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17Schoolboardtest3
  
Separate school trustee
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9/18/2017 1:15 PM
18ChrisBlatch
  
Councillor
1.0
http://www.calgary.ca/election/PublishingImages/Photos/Christopher_Blatch-Ward1.jpgHQQBTtH37HY403-714-1221BlatchWard1@gmail.comhttp://BlatchWard1.cahttps://www.facebook.com/BlatchWard1/https://twitter.com/chris_blatch
Chris has deep roots in Ward 1 & devotes much of his free time to building and engaging our community. Born in Winnipeg, he arrived in Calgary during the '88 Olympics. He has watched our city grow and takes an active part in shaping Calgary into the place we are proud to call home.

He has long been an advocate for political engagement, veterans, accessible libraries,  local history preservation, & poverty reduction.

He attended U of C & achieved multiple degrees in Political Science & Sociology (with a concentration in Criminology), as well as a background in Museum and Heritage studies.

Chris then followed in a family tradition of Canadian Military Service becoming an Officer in the Canadian Army, where he learned how to lead & achieve objectives, while being accountable for his decisions.

He worked in the Oil & Gas Industry in Alberta, learning the value of a dollar and a hard day’s work.

Sharing his passion for learning, Chris went on to work at both the Crowfoot & Bowness locations of the Calgary Public Library. He now enjoys his work with families as a Librarian at a local K-9 school.

He is proud of his volunteer work with a wide array of organizations such as Inn from the Cold, the Royal Canadian Legion, Calgary Historical Societies, the Royal Alberta United Services Institute, Highland Games throughout Alberta, and his Community Association.

Chris lives with his Fiancee & pet rabbit in Ward 1, spending his spare time gardening, birdwatching, reading, & painting.
WHAT DO I STAND FOR?

Everyone deserves a Sensible, Approachable, Accessible, and Personable City Council. I am devoted to open dialogue, and sensible coherent policies based on a common sense approach that understands, listens, and values constituents. I will be your voice to ensure:


1: Accountability & Prioritization


I will ensure Council identifies and organizes it’s priorities.


The Current Council tries to defer responsibility by delegating vital decisions to unaccountable committees. They refuse to make decisions and pour money into unending studies to avoid accountability.

In tough economic times, tough decisions need to be made.


Unfortunately, we can’t have it all. I will make certain that Council’s first focus is on necessities, and only then moves forward with other reasonable projects. I will keep constituents informed of what is impacting their communities, ensuring Calgarians know the decisions I make and the reasons behind them.


2: Fiscal Responsibility:


Council must learn to “live within its means”. Taxpayers are not a bottomless source of funds. I am dedicated to identifying which projects are necessary, viable, and will have the greatest return on investment. I will uphold the responsibility of ensuring that every dollar is used wisely, doing away with frivolous spending. I will not forget that every tax dollar comes from the homes of hard working Calgarians.


3: Decency & Decorum


Calgarians deserve a City Council they can be proud of. A Council that acts on behalf of Calgarians, rather than themselves. I will stand against petty rivalries, rude behavior, and the embarrassing antics that are often displayed within out current Council. As your representative, my duty is to ensure your voice is heard and your concerns are fairly addressed. It’s time to change the unprofessional behavior that has become the daily norm at City Hall.


4: Sensible Transit Infrastructure


Calgary needs coherent infrastructure policies, that ensures affordable and effective transportation for all Calgarians. We need to make it cheap and easy to jump on city transit, and for Calgarians to be able to travel by road quickly and safely.


5: Safe Livable Communities


Council must focus on common sense ways to ensure our communities are safe and livable. Front-line community-based policing is vital for the healthy growth of our city. Communities need safe roads, adequate green spaces, recreation opportunities, and accessible amenities –such as markets and libraries– to keep our communities vibrant places we want to live.
9/14/2017 6:26 PM
19LisaDavis
  
Public school trustee
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Lisa has been a strong and consistent advocate for a more responsive, forward looking, and student centered education system over the past few years.  She is looking forward to bringing positive change in accountability and transparency, along with new and innovative programming in STEAM education
(science, technology, engineering, arts and math), to broaden opportunities for students.

With extensive experience in start‐ups and major expansions, Lisa Davis has brought leadership and innovation to a variety of projects, from heading up a fast‐growing retailer’s national real estate expansion program to opening a new office for an international consulting firm. Lisa also founded a unique and highly successful preschool program in Calgary centered on an innovative community hub model.

Lisa is founder of Kids Come First, an independent, not‐for‐profit organization advocating for quality K12 education across Alberta, including improving key areas like STEAM education, math, and funding models.  Lisa has spoken many times in the media about school infrastructure, ensuring funding reaches the classroom to support teachers and students, improving math scores and the social justice issues involved, reducing school fees, abolishing corporate/union donations to trustee campaigns, among other key issues.

Lisa Davis is married and has two children.  She has been a parent in CBE for the last 8 years.

Lisa is running for Trustee in Wards 6 & 7.
Students Count

Calgary students deserve a big vision for education. 

One that matches their potential, addresses changing shifts in the global economy, and provides robust options with equal access for all students.

To achieve this, it's time for a positive change at the CBE.

With too many children failing math, ongoing bussing fiascos, too much money going to administration and not to schools, plus unclear report cards, it's time for a fresh approach at the Calgary Board of Education.

Our children need an outstanding education.

We achieve this by putting students back at the centre of CBE decision-making. This focus means every decision and every dollar supports student success in the classroom. School programming must focus on students' needs today and into the future.

Our 5 Point Platform

1. Math is broken and our children are not getting the math skills they need to move their education forward. 

a. CBE’s failure rate for grade 6 is 56% higher than the Catholic Board, and it’s almost as bad for grade 9.

b. While some parents can afford tutoring or upgrading, many cannot. Frankly, no one should have to.

c. By working with mathematicians we will implement the best methodology to ensure student success.

2. With central administration costs almost double the Catholic Board, we estimate almost $100 million goes into downtown-related costs that should be going into schools. 

a. Tough decisions may need to be made and electing a majority of Students Count team members ensures this happens. 

b. More dollars to schools means more dollars directly benefitting children and their teachers…in the classroom.

3. Report cards are an indication of how a child is doing at school.  While not the only feedback, it is a key indicator.  At the junior high level we need to return to percentage grades. 

4. Student wellness is key to a child’s success.  Under a broad definition of wellness, we want to capture all possible problems in the school.  Whether it is the need for a GSA, a student-to-student problem, or a student struggling; an ombudsman position will address unresolved issues and help guide to a healthy resolution.

5. In the spring government was asked to prohibit union or corporate donations for trustee elections.  They refused.  Students Count candidates will not accept any dollars from these groups. We don’t believe it is healthy for democracy to have unions and companies you may have to negotiate with, able to give money to candidates.

We believe if decisions are made with the lens of what is best for students, they will receive the greatest benefits. Our candidates believe in a greater and more meaningful role for parents in the CBE. 

We believe teachers play a key role in the education of children and need to be supported in their profession. 

We believe administration is an important part of the system but must be focused on delivering services to students effectively and efficiently.

9/19/2017 11:13 AM
20ChrisDavis
  
Councillor
8.0
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With over 25 years of direct involvement in Alberta municipal matters, I bring a wealth of experience to City Hall. I worked as a planning and development lawyer with the City’s law department for eight years and in private practice for over 19 years.  I have seen the development process from all sides. I fought for homeowners and local communities against poor development plans and a sometimes interventionist City Hall. I acted for developers and property owners, as they brought their vision of community building to life.  My experience inside and outside of government has given me a balanced perspective ‐ knowing that while good development is always necessary, not all development is necessarily good!  

My family are 3rd generation Calgarians.  I served as a volunteer and board member on numerous not for profit agencies (including the City’s planning commission), arts organizations, service clubs and condominium boards. I continue to pay taxes and manage a payroll at my own firm where I work in the areas of municipal law, real estate and expropriation law.

I have lived in Calgary most of my life, much of it in Ward 8.  My wife and I recognize that the diversity and vibrancy within Ward 8 are an example for all in Calgary.  At the heart of Canada’s youngest major city, the vitality of Ward 8 and its residents are a critical part of jump‐starting Calgary back into our leadership role.
VALUE FOR TAXES

I will treat Calgarian’s tax dollars with respect, cut wasteful spending, slow the rate of growth on new spending, and look for ways to improve core services without hiking taxes on Calgary families.

I understand the importance of a tax program that not only delivers quality services from our local government, but that prioritizes responsible spending and keeps life affordable for hard‐working Calgarians.

SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS

I will stand up for small businesses in Calgary. I will ensure we see the elimination of business taxes, reduce burdensome red tape, and make Calgary the best city in Canada to start and grow a new business.

I support Calgary’s business improvement areas (BIAs) and their important role in promoting their members’ businesses and attracting Calgarians to their districts.  I will not support any new initiatives by City Council to manage or control these independently funded and managed organizations.

TRUST & ACCOUNTABILITY
 
I will work to rebuild trust between City Council and everyday Calgarians, throw open the doors of City Hall, and work with a new generation of municipal leadership to stamp out a culture of entitlement that has taken hold at City Hall.
 
I will support the elimination of texting and smart phone use during public hearings of City Council. I will move to get public business back in front of the public, with the elimination of closed door meetings for all matters other than personnel items and sensitive contractual issues.

I will ask that Council review its governance role on many of the boards, committees and commissions where it currently has representation or membership.  Independent oversight of these agencies may be compromised by this continued direct participation by Council or its members.

SENSIBLE DEVELOPMENT

With over 27 years of municipal development experience, I know that local communities are best positioned to provide meaningful input on what kind of development is right for their neighbourhoods. While Council has to make the final decision on land use matters, I will reform the local consultation process so that it puts neighbourhoods first. Recognizing that all cities must evolve, planning of cities should not be all “top down” ‐ it should be a collaborative process where the local citizens’ voices matter.

