April 16, 2017 3:19 pm
Updated: May 16, 2017 5:09 pm

Danielle Smith: How many city workers does it take to change a light bulb?


There are several burning issues on the agenda for the upcoming civic election, but one I hadn’t considered was the issue of streetlights.

One listener, Robert, called in to express his frustration – echoed by several other listeners – at the number of streetlights that are out, and how difficult it seems to be to get them repaired.

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He asked some great questions: If these LED lights are supposed to be so wonderful, why are there outages all over Calgary? Did the city buy a bunch of duds? Is it saving Calgary taxpayers any money? Who’s responsible for repairing them? Why does it take so long to get a crew out to do it?

Troy McLeod, roads director for the City of Calgary, had all the answers, and a few of them might surprise you. My full interview with him is below.

Got a broken streetlight to report? Best way to do that is through a special application on the city’s website: calgary.ca/streetlights.

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