Well the Polls are closed and I was happy to see so many people getting out to vote. I wish all the best to the other candidates and am happy to hear I am in the exact same place that Mayor Nenshi was in during the last election. I am largely being discounted as the third place horse and I am alright with that since it puts me in a good place to overcome and win. To follow the results as they come in feel free to go to the City’s site election.calgary.ca
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Primary concerns for me are low income families, education, public safety and building code related issues but doing everything in a responsible and ecological way.
These are very broad areas but it means in part I want to work with the province to improve building codes and have feelers out with Mike Holmes and his like to see what ideas we can work together. It also means I want to toughen up the laws and punishments for illegal suites to protect everyone from the tenants to the landlords to those in the neighborhood.
All of that also touches on the public safety but I am a huge supporter of the Calgary Police Services, EMS and Calgary Fire. I also do whatever I can to support the military and their families. I want to see the budgets for these services set with the necessary growth and then be untouchable. If we need to cut the budget lets start in City Hall not playing with public safety.
I come from a low income background and have had to live on social assistance while recovering from major spinal surgery. I am ready to get to work and take a more aggressive and frontal position in ensuring our future and the future of our City!
I would like to see what this break down for Canada would be. There must be a way to make this more realistic. A part of that is stopping tax breaks for companies and their owners who ship jobs overseas. Do you hear that RBC? You have already lost many accounts and potential accounts (including my campaign account and my kids’ accounts). Anyone who starts shipping jobs overseas when their own country NEEDS those jobs needs to lose any tax breaks and reevaluate where their priorities are.
Ali Ghani and Kim Dhillon are asking for our help! I know many of you are already stretched, but if you could repost this on your wall maybe some fresh souls can assist us! YWCA of calgary Resource Development team have established a donation drop off for tomorrow – June 23, 2013. We are in need of hygiene products, underwear and socks – as well as cash donations. The location is the Marda Loop Community Hall at 3130 16 St SW and we will be there 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
I have some information on my Calgary at Large page but for more detailed information please stay in touch with The City’s Emergency Blog and the Provincial Emergency Alert pages. The rivers are cresting in general but please stay alert to your surroundings and the alerts as they come out. All schools are closed period and downtown is going to be closed through the weekend as well. Also with reports of a commercial sized dump truck floating down the river and banging into bridges please be careful crossing the river and make sure the bridge is safe before stepping onto it and if it is marked closed STAY OFF! The City’s blog has a list of closed roads, bridges and evac’d communities so please check with these before you head out and keep in mind that the water levels can still rise unexpectedly.
For information on any current power outages please see the Enmax website. To report a power outage or other electrical trouble in Calgary, call the ENMAX Power Trouble Line at 403-514-6100, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Anyone else wanting to volunteer to take a family into your home is advised to call the Red Cross at this time as the City has not started the organizing for that at this time. Local office is (403) 541-6100. There are now other ways to touch base with people in need thanks to social media:
Parts of Ward 4 were under a boil water advisory earlier this month so it is recommended to watch the emergency sites or start boiling now. It is advised to have some water in your home on the off chance that the water treatment plant is over powered and knocked out of service.
Please stay safe and keep our fellow Calgarians in your Prayers.
Good evening folks! I have a couple of important messages tonight. The first is for those Calgarians still displaced from multi-family buildings. The second is for everyone who has been affected in some way by the flooding – as a homeowner, family member, friend, first responder, volunteer, or simply as someone who loves this city.
Our top priority continues to be getting people back into their homes. Unfortunately, we still have many residents who are not able to return to their apartments or condos. If you are in a situation where your property manager has not initiated the necessary process for you to return, please urge your condominium corporations (represented by the board) to review the following information. This will help facilitate your return home as soon as possible.
The challenge of rebuilding a home or a business is very stressful. Many of you have suffered a great loss and it is important to acknowledge that at some point during this recovery process, either you or your loved ones may need to seek help. The province has announced that it will have mental health services available for as long as you may need them, and I encourage you to take advantage of this if necessary. You can connect to the various mental health supports available in your community by calling 211. We need to take care of each other, but we also must remember to take care of ourselves.
As we all are aware the flood waters are receding and Calgary is moving into recovery and clean up. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities then please try contacting the Red Cross, the Stampede Volunteer committees though I don’t have their contact info at this time, the private website YYCHelps.ca, or the Salvation Army. And as always keep up to date with the latest City information via The City Blog. Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, companies offering their services for reduced or even free and the many many groups organizing all sorts of aid and assistance. Also thanks to David Byrne for pitching in after the PGA tourny was cancelled and Graham DeLaet/PGA/L. David Dube for the donation based on Birdies and Eagles matched by the PGA and the Saskatoon business man for a total of $36K.
The part that intrigues me is that insurance companies in Canada don’t even offer flood insurance so ALL of the costs to recover, repair and replace will have to come from donations, funding from the City, the Province and the Federal Government, and from the property owners themselves. So far the estimates are $3-5 Billion and while the Province is chipping in $1 Billion that is still leaving us desperately short. I would call on the Federal Government to stop sending Billions to countries that are going to hate us no matter what we do and start saving money for events like this that are becoming more and more frequent. Charity begins at home and it is time for our money to start helping our own FIRST!
I just have to laugh at the media reporting over the Senate issues. If the media were to be believed then what Canada is saying is to get rid of Harper and the Conservatives so that the Senate can be overhauled. That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in a while. It is and always has been the Conservatives that have been calling for the complete overhaul of the Senate. So what the Media is saying is let’s get rid of those who want to overhaul the Senate so that we can overhaul the Senate…. Wait how does that make sense? This is typical of the, often, irresponsible and hype crazed national media. They thrive off of stirring controversy often, at least, at the cost of allowing anything to get done and at worst being completely counter-productive. But at least they get ratings or sell newspapers! Who cares if it causes problems for the country at large and helps to damage Canadian standing in international circles. It is this type of irresponsibility that has caused so many problems stemming from corporations in the past but at least they have largely learned the lessons and have worked hard to change their image and behaviour. Now lets let the national and international medias know that it is their time to learn and become responsible for their behaviour again. I know several present and past local media people here in Calgary and have found them all to be extremely responsible and honorable people and wish them all continued success and the ability to hold onto those highly valuable values!
Of course we all “know” that Politicians, Lawyers and Bankers are the absolute scum of society and I won’t take it personally if you hold my career against me, lol.
Congrats to the trustees of the Calgary Public School Board for the cut to the trustees pay and forcing them to pay for parking. HOWEVER I can’t help but notice that they did this in such a way that is only takes effect as of Sept 1st with the election in October. So is this part of the effort to overcome the major bad press that they have caused over their last term (not the least of which was blocking people from really having any input without direct pre-approved authorization from the chair) or is it that they know that they will not win and are doing this in such a way as to screw those coming in to replace them? I hope that the public keeps that in mind come this October!
Doing what’s right and relishing screwing the next guy/gal…..