Media Coverage

"Sprawlcast: Inside Calgary’s New Climate Strategy"

KLASZUS: After hearing Tony Snow speak at council that day, I sat down with him to find out more about the intersection of climate action and reconciliation.

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KLASZUS: Thanks for making the time. At the public hearing for the climate strategy, you've talked a bit about how this climate strategy and the goals of it are intertwined with reconciliation. And I'm curious, how do you see those as intertwined?

SNOW: I think for me, they're intertwined because of the treaty. And as a descendant of the signers of Treaty number 7 for the Stoney people, we are always concerned about our efforts and our impact on the world around us—and what that says about our relationship to one another.

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"Debate over $87B City of Calgary climate strategy postponed until July"

Others in attendance were less concerned with the postponement and have their sights set on budget deliberations later this year when city council will set the financial plan for the city for the next four years.

“All of the hard work and hard decisions are going to be made in the budget process,” said Christine Laing with the Calgary Alliance for Common Good. “You need hard rules, you need hard money and those come with really hard decisions about where you put resources and how you allocate them.

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"City council punts climate strategy debate to early July"

The deferral did not dampen the spirits of a group of citizens gathered outside city hall to show support for the strategy.

Organized by the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, the peaceful demonstration featured citizens wearing green scarves and arm bands.

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"Calgary climate strategy put off for one month"

Members of the Calgary Climate Hub and Calgary Alliance for the Common Good gathered at City Hall to provide input for the climate strategy debate on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Council voted 10-5 to postpone the debate until July.

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Angela McIntyre with the Calgary Climate Hub said she didn’t think the postponement was that big of a deal.

“We are disappointed that they’re not actually going to put it for the climate strategy for today, but we’re all here in support of it,” said McIntyre.

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"Transit advocates say added police presence won't fully address increasing disturbance calls"

Several groups focused on improving Calgary’s transit system say such a strategy is greatly needed if safety is going to be fixed. Christine Laing with the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good said increasing police presence is not the answer the city needs to address safety issues.

“The only thing this will accomplish is to allow a handful of well-dressed Calgarians to pretend we don’t live in a society that chronically defunds mental health support and harm reduction,” said Laing. “This isn’t an officer space.”

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"Calgary Climate Hub (and Calgary Allinace) connects with new city council

The Calgary Climate Hub (CCH) joined with the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good to advance their agenda on meaningful climate action at city hall Monday. In front of a gathering of city councillors, the environmental groups presented bags filled with shortbread; to indicate they feel time is short to take action on climate change.

 

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"How many candidates? Yikes! Where Calgary voters are getting municipal election information"

Another option for voters choosing a candidate is to use one's networks. Friends talk with friends, and more formally, many industry and non-profit groups try to help members by questioning candidates and sharing the information.

Adrita Haque, an engineer in training who volunteers with Calgary Climate Hub, has been in the thick of that. She's been helping Calgary Alliance for the Common Good organize 'coffee with a candidate' meetings, but mostly in the central wards where most volunteers live.

 

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