Councillor eyes Edmonton arena while pondering CalgaryNEXT

The debate continues to rage, both at City Hall and in the public sphere, about the merits of a new hybrid arena-stadium for the Flames and Stamps.

Source: Councillor eyes Edmonton arena while pondering CalgaryNEXT

Councilor Keating says he has no problem giving up $200 million for an NHL arena.

Homes could replace holes on old Harvest Hills golf course

Nearly a year after the Harvest Hills golf course was closed by its new owners, a proposal is before the City’s Planning Committee. They are hoping for approval to add 700 residential units on the old fairways.

Source: Homes could replace holes on old Harvest Hills golf course

The committee will decide if the special purpose recreation designation on the land will be changed to allow homes.

This is what always happens with this Council.  The green space would not be developed if the Council simply maintained the current zoning.  But it gives in to developers, like it did at Paskapoo slopes and Shawnee Slopes.

The council’s rationale is that the land is private, so the owners can do what they what with it.  However, the owners knew what the zoning was when they bought the land, so why should the Council bail them out by rezoning and oh, by the way, increasing the value of the land.

Letters for Thursday, Aug. 20

Let’s have a plebiscite on new sportsplex Re: “Flames reveal details of $890-million downtown arena-stadium plan,” Aug. 19. Spending billions for new arenas is touted by politicians and team owners as a sure win for the economy, but a plethora of studies show otherwise. Calgary taxpayers have a right to say either yes or no through…

Source: Letters for Thursday, Aug. 20

Re: “Flames reveal details of $890-million downtown arena-stadium plan,” Aug. 19.

Spending billions for new arenas is touted by politicians and team owners as a sure win for the economy, but a plethora of studies show otherwise.

Calgary taxpayers have a right to say either yes or no through a plebiscite on the Flames’ proposed new arena.

Tom Sindlinger, Calgary

Tom Sindlinger is a former MLA for Calgary-Buffalo.

Vancouver Olympics worth the $7-billion price tag, study says

A UBC study reports the Games did not provide a significant boost in tourism or image, but did contribute to infrastructure

Source: Vancouver Olympics worth the $7-billion price tag, study says

The report states that the Games did not provide a significant boost in tourism, nor did the event appear to significantly change the international images of Vancouver or Whistler