2017 Election Survey Results

Completed surveys are displayed for Mayoral Candidates followed by Ward Candidates in order of number. 

Ward 1 - Ward 2 - Ward 3 - Ward 4 - Ward 5 - Ward 6 - Ward 7 - Ward 8 - Ward 9 - Ward 10 - Ward 11 - Ward 12 - Ward 13 - Ward 14

Mayoral Candidates

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/mayoral-candidates-2017

Jason Achtymichuk no survey completed

Andre Chabot no survey completed

Brent Chisholm see survey below

Dr. Emile Gabriel no survey completed

Larry Heather no survey completed

David Lapp see survey below

Naheed Nenshi (Incumbent) no survey completed

Curtis Olson no survey completed

Bill Smith no survey completed

Stan (the Man) Waciak no survey completed

Completed Surveys

Brent Chisholm SirChisholm@gmail.com 403-805-5466

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Moderate advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Moderate advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Moderate advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

I'd like to see a whole lot more families and individuals growing their own gardens and canning their produce so they don't have to purchase so many other food stuffs.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

Food bank response & to ask people to plant a garden so they can get fresh vegetables as soon as they're grown & maybe can any excess they produce for themselves.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

To ask them to pant gardens & reap those benefits from having done so.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Inquire to the provincial & federal counterparts how to achieve an annual income of a predetermined sum that each individual should have to be able to live and survive from.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building

Moderate advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Frequent advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Moderate advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

To let local producers have market gardens or farmers markets to sell their goods & I'm Hoping to have new community associations where the city is expanding to keep different areas for a community garden zone. That'd be where people in that area & surrounding areas can plant a personal garden on city land to grow their food. By doing this it will create a more friendly working together community & the People will trade with others their produce & help each other out through out the season & year, making a know your neighbor & neighborhood a much more family oriented & friendly place & atmosphere.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

Check into where it is working & their agendas on how it could be improved. That information can then be used to implement it in the areas that haven't been served yet.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Yes

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

Id have to research and check out the variable problems & solutions to make the best judgement in each area concerned.

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

Calgary's food system would have to be a more defined question to have it answered correctly.

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David Lapp lappteam2017@gmail.com

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Moderate advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Rare advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Frequent advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Rare advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

No advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

This is a matter of choice, liberty and access.  As well the real key in all of this is facilitating economic development particularly for small businesses.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

Small businesses, community associations and non-profits are a major answer for this.  COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRES and community gardens are a major aspect of this.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I will collaborate respectively to ensure that everyone's concerns are addressed particularly by empowering these groups to be self sufficient.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

No

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Rare advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Rare advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Rare advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I will collaborate community stakeholders to empower them to take appropriate actions on these measures.  Food access and food security are key issues moving forward.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

Empowering non profits and small businesses to take the lead in this because a top down approach from City Hall won't work.  City Hall should facilitate but not run this program.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

Although I would like to encourage a local buying practice I feel this would restrain normal free market forces inappropriately.  There are other mechanisms such as collaborating with the community sector that will facilitate this same goal.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

I would like to protect the access for food to Calgary's most vulnerable

Ward 1 Candidates

Ward 1 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-1-candidates/

Chris Blatch no survey completed

Coral Bliss Taylor see survey below

Cole Christensen no survey completed

Cam Khan no survey completed

Ward Sutherland (Incumbent) no survey completed

Completed Surveys

Coral Bliss Taylor coral@votecoral.ca votecoral.ca facebook.com/votecoraltwitter.com/votecoralinstagram.com/votecoral    403-880-1617

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

Poverty reduction, access to services, and improved economic opportunity, also expand individuals' means to secure their food supply. I intend to examine these and other methods of increasing access to healthy food.

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

Having worked in urban planning, I support having complete communities that have things like schools, services including food retailers, and recreation within walking distance of a range of housing types and forms.

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

The city has made strides in food security with initiatives like Grow Calgary, and composting. These can be improved with increased support for community gardens, which provide skill building, community building, and food growing opportunities. Increased support in this arena is most important in the form of reduced red tape.

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Moderate advocacy

I'd be happy to look into backyard chickens. We would need to ensure hens were kept in clean, safe, and humane conditions, and secured, to avoid attracting predators. We'd have to create the guidance (bylaws) on that, and then ensure they were enforceable. Then, we could proceed.

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Moderate advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Moderate advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

I intend to support poverty reduction and access to healthy food from all angles, such as housing, inclusion of persons with disabilities, access to transportation, food security, etc. Our focus on economic diversification, and support for local business and new industry are part of this, as that is what will allow Calgary to continue to thrive in the future. I intend to continue to inform my support of these through consultation with experts, community groups, and community members with lived experience.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

Poverty reduction, access to services, and improved economic opportunity, all expand individuals' means to secure their food supply and reduce food insecurity. I intend to support initiatives toward this end. As an example. I support basic income as a means to poverty reduction and food security.    Also. the city has made strides in food security with initiatives like Grow Calgary, and composting. These can be improved with increased support for community gardens, which provide skill building, community building, and food growing opportunities. Increased support in this arena is most important in the form of reduced red tape.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

Hearing from the people who have lived experience is a top priority for understanding the issue and collaboratively finding and pursuing solutions. I believe in strong community engagement for all groups, including marginalized groups. Having practiced and studied community engagement, I have a strong set of tools at my disposal that allow me to effectively engage all groups, including those who are marginalized. In addition, I am committed to working with community partners on a multi-faceted approach.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

I intend to collaborate with colleagues in both federal and provincial governments to work toward guaranteed minimum income.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

 I am happy to look into this as councillor, with engagement of local stakeholders, community groups, previous experience in similar initiatives, and subject-matter experts. Protecting agricultural land and the ongoing practice of agriculture in areas where residential uses have encroached is important.

