October 2013

Found 2 blog entries for October 2013.

A number of city agencies will be doing their part this Halloween to make sure that all of the ghosts and goblins traveling the streets have a safe night. Patrols will be provided by the city for this Halloween program called Partners for Safety.

There will be more than 800 cars and vehicles patrolling the streets of Calgary tonight to keep Halloween safe. Organizations that are taking part in this program include the Calgary Fire Department and AHS Emergency Medical Services.

Here are some last-minute safety tips that the city is recommending:

  • Don't use shortcuts through private property, lanes or alleys
  • All treats should be checked by an adult
  • Wear reflective clothing that's light and bright
  • Don’t crisscross the roads - trick-or-treat
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With the upcoming election scheduled for October 21, the issues are becoming more heated. One of the top issues that is coming out of this election is the sprawl subsidy and whether it should be removed or not. It's a controversial topic and one that has led to a lot of heated debate.

According to Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Calgary taxpayers have to pay $4,800 for each house constructed in a new neighborhood. This translates into $33 million yearly, which is a rather large sum. During the last 10 years, before the current council came into power, a debt of $1.5 billion was created from this subsidy. It’s a debt then taxpayers will ultimately have to pay off in the future.

Mayor Nenshi wants to remove this subsidy and place the burden for covering this cost

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