What are the top concerns in the communities of Ward 7?

  •  An Accessible and Responsive Councilor 

We need to rediscover the service element of public service.

The most common complaint from residents across the riding is their frustration at not being heard… this must, and will, change.

With two decades in the financial sector my ability to listen carefully and work with my clients to develop solutions has proven critical to their long-term success.

My office should, and will, be your point of contact and you will receive a response within 24 hours.

  • Fair Taxes & Stewardship of Your Tax Dollars 

We need to do a better job prioritizing expenditures.

Residents want frivolous spending to stop.

Ward 7 residents pay very high taxes yet our established communities are underfunded and the renewal of our aging infrastructure places low on the cities agenda. Inner city developers still do not cover the full costs of their redevelopment. There is no evidence that this redevelopment subsidy is needed. We must re-prioritize towards renewing our communities based on the unique needs of each community – not a top down approach that doesn’t listen to the community voices.

  • Evidence Based Decision Making 

We need to make decisions based on evidence and competent planning.

Residents want rational, evidence-based decisions that will improve the quality of life for all of our communities.

You deserve and will get a councilor who is willing to take the time to listen to residents and qualified experts alike. The decisions we make today affect all of our lives tomorrow.

We need to be thoughtful, forward thinking and practical!

  • Integrity!

I am an Independent running to represent the interests of the communities of Ward 7, not those of the developers or any pseudo parties, real or perceived, such as the Manning Centre or CivicCamp. I am backed by members of the community at large. I refuse to accept donations from corporations, unions or third party organizations of any size or background. I also have capped my budget to no more than $60,ooo and have capped individual donations to no more than $1500. I have done this for one reason and one reason alone: I never want to be compromised in my decision making. Corporations and unions are partners of the city and make the city work, but they are not in it for charity – they have their own (very valid) interests. It is integral that when negotiating with each, that your councillor not be compromised by having previously accepted (or hope to receive future) donations or gifts from either of these parties.

You deserve to know it is the interests of the voters that are being represented when your councillor is negotiating with these civic partners. Druh Farrell’s 2013 campaign was massively backed by Inner City Developers. Demand that all your council candidates for Ward 7 renounce donations from any but personal donors and disclose them on at least a monthly basis starting no later than June, 2017.

  • Financial Responsibility

There is far too much money in municipal politics and it is entirely unnecessary. If a candidate cannot manage their campaign within a $60,000 budget – a massive budget for such a short campaign – how can you trust them to manage your civic budget? Anything more than $60,000 goes to paying for professional spin doctors, campaign managers (see: spin doctors) and pollsters. You will never receive an annoying call from a pollster from the Brent Alexander Campaign. We respect your time privacy too much.

Make an informed decision. Demand to know who is backing all the candidates in your ward and how they are connected to the development industry by Nomination Day, September 18, 2017 with updates every week of any additional donations until Election Day Oct 16, 2017.

 

5 thoughts on “Your Voice on Council”

  1. My only requirement of any government, civic, provincial, or federal is that they be “business friendly”! I look for evidence.

    1. Thanks David for this. Incredibly important. Please check out my policy page where I discuss how bureaucratic our city is and that it is stifling business innovation and NOT attracting business to our city. More importantly, my solution is business focused to address this issue.

      In concert with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, I am also calling for putting a ceiling on tax increases to no more than inflation plus population growth.

      Having been in commercial finance for the last 22 years, my job has been to ask the hard questions around budgeting, risk mitigation and value for money of all my clients, holding them to plans and keeping them accountable for them. I see my job as councillor as being no different and look forward to exercising this skill set that is sorely lacking at City Hall.

      Regards,

      Brent Alexander

  2. 1. Since late 2006 I’ve lived in West Hillhurst and Hillhurst. I’ve walked, biked and driven up 19th St past the West Hillhurst Community Centre in all seasons, all weathers, all times of day. I rarely see a child in sight playing in that huge field area, though I see teen and adult leagues in the evenings, and mainly adult tennis players on the courts.

    What are your thoughts on putting affordable condos on that huge space? Keep a ball field, keep the tennis courts, keep the playground equipment: there’s lots of space. The traffic in the area isn’t horrific (unlike the corner of Memorial and 10A where some kind of higher density housing is going in), there is the community centre right there to use, no views would be terribly impeded as buildings are on a hill to the north.

    2. What are your thoughts on additional condos going in through Eau Claire on the south side of the Bow?

    1. Hi Amy, Thanks for your note. I agree that the fields are woefully under utilized. The community association is looking to take them over from the city so that they can be better programmed and used by community members for any number of activities, both athletic and community functions, for all ages. Concentrating on kids programming during day time hours. We actually have very little green space in West Hillhurst. I don’t see the community being on side to lose any of it – but I suspect, like you, they would love to see it better used.

      We do need more diversity of housing in our neighbourhood, both physically accessible and financially accessible to a much broader socio economic segments than the new builds in our neighbourhood currently targets. I do want to work with all neighbourhoods to figure out how to best accommodate this in each. As we gentrify, we are pushing out many of our neighbours that have called this community home for years. We need to be more cognizant about planning for diversity as this change happens.

      2. i am in favour of many more condos going in Eau Claire. The current ARP for the area is very good, and if implemented properly, will enhance the current state of affair in to a true vibrant neighbourhood. If the ARP is ignored, it may detract from the existing neighbourhood, and that would be a loss for everyone.

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