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Occasional advocacy

I am happy to support initiatives to access land for growing food. This would of course be done in consultation with affected landowners and locals.

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

This has been successful in other jurisdictions. Changes of this nature in Calgary and the Calgary Region must be considered in light of existing Calgary, regional, and intermunicipal plans. I am happy to look into this possibility.

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

Please see my answers above.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

I will collaborate with colleagues in provincial government to advocate for this, pilot initiatives, and find the best way forward.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

I am happy to look into this possibility. Where it is possible to source locally and regionally I am happy to support the practice.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

I intend to be supportive of city staff and community groups who are working on this policy area, and consult with them to find the best way forward for Calgary.

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

I am very supportive of initiatives to reduce food insecurity, improve food security, and reduce red tape around local production. I applaud the groups and individuals working hard to improve our food system, and will happily consult and work with them as councillor.    The city has made strides in food security with initiatives like Grow Calgary, and composting. These can be improved with increased support for community gardens, which provide skill building, community building, and food growing opportunities. Increased support in this area in the form of reduced red tape is also critical.     In addition, poverty reduction, access to services, and improved economic opportunity, also expand individuals' means to secure their food supply. I support basic income as a means to poverty reduction and food security.  

Ward 2 Candidates

Ward 2 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-2-candidates/

George Georgeou see survey below

Joe Magliocca (Incumbent) no survey completed

Jennifer Wyness no survey completed

Christopher Maitland see survey below

Completed Surveys

George Georgeou ggcalgaryward2@gmail.com www.ward2george.ca

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Moderate advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Occasional advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Moderate advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

I need more information on specifics to give an answer

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

I need more information on specifics to give an answer

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Moderate advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Occasional advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

This is an area I believe needs advocacy for improvement of our current situation.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Abstain / Other answer

safe and nutritious, yes. Culturally appropriate, no.

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I will work with these groups to identify where there are deficiencies, and remedy those through programs and initiatives. As a former restaurant owner, I understand the value of having proper nutrients for people. It promotes happy logical thoughts...

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

It depends on the form, the amount, the implementation.

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Occasional advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Moderate advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Moderate advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

Public procurement in this area to spearhead the access for residents.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

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Christopher Maitland chris.maitlandward2@gmail.comwww.christophermaitland.com4035891169

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

No advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Frequent advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

I believe advocating for better options is vital, give Calgarians the choice and ability to choose those options

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Abstain / Other answer

I believe much of this work will come from Federal/Provincial means but I am open to discussions

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

Reducing bylaws in areas that can make impact,  agencies such as Grow Calgary should be given more freedom and ability to grow.   Donatingfood from restaurants and other businesses we need to get rid of un needed red tape and restrictions

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

No this is well outside the scope of what city hall can deal with

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building

Occasional advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Frequent advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Occasional advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I believe that if we have public land which agencies such as Grow Calgary or others can use safely then we should explore those issues

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

I dont feel it is proper for a civic candidate to get involved with something out of their control, 

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

I am open to the concept aslong as it does not negatively affect businesses or the cost to consumers.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

i believe we can all work together

Ward 3 Candidates

Ward 3 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-3-candidates/

Jyoti Gondek no survey completed

Connie Hamilton see survey below

Jun Lin no survey completed

Ian Mcanerin no survey completed

Completed Surveys

Connie Hamilton connielioness@yahoo.ca

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Moderate advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

none

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

I would support what the people in the ward ask for.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I support basic income for this reason

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

already have in previous surveys ie Basic Income

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Frequent advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Frequent advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Frequent advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

We have got to stop the sprawl of our city and new development.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

Ensure each school in my ward has one.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Yes 

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

With incentives for suppliers to do so.

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

no

Ward 4 Candidates

Ward 4 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-4-candidates/

Blair Berdusco see survey below

Sean Chu (Incumbent) no survey completed

Srinivas Ganti no survey completed

Greg Miller see survey below

Completed Surveys

Blair Berdusco Blair.Berdusco@gmail.com - www.BlairBerdusco.ca - @BlairBerdusco - 403.923.8665

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Moderate advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

I support bee keepers and the idea of allowing chickens in yards, with specific regulations around noise, smell, health,etc. My support will be dependent on the types of production and which animals may be involved, along with factors of density, animal welfare, and others.

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

I would prefer to answer this given a specific example. I'm not certain a blanket support or non-support properly considers the possibilities.

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

As with the previous question, this would probably be a case by case basis. All that comes to mind is jerky, but I'm sure it is much more than that.

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

No additional comments.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

I heard an interesting suggestion from Paul Hughes, to utilize public properties, not maintained by the City, to grow food. I think this is an option I would be interested to explore. I imagine many on Calgary's non-profits have suggestions for how this issue can be addressed and I would welcome working with them to identify what the City can do.   Promoting the expansion of community gardens would provide for many benefits, including locally grown food. These small plots of land can yield excellent products which can be used by the gardener or donated to local shelters and other organizations.  I would like to see the City, the Province and even the federal government take up an initiative similar to what was recently introduced in France, requiring groceries to donate food which will not sell in their stores. Calgary proved, this past spring, we can make amazing quality dishes with food about to be discarded because it's not "perfect" or is has a bruise, or it's almost expired. The amount of food waste is sickening in our society and we should address our waste with something positive.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I am encouraged by Councillor Pincott's introduction of the Indigenous Affairs Office at the City of Calgary. I would like to see discussion around food security as a mandate of that office.     We have the mechanisms and relationships in place to work with marginalized groups, we just need to put in the effort.     One of my goals, as I state in my platform, is to increase access to government for younger Calgarians and marginalized communities. Opening channels of communication and actively listening and responding to identified needs is a simple step to ensuring those Calgarians are properly and adequately represented.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

I think I do. I do believe every Canadian should live with dignity and a guaranteed basic income seems to be one of the best ways to ensure this. I would like to see the outcomes and lessons learned in Ontario, Finland, India and other areas currently trying this idea.

