Taxpayers will have to foot the bill of expensive Calgary arena
Right now it seems like Calgary may be getting a new arena based on Monday’s tentative agreements that have finally been reached between the city and Calgary Sports and Entertainment. I’m not exactly thrilled though. It’s as if the new arena and the budget cuts live in two different universes.
At least for some people, the deal exists in a much better reality. In Kristien Anderson’s article on the topic, she refers to it as a “no-brainer for sports fans” later going on to put me in stitches saying “it is a good deal for the taxpayer” as if losing money to vanity projects was a benefit.
The issue here is that simply liking the idea of a new arena doesn’t actually make the project have any more merit. Kristien gets lost at some point in the article saying “Make it exciting. Make it modern, unique, but filled with tradition. Make it about Lanny McDonald’s moustache. Theoren Fleury scoring against the Oilers”; as if this nostalgia trip is somehow proof we have $275 million to throw at this project over a three year building period (2021-2024).
Now Kristien does cite the economic figures that the city of Calgary put out, but it’s confusing why anyone would have taken these at face value. You should always remember plans live in ideal worlds, and the $275 million taxpayer investment in the project for $400 million in “economic returns” over 35 years would be murdered by economic inflation over that period.
Calgary’s own acting chief financial officers, Carla Male, even told city council that after adding in inflation and opportunity costs, taxpayers would be sitting at a net negative 47 million for the project.
It all gets worse when you consider the fact that Calgary just had to cut $60 million in their budget to soften the blow of an average 13.1% rise in property taxes this year. There’s strong doubt that we will somehow be so over our budget woes in less than two years that we will be ready to invest a cool $91 million each year, for three years, on a new arena.
Mayor Nenshi said that “This is a good deal for Calgary” which is only true if you consider Calgary from the perspective of the government. Nenshi didn’t say that it may be a burden on taxpayers but will be worth it in the end, or something to reassure taxpayers he is living on the same planet.
No, when you consider the government budget and achievements to be the be-all and end-all then you can consider potential $275 million disasters to be simply “good”.
I have no doubt the project will get approved on Monday. There currently are more assumed “no” votes in council, but I think arena mania is a much stronger force than many assume. There could be real political consequences for voting no and saying “no” this time may only hold off the decision for another year.
The problem is that the language of costs and benefits can’t beat the language of Lanny Mcdonald’s moustache or Jarome Iginla’s face. It would behoove those campaigning against the arena to change tactics or lose the fight.
We are in a situation whereby not backing the deal you are somehow insulting Calgary as a city or trying to take the Flames away. Although this is not realistic, the emotional resonance of what a new arena would mean to many Calgarians tends to eliminate the nuances from the debate
The economic infeasibility of the arena plan should be presented based on the city’s overall budget concerns. Opponents of the project also need to be making emotional appeals. We need to focus on the families forced to the downside so that others can upsize their arena experience.
It is truly sickening that we may be shuttering more businesses and causing families to buy cheaper homes just so we get to cut a ribbon in 2024.
But honestly, for Lanny Mcdonald’s moustache – taxpayer’s money is no object.
EXCLUSIVE: Antifa activist granted pass to CPAC, may be responsible for having Gavin McInnes removed
An antifa activist was given a pass to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C., and is suspected of having a hand in kicking out Gavin McInnes.
The activist in question is named Jason Charter and was arrested by the police on July 6th of last year following an alleged violent confrontation.
Speaking to The Post Millennial, Charter did not deny that he is a member of antifa and confirmed that he had been arrested at an antifa protest: “I defended myself and others, nothing more and nothing less,” he asserted.
As well as this, Charter has been accused of having a role in kicking Free Speech TV founder and Vice Co-Founder Gavin McInnes out of the conference after a confrontation between the two.
When McInnes was interviewing the antifa-friendly activist reporter Jared Holt, Charter confronted McInnes, only to then disappear. Charter subsequently reappeared when McInnes was being removed from the conference grounds.
This was similarly corroborated by the news outlet Right Wing Watch, who wrote in an article about McInnes that “one attendee told Right Wing Watch they reported McInnes to security after McInnes threatened to assault them.”
