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Rundle College in #YYC. Where I know there are excellent educators doing amazing things. Tuition begins at ~$13K for KG and up to $18K for Gr. 12. The #UCP would like more public dollars to go to Rundle as part of their voucher system. Fair? #ableg
Edge school in #YYC. Clearly a leader in sports. School size is 300, avg of 16-20 per class. Gr 4-6 start at $17K, and 7-12 are $18K. More public dollars to fund schools like this one in the #UCP voucher system being proposed. Fair?
Lets head to Okotoks. Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (awesome STEAM programs!), where tuition paid w/o tuition insurance is non-refundable. KG ~ $16K, Gr.12 at $23K. They also have 8 avenues for scholarship funding for tuition. Should more public money end up here??
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Everyone: we need more activism in this #overdose crisis.

*Jess asks for help

Everyone: *crickets

#Calgary wake up! This person is trying to help your community and is doing all of the leg work!

#yyc twitter champions, can we get some traction on this cause?
#ABLeg #ABpoli
#Calgary has been significantly impacted by the overdose crisis in Canada—in fact this city has, year over year, been the most impacted out of all #Alberta municipalities.
This awesome human (@_Jessica______M) is trying to augment #hamreduction services in this community and could use some help.

She needs help finding a space—she also needs some funding. In a time when your #UCP government is freezing funding for pending sites, anything will help.
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#Strathmore Town Council meeting tonight: Amending land-use bylaw to allow a crematorium.
Being debated with rigour.
Air quality is a concern. Not an AB Health issue but AB Environment. Environment Minister’s office hasn’t responded to @Strathmore_Town’s questions yet.
Councillor Montgomery asks about carbon monoxide emissions.
Presenter says most in-depth study shows particulates don’t stay in the area.
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Back in 2008, when @cityofcalgary undertook creating a new Growth Plan for #yyc, (the MDP), a key understanding & driver was sprawl. We had 33 communities under development & couldn’t afford it. #yyccc knew we had to reduce that number to become financially sustainable.
@cityofcalgary Developers were upset because we were picking “winners and losers”. And yes, we were. All land is not equal when it comes to servicing and development. That is where the Growth Management Overlay came from. #yyccc
@cityofcalgary Since the MDP was approved, there has been constant pressure from the development industry and their lobbyists to relax & erode the rules and regulations in the MDP. Everything from density targets (which were modest at best) to servicing costs have been eroded. #yyccc
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Pancholi says you need to listen to what the youth are telling you. Only after being grilled in estimates did we find out about this cruel, terrible cut. Did you hide it because you knew how awful it is?
Schulz says caseworkers will be reaching out to the youth transitioning out of the child-in-care system. They'll receive better supports in the adult system that best meet their unique needs.
Pancholi says she was joined by an outreach worker. One of the youth he works with is putting off addictions treatment to sort out how these cuts will affect him.
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Newly appointed community and protective services chair Coun. Carra says he wants to ensure a "respectful tone" is maintained throughout the public hearing on community water fluoridation today. #yyccc
...Aaaand there's actually a bit more presenting from the expert panel that's been assembled before we get to public hearing. The CEO of the Alex Community Health Centre Joy Bowen-Eyre is speaking now. #yyccc
The Alex runs a dental bus that serves vulnerable children at "in need schools." Half of the kids they see have "active, untreated" decay, according to Bowen-Eyre. #yyccc
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Today I stood with Calgarians to talk about how Jason Kenney's bait-and-switch budget will hurt them.

Here's the list we have thus far: <thread>

#ableg #abbeyroad #thecostofKenney
2/ Calgary Cancer Centre: The UCP budget pushes back funding to build the Calgary Cancer Centre. Proponents say the delay signals a high likelihood the hospital will open short-staffed and under-funded. #abhealth #yychealth #ableg #abbudget
3/ Education Property Tax: Early estimates from the @cityofcalgary show the UCP is withholding $15.5 million in Education Property Tax revenues collected by the province. Mayor @nenshi thinks this will mean property tax increases of more than 1% next year. #yyc #abed #abbudget
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Did you know Ontario recently reviewed liquor servers' minimum wage as part of a large labour law review?…

After study and consultation they recommended that "The liquor servers' minimum wage should be phased out" p. 166

#ableg #abpoli #yeg #yyc #alberta
There were two phases of consultation including public meetings held in 15 cities, input from a broad range of stakeholders and experts, academic input, and research projects.

