Thank you so much for your support over these last few months.
During my time on City Council and on my campaign, I’ve been focussed on being positive and sharing facts. Here are some of them:
Along with my councillor colleagues, I’ve put an end to taxpayer dollars subsidizing sprawl on the edges of the city and started investing those dollars back into our Ward 9 neighbourhoods.
We’ve found $375 million in savings in the City’s annual budget by finding efficiencies.
We’ve invested $180 million for a major facelift and transportation infrastructure upgrade on 17 Avenue SE and we’ve funded the Green Line ($4.53 billion).
We’ve strengthened our relationships with Calgary Police Service, Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) and our Bylaw Services partners to address crime and social disorder issues.
We’ve also focused on taking care of our most vulnerable neighbours by increasing access to affordable housing and public transit and introducing the Fair Entry and the Sliding Scale programs (which make it easier to access City programs based on your ability to pay).
We’ve saved money, supported small businesses, improved social supports and are laying the foundation for our city’s best future. Together, with our Ward 9 neighbours, we’ve made positive changes. We can’t afford to go backwards.
As you may have seen, heard and read, there are candidates in our ward who are campaigning on doing just that: taking us backwards. They want to stop transit projects like the Green Line and Bus Rapid Transit on 52 Street South-East, 16 Avenue North-East and Heritage Drive South and the 17 Avenue SE improvement project. They want to go back to the old days where our hard-earned tax dollars subsidized private profits.
They’re relying on misinformation and hoping that if they sow enough negativity that you will lose hope for building a better Calgary.
That’s wrong. East Calgary deserves better.
I’m proud of the campaign we’ve run. We’ve been positive. We’ve been truthful. We’ve been focused on what’s best for the Great Neighbourhoods of Ward 9.
In this election your vote will be a choice between building a city that is affordable, vibrant, economically diverse and pays for itself in the long-term or one that falls back into building a city that is unsustainable, where improvements to our Ward 9 neighbourhoods are few and far between.
If you’re with me, and the vision of building a city that makes sense for all of its residents, get your friends and neighbours to the polls and be sure to Vote Carra on Election Day, October 16.
Let’s continue building Great Neighbourhoods in Calgary, together.
Thank you for your support,
*Call me if you have any questions or you need any assistance finding or getting to the polls. You can reach me at 403-512-6043.
Great Neighbourhoods include people of all abilities, ages, stages and wages.
I believe that a city of Great Neighbourhoods is where there is a critical mass of people, a rich mix of housing and employment options, where our neighbourhood schools are full and our elderly can age in place. Great Neighbourhoods are where our young people can transition into productive adulthood without having to leave and all income levels are welcome in a vibrant public realm.
I have always believed that Great Neighbourhoods are places that build community and nurture all of its residents.
To do this we need to transform City Hall’s rules and regulations, processes and job descriptions, expectations and culture.
And we’re doing that work right now. I’m leading the transformation of building a city that works for people of all abilities. Some of these include:
· Providing accessible buses and C-Trains.
· Ensuring Access Calgary meets the needs of its users.
· Improving and updating Access Design Standards to improve accessibility into city-owned and leased buildings.
· Supporting the work of the Advisory Committee on Accessibility to listen and address the accessibility concerns of Calgarians.
Accessibility is important to me and I’m glad that my Ward 9 neighbours find it just as important. With guidance, direction and collaboration with individuals and a variety of advocacy groups, we’ve been able to do some great things, make significant adjustments to current policy and make sure that our city and services are planned with all Calgarians in mind.
If accessibility in Calgary is as important to you as it to me, please Vote for Great Neighbourhoods and Vote Carra on October 16.
Thank you for your support,
Childcare and access to childcare are essential to Great Neighbourhoods. I believe this is important to the quality of life of East Calgary residents and I’ve taken steps to make The City take childcare more seriously. Recently, I brought a Notice of Motion that looked specifically at city-owned and operated social housing buildings in Manchester known as the Lumino site. The homes have a large population of young families who are economically challenged and need childcare. The Lumino buildings have space for childcare. However, at the time before the Notice of Motion, childcare couldn’t be provided because the land-use rules that allowed Lumino to be an affordable housing development didn't allow childcare - and that was absurd.