MOVING CALGARY FORWARD

Calgary and Calgarians have a history of rebounding from setbacks.  The downturns following the Turner Valley boom in 1914 and the doldrums of the mid‐20th Century were followed by periods of tremendous growth.  We may not see a similar dramatic turnaround over the next four years, but we must take steps to prepare for it.  The current 30+ per cent downtown vacancy rates and abundance of residential housing are an opportunity for growth. Calgarians need experienced and visionary leadership for the next four years.  
9/19/2017 2:30 PM
21BrentAlexander
  
Councillor
7.0
http://www.calgary.ca/election/PublishingImages/Photos/Brent_Alexander-Ward7.jpgCOMINGSOON587-432-6777info@brentalexander.cahttp://www.BrentAlexander.cahttps://www.facebook.com/BrentAlexanderWard7/https://twitter.com/yycbrenthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/brent-alexander-976b2117/
Engaged

I love Ward 7. It is where I work, got married, adopted our sons. It is where they go to school, play sports, take art classes and fulfill our lives. 

I am passionate about community. From fundraising and volunteering to being on several not for profit boards ‐ often in leadership (most recently West Hillhurst Community Association, Families Matter), I work to see community succeed.

Experienced

I’ve been with RBC for 22 years, currently as a Managing Director for RBC Commercial Financial Services. I have worked with small businesses to some of the largest organizations in Alberta, including AHS, manufacturing, distribution and transportation firms. 

My experience in community ensures I will not be penny wise and pound foolish. My work experience will allow me to get the most value out of every tax dollar our city receives & end the excessive tax increases you have experienced since 2010.
 
Educated

I earned my Bachelor of Commerce, University of Alberta in 1988 and Masters in Business Administration, University of Western Ontario in 1993.

In 2006, I completed the Urban Design (UD) Certificate, Simon Fraser University. UD is an interdisciplinary program for professional architects, urban planners, landscape architects & civil engineering.

In 2016, I completed the Independent Corporate Directors (ICD) Not For Profit program to provide better oversight, governance and board effectiveness so that organizations can succeed and civil society can prosper
Restore Trust:

We need a councilor who understands that trust is of paramount importance to Calgarians. 

• I will not take money from companies or unions. I will not be compromised.
• Restore Evidence Based Decision Making. Your want to trust your councillor is doing the hard work on each issue before them. Three current examples: oYes to Flouride (all public health, medical & dental information support). 

o No cash for CalgaryNext arena. Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal & Toronto teams built their own arenas ‐ so can Calgary. Open to providing excess city land for free. 
o No on Olympic bid based on current info, but open to more info being gathered. Nostalgia & hatred of the IOC are two terrible ways to make decisions. 

Trust is about honouring our word. 

•Honour our contracts with citizens. Midfield Trailer Park residents were blindsided when the offer to relocate them was rescinded. 
•Honour Area Redevelopment Plans (ARPs) of your community and the Municipal Development Plan. No more amendments for developers. 
•Establish an ombudsman office to mediate disputes between residents and departments of the city including Enmax and tax assessors.

Whole Community Planning:
Our communities are more than zoning & density. We need to have Whole Community Plans for the renewal of our community infrastructure & services to ensure we can continue to support our existing and new residents in our communities. 

This must include:

o Restoring transit routes
o Bring back library services to our communities
o Improve community and recreation facilities to accommodate our growing numbers and accessibility for all abilities.
o Planning for more green space in areas with little.
o Preserve our green canopy.
o Diversity of Housing to maintain the diversity of people in our neighborhoods as they gentrify – including seniors housing to allow people to stay in their neighborhoods as they age.
o Renewal and upgrades to our basic infrastructure, such as roads, storm, sewer and flood mitigation.

Financial Competence:
Our tax base has been hit hard since collapse of oil. Yet over the last 7 years, we have had a 52% increase in property taxes. Needs are great – but there are financial limits. 

We must,
•Limit property tax increases to no more than inflation and population growth.
•Council must lead by example and limit our salary increases to zero for the next 4 years, then commence negotiations all the way down the chain of command at City Hall to do the same.
•Prioritize our spending. Like any household, we must take care of the urgent first and the rest will follow when funds are available. 
•Reduce red tape at City Hall for new and existing business to help increase economic performance and job growth.
•Stabilize our arts community as they work to find new funding sources.

Competence can be restored. Contracts with your community will be respected. Your vote counts. Get your voice back. Vote Brent Alexander for Ward 7.
 
9/19/2017 2:26 PM
22SeanChu
  
Councillor
4.0
http://www.calgary.ca/election/PublishingImages/Photos/Sean_Chu-Ward4.jpgGObb_GV9Kws403-879-9696info@seanchu.cahttp://seanchu.cahttp://facebook.com/seanchucalgaryhttp://twitter.com/seanchucalgaryhttp://sean chu
Sean Chu arrived to Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles.

Sean took an extensive role in contributing to his community by working with many boards, and associations in an effort to be a bridge‐builder for the many groups, such as: Being a member of Wildrose Lions Club; Member of the Sien Lok Society; Advisor to the Calgary Chinese Merchant Association; Director of the Federation of Calgary Communities; Director for the Foundations for the Future Charter Academy; and has been on a number of Federal Political Boards.

For his community work over the years, Sean has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; The Alberta Centennial Medal; Calgary Police Service Distinguished Service Medal; and Calgary Police – 20 years Service Medal.

Sean was elected for the first time in 2013 as the Councillor for Ward 4. Sean has two daughters, Jasmine and Sienna. Sean lives in the Ward 4 community of Sandstone.
When I was elected in 2013, I had a clear set of priorities:
  
Better public transit for my Ward, given the challenges we face on Centre Street; making our streets safer for pedestrians and commutes better on our way home; and to bring fiscal accountability and common sense in spending decisions to City Hall. My focus has been these issues, and I want to continue the work that I have started with your help. Our Ward is a developed part of the City and as such we have challenges in improving our transit routes, renovating our community hubs, and ensuring that your property taxes are used properly for infrastructure. Needs vs. wants has always been my mantra.
  
My largest focus during my first term was on the Green Line, and I succeeded in bringing what was only a line on a map, to construction starting in 2020. We were all disappointed by the City’s news that it would be phased. Nowhere in the reports and countless meetings I had, did the City say this would be the case. I fought for funding for the Green Line for a full 45km track, and will continue this fight if reelected. I have pushed the City to find savings so that we can build it north, and we have done that, so much that we could build it to 40th Avenue, two stops north of 16th Avenue. 
  
Second, I have also been the fiscal hawk at City Hall and have continuously pressured City Administration to find savings, review City programs, find innovative solutions to cut costs, and always asked my colleagues when we review budgets and spending to ask if this a need or a want. I will remain the defender of your tax dollars. I will continue to push for the City to keep reviewing all department budgets, and promote a culture of innovation in City staff to find ways to cut costs, in order to provide faster and more efficient services. I am also proposing a panel of small business owners and City administration to find ways to help businesses succeed, rather than be a hindrance to success. If small businesses succeed, our City does also.
  
Finally, I have focused on practical traffic and pedestrian safety measures that make a difference to you and your family. I have pushed hard for repainting our crosswalks, and installing flashing pedestrian crosswalk signs, speed flashing signals, reflective tape on stop signs, in order to help decrease accidents and make it safer for our kids. I have also worked to make changes to major intersections to make traffic flow safer in rush hour, with more turn lights, and redesigned intersections.
  
Better transit for our Ward, fiscal discipline, safety – these have been my areas of focus since 2013, and will continue to be my focus if I earn your support again on October 16th. I have been open, and transparent, and have always treated your tax dollars with respect. With your trust, I hope to continue the work I have started. 
9/20/2017 10:04 AM
23PatriciaBolger
  
Public school trustee
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Patricia Bolger was born and raised in Edmonton. She has spent her entire career in education and intends to continue making an impact as a CBE Trustee. She holds a Bachelor of Education (1991) specializing in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education (1997) in Science from the University of Alberta.

Patricia enjoyed over a decade of successful teaching with public school boards in the Edmonton and Calgary areas. Her experiences working as a classroom and resource teacher with ESL, Learning Disabled, and Gifted students, in a wide range of socio-economic settings, have helped shape her perspective on education. Patricia was a nominee for the Edwin Parr Excellence in Teaching award.

Patricia has been a Board Member with the Discovery Ridge Community Association for the past nine years. She is a Director with the Sabrecats Lacrosse Association and volunteers regularly at her children’s schools. Patricia has volunteered with many other organizations, including the Junior League of Calgary and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Patricia has lived in Calgary for over 20 years with her husband Paul who is a corporate lawyer and a product of the CBE.  They have three children (11, 13 and 15), all of whom attend public schools, and two cats.

Patricia is well informed on issues affecting public education in Calgary and the Province. She has attended and spoken at CBE Public Board meetings and recently served on the naming committee for the new Griffith Woods School.
COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE COMMON SENSE

A strong public education system benefits us all. Regardless of what choices you make for your children, or whether you have children or not, strong public schools make our city and our communities safer, more productive and resilient. 

Community matters. 

I am running for CBE School Trustee because I value public education as an educator, a CBE parent, and an active community volunteer. I am highly qualified and bring a broad perspective to the role. I believe that there should be an expectation and culture of excellence in our public schools.

The time is right to influence positive change through collaboration, respect, and consensus building by bringing my experience, objectivity, and commitment to public education to the Board.

MY KEY PRIORITIES ARE …

ASSESSMENT
 
Improve academic reporting to students and parents. How can this be achieved?

‐ recommend returning to three report cards per year; 
‐ maintain ongoing communication and dialogue with teachers;
‐ use precise indicators to reflect how students are performing in relation to the curriculum; and
‐ consider percentage based assessment in junior high school.

CURRICULUM

All subject areas, Kindergarten through Grade 12, are being updated by Alberta Education over the next several years. As Alberta’s largest school board, the CBE must:

‐ hold Alberta Education accountable throughout the development, implementation, and timely release of the updated curriculum;
‐ collaborate with the Province to ensure the final product is what Albertans need and want; and
‐ confirm that experts in their appropriate fields, businesses/employers, educators, and postsecondary institutions are involved in the process.

STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE
   
CBE schools today offer an immense range of programming in over two hundred schools. How do we elevate the quality of education across the district so that all schools are excelling?
 
‐ analyze what is working in successful schools and replicate it;
‐ provide students with the front line supports required to succeed;
‐ ensure our teachers are supported in the classroom with the necessary personnel and resources;
‐ identify best practices and focus on staff collaboration to share expertise; and
‐ create healthy communities in schools so that everyone feels safe, included, challenged, and valued.

