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MEDIA RELEASE - Ask for New Tax Powers “Out of Touch”

December 14, 2016

See Charter Think Tax Coalition Calls Alberta Mayors’ Ask for New Tax Powers “Out of Touch”

CALGARY, AB: The See Charter, Think Tax coalition is calling for a reality check for the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton after they signed a letter asking for more tax powers on Tuesday.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson joined the mayors of Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver to ask their premiers for new tax powers. Reportedly, the mayors said they need to ask permission to “do the right thing” for residents. 


MEDIA RELEASE - Ask for New Tax Powers “Out of Touch”

December 14, 2016 

CALGARY, AB: The See Charter, Think Tax coalition is calling for a reality check for the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton after they signed a letter asking for more tax powers on Tuesday.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson joined the mayors of Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver to ask their premiers for new tax powers. Reportedly, the mayors said they need to ask permission to “do the right thing” for residents.

 


Macdonald: Are you Buying the Spin?

Over the past 18 months, the City of Calgary has been piloting a 6.5 km network of cycle track in the downtown core which officially opened on June 18, 2015. To the City's credit, it has considered the effects of the track on all parties, and communicated early and often with stakeholders, conducting 24 engagement meetings, and 150 business visits. It even hired students as bike ambassadors to introduce the new lanes and correct cycling behaviour by handing out cycling guides. The City also has installed display boards as a thermometer to benchmark the cyclists, like a people counter, and in fact, has made 100 changes over the trial period to help improve traffic, cycling, parking and business relations. Recently, the Respecting Environment and People (REAP), hosted a presentation related to the centre city track network. What were the findings?

 


McPherson: Canadian Taxpayers Submission City Charters Review

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) greatly appreciates the opportunity to partake in the consultation process around city charters. We attended both the Calgary stakeholder session and public information session. As a non-profit, non- partisan citizens advocacy group with over 90,000 supporters across Canada – many of them living in Calgary and Edmonton – we have substantial concerns about what city charters could mean for taxpayers. 


Claughton: One Size Does Not Fit ALL

City Council just completed a three-day budget review for 2017. There were some very good presentations given by Public Safety, Information Technology and many other departments. These departments with managers and staff in tow carrying armloads of documents, presented a well-prepared self analysis of their progress and their plans for the future on a number of programs including how Calgarians dispose of their household waste.

 


Macdonald: I Don't Feel So Pollyanna Anymore

I've always loved the happy book "Pollyanna." It has even given rise to the "Pollyanna Principle" that suggests that people tend to remember pleasant items more accurately than unpleasant things. I was having a Pollyanna moment the other day at Council as I started reading through the action plan "Mid-Cycle Adjustments: The City's Response to the Change in the Local Economy” booklet. The headlines caused flashbacks in my brain: "A well run city” "A prosperous city" "A city of inspiring neighbourhoods“ "A city that moves!” I was thinking, "Wow! Things are great, I'm optimistic! Times are wonderful!" Then reality hit, and I realized, "Wait a minute, this isn't 2013. It's 2016!" 


Claughton Guest Post: Timing Is Everything - Especially In An Election Year

November 21, 2016, was the day that started the deliberations of Calgary's budget for 2017, which is actually year three of a four-year plan. It is an annual time allocation that gives Council the opportunity to review and revise the operating and capital budget plan for the coming year. To grasp the enormity of what it takes to keep the "big machine" and its needs addressed, the annual Capital Budget for 2014 - 2018 is set at $5.8 billion. According to the City of Calgary website, 48 percent of this spending is derived from taxes.  

 


Macdonald: Asking the Why

 

CommonSense-FullCombo-03.pngIt seems as though we are having a geographical shift in the relocation of businesses from the downtown core of Calgary to the suburbs. The oil and gas industry is slashing operating costs, vacating office space and shedding once highly valued yet now unaffordable employees. One would think engineers and other skilled professionals are flocking to the "burbs," but are they really? 

 


Charter Submission to Government Canadian Taxpayers Federation

CTF Submission to the Government of Alberta on the Incoming City Charters

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) greatly appreciates the opportunity to partake in the consultation process around city charters. We attended both the Calgary stakeholder session and public information session. As a non-profit, non- partisan citizens advocacy group with over 90,000 supporters across Canada – many of them living in Calgary and Edmonton – we have substantial concerns about what city charters could mean for taxpayers.


Charter Submission to Government - Common Sense Calgary

Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments pertaining to the creation of the City Charters through the Municipal Government Act. I am the Executive Director of Common Sense Calgary, an organization dedicated to providing a balanced dialogue about issues important to the citizens of Calgary. 

Common Sense Calgary works in the best interests of Calgarians to promote fiscal and ethical responsibility at City Hall, and currently are advocating for no new proposed taxation powers in the City Charters, at least not without citywide referenda. In cooperation with several other organizations, we have been generating media and public awareness related to the proposed City Charters through a coalition titled, "See Charter, Think Tax."