Hehr hints at fed funding for fieldhouse

Liberal cabinet minister Kent Hehr says Ottawa won’t cough up cash for a new Calgary Flames arena but he left the door open to federal dollars for other aspects of the CalgaryNEXT proposal.

Source: Hehr hints at fed funding for fieldhouse

Note that this says “fieldhouse”, not “Flames arena”.

Federal cash for CalgaryNEXT project? Hehr says no … and maybe

Liberal cabinet minister Kent Hehr says Ottawa won’t cough up cash for a new Calgary Flames arena but he left the door open to federal dollars for other aspects of the CalgaryNEXT proposal. In an interview this week, the Calgary Centre MP and Veterans Affairs Minister said the Trudeau government is maintaining the policy of the former Conservative…

Source: Federal cash for CalgaryNEXT project? Hehr says no … and maybe

“The government of Canada does not fund professional sports facilities. They’re not eligible under our infrastructure program,” said Hehr.  This is pretty clear.

CalgaryNext officials not troubled by poll | Calgary | News | Calgary Sun

Calgarians fretting about the ambitious CalgaryNEXT project should look at the excitement generated by new sports facilities in Edmonton and Regina, says a Calgary counicillor.

Source: CalgaryNext officials not troubled by poll | Calgary | News | Calgary Sun

Mr. King isn’t facing reality.  Calgarians do not want to  go further into debt during a recession for and NHL arena, regardless of the “enormous” return (for whom?) he sees from the arena’s construction.

Calgarians remain divided on CalgaryNEXT as Edmonton debuts new arena | CTV Calgary News

The introduction of a state-of-the-art professional hockey arena and concert venue in the provincial capital has prompted a review of the stance of Calgarians on a possible replacement for the Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadium.

Source: Calgarians remain divided on CalgaryNEXT as Edmonton debuts new arena | CTV Calgary News

Just because someone else did it is no reason why Calgary should.

Some envy new sports facilities, but little appetite to spend tax dollars on CalgaryNEXT: Poll | Calgary Herald

While some sports fans may be green with envy of new facilities set to open in Edmonton and Regina, many Calgarians remain opposed to spending public money on the CalgaryNEXT proposal, according to a new poll. One year after ambitious visions of the sports mega-complex — with a price tag ranging from $1.3 billion to $1.8 billion — on Calgary’s west…

Source: Some envy new sports facilities, but little appetite to spend tax dollars on CalgaryNEXT: Poll | Calgary Herald

Flames own original estimate of a proposed NHL rink for Calgary has risen  from $9 billion to $1.3 billion, a difference or $400.  I think the Flames should stick to hockey if this is the best they can do at urban planning.

Majority of Calgarians surveyed disapprove of CalgaryNEXT arena funding proposal: poll

A new poll suggests opposition to the financing proposal for a new arena and sports complex in Calgary has increased since last year.

Source: Majority of Calgarians surveyed disapprove of CalgaryNEXT arena funding proposal: poll

This is not surprising.  The CalgaryNext proposed NHL rink was not properly thought out and poorly presented.

Best to scrap the proposal and start over again identifying mutual benefits for the Stampede and the Flames.

CP Rail says human error likely the cause of train derailment in Calgary’s Alyth yard

The Transport Safety Board and CP Rail are investigating after a trail derailed in the city’s southeast Saturday.

Source: CP Rail says human error likely the cause of train derailment in Calgary’s Alyth yard

The error is ours if we don’t stop trains from going through our heavily populated (and growing) downtown.  Pray it doesn’t take a Lake Megantic (47 killed in Quebec town by train derailment) to make us relocate the railway tracks.

New arenas in Edmonton and Regina stoke debate over CalgaryNext project

In Edmonton, tens of thousands are lining up for a sneak preview of Rogers Place.

Source: New arenas in Edmonton and Regina stoke debate over CalgaryNext project

I had no problem with the concept, or $200 million

Councilor Keating is dreaming in technicolor if he thinks Calgary tax payers can get away with only a $200 million tax bite for an NHL hockey rink.  $200 is to get Calgary hooked; we’re looking at over a billion dollars that we don’t have.