Calgary Minute: Urban Hens, Perpetual Construction, and More Beltline Protests
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This Week In Calgary:
After a week-long recess, Council is back to work. A Combined Meeting of Council is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:30 am and there are plenty of items on the agenda, though the importance of some items might be a bit questionable. Council will hear a Notice of Motion to declare an official city bird, as well as to launch a pilot project eliminating time-based bicycle restrictions on LRTs. They will receive an update from the Bill 21 Task Force, discuss 2022 Local Improvement Bylaws for Stephen Avenue Mall and Barclay Mall, and establish a Climate Advisory Committee.
The Infrastructure & Planning Committee will meet on Thursday at 9:30 am, but no agenda is available for the meeting yet. The Green Line Board might also be meeting, but the City's website hasn't been updated so we don't know for sure.
- We’re hosting a Pints & Politics event on Thursday, March 31st. We have been hoping to organize semi-regular casual get-togethers for quite some time but, of course, a certain thing that shall go unnamed saw all those plans cancelled. Still, we’re pleased to announce a second attempt at our first in-person event in a very long time. Come on out to Hudsons Pub at 1201 5th St SW from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and meet some like-minded Calgarians. If you plan to join us, please either send us an email or RSVP on Facebook so we have an idea of numbers. Hope to see you there!
Last Week In Calgary:
Protests continued in the Beltline, despite a court injunction. Police handed out several tickets and arrested one protestor, but the event remained peaceful. The injunction bans vendor stands without permits, excessive noise, or blocking traffic. Protestors deviated from their usual route and marched down Stephen Avenue, ending up at Harley Hotchkiss Park.
An interactive map has been launched to help Calgarians navigate the ongoing construction around the Culture and Entertainment District near Stampede Park. With multiple projects underway and more to come, it can be challenging to find a route to your destination. Someone once said that Calgary would be a great city if they ever finished it. At least this construction season, you might get some advance notice by looking at the map.
- Council has had birds on the brain for the last few weeks. The urban hen program opened applications for residents wanting to keep chicken coops in their yards. Only 100 applications are being accepted at this time. If it turns out that more people are interested in raising hens, there will be a lottery for the permits. Good cluck!
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