June 2013 Newsletter
Hello Ward 14!
The last two Aldertalks have been more than I ever hoped for. Turnouts in both April and May were sensational, and in both cases I was chatting with Ward 14 residents long past our scheduled end time. Not only is it great just to get a chance to listen to people's opinions and concerns, but to hear neighbours engage each other in debate really puts a smile on my face. Thank you to everyone who joined.
Unfortunately, the Aldertalk in May was the last one that I can commit to holding for now. June kicks off the "campaign period" for the municipal election. Until we vote in October, events like Aldertalk will have to be deferred. So, if there is something that you would like to talk to me about, or an issue that you would like to see addressed then you will just have to get in touch the old fashioned way. You can call me at 403-268-1653, or contact me online.
This year's campaign period will leave its mark on the Ward 14 communities BBQ, as well. There can be no fire department, or any other City funded exhibitors at the BBQ, but the show must go on. In the past two years we put almost $8000 in the pockets of Ward 14's Community Associations, and there is no reason to stop that trend. Instead of the normal City exhibitors I will be inviting a number of community-oriented organizations, and I have a few more ideas for entertainment as well. The BBQ will be on September 21st between 11am and 2pm outside of Southcentre Mall. Look for more details on calgary.ca/ward14. I hope to see you there.
Those of you in Chaparral and Walden are likely aware of the BFI landfill that sits just off of 194 Avenue SE. As of June 30th, this landfill will be closing its gates. Obviously this means that starting in July there will be no waste accepted there, but it will also mean an opportunity to eventually turn the landfill site into a useable community area. BFI will be working to return this area to a usable space. Until then please keep an eye out for opportunities to have your say on how the space could be used in the future.
And now a moment that I have been waiting for... I am finally able to announce the winner of the 2013 Ward 14 Wordsmith Award. For those of you who don't know, I have been inviting all the Grade 6 students of Ward 14 to participate in an essay contest on the topic of Municipal Government. This was the second edition of the contest, and just like last year, these skilled young writers have made my decision extremely difficult. The knowledge and intelligence that these youngsters displayed was truly amazing, but there can only be one winner. Congratulations to Katherine Wolfe, resident of Lake Bonavista, and student at St. Philip School in Parkland. What a wonderful essay! She and her class joined me in Council on April 22nd, where her words were rightfully on display for all of Calgary to hear.
I wish you all a warm and happy June. That's it for now.