As explained below, this will be our last W6 Report before the October 2013 election. Thank you for your feedback and suggestions that have helped make this newsletter informative and useful. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know about some of the work that your Ward 6 team has been doing lately.
Community development is a core commitment for me. The West LRT has meant a significant positive change for many in the Ward and a powerful force for connecting residents. As a regular rider of Route 93 and the LRT, I now see more of my neighbours than I did when commuting by car and I meet new people daily. I think the potential exists to make the LRT stations more community centred and to build community engagement supported by these facilities. Please let me know if you are interested in working with me to pursue this idea!
We have also established new community parks and pathways and worked on improving conditions in existing parks. We have helped bring a renewed focus to safety in Griffith Woods Park with the formation of a committee comprised of representatives from Parks, Calgary Police, Bylaw and Corporate Security that works closely with the Discovery Ridge Community Association and nearby residents. Our Remembrance Day ceremony with the King's Own Calgary Regiment was launched last November 11th at Battalion Park. We are now working with a group of volunteers to upgrade and modernize Battalion Park over the next few years, increasing capacity for future ceremonies and events and upgrading the educational components of the site. Please join us for the second annual ceremony this year on Monday November 11th at 10:30 AM.
Our hard working volunteer-run community associations are the foundation of this great city, sometimes referred to as the fourth order of government. All three of us in the Ward 6 office work with the 13 communities of Ward 6 on a daily basis to support their work in building our neighbourhoods. There is a reason why Calgary is often ranked as one of the best cities in the world to live in and that is because we live in the best communities!
I believe there is always room to grow and improve our communities and I look forward to discussing ideas with you over Stampede breakfasts and other community events over the next several weeks. I will once again be posting the community events that I will be attending throughout Stampede on our Ward 6 website. I hope that you will stop by one of these events and introduce yourself!
Council communications blackout period
Our next municipal election will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013. In the interest of fairness and ensuring an equal footing for all candidates, there will be some restrictions placed on current Council Members with regard to our communications as the election approaches.
These restrictions include blackout periods during which time Council Members and our staff may not send out mass communication pieces such as newsletters. Our cut off date to send newsletters is May 31, 2013, so this will be our final W6 Report for this term.
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Ward 6 News: Safety
Since October 2011, there has been steady progress in addressing streetlight outages in Ward 6 and across the city. At that time, there was a severe backlog in streetlight-related service requests and it became clear that something needed to be done....
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