Committee News in Brief - Community & Protective Services, September 7, 2016

Committee News in Brief – Community & Protective Services, September 7, 2016

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on Sep 2016

As Chair of the SPC of the Community & Protective Services Committee, I would like to provide you with a recap of the meeting which took place on September 7, 2016: Options for Sliding Scale Implementation The Committee approved this report for information. Administration concluded that a potential funding shortfall in 2017 for the sliding fare schedule for Transit’s Low Income Monthly Pass would not require additional funding at this early stage. Given the unknowns around the program, uptake at the various levels of subsidy, and the lack of existing comparable data, Administration will monitor the program demand, review data as[...]

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0% Tax Increase Update

0% Tax Increase Update

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on Sep 2016

With Council soon to be in session following the summer break, many of the issues brought forth to Council leading up to summer was the tax debate. For weeks prior to the Strategic Meeting of Council on June 27th I asked what it would look like if property taxes were not raised to the proposed 4.7 percent (through ActionPlan), and instead, somewhere between zero and 3.2 percent. On June 11th I held my Mobile Town Hall to help me get a better understanding of the needs of my constituents. The event gave me a forum to hear your concerns and[...]

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SW Transitway Update September 2016

SW Transitway Update September 2016

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on Sep 2016

For the past many, many months, I have heard continuing concerns and questions being raised about the SW Transitway project. I too have had mounting concerns about many aspects of this leg of the Calgary BRT grid system. Based on my discussions and meetings with you, I continued to take these concerns back to City Administration and my colleagues on City Council. I share your concerns about the project, which included the ballooning of the budget ($40M - $85M), the acceleration of project timelines, moving ahead while several other developments and redevelopments were occurring at the same time along the[...]

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Update on Off-Leash Dog Parks in Ward 13

Update on Off-Leash Dog Parks in Ward 13

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on Sep 2016

At my Off-Leash Dog Park Town Hall meeting held at the Woodcreek Community Association, we had citizens come out to give their feedback on our current parks and what they would like to see for future parks in our Ward. It was very apparent how many dog lovers we have in Calgary, as we had nearly 100 pet owners in attendance. The most common concern I heard was the need for a closer, "walk-friendly" park right in the community. Many residents agreed that the drive to the closest off-leash area (Sue Higgins Off-Leash Dog Park) is not always a feasible option[...]

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