Alberta, Canada

POLITICAL ISSUES LEARNING MODULE
Module One - CALTS Report

On Nov. 5, 2001, Calgary City Council voted 8-6 against a motion to begin immediately studying the feasibility of building a road across the west end of Glenmore Reservoir connecting 37th Street on the north side of the water to 37th Street on the south side of the water.

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to examine the following map, read both of the following essays and then answer the questions below.

PART 1 - VOCABULARY

Define the following words and phrases according to the context in which they are used in the debate surrounding this issue.

  • alderman
  • city council
  • motion
  • motion to refer
  • administration
  • feasibility study
  • Weaselhead Natural Environment Area
  • Tsuu T'ina Nation
  • Sarcee Trail extension
  • optimist
  • pessimist

PART 2 - QUESTIONS

1. What is the central issue being debated here?

2. Do either of these writers believe that council's decision resolved the central issue?

3. Of the three potential routes shown on the CALTS Report Map (Routes A, K and L), which do these writers agree would be the best route to follow?

4. On what other points do these writers agree/disagree?

5. Mr. Johner lives north of Fish Creek park near the Weaselhead Natural Environment Area. What impact might this fact have on what he thinks about the central issue?

6. Mr. Connery lives south of Fish Creek park a long way from the Weaselhead Natural Environment Area. What impact might this fact have on what he thinks about the central issue?

7. As president of the Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society, Mr. Johner must report to the people who elected him to help preserve the Weaselhead. What impact might this fact have on what he thinks about the central issue?

8. As an employee of the Calgary Herald, Mr. Connery must report to an editor-in-chief who lives south of Fish Creek Park. What impact might this fact have on what he thinks about the central issue?

9. Does these writers know each other? Is there evidence that they have met and spoken about the central issue?

PART 3 - ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY ONE
Divide the class into two groups to debate the following motion:

RESOLVED, that administration is instructed to complete immediately a feasibility study regarding the construction of a bridge or tunnel along Route A as indicated on the CALTS Report Map (1977).

Group 1
This group will argue in favour of the motion.

Group 2
This group will argue against the motion.

 

ACTIVITY TWO
Draw the following table on the blackboard.

GROUP 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
ROUTE A                
ROUTE K                
ROUTE L                
TOTAL                

Divide the class into 8 groups.

Each group will examine the CALTS Report Map (1977) and rank routes A, K and L in order of preference from first to last according to their interests as described below.

Give 3 points to each group's first choice, 2 points to their second choice and 1 point to their third choice. If two or more routes are considered equally favourable, assign them the same ranking and give them equal points.

After discussing the issues and ranking the routes, each group will explain why they favour the route they do.

As each group reports, write the point score for each route on the blackboard.

Once all of the groups have reported, total the points scored for each route to determine the class's "preferred route."

After the "preferred route" is determined, count the number of groups which are happy with this result and compare it to the number of groups that are unhappy.

Group 1 - Developers
This group represents developers who own land south of Fish Creek Park but who cannot develop their land until one of these routes is constructed.

Group 2 - Local residents
This group represents people who live in the communities of Oakridge, Cedarbrae and Lakeview

Group 3 - SW commuters
This group represents people who live in the communities south of Fish Creek Park and who would use this road to commute to and from work on a regular basis.

Group 4 - South Calgary residents who are not commuters
This group represents people who live in south Calgary and get their drinking water from the Glenmore Reservoir but who would not benefit as commuters from the construction of this roadway.

Group 5 - People opposed to a road across Tsuu T'ina land
This group represents people who live in Calgary and who may or may not benefit as commuters but who are opposed in principle to building a city road on Tsuu T'ina Nation land.

Group 6 - Park users
This group represents people who visit the Weaselhead on a regular basis for recreation and, therefore, don't want to see the road pass through their favourite park.

Group 7 - Tsuu T'ina Nation residents in favour of the road
This group represents people on the Tsuu T'ina Nation who want a road across their land in order to develop their local economy.

Group 8 - Tsuu T'ina Nation residents against the road
This group represents people on the Tsuu T'ina Nation who do not want a road across their land.