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

I do now currently know. This will require more education on my part. Meeting with organizations and advocates to learn what my role might be.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building

Frequent advocacy

I would not limit this to agricultural, but include ecological and other sensitive areas.

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

I would like a specific example of what this might include.

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Potentially. I would need to know where the green belt would be best placed and more details around the impact it might have on other aspects of our development and City decisions.

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I will welcome the opportunity to discuss all of the above in more detail with stakeholders, advocates and interested Calgarians.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

City Councillors often have a vast network, they learn more and meet more organizations than many people know exist. Encouraging partnerships and support in advocacy and implementation programs is something I believe every Councillor can do.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

I would have to know the feasibility of this proposal. I would not want to put the City or Calgarians in a position of expectations which could create an environment of disappointment.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

No additional comments at this time.

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Greg Miller greg@gregmillerYYC.ca

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Occasional advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Occasional advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Occasional advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Occasional advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

No.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

Encourage more locally-grown produce. Ensure our water is treated as a key resource for life and not a waste product.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

We need to encourage efforts like redirecting unused food before it goes to waste. I strongly support active groups like Leftovers Calgary.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

I would make a motion directing Calgary to apply for participation in the Federal Government's minimum income program. I believe it would improve inefficiencies and reduce the cost of delivering social services.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Occasional advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Frequent advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

I'm not sure a formal green belt delivers the kind of development we need. I'm far more interested in integrating green spaces into our urban development. Properly regulated, some of this land might be used for food production.

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

This requires more investigation.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

This is a question for school boards.

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

In general, we need more collaboration between our boards and council, on this issue and matters of better, mixed development.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

I do support Calgary pursing a Fair Trade designation, which should achieve similar goals.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

Food Security is a very important issue for Calgary. As I understand it, our current supply chain only has a few days' worth of food if it's interrupted by an emergency. We need to improve our local food sources.

 

Ward 5 Candidates

Ward 5 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-5-candidates/

Sarbdeep (Preet) Baidwan no survey completed

George Chahal no survey completed

Tudor Dinca no survey completed

Hirde Jassal no survey completed

Balraj (Raj) Niijjar no survey completed

Aryan Sadat no survey completed

 

Ward 6 Candidates

Ward 6 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-6-candidates/

Jeff Brownridge no survey completed

Alex Columbos see survey below

Jeff Davison no survey completed

Sanjeev Kad see survey below

Grace Nelson no survey completed

Esmahan Razavi no survey completed

Steve Turner see survey below

Sean Yost no survey completed

Completed Surveys

Alex Columbos info@alex4ward6.ca

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Occasional advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Occasional advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Occasional advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Occasional advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Occasional advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Occasional advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

Sustainable food is very important, local food brings together communities as does farmers markets etc. I was the founding treasurer of Kensington First Community Garden and have seen first hand how many individuals and families come together to enjoy gardening. Calgary can be fostering doing more unique things for high quality local food and local food production and distribution. As a Councillor I would encourage this

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

We will evaluate where supply chains can be improved for the improvement of food insecurity. A healthy business community goes along way in aiding this.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I will work as a councillor to determine where the needs are, where we are failing and create a and table a motion for a viable solution that assists these groups.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

Given technology disruption in the work place. I will work with the provincial and federal authorities to evaluate how this could be feasible.

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

I will publicly state we need to be evaluating it (as I already did at the EWB Social Forum Sept 19 http://calgary.ewb.ca/events/yyc-election-2017/. I will also foster an open for business program that will also aid in a guaranteed income where hard work is rewarded through a healthy income and a sustainable and vibrant business community.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Occasional advocacy

I will also ensure that we maintain agricultural land in developments for use of the community

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Frequent advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Occasional advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I will request a report for all available lands and determine which lands would work and then seek request for proposals that are open and transparent so individuals, business and not for profits are encouraged to participate in the process to setup small scale production.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

I would work with business, CBE and not for profits to determine and evaluate a program that could be implemented.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Yes 

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

I would determine what foods we could do this with relative to the demand and place an RFP for individuals, business and not for profits to participate in a transparent manner.

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

Due to the weather and our geographic location we need to import many food items. We can evaluate how to do this more sustainable but ultimately if individuals, business and not for profits want to increase local food production, value added production the city should ensure they are not in the way to to allow this. As Councillor I will ensure a viable and transparent process is present to not hold up any initiatives for a more sustainable food system.

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Sanjeev Kad info@kadforward6.com; @kadforward6 (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Occasional advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Moderate advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Moderate advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

I look forward to discussing this issue further with the residents of Ward 6 and I am open to their opinions and input.

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

I look forward to discussing this issue further with the residents of Ward 6 and I am open to their opinions and input.

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Occasional advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Moderate advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Moderate advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Moderate advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

One of my campaign values is BIG - we need to think big and put forth big ideas to change the way we think about food (supply, disposal, and access). I am open to ideas and looking forward to learning more.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

I have conservative values and I believe in social responsibility. Social responsibility means that no one gets left behind. If we are fiscally responsible at the City that means we can ensure the appropriate amount of funds goes towards ensuring those that need funding, including those that have food insecurity, get it.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I have conservative values and I believe in social responsibility. Social responsibility means that no one gets left behind. If we are fiscally responsible at the City that means we can ensure the appropriate amount of funds goes towards ensuring those that need funding, including those that have food insecurity, get it.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

I am committed to being an advocate for those that need it. While I can not commit to advocating for this I can commit to learning more about the issue and asking Ward 6 residents how they feel about the issue so I can represent them at the municipal level and beyond.

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

I believe it will be important to look at this on a case by case basis.

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

I believe it will be important to look at this on a case by case basis.