COMMON SENSE AND FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE DECISION MAKING
 
With a $1.3 billion annual budget, it is critical that resources are utilized in the classroom where there is a direct and meaningful impact on student learning.  We must:
‐ increase the fiscal accountability of the CBE; and
‐ minimize duplication and inefficiencies to maximize our education dollars.

      And, apply common sense decision making by:

‐ listening to all stakeholders prior to making decisions; parents, students, educators, and community members; and
‐ taking a step back and looking at the big picture before finalizing decisions.  
9/19/2017 11:09 AM
24SabrinaBartlett
  
Public school trustee
8 & 9http://www.calgary.ca/election/PublishingImages/Photos/Sabrina_Bartlett-PublicSchoolTrusteeWards8-9.jpgeP6yGIP9QOY587-885-0819sabrina@studentscount.cahttp://sabrinabartlett.cahttps://www.facebook.com/SabrinaBartlettTrusteeCandidate/http://twitter.com/trusteesabrina
Sabrina Bartlett believes that Calgary students deserve a big vision for education. One that matches their potential, addresses changing shifts in the global economy, and provides robust options with access for all students.

Sabrina joined the Students Count Team as the best way to ensure change.  Students Count is committed to 5 key priorities and to representing the students, parents and teachers within the system

Sabrina has two children in the public system, one in elementary and one in junior high. She is committed to ensuring that education provides all children with the foundation needed to pursue their passions for a successful future.

Sabrina is a results oriented professional with a proven record of accomplishment. Her experience in developing successful marketing programs has involved data analysis, strategy development and planning. Her analytical skills are key in the work she does for developing and executing plans while staying within budget limitations.  These skills will serve her well as a Trustee.

Her passion for the arts is evident in her volunteer roles. She has served as a director on the School of Alberta Ballet, as well as chairing the Alberta Ballet’s House and Garden Tour for may seasons.

Sabrina graduated from the University of Calgary with Bachelor of Arts, and also holds a diploma from SAIT in Marketing.

On October 16th please vote Sabrina Bartlett for Calgary Public School Trustee in Wards 8 & 9!
Students Count

Calgary students deserve a big vision for education.  

One that matches their potential, addresses changing shifts in the global economy, and provides robust options with equal access for all students. 

To achieve this, it's time for a positive change at the CBE. 

With too many children failing math, ongoing bussing fiascos, too much money going to administration and not to schools, plus unclear report cards, it's time for a fresh approach at the Calgary Board of Education.

Our children need an outstanding education.

We achieve this by putting students back at the centre of CBE decision‐making. This focus means every decision and every dollar supports student success in the classroom. School programming must focus on students' needs today and into the future.

Our 5 Point Platform

1. Math is broken and our children are not getting the math skills they need to move their education forward.  

a. CBE’s failure rate for grade 6 is 56% higher than the Catholic Board, and it’s almost as bad for grade 9. 

b. While some parents can afford tutoring or upgrading, many cannot. Frankly, no one should have to.

c. By working with mathematicians we will implement the best methodology to ensure student success.

2. With central administration costs almost double the Catholic Board, we estimate almost $100 million goes into downtown‐related costs that should be going into schools. 
 
a. Tough decisions may need to be made and electing a majority of Students Count team members ensures this happens.  

b. More dollars to schools means more dollars directly benefitting children and their teachers in the classroom.

3. Report cards are an indication of how a child is doing at school.  While not the only feedback, it is a key indicator.  At the junior high level we need to return to percentage grades.  

4. Student wellness is key to a child’s success.  Under a broad definition of wellness, we want to capture all possible problems in the school.  Whether it is the need for a GSA, a student‐to‐student problem, or a student struggling; an ombudsman position will address unresolved issues and help guide to a healthy resolution.

5. In the spring government was asked to prohibit union or corporate donations for trustee elections.  They refused.  Students Count candidates will not accept any dollars from these groups. We don’t believe it is healthy for democracy to have unions and companies you may have to negotiate with, able to give money to candidates.

We believe if decisions are made with the lens of what is best for students, they will receive the greatest benefits. Our candidates believe in a greater and more meaningful role for parents in the CBE.  

We believe teachers play a key role in the education of children and need to be supported in their profession.
 
We believe administration is an important part of the system but must be focused on delivering services to students effectively and efficiently. 
9/19/2017 6:21 PM
25SarbdeepBaidwan
  
Councillor
5.0
http://www.calgary.ca/election/PublishingImages/Photos/Sarbdeep_Baidwan-Ward5.jpgIGPy-ZFVa1A403-870-2770info@voteforpreet.cahttp://www.voteforpreet.cahttps://www.facebook.com/voteforpreet/https://twitter.com/voteforpreet
I am passionate about community. From fundraising and volunteering to being on several not for profit boards ‐ often in leadership (most recently West Hillhurst Community Association, Families Matter), I work to see community succeed.



STRONG FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY;  
                                                        
* Reduce Calgarians tax burden and help families in these challenging economic times;

* Limit City portion of property tax increases for 4 years to the rate of inflation, to help homeowners.

* No increase in business or non‐residential property taxes above the rate of inflation for 4 years, to help businesses.

* Increase snow removal and other essential city services to the NE, so we get the services we pay for.
 SAFETY, SECURITY & COMMUNITY
  
* Preet supports more NE community police resources, to provide better safety.

* Preet supports more police programs, that fosters better community liaison.

* Preet supports more programs to stop drug addiction and abuse, to help in the fight against drugs.

* Preet support new recreational facilities in newer NE areas, to encourage more community programs and a healthier lifestyle.
ACCOUNTABILITY & ACCESSIBILITY
  
* Stop the Genesis Park rezoning.

* Support legalized secondary suites

* Meet regularly with Community Associations.

* Consult with you & community leaders before voting on important issues.

* Always available to listen and act on your concerns.
9/19/2017 2:20 PM
26DeanBrawn
  
Councillor
7.0
http://www.calgary.ca/election/PublishingImages/Photos/Dean_Brawn-Ward7.jpgKm4kchcKg3Q403-589-4828Dean@DeanBrawn.cahttp://www.DeanBrawnForWard7.comhttp://www.facebook.com/deanbrawnyychttp://@DeanBrawnVOhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/deanbrawn/
Dean Brawn is a third generation Calgarian who has run multiple businesses in the city. This includes a paint recycling business, a marketing firm, and others. He has lived in Ward 7 for over 20 years, raised his family here and is a longtime volunteer for several causes in our community. He volunteers for Vertigo Theatre and the National Music Centre; along with past service to numerous other valuable organizations in the community over the years.

Dean, a recent recipient of an honorary degree from SAIT, is also a proven supporter of health, education and professional development in Calgary, having served on the University of Calgary Alumni Association board and many other organizations. 
Dean is running for Ward 7 because he wants to make Calgary the best place to live, work, have a business, and raise a family. He believes Ward 7 deserves a better representative at City Hall, someone who respects taxpayers’ money and has the life experience required to deliver results. As a long‐time resident of Ward 7 and someone with business and private sector experience, Dean believes he can best represent our community at City Hall.
Dean wants to make Calgary the best city to raise a family, work, and have a business. Dean’s focus is jobs and the economy. With his business experience, he wants to work to make Calgary once again the business‐friendly city Calgarians are proud of, where people can succeed if they work hard. For that to happen, Dean will fight job‐killing taxes and wasteful spending we have suffered from City Hall in recent years. With lower taxes and more efficient management, Calgary can bring back jobs and be a more prosperous city. 

Dean has three major promises to make that happen: 

1. Bringing jobs back to our city and expanding the economy

• Ensure Calgary is the best place to start a business in North America by cutting red tape and business taxes.

2. Demanding City Hall respects taxpayers and delivers results

• Taxes have gone up more than 50% in the past eight years – Calgarians have not seen a 50% improvement in services. Calgarians deserve value for their hard‐earned tax dollars. Councilors must stop wasteful spending on pet projects and self‐interests. We should put that money to good use and deliver tangible results for Calgarians. 

3. Protecting our seniors and our most vulnerable

• Massive property tax increases in recent years have hurt fixed‐income Calgarians, including many seniors, the hardest. City Hall’s out‐of‐control tax hikes must stop, and Calgary must innovate and lead in affordable housing and social services. 
9/19/2017 11:12 AM
27AdamBoechler
  
Councillor
13.0
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Hello, I am Adam Boechler.  A dad, husband, employee, friend, neighbour and citizen.  I try my best at life and am proud of what I have achieved.   

I hold a bachelor’s degree with a major in history.  I spent my formative years at Mount Royal College.  Interesting facts: I was influential in the College becoming a University.  Also, the largest cheque I have ever signed was to the City of Calgary for the inaugural transit u-pass at Mount Royal for $1.5 million dollars.

I spent the majority of my career working in the post-secondary sector, specifically with the elected student leaders from schools across Canada.  I have represented over 120,000 students advocating to all levels of government for improvements to the post-secondary system.  

The past two years my job has been to provide health and wellness solutions to post-secondary students across Canada. 

I’ve travelled the world – I took a year sabbatical, sold all my worldly possessions and bought a one way ticket.  My sweetheart and I travelled through Europe, the Middle East and Asia visiting 79 cities in 21 countries, learned so much about life, people, food and love.

I am a 2014 Calgary White Hat winner - a huge deal in our cow town - the highest honour to receive in hospitality.  I’m very proud of this accomplishment as a born and raised Calgarian.

I’m passionate, a leader, an out-the-box thinker and I’m thrilled to be putting my nomination for City Councillor of ward 13.
I get the sense that the world is facing significant challenges and that I am sitting on the sidelines.  Global warming, the economy, terrorism, our 2013 flood, the Fort McMurray fire, smoke from BC forest fires, the list goes on.  As a natural and trained leader, I will make a positive contribution to my community and the city I call home.  

I have concerns for the world my daughter and the next generation will inherit.  We must utilize technology, innovation and investment to build Calgary into a city of the future, one that serves as an example to municipalities the world over in pursuit of sustainability, cost efficiency and good governance.  

I have an extraordinarily optimistic view of the world, blessed with the opportunities that growing up in Calgary has enabled.  Humanity has shown me beauty that transcends religion, nationality or creed.  People are intrinsically good and we are all in this life together, I am an ally and friend to all communities.

As the voice of Ward 13, I will represent our neighbours by:
• Partnership and relationship building – with citizens, fellow councillors, community centres, other municipalities and levels of government, the Tsuu T’ina and the media.
• Ensuring good governance and corporate fiscal responsibility. 
• Support and advocate for our communities through Parks, Recreation and Transit facilities.

