July 2014 Newsletter
The Stampede is coming, and it’s time to have some patented Calgarian fun. It’s also around this time that I announce the winner of my Ward 14 Wordsmith Award. Every year I invite the grade six students of Ward 14 to participate in an essay contest about municipal government. In one page they answer the question “Why should I care about municipal government?”
There was a stack to read, and the essays were impressive. But there has to be a winner, and one young cowgirl from Chaparral came out on top. She and her class from Saint Sebastian School (in Chaparral) joined me at City Hall on May 26, where I read her essay in front of Council (You can read it too at www.calgary.ca/ward14/events.)
Congratulations on the winning essay Ashley Barrett!
Did you know? The combination of the northwest, northeast, and southeast sections of the Calgary Ring Road is currently providing drivers with 70 kilometres of free-flow travel.
In May there was talk from some Councillors about whether money should be spent on finishing Calgary’s Ring Road. There was talk in Council about the financial burden that the Ring Road would put on the City to accommodate traffic in the surrounding areas. All the talk spurred some comments to me and my office. They came from residents worried that the Ring Road would never be finished.
The Ring Road was originally planned in the late 1970s by the Province and the City of Calgary. Purchase of lands needed to build the Ring Road has been going on since the 1980s, and is just rubber stamps away from being possible. The Ring Road is decades in the making, and it is not for City Councillors to decide if it will be completed. I want to assure you that the Ring Road will be built. It may still be years away, but the last 41 kilometres WILL be built.
Yes, there are some questions about how much money will be spent by the City on surrounding roads to compliment the Ring Road, and there are questions about where that money will come from. Yes, there are questions about how the City will deal with cut-through traffic in surrounding communities, but none of those questions will stop the eventual construction of the Ring Road.
Last year we had a great turnout at my Ward 14 Communities BBQ. This year the City departments will be back, and there is much more information to come. So mark September 13 in your calendar, and check www.calgary.ca/ward14/events for more information.