Ward 12 Candidate Responses
We received responses from four candidates in this ward. The Calgary Climate Hub is a non-partisan organization, and posting these responses does not indicate an endorsement. Responses are presented in the order they were received and have not been edited.
1. What are the top three issues you hope to make progress on during your time on Council?
|Teresa Hargreaves||Youth Employment, Safety, Infrastructure and Communications|
|Craig Chandler||Term Limits, Lower Taxes and attract business to Calgary.|
|Mike LaValley||Fiscal Responsibility, Transparency, Respect for Calgarians|
My top three priorities are all connected with Fostering Thriving Neighbourhoods:
1. Improving Livability: accessible, enjoyable, connected, dynamic, safe, inclusive spaces and lifestyles for all our residents, in all our communities is something I am extremely passionate about and will work hard towards.
2. Women - especially low-wage, racialized and newcomers - have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. In your capacity as a public servant, how will you address these impacts and ensure that all women benefit equitably from the economic recovery?
|Teresa Hargreaves||To review what policies we have at city hall or create new ones for equal opportunities for all. As like you, I too am on the outside looking in and I feel that programs need to have easier access and application processes. I would like to create work practicum experiences so that people can learn skills and obtain new and exciting career/job opportunties, that one day support their families. We as Calgarians, have such a diverse work force that we are not taking advantage of and need to look at how we can incorporate these skills, languages and other cultural opportunities.|
|Craig Chandler||Treat everyone equally.|
|Mike LaValley||For Calgary to be inclusive, we must ensure everyone is treated fairly and equitably regardless of their race or sexual identity. As an elected representative I will work to reduce division and remove any existing barriers to accessing city services by any of our citizens. In that way we can all move forward together as a prosperous city.|
I have always and will continue to, support female entrepreneurship efforts, including mentorship programs, and I will seek creative ways to remove barriers for women with great ideas and big dreams. Local efforts will be enhanced by bringing together Federal and Provincial programs and resources and marrying those to a local strategy dedicated to identifying entrepreneurial women and connecting them with useful and actionable resources.
I strongly support efforts to remove barriers that prevent women from joining the workforce whether those barriers be transportation, education, child care, or static work locations.
3. Calgary has been dipping into emergency funds to pay for operations for the past several years. How would you approach taxation and the delivery of programs and services to Calgarians?
|Teresa Hargreaves||We still require programs and in my area we really require police services. I would like to look at the true budget and see where we can optimize new services or revamp exisiting services to accomdodate programs and necessary services. Again, being on the outside, we only see and hear what is either in the news or reported, not what is the true budget. We also, need to work with the Alberta government to align our budgeting as the provincial government releases thier budgets in May and the city does thiers in November. So we as Calgarians are 6 months behind from what the province will give us to what we are actully working with.|
|Craig Chandler||Businesses are leaving because our taxes are so high. We need to lower business taxes and conduct a forensic audit of all departments to find savings.|
|Mike LaValley||Part of fiscal responsibility is planning your expenditures based on your anticipated tax revenues. Too many times budgets for individual programs or departments are set or even increased without first considering the funds that are available. Our budgeting process in the past has been based on administration determining what they would like to spend and then calculating the taxes that are required to achieve that spending. The process should be reversed so that budgets are built on anticipated tax revenues first and then planning the best way to make use of those tax dollars.|
The City has been pushing off the financial reckoning with their use of the Fiscal Stability Reserve (FSR) fund to offset the tax burden for Calgary, effectively created a “bow wave” that future councils will have to navigate.
Difficult decisions will need to be made about how to bridge that gap, as we nurture our local economy, without continual use of the FSR. In the short term there will likely need to be an increase in user fees to access City programs and services while also ensuring that Calgarians in disadvantaged financial positions continue to get the support they need through programs like Fair Entry.
Other changes to the tax structure and the mill rate could potentially be utilized to aid our transition to a more e-commerce dominated landscape. As our brick and mortar businesses adapt for the future economy we will need these creative alternatives to ward off the need to drastically reduce City programs and services.
