Committee raises $207K to help Nenshi repay legal bill from defamation lawsuit – Calgary – CBC News

A committee has raised $207,000 to help Naheed Nenshi pay his legal bill from a settled defamation lawsuit.

Source: Committee raises $207K to help Nenshi repay legal bill from defamation lawsuit – Calgary – CBC News

This is insidious and wrong!.

  1. The City of Calgary should not have loaned Mr. Nenshi $300,00 in the first place;
  2. The City of Calgary should not be issuing tax receipts that can be used for tax deductions to people who donate money for repayment of the $300, 000; and
  3. The Council loan is a taxable benefit to Mr. Nenshi.

The entire Council, by approving this loan, is guilty by association of disrespect and contempt of citizen’s trust.

 

 

Developer and community clash over Highland Park Village

Nearby residents say plans to overhaul Calgary’s Highland Park golf course makes poor use of quality green space

Source: Developer and community clash over Highland Park Village – The Globe and Mail

Hot mess“A hot mess” is what Councillor Farrell calls this clash between developer and community.  What she doesn’t say is that it is Council’s process that is a big part of the problem.  Mayor Nenshi, after the clash over the development of Shawnee Slopes and the destruction of Paskapoo Slopes, said “the process is wrong”.

So Mr. Nenshi, you have been in office all these years, why haven’t you fixed the process.

A meaningful consultation between community and developer with a resulting impact assessment is needed before development applications are considered by Council.  If community and developer can not agree, then a Development Ombudsman should be brought in.

Breakenridge: City needs to decide how much it’s willing to contribute to a new arena

Almost a year and a half after CalgaryNEXT was proposed, it now appears as though the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. has been the first to blink. It’s unclear whether the company, which owns the NHL’s Flames and CFL’s Stampeders, actually thought city council would accept their proposed West Village arena-stadium hybrid – and the accompanying…

Source: Breakenridge: City needs to decide how much it’s willing to contribute to a new arena

No tax dollars for a highly profitable private NHL hockey rink.  The flames want it, they can build it.

However, if building the rink also serves the Stampede, the cultural focus of Calgary for over a 100 years; and, if the Flames pay rent (which it does not at the Saddledome), then the City might consider an arena as a for-profit venture.

This article has a good discussion of the public pros and cons of using tax dollars to build the rink.

Mayor: Hands tied in helping businesses

Mayor Naheed Nenshi told Calgary’s business community he knows times are tough, but the tools available at a municipal level to help businesses are limited.

Source: Nenshi urges Calgarians to start businesses [Calgary Sun, Dec 14 2016]

Hands aren’t tied.

There is an urgent and immediate need for the Mayor of Calgary to be involved in more than snow removal and secondary suites approval.

The office of Mayor has the potential to lead large scale economic development ― and with the city’s current recession, that’s what we need the Mayor doing ― leading and initiating economic  development.

I believe the Mayor should serve as the Chief Economic Development Officer before the recession becomes a depression.  Here’s an example of how.