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Occasional advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I am committed to being accessible and to keep an open dialogue about these issues. I want to ensure the lines of communication are open so that all parties can understand one another so the best decisions for ward 6 can be represented and advocated for.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

Ensuring our students have a healthy, beautiful future is so important. I am committed to advocating for the needs of our students in Ward 6 and beyond.

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

This is an interesting concept. I am committed to learning more about it and understanding how this would change our current supply.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

My key values are BIG, BOLD, and BEAUTIFUL. Each of these words can easily represent the ideas represented in this survey. We must work together to find the best way to answer big questions, implement bold ideas that make sense for all Calgarians, and ensure a beautiful future for the next generations.

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Steve Turner turneryyc6@gmail.com

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Occasional advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Moderate advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Moderate advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Moderate advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

No.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

Promote more affordable food.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I would ask how I could help them.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

It depends on the details of what a guaranteed annual income is defined as.

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building Occasional advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Frequent advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Occasional advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

Whatever actions that would be in the best interest of my constituents.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes.

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

I would need to be educated as to what actions I could take to express my support.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Yes.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

By encouraging buying local.

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

No.

 

Ward 7 Candidates

Ward 7 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-7-candidates/

Margot Aftergood no survey completed

Brent Alexander see survey below

Dean Brawn no survey completed

Druh Farrell (Incumbent) see survey below

Marek Hejduk see survey below

Completed Surveys

Brent Alexander info@brentalexander.ca

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

No advocacy

We have no lever at the city to impact cost of food.

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

Absolutley! Please see my policy on Whole Community Planning - access to food retailers is a key component to a community.

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Occasional advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Occasional advocacy

Must pass smell and noise "test" and only for own consumption.

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Moderate advocacy

Within reason. Neighbors do not want th house next door becoming an abatoir.

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Moderate advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

Very supportive of additional community kitchens and organizations like The Alex Community Food Centre"integrated and responsive programming in a shared space where food builds health, hope, skills and community."

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

Supportive additional community kitchens and organizations like The Alex Community Food Centre"integrated and responsive programming in a shared space where food builds health, hope, skills and community." through partnering with community associations and not for profits in my ward.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

Need to work closely with NFP with outreach into various communities to connect all individuals and families to sustainable food systems.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Advocate with provincial and federal governments to use Calgary as a test site for its role out. Previous test sites have had VERY positive outcomes.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Frequent advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Moderate advocacy

Always with consent required by private and public owners.

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

This would require the province to complete. While I am supportive, I will only be able to influence the provincial level of govt.

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

As per prior comments

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

Far to many children arrive to school hungry, impacting their ability to learn and therefore break the cycle of poverty that they may be in. I would lend my support through discussions with School Trustees and MLA's, along with assisting NFP that already provide in school food programs to come to the table with implementation options.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

No

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

I am not certain it is possible under NAFTA rules.

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

Sustainable food systems and access to nutritional food by all is on par with housing for all to help stabilize communities and allow them to thrive. It will be a complex undertaking, but one in which the city does have a role to play in many areas. I look forward to playing that role.

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Druh Farrell info@electdruh.ca

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Frequent advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Moderate advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Moderate advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Moderate advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

Thank you for highlighting the issues, benefits, and opportunities for a local food system for Calgary.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

I have long been an advocate for food security, voting for initiatives that make it easier. I championed community gardens and orchards, and land use changes that allow urban agri-business. I supported the backyard chicken pilot, and am working on a community kitchen for East Village.  

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I will continue to support access to healthy food for people living in poverty through local growing initiatives, community kitchens, and organizations like Ottawa's Parkdale Food Centre and other food programs.  

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

The City of Calgary can provide advocacy to other orders of government and implement steps outline in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Enough for All.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Frequent advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Some of this work has already been done to allow urban agri-business.

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Would need to know more.

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I have a track record of supporting initiatives that help build food security and will continue that work if elected.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

Would need to know more.

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

Would need to know more.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

While we have made some progress over the years, we have much more work to do.

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Marek Hejduk marek@votemarek.com; www.votemarek.ca T: @votemarekI: votemarek  F: Vote MarekC. 403.606.5792

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

I haven't researched this enough.  My family does get most of our food from local sources, I have never used a local processor for food.

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Moderate advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Occasional advocacy

I feel that people need to be presented with options as well as access to low cost options that can be available to everyone.

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

I am a huge believer in urban farming, bee keeping and having urban poultry.  I have practiced all in the last few years and find that my children love learning farm to table with respect to our food.  I believe that more Calgarians need to be eco smart when making food choices.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

That's a long answer, however in short making people aware of urban farming choices, Co-op farms, marketing local options for food and helping constituents understand farm to table.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

Interesting because I haven't given a lot of thought to it.  I have reached out to First Nations in the area who have so far ignored my numerous attempts to contact them.  With a lot of options for low income and visible minorities (Frequently New Canadians) there are many disjointed government options that municipal government can organize better and show options to.  I also loved the edible planters in the core this year and would love to expand that idea city wide to communities outside of community gardens.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

This is hard to answer, the capitalist in me says this is wrong but the humanist in me says it would go a long way to helping people.  The reality is that government needs to reduce personal taxes meanwhile increasing business incentives.  Personal income is a by product of high personal tax, I feel, and that needs to be addressed one way or the other (through the use of GAI)

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building

Occasional advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Not sure what the issue is regarding the by law restrictions ergo I cannot comment on something I haven't studied.

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

I'm not sure what the issue is, more so since the City of Calgary is so notoriously opaque regarding it's development ideas.  I would need to study the issue further meanwhile engaging key stakeholders to develop adequate solutions.

