I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Every New Year, many of us make resolutions for better heath, more exercise, or being kinder to others around us. However, statistics show that less than 10% of us actually keep our New Year’s resolution. If you are part of the majority that have already broken your New Years resolution, you can make up for it by being a “Snow Angel”. The act of shovelling a neighbour’s sidewalk or driveway is a simple way to help out a neighbour which will also help make local pathways safe for everyone. To learn more about the “Snow Angel” program or to find out information about recognizing a Snow Angel, visit calgary.ca/snowangels.
I would also like to address the issue of Uber. Many Calgarians have been advocating for allowing Uber into the Calgary market to provide for more choice for consumers. I agree with these sentiments as I believe we need to encourage more choice for consumers and competition amongst Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). That is why I support a new framework for TNCs. This new framework will allow TNCs like Uber to operate legally in Calgary if drivers have appropriate vehicle insurance, meet specified training, security and licensing requirements. City Council has asked for a new bylaw to be developed and brought back to Council by February 22, 2016. This time-frame allows for The City to work through the details of the new bylaw with stakeholders including Uber. While it is important that we have more choice and competition amongst TNCs, it is also important that the new bylaws are developed correctly so that they provide adequate safety and security for both drivers and passengers of TNCs.
As always, if you have any snow removal challenges in your neighbourhood, or any other civic issue please do not hesitate to contact me or call 311.
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