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

Chantelle Robinson
Harpreet Singh
Gurpreet Saini
Gary Megenbir
Theo Szydlowski
Destiny Patenaude
Barbara Edmunds
Amandeep Nannar
Jon Brydges
Manjinder Duggal
Lucy Altrows
Cat Schick
Simon Barrick
Jilayne Davidson
Alexa McGinn
Ayesha Shaikh
Lisa Bridges
Mary Saucier
Laura Koltutsky
Jen Shukuda
Holly DeSimone
Allyson Dann
Roger Martin
Janet Hutchinson
Garry Nolte
161 signatures

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  • Chantelle Robinson
    @ChanLRobinson tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-18 13:12:15 -0700
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  • Chantelle Robinson
    signed 2019-11-18 13:11:57 -0700
  • Harpreet Singh
    signed 2019-11-18 13:03:49 -0700
  • Gurpreet saini
    @gurpreetcanada tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-18 13:03:23 -0700
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  • Gurpreet Saini
    signed 2019-11-18 13:02:00 -0700
    There should be no cuts to transit.
  • Gary Megenbir
    signed 2019-11-18 13:00:48 -0700
  • Theo Szydlowski
    signed 2019-11-18 12:59:29 -0700
  • Destiny Patenaude
    signed 2019-11-18 12:58:11 -0700
  • Barbara Edmunds
    signed 2019-11-18 12:32:47 -0700
    Someone very close to me is on AISH. The provincial Gov’t is reducing AISH income starting Jan 2020 and if there is also a significant increase in the cost of a transit pass it will be extremely difficult for these folks to manage financially.
  • Amandeep Nannar
    signed 2019-11-18 12:14:03 -0700
    We need a strong and well established TRANSIT SYSTEM. Do not make shortage on findings.
  • Jon Brydges
    signed 2019-11-18 11:54:36 -0700
  • Manjinder Duggal
    signed 2019-11-18 11:47:00 -0700
    Plz don’t cut on transit, our city Council need to understand if people don’t have jobs they can’t afford their own vehicles to go places and more people will need more services from transit to commute. So we should help all those needy people by giving them more efficient and reliable services thx
  • Lucy Altrows
    signed 2019-11-18 11:45:35 -0700
  • Cat Schick
    signed 2019-11-18 11:41:55 -0700
  • Simon Barrick
    @Simonthecurler tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-18 11:38:50 -0700
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  • Simon Barrick
    signed 2019-11-18 11:38:23 -0700
  • Jilayne Davidson
    signed 2019-11-18 11:30:51 -0700
  • Alexa McGinn
    signed 2019-11-18 11:25:23 -0700
  • Ayesha Shaikh
    signed 2019-11-18 11:20:30 -0700
  • Lisa Bridges
    signed 2019-11-18 11:19:32 -0700
  • Mary Saucier
    signed 2019-11-18 11:04:21 -0700
    Dear city council,

    “The society that looks after its most vulnerable members stays strong.” We must remember this! Better delay temporarily some infrastructure project than leave people hungry and homeless.


    Mary Saucier
  • Laura Koltutsky
    signed via 2019-11-18 10:57:26 -0700
  • Jen Shukuda
    signed 2019-11-18 10:55:57 -0700
  • Holly
    @canadiangal5 tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-18 10:54:01 -0700
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  • Holly DeSimone
    signed 2019-11-18 10:53:15 -0700
  • Allyson Dann
    signed 2019-11-18 10:40:09 -0700
    Allyson Dann
  • Roger Martin
    @Pluto101Roger tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-18 10:38:29 -0700
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  • Roger Martin
    signed 2019-11-18 10:38:07 -0700
    The transit cut and increases means that many low income seniors will not be able to afford this

    increase and will be stuck in their apartment unable to visit friends or go to medical appointment.

    This will also effect the health of these same seniors
  • Janet Hutchinson
    signed via 2019-11-18 10:26:13 -0700
    Janet Hutchinson
  • Garry Nolte
    signed 2019-11-18 10:17:03 -0700
    Don’t cut subsided bus passed

    Im on Aish Disability