Simply increasing taxes is an outdated approach that lacks vision for the future. We can do better. We must modernize Calgary's business model and remove barriers preventing us from diversifying our revenue base.
If we want to build back trust, we need to make access to councillor’s voting records more user-friendly.
If we’re to grow and develop our communities to the benefit of ALL Calgarians, then we must improve our public engagement strategies to ensure they are rooted in equitable engagement, excellent communications, respectful dialogue and patience.
It is important to remember not all crime makes it into our police statistics—crime still happens even if it is unreported or undocumented. I believe there needs to be more care in articulating back to council the true realities Calgarians are facing.
We need to understand our social issues holistically to make sure we are funding the right institutions appropriately and that we are getting the specific outcomes we need from the police community and other organizations, respectively.
I believe we can support growth in our established communities AND leverage citizens' expertise to make sure we get it right. I will request more transparency in providing density actuals and targets to communities.
It is the City’s responsibility to keep up with the demands of affordable housing, yet we're short stock and a recent report found that 100 percent of YYC’s affordable housing is rated in poor condition. This is unacceptable and I will work to reassess our funding model for affordable housing.
If we seek to put Calgary on the world stage, we cannot brush our social issues under the rug by throwing money at them—we need results. I will work to improve the results and outcomes tracking for social organizations.
Instead of politicizing harm reduction programs, we must look at them through a data-driven lens. From an economic perspective, harm reduction programs reduce formal systems usage (which is very expensive). We must work to protect and improve harm reduction measures.
There is dysfunction and systemic racism in all our systems—administration, police, fire, social organizations, health, schools, community associations—everywhere. I would push for swift action on the recommendations in the White Goose Flying Report and request all municipal entities formally demonstrate actions to combat systemic racism.