City committee looks to silence train whistles at southwest Calgary rail crossing – Calgary

Early morning train whistles in southwest Calgary have prompted city officials to explore a whistle cessation after several complaints in the area. Calgary’s community development committee heard Thursday that the CP Rail crossing at 210 Ave. SW sees about five trains per day. When those trains roll through, they sound off a whistle that lasts … Read more

Calgary Transit says 2 years needed to improve service as work continues on safety concerns – Calgary

Calgary Transit officials anticipate it will take two years to increase the frequency of buses and trains due to staffing challenges. City council heard during Day 4 of budget deliberations that transit is short 800 operators after pandemic layoffs and other attrition within the service. “We’re hoping to have at least half (hired) by mid-year,” … Read more

Calgary city councillors to juggle affordability as budget debate continues – Calgary

Calgary city councilors will begin debating amendments to the proposed four-year budget, with some councilors indicating they’ll be looking to changes to address affordability. That indication comes after a lengthy public hearing that saw 128 Calgarians line up to give their feedback on the 2023-2026 budget; 153 in total, including the speakers from civic partner … Read more

From transit to climate, Calgarians speak on proposed four-year budget – Calgary

More than 100 Calgarians lined up at city hall on Tuesday to have their say about the city’s upcoming four-year budget. The public hearing, on the second day of the city’s budget deliberations, featured citizens and community organizations, with transit and climate initiatives a common theme throughout the day. Hilary Chappele, an advocate for vulnerable … Read more

Emergency services seek more funding in upcoming Calgary budget – Calgary

Both the Calgary Police Service and the Calgary Fire Department are seeking increases in funding as city council begins debating the proposed four-year budget. Emergency services were among 18 city services and community organizations that presented to council on the first day of deliberations for the 2023-2026 budget. Calgary police CPS is requesting a seven … Read more

Researchers suggest rethink of Calgary Transit funding ahead of budget – Calgary

As city council prepares to debate a four-year budget, researchers from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy suggest a long-term financial framework for Calgary Transit should be part of the discussions. The research, from Wenshuang Yu, Lindsay Tedds and Gillian Petit, examined the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Calgary Transit’s revenues due to a … Read more

Calgary’s business community unpacking city’s proposed 4-year budget – Calgary

Many Calgary businesses are waiting to learn how the city’s proposed four-year budget will impact their bottom line, as council prepares for deliberations later this month. Several types of businesses in the city could see a property taxes increase next year, but how much more individual business owners will pay will be determined by their … Read more

Calgary city council approves bolstering restrictions on graphic door-to-door pamphlets – Calgary

Calgary city councilors have approved a motion that opens the door to a new bylaw that would restrict the door-to-door dispersal of graphic anti-abortion flyers. The motion, drafted by Ward 2 Coun. Jennifer Wyness, calls for a new bylaw that will require mailed flyers from anti-abortion groups — which include graphic images, like showing or … Read more

City of Calgary aiming for faster snow clearing on priority roads this winter – Calgary

With snow in the forecast, the City of Calgary has set goals to clear major roadways and transit stops faster this upcoming winter. Changes to the city’s winter operations program will see major roads, community roadways and transit routes cleared within 36 hours after a major snowfall, compared to the prior response time of 48 … Read more

Funding to improve Calgary firefighter response not expected until 2025, document reveals – Calgary

Calgary firefighters are disappointed in the city’s outlook of the fire department’s funding in its upcoming four-year budget, Global News has learned. The new information comes after fire Chief Steve Dongworth addressed city councilors earlier this summer with several funding options to help bolster firefighting resources and response times. The total cost of the funding … Read more