Two aldermen and the mayor go bilingual to celebrate francophone history in Calgary

frenchresizedA rare occurrence at Monday's City Council meeting roused excitement from aldermen and onlookers alike as Ald. Brian Pincott proposed a motion...in French.

The change in language was both fitting and welcome to onlookers as the motion called for City Council members to nominate Mission-Rouleauville (Calgary's Mission district) — and the rich French history it has — as an event of national historical significance to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

"The establishment of the Mission-Rouleauville Francophone settlement represents a nationally important aspect of Canadian history and culture," stated the motion.

Board members say transition necessary

DemongresizedCalgary's new central public library will offer both physical books and digital resources.

On Feb. 19 the Priorities and Finance Committee met with board members of the Calgary Public Library, or CPL, and a representative of the City of Calgary to discuss the construction progress of the new library in the East Village that will begin in 2014.

What will become of the current downtown central library is yet to be determined.

Council wants access to FOIP protected requests

311resizedA plan is in place to improve Calgary's 3-1-1 services after the standing policy committee on Utilities and Corporate Services met on Jan. 23.

3-1-1 is a phone service provided by the City of Calgary that allows citizens to ask questions, file complaints and make other service requests.

Ald. Peter Demong of Ward 14 moved for approval of the plan, which went undisputed, after only 11 minutes of questions and discussion. There were no comments from members of the public and only two questions from aldermen.

thumb DespicableCity council creates task force to help determine fate of controversial ingredient

A shark fin task force was the temporary solution after a Jan. 28 council meeting to determine whether the ingredient — primarily used in Chinese cuisine — would be banned in Calgary.

The task force would include key members from groups for and against the serving of this much-debated food, as well as any interested aldermen.

The purpose of the group is to help relieve tension and facilitate discussion between parties that have conflicting opinions about shark fin use.