What will you do about the lack of funding for those on AISH?
As the current government has forced inflation up with the minimum wage changes, people on AISH have lost even an ability for minimal work to supplement their guaranteed income. As we are tasked with taking care of the needs of these individuals, either funding will need to increase, so they may take care of their individual needs themselves, or we must directly take responsibility for more of their needs. The complexity of the system at this time indicates the former may be a better option, trusting each individual with meeting their own needs and taking more control OUT of the existing system.
The problems we have here are great, and directly affect the livelihood of thousands of Albertans. We must take responsibility and ensure these people are cared for and supported, including (and perhaps especially) supports within the community that may better assist these individuals.
What can you do about the tenant/landlord system?
We already have a 59 page document in the Residential Tenancies Act, dictating relationships between tenants and landlords, however I have heard stories from friends and constituents about how they are unable to remove bad tenants from their properties.
For better or worse, there is a process in place in these laws and in local bylaws designed to protect both parties, and once initiated, there is little a landlord is able to do, even as a tenant destroys their property. It is these cases that are most concerning, as I have yet to actually hear concerns raised by tenants regarding bad landlords.
Is there something I, or we as a government, can do to fix the system? That depends on if it is broken, or if there is some possibility outside of the legal system in order to deal with this problem. At this time, I have no solution. If you have experience on specific problems with this, please help me by providing specific details on the problems within the existing system.
What is your stance on the Bowness berm?
While I do not live within the flood zone here in Bowness, I am a mere block away, and have a personal understanding of the concerns of another flood like the one we had in 2013. That being said, I believe we must focus on a solution that protects Calgary as a whole, and not just the community of Bowness. If you take a walk down Bow Crescent, whose properties would be immediately affected by such a project, you will see many have already rebuilt with a defense against another such event - raised homes, garage-basements, flood walls and more. These people chose to remain in their homes and not move out when the province offered them money for their property.
There is an additional concern of cost. If we spend $20-25M on a berm project, we have decreased the property value of all homes up against the river, and if another flood does break said berm, then we have simply built ourselves a new Bowness Lagoon.
My personal opinion is one that residents would likely be much better off with a single upstream solution and the investment of even half the cost of the berm into a private insurance policy that residents themselves may choose to partake in.
For more information and to stay informed on this issue, see www.protectcalgary.com
What is your stance on the gravel pit outside of West Springs?
After attending the West Calgary Ring Road open house in Valley Ridge in September, the province is still promising a 2022 completion to the ring road, so at the very least, this issue has a completion date attached to it. Slight comfort this may be to residents, it doesn’t help anyone in the here and now, and even I have noticed a light layer of dust on homes in the area.
Due to the proximity to the residential area, we may need to lower thresholds on at what point some countermeasures are deployed (misting, shutdowns, etc).
Unfortunately, I have limited information what the province and contractor (KGL) have agreed upon for this contract, but for those of you whom live in the area and are familiar with the situation, I would love to hear from you.
What is your stance on the 2026 Olympics?
While I understand the fond memories many residents have regarding the ‘88 Olympics, and the insistence by many that another Games would bring energy back to our city and community (COP is dead center to our riding, after all), I cannot accept the cost of such an event.
That being said, I am not against the Games returning to Calgary. I do not believe a one-time event is worth so much debt spending, likely $8-10B. What I have proposed be looked at, instead, is a cyclical event, whereby Calgary would become the North American city, with a Games held here once every 12 years, with a minimum agreement to 3 Games with an option for an additional 3. This would embed the Olympics in our city (and Banff/Kananaskis), ensuring consistent maintenance and development of city and Games infrastructure, ideally with a high speed link (Hyperloop, perhaps?) between Calgary and Canmore. This, I believe, is a much more reasonable option, especially as we are now only 1 of 3 cities even considering hosting the event.