Calgary Herald

Nenshi plays defence as Flames craft arena pitch
Calgary Herald

In the seven years since Calgary Flames CEO Ken King began exploring concepts for a new arena and showing them off privately, the Edmonton Oilers’ new home has gone from a feasibility study to a flock of downtown cranes erecting Rogers Place. When that $480-million complex opens in 2016 and the Red Wings take the ice in a new Detroit facility a year later, the Scotiabank Saddledome will be the oldest barn in the National Hockey League, other than Madison Square Gardens and its latest $1-billion upgrade.

This indignity won’t last too long, if King gets his way. The CEO keeps his timeline close to his navy blazer pocket, but a source says the Flames could be within weeks of announcing their vision.

That’s where he risks an uphill climb, for a project sure to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Calgarians and city council overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer subsidies for a new Flames venue — as Edmonton councillors were, until they changed their minds in the name of downtown rejuvenation.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi has shown potential to pose a major obstacle, according to documents obtained by the Herald. He’s signalled little interest in civic help beyond expediting development permits, turned down earlier bids for co-operation, and his aides have privately shown great frustration with Flames brass. “I’ve said many, many times that I don’t believe in public funds going after private money,” he said in Junes.

Le revenu médian des familles en Alberta est de 94 460$ et dans la ville de Calgary il est de 98 300$.

Le revenu médian des familles au Québec est de 70 480$ et dans la ville de Québec il est de 81 900$.

Pourtant à Calgary ni la ville ni le gouvernement provincial n’ont l’intention de verser le moindre sou noir pour la construction d’un nouvel aréna…

Maintenant, vous savez pourquoi l’Alberta et Calgary sont riches et pas nous… Ils sont raisonnables, nous sommes émotifs…