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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Megan Bowering-Vickerman
Sandy McCulloch
Robin Bowering
Sarah Elliot
Stephanie Urquhart
Linda Lord-Purdy
Julius Oni
Crystal Mackenzie
Stephanie Ovens
Douglas Woodhouse
Teresa McCallum
Erin Fingler
David Tano
Sue Forsyth
Ed Britton
Myrl Eddy
Louise Prenovost
Avery Beaudin
Kathryn Chapman
Imogene Roulson
Karen Huggins
Dave Holmes
Monica Furlotte
Laura Parken
Brie Nelson
Donna Ontonio
Taranjit Mand
Richard Woodhouse
Nathalie Woodhouse
Alissa Carson
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  • Megan Bowering-Vickerman
    signed 2019-07-22 10:01:54 -0600
  • Sandy McCulloch
    signed 2019-07-22 09:50:44 -0600
  • Robin Bowering
    signed 2019-07-22 09:49:27 -0600
  • Sarah Elliot
    signed 2019-07-22 09:44:20 -0600
  • Stephanie Urquhart
    signed via 2019-07-22 09:42:20 -0600
  • Linda Lord-Purdy
    signed via 2019-07-22 09:12:41 -0600
  • Julius Oni
    signed via 2019-07-22 08:46:16 -0600
  • Crystal Mackenzie
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  • Stephanie Ovens
    signed via 2019-07-22 08:26:31 -0600
  • Douglas Woodhouse
    signed 2019-07-22 08:19:34 -0600
    Responsible development involves properly funding the existing and future infrastructure and services required to maintain a safe and vibrant city for all. I expect developments on the periphery of the city will be immediately put on hold until existing communities can be guaranteed appropriate investment and support.
  • Teresa McCallum
    signed via 2019-07-22 08:12:49 -0600
    Please do not decrease access and ability to our most vulnerable populations. Those of us with enough can grumble about cuts, but the proposed cuts to transit and programs for the mentally ill and low income population is cruel and affects their ability to live.
  • Erin Fingler
    signed via 2019-07-22 08:04:13 -0600
  • David Tano
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  • Sue Forsyth
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  • Ed Britton
    signed 2019-07-22 06:47:09 -0600
    I support maintaining the current transit routes and fare structure.
  • Myrl Eddy
    signed via 2019-07-22 05:51:15 -0600
  • Louise Prenovost
    signed 2019-07-22 00:27:44 -0600
    Calgary’s vulnerable are counting on you councillors to act wisely so they can become assets yo our community.
  • Avery Beaudin
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  • Kathryn Chapman
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  • Imogene Roulson
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  • Karen Huggins
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  • Dave Holmes
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  • Monica Furlotte
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  • Laura Parken
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  • Brie Nelson
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  • Donna Ontonio
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    Donna Ontonio
  • Taranjit Mand
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    Taranjit Mand
  • Richard Woodhouse
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  • Nathalie Woodhouse
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  • Alissa Carson
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