4. What is your plan for diversifying Calgary’s economy for a just transition away from oil and gas?
|Teresa Hargreaves||I currently work in the oil and gas sector as a Landman and Project Manager. Things are slowly picking up but not like they were. I own my business and do find it tough. I had to actully go back to univeristy to learn and diversify my skills and why I graduated in Project Management. I love oil and gas as it has been my bread and butter for over 30 years and met great people along the way. We as the City of Calgary have a great talent pool with transferrable skills to draw from. Our city has the largest infrastructure downtown with fiber optics in North Amercia and we need to start selling companines of our talent pool, office space and infrastructure to creat new jobs and opportunities for Calgarians. We need to do our job as the City to sell Calgary as a place to call home.|
|Craig Chandler||Lower taxes. Even Amazon said they would not build here because our taxes are so high.|
|Mike LaValley||Years ago we saw an environment where corporate head offices were relocating to Calgary on a frequent basis. This was when we took over from Montreal as being the city with the second most corporate head offices in Canada. We can learn from this history. By staying focused and getting our financial house in order we can create the stable business environment with a low cost of living for their employees that will entice corporations of all types to choose to do business here regardless of the industry they operate in.|
I will be encouraging investment in downtown and Ward 12 neighbourhoods, business, and industrial areas. I commit to forming strong private/public relationships and to be an advocate in addressing roadblocks and inefficiencies. Regardless of industry or sector, private investment needs to have confidence that they have a strong ally at City Hall. I will advocate for their needs while holding them accountable to triple bottom line practices and strong corporate social responsibility.
People need to know that policy is here for them -- this includes the private sector. I commit to exploring policy changes that help emerging sectors find a home in Calgary. Micro investments from organizations like Calgary Economic Development (CED) - through funds like Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF)- enable strong partnerships between the private and public sector, encouraging and expediting growth. The OCIF tech start up grant, which supported local venture capital companies, shows how The City is learning how to do this better every day and I am a strong proponent of these initiatives as the data comes back proving their efficacy.
Climate Change and the Environment
1. Will you commit to setting clear interim targets for Calgary and ENMAX to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 to help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees?
2. Will you work to reduce emissions from buildings to net-zero by (1) ensuring The City's Sustainable Building Policy has clear targets, is transparent, and requires third-party certification, and (2) by providing incentives for privately-owned new buildings and retrofits?
3. Will you support policies to ensure zero food waste not only from Calgary's restaurants, groceries, distributors, but also corporate events?
4. Will you strengthen the City's procurement policies to ensure goods and services are sustainably and ethically sourced? The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply states that sustainable procurement "considers the impact of environmental, economic and social factors along with price and quality."
5. Do you support focusing new development within established areas instead of continuing to approve new developments on the outskirts of Calgary?
6. Will you support completion of the Green Line, including crossing the river to 16 Avenue N?
7. Do you commit to providing equal access to low-cost, low-carbon transportation to all areas of the city, including transit, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure?
Equity and Inclusion
1. Which of the following measures will you support to address poverty and social isolation in our city?
- Affordable housing
- Low-income transit pass
- Fair Entry recreation pass
- Increased access to childcare
- Increased financial support to community associations
- Enough for All Poverty Reduction Strategy
|Teresa Hargreaves||Yes||Yes||Education, training and support programs to ensure all people have opportunites for a better quality of life,|
2. Do you support providing City services primarily through unionized City workers, or do you support contracting out City services to private companies?
