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.

Who's signing

Kirti Bhadresa
Tammy Johnston
Richard Bronstein
Deanna Witwer
Talia Potter
nick wu
Nicholas Stebanuk
Joshua Ambridge-B.
Stacey Mcdonald
Anne Zabala
Bryon Gallanr
Ian Ridewood
Christopher Lawrence
Sarah Campbell
Kelly Doody
Dolores Salvani
Jerome Salvani
Marina Giacomin
Alexe Bernier
Chad Zelensky
Jasjeet Jassal
Kim Storebo
Megan Clarke
Nicole Montford
Rubirose Ong
Sheeba Vijayan
Roger Martin
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  • Kirti Bhadresa
    signed 2019-07-23 10:42:37 -0600
  • Tammy Johnston
    signed 2019-07-23 10:20:45 -0600
    It’s imperative that our most vulnerable also be our first priority. This includes the working poor, as well as those without a home or job at all. As a resident of the Beltline, I see these people, my neighbours, every day. They are not nameless, faceless numbers, but survivors struggling to do their best with what they have. Let’s not make things any harder for them.
  • Richard Bronstein
    signed 2019-07-23 10:19:30 -0600
    Impressive mobilization campaign. Let’s keep it up all year long.
  • Deanna Witwer
    signed 2019-07-23 10:17:12 -0600
  • Talia Potter
    signed 2019-07-23 09:58:34 -0600
  • nick wu
    signed 2019-07-23 09:53:17 -0600
  • Nicholas Stebanuk
    signed 2019-07-23 09:50:00 -0600
    I take transit on a daily basis and my partner takes calgary transit access calgary and if you guys cut either one such as the low income bus pass or Calgary transit access then we wont be able to get around
  • Joshua Ambridge-B.
    signed 2019-07-23 09:30:55 -0600
  • Stacey Mcdonald
    signed 2019-07-23 09:23:30 -0600
  • Anne Zabala
    signed 2019-07-23 09:06:09 -0600
  • Ian
    @ianridewood tweeted link to this page. 2019-07-23 09:01:47 -0600
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  • Bryon Gallanr
    signed 2019-07-23 09:01:20 -0600
    We are as valuable of people as those we generate a profit for the city. To take a step back will be detrimental to so many people.
  • Ian Ridewood
    signed 2019-07-23 09:00:14 -0600
  • Christopher Lawrence
    signed 2019-07-23 08:36:20 -0600
  • Sarah Campbell
    signed via 2019-07-23 08:26:00 -0600
  • Kelly Doody
    signed 2019-07-23 08:16:13 -0600
  • Dolores Salvani
    signed 2019-07-23 07:53:00 -0600
    My husband and I use Calgary Transit Access everyday to go to various programs meant for seniors in Calgary, including programs at Carya East and Kerby center. We have fun at those places with our friends. Please don’t cut Calgary Transit Access, and don’t cut funding to these programs either.

    Also my daughter goes to the Alex Community Health center and the Alex Community Food center. To her those places feel like home because of the people she has met there. Don’t cut their funding too. We need more safe and welcoming spaces like those 2 places in our city!
  • Jerome Salvani
    signed 2019-07-23 07:47:29 -0600
    Please don’t cut Calgary Transit Access services. Also don’t cut funding to agencies such as the Kerby Center, Carya East, The Alex Community Food Center, the Alex Community Health Center. These programs and Calgary Transit Access help me and my wife have fun in the city rather than being isolated seniors.
  • Marina Giacomin
    signed 2019-07-23 07:25:24 -0600
  • Alexe Bernier
    signed 2019-07-23 07:16:50 -0600
  • Chad Zelensky
    signed 2019-07-23 06:42:14 -0600
  • Jasjeet Jassal
    signed 2019-07-23 06:27:50 -0600
  • Kim Storebo
    signed 2019-07-23 04:36:09 -0600
  • Megan Clarke
    signed 2019-07-23 01:54:33 -0600
    Please don’t cut it, your making lives harder, find better ways, please.
  • Nicole Montford
    signed 2019-07-23 00:35:16 -0600
  • bengreyesong
    @bengkers tweeted link to this page. 2019-07-23 00:20:26 -0600
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  • Rubirose Ong
    signed 2019-07-23 00:19:48 -0600
  • Sheeba Vijayan
    signed 2019-07-22 23:50:17 -0600
    To reduce the growing income inequality, the City of Calgary needs to introduce policies that promote the dignity of Calgarians facing high risk of effects of poverty. First step – Meet the requests of #KeepCalgaryStrong
  • Roger Martin
    @Pluto101Roger tweeted link to this page. 2019-07-22 23:46:28 -0600
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  • Roger Martin
    signed 2019-07-22 23:44:40 -0600
    Why hurt the volnuable people of Calgary.

    You can get the same required amount from the rich people that would not even feel

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