September – Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra’s Report

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Gian-Carlo Carra, ward 9 councillor

Hello Ward 9 Neighbours,

This October you and your fellow Calgarians will have the chance to participate in one of the most important and meaningful experiences we share as Canadians – voting. October 16, 2017 is your opportunity to have your say in the future of your neighbourhood, your community, and your city, as you head to the polls to elect a Mayor, your City Councillor, and your School Board Trustee.

Often, there can be cynicism about the political process of electing representatives who may not share or understand your personal views, priorities, or sense of direction for Calgary. When faced with that cynicism, remember that the thread that links these candidates is their love of community and belief that they can make things better for all of us. That diversity of vision, when tested against your questions and engagement, reveal the best person for the task in moving us forward.

Unlike other orders of government, we interact with our municipal government everyday – from the moment we wake up, to the moment we head to sleep, and even in between. From providing safe drinking water and electricity to our homes, to paving, maintaining and clearing roads during the winter months, providing transit, deploying our police and fire service, to providing recreational programming and affordable housing to Calgarians, local government impacts our lives immeasurably.

This year, there will be significant changes in Ward 9 as the ward boundaries have changed. The communities of Tuxedo Park, Winston Heights-Mountview, Rideau-Roxboro, Park Hill, Erlton, Acadia and Riverbend will move to Wards 7, 8, 11 and 12, respectively.

During the next few months you will have candidates knocking at your door, calling your homes and reaching out to you in a number of ways to ask for your support and for your vote. Be prepared to challenge them with your questions about everything from street sweeping, to transportation, to their long-term vision for Calgary. Sign up for updates. Attend your neighbourhood candidate debate. Speak with your family, friends and neighbours, and most importantly, vote.

To make the process of voting easier for Calgarians, The City has created a website specifically geared to this October’s election. To sign up for updates, find out when and where to vote, and to confirm voter ID requirements, please visit www.calgary.ca/election.

All the best to you as you make your voting decisions!

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