Visit www.voteadamb.com for more details and other exciting ideas including challenges to fellow councillors.  

Given the current economic uncertainty it would be irresponsible to advocate for substantial changes, preferring instead for an evolution to current services rather than revolution.  I want to make small affordable tweaks that provide substantial value to the citizens of Ward 13 and Calgary.  We’re doing a great job already, but must remain diligent in consistently improving city services and infrastructure. 

The immediate future will place many challenges on Council, there are important decisions that will be made.  Decisions on a potential Olympic bid could mean infrastructure investments in a new arena, Ctrain expansion to the airport, and retrofitting to existing winter athletic facilities.  Marijuana legalization, the fentanyl crisis, secondary suites, and economic challenges will all also take analysis and decisive action.  

The role of municipal government is service provision and is more important to the daily lives of citizens than any other level of government.  When you call 911 help is sent, when you turn your taps water pours out, and when you need to relax we have world class parks and recreation facilities.  We have to be focused and determined to leave our city better today, to ensure a prosperous and healthy tomorrow for future generations.  Today I ask for your support in helping me make my mark on Calgary.   Please visit my website at <a target=_blank href="www.voteadamb.com">www.voteadamb.com</a> to learn more about me and for more details on my platform.  Reach out anytime.
9/19/2017 12:33 PM
28SherrisaCelis
  
Councillor
13.0
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Sherrisa Celis is a connector, a volunteer and a proud Calgarian. Sherrisa is also a resident of Ward 13 who believes in the need for accessible representation, improved city consultation before decisions are made, an end to regular property tax increases and the need to build community centres and improved transit options in underserved communities. She is currently employed at a large non‐profit where she focuses on creating programs for seniors and improving community education.
 
Sherrisa has an eye for good government as a former Legislative Liaison Specialist and as a graduate with the degrees in accounting and law.  Sherrisa tours Alberta to give presentations on immigration topics.

Volunteering has been Sherrisa’s passion since she moved to Calgary. She has served as President of the
Council of Filipina‐Canadian Women and as Chairperson of the volunteer committee of the Philippine Festival Council of Alberta organizing the Fiesta Filipino. She is currently a member of an advisory board of the Calgary Police Service.
TAXATION

If you own a home or business in Calgary you’ve noticed the city has been on a rollercoaster of unpredictable tax changes for the last few years. City council has approved near annual tax increases, which have been particularly troubling for local businesses trying to make ends meet, which have left Calgarians feeling the pinch. We’ve all had to wait until 2017 to enjoy tax stability due to a large depletion of our reserve fund. The City of Calgary must realize that during a recession, Calgarians do not have the ability to pay for annual tax increases. Large increases for businesses operating in the suburbs are forcing some over the edge. I’ll work for tax stability at City Hall to get us off the cycle of annual increases which are unsustainable by focusing spending on high quality essential services. The City needs to budget and spend carefully and avoid niche projects and interests which it cannot afford. 

TRANSPORTATION

The daily commute is a reality for most residents of Ward 13. The City of Calgary needs to ensure adequate planning for our future transportation needs by improving public transportation and road planning. Our communities can be made more walkable and safe through a more proactive assessment of the needs of the community and the increased use of cross walks and lights. We also need to keep Calgary moving through an improved snow removal plan in the winter months.

CONSULTATION

Residents deserve to be consulted in a meaningful way about developments that will impact their community. The City of Calgary must take public input into consideration before a project is approved, not afterwards. Community support should be a key element for a project to move forward and opposition must be reflected in future decisions. We also need a member of council who’s meeting with the community on a regular basis.

FAIR ENTRY

We need to ensure that the Fair Entry program continues so that everyone can participate fully in the life of the City. Currently, some of our seniors are being left out by the way their income is calculated. The Fair Entry program must assess an individual’s income in the case of seniors.
  
COMMUNITY CENTRES

Far too many communities in Ward 13 do not have a community centre and nothing has been done to remedy the situation in the last 17 years. Community centres serve as important hubs for clubs, children, seniors and adults to gather for active living and public engagement. We need a member of council who will work with the City of Calgary and business to build community centres in Ward 13.

I believe in the value of volunteerism and in engaging all of our citizens in the life of the City of Calgary. I’m running to be your proactive and accessible Councillor for Ward 13. Let’s make sure we all have a voice at City Hall.
9/19/2017 1:42 PM
29AndreChabot
  
Mayoral
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Andre Chabot has been working to make his community better for his entire adult life and has called Calgary home since 1971, when his family moved here from Saskatchewan.

Prior to being elected as Councillor for Ward 10 in 2005, Andre operated, managed and owned electronic parts distribution businesses for over 18 years. Prior to that, he worked in construction for almost a decade, and earned a diploma from DeVry University’s Electronics Technology Program, where he completed a four‐year program in two‐years graduating with honours at the top of his class.

Andre’s previous community engagement included his involvement in the Marlborough Park Community Association, the Greater Forest Lawn Enhancement Committee, the Triple A Land Use Team, Block Watch and Hub Oil Stakeholders Committee.

He brought that commitment to City Hall and has been instrumental in a myriad of policy moves that have benefited residents of Ward 10 and all of Calgary.

In his free time, Andre loves playing hockey, golfing, fishing and working on cars. He and his wife Denyse have four daughters and six grandchildren.
TAXES:

My tax promise to Calgarians:
 
1. Keep tax increase at or below inflation. I pledge that I will not increase property taxes greater than inflation.
   
2. No more taking the tax room. I will never vote in favour of taking the provinces’ tax space.

3. No new taxes. Regardless of what authority the new city charter gives the Mayor, I will not support any new fee or tax.
 
Changing the way we tax small businesses:

We used to rely on big companies, especially the oil and gas sector to shoulder a large part of our nonresidential property tax. With the economic downturn, that revenue can no longer be relied upon, pushing more of the non‐residential tax burden to small business. 

We need to: Create specific categories for different types of businesses (ie. restaurants, small and large businesses) to minimize the shift in taxes from one sector to another. 

What this means to small business owners is that during tough economic times their incremental tax burden would be lessened regardless of what occurs in non‐residential sectors. They would not see a huge increase year over year which they are currently experiencing.

SPENDING:
 
I have been recognized as a fiscally responsible and detail oriented member of Council. I am proud of my record, I always show up with ideas on how to trim back and be more efficient. 

Municipal governments are challenged in delivering services to their residents due to the limited options to raise revenue. The bulk of the City’s revenue is raised through property tax, user fees and investment income. Sixty per cent of that revenue is spent on the City’s operating costs for salaries.  

• I will call for restraint in future union salary increase to reflect our current economic reality and work towards achieving greater parity between private and public sector agreements. 

• I will balance needs for service while being fiscally responsible. 

• I commit to hiring subject matter experts in different fields, within the Mayor’s budget, to assess the efficiency of city departments to bring forward recommendations to improve the operational efficiency of The City.
 
INFRASTRUCTURE: 

Council’s focus needs to be on building what we can afford, but also planning for the future. Major infrastructure projects like the Green Line are a great idea, but we don’t have the money to do it all at once. 

With new technology like autonomous vehicles hitting the market in the near future, we need to reassess our priorities to ensure that we can move people as efficiently as possible. We need to focus on improving existing infrastructure to respond to the increasing demand for private transportation, instead of focusing the priority solely on public transportation.

As Mayor, I will continue to advocate for investments in public transportation and reprioritize the upgrades to current infrastructure and intersections to ease traffic congestion. 
9/14/2017 5:10 PM
30AlexColumbos
  
Councillor
6.0
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I was born and raised in Calgary and on our family ranch in the Foothills with two sisters in a caring and ‘anything is possible environment’ through values instilled by my parents.

After completing a diploma at SAIT in Hospitality, followed by a business degree at the University of Calgary; I was employed in private companies in both Calgary in commercial development and Fort McMurray as an operations coordinator where I experienced Alberta's oil sands industry first hand and where I met my partner Madeleine.  

My business experiences have helped me to understand the execution required to make Calgary companies and their employees successful.

I returned to Calgary in 2008 to complete my MBA in Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business. 

I have been a driving contributor working with teams to identify and execute projects to enhance market access which is critical to the global competitiveness of Canada's energy industry. 

I enjoy giving back and creating positive impact in our communities through not for profit or volunteering. I have coached Rangers soccer the last two seasons. I have participated in community initiatives as founding treasurer for Kensington Community First Garden and being on the organizing committee for the 2015 Yonex Canada Open.

Madeleine and I have an eight year old son and a 3 year old daughter. Our family enjoys sports and we love watching our children’s activities.
THERE WILL BE CLEARER DAYS AHEAD FOR ALL CALGARIANS

Alex Columbos will create a brighter future for the residents of Ward 6 with a focus on:

• Connecting our Communities
• Planning and Infrastructure
• Resources for Schools
• Strengthening our Economy
• Community Safety

My platform is based on what has built Calgary to where it is today:

• A can do and positive attitude, where strong opportunity creates economic prosperity to all

• A willingness to work hard and take appropriate risks; one where anyone can achieve what they set their minds to; and

• A great place to raise families

My business experience in small, start up, a Calgary based Global 2000 (one of the world’s 2000 largest companies) and not for profit businesses will bring a unique perspective to City Council and Ward 6 to help make smart, transparent, informed and realistic decisions.

• My platform is built on executing the wants and needs of Ward 6 and I will not stand on the sidelines when tough decisions are required for you or all of Calgary.

• I will also ensure by being proactive that critical issues do not reach a tipping point that could negatively affect us all.

Recognizing, having candid dialogue and addressing problems is always challenging. I have faced challenges head on throughout my career and worked with stakeholders to create meaningful solutions.

