Scott Dippel

Politics Reporter

Scott Dippel has been at CBC News for more than two decades across four provinces. His roles have included legislative reporter, news reader, assignment editor and national reporter. When not at Calgary's City Hall, it's still all politics, all the time.

Latest from Scott Dippel

Calgarians have plenty to say about new downtown arena

Love or hate the idea of a new downtown arena, Calgarians are plenty interested in the topic.

Saddledome needs $48M+ in repairs but most work may never happen

Even before city council voted in 2019 to pay half of the cost of a new $550-million downtown arena, it knew the Scotiabank Saddledome needed major repairs to keep it going.

Creating new taxes could allow Calgary to limit property tax hikes

City council has received a report from a financial task force that it appointed to help it come up with ways to boost Calgary's economy.

Councillor hopes LRT will reach the north a decade sooner

Coun. Jyoti Gondek believes the overwhelming vote by city council in favour of the Green Line last Tuesday will ultimately bring the LRT to communities in north central Calgary sooner than originally planned.

Calgary council unites after weeks of Green Line acrimony

Practically no one expected a revised alignment for the Green Line to be defeated. But no one predicted a 14-1 approval either.

Is the CTrain going to north central Calgary this decade or not?

Another important city council vote on the Green Line is expected later Tuesday.

City has already spent $544M on Green Line, but no tracks down yet

The Green Line may currently only exist on paper, but the city has already spent more than half a billion dollars on the project.

Green Line divisions open up on going north

Three councillors want to shorten the first stage of the Green Line because they're concerned about the risks and costs associated with the megaproject.

Calgary councillor sends his own version of tax bill letter to constituents

In this year's property tax bills, there's a letter from the mayor explaining why many homeowners are getting a tax increase but Coun. Jeromy Farkas has a mailout of his own.

Why Calgary's mayor says spending billions on infrastructure is more crucial than ever given economic woes

Calgary's mayor says the city's economy is struggling more than that of any other Canadian metropolis due to the global oil crash and the COVID-19 pandemic — but argues that's all the more reason to spend billions of dollars on the Green Line, the entertainment district and more.

Councillors discuss future of Calgary's Green Line during lengthy public hearing

The team behind Calgary's long-awaited Green Line is hoping to clear some key hurdles in the next two months.

U of C has no money for city's $255M field house project

A planned $255-million, multi-sport field house being planned by the City of Calgary will not be getting any money from the University of Calgary.

Key part of southwest ring road on track to open this fall, not 2021

For years, both the NDP and UCP governments have promised Calgarians that the $1.4-billion southwest ring road would not be opened to traffic until the fall of 2021. But almost half of the freeway is actually slated to open this fall.

Design team for Calgary's new $550M downtown arena to be announced in June

Companies bidding to work on Calgary's new downtown arena should find out soon if they will be hired for the job.

New gates on Glenmore Dam ready to prevent flooding

New gates on the Glenmore Dam are now ready to use, doubling the capacity to store water in the reservoir and protecting Elbow River communities downstream against smaller floods.