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.

 

2 thoughts on “Your Voice on Council”

  1. not even sure you are totally aware of the issues – here is the basic issue – the entire council has totally lost touch of the economic situation of our entire life – spending $500,000 on that basic piece of art in a very difficult economic time is just not being prudent – it is time we white wash the entire council especially the mayor by replacing the entire council team – there is no way that projects like the redesign and refurbishing of the City Hall not to be put out to bid but the contractor for the project was chosen by the Mayor – just who does he think he is – but please remember one thing that I did encounter after he was first elected – I was downtown in front of the Olympic Park at a celebration and it was crowded but not a City Council event – the Mayor wanted through and he just pushed a bunch of us of his way to allow access for him and his boyfriend – since then my opinion of him has totally headed south – for the sake of Calgary I sure hope the entire city of Calgary Council and the Mayor are replaced

    1. Hi Linda – the out of control spending comes up constantly at the door – particularly with the lack of emphasis on what we need most in our inner city neighbourhoods around maintaining our aging infrastructure. Oversight is lacking, planning is lacking and the de facto impulse on council is to spend big, even if it has no net benefit to outcomes. This has to change.

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