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

Darren Tenor
Jessica Clements
Jacob Van Pernis
Tim Southwood
sandy mehay
Stephanie Hopkins
Gurdeep Singh
Prabhdeepak Sandhar
Amaris Shenfield
Harleen Brar
Sardul Samra
Stephanie Perrin
Jeanna Muir
Alexe Bernier
Donna Rapp
Nevena Ivanovic
Alina Ahmed
Inderjit Deol
Aileen Ling
Carrie Bosinski
Balihar Singh Dhillon
Karen Orr
Jean Primo-Revells
Mary Anne Schleinich
John Wright
Derek Cook
Franco Savoia
Mary-Anne Znotins
Jerry Fawcett
161 signatures

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  • Darren Tenor
    signed 2019-11-21 22:55:32 -0700
  • Jessica Clements
    signed 2019-11-21 14:56:16 -0700
    Jessica Clements
  • Jacob Van Pernis
    signed 2019-11-21 13:53:55 -0700
  • Tim Southwood
    signed 2019-11-21 12:09:40 -0700
  • sandy mehay
    signed 2019-11-21 10:13:45 -0700
  • Stephanie Hopkins
    signed 2019-11-21 07:01:09 -0700
  • Gurdeep Singh
    signed 2019-11-21 00:16:42 -0700
  • Prabhdeepak Sandhar
    signed 2019-11-20 23:01:14 -0700
  • Amaris Shenfield
    signed 2019-11-20 19:34:38 -0700
  • Harleen Brar
    signed 2019-11-20 18:41:42 -0700
    Harleen Brar
  • Sardul Samra
    signed 2019-11-20 17:59:18 -0700
  • Stephanie Perrin
    signed 2019-11-20 17:30:15 -0700
  • Jeanna Muir
    signed 2019-11-20 16:20:22 -0700
  • Alexe Bernier
    signed 2019-11-20 16:02:50 -0700
  • Donna Rapp
    signed 2019-11-20 14:59:56 -0700
  • Nevena Ivanovic
    signed 2019-11-20 14:47:19 -0700
  • Alina Ahmed
    signed 2019-11-20 13:42:51 -0700
    No more budget cuts for transit employees we can barely afford living on what they pay us
  • Inderjit Deol
    signed 2019-11-20 12:37:02 -0700
  • Aileen Ling
    signed 2019-11-20 11:05:47 -0700
    Aileen Ling
  • Carrie Bosinski
    signed 2019-11-20 10:17:48 -0700
  • Balihar Singh Dhillon
    signed 2019-11-19 19:10:56 -0700
    Balihar Singh Dhillon
  • Karen Orr
    signed 2019-11-19 18:13:37 -0700
  • Jean Primo-Revells
    signed 2019-11-19 16:31:20 -0700
  • Mary Anne Schleinich
    signed 2019-11-19 15:07:03 -0700
    I am also greatly concerned recent regarding cuts to services that helped sex traffickers in Calgary. These include adolescents taken from every neighbourhood, groomed into isolation, and living as actual slaves to pimps and gangs. It takes a great deal of effort to tackle this problem, and relying on two police officers in one Calgary neighbourhood and non-profits is simply not enough. These are our sisters and daughters and much more important than marketing the fossil fuel industry, building a new arena, and tweaking business taxes. Calgary’s safety net needs strengthening, not weakening, and right now.
  • John Wright
    signed via 2019-11-19 11:51:08 -0700
    John Wright
  • Derek Cook
    signed via 2019-11-19 11:09:32 -0700
    This is a good time to remember our commitment to the City’s poverty strategy that is founded on the understanding that there is enough for all.
  • Franco Savoia
    @FrancoSavoia2 tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-19 09:46:25 -0700
    Sign the petition: Please sign our petition
  • Franco Savoia
    signed 2019-11-19 09:46:08 -0700
    I support increasing taxes to ensure that the our poor and vulnerable are supported.
  • Mary-Anne Znotins
    signed 2019-11-19 09:19:47 -0700
  • Jerry Fawcett
    signed via 2019-11-19 08:09:23 -0700
    It is essential that the City maintain public services to Calgary’s vulnerable citizens.