Petition - Please sign

November 15, 2019

Dear Mayor Nenshi and City of Calgary Councilors,

#KeepCalgaryStrong is a growing coalition of organizations and Calgarians that support the principle set out by City Council: cuts in the operating budget should do the least harm to Calgary’s most vulnerable and poor. We believe that if budget cuts are necessary, they should not compromise access to jobs, safety, education, health care and the social participation of those most dependent on City services. We respect the financial challenges confronting City Council and understand that recent decisions by the Province have done the city no favors.  We find the principle of “doing least harm” is most critical in guiding decisions and establishing priorities. Any cuts in supports and services for those who are already vulnerable will only increase stress and trauma. Demands on community resources and support networks will only go up, not down. Losing needed City services for the less fortunate will weaken, not strengthen, our community.

Specifically, we ask that city council

  • Maintain current transit services and fare structure (Concerning 330,000 Calgarians) Specifically, we ask that you preserve the low-income sliding scale pass at the current rates. The 66 000 people  living on less than $13 000 a year who have benefited from the Band A pass are telling us that the 250% increase in cost is not something they can afford.  We also ask that no further decreases in service hours be made as transit is a life-line for so many Calgarians to get to work, school and services. 
  • Reconsider the proposed cuts to affordable housing, community social workers, and other social services like libraries. These services make our city resilient and livable and are a life-line for the whole community, not just the 122 000 Calgarians living on low-incomes.

It is said that one can judge the vibrancy and strength of a community by how it supports its most vulnerable members; how effectively it brings them into greater participation with civic life. We support your stated commitment to build a strong and resilient city by doing the least harm to our most vulnerable citizens. We believe these requests will help you keep our city strong and vibrant.  We look forward to addressing council on November 25th.   We welcome the opportunity to work together toward our shared goals.

#KeepCalgaryStrong was initiated by the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good. It is a collaborative of organizations and individuals who share resources, knowledge and the commitment to work together to ensure Calgary’s vulnerable citizens are protected from the consequences of City cuts.


Who's signing

Shane Feldman
Charlene Baker
June Kirk
Eleanor Landry
Cassaundra Henske
Tara Faria
James McGregor
Molly Taylor
Janet Rowland
Liz McGregor
Jane Rowland
Veronique Ribolzi
Jane Harrison
Dianne Mitchell
Priscilla Hill
Chris Weingarth
victoria michkofsky
Arlene McGrath
Dawn Lavigne
Claire Kraatz
Rajko Pavic
Brie Nelson
Tanisha Parmar
Suzanne Galesloot
Marie-Michelle Melotte
Louise Prenovost
Donna Fallon
Jessica McCarrel
161 signatures

Will you sign?

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  • Shane Feldman
    signed via 2019-12-14 22:49:10 -0700
  • Janet
    signed 2019-11-29 09:12:16 -0700
  • Charlene Baker
    signed via 2019-11-28 20:06:35 -0700
    I support my Councillor Evan Wooley’s proposal of pulling back at this point in time for the new arena complex…how we treat our most vulnerable citizens reflects the society we claim to be. I know I am privileged, I attempt to do what I can everyday for those less fortunate and so do many others! It would be cruel and unjust to build this facility at this time. Please reconsider this project….the low cost bus passes, creating more affordable housing will truly make a difference for many now and the children of those families and single parents in the future.
  • June Kirk
    signed via 2019-11-28 09:58:23 -0700
  • Eleanor Landry
    signed 2019-11-27 21:26:31 -0700
  • Cassaundra Henske
    signed 2019-11-25 22:09:14 -0700
  • Tara Faria
    signed 2019-11-25 19:32:00 -0700
  • James McGregor
    signed 2019-11-25 19:02:47 -0700
  • Molly Taylor
    signed 2019-11-25 15:24:08 -0700
  • Janet Rowland
    signed 2019-11-25 14:46:30 -0700
  • Liz McGregor
    signed 2019-11-25 13:28:06 -0700
  • Jane Rowland
    signed 2019-11-25 13:01:03 -0700
  • Veronique Ribolzi
    signed 2019-11-25 09:33:32 -0700
  • Jane Harrison
    signed 2019-11-25 07:14:27 -0700
    The compassionate approach to prudent financial management also makes the most economic sense. Placing additional stress on the disadvantaged will increase the costs to health services and police in the long run.
  • Dianne Mitchell
    signed 2019-11-24 17:53:54 -0700
  • Priscilla Hill
    signed 2019-11-24 16:59:29 -0700
    As someone who has spent my entire career trying to help families who are financially challenged or marginalized, I can’t say strongly enough that these cuts must not happen! I’m more than happy to pay a tax increase if it means that services that are already in place, continue to be in place and support all members of our community.
  • Chris Weingarth
    signed 2019-11-24 16:47:31 -0700
  • victoria michkofsky
    signed 2019-11-24 14:16:12 -0700
  • Arlene McGrath
    signed 2019-11-24 14:13:10 -0700
    I’m for NOT lowering property taxes. Do what you have to do to protect the supports and services to the most vulnerable in our city. With residential property values being lower, it won’t make much, if any difference to most homeowners to raise the tax rate by 1.5% or 3% so that current supports and services can be maintained.
  • Dawn Lavigne
    signed 2019-11-23 22:51:18 -0700
  • Claire Kraatz
    signed 2019-11-23 20:46:26 -0700
    Claire M Kraatz
  • Rajko Pavic
    @RJ_Pavic tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-22 22:06:31 -0700
    Sign the petition: Protect the most vulnerable in the City of Calgary budget deliberations.
  • Rajko Pavic
    signed 2019-11-22 22:06:03 -0700
  • Brie Nelson
    signed 2019-11-22 17:24:43 -0700
  • Tanisha Parmar
    signed 2019-11-22 14:16:32 -0700
  • Suzanne Galesloot
    signed 2019-11-22 11:54:33 -0700
  • Marie-Michelle Melotte
    signed 2019-11-22 10:54:24 -0700
  • Louise Prenovost
    signed 2019-11-22 10:16:06 -0700
    I am retired and I have 2 adult unemployed sons- a very stressful situation.
  • Donna Fallon
    signed 2019-11-22 09:54:12 -0700
  • Jessica McCarrel
    signed 2019-11-22 04:05:36 -0700