Calgary Stampede CEO Warren Connell, from left, Flames ownership vice-chairman Ken King, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and city manager Glenda Cole announce a deal for a new NHL arena to replace the Saddledome on Monday, July 22, 2019.
Arena decision time frame suspiciousRe: City manager asks Flames for more consultation time, July 30The push back against asking for more time to examine the arena deal is suspicious. Is there a confidential ultimatum? Is a week too short to review the deal? Probably. Is two months too long? Probably. But a little more time is reasonable.It was stated the rate of return for the city is negative over 35 years. This information wasn’t given with the initial deal. Since the deal was first announced, the Herald published articles about Edmonton’s supposed better deal. And just yesterday there was a piece describing Vancouver’s successful arena built with no public money. So a little more time is needed for council to study the deal, compare it to others, and investigate the contrary information.The Flames representatives were all smiles during the initial news release. Would the city have stipulated a one-week decision time frame? I don’t think so.Tim Creelman, Calgary Vote for arenaIt is important city council has the courage to support the event centre, in spite of the difficult financial situation the city is in. A significant segment of Calgarians will attend events there and it will draw in tourism=. Money spent on the event centre leaves the city with a valuable asset.All you have to do is cut city wages to bring them in line with peers in other cities, and you will have all the money you need.Why was the library built without public consultation regarding costs, and now this event centre’s future is at risk of being defeated in a council vote?Marlene Whyte, Calgary Rich owners come out on topOnce again Calgary taxpayers are forced to accept council’s incompetent decisions. No time for debate, no time to verify the financial commitment … just another closed-door, cosy backroom deal with the Flames owners.Calgary taxpayers need only look at the $500-million Rogers Place arena. Daryl Katz is paying one-quarter of the cost, mostly in ongoing rent, and now has his “anchor” tenant. He’s now planning a $2-billion project, The Ice District, around the subsidized arena. With a net worth of $3.1 billion USD, funny how Katz couldn’t cough up the full amount at the outset.Yes, team owners get rich by spending other people’s money. And they can always count on feckless, gullible politicians to write the cheques.Stewart Milligan, Calgary Why isn’t UCP faithful reviewing province’s finances?I read with horror, the names of the so called ‘Blue Ribbon’ panel Jason Kenney picked to review the province’s financials.A B.C. Liberal, a Saskatchewan NDPer, two university profs, a lifelong civil servant, and a not so bad ex-ATB guy.Jason Kenney should be ashamed that he couldn’t find a handful of competent men and women that belong to, volunteered for and donated to the UPC party. Instead, he put foxes in charge of the hen house.Fred Rumak, Calgary