Council discusses stricter noise bylaw
Calgary city council discussed the volume and locations of city festivals during their Sept. 16 meeting, the last before the coming municipal election.
The topic, first introduced by Ward 7 alderman Druh Farrell, drew a great deal of discussion from her fellow council members, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
- By JUSTIN WILSON
Council approves subsidy review for growing number of city-subsidized events and festivals
City Council approved a recommendation to review the budget of the Festival and Event Policy, at the Sept. 16 city council meeting.
Each city-licensed festival or event must pay additional costs such as security. This can be a burden to event organizers and put a damper on the city's cultural life. The Festival and Event Subsidy Program provides up to 100 per cent funding of city services used.
- By EVAN MANCONI
More flexible funding makes tracking project benefits difficult, says Alderman
Since its implementation in December 2010, Mayor Nenshi said the Cut Red Tape initiative has saved 33,000 hours of work by City employers, translating into a savings of just over $1 million to the City. But one alderman wonders if the money spent could be better used.
Ald. Andre Chabot admitted that so far the project has shown results, but still questions is whether the costs outweighs the savings.
- By COURTNEY TAYLOR
Issues raised about airport bus sustainability
The airport bus, or Route 300, is under a critical review as Calgary City Council debated on whether or not the route would have enough riders to justify its cost long term.
The public Calgary transit bus, with 4 stops between the Calgary International Airport and downtown, and 8 stops within downtown, currently transports approx. 1,000 passengers daily.
Some 35 per cent of these are air travellers coming to Calgary, according to city hall documents.
- By ARIELLE BERZE & SCOTT KINGSMITH