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November 2018 Newsletter

Council voted once again to continue pursuing the 2026 Olympic bid. I voted to stop pursuing the Olympic Bid as it has become increasingly clear to me that bidding on the Olympics is the wrong thing for our City and for taxpayers. The new cost estimate in the draft plan for hosting the Olympics is $5.23 billion. This is nearly $1 billion more than the previous estimate of $4.6 billion from June 2017 and does NOT include a new Arena, or any LRT expansion. I am also very opposed to the proposal to have part of the Olympic Games in Whistler, British Columbia – paid for by Calgary taxpayers. I think that this sends the wrong message considering British Columbia’s hostility towards our energy sector. 

I also asked the City’s Chief Financial Officer about cost overruns. I asked what happens if the Olympics goes over budget by $5 Billion, which is closer to the cost of the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, and what would be the impact to Calgarians. We found out that property taxes would have to be increased by 15% to 20% for 20 years to finance that cost.

All Calgarians will get an opportunity to vote in the Olympic plebiscite which is scheduled for November 13th. There will also be an advance vote on November 6th and 7th. For more information on the vote, please visit:

The green cart schedule will be changing this winter. Starting the week of November 6th, your green cart will be collected once every other week.  There are no changes to blue or black cart collection.

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.