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I definitely would need to engage with key stakeholders to understand the underlying issues, barriers and potential solutions before making a comment.  My instinct would be to develop stronger urban farming initiatives and use urban green spaces for food sourcing much as I experienced in Japan.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

Lobbying effort at the municipal level as well as piloting an initial template program with a willing school here in the city.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

I haven't studied the issue well enough to comment intelligently.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

I am a fan of urban farming, this year my family and I grew a variety of edible plants in our garden, ranging from cherries, tomatoes, chives, honey berries, nanking cherries, pumpkins, corn, garlic, rhubarb, chilies, potatoesto name a few.  I'm a fan of urban bee keeping and urban chickens, I have had both in my yard with very positive experiences.  I feel our food system could be better explained and worked on as a city. 

Ward 8 Candidates

Ward 8 Responses

For more information:  https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-8-candidates/

Karla Charest no survey completed

Chris Davis see survey below

Carter Thomson no survey completed

Evan Woolley (Incumbent) see survey below

Completed Surveys

Chris Davis ward8@chrisdavis.ca; www.chrisdavis.ca

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Occasional advocacy

I am a supporter of the market system for the delivery of goods and services but recognize that there may be inherent barriers to the safe and affordable delivery of local food production to the market.

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Moderate advocacy

Proximate access to food retailers is a key component in any complete community.

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Occasional advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Occasional advocacy

I believe that removing barriers to any form of commerce make sense. However I doacknowledge that there are sometimes interface issues between residential and non-residential uses under the Calgary Land Use Bylaw.

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Occasional advocacy

Please refer to my answer in question 1.4.

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Occasional advocacy

Please refer to my answer in question 1.4.

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Occasional advocacy

Please refer to my answer in question 1.4.

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Occasional advocacy

As the city of Curry continues to roll out its green cartorganics recovery system, we should see better removal of organics from the solid waste system there by improving landfill life and efficiency. 

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Occasional advocacy

Better understanding and awareness of our entire food supply system is something that we, as Calgarians, would all benefit by.

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

Please refer to my answer in question 1.9.     Thanks for the opportunity to engage with your group about this important local matter.  I was hoping I would hear more from Paul Hughes about local food security in the mayoral campaign but he was not able to join in unfortunately.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Abstain / Other answer

While I want to answer yes, one of the dangers in localGovernment is often intervening in two areas that are beyond the jurisdiction and resources of that government. I remain open to having further conversations about food security.

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I will work on behalf of all Calgarians to ensure that City services are delivered in a fair and equitable manner. If there are inequities in Calgary regarding any aspect of our urban life, I will endeavour to assist groups that are so challenged.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

A guaranteed annual income might be supportable so long as other subsidies and guarantees were removed. This is a significant question involving, as you note, multiple levels of government.

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Rare advocacy

A Greenbelt was proposed around Calgary in the 1970s, but that restriction has lapsed. The city of Calgary and development community are working to achieve an equal split of greenfield / established areas development.

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Rare advocacy

Any work within private land would need a collaborative approach.

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

I don’t believe that the restricted development area is the answer to food security for Calgarians.

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I remain open to conversations with interested parties regarding how we can make food more available and affordable to all Calgarians.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

Agreed, this issue is beyond the scope of local government.

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

Given the diversity of the city of Calgary use various food operations, it may be very difficult to set and institutional procurement minimum.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

Thank you for your advocacy in bringing this issue forward during the 2017 municipal election.

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Evan Woolley info@evan-woolley.ca, www.evan-woolley.ca

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Frequent advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

no.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

By supporting programs that help individuals who are in need. As well as supporting policy and actions laid out in Calgary Eats - the City of Calgary Food Strategy

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

By capacity building with organizations that are already working towards these goals.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

First for this to happen there needs to be conversations at all levels of government and with the private sector and from there we can work towards policy to support this.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building

Frequent advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Frequent advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Frequent advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

All of this is in the Calgary Food Action plan, and this is something we need to work harder to implement. 

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

I would help build capacity at programs that already exist, such as Brown Bagging it for Kids.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

Don't know

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

I believe in the City of Calgary's Food Action Plan and I'm excited to see it implemented. 

Ward 9 Candidates

Ward 9 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-9-candidates/

Trevor Buckler no survey completed

Gian-Carlo Carra (Incumbent) see survey below

Cheryl Link no survey completed

Boss Madimba no survey completed

David Metcalfe no survey completed

Omar M'keyo see survey below

Cesar Saavedra no survey completed

Completed Surveys

Gian-Carlo Carra info@carra4ward9.ca carra@carra4ward9.cawww.carra4ward9.ca@gccarra

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

I am a major advocate for food access and agrarian urbanism and have helped drive the development and delivery of Calgary's Food Action Plan and the Calgary Regional Partnership's Food Secure Strategy.

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

My Great Neighbourhoods platform works towards a city (within a region) that deeply involves agricultural retention, urban agriculture, agricultural urbanism, and agrarian urbanism. Please check out the public lecture on the subject Andres Duany gave in Calgary here: http://rabbitview.com/gian-carlo-carra/garden-cities-andr%C3%A9s-duany-part-1-8

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

Please check out the documentary on the subject produced by Calgary's New Urban Farm Partnership: https://vimeo.com/160987626

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

I'm very proud to have just passed at Calgary City Council a significant redo of our land use bylaw to remove barriers to food production.

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Frequent advocacy

I'm very frustrated that one of my only Notice of Motion losses was my move to legalize Egg Laying Backyard Hens. I'm excited to take another run at it, if I'm lucky enough to be reelected, with the 2017-2021 Council.

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Frequent advocacy

I'm currently working with a number of groups to bring food production and value-added processing farm to table agribusinesses to East Calgary.

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

please see my comments above.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

Please see my comments above.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

As per above and I'm overjoyed that the Alex Community Food Centre is in the new Ward 9 on my beloved International Avenue and I look time to spending quality time there after the fervor of trying to get reelected (whether or not I'm reelected).

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

I will (and do) use my platform to suggest to all parties involved in the debate that a Guaranteed Annual Income dovetails with their values and aspirations as those linkages surface in my business and interaction with them. But I'm open to doing more. Let me know.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Frequent advocacy

I have been the City of Calgary's alternate on the Calgary Regional Partnership and, if I'm lucky enough to be reelected, I anticipate playing a primary role in the City's relationship with the new Municipal Growth Board.

