Citizens will be able to track their requests online, decreasing repeat phone calls to 311
On Oct. 17, the Standing Policy Committee on Utilities and Corporate Services met to receive an update on the progress of the City's 311 service improvements.
311 is a service provided by the City of Calgary where citizens can call in with general questions, complaints and other service requests.
- By Pauline Zulueta & Deja Leonard
Council holds off on further bylaw readings to consult with Chinese community
City council passed its first reading in favour of the shark fin ban bylaw in an 11-3 vote. However, the bylaw won't come into effect until further readings have occurred.
Aldermen Brian Pincott and John Mar brought forward the bylaw to council on Oct. 15 to ban the possession and consumption of shark fins in Calgary. Council refrained to do a second reading because they want to collaborate more with the Chinese community, who use shark fins in certain dishes.
- By Haleigh Packer & Meagan Gill
Only 45 minutes of 2 hour governmental affairs committee held in public
On Oct. 4, 2012, we – two young reporters – attended our first committee meeting at city hall. We had, as one could only expect, certain expectations going into the meeting.
For one, we assumed that the meeting would be held in council chambers.
We also assumed that we would come away from the meeting with an eye-opening story.
Both of our assumptions were wrong.
- By Danielle Semrau & April Lamb