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

Gael James
Marilyn Breitman
Marjorie MacRae
Harmesh Gogi
Carla Hills
Gayl Veinotte
Colleen Bowman
Lynette James
Yvonne Schmitz
Alex Tabler
Patricia Conway
Glynis Falloon
Marilyn Shaw
Kiran Meer
Charlotte Jordan
Vicky Dobkins
Ravinder Badesha
Simon Barrick
Azimali Daredia
Melissa Knive
Braeden Davis
Jamilah Edwards
Roseanne Bercier
Eve Thorne
Marilyn Haugen
Emily Reinhart
Curvin Stevens
Jennah Martens-Forrester
Hanna Thai
Najar Dhaliwal
888 signatures

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  • Gael James
    signed 2019-07-20 14:25:18 -0600
    Gees, it’s tough enough having a physical disability. Please don’t take away transport for these vulnerable folks.
  • Marilyn Breitman
    signed via 2019-07-20 13:50:18 -0600
  • Marjorie MacRae
    signed 2019-07-20 13:35:33 -0600
  • Harmesh Gogi
    signed 2019-07-20 13:20:55 -0600
  • Carla Hills
    signed 2019-07-20 13:19:30 -0600
  • Gayl Veinotte
    signed 2019-07-20 13:00:32 -0600
    I have been paying taxes in Canada for over 50 years (half a century) and in Calgary, Alberta, for over 40 years. I am appalled at how out of touch this Council has shown itself to be — mult-million and billion dollar legacy projects, but the most vulnerable, least able to take one more economic hit stand to lose their ability to even travel to a job? To each and every Council member: Do you people not know where taxes come from? There’s no Property Tax Fairy. There’s no Provincial Income Tax Fairy. There are no Tinkerbells at all, in fact. You derive your income from from the hard work of every citizen. If you can’t show compassion or humility or even financial sense, step aside for people who can. The next election cannot come soon enough.
  • Colleen Bowman
    signed 2019-07-20 11:37:32 -0600
  • Lynette James
    signed 2019-07-20 11:33:14 -0600
    The low income bus pass has made a world of difference in my life. I am volunteering for 3 theatres, for example. My contribution to the arts and culture of this city is only possible because I do not have to pay each time I go downtown to volunteer.
  • Yvonne Schmitz
    signed 2019-07-20 11:04:23 -0600
    It is critical that we not only maintain, but increase the crucial services that the City provides. Everyone’s ability to access health food, affordable housing and transportation, and have a good quality of life makes for a healthier and happier community, Any further reduction in services for vulnerable citizens ultimately harms us all.
  • Alex Tabler
    signed 2019-07-20 10:53:38 -0600
  • Patricia Conway
    signed 2019-07-20 10:49:29 -0600
    There should be no money for a new Flames hockey rink while Calgarians are struggling to make ends meet, while some Calgary families must live in churches even though the parents are working – they don’t earn enough to rent here, transit is their lifeline to job security, grocery shopping and social interaction. There must be no money for a Flames hockey rink while so many people need the Food Bank! The wealthy owner of the Flames can buy his own hockey rink. Our City government must support citizens first.
  • Glynis Falloon
    signed 2019-07-20 10:07:32 -0600
  • Marilyn Shaw
    signed 2019-07-20 10:06:10 -0600
  • Kiran Meer
    signed 2019-07-20 09:53:11 -0600
  • Charlotte Jordan
    signed 2019-07-20 09:14:26 -0600
  • Vicky Dobkins
    signed 2019-07-20 08:36:37 -0600
  • Ravinder Badesha
    signed 2019-07-20 04:32:03 -0600
  • Simon Barrick
    signed 2019-07-19 23:07:53 -0600
  • Azimali Daredia
    signed 2019-07-19 22:35:13 -0600
  • Melissa Knive
    signed 2019-07-19 22:24:04 -0600
    The poor, literally, can’t afford cuts.
  • Braeden Davis
    signed 2019-07-19 22:22:03 -0600
  • Jamilah Edwards
    signed 2019-07-19 19:37:45 -0600
  • Roseanne Bercier
    signed 2019-07-19 19:25:26 -0600
    My prayers are with the vulnerable. I am one.
  • Eve Thorne
    signed 2019-07-19 18:35:04 -0600
    I’m sure that the most vulnerable people were not the respondents in the survey that gave the OK to cut services.

    We are living in a climate emergency, so transit should be enhanced, not cut.

    Fire services should not be cut further.

    If urban sprawl is expensive, then make cuts there. Remember to put aside money for affordable housing, which is not solved by more suburban developments.
  • Marilyn Haugen
    signed 2019-07-19 17:10:54 -0600
  • Emily Reinhart
    signed 2019-07-19 17:07:20 -0600
  • Curvin Stevens
    signed 2019-07-19 16:48:07 -0600
  • Jennah Martens-Forrester
    signed 2019-07-19 14:39:50 -0600
  • Hanna Thai
    signed 2019-07-19 14:36:32 -0600
  • Najar Dhaliwal
    signed 2019-07-19 13:29:29 -0600
    Please stop reconstruction of Victoria LRT Station for time being and some more similar less priority projects should be delayed.

    City hall should consult Calgarians and take them in confidedance before doing any brutal cutting of services.