School Board/Ward/Mayoral Candidate Questions 2013

Civic Camp will be surveying 2013 Calgary City Council and Pubilc School Board Trustee candidates. In the interest of open democracy, rather than a small committee decide what should be asked we thought we’d put it to the community at large to decide.

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  1. What are your thoughts concerning the new format for report cards & the current board's decision to implement after the election.

    As a parent and retired teacher for 15+ years I find the words "exemplary ,evident,
    emerging and support required" as a substitute for letter grades with comments, as vague and an indication of the unwillingness of the current board to actually come out and tell parents and students how they the students are actually doing. Who is this benefitting? Why do we need to complicate things?

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    • Do you support a family cap on transportation fees?

      The current board voted in favour of removing the cap on fees which generated a surplus. Fees are not tax deductible and hit families hard where the CBE has chosen not to build schools, often in communities 25+ years old.

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      • How important is the North Central High School in supporting a sustainable community?

        The North Central High School was in the plans in 2005 and subsequently dropped for the Northeast High School. Public School students in Grade 12 have spent their entire school life on a bus at a considerable expense to parents in transportation fees. Communities much younger than North Central Calgary have been given a high school even though the population here is bigger.

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        • A new type of report card was introduced in some schools last year. Do you support this, or do you support traditional assessment?

          It seems a new report card is being introduced this year and it seems the CBE is being very secretive prior to the election about its introduction. However, at one Ward 3 school, it appears to mean that a student can get 10/10 on a test but receive a C because of the type of questions asked. For an A, "a student needs to demonstrate he/she can exceed curriculum. To exceed means that they are able to go beyond curriculum, create something new with the outcomes learned and be able to solve what they created" Sounds like re-inventing math formulas,…

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          • 3 votes
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            • Specific plans for enabling our children to support less privileged children (as the Christmas boxes were banned by the current Trustees)

              The Christmas Boxes through Operation Christmas Child were banned by our current Trustees. These were an opportunity for our children to consider their many blessings (including the gift of education) by comparison to chlidren in other countries and to "give" to such children through tangible acts of kindness. What such tangible initiatives will our Trustee put forward to build human compassion, kindness and gratitude in our children.

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              • What are your thoughts on halting new community developments until infrastructure catches up?

                Rather than charge developers per new home, basically increasing the price of new homes. Halt new development till infrastructure catches up.

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                • What are your thoughts on making the LRT system a closed system including turnstiles?

                  Making the LRT system would make it more secure and would alleviate the need for fare checking aboard, and reallocate security to stations and parking. Larger cities have closed systems and there are no bottlenecks. People get used to it.

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                  • What are your thoughts on making Calgary car idle free, and what would your timeline be?

                    Calgary needs to be car idle free, especially around schools, transit stations, parking lots, etc.

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                    • 4 votes
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                      • 30 votes
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                        • 3 votes
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                          • What is your plan to ensure that redevelopment doesnt become stagnant because of the City's outdated infrastructure?

                            It has been announced recently that redevelopment will be halted in the Bowness/Montgomery area due to the infrastructure's inability to keep up with the increased number of infills popping up in the area. What is your plan to ensure that redevelopment doesn't become stagnant because of the City's outdated infrastructure?

                            35 votes
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                            • Affordable & accessible housing: do you support making City land available for affordable housing & streamlining approval process?

                              -yyc Chamber of Commerce, Calg Foundation Vital signs agree affordable housing is a big issue
                              -Make City land available for purchase or lease to affordable housing providers
                              -Streamline approval process
                              -Meaningful incentives for developers of affordable housing

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                              • 1 vote
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                                • 1 vote
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                                  • How will you reduce traffic congestion on Crowchild Trail between 17 Avenue S.W. and 24 Avenue N.W. ?

                                    Last December, city council voted against a plan put forward by transportation planners for the Crowchild Trail Corridor study. The process of creating a new plan is not to be started until next September. Peak hour congestion on Crowchild Trail is severe. What actions do you plan to take to address this?

                                    7 votes
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                                    • What are your plans to increase, or optimize existing off leash parks by ensuring their safety and accessibility for people and their dogs?

                                      With increasing levels of obesity and sedentary lifestyles, it's important to support the health and well-being of residents with viable options and solutions. Calgary's human and canine populations have increased rapidly over the past few years and there has been a corresponding increase in the need for off-leash parks. Unfortunately, many of the current spaces are unsafe, unpleasant, unusable, roadway easements or land destined to become roadways. As with planning of other green space based on number of residents, would you implement a formula to support X amount of off-leash area in each community?

                                      51 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  city council  ·  Admin →
                                      • 12 votes
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                                        • What would you do to get the Macleod Trail / Sun Valley Boulevard interchange built to reduce shortcutting traffic on Sun Valley Boulevard.

                                          There is a significant problem in the community of Sundance with traffic short cutting down Sun Valley Boulevard to avoid the severe congestion at Macleod Trail and 22X. This project languishes at the top of the City's unfunded infrastructure list as there is lack of support on council for dealing with south Calgary traffic issues.

                                          78 votes
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