Author: Shane Keating

The Council Transition Allowance Needs a Change

The Council transition allowance needs a change. I’ve said it before. I’m saying it now. However, there are a number of unique circumstance for Councillors that I will get into that leaves me disagreeing with the assessment that it should be outright scrapped. This is something that has been brought up before and I stand […]

On Retirement Allowances

So all of a sudden retirement allowances are in the news, despite this being something I have been working on for the better part of two years. Since it came up at committee on Tuesday, let’s take a look at the work that’s been going on. At the July 23, 2018 Council meeting, I made […]

The 2020 Budget:

Even when we do the right thing, we’re wrong Despite what you may have heard, Council did in fact approve an effective 0% change to the City’s operational budget. Before I get into the details, here’s an interesting tweet from an individual who has been very active in the political scene for a long time: […]

We Have One Shot at This

As a City Councillor, I have to wear at the very least two hats. The first hat is to represent the citizens of Ward 12. It’s the people in the communities of Riverbend, Quarry Park, Douglas Glen, McKenzie Towne, New Brighton, Copperfield, Mahogany, Auburn Bay, Cranston, Shepard and Seton that decided they wanted me to […]

Of Course I’m All In on the Green Line

If you have followed the course of my career as Ward 12’s representative, you know that I have been the fiercest advocate for the Green Line. After the news from the provincial budget came out regarding the Province’s third of the project’s costs, I was devastated and made comments suggesting I don’t know if I […]

A (somewhat) Brief History of the Green Line

The Green Line is the biggest infrastructure project in Calgary’s history and as such, it has also been the single-most engaged project in Calgary’s history. That engagement happened a little while ago now, perhaps an eternity ago in some people’s minds and has led to some forgetting some key details. There’s even been some rumblings […]

Transportation Bylaw Changes FAQs

Recently, I shared that Council had passed some bylaw changes regarding transportation in our city back in March. It was shared this week because on September 1, a new safe passing bylaw for passing cyclists will go into effect. These social media posts spurred some questions so I thought I would try and provide a […]

An Update on the Event Centre

The City and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) have agreed to a deal in principle for a new Event Centre that will help spur development of the City’s Cultural and Entertainment District within the Rivers District Master Plan. I recognize that the timing of this is not great, considering the budget talks we […]

There is no reason to delay the Green Line

I have had the honour of working with Councillor Woolley for a long time and I know he is working hard for Calgarians and trying to do what he thinks is right for the citizens of our great city today and the future. However, the Notice of Motion that he has brought forward seems to […]