What I will not do is offer promises that I can’t fulfill. I want to offer more than catch phrases or empty platitudes that don't offer a how or why. If I haven’t been clear, please ask for clarification.
I also understand that I don’t have all the answers, nor am I a subject matter expert in all city departments. As a councillor, I would be part of a leadership team that works alongside talented city employees who have a much better understanding and specialization in many departments. I also respect there is ongoing work on strategies, policy, and finances that need to be respected and carried forward.
My hope is that in the lead up to election day, you will find yourself here, learning more about our city, where you can make a difference, and how I can support your efforts. My hope is that you will see I am considerate, curious, and caring. I am also deeply committed to Calgary, including the complex and nuanced nature of running a City. I won’t oversimplify the issues or the solutions.
Throughout the campaign we're working on three guiding principles - be part of community and amplify community voices, embrace innovation trying new ways to reach citizens (hello TikTok), and look to find commonalities and moments of celebration as the starting point for conversation. The platform details will be no different, all drawing from one or more of these three aspects. There will be a strong focus on neighbourhood amenities, climate resilience, inclusion and action for poverty, racism, and disabilities, and embracing innovation both in ways of thinking and in technology. Platform blog posts will include links to relevant City of Calgary pages and articles as supplementary information.
These blog posts are just part of the conversations leading up to election day. I have spoken to many topics through Conversations Among Candidates and Online meet and greets (both found on YouTube), as well as weekly 15 minute lives on Facebook and Instagram. 15 Minute Fridays on Facebook and Instagram continue to be part of the discussion along with commentary on topics through regular posts on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you in advance for your interest in Calgary, for being engaged, and for bringing your voice to the conversation.
"Coming home from vacation with a few insights that seem to be universal truths re: tourism that Calgary could leverage:
None of this has to be done in big ways by big organizations. Rather, the collective of independent organizations working together to tell our unique story, supported by the City, as enablers of our opportunities to inspire and educate."
Specifically, here's what I loved that I think Calgary could do:
Victoria had local vendors around the harbour on Saturday, a farmer's market a few blocks off the main street, and a small food centred area at one of the harbours. Calgary could do this more frequently at Eau Claire, Stephen Avenue, East Village, and North Glenmore Park.
We need to emphasize or provide more water rentals and tours. Canoes, kayaks, floating. Moving on the water is a great way to explore our city. Why is the SS Moyer the only boat to give tours on the reservoir? And because we have less water, more bike rentals too, especially at parks not along the river, North Glenmore, South Glenmore, Carburn Park, Fish Creek, Bowness, Nose Hill, the list goes on. And let's not forget the winter with skate rentals, toboggans, snowshoes, cross country skis.
I believe a big part of Calgary's success is going to be innovating on what exists here to create new opportunities. It is likely we are going to need to review bylaws and policies which prevent some of these practices from happening. I know Calgary can support local businesses in providing both local and tourist opportunities, I'm ready to be that leadership who will ask the questions to get us towards solutions.