I look forward to working with Council and all Calgarians for the benefit of our great City.
9/15/2017 3:07 PM
31AltheaAdams
  
Public school trustee
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Althea Guzman Adams is a native Calgarian who is passionate about education. Althea is the only parent of two children in the CBE system.
Her passion for education includes increasing STEM education available to students. The benefits of this became clear during her time as Communications Coordinator at the Association of Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Her responsibilities included organizing, planning and running the Calgary Science Olympics. This popular, city‐wide event is designed for students from grades 1 to12 to showcase their science and technology knowledge and skills. Althea has been an avid volunteer on her children’s school council, and as chair, was a strong advocate for positive actions to enhance the quality of student learning at the school.
As Co‐President of Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils (CAPSC) Althea has been a strong voice for responsive public education. CAPSC is a parent‐led organization that represents one third of CBE schools through their school councils. She has served as their media contact for the past two years.
As a school trustee, she will bring passion and determination to do what’s best for all students in the CBE.
Althea is also a talented musician. She is currently in a leadership position as the assistant director for Vocal Motion Chorus, an internationally awarded all female a Cappella group. Althea was also one of the founding chorus members serving as their Team Leader.
Students Count

Calgary students deserve a big vision for education.  
One that matches their potential, addresses changing shifts in the global economy, and provides robust options with equal access for all students. 

To achieve this, it's time for a positive change at the CBE. 
With too many children failing math, ongoing bussing fiascos, too much money going to administration and not to schools, plus unclear report cards, it's time for a fresh approach at the Calgary Board of Education.

Our children need an outstanding education.

We achieve this by putting students back at the centre of CBE decision‐making. This focus means every decision and every dollar supports student success in the classroom. School programming must focus on students' needs today and into the future.

Our 5 Point Platform

1. Math is broken and our children are not getting the math skills they need to move their education forward.  

a. CBE’s failure rate for grade 6 is 56% higher than the Catholic Board, and it’s almost as bad for grade 9. 

b. While some parents can afford tutoring or upgrading, many cannot. Frankly, no one should have to.

c. By working with mathematicians we will implement the best methodology to ensure student success.

2. With central administration costs almost double the Catholic Board, we estimate almost $100 million goes into downtown‐related costs that should be going into schools.  

a. Tough decisions may need to be made and electing a majority of Students Count team members ensures this happens.  

b. More dollars to schools means more dollars directly benefitting children and their teachers…in the classroom.

3. Report cards are an indication of how a child is doing at school.  While not the only feedback, it is a key indicator.  At the junior high level we need to return to percentage grades. 
 
4. Student wellness is key to a child’s success.  Under a broad definition of wellness, we want to capture all possible problems in the school.  Whether it is the need for a GSA, a student‐to‐student problem, or a student struggling; an ombudsman position will address unresolved issues and help guide to a healthy resolution.

5. In the spring government was asked to prohibit union or corporate donations for trustee elections.  They refused.  Students Count candidates will not accept any dollars from these groups. We don’t believe it is healthy for democracy to have unions and companies you may have to negotiate with, able to give money to candidates.

We believe if decisions are made with the lens of what is best for students, they will receive the greatest benefits. Our candidates believe in a greater and more meaningful role for parents in the CBE.  

We believe teachers play a key role in the education of children and need to be supported in their profession.  

We believe administration is an important part of the system but must be focused on delivering services to students effectively and efficiently.
9/19/2017 10:41 AM
32NimraAmjad
  
Public school trustee
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I am a passionate advocate for STEM education and public education. Listening, researching, advocating, and putting good, evidence‐based policy into action drives me to engage with my communities. I have a history of getting results and solving complex problems around science, policy and governance and have worked with some of the best policy organizations in the world. With more than 15 years of experience mentoring youth and public & science policy research, I have designed and conducted science and environmental programs in Calgary schools and in global contexts. Last year, I co‐authored the world’s first code of professional conduct for legislators which was presented at Davos and received by the likes of Bill Gates and President of the IMF. I have represented Calgary & Canada at the international stage such as the World Economic Forum and United Nations and have a successful non‐profit startup. As a result, I bring innovative, international and fresh perspective to  the CBE. I have a history of volunteering across Calgary and in my community and live in Edgemont. I also have a history of leading with compassion and collaboration and know how to create successful communities.
I am a passionate advocate of public education and consultation with parents. Having said that, special programs are a key and excellent part of our public education system ‐ one of the best in the world. I empathize that for some parents transportation issues this year have made it harder to access them. There are about 2000 families affected by this. The problem is just emerging and we need to think long term ‐ have a history of solving “big” and systemic problems on a local and international level. I have been crowd‐sourcing solutions and will be holding a town hall to address this with parents and have created a plan to that will pre‐empt these problems and solve them before they get worse by using innovative forms of funding, policy‐making and working closely with the city. My other priority will be to be a passionate advocate for a high school in the Northern Hills area ‐ parents have been trying to push for that for years and they deserve a trustee that creates a realistic and do‐able option for making that a reality. I believe in responsive governance & advocacy, entrepreneurial solutions, financial sustainability of educational programs and transportation. I also value for diversity in the CBE and in schools. I see the public education system and an educated workforce as a 'public systems asset', as important as infrastructure or natural resources. 

Together, we can build great public education!

9/19/2017 10:29 AM
33BrentChisholm
  
Mayoral
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Hello my name is Brent Chisholm, I am 53, originally from Brooks, Alberta but I have been a resident of Calgary for the last 30 years,  I grew up helping my uncle on his farm, then I started swamping hauling drilling mud to the drilling rigs and mixing a drilling fluid for another company while attending school.  I have done quite a few different oil field jobs in my career.  I have driven people around and heard interesting stories in my limousine company from the Rich and Famous and the Poor and Down trodden.   I like to make people Happy and them knowing that they got their moneys worth dealing with me.  I am in the running to become the Best investment that the City of Calgary has ever made in a Mayor for this city.  I will go to areas set by citizens of the city to Truthfully answer their questions in their communities.  Also the citizens of Calgary  will be able to call my office line and get answers and a call back from me.  I will listen to the people in all areas of the city and because they know what is needed.  I will be taking a Big and Busy part of getting the city finances and personnel in working order.  I am going to need citizens to enlighten me in all areas to Better this Fine City.

Thank you

Brent Chisholm
Hello, my name is Brent Chisholm.

I’m in the running to become the next Mayor of Calgary; at the same time the best one who has ever held  the position. Saying that, I will be fulfilling my mayoralty obligations and doing what is Best for the city of Calgary at home and abroad.

I will not be doing any shady deals to handicap or hinder  company for benefit of a certain one. I call a spade a spade and if I’m asked, I’ll answer the question to the best of my knowledge, most likely do some more research on that and on other matters also.  I will lead by example and I’m asking the citizens of this city to call their alderperson if there is something that they don’t like in their neighborhood. I’d like them to document the date, time, and who they spoke to even if it was an answering machine. If they don’t get a call back from that alderperson in a week, call me on the eighth day so I can round up some city employees in that particular division and have it dealt with. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m out on the job helping get it completed. Team work gets it done Faster and Better.

I want the politicians to work for their money instead of bankrolling the public. When I get 2000 phoned in complaints from the citizens of this city I’ll be asking those citizens to fax me the documents that they wrote up on the date, time, who they spoke to, and if that problem was dealt with and by whom  in a timely fashion. I’ll be inviting said citizens who had complaints and to city hall so they can voice their neglect to said alderpersons. If certain alderpersons aren’t doing their job that they’re being paid for to tell them there Fired! I want all of city council, including myself to be held accountable to the citizens of this city. I personally would like to abolish the pension plan for alderpersons and the Mayor. They can collect old age pension when they get that age if anything is left. If they can’t live off the wage that they’re getting then they shouldn’t be where there at!  I’d like to bring the wages back to reality and if alderpersons or other mayoralty candidates want to keep fleecing the citizens of this city on how much their worth, that means they’re not worth it!

I am Best Value as a person that’s running for Mayor and the Best person to give this city’s citizens the
Best Bang for their Buck!! 

Thank you,

Brent Chisholm

For the next term as your Mayor.
9/15/2017 3:37 PM
34MikeBradshaw
  
Public school trustee
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Hi, my name is Mike Bradshaw and I am running for Trustee in Wards 12 and 14. I am a graduate of CBE and Henry Wise Wood High School. I live in Lake Bonavista with my wife and seven year old son who attends Lake Bonavista School. I also sit as the Vice‐Chair of The Lake Bonavista School Council and as a Vice President for the Lake Bonavista Community Association.

My education issues began around the lack of schools in south Calgary.  I joined others in being an advocate for new schools about five years ago and was successful in lobbying the provincial government for schools to be built. I was part of a team of parents from throughout Calgary and realised the strength we had in working together.
 
That advocacy and my son’s progression into school have given me insight into a number of issues the CBE needs to fix. There needs to be a greater focus on funding supports for classrooms, we need to own up to and address our failure with math literacy, and the CBE needs to have two‐way communications with parents.

I truly believe we can have the best educational system in the world in Calgary. We have the financial means already in place, we have teachers and parents dedicated to the students, we just need a board and administration that is dedicated to making it a reality.

This why I am running as part of a team and why I think we’re the right people to get the job done.
Students Count

Calgary students deserve a big vision for education.
  
One that matches their potential, addresses changing shifts in the global economy, and provides robust options with equal access for all students.

To achieve this, it's time for a positive change at the CBE.
With too many children failing math, ongoing bussing fiascos, too much money going to administration and not to schools, plus unclear report cards, it's time for a fresh approach at the Calgary Board of Education.

Our children need an outstanding education.

We achieve this by putting students back at the centre of CBE decision‐making. This focus means every decision and every dollar supports student success in the classroom. School programming must focus on students' needs today and into the future.
  
Our 5 Point Platform

1. Math is broken and our children are not getting the math skills they need to move their education forward.  

a. CBE’s failure rate for grade 6 is 56% higher than the Catholic Board, and it’s almost as bad for grade 9.

b. While some parents can afford tutoring or upgrading, many cannot. Frankly, no one should have to.

c. By working with mathematicians we will implement the best methodology to ensure student success.

2. With central administration costs almost double the Catholic Board, we estimate almost $100 million goes into downtown‐related costs that should be going into schools.  

a. Tough decisions may need to be made and electing a majority of Students Count team members ensures this happens. 
 
b. More dollars to schools means more dollars directly benefitting children and their teachers…in the classroom.

3. Report cards are an indication of how a child is doing at school.  While not the only feedback, it is a key indicator.  At the junior high level we need to return to percentage grades.  

4. Student wellness is key to a child’s success.  Under a broad definition of wellness, we want to capture all possible problems in the school.  Whether it is the need for a GSA, a student‐to‐student problem, or a student struggling; an ombudsman position will address unresolved issues and help guide to a healthy resolution.

