Meeting today to debate provincial infrastructure cash

The foundation for Calgary’s future infrastructure is expected to be laid today with a special city council meeting where politicians begin debate on how to spend about $3.3 billion in provincial funding.


Up for discussion are projects that include new recreation centres, the extension of the northwest and northeast legs of the C-Train and the construction of the west leg of the LRT.


It’s also expected the new council will be examining the alignment of the west leg, amid concerns the previous design was outdated and didn’t service the current transportation needs of the city.


“We need to start moving forward with decisions that are moving us towards sustainability,” said Brian Pincott, newly-elected Ward 11 alderman. He said he doesn’t find the mayor’s 60-day plan too ambitious — but decisions need to be made in the best interests of Calgarians, not just to push an agenda forward.


“I have no problems with saying ‘in 60 days let’s get the ball rolling,’ ” said Pincott.

“But, you know, I also want to make sure we are doing the right thing. I agree 100 per cent with moving forward, but I don’t want to be forced into making bad decisions.”

Pincott has been busy over the past three weeks since the election with what he calls the “learning wall,” though the rookie alderman said he feels well-prepared to represent his Ward 11 voters.

early morning start

  • Council will convene at 9:30 a.m. to begin planning how the infrastructure money will be doled out.