Speaking to The Post Millennial, McInnes said “isn’t it incredible that CPAC is inviting antifa to their conference and then having antifa decide who can and can’t be there. We have reached a new level of cuck.”
“CPAC is regularly rejecting conservatives for being too edgy, yet antifa literally gets a free pass. This is a problem with America in a nutshell: not only do we not stand up for ourselves, but we all but seek out the groups who want to destroy us, and then invite them into our homes and say do your worst,” he added.
The conference, which is located in Washington D.C., has a wheelhouse of prominent speakers such as President Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, and Vice President Mike Pence.
McInnes originally applied for a press pass. He was denied by the conference.
Days after the Canadian Health Minister warned citizens to prepare for a possible COVID-19 pandemic, Quebec has reported its first presumptive case of the virus.
Currently, of Canada’s 13 reported cases of COVID-19, six of them, including the recent case in Quebec, are linked to Iran. As of February 23, Iran has been added to the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism advisories for nations impacted by the coronavirus. Iran is currently listed as a Level 2 nation, with travellers being warned of an outbreak in the region and to take special precautions for travel.
Per Global News, Professor of Public Health Ashleigh Tuite says the Iranian government’s figures are not to be trusted due to the presence of the disease in Canada originating in Iran.
“Compared to other countries, Canada has relatively low connectivity with Iran via air travel,” she said.
“[The] fact that we’re seeing cases in Canada linked to Iran suggests that the outbreak in Iran is much larger than has been officially reported. It’s likely been circulating in the country for a while.”
According to BBC News, Iranian whistleblowers have reported the death toll from coronavirus at 210–meanwhile the Government of Iran is only reporting 34, and denying a widespread coverup of infections and deaths. The nation currently has the highest mortality rate for the virus anywhere in the world, including China, which has been on a widespread quarantine since December of 2019.
On February 25, Iran’s Minister of Health appeared on national television to dispel public concerns about the coronavirus. Many noted he appeared to look ill. It was confirmed shortly after that he had been infected with COVID-19.
Multiple Iranian politicians, including Iranian Vice-President of Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar, have also been confirmed as having infections. The Iranian parliament has been indefinitely suspended as a result.
It was an emotional scene Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. Senators player Bobby Ryan made a triumphant return after going through alcohol rehab for 100 days. Ryan scored three goals and the Ottawa fans gave him a standing ovation and serenaded the young man with chants of “Bobby!”
Ryan was overcome with emotion and wiped tears from his face as the crowd showed their appreciation of his hat-trick performance and everything he has gone through.
Ryan went into the NHL’s assistance program on Nov. 20 after admitting to being an alcoholic.
“I knew Ottawa being the community that it is that the reception would be good,” Ryan told ESPN. “It just got harder to keep the emotions down throughout the game. It was incredible. They supported me and I got to contribute. You can’t write that, the way that went. It was just an incredible evening, so thank you to all of them.”
Ryan thanked his wife, Danielle, for all of her support as he worked to get sober and back on the ice.
“To have her support and not just have her support as a hockey player, but as a husband and everything it just means a ton,” he said.
A man is being charged with first-degree murder after the body of 13-year-old Oceane Boyer was found in the Laurentians, north-west of Montreal.
Francois Senecal’s arraignment was held at the Saint-Jerome courthouse on Friday morning.
Senecal appeared in a packed courtroom with the victim’s family in attendance.
Oceane’s mother confirmed that Senecal was a family friend.
On Wednesday, Boyer’s body was found in Brownsburg-Chatham near Horrem Rd. by a passerby.
Boyer was transported to the hospital after police responded to a call. Her death was confirmed when she arrived.
It was announced by the Commission scolaire de la Riviere-du-Nord (CSRDN) that they would deploy a support team to the Ecole polyvalente Lavigne in Lachute, where Boyer went to school.
Nadyne Brochu, the school board communications advisor noted that students and staff will be provided assistance for as long as they need in order to help the community deal with the incident.
Since Thursday, Univers jeunesse Argenteuil—the youth centre in Lachute has offered psychological support for teens in the area. Boyer frequented the centre.
Francois Legault, the premier of Quebec responded to Boyer’s death on Twitter saying, “What a horrible tragedy. I am wholeheartedly with the parents, family and friends of the young Oceane.”