Ward 12 is a collection of neighbourhoods that are known for being clean, green, active, and connected. Our vibrant business districts include everything from home businesses to international companies and the largest industrial area in Calgary. Protecting and nurturing these communities and districts will be my main priority as we grow together. When we feel safe and supported, we’re inspired to boldly invest in the people, places, and businesses around us.
Neighbouring — When neighbours know each other and spend time together it has wide-reaching implications for our neighbourhoods and Calgary at large. Inclusion, isolation, health, social care, bylaws, business innovation, and much more all benefit when we support and encourage people to connect on their blocks.
Safety — A well-equipped Police Service and Bylaw business unit are important but there are many other ways to increase safety in our neighbourhoods. When the residents of Ward 12 feel empowered here we get more “eyes on the street”, we find more creative solutions (such as CPTED), our Community Associations advocate around issues — in short, we work together!
Diversity & Inclusion — We have come a long way as a City to raise awareness and give voice to the disadvantaged members of our community (BIPOC, FNMI, LGBTQI+) but we can do much more. I will make myself available to these communities to listen and learn and do my best to see our city through their eyes. I have been forever impacted by experiences like The Blanket Exercise that helped me see our shared history through the eyes of our indigenous brothers and sisters.
Complete communities — Being able to live, work, and play all close to your home doesn’t just increase your quality of life; it has deeply practical and pragmatic financial and environmental implications. The SE is already full of examples of this and more can be done, like the compelling mixed usage of Westman Village in Mahogany.
Transit & Mobility — Bringing more life and opportunity to our SE communities will never completely remove the need for access to the wider City. We need great options for getting around. Investing in BRT bus lines and other high-value transit routes, improving roadways, and optimizing our already world-class pathway system are all important.
There is only ever so much to go around and even less these days. Making sure Ward 12 gets the absolute most for their tax dollars will be a constant priority. We can better leverage our shared resources to ensure we all have access to the services we need while keeping taxes low. We need to advocate for service optimization exercises like SAVE — but not just in lean times and election years — and we need to give better access to Calgarians to help in those efforts.
Attract investment — Working alongside organizations like Calgary Economic Development, Calgary’s politicians can aid or detract from selling our City and way of life. It takes strong collaborative leadership to put our best foot forward and it also requires teachable servant leadership. I have a track record of connecting with people and of also giving them room to make their contributions. Effective leadership creates a wave of team buy-in and I look forward to bringing this to City Hall.
Fair deal with the Province — The more centralized our governance and decision-making becomes, the more removed those decisions get from the people they impact. Case in point: we send 40% of our tax dollars to the Province and we need to advocate for bringing decision-making back closer to the communities they impact. I will work with community organizations, and the municipality to bring AUMA resolutions forward, advocating for this. We can make smarter decisions for how to use our resources when more of our dollars stay in our communities.
Activate citizens —- Calgarians are frustrated and rightly so. When things go wrong in their neighbourhoods and on their blocks and they decide to do something about it — they are met with impersonal processes and endless email chains that make them feel powerless. This has to change. We need to better empower Calgarians through our local community associations and make more of our grants accessible to our citizens. Our volunteer spirit is still strong. We don’t need to rely on The City to solve all our problems and come up with ever creative ways to say “no”. I will advocate for citizen empowerment so more Calgarians can be part of their own solutions in their own neighbourhoods.
Investing for tomorrow — Few things are more costly than short-sightedness. When our infrastructure projects are executed to meet a shrinking budget instead of investing for tomorrow, it results in a big cost down the road. Developing communities as cheaply as possible in the short-term ultimately costs everyone more. Decision-making needs to prioritize long-term strategies based on data — even when it isn’t popular at the moment.
JOBS & OPPORTUNITY
We can lead the way in our ever-changing world by engaging the best and brightest in the SE to create an even more compelling place to live, work, and play. There are countless opportunities to grow our economy. Let’s do our part to ensure Calgary is well-positioned to attract the best talent and businesses from Canada and abroad and give every reason to young Calgarians to stay, or return home, after they finish their education and job training.
Green Line — This project has been an election item twice and scrutinized at length. The shovels need to be in the ground and work needs to be done to figure out how to complete it from Seton in the deep SE to Livingston in the North. The economic and environmental benefits of the Green Line are being attacked and this project continues to need people and politicians who will defend it. This project will create jobs immediately and grow opportunities long-term as it activates businesses along the route.
Creativity & Innovation — When it comes to creating jobs and new opportunity, the private sector does it best. Venture businesses like Thin Air Labs are supporting startups with excellence and strengthening our economic landscape. It is far more productive for a City Councillor to connect and support the amazing people innovating Calgary into tomorrow and address roadblocks and inefficiencies. Here in the SE, we have an incredible opportunity to create another hub for this activity around Seton and an industrial area that needs our creative input on how best to support its growth.
Competitiveness — Calgary has a lot going for it. We have a young and highly trained workforce and a high-quality lifestyle. There is still room to grow and one area that has been highlighted is the business permitting process. Work is being done right now to improve the process and I would advocate for The City to consider a case manager role to expedite the process and help all businesses succeed — not just those that can afford an external consultant.