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Ward 3 News: November Quick Updates

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Councillor Gondek spoke up in budget deliberations to request that service reductions to transit service be reconsidered. Ward 3 will be hit with extra wait times on several routes, and for those residents working night shifts or multiple jobs, the added stress is not needed. The increased wait times would also have an impact on students who may need late busses to get to university.

In tandem with support for additional funds to support the Calgary Police Service, Council needs to be aware of cutting prevention programs for at-risk populations, like youth and seniors. Desperation from economic downturns can lead to many issues that are best addressed early.

Olympic Bid
The rationale for Councillor Gondek’s continued support for exploring the Olympic bid last week was based on work already being done from previous Council direction. The City has already spent $3.5m on bid exploration. The additional $1.5m that was approved with that project is being used to gain commitment from the Federal and Provincial governments on their share for the bid book. The added $1m approved is for starting up a BidCo if the other funding is confirmed. If Council does not receive confirmation from other orders of government, Councillor Gondek will advocate ending the pursuit. If there is a commitment, Calgary has already put in our share of the BidCo funds through the leg work that has been done.

Representatives of the Northern Hills Community Association did some great work with the developer who is putting up a building in the vacant space between Superstore and Urban Barn. This land has always been planned for development, but the issue was elimination of the pathway from Coventry into the informal "high street" that runs from that spot down to Northpointe Centre (theatre, Boston Pizza, etc). The community will be getting a paved, lit and landscaped pathway from the alley access in Coventry, down towards the south side of that mall.

Secondary Suites
Councillor Gondek is working with members of Council to de-politicize the secondary suite process. Citizens don't need a Council that can be swayed by voter sentiment or emotional presentations to be making decisions on a land use item. Approvals should rest with Administration, based on clear guidelines and regulations. Council has so much more work to do and must stop wasting time on secondary suites.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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