5. In the spring government was asked to prohibit union or corporate donations for trustee elections. 
They refused.  Students Count candidates will not accept any dollars from these groups. We don’t believe it is healthy for democracy to have unions and companies you may have to negotiate with, able to give money to candidates.
  
We believe if decisions are made with the lens of what is best for students, they will receive the greatest benefits. Our candidates believe in a greater and more meaningful role for parents in the CBE.  
  
We believe teachers play a key role in the education of children and need to be supported in their profession.  
  
We believe administration is an important part of the system but must be focused on delivering services to students effectively and efficiently.  
9/19/2017 11:42 AM
35KarlaCharest
  
Councillor
8.0
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Karla Charest is running to be the next councillor of Ward 8.  Hailing originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she shares the honour of being a true Calgarian!  Like many Calgarians, having relocated to Calgary, she has loved every minute!

Her experience as a project management professional, where she led and directed large‐scale internet application development projects for Fortune 500 Canadian and US companies, saw her responsible for the successful execution of clients’ multi‐million‐dollar online programs.  This was an environment where the status quo was the on‐time and on‐budget delivery of every project; experience and knowledge that she knows she can bring to Ward 8 and the successful execution of the responsibilities associated with being a city councilor.  Her professional career was not limited to Canada but spanned internationally and the experiences and insights she has gained should significantly benefit Calgary’s efforts in establishing itself as Canada’s “go to” city and being recognized as an international hub for business and commerce.
   
She holds a history degree from Acadia University and a post‐secondary certification in Application and Management of IT.  

Karla Charest is committed to act on behalf of all Ward 8 residents and businesses. She understands that voters deserve better treatment by those that they elect into public office and she will ensure all voters’ voices are heard, even after their elected councillor takes her place on city council.
You may notice that I am missing my headshot and video in this profile page.  This is on purpose!
  
Everyone should know that I am running on a platform that places sound fiscal management at the centre of my policy visions.  And, I view that it is not the City’s role or responsibility to help promote election candidates by spending taxpayer dollars. 
 
I will be instead recording my own 2‐minute video for my own personal promotion of my campaign.  Please keep in mind that I am funding and promoting my campaign without having to spend any taxpayer money! 
 
Come view my video on my homepage at karlacharest.com.

Over the course of exploring the many issues that Calgarians have expressed concerns about, I have worked on developing a policy focus for these Ward 8 priorities:

Reduce the Property Tax Burden 

Over the past 10 years residential property taxes have increased 55% and business property taxes 180%.  Fair measures are needed to reduce the tax burden on homeowners and small businesses.  Lower taxes will benefit all taxpayers.

Keep Housing Affordable

Current City planning and restrictive land‐use policies are making housing more expensive to purchase and to be able to remain living in.  These crippling policies need to be changed. My proposed changes will result in a positive benefit for everyone. 

Respect for Mature Neighbourhood’s Character

Calgary plans to accommodate approximately 120,000 new residents in existing mature communities by 2039.  The City wants mature neighbourhoods to absorb newcomers through an aggressive densification program.  Through enhanced participation and collaboration of residents, my office will ensure that the voices in every community will be heard to support the character, integrity and safety of Calgary’s neighbourhoods.  

In addition to these three key priorities, I also have detailed platform positions on:

Respect, Transparency and Accountability – The City of Calgary and the City Council need to overhaul their cavalier attitudes and become transparent and accountable for their actions.

Efficient Delivery of Core Services – Money spent on core services needs to be targeted and earmarked for the maximum benefit of all Calgarians.

Developing and Building a City Focused Entrepreneurial Friendly Playbook –The City of Calgary must adopt innovative solutions to enable growth and development in an economically sustainable manner.

Digital Transformation to Ensure Calgary’s Prosperity – A sustainable future for local government depends on changing Calgary’s traditional centralized and compartmentalized bureaucracies. Solutions to Minimize Increasing Wage Spending – If the City is to focus on a new entrepreneurial friendly playbook to ensure Calgary’s future success, then a wage spending solution will be required if any hope of resilience is to be achieved within City Hall.

Thank you for visiting my profile page.  I am so excited to start working with, and, for you! 
9/19/2017 11:10 AM
36Gian-CarloCarra
  
Councillor
9.0
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My name is Gian‐Carlo Carra and along with my wife Barb and my son Vance, I’m proud to call Ward 9 home.

My vision of Calgary is a sustainable, thriving, culturally rich network of great neighbourhoods.

Before becoming a member of City Council in 2010, I drove a school bus in Forest Lawn, served sandwiches at Spolumbo’s and coached outdoor sports. I also spent 10‐years in professional practice as an award‐winning urban design consultant, as a deeply engaged community advocate in East Calgary and as an academic involved in community‐based action research. 

Today, my mission as an elected official remains the same: I will work relentlessly to be your voice, to use my leadership and professional skills to carry on with the task of transforming Calgary into a sustainably prosperous, democratically engaged and culturally vibrant city. 

I have our best future forever on my mind. This is my passion and my life’s work. 

I’m deeply proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last seven years and am more committed than ever to continue driving this important work forward for Ward 9. On October 16, I ask you to vote for me. 
The focus of my life—through 10 years of professional practice in sustainable urban design, as a deeply committed volunteer in East Calgary’s communities and over the last seven years at City Hall as Ward 9’s Councillor—has been all about our neighbourhoods.

In my first campaign, I ran on the platform of Neighbourhoods First—putting our Ward 9 communities and the people that live and work here at the forefront of what we do at City Hall. After three successful years of changing hearts and minds and beginning the process of overhauling our municipality’s rules, regulations and processes, I refined my focus to Great Neighbourhoods—a five‐point transformation of the direction and structure of our municipal government.

At the centre of this work is the understanding that Great Neighbourhoods make a great city.
 
I believe this idea has never been more important than it is today. As people fleeing hatred and strife look to Canada, and Calgary, as a beacon of safety and opportunity in a stormy world; as our city’s core industry ‐ oil and gas ‐ faces a structural change and the long‐discussed ideal of economic diversification has become a pressing need on which our future survival and success depends; and as we realize, along with cities across North America, that the kind of city we’ve spent the last several decades building presents significant challenges to our environment, to our ability to care for one another effectively, to our health and to our financial future—Great Neighbourhoods is a collective project of city‐building that mitigates our existing risks and embraces the amazing opportunities that Calgary’s considerable strengths put within our reach.

As Calgary sits at these crossroads, I believe the neighbourhoods of East Calgary embody a different and better path forward. While our City has never been more diverse than it is today, too often people who come from the same backgrounds, who make the same amount of money, who believe the exact same things, choose to live apart from everyone else in their own cul‐de‐sacs and enclaves. 

East Calgary is different.

In East Calgary, all the people of Calgary live together in diverse neighbourhoods, close to where we work and shop and learn and worship and play. It is in East Calgary that the community we build together will reflect the best promises of Great Neighbourhoods.

I’m extremely proud of the progress we’ve made towards Great Neighbourhoods over the last seven years and I’m deeply excited by the opportunity to continue this work representing a unified East Calgary within Ward 9.
9/19/2017 10:57 AM
37ColeChristensen
  
Councillor
1.0
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I was born and raised in Ward 1, where I attended Silver Springs Elementary, Bowness High School, and the University of Calgary.
  
I have been married for three years to my lovely wife, Kristin. I am a small business owner, Calgary Stampeders fan and enthusiastic participant in discussions about the future of our city.
As Ward 1 councillor, I would advocate for sustainable street planning and transportation options, a reformed secondary suite process, no corporate handouts, and an increased accessibility to voting for eligible residents.
9/15/2017 3:58 PM
38MargotAftergood
  
Councillor
7.0
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‐ Margot is married, lives in Rosedale and is a longtime resident of Ward 7. It's where her three children were raised and completed their elementary, junior and senior high school education in the communities of Rosedale, Capitol Hill, Mount Pleasant and Crescent Heights.
 
‐ She’s been an executive member on the Board of the Calgary Presbyterial United Church for over 10 years and is past president of the Calgary Women's Presbyterial. She is also an active member of the Kensington Commons Church, in West Hillhurst

‐ She is a volunteer Board member of Oi Kwan Foundation, which runs a provincially subsidized Chinese Senior Citizens residence in Chinatown.

‐ Margot is a long standing Board member of the St. Andrew‐Caledonian Scottish Society, Calgary’s oldest non‐profit society founded in 1884.

‐ Annually for the past 11 years, she has organized the Burns dinner for the homeless at the Calgary Drop In & Rehab Centre, providing a full program of Scottish  entertainment while serving over 900 meals.

‐ Margot is a licensed insurance broker working as a Business Development manager, Commercial Division for Lundgren & Young Ltd.

‐ She obtained a degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Mount Royal University.
Accountability,

Margot...

Will listen, consult then act before voting on critical issues. For far too long residents have had no voice on important developments in their community. This must change. 

‐ Will oppose increasing density in your neighborhoods unless there is community support.

‐ Will work to implement Term Limits. Serving as a Councillor should be about public service, not lifetime career employment.

‐ Will oppose a blanket approval of illegal secondary suites. Because....

It’s unfair to those that have legally built a secondary suite.
Illegal suites are not built to code.

I will not support the approval of possible fire / death traps.
‐ Save vital green spaces for recreation.

STRONG FISCAL PLAN

To reduce Calgarians tax burden and help families in these challenging times by proposing;

‐ No property tax increases on city portion for 2 years to help homeowners.

‐  A 2 year moratorium on any business tax or non residential property tax increases to help businesses spur economic activity and create jobs.

‐ Cutting back City Council wage hikes to zero to show leadership.

‐ Tax dollars = Your dollars! Immediately stop the culture of wasteful spending & entitlements.
9/14/2017 3:34 PM
39ConnieHamilton
  
Councillor
3.0
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Connie Hamilton was born in Calgary, raised in the Nose Creek Valley and continues to lives on what was until 2015 the Harvest Hills Golf Course. Connie’s experience is in new home building as an interior design consultant, with a diverse background starting in retail management, as a professional customer service has always been her number 1 priority.

For the people in Harvest Hills, Panorama, Coventry Hills, Hidden Valley, Country Hills, and the new communities of Carrington, Livingston and Keystone it will also be her number 1 priority.

Connie works smart for the people she serves, always within their budget and with results that achieve their desires, this will be her approach and focus on city council as well.

