Mayoral candidate Stan Waciak, on the challenges facing Calgary
'We should be moving forward and boldly towards a positive future for our city'
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Thank you for this opportunity to show some of my platform points.
But first a little about myself.
I am a people person, comfortable with all ages and backgrounds. I'm down-to-earth, honest and high integrity. Over the last few years, I've been in construction. I take things apart and rebuild them. Bigger, better and more beautiful.
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I work with a great bunch of people — contractors and owners. I don't mind getting my hands dirty. I also like music, theatre and live events.
Now, for my platform and a few things about each. These aren't in any order of importance.
- Traffic Concerns.
- Grey Water
- The Zoo
- Calgary Next and Beyond
- Traffic Concerns.
In order for our downtown core to move, here's a few concepts.
- Shaganappi Trail should connect to 37th street and or 45 street South West.
- 50th Avenue. Have it connected right across to MRU.
- The bottle-neck at a Deerfoot Trail and Douglas Glen area has to be dealt with.
- Southland Drive should connect to Quarry Park.
- Has to be more efficient. People want to get to work fast and on time. We have to consider faster trains and right-of-ways.
- Self sufficiency. Start marking our own coaches, chassis, electrical components, etc. This starts a micro economy. And hire our own.
- Price of transit has to drop to reflect the economy — same as parking prices. We want to attract people not scare them.
- This will make our city less wasteful. We can start with our parks and public areas, and in time our high maintenance areas and the rest of the city.
- Why should we use our drinking water to water our lawns and trees and such. Think about it!
- I love our zoo. Where is it going? Just a display rack. I would like our city to consider a bigger, better zoo, not unlike the Toronto zoo, but better. The future generation and tourists would enjoy it, as well as those who educate themselves in the field.
- We could have the Green Line as part of it.
Calgary Next & Beyond
- Where are we going as a sports city short term and long term? Right now we have to compete as a city as a whole to maintain our status among the world, the country and the province. If we are world class, we can play.
- Let's remember small businesses as we expand.
- We as a city should have a racetrack for our Gear Heads.
- We know the Saddledome can only last so long. We should be moving forward and boldly towards a positive future for our city as a whole.
These are just a few things I have on my platform. There are more from the cycle route downtown to small business, to our communities. Let's not forget the art fiasco and that parking program.
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Think of me.
Stan The Man