Please sign our letter

July 5, 2019
Dear Mayor Nenshi and City of Calgary Councillors,

#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. 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.

We request that at its July 22, 2019 meeting, City Council allow #KeepCalgaryStrong coalition to express our concerns regarding the impact of cuts on our most vulnerable fellow citizens. Specifically, we are requesting that City Council:

1. Preserve services to the vulnerable and those on low incomes. (Concerning 122,000

2. Maintain current transit services and fare structure (Concerning 330,000 Calgarians)

3. Keep moving forward with Calgary’s mental health and addictions strategy. Specifically, this
includes providing adequate funding for effective implementation. (Concerning 260,000

We understand that the City needs to find savings. We suggest that the City consider for example pausing the expansion into 14 new suburbs and repurposing the business opportunity fund.

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. Thank you in advance for considering our request to speak to Council at its July 22, 2019 meeting. We welcome the opportunity to work together toward our shared goals.

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Amanda Aust
Alberta Williams
Robert Walker
Janine Bracewell
Gurmit Bhachu
Eric Smith
Robin Parrett
Bridget Lacey
Eleanor Finger
Betty Whalen
Franco Savoia
Bonnie Dittmann
Denise Young
Kevin Mathews
Jilayne Davidson
Dan Kary
Ida Tjosvold
beatrice mclaren
Melissa deJong
Kyra Newton
Michael Mahar
Elaine Ward
Rebecca Cheng
Chadwick Dawes
Frits Pannekoek
Elise Janz
Rosalinda Hernandez
Carissa Gravelle
Kevan Hunter
Julie Bousfield
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  • Amanda Aust
    signed 2019-07-24 13:14:11 -0600
    Amanda Aust
  • Alberta Williams
    signed 2019-07-24 12:39:11 -0600
    This is an atrocious idea. Let the billionaire pay for his own project, he can afford it!
  • Robert Walker
    signed 2019-07-24 12:29:45 -0600
  • Janine Bracewell
    signed via 2019-07-24 11:50:35 -0600
  • Gurmit Bhachu
    signed 2019-07-24 09:38:13 -0600
  • Eric Smith
    signed via 2019-07-24 08:47:37 -0600
  • Robin Parrett
    signed 2019-07-24 00:05:27 -0600
  • Bridget Lacey
    signed 2019-07-23 23:40:50 -0600
    I don’t care about a hockey rink for rich people. I care about the services that affect us all.
  • Eleanor Finger
    signed 2019-07-23 21:59:19 -0600
  • Betty Whalen
    signed 2019-07-23 20:26:11 -0600
  • Franco Savoia
    signed 2019-07-23 20:20:49 -0600
    Franco Savoia
  • Bonnie Dittmann
    signed 2019-07-23 19:22:25 -0600
    Bonnie Dittmann
  • Denise Young
    signed 2019-07-23 19:01:05 -0600
  • Kevin Mathews
    signed 2019-07-23 15:55:18 -0600
  • Jilayne Davidson
    signed 2019-07-23 15:52:32 -0600
    I grew up in Calgary. So sad to see growing homelessness. Most people don’t realize that the largest homeless shelter in Canada was built here during the boom! A time of unprecedented wealth in this country. That speaks to the terrible priorities of the government at that time. NO MORE!
  • Dan Kary
    signed 2019-07-23 15:18:38 -0600
  • Ida Tjosvold
    signed 2019-07-23 14:41:33 -0600
  • beatrice mclaren
    signed 2019-07-23 14:37:17 -0600
    what kind of City do we want for our children and our elderly and our sick?

    What kid of City do we want to live in?

    please Speak up and speak out if you want a good and decent place for families.
  • Melissa deJong
    signed 2019-07-23 14:33:14 -0600
  • Kyra Newton
    signed 2019-07-23 13:56:07 -0600
    The idea that Calgary would spend money to build a new arena and reduce funding to fire emergency, police, and transit is illogical and disturbing, to say the least. An arena will benefit a small handful of people, whereas the budget cuts to the public safety and transit sectors will affect the whole city. The cuts should not be made and the arena should not be built if it is going to affect the safety and well-being of Calgarians.
  • Michael Mahar
    signed 2019-07-23 13:18:40 -0600
    You need to maintain a world class public transit system to remain a world class city. We need long term sustainable operational funding to reap the benefits of all the capital/rolling stock improvements made to the system over the last few years. Cutting the operational budget now would be implementing barriers to insure your failure. I urge you not to go down this path.
  • Elaine Ward
    signed 2019-07-23 13:09:36 -0600
    The only people that can afford a ticket to the Calgary Flames games at its current location are the more affluent Calgarians and visitors. Therefore, a new Event Centre means the tickets will be even more unaffordable for the average Calgarian, never mind low-income citizens. What the City desperately needs is increased housing for its low income population and enhanced services for the least fortunate in our society. Its the ethical thing to do!
  • Rebecca Cheng
    signed 2019-07-23 12:20:00 -0600
    Please do not cut Calgary Transit Access, I need it to go to my program every day.
  • Chadwick Dawes
    signed 2019-07-23 12:13:53 -0600
    Find it disgusting we are cutting core services and then trying to ram through 4 times that amount for an arena!
  • Frits Pannekoek
    signed 2019-07-23 11:50:56 -0600
  • Elise Janz
    signed 2019-07-23 11:49:54 -0600
  • Rosalinda Hernandez
    signed 2019-07-23 11:31:38 -0600
  • Carissa Gravelle
    signed 2019-07-23 11:19:51 -0600
  • Kevan Hunter
    signed 2019-07-23 11:10:01 -0600
  • Julie Bousfield
    signed 2019-07-23 10:53:18 -0600