Calgary Minute: Vaccine Passports, Municipal Deadlines, and a Green Line Meeting
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This Week In Calgary:
It’s going to be a busy week in federal politics because today is election day. Polls are open from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm. Check out Elections Canada, if you’re unsure where your polling place is.
It’s not going to be very busy at City Hall, though, with only one meeting scheduled. On Friday there will be a meeting of the Green Line Board at 1:00 pm.
- Today at noon also marks the nomination deadline for anyone wishing to run for Mayor, Councillor, or either Public or Catholic School Trustee in Calgary. All candidates must have their signatures submitted by today at noon, and anyone who drops out of the race afterwards will still be on the ballot on October 18th.
Last Week In Calgary:
Barring an emergency meeting being called, last Monday’s Council meeting was the final meeting before the municipal election and the last for Naheed Nenshi and the current council. Of the 15 incumbents, 7 are retiring, 3 are vying for the Mayor's chair, and only 5 are running again for the same position. At a minimum that means there will be at least 9 new faces at City Hall!
Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the City will explore additional measures to combat the rise in COVID-19 cases, on top of the Premier's latest announcement of new restrictions and vaccine passports. The City intends to use the provincial Restriction Exemption Program for access to some City facilities once the province releases details that can be reviewed by City officials.
- Nine Alberta post-secondary institutions - including the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology - also announced they are increasing their COVID-19 protocols to require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations in order to attend campus in the coming months.
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