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Council approves subsidy review for growing number of city-subsidized events and festivals

Mayor NenshiCity Council approved a recommendation to review the budget of the Festival and Event Policy, at the Sept. 16 city council meeting.

Each city-licensed festival or event must pay additional costs such as security. This can be a burden to event organizers and put a damper on the city's cultural life. The Festival and Event Subsidy Program provides up to 100 per cent funding of city services used.

More flexible funding makes tracking project benefits difficult, says Alderman

City HallSince its implementation in December 2010, Mayor Nenshi said the Cut Red Tape initiative has saved 33,000 hours of work by City employers, translating into a savings of just over $1 million to the City. But one alderman wonders if the money spent could be better used.

Ald. Andre Chabot admitted that so far the project has shown results, but still questions is whether the costs outweighs the savings. 

Issues raised about airport bus sustainability

brtresizedThe airport bus, or Route 300, is under a critical review as Calgary City Council debated on whether or not the route would have enough riders to justify its cost long term.

The public Calgary transit bus, with 4 stops between the Calgary International Airport and downtown, and 8 stops within downtown, currently transports approx. 1,000 passengers daily.

Some 35 per cent of these are air travellers coming to Calgary, according to city hall documents.

Airport Authority chair says to prioritize LRT

LRTresizedThe Calgary Airport Authority president and CEO, Garth Atkinson says an Airport LRT link is a " a question of timing and working together [with the city] as we go forward."

The Airport Trail tunnel is planned to be a 620 metre tunnel, that will run under the new Airport Runway. The project, which is expected to be completed in May 2014, will extend Airport Trail from Barlow Trail to 36 Street N.E. with an estimated $294.8 million price tag.

At City Council on March 18, Ward 9 Ald. Gian-Carlo Carra pointed out that some of the best airports he has traveled through are "multi-mobile hubs."