They heard over 200 presentations and received over 300 written submissions.
Some key findings from the report:

"Women comprise almost three-quarters of liquor servers." p. 163

"20% of liquor servers earn less than the general minimum wage after tips." p. 163
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The UCP government has been in power for 100 days.

As the official opposition, we have some questions.

#100daysofKenney #AbLeg
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Some thoughts on the Calgary arena deal #yyc #yyccc #yycarena. First, from empirical evidence we know:

1. New venues don't have significant regional econ impact mostly b/c household sports spending is substitutable (if not spent on sports, it's spend on other entertainment).
2. While new sports venues don't typically help a city economically overall, they can have positive localized impact by slightly (+10-15%) increasing property values at the neighbourhood scale. So not economic boosters, but can help catalyze development in the immediate area.
3. That dev'mt may not be new but rather displaces dev'mt that might otherwise happen in adjacent areas (since absorption is tied to general economic conditions -- no reason to think the arena would generate more net office or housing demand in the city).
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I see the UCP is testing new messaging to attempt to deflect attention from the cost of their short-sighted decision to halt ongoing construction of the Edm Clinical Lab Hub.

To be clear - this was about a carefully considered plan to improve patient care in Alberta. #ableg
Lab infrastructure serving #yeg & northern AB has long been in need of expansion & investment & is now nearing the edge of its capacity.

And it's not a question of simply buying some new equipment, though that's important. #ableg
Current labs lack the space & appropriate infrastructure (HVAC, IT, etc.) to house it. Staff are running between different floors & buildings to deliver samples.

I toured the labs at Grey Nuns & UofA recently, spoke w/ staff & saw it first-hand. Has the Minister? #ableg
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For some perspective on the #yyc biz PTax challenge. Here's a short thread.

It's all about the drop in property values downtown.

The Bow was worth $1.4b in 2015. Today, it's down to $775m.

At today's rates, that loss means ~$12m/yr lower muni govt revenue. From one building.
There's more. Bow Valley Square was worth $900m in 2015. Today, it's down to $236m. That's another $12m in lost muni govt revenue for #yyc.
It goes on and on. Eight Avenue Place was worth nearly $800m in 2015. Today it's worth barely over $390m. That's over $7m in lost muni govt revenue.
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Fear & Loathing in Alberta: the Big Fat Lie of Election 2019 THREAD #GentThreads #abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli #yeg #yyc
First of all, thank you Edmonton, for being the intellectual & moral hub of this entire province. The rest of us, evidently, were all too ready to elect to power a team already revealed as white supremacists, homophobes, misogynists, frauds, criminals & climate deniers /2 #abpoli
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Change in the program at #yyccc : 2019 tax debate is up right now.
Option 1 for 2019. The takeaway wouldn't be much different than what was discussed last November during budget. A 3.45% hike. Average home would pay $105 more in 2019. Would result in close to 2% cut to commercial tax bills. #yyccc #yyc
Option 2 is a more dramatic shift to homeowners, and bigger break for business.

