As our kids get back to school, please pay extra attention when driving, especially around schools and playgrounds. At our last council meeting in July, I re-introduced a motion to have administration look into requiring school buses to use their flashing lights when picking up and dropping off children. This is the norm in most other jurisdictions and can be achieved at zero cost to taxpayers because buses are already equipped with these safety features. I thank council for voting 12-1 in favour of this motion.
Another important vote in council was on the issue of an Olympic Bid Plebiscite. I supported Councillor Sean Chu’s Motion for a plebiscite because I believed that a decision of this magnitude, both financially and culturally, should be made directly by Calgarians. I also believed that by October, voters could have had sufficient information to make an informed decision on this matter. Unfortunately, the majority of City Council voted against a plebiscite. As exciting as an Olympic Bid may be, I do not want to see the kind of costs downloaded on Calgary taxpayers that have been prevalent in many other cities that have hosted Olympic events.
Construction of the new “Shane Homes YMCA” on Country Hills Boulevard in Rocky Ridge is in its final stages and is scheduled to be complete at the end of this year and opened to the public in early 2018. When opened, this facility will contain an 8-lane competition pool, Leisure pool with a wave system and water slides, multi-purpose ice rink, 3 full gymnasiums, Fitness centre, Library, 300-seat theatre and many more amenities. I would like to thank Shane Homes for their $3.5 million investment in the new recreation centre that will serve all of northwest Calgary for many years to come.