Your next Council Council member needs to be very different from the style of politician you have had over the past 10 years. She needs to listen and then act in favor of the people she represents. She needs to vote on your behalf, speak freely and direct, in language everybody understands. She needs to be trustworthy not your politically correct, say nothing, do nothing person but rather someone with honesty, integrity, compassion, confidence, flexibility and who will get answers to your questions. Connie says what she means and means what she says.

Our communities have been ignored long enough, your current council members have spent their time arguing and bulling each other behind closed doors.

Your next city council member needs to be Connie Hamilton
Ward 3 has been betrayed and ignored by city council.

The $4.6 Billion Green Line being slashed in half and cut off from our communities. This council betrayed even the federal government on this, they proposed one plan to receive funds and then tore up the proposal. 

Harvest Hills Golf Course sold without residents knowledge until a land use application was made and then that notice went to only the homes directly bordering the course. This is an underhanded way to deal with communities, we were forced to scramble without any help from our city councilor. Despite the efforts of the Northern Hills Community Association, Citizens for Responsible Development, over 5000 letters & emails from concerned residents and the attendance for every engagement meeting saying No repeatedly, this course was destroyed. The whole process heavily favors the developers and those developers have to do very little to get approval. This system needs to change and the City needs to set much higher standards for builders and developers in the future. What is the next space they want? Who can you trust to vote for your community.

Calgarians are out of work in record numbers because of the recession still gripping our province and this city council has done little to focus on jobs and business opportunities. They have failed to react to economic conditions and their solutions as always is to raise taxes. Your taxes and fee increases since 2011 have been raised by 51% and in 2018 after this election they are planning to increase them again.

Stupid Spending needs to stop, we have to protect our tax dollars and use them to benefit more people. City Council spends a huge amount on ego projects that benefit very few. Some current examples would be;

Bike lanes costing $5.6 million it’s under budget and a few people are using them they say, but 1.2 million Calgarians can’t ride a bike to work.

Pedestrian bridges costing $50 million and counting, they go nowhere and while taking photos on the peace bridge is cool that money could have gone into communities with real needs.

The 1% Art rule, after 13 years this spending program needs a total revamp possibly the money could be redirected more inside of communities, not just downtown and along roadways. I would prefer to see interactive art in playgrounds, school yards and local artists working with local builders on multi use pieces that bring a smile to your face. Stop trying to impress the world and focus spending towards what benefits more Calgarians.

Common sense and taking care of people needs to be the new rule set by city council. They have failed and changes are urgently needed inside ward 3. Someone new who can’t be bullied or bought and who speaks up for people. Being politically correct does not make you correct. What makes you correct is how you act for people who voted you into the chair and trust you to have their backs.
9/15/2017 4:01 PM
40AntonioBalangue
  
Separate school trustee
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Antonio Balangue is a candidate for Separate School Trustee for Combined City Wards 13 and 14. He is a Professional Engineer with The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He has 8 years of Canadian work experience as a structural engineer in Alberta. He worked for 30 years as a structural engineer in the Philippines, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, and USA. Antonio is a resident of Evergreen and previously a resident of Millrise. He is a parishioner of Saint Patrick’s Church. Antonio’s nickname is Tony and some of his friends call him Mister Banderas.

He and his wife are active household leaders of Couples For Christ (CFC) and active volunteers of ANCOP CANADA for Calgary. ANCOP means Answering the Cry of the Poor. This charity organization provides education and basic health care to the poor children of the Philippines, India, Kenya, and Tanzania. He believes in the importance of education in eradicating poverty.

His wife is a Certified Public Accountant, CPA, CGA. She is a Senior Financial Analyst of Alberta Health Services (AHS).

Their son and daughter are graduates of Our Lady of Peace School and Bishop O’Byrne High School.

Please give Antonio Balangue the opportunity to serve you as your Trustee. Thank you.
Antonio Balangue is a candidate for Separate School Trustee for combined City Wards 13 and 14.

Ensure the Calgary Catholic School District’s budget and capital resources are well managed.

Monitor the Board’s policies to ensure acceptable performance of the Board. Ensure our students receive the best possible educational opportunities.

Develop governing policies that address the intended outcomes for students.

Improve the school bus service for students.

Encourage student to get enough exercise by promoting more physical activities for students.

Prevent obesity though exercise and healthy diet.

Advocate to ensure education remains a public priority. Advocate for Catholic education by ensuring students receive an education permeated by our Catholic faith.

Promote Christian love through charity. Education is very important in the eradication of poverty.

Please give Antonio Balangue the opportunity to serve you as your Trustee. Thank you.
9/19/2017 12:19 PM
41JeffBrownridge
  
Councillor
6.0
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I have lived in Calgary for 40 years and I have lived in the community of West Springs for almost 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and I have volunteered as a Hockey Coach with Minor Hockey Calgary. I am married for 18 years and have two wonderful kids that my wife and I have raised together.

I have extensive experience in my career helping to contribute to and build businesses here in Calgary ranging from startup enterprises to working for large Fortune 500 companies.

I am a firm believer in that we live in one of the greatest cities in the world and I am very proud of the fact that Calgary was listed as the he fifth‐most livable city in the world, according to The Economist magazine in their annual Global Livability Report for 2017.
 
I am deeply committed to making this city and the communities within Ward 6 an even better place to live and work. Calgary has experienced some significant upheaval in our economy over the last several years and I have witnessed many friends, family members, and neighbors experience significant challenges during these times. I am running as a candidate in Ward 6 for this election because I want to make a positive difference for all of us.

I feel confident that my blend of skills and experience are ideally suited to represent the concerns and interests of our Ward on council at the City of Calgary.
Leadership: 

One of the themes that you will find throughout my platform is responsible management of the finances of our city and the taxes that we collect. I am a firm believer that leadership needs to come from our elected officials and I will not vote for any salary increases in my first term as councilor if I am elected.

I will also pledge to attend as many events and community association meetings as I can to help ensure that I am always listening to the concerns of the residents of Ward 6 and representing your views to our City Council.

Fiscal Responsibility:

Research by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation concluded Calgary’s property taxes increased almost three times the rate of inflation between 2005 and 2015. Research by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business shows that municipal spending in Calgary and Edmonton increased two and a half times faster than inflation and population growth between 2005 and 2015.

I am pledging to keep our property tax increases as low as possible and I will strive for ways to deliver efficiency and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending.  Calgary is still a growing city that needs to balance the delivery of essential services, recreation, and a high quality of life with a responsible and accountable level of budgetary spending.

Traffic and Congestion: 

Anyone that has lived in Ward 6 over the last decade knows that traffic and congestion are serious issues of concern.  
I will pledge to take a careful look at all development projects to ensure that any increases in density will be managed with transportation planning and infrastructure projects so that we are not impacted with further traffic and congestion issues.
 
Transparency:
 
The current City of Calgary Council spends more time than any other major city in Canada in meetings that are in camera. These meetings are closed to the public and members of the media.
I will pledge to push for a reduction in the number of meetings that are being held under this veil of secrecy.
 
Economic Development:

In the ten years from 2002 to 2012, small businesses in Canada were responsible for 77.7% of all jobs created in the private sector; however, only half of new firms (51%) survive their fifth year of operation.

Government policies and taxation at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal level can all have a significant impact on the ability for our businesses to thrive and succeed. Employment in Calgary has seen significant challenges during the current economic downturn and our city council can have a direct influence on the viability of the businesses that we create and the employment growth that these companies generate.

I will pledge to find ways to support our local businesses so that they can be successful and continue to provide high quality employment opportunities.
9/19/2017 9:52 AM
42ShawnBaldwin
  
Mayoral
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I’ve been with RBC for 22 years, currently as a Managing Director for RBC Commercial Financial Services. I have worked with small businesses to some of the largest organizations in Alberta, including AHS, manufacturing, distribution and transportation firms. 
The foundations I have built throughout my life provide me a unique perspective on job creation, making life a little more affordable ‐ and how the two are naturally linked.
  
I will create 50,000 new jobs.
We are all effected by Calgary’s record‐high unemployment. Jobs are the engine that drives our economy. I will make immediate changes that will positively impact families, our personal prosperity, and our city’s future.
  
Build a Stronger Economy:
Calgarians deserve the benefit of 50,000 new jobs. With a stronger economy, everyone will benefit – restaurants, communities, children’s sports and clubs, retail, and even the City’s income from taxes.
  
Lower Taxes:
When businesses are closing at record rates, home values have underperformed, and all types of bankruptcies are up, that means there are less contributors to the City’s operating budget from tax revenue. 50,000 more jobs means higher tax revenue, and more businesses, enabling the City to tax each of us at a lower rate. And all this can be done without cutting any critical services.
  
Address Poverty:
Over 100,000 Calgarians are living in poverty. Reducing Calgary’s unemployment rate to below 5% will reduce poverty by over 30%! Calgarians should not have to choose between feeding their family, paying rent, or heating their home. And, the added jobs will change the incidence of homelessness, and poverty.
  
Affordable Housing:
With 4000 Calgarians on a waitlist for affordable housing, and just 88 new affordable units being built over the next year, we are failing our citizens who need it most. Yet, “Affordable Housing” is not on Council’s “priority infrastructure list”. Our inattention to this issue is unacceptable. I will accelerate momentum on housing and poverty, including sustainable food programs, secondary suites, and housing stock.

Reduce Crime:
With mass unemployment, comes crime. Throughout the world, cities with the highest levels of unemployment also have the highest crime rates. It’s no coincidence that we feel less safe in our communities now, compared to how Calgary once was. Shifting Calgary back to a North American hub of employment and entrepreneurship will reduce violence, crime, and social unrest. Calgarians deserve a safe community.
  
Community Involvement and engagement:
Council has failed to properly engage and consult communities on projects that effect them before the approvals come through. Calgarians deserve to enjoy their community their way, without fighting city hall against large redevelopment projects, traffic changes, bike lane additions, or worse. My plan will require deep, meaningful community engagement via modern and traditional communication methods earlier in the process, directly with those who have a stake in the wellness of their communities. 
  
We have a lot of work to do, together, to change the way City Hall views its role in making Calgary the city we all want it to be. 
9/19/2017 11:28 AM
43EmileGabriel
  
Mayoral
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Calgary has been Emile Gabriel's home for more than thirty-two years. Born in Giza, Egypt, he was raised by a single mother. He came to Canada escaping hate and persecution; seeking a better life in a place of peace and harmony. As a responsible Canadian, he has been active in the fight against excessive taxation and poor management by elected officials.