Average home would see $200 increase in 2019 (if no rebate is approved) #yyccc
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After looking at the platforms, additional information and the leaders debate this is what I am let with. ALL parties will be running a deficit. Oil revenue paid for a lot of things which allowed us to have low taxes 1/ 18
#abvote #abpoli #shpk #yeg #yyc #strathco
Oil prices crash, we have been through this often. And every time it happens it is the same. Jobs are lost, people's lives go off the rails and the Alberta economy crashes. This time is no different than the last time or the time before. We have some hard choices to make 2/18
Just looking at the top 2 parties. At the end of the next 4 year term #UCP will have us at 86 bill in debt and #abndp will have us at 95 bill in debt. This is a difference of 9 bill over a 4 year term or 2.25 bill per year. So what does each plan get us? 3/18
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This is an interesting poll, and like all the other more-recent polls, it has some wrinkles that deserve to be unpacked.
#ableg #abvote #abpoli
The published document includes the questionnaire, the cross-tabs, etc, which is super-awesome because it helps shed some light on why different polls might yield different results. Often these details are hidden behind a paywall.
#ableg #abvote #abpoli
I believe this is a commissioned poll (for the Global Petroleum Show?) as well, like the recent EKOS poll (which was commissioned for Unifor). These tend to get excluded from poll-aggregators for a few good reasons:
#ableg #abvote #abpoli
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So, it looks like it’s not going to be a coronation, after all! A large poll conducted by EKOS for Unifor suggests that the wheels are starting to fall off Kenney’s wagon. #ableg #abpoli #abvote #yyc #yeg
The NDP has strengthened its lead in Edmonton and closed the gap in Calgary.
Also, a clear majority of Albertans now pick Notley as the “best Premier” over Kenney.
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About 10 years ago, I was walking home from a slow-pitch baseball game and party with my team. I was a bit drunk, so I walked instead of driving. On the way home I was mugged from behind and woke up in the Rockyview Hospital in #YYC, with a #TBI #concussion. (1 of 13)
I've had multiple concussions from athletics. Football, hockey, rugby & skiing, plus ran over by a car, not once but twice. (think Super Dave Osborne) plus what I have learned since, repeated mildTBIs from the sports. Likely result, I have #CTE. I get worse each year, not better.
Here is what is happening now. I retired from my business some years ago and stopped working completely, 3.5 years ago. I have other progressive diseases besides #CTE, like #COPD #Arthritis #Cancer and more. It is a heavy load and crippling my abilities.
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Albertans have some decisions to make regarding what direction they want our province to go. I am hearing a lot about track records and taxes on all sides of the fence so I wanted to throw my 2 cents out into the internet universe. #ableg #abpoli #abvote 1/
Society pays taxes for a reason. Those dollars collected are designed to go to needed infrastructure, repair & maintenance as well as programs that save us money in the long run and make our society a better place to live. It's literally the governments JOB to spend those $$ 2/
Both sides have a track record. Albertans need to decide which track record they like and which track record they want to see for Alberta's future. I have chosen my view and my side and I would like to tell you why I think we are #BetterOffWithRachel 3/
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Council will CONSIDER a proposal to fund FOUR major capital projects tonight.

- new arena
- BMO Centre expansion
- Arts Commons (phase 1)
- Fieldhouse
The City's chief financial officer just said she is only comfortable moving forward with a single project, not all four. Asked why, she expressed concern about the City's liquidity and costs related to Green Line construction. #yyccc #yyc
Coun. Woolley sounding the alarm on this proposal. "We cannot in a fiscally responsible way undertake these and our chief financial officer has said that." #yyccc #yyc
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Since Tuesday’s meeting where the @albertaNDP and @Alberta_UCP voted together to cut funding for smaller parties in #ableg, I've run a few scenarios. Now that we know the final formula, it's actually worse that I thought. Here's some background on this:… /1
Under the NDP/UCP plan, as majorities get bigger, proportionately less money goes to small opposition parties, even if they reach the new magic number of four MLAs for official party status #ableg /2
This could be a mistake that comes from not paying attention to the details, but given the subcommittee tasked with coming up with a new formula has been working on this for more than *two years* it sure looks like a deliberate attempt to disadvantage smaller parties #ableg /3
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The Friends of Confederation Creek (FOCC) were very encouraged by our dealings with City Administration and their preliminary Confederation Park Stormwater Drainage Study report's findings. @ConfedCreek…
#yyc #yyccc
he North Hill Coulee was formed by the retreat of Ice Age glaciers and there has been water flowing in it since that time. This seminal AEP Report in 1961 clearly shows the Coulee (orange) & the legend the amount of groundwater present. (Map is from 1951.)…
This is the largest water catchment in Calgary. It is 2700 hectares, encompassing communities from Shaganappi Trail to Edmonton Trail on the south side of Nose Hill; from Triwood and Varsity communities to Highland Park and Thorncliffe Greenview communities. Map from 1931.
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Dear @CCTCA and @albertateachers: I've resisted posting a lot of the vile details of Andrew Evans' case, but since you've chosen to double down on your ludicrous decision to bring him in as a speaker, a thread. You believe in education, right? Educate yourselves.
Andrew Evans murdered Nicole Parisien in an apartment in Kitsilano in 2007. He had solicited her for sex for $200, and after a day of drinking, marijuana, and ecstasy tabs, he couldn't get an erection. And because he couldn't, he strangled her to death with his bare hands.
He rolled her up in linens and threw her body in some bushes. Then he fled to Calgary. It was only the advice of a lawyer that he turned himself in.
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Jason Kenney says when he was a senior cabinet minister he probably spent 140 nights in Ottawa and lived on the road most of the rest of the time.
Kenney says living in the bungalow as a temporary measure until he got his condo built.
"I use to joke, people would say 'where you do live' and I'd say 'on an airplane'" Kenney says
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