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City Council discusses Green Line and city wages

Last Updated Nov 4, 2019 at 2:52 pm MDT

A shot of the outside of City Hall on Nov. 4, 2019. (PHOTO: Saif Kaisar, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Spending, saving and completely changing plans will be featured at City Hall this week.

It comes as the City of Calgary is looking to make up for lost funds in the provincial budget.

One of the biggest topics to be discussed is the future of the Green Line LRT after funding for the project from the province was delayed.

WATCH: The red light for the Green Line

Councillor Jyoti Gondek says the Green Line needs to happen but is recommending a different route.

“Switching gears to north-south BRT allows us to move ahead with public transit projects that will create jobs, build needed infrastructure and serve Calgarians all within a more manageable budget and timeline.”

Gondek adds when the City gets the money for the Green Line, the bus infrastructure can support an LRT in the future.

Council is also recommending a pay freeze for city workers instead of a 1.5 per cent raise proposed for 2020. Councillors Jeff Davison and Ward Sutherland are behind that motion. It goes before council on Tuesday.

Some councillors don’t think that goes far enough though. Councillors Jeromy Farkas, Sean Chu, and Joe Magliocca¬†all support a five per cent wage cut to city workers.

The union representing the majority of municipal workers in Calgary says the fiscal problems the city is facing can’t be solved with regressive and illegal wage cuts.

CUPE is lashing back after a trio of councillors is proposing wage rollbacks.

Local 38 President D’arcy Lanovaz says the councillors are so blinded by their desire to play games with the lives of civic employees they are making unworkable proposals. The Calgary and District Labour Council is joining the outcry.

President Alexander Shevalier points out city council found money for a massive renovation of the BMO Centre and for a new Flames arena while at the same time cutting $60 million from the municipal budget.

He says council needs to show how these cuts will solve the problem, but instead all we have is posturing by some councillors on the matter.

On the Council’s agenda for Monday will be conversations about the Foothill Athletic redevelopment, including conversations around the proposed fieldhouse.

It has been on the city’s agenda for decades, but for one reason or another has been continually shelved.