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  • #31
    Originally posted by Medwards View Post
    Alberta is in a very sad place these days.... and it's all political. The UCP is ruining this province quicker than Jason Kenney's approval rate tumbles.

    We can find 30 million dollars a year for a propaganda machine, but cut funding for seniors, hospitals, schools, events, parks, etc.
    We can pull 100 million dollars out of nowhere to deal with abandoned oil wells that need cleaned up...

    but a few bucks to prop up some events or things that make living in Alberta nice?

    NYET!
    Not to mention the huge percentage of revenue that goes to pay interest on the debt of the province. The free spending NDP had no problem jacking that up in their short time in power, but hey, everyone was happy because they were all living on borrowed money.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Stoneman View Post

      Not to mention the huge percentage of revenue that goes to pay interest on the debt of the province. The free spending NDP had no problem jacking that up in their short time in power, but hey, everyone was happy because they were all living on borrowed money.
      Are you suggesting that the UCP aren't running up the same level of debt? Because they are. But instead of the spending going to Albertans, they've chosen to hand money over to profitable multinationals & their cronies.
      Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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      • #33
        Speaking of running up debt...

        Alberta to launch emergency economic panel, Kenney to travel to Ottawa as oil prices plunge
        Published Monday, March 9, 2020

        Kenney says his government is open to borrowing more to increase spending on infrastructure in an effort to create more jobs. What the province is not prepared to do, however, is considered implementing a sales tax.

        https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/alberta-t...unge-1.4844817
        Does this mean that the UCP will admit that Notley was right?

        I kid, I kid. Of course not.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by noodle View Post
          Spudly hit it on the head. The economic climate is uncertain, likewise the actual climate. It's too much risk for too little reward in this profits-over-people province.

          Albertans have elected a captured-by-corporations government that puts the bottom line on top of everything at the behest of those pulling the strings. The almighty dollar rules it all now.
          Not sure if this is how things work. If you lived during the "great recession" here in the Eighties you'd find ample venues to go to and start your own band if nothing else worked. I have a chuckle seeing the old-time downtown buildings we hosted gigs becoming trustafarian homes.

          And the best part is that it's still the Land Of A Thousand Parking Lots! No other major city in North America is like this and we love it!

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          • #35
            The reason there were so many local band and gigs in the 80's was that many got CAPAC funds from radio airplay and strong rules for Canadian content.

            A lot of my friends were in bands and toured regularly. There was even a book called IIRC, The CAPAC Years, that wrote the history of Canadian bands, large and small.
            Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by RichardS View Post
              With the demise of the K Days parade, and now soon to be the demise of K Days if the tea leaves are to be believed, the question becomes...

              Outside music and arts events, are the days of the outdoor event numbered? Do patrons want to have these here in Edmonton?

              I spoke to some of the larger event producers over the winter, and we shared some similar concerns. Given the nature of outdoor events, the high risk, the insurance, the large civic services bills, etc. - combined with dwindling to non existent grants and a corporate community completely disinterested in sponsorships, are these events dead in Edmonton?

              Seeing some of the comments, both public and anonymous, from Edmontonians aligns to either apathy/indifference to a desire to blame others while not stepping up yourself.
              Kind of looks like inside events are going to be dead for a while as well.

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