten-year update to Calgary Transit’s 30-year strategic plan, RouteAhead. The plan involves creation of a primary transit network that would prioritize frequency rather than coverage. Also on the agenda is an update on the Action Plan to Minimize Negative Impacts of Waste and Recycling Sites. The Council Services Committee will meet on Thursday at 9:30 am, but no agenda is available for this meeting yet.


Last Week In Calgary:

  • Danielle Smith and the United Conservative Party won a majority government and Calgary, as expected, was a battleground. The UCP won 12 out of Calgary’s 26 constituencies with the NDP winning 14 - though two of the NDP's victories were so close that an automatic recount is currently being held. Mayor Jyoti Gondek congratulated Smith on her victory, noting her desire to continue working “as partners in delivering quality of life and economic stability to Calgarians.”

  • Alberta Health Services ordered the City to issue a boil water advisory for three communities. Silverado, Yorkville, and Belmont were issued the advisory after a water main break disrupted the water supply. About 3,600 homes and 45 businesses were impacted. Investigation into the cause of the water main break is ongoing.

  • The City has decided that the recently reinstated fireworks display will be launched from Stampede Park. Setup for Stampede will be ongoing, so viewing the fireworks from the park itself won’t be possible, and details regarding timing have not yet been released. The City is also proceeding with its “enhanced pyrotechnic show” from the main stage at Fort Calgary. We'll keep monitoring the situation to make sure the City isn't using this as an excuse for a cop-out. Thanks again to everyone who signed our petition to help us Bring Back Fireworks On Canada Day!




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