- Maintain unionized City workers
- Contract out
|Mike LaValley||Support services by unionized City workers when it is competitive or cost effective vs private third parties.|
3. Would you support Fair Trade Calgary's initiative to make Calgary a globally-designated Fair Trade town? (Find out more at: http://www.fairtradecalgary.com/at-a-glance.html)
4. Do you support Universal Basic Income?
Diversity & Reconciliation
1. What is your plan to address the increase in hate crimes and overt displays of racism in our city?
|Teresa Hargreaves||I feel that all people are equal and my family too has faced a lot of pain in our lives. I was lucky however, that my father sheltered us from this. We as Calgarians need to respect all people equally and ensure we as the city create programs, knowledge, ads to show we are all great Calgarians. As people have their own thoughts, its time to educate them. I have travelled a lot and seen a lot of different cultures in different countries and with this expereince and take my personal expereince and respect in educating cultures.|
|Craig Chandler||Enforce the rule of law|
|Mike LaValley||A key to ending racism is personal accountability. As I councillor I fill stand against any policy that singles out any person or group based on race, denounce those who commit overt acts of racism, and set the expectation that CPS should act quickly on hate crimes.|
I will be a vocal advocate for anti-racism. I commit to following the example those people who have spent significant time and energy advocating for anti-racism and mapping a way forward for our governance structures.
The City must ensure we have active anti-racism policies in our systems and Calgarians need to have active anti-racism conversations in our communities.
I commit to ensuring these conversations continue to have a place in City Council and that Calgarians are heard regularly about our collective progress.
Responding to acts of race motivated violence and displays of racism need to be addressed directly and in solidarity with the impacted communities. I will prioritize the de escalation of the “us vs. them” rhetoric that dominates much of our collective discourse.
I look forward to seeing the work of the Anti-Racism Action Committee in early 2022 and interacting with the proposed actions for The City.
2. How will you support policies to ensure more Indigenous voices are included in making municipal decisions?
|Teresa Hargreaves||As a Indigenous women myself, I do support more municipal decisions for all. We are part of Treaty 7 and that is our homeland. We need to respect and work with our elders, chiefs and Indigenous people to make our lands and cultures work in harmony.|
|Craig Chandler||I will listen to all in Ward 12.|
|Mike LaValley||Indigenous people want to be heard. As a councillor it is my job to listen to ALL the citizens of my ward and represent their wishes at the city level so that is what I will do.|
I am strongly in favour of education efforts to enhance cross-cultural awareness of Indigenous peoples and their culture. I commit to educating myself need to better understand the importance and implications of Treaty 7 to better fulfill those promises to our indigenous brothers and sisters.
I will continue to support efforts by The City to identify opportunities, early on in City projects, to honour and incorporate the history and culture of Treaty 7 First Nations in meaningful ways.
I commit to actively looking for opportunities to invite participation from the Treaty 7 First Nations leadership in the governance structures of our municipality as a Calgary City Councillor.
3. What steps will you support to increase trust and reduce uses of force by police that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in Calgary? (Please use "other" for additional ideas.)
- Enthocultural training for police
- Increase number of Aboriginal Liaison Officers
- Alternative response models (PACT and DOAP teams)
|Teresa Hargreaves||Education for all. We need to look at the underlying problem and work with personnel to teach and advise of different cultures we live in. We are a highly diversified young city who we need to learm from each other.|
|Craig Chandler||The Calagary Police Service is fine and this is a race baiting question. Stop comparing us to Toronto or the States.|
|Mike LaValley||Yes||Yes||Broaden the use of body worn cameras to include easier access to the images and video they provide. Increased transparency by access to this media will help restore trust in our CPS when it is deserved and hold personally accountable those whose actions are inappropriate.|
Mental Health & Addictions
1. Which of the following do you support to address mental health and addictions?
- Implement alternative emergency response models
- Implement trauma-informed care
- Supervised consumption sites
|Teresa Hargreaves||I think we need more help lines for people to call, crises centers etc. People feel alone, don't want to burden families or friends and don't know where to turn. Let's give them a place to turn and reach for help.|
|Craig Chandler||This is provincial jurisdiction and as a former addict I support rehabs and funding for that.|
|Mike LaValley||Yes||Increased support for treatment and rehabilitation centers in order to assist people through and out of their difficulties.|
Do you have any other comments you would like to share with us?
|Craig Chandler||This was a very biased a leading survey. I am almost was not even going to fill it out. Very disappointing.|
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