#KeepCalgaryStrong News

When the City of Calgary announced $60 million - $120 million over a year - in cuts to services, The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good launched the #KeepCalgaryStrong campaign and invited others to join in. Together we got a reaction that preserved many essential services for Calgarians, especially those who are most vulnerable. 

Together we sent letters. Posted on social media. Signed a petition and then showed up in a big way at city council. Our best estimates is that between 300-350 attended city council meetings.

Our actions got a reaction!

First in the Media from the front page of the Herald to radio and TV. If you are curious a sampling of the media coverage is below.

More importantly, we saw results.

  1. After we showed up in your green scarves the city council reversed their decision to not allow the community to have input and allow us and others to speak - preserving an important element in our democratic process.
  2. The seniors' program we had previously won will now continue - keeping the deal we won. 
  3. The city funding for the low-income bus pass has been preserved.
  4. The City’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy was passed unanimously.
  5. The Cuts to transit will see minimal job losses and while there will be cuts to service at this point they will primary around the frequency of service.

 

#KeepCalgaryStrong Campaign – Media Coverage

Calgary Herald

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/on-the-backs-of-the-poor-calgary-g

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/council-wont-hear-from-advocacy-group-before-budget-cut-debate

 https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/council-reverses-course-on-decision-to-bar-public-input-on-cuts

CTV

 https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/city-council-approves-60m-budget-cut-plan-after-hearing-from-police-concerned-citizens-1.4519747

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1735213

 https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/mobile/video?clipId=1728154

The Star

https://www.thestar.com/calgary/2019/07/22/community-advocates-turned-away-from-speaking-at-city-council-about-budget-cuts.html 

CBC

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/budget-cuts-rally-low-income-services-calgary-city-hall-1.5220634

660

 https://www.660citynews.com/2019/07/22/calgary-council-to-get-first-look-at-tentative-arena-deal-on-monday/

Global

https://globalnews.ca/news/5669219/calgary-city-budget-cuts-transit-opposition/


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