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.
- 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.
- The seniors' program we had previously won will now continue - keeping the deal we won.
- The city funding for the low-income bus pass has been preserved.
- The City’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy was passed unanimously.
- 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