Calgary Minute: Stampede Underway, Homeowners Sue, and Another Over Budget Project
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This Week In Calgary:
There are no Council or Committee meetings scheduled this week as Council is in recess all week so that Councillors can attend the various Calgary Stampede events that will be happening in their Wards and across the City.
- Speaking of which... Yahoo! After being cancelled last year for the first time in over 100 years, the Calgary Stampede is back in full swing. So, get your Hat and Boots and get back in the saddle down at Stampede Park. Let us know what you are looking forward to most at this year's Calgary Stampede.
- The municipal elections just keep getting closer and we now know that there will be a historic turnover of Council this year. Eight Councillors have now announced they are not running for re-election after Councillor Chahal dropped out to run for the federal Liberals in the riding of Calgary Skyview in the (expected) upcoming federal election. This leaves Councillor Magliocca as the only incumbent to have not yet announced his plans.
Last Week In Calgary:
- A week after the Province dropped their COVID restrictions, Council was dragged kicking and screaming to repeal their mask mandate in private locations. Of course, this being Calgary Council, they couldn't help themselves from clinging on to just a bit of power for just a bit longer, so they also voted against removing the mask mandate in City-owned buildings and facilities.
Homeowners have lawyered up for a fight against the City of Calgary claiming: "The City of Calgary failed to discharge the standard of care owed to the plaintiffs by … misleading the plaintiffs, and members of the public during meetings of council." The homeowners have launched a $3.6 million lawsuit alleging the city misled them to believe a "flyover" across Stoney Trail N.E. was needed to meet fire response times.
- Frustratingly, the arena deal has once again gone over budget. Who could possibly have predicted this? (Hint: We did.) Estimates now put the project $50-60 million over its target, and construction hasn't even begun.
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