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Frequent advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Frequent advocacy

My background is in regional planning and, if I'm lucky enough to be reelected, I will work hard to deliver a leading-practice Regional Plan with the new Municipal Growth Board.

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

as per above.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

I'm lucky enough to send my child to a school with a nutrition program that's provided by a great and inclusive fundraising program. I'm aware of how sporadic that is and how needed. My platform acknowledges that schools are the hearts of Great Neighbourhoods. The Enough for All poverty reduction strategy's call for integrated community hubs, the City of Calgary's integrated facilities management program, and our new MoU with the Calgary Board of Education are laying the groundwork where our schools can become the mixed-services, mixed use, leading practice community hubs that they need to be (integrated nutrition programs included). I will continue to push for this transformation.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Yes

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

There's a lot of interesting work being done on how to insert local economy multiplier clauses into our existing trade agreements. I will continue to work that angle and am interested in other ways to be of support.

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

Thank you for a very thoughtful survey. I look forward to working more with the CFSA.

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Omar M'keyo, odjalala@gmail.com 4037967389

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Moderate advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Frequent advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

I am sure that there is enough food for everybody, the major problem is food waste and poverty. If only we can reduce waste and increase the income for the poor, this can be a step in addressing food problem in the city.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

Encourage local production and work on increasing basic income.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I believe that no decision should be taken without the involvement of all stakeholders, in this case those among us who are likely to suffer from food insecurity.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

I support ideas that promote GAI. I will work with these groups to make sure that those who take decisions, especially on the Provincial and Federal level do so.This is an important step if we are serious in solving poverty in this country and thus alleviating food problem for many families in the city.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Moderate advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Frequent advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Moderate advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

Listen from stakeholders and then propose bylaws in favor of these policies

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes.

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

More advocacy to make sure that we have the fund to support this crucial program.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Yes.

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

I am going to think about this....

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

Not for now.

 

Ward 10 Candidates

Ward 10 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-10-candidates/

Najeeb Butt see survey below

Numan Elhussein no survey completed

Gar Gar see survey below

Faith Greaves no survey completed

Ray Jones (Incumbent) no survey completed

Salimah Kassam see survey below

Issa Mosa no survey completed

Hermann Muller no survey completed

Kamilla Prasad no survey completed

Michelle Robinson no survey completed

David Winkler no survey completed

Completed Surveys

Najeeb Butt electnajeebbutt@gmail.com 403-617-6454

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Will research more into this

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Will research more into this

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

I will definitely support public awareness to maintain healthy food quality for all.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

I will support the use of food banks to provide the healthy food in the time of need.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I am very concerned about the health and sustainability of the food our citizens eat. I believe healthy food is a necessity and everyone's right. We should communicate with regional, provincial , and federal governments to provide support to our citizens ensuring that programs such as food banks are able to help individuals in difficulties and during the period of economic hardship. Collectively we can create better programs that provide sustainable food for these groups

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

I will research this matter further

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Moderate advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Moderate advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

Better planning and creating awareness can save the surrounding green spaces in the city and save our environment.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

I support more resources to these organizations that provide food to students that cannot afford it.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

I will research this further

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

No comment

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Gar Gar info@votegargar.ca votegargar.caFacebook: GarGar 4ward10Twitter: @GarGar 4ward10

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Moderate advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

Local foods and encouraging and empowering community to have community gardens may greatly help in sustainable food system.  In addition, we may need many resources and non for- profit that help in foods education and awareness.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

One way is to introduce community food gardens and to reduce bylaw that become barriers to community initiatives. Another steps is to provide funding to organizations that help with food education and awareness. Specially, in teaching the most effective ways to plant and harvest.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

We need to provide support and resources for low income to be able to have a sustainable food system. One way is to support the idea of partnering with bigger corporation to provide referrals to low income groups.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

I am unsure

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Frequent advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Frequent advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Frequent advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I will work with community to ensure that their input and voice are heard. I will work in collaboration with advocacy groups and stakeholders to take proactive actions that will lead to positive impacts.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

I believe we need to ensure that kids are well nurtured in order to have great experience and positive learning environment. I will work with school trustees to ensure that schools in our wards have food programs that are supported by our municipal government

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Yes

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

I will work with local advocate group to createfood procurement policy similar to the city of Toronto policy

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

No at the moment.

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Salimah Kassam info@votesalimah.com

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Moderate advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Moderate advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Moderate advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Moderate advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Moderate advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Moderate advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Moderate advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

These are excellent questions and important policy measures to explore and pursue. If elected, I look forward to working with the Calgary Food System Alliance and other local food allies to build a more inclusive, healthy, and sustainable food system.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

Food insecurity is even more pressing in our ward than in many others. Addressing food deserts, investing in more community garden spaces, enabling more urban food production, and addressing lack of income are all actions that I will take. My approach will be collaborative and responsive to the concerns, suggestions, and solutions that emerge in each unique neighbourhood.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

In meeting with indigenous growers, newcomer restaurant owners, and residents living on a low-income I have heard many unique solutions to improving food security and sustainability in the NE. As Ward 10 City Councillor I will remain accessible and approachable to residents and will actively seek out diverse and often-marginalized viewpoints.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

I will remain connected to, and learning from, the good work of organizations like Basic Income Calgary, Vibrant Communities Calgary, and Basic Income Alberta. Poverty isn't only about income, but it is always about income. The same is true for food security. I am interested in root-cause solutions to food insecurity, such as Basic Income, and creating a more sustainable food future for all Calgarians.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Moderate advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Moderate advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Moderate advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I will work closely with fellow city councillors to ensure greater community benefit from land use, zoning and development in general. I will be researching best practices in other jurisdictions that meet both development needs and sustainability needs. I will invite feedback from the Calgary Food System Alliance. Land use and development decisions must include considerations for food security and sustainability as having access to safe food is as fundamental as having access to safe housing.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

The link between nutrition and learning is well documented in research. Whatever we can do to better ensure children are able to be at their best and learn in school, we should do. I will support the work of organizations and advocates working on solutions to children's food insecurity in schools.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Yes

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

I will ask for an analysis of the social, economic, and environmental returns of institutional procurements minimums for the City of Calgary

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

I would like to express my appreciation for the work of the Calgary Food System Alliance, all urban growers and farmers, the contributors to the previous Calgary Eats action plan, and all our local food advocates. Healthy food is an important part of healthy neighbourhoods. I look forward to growing both, in collaboration with residents, once elected to city hall.

