Lack of communication could kill Calgary’s Olympic bid.

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The 2026 Olympic bid is on the rocks again, and the main reason? Lack of transparency.

A city council committee agreed on Tuesday, that a vote is needed to on whether or not to invest anymore into the Olympic bid. A large concern of many Councillors is Calgarians are being left in the dark.

The city has decided to form a subcommittee, tasked with public outreach. The biggest concern here is the fact that the subcommittee is composed of all people that stand to benefit from the Olympics. For some members of council, this just doesn’t sit right.

“Well i think we should be concerned with the level of transparency, because if the public doesn’t know and doesn’t have the information which i was advocating for, how can you make a decision?”

Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal, had the attention of Councillors, saying that citizens should know more than they do. Others may not share the same perspective, but it seems like unless the Councillors and the public can start seeing eye to eye, this bid could die real quick.

 

Jake Foster

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New impaired driving law launched in Alberta

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A new impaired driving law that gives Alberta police more roadside authority went into effect on Monday.
“I’m very hopeful that it will reduce the incidence of serious injury and death as a result of impaired driving.”
This legislation will give law enforcement the ability to issue an immediate 90 day license suspension to people with blood alcohol levels of 0.08 or higher or those driving high. People caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will have their vehicles seized for three days and will be required to attend a year-long program led by Transportation Alberta.
These consequences are even more severe for those with a learners or probationary license.
Transportation Minister Brian Mason says he’s “very hopeful that it will reduce the incidence of serious injury and death as a result of impaired driving.”
The province says new blood alcohol limits will also come into effect later this year.

 

— Louise van Dam

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Don’t doobie and drive: New rules to impaired driving laws to include pot

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Alberta’s updated impaired driving laws went into effect on Monday.

Under the new legislation, law enforcement will have the ability to issue an immediate 90 day suspension to impaired drivers, which now includes pot impairment.

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Individuals with blood alcohol levels at or above 0.8, are found to have cannabis or illegal drugs in their system, or those who refuse to be tested, will receive an immediate 90 day license suspension.

Drivers will also have their vehicles seized for three days.

The legislation will require impaired drivers to participate in a one-year ignition interlock program immediately following a driver’s license suspension in order to have their license reinstated.

If they choose not to participate in the program, their license will remain suspended for an additional year.

The ignition interlock program requires drivers to breathe into a breathalyzer in order to start their ignition.

Alberta has also introduced a zero tolerance program for drivers under the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program.

Graduated drivers who are found with any amount of marijuana or illegal drugs in their system, will face an immediate 30 day license suspension and have their vehicles seized for one week.

Graduated drivers will also have their GDL status extended for two more years, which includes a year of suspension-free driving.

Alberta officials say nearly 6000 people were injured in alcohol-related injuries between 2013 and 2015.

-Cindy Letic

 

 

Calgary city council ditches impractical secondary suite application

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Calgary’s city council has voted in favour of adopting a plan to revise the application process for secondary suites.

With the new reform homeowners will be able to obtain permits for their basement suites through the planning department rather than appearing in front of council to gain approval.

Almost a hundred people spoke to council on Monday to have their say on the topic.

This vote to reform comes after years of debate on the issue. The push for change came last year when council instructed administration to create a plan to update land use bylaws and permit processes.

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