Save Calgary presents "Songs of the City!"
With City Council on holidays, we thought it might be nice to put together some summer songs for Councillors to add to their Spotify and Apple Music playlists. Here is Save Calgary's "Songs of the City" playlist:
City Council never seems to listen to the feedback actually provided by Calgarians, sending the message to voters that when it comes to their feedback, City Council really just doesn't care.
Calgarians really are taxed to the max by a City Council that has raised taxes year after year after year. The tax situation is so bad that many businesses are being forced to close their doors. When to comes to high taxes, our local politicians really are taking it to the max.
Calgary's City Council has the dubious distinction of holding the most secret, in camera meetings of any City Council in Canada! What are they talking about behind closed doors? We just don't know. It seems like our City Council wants to keep their dirty little secrets to themselves.
Our mayor likes to travel - especially on other people's money! Since just last summer he's been to Russia, the Netherlands, Italy, and the United States. It's not so much that we object paying for him to leave Calgary - we just don't like having to pay to bring him back!
City employees are very highly paid. One in three earn more than $100,000 a year, and they enjoy unparalleled benefits and pensions. And those salaries keep going higher! Apparently, it doesn't matter the burden it places on taxpayers, so longer as city staffers get their money.
A sizeable chunk of our City Councillors lobbied long and hard to bring he 2026 Winter Olympics to Calgary, even promising to spend millions on alcohol, food, and entertainment for the International Olympics Committee and privileged local elites (like our City Council). There's nothing our local politicians like better than partying on the taxpayer's dime.
In sharp rebuke to City Council, Calgarians voted overwhelmingly against hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics. Perhaps tired of always picking up the tab for the pet projects of politicians, the message from voters was clear: we're not gonna take it anymore!
There can be no other way of describing Calgary's Green Line LRT adventures than "all screwed up." This $5 billion project (at least!) still has no firm route, no solution to the proposed line's many technical problems, and a real lack leadership after several senior project leaders called it quits. Let's hope City Council gets its act together quickly before the Green Line becomes anymore screwed up.
The song title accurately describes most of Calgary's Council-approved public art. Enough said.
In the past year alone, City Council has run down nearly all of the City's savings accounts. They've used the money for expensive infrastructure and to partially offset the catastrophically high tax increases they approved earlier in the year. It seems as if our Council would rather blow it all then make the tough choice to cut spending and salaries down at City Hall.
Calgary hates the car - so much so, that they've declared war on it. They've made parking hard to find and more expensive, created traffic jams through ill-considered bike lanes, and made driving through the city impossible with endless road repairs. Thanks to this Council, Calgary's traffic really is moving slow these days.
How many hours does a typical homeowner spend preparing their garbage to the exacting standards required by City bureaucrats? And if your garbage doesn't tick all the boxes, they simply refuse to collect it. Not only is garbage collection in Calgary expensive, but it is a complete waste of time as well.
Why is that we can never seem to get clear answers to our questions from City Councillors and senior bureaucrats? Our municipal leaders have become masters in obfuscation, offering us spin instead of facts.
City Councillors and Mayor Nenshi have repeatedly asked, begged, and demanded more money from the Alberta government. And every time the answer comes back: no money. Calgary needs to learn to live within its means, instead of begging for money taxpayer dollars from other levels of government.
Remember when the "working together" City Council meeting was cancelled because not enough Councillors decided it was worth attending? City Councillors have described Council's working environment as hostile, bullying, and unproductive. We just call it toxic.
Those are our picks for Save Calgary's "Songs of the City" playlist. We're sure it won't be music to the ears for some City Councillors who never like it when we talk about their records in office.
As a last song, we'd like to include a song for our Save Calgary supporters and donors whose passion for Calgary has helped hold City Council accountable while fighting for taxpayers - "We Built This City" by Starship.
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