 

Ward 11 Candidates

Ward 11 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-11-candidates/

Robert Dickinson see survey below

Janet Eremenko see survey below

Jeromy Farkas no survey completed

Linda Johnson no survey completed

Keith Simmons see survey below

Completed Surveys

Robert Dickinson robert@robertdickinson.ca 403.479.3750 robertdickinson.caTwitter: @robdickinsonABFacebook: Facebook.com/robertdickinsonAB

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Moderate advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Moderate advocacy

I think having food retailers is important to create a complete community - something that is accessible to all

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Moderate advocacy

Having access to local or regionally produced food is important. I think community gardens are a great way for Calgarians to access fresh, healthy local items

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Moderate advocacy

we recently knocked on the door of a resident who is a bee keeper/breeder and he gave us a tour of his yard to show us his hives. He explained the many benefits his bees brought to the surrounding community in terms of gardens and food production

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Moderate advocacy

I'm supportive of these initiatives as they are generally not disruptive to neighbours. we need to ensure there are some standards and rules in place to mitigate any concerns

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Moderate advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Moderate advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Moderate advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

I was involved in the Green Cart pilot in Southwood. It made me realize as a consumer how much food I wasted as well as the packaging that comes with some food items. Overtime it helped me become less wasteful and make better purchases that minimized my waste/garbage

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

Thank you for arranging this survey!

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

I think it is important to work with all stakeholders in the communities to determine needs and possible solutions. As a councillor, you are often able to bring different organizations together (businesses, community groups) to combine efforts and collaborate on solutions.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I will support programs and initiatives that support strategies like "Enough for All'. I think looking at programs that help with income stabilization are a start. It is important that we reach out and find individuals who can find the insight needed for the City to appropriately support poverty reduction and food insecurity strategies

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

I think we need to look at this and find a solution that is sustainable and helps our most vulnerable. What that looks like and as mentioned, where that falls in terms of order of government is something that needs to be determined and researched..

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building

Occasional advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Moderate advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Occasional advocacy

I would need to learn more about this

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

I think it is always important to involve all stakeholders and have open and honest conversation about goals and needs, particularly with development and private land owners

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

As long as the program is sustainable I would be supportive of looking at something like this

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

I would like to learn more about the logistics of this

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

Thank you for organizing this survey

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Janet Eremenko info@janeteremenko.ca

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Moderate advocacy

At the heart of this question is the issue of household poverty.  I am very familiar with Enough for All, Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy and the extensive network of activities being done across the city to address the root causes of poverty.  As of today, the City may not have a direct mechanism to put more money in people’s pockets, but we can address the affordability of programs and services (e.g., property tax relief, low-income transit pass) affordable housing, and job creation so there is more in the household budget for food.

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Moderate advocacy

How we plan and development our communities is one of the strongest levers available to City Council.  I am in full support of addressing “food deserts” where there is a scarcity of retailers providing a range of options for food purchases, rather than only processed food from a convenience store, for example.

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Occasional advocacy

If the supply and demand warrant it, the City should certainly explore opportunities for bringing the two together.  The City could help on the demand side.  The City should buy local when purchasing food if there is no significant difference in the cost.

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Occasional advocacy

This endeavour would require a review of the current bylaws and any changes would have to occur with input from the community.  I would not be against this review.

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Occasional advocacy

See response to 1.4

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Rare advocacy

If production of value-add goods is to occur at the rate and scale necessary to compete with larger processors, I don’t believe this is something that can occur out of a person’s home.  I am familiar with a few industrial, community kitchens that meet safety and health requirements and are available to rent.  Rather than look directly to bylaw to alleviate restrictions, I would like to look to private or community initiatives that could facilitate these programs and services.

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Rare advocacy

This will need to be market-driven to a large extent.  If the demand is there, and there is interest from the community or private sector to meet it, I will do my utmost to support it.

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Rare advocacy

There are some innovative organizations that have been created to address the food waste in our city, particularly at a large, commercial level.  I look to Leftovers Calgary having a tremendous impact.  At this time, I would not implement additional bylaws that further address food waste.

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

No advocacy

There are countless mechanisms for people to make informed decisions about purchasing, preparation etc.  I see the role of municipal government to create the regulatory environment that allows for real choice, this can mean increasing spending capacity for households or making sure that families have access to a range of food choices.

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

Thank you for the opportunity to give my perspective on this important issue.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

Please refer to the answers in the first section.  I think all of these relate to what we can do to address food insecurity.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

I want to be a champion for the non-profit sector and this includes being aware of, and promoting resources and services in the community that can help marginalized groups access food and address some of the root causes of a household's food scarcity.

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

It is still very early days in determining what a Guaranteed Annual Income would look like in our city and what the role of other orders of government would be in the program.  There is a lot of determination still required regarding design.  I will stay informed of the good work being done by local basic income initiatives and will keep an 'open-door policy' to explore opportunities for advancement.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building

No advocacy

The Municipal Development Plan has set a target to keep 50% of growth within the 2009 city limits.  The other 50% will happen in green field developments on the edges of the city.  This is most likely currently being used for agriculture.