He is an engineer holding a BSc. degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Project Management from the University of Calgary. His main focus in his applied research was on 'The Human Factor Imperative Effect on Projects' Success'.

Throughout the 1990's, as an entrepreneur, he had successfully started and built up several different businesses. With Dr. Gabriel’s extensive work experience and educational background, working with different firms, in and outside Canada, he has more than twenty years’ knowledge and experience in urban planning, construction of high-rises, highways, airports and bridges. He provides business management consultation services to companies from a variety of industries.
1-Streamlining and improving the process of making critical decisions at council to make it efficient, effective and productive.     

 A- Genuine public involvement (true direct democracy and true representation. I plan to provide more opportunities for greater community engagement and public consultations).

B- Available modern management techniques and tools in prioritizing, debating, eliminating bias, reaching consensus and making the best decisions and choices for the people of our city will be utilized. 

This would result in significant multiple positive effects, leading to business and economic growth, employment opportunities, easing the cost of housing and providing better city mobility, ultimately, achieving residents' satisfaction.  Economic growth and employment opportunities are essential ingredients for increasing SAFETY.      

2- Intelligently, thoughtfully and carefully reforming the city taxation system.

- Short term: Saving money by cutting waste, duplication, ending unwise spending and postponing non-urgent or ill-conceived projects to allow for freezing taxes for a reasonable, fixed period of time (to provide also a sense of stability), while maintaining essential services.

- Long term: Taxes to be made affordable and conducive while providing a cushion to weather economic down turns.

3- Growing the Economy

Having been an entrepreneur, I understand the difficulties facing the business community, the uncertainty and unpredictability. City rules, regulations, policies and by-laws will need modernization and simplification in order to:

- Replace the current practices of random, slow, wasteful, scattered and under-funded plans and projects.

- Incite business growth and attract new investments and capital, thus, generate new employments and increase revenue.
9/14/2017 4:52 PM
44BradCunningham
  
Councillor
12.0
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Born in Calgary in 1966 and from the age of 7, grew up in Creston in BC only to move back to Calgary in 1984.

The son of a Professional Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry and a Home Ec Teacher, I am the youngest of five. My Grandfather, Edward Leslie Gray was the Alberta Leader of the Opposition from 1937-1940.

After attending SAIT  Business Administration in 1985, I embarked on a career in Sales and Customer Service before moving to the Telecom Industry in 1998

In 1985 I did Calgary proud as the first ever Canadian Contestant competition “Puttin On The Hits”;  advancing to a tiebreaker in the semi-final round.

Our family ran a successful Turbo service station and Radio Shack retail business in Creston BC , this afforded me the outlook that the only limits we have are the ones we put on ourselves. Since then, I have been active as an Entrepreneur while always continuing to maintain a career .

It is this burning desire to achieve and spread success to the people around me that has made me want to represent the communities of Ward 12 in City Council.

I feel our City Hall has lost touch with the people they represent. Your voice in council should be 'your voice', not the council's alone. With your help, I am prepared to bring a strong voice to how your city and community will be shaped going forward.

Servant Leadership needs to return to City Hall, and YOU will have that in Ward 12 with ME!!and winner of the popular, at-the-time, syndicated talent
Councillor Pay


Like any employment, City Hall wages should be tied to success. You should not have to keep footing a higher tax bill to reward your councillor for failure.

I will support and comply with an independent review board to determine City Hall pay

Automatic pay raises should be eliminated and replaced with an annual review by an independent panel, and vote.

If it returns to an annual vote, I will vote NO in any year there is an unbalanced budget, or any increase to your taxes.


Property Taxes

Your hard-earned money should not be treated as a slush fund for continuous mismanagement of tax dollars.

I will vote No to any increase to your property taxes as simply a means to increase revenue

I will research and investigate alternative ways to more efficiently use your tax dollars within the current budget.


Children


Children are our future, we should be supporting and encouraging them at all levels instead of trying to benefit from them.

I believe students should not have to pay to take public transit during school hours to and from school.

I will work to make sports and activities more accessible and affordable for all families.


Accountability

Your council representative is there to speak for you. It needs to return to a system of Servant Leadership.

The Ward website will be continuously maintained as a pipeline for your feedback

Your input will be requested, collected and respected towards key decisions and votes

I will truly be YOUR voice in council.

Other Key points:

I will push to make it Law that any decision made by plebiscite, can not be overturned by council except by plebiscite. Your democratic rights were taken away by council when , after twice being voted in by the voters, Fluoride was removed by Council in 2011 without any respect to the people they represent. Furthermore, a vote was taken first to return it to plebiscite  and that motion was defeated 8-5

I will work with you, and the Calgary Flames towards a world class facility that benefits the city and its residents , with your input guiding the way
9/22/2017 4:23 PM
45NajeebButt
  
Councillor
10.0
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My name is Najeeb Butt. I am a social person, a grass root political worker and a proud volunteer in my community. I am taking on this riding as a candidate for the Calgary City Councilor being motivated by the residents of this ward. This is my municipal area where I have been living for about 20 years and as a member of this community it is my subjective mission to make our ward a superior and excellent place to live in for all. I believe this position involves significant and vital work which requires all members of our society to be involved actively.

I have attained a master’s degree in Humanities. I am a Realtor by profession and addition to that I have experience working with financial institutions for more than 15 years.  I understand my people, I care about them, I know their issues, and I will never stop working on their behalf. In the previous federal elections I ran as a member of parliament and placed fourth out of the eight major political divisions in my riding of Skyview. I am looking forward to bringing change and accountability in my neighborhood. I will at all times conduct my work through honesty and actively engage with my community with respect.
As your Councilor if elected I will focus on due diligence issues and activities specific to all those matters that may affect our citizen’s day to day residential practices which includes but is not limited to:
 
1. Fair property assessment to reduce property taxes for both residential and commercial properties.

2. More recreational facilities and programs for our seniors, youth, woman, children, and citizens with special needs. 

3. Timely snow and trash removal and Improved Calgary transit and road planning.

4. Creating recycling awareness to save our environment with focus on risk free projects.

5. Holding public hearings on all by‐laws specifically on public safety, fire department, Calgary police, and land use by laws.

6. I will support a new amendment that prohibits anyone from being elected for a third term to the city council and I will not support the increase of council wages. 

7. My ultimate goal is to be involved with the public to run this ward under residence strategies. 

My vision is a vibrant community with sustainable development for all residents of my ward. As your Councilor when elected I will work hard and fulfil my duties to achieve goals. I will make sure that services provided by the city are available for each and every constituent fairly. I am looking forward to working with my community in the years ahead to provide our riding a solid foundation where all of them have an equal opportunity to share their opinions and have them addressed. As your representative I will follow the set rules to establish results and look after city operational performances faithfully and I will execute my duties to you with honesty. I am excited to take on this responsibility as your Councilor and to oversee the progress and specified expectations to make sure we are not far from our goals.  It is my goal to try my best to deal with all residents’ problems within my first 100 days after holding my public office when elected.
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Born and raised in Calgary, Blair has experienced firsthand the city’s evolution. With the ever-changing political landscape and economic uncertainty throughout the city and the province, Blair realized how perfect the timing is for her to contribute more to the future of Calgary.

Blair earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and went on to earn a Master’s degree in International Studies. While working towards her Master’s degree, she enjoyed a year as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, studying Cooperation and Development in Pavia, Italy.

After graduation, Blair pursued opportunities in Government Relations and Grassroots Advocacy along with External Mobilization. She has developed invaluable skills and strategies that have helped her understand and appreciate the effectiveness of grassroots efforts and stakeholder engagement. Bringing this knowledge as a decision maker representing about 97 thousand Calgarians will benefit community goals.

Through conversations with neighbours, ward 4 residents and Calgarians at large, Blair has developed an understanding of how we differ in our interactions with the City. These insights provide Blair with a solid basis for beneficial decision making.

Blair can deliver better representation and be a productive advocate for the citizens of Ward 4, she looks forward to earning your vote this election.
-Promote Fiscal Priorities


Ensuring the city provides efficient & functional services for Calgarians.


Advocate to:


Develop & maintain vital infrastructure


Ensure every Calgarian benefits from services. Services to Calgarians’ homes must be upgraded & maintained while the City makes thoughtful decisions on how the city grows. Planning for accessibility to recreation facilities, libraries, transportation & other needs.


Increase essential access to transit


Find funding for the GreenLine. Introduce extended hours on specific routes, such as post-secondary education institution routes. Shorten the timeframe for snow removal to ensure access in winter.


Modernize & expand recreation facilities


Implement comprehensive program plans to include new sports along with greater access to existing sports. Continue to build upon Calgary’s reputation as a training city.


-Champion Purposeful Planning


Planning for the needs of Calgarians today, five, 10 & 20 years from now.


Advocate to:


Provide access to safe & affordable housing


Through greater development & maintenance of the affordable housing program, improved processes around secondary suite approval, greater oversight on absentee landlords & sustaining the work towards ending homelessness in Calgary.


Encourage smart, thoughtful development


To include listening & understanding the needs & concerns of emergency services. Maintaining a sustainable rate of growth, taking into consideration future costs of infrastructure maintenance, transportation access & more. Listening to Calgarians as stakeholders in their own communities, heeding their input as vital to appropriate development.


Promote safe modes of transportation

Remembering Calgarians need choice in how they move around the City, ensuring whatever that choice is, they will be safe. Safety of pedestrians, cyclists, & motorists must be a consideration in every design & development plan.

            
-Improve Engagement


A commitment to sincerely represent Ward 4, its residents, & their Interests.


Advocate to:


Increase access to government for students & marginalized communities


Voting to decision-making every Calgarian deserves to have their voice heard. Providing opportunities for those Calgarians unable to take an entire day, or two, from work to be present at City Council & ensuring Calgarians unable to attend Council meetings are appropriately represented.


Create greater opportunities to engage


Not all Calgarians have access to the internet at home; we must create methods for those individuals to provide insight & input for their city. By utilizing libraries, recreation centers & community association buildings, placing information for longer periods of time, Calgarians will have greater ability to engage.


Ensure opportunities for face to face engagement


Attending community events & community association meetings. Being accessible & responsive via email, letters and telephone.

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