Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ten year plan on homelessness released

The Calgary Committee to End Homelessness has released its 10-year Plan. While we might quibble with a few points (why not a stronger stance in favour of legalizing secondary suites across the city, for example?), this is strong, solid work. Moving dollars away from the shelter program and into Housing First is smart, proven policy. Given Chair Steve Snyder's appointment to the Alberta Homeless Secretariat, we can bet he has the ear of the province in these pre-election days. We may see some real leadership on this file yet.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Big week

In the next two days, we will finally have the release of the 10-year Plan from the Calgary Committee to End Homelessness. As well, City Council has a strategic planning meeting in which they have the opportunity to make a hugely symbolic move: to defer suburban edge growth in favour of focusing on density. Both moves have the potential to change the fabric of the city, and we'll be watching closely.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

We're still here...

Thinking, advocating, responding, presenting, just not so much posting.

What do you think that BCC should focus on in 2008? What should be the priorities of the city and of the City? Respond in comments here, or via info@bettercalgary.ca.

And, to whet your appetite, or cure insomnia, here is Naheed speaking with Shelagh Rogers on CBC's Sounds Like Canada. Click on "The Cost of Commuting", just above the cute story of the traveling puppet (who despite an uncanny resemblance is not Chima).