My Notice of Motion basically said, "Hey, you know the space that's designed for childcare? Let's make it legal." The other thing my Notice of Motion did was point out that the issue at the Lumino exists elsewhere in our city. We have a lot of city-owned housing and city-owned buildings where childcare could be permitted but is not allowed.
I was successful in getting childcare into Lumino. I was also successful in getting The City’s planning team to make childcare an allowable use throughout all appropriate city-owned properties (including housing and offices). I’m proud of this work as I believe childcare is essential to building Great Neighbourhoods.
Let’s continue working together to keep moving Calgary in a direction that moves for all of its citizens. If child care is important to you, I hope I can rely on your support on October 16 - Vote Carra!
Thank you for your support,
I am humbled and honoured to be the endorsed Ward 9 candidate of both the Inglewood and International Avenue Business Revitalization Zones (BRZs). (See letters of endorsement below.)
I am proud of the work I’ve done over the last 17 years supporting businesses in our Great Neighbourhoods. I continue to be focused on ensuring their success as the business landscape in Calgary shifts as a result of our current economic downturn. Our small businesses and the main streets upon which they cluster are the backbones of Great Neighbourhoods, and over the next four years, we need to charter a new deal for all businesses in Calgary.
I believe that a Great Neighbourhood is a mixed-use, mixed-income place where business owners, their employees and their customers all live, work and shop together. All of this is integrated with other essential services (schools, places of worship, parks, recreation facilities, libraries and social support agencies) in a public space that supports walking, cycling and transit use, and connects neighbours to a robust social, cultural and economic web.
On the whole, I’m thrilled with where we’re taking things in Calgary and in Ward 9 with regard to our business community. But we still have lots of work to do before we get to where we need to be. My decision to seek a third term has a lot to do with making sure we get there and that our plans land, and land successfully. What follows is a list of the Great Neighbourhoods initiatives from the past seven years that are all underway and focused on business success. I believe that taken together, they form a new deal for businesses in Calgary:
Every Great Neighbourhood must be supported by a Main Street and other working landscapes that have an up-to-date policy, are zoned for mixed-use business success, have funding commitments for streetscape master planning and infrastructure upgrading, and are thoughtfully integrated into the surrounding community. I’m proud that this work is funded and underway along International Avenue and in Inglewood and Bridgeland, is on-deck in Renfrew, Ramsay, Manchester and Ogden, and is in the early stages of conceptualization in Fairview.
Businesses need the ability to move goods and be accessible to their customers and employees and to have sufficient nearby parking for their customers and employees. I’m extremely proud of the enhancements we’ve made and are making to mobility in Ward 9’s vast industrial landscapes in terms of road infrastructure, transit and cycling connectivity, and also with the district-wide approach, we’re developing when it comes to managing parking in our Great Neighbourhoods.
Businesses are the engine of our Great Neighbourhoods and of our City. Full stop. The fact that voter/resident issues enjoy clear representation from our municipal government but business interests do not is a structural failure that must be redressed. The work of the Community Representation Framework Taskforce (on which I sit) is mandated to develop a new framework for Community-City relationships. I believe giving businesses an integrated seat at the table is essential to both their ongoing success as well as the success of Great Neighbourhoods.
Like our provincial government, our municipality’s revenue framework has been based on $100/barrel oil. For the past seven years, I have been an advocate–well in advance of the economic downturn–for the establishment of a municipal tax system that moves from a property-value assessment (which relies too much on businesses and creates perverse incentives) to a balanced approach between ability-to-pay plus the cost of servicing. With a new City Charter, we will have a framework for having this conversation and the next four years will be a crucial period for transforming not only the physical environments of our Great Neighbourhoods but the financial frameworks on which we build them to survive and thrive long into our shared future.
If you have any questions or ideas about how I can support our Ward 9 businesses further, please drop me an email at email@example.com or give me a call at 403-512-6043.
If you like the work my team and I have been doing in Ward 9, please be sure to vote for me on October 16!
Thank you for your support,
Today is a very, very good day: The City of Calgary and Sofina Foods have jointly announced an agreement to move the Lilydale chicken abattoir from Ramsay to a new state of the art facility in Calgary’s industrial south-east. This announcement comes after years of hard work and collaboration between my office and the community.Read more