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

Mary Salvani
Prabhjot Thind
Hiamnsh Kunj
Upkar Baidwan
Rosemarie Smeltzer
Varinder Toor
Beth Kenney
Bert Enns
Ronald Neufeldt
Misty Patenaude
sabrina mein
Myrl Eddy
Lakhwinder Hans
Hilary Chapple
Paul Armstrong
Yvonne Schmitz
Katharine Heimbigner-Tenor
joan farkas
Barb Kunert
Annamarie Bollmann
Jonathan van Heyst
Carolyn Connors
Monique Greenwood
Muhammad Mujtaba Ahmed
Manjit Nijjer
Ian Clark
Jonas Cornelsen
Kathleen Olmstead
161 signatures

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Showing 136 reactions

  • Mary Salvani
    signed via 2019-11-19 07:49:55 -0700
    Please keep the low income bus pass price the same. Don’t cut Calgary transit service level the same too
  • Prabhjot Thind
    signed 2019-11-19 07:12:23 -0700
  • Hiamnsh Kunj
    signed 2019-11-19 00:10:48 -0700
    Public needs transit, people need jobs. Help us to make better Calgary. More motivation. Thank you
  • Upkar Baidwan
    signed 2019-11-19 00:00:32 -0700
  • Rosemarie Smeltzer
    signed 2019-11-18 23:06:05 -0700
  • Varinder Toor
    signed 2019-11-18 22:17:02 -0700
    Stop public transit cuts
  • Beth Kenney
    signed 2019-11-18 21:26:01 -0700
    For the city of Calgary to commit millions of dollars to a hockey/entertainment facility while cutting services is a disgrace.

    This city needs to hold back on some of the things on our “want” list and stick to the “needs” list.

    Please vote against the canabaliztion of city services and the jobs and security of the people that keep this city going.
  • Bert Enns
    signed 2019-11-18 21:21:32 -0700
  • Ronald Neufeldt
    signed 2019-11-18 19:57:45 -0700
  • Misty Patenaude
    signed 2019-11-18 19:28:02 -0700
  • sabrina mein
    @peacedragon619 tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-18 19:20:21 -0700
    Sign the petition: Please sign our petition
  • sabrina mein
    signed 2019-11-18 19:20:03 -0700
  • Myrl Eddy
    signed 2019-11-18 19:00:19 -0700
  • Lakhwinder Hans
    signed 2019-11-18 18:28:00 -0700
  • Hilary Chapple
    signed 2019-11-18 18:13:27 -0700
  • Paul Armstrong
    signed 2019-11-18 18:12:21 -0700
    Why does city council go after the most vulnerable in society instead of taxing the rich??
  • Yvonne Schmitz
    signed 2019-11-18 17:31:17 -0700
    I feel very strongly about preserving the low income transit pass, the high quality library services, the level of funding we provide now for FCSS and increasing our investment in affordable housing.
  • Katharine Heimbigner-Tenor
    signed 2019-11-18 17:03:25 -0700
    Katharine L Heimbigner-Tenor
  • joan farkas
    @joanmlfarkas tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-18 16:29:39 -0700
    Sign the petition: Please sign our petition
  • joan farkas
    signed 2019-11-18 16:27:39 -0700
    Joan Farkas
  • Barb Kunert
    signed 2019-11-18 16:16:53 -0700
  • Annamarie Bollmann
    signed 2019-11-18 15:22:56 -0700
  • Jonathan van Heyst
    signed 2019-11-18 14:15:54 -0700
  • Carolyn Connors
    signed 2019-11-18 14:00:53 -0700
  • Monique Greenwood
    signed 2019-11-18 13:47:52 -0700
  • Muhammad Mujtaba Ahmed
    signed 2019-11-18 13:34:09 -0700
  • Manjit Nijjer
    signed 2019-11-18 13:31:13 -0700
    Please do not cut transit service.
  • Ian Clark
    signed 2019-11-18 13:30:41 -0700
  • Jonas Cornelsen
    signed 2019-11-18 13:19:45 -0700
  • Kathleen Olmstead
    signed 2019-11-18 13:16:16 -0700
    Kathleen Olmstead