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Please see response in section 1

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

I will need to research this further before giving an informed response.

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

It would be my pleasure to meet with the Canadian Food System Alliance to learn more about these challenges and opportunities

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

Nutritious food is a critical necessity for growing brains and bodies, and children can't learn when they're hungry.  This is really a decision to be made and weighed by the Trustees of the Boards of Education alongside the Ministry of Education. 

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

Don't know

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

Abstain / Other answer

I would certainly support exploring this as an option.  The City currently has the SEEPP (Sustainable Environmental and Ethical Procurement Policy) where this kind of a procurement policy could be included.

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

This survey has been very thorough.  It has covered my position on the issue

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Keith Simmons keithsimmons@worksforcalgary.ca

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Indeed the attraction (ease and cost) of 'junk' foods is a concern negatively impacting our health

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

More retailers does not nessicarily equal healthy food, but we do need to address some of the food deserts in the city.

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Bylaw needs to appropriate to health and welfare of the people, but doesn't mean we can't provide encouragement (ie local craft brew interactions of late)

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

See above (health and welfare)

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

looking forward to further conversation

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

supporting basic income strategies as a starting point, but ensuring food needs are met.

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

see above

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Yes

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

it's a great starting point, but suggests we combat money problems with money. I think the end solution will combat food problems with food, housing problems with housing,etc. The challenge of course is to accomplish this with no discrimination outcome - that's the struggle.

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building

By virtue development consumes land, but I'll work to ensure environmental interactions between developement and ag land are equitable.

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Moderate advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Frequent advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

Noding/densifying around green spaces rather than within.

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Yes

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

In my roll as CA president, was supporting a brown-bag program in the community. It makes sense - will continue to support as a Councillor.

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Yes

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

this is where careful supports (like what the Craft Beer community is advocating for) can help.

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

looking forward to further conversation

 

Ward 12 Candidates

Ward 12 Responses

For more information: https://www.calgaryelectioncandidates.com/ward-12-candidates/

Brad Cunningham no survey completed

Teresa Hargreaves no survey completed

Shane Keating (Incumbent) no survey completed

Mackenzie Quigley no survey completed

Ward 13 Candidates

Ward 13 Responses

For more information: http://www.calgary.ca/election/Pages/meet-the-candidates/councillor/ward-13.aspx

Ken Adeniyi no survey completed

Adam Boechler no survey completed

Sherrisa Celis no survey completed

Diane Colley-Urquhart (Incumbent) survey response below

Mark Dyrholm (no survey completed)

Adam Frisch (no survey completed)

Art Johnston (no survey completed)

Candidate Responses

Diane Colley-Urquhart

1) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for:

1.1) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing costs of food and other economic barriers

Frequent advocacy

1.2) Increasing access to healthy nutritious food for all Calgarians by addressing the need for more food retailers in physical proximity to residential areas

Frequent advocacy

1.3) Increasing access to locally or regionally produced food for all Calgarians

Frequent advocacy

1.4) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food production (urban farmers, bee-keepers, etc)

Frequent advocacy

1.5) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to low impact locally-owned and urban livestock production (poultry, rabbits, etc)

Rare advocacy

1.6) Reducing bylaw restrictions and other barriers to locally-owned and urban food processors (anyone who is taking a raw product and applying processing to create a value-added product)

Frequent advocacy

1.7) Actions and measures that support the ability of local, small-scale distributors to coordinate and create efficiencies of scale in the Calgary and region market

Frequent advocacy

1.8) Implement bylaws that further address food waste recovery and encourage large food suppliers/distributors to improve their food waste reduction practices in Calgary

Frequent advocacy

1.9) Support programs, incentives and public awareness campaigns that encourage Calgary’s citizens to change their food purchasing, preparation, consumption and disposal behaviours in ways that support a more sustainable food system

Frequent advocacy

1.10) Do you have additional comments on this question?

No.

2.1) Do you believe it is important for you to work to reduce the food insecurity of your constituents?

Yes

2.2) If yes, what actions will you take reduce food insecurity in your ward/city?

We need to understand the magnitude of the problem and have a city-wide strategy and approach.  

2.3) How will you work with marginalized groups (e.g., Indigenous peoples, individuals living on a low income, other visible minorities) to ensure an equitable and sustainable food system for Calgary?

Important for the Standing Policy Committee on Protective Services to provide these mechanisms and involve marginalized groups as we currently do on other policy matters.  

3.1 Although it may be beyond the scope of the municipal government, do you support the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

Abstain / Other answer

Need to do further research to broaden understanding. 

3.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support for the implementation of a guaranteed annual income?

As per above.  

4) If elected, to what extent will you advocate for the following?

4.1) Implementing planning restrictions on residential and commercial building developments that negatively impact surrounding agricultural land

Moderate advocacy

4.2) Addressing bylaw or other barriers that reduce the ability for small-scale, local producers and processors to access vacant land and facilities (private and public) within the City of Calgary

Moderate advocacy

4.3) The implementation of a preserved green belt of agricultural and natural lands around the City of Calgary, impervious to development

Frequent advocacy

4.4) What actions will you take in these areas?

Policy research and recommendations to SPC. With public consultation.  

5.1) Although it may be beyond the scope of a municipal government, do you support the implementation of a city-wide school food program in Calgary?

Abstain / Other answer

Absolutely for those in need. 

5.2) If yes, what actions will you take to express your support?

Work with School Trustees.  

6.1) If elected, will you advocate for the implementation of an institutional procurement minimum for the City of Calgary?

Other / Abstain

Need to better understand.    

6.2) If yes, how would you advocate for institutional procurement?

As above. 

7.1) Do you wish to share any other comments or statements regarding your position on Calgary’s food system?

No. 

Ward 14 Candidates

Ward 14 Responses

Peter Demong (Incumbent) no survey response

Kelash Kumar no survey response