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Jim Stevenson has proudly represented the residents of Ward 3 for two terms as Alderman with the City of Calgary. Jim is honoured to serve a ward and city that is home to a growing cultural mosaic that gives the city a vibrancy shared by some of the largest metropolitan centers around the world.
Jim’s past experience includes a successful career operating an independent business across international borders. As Ward 3 Alderman, Jim has served in numerous roles on committees and projects. He currently sits on the following Boards and Committees:
• Vice-President, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA);
• Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP);
• Inter-Municipal Committee (IMC), Rocky View County;
• Inter-Governmental Affairs Committee (IGA);
•Standing Policy Committee on Utilities & Corporate Services;
• Standing Policy Committee on Community & Protective Services;
Before taking office, Jim played an active role in the community by serving as president of both the Coral Springs Residents’ Association and Coral Springs Community Association, as well as being a citizen member of the City of Calgary Subdivision Development Appeal Board (SDAB). From 2000-2007, Jim was the president of the N.E. Calgary District for the Conservative Party of Canada. He was recognized for his community service by local groups, and also holds the Alberta Centennial Medal for Community Service. At a federal level, Jim was a recipient of both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for Community Service.
Family life is rewarding for Jim as he has enjoyed time with three children, one stepdaughter, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Establishing residence in Calgary in 1979 with his late wife, Ivy, Jim continues to call northeast Calgary his home with his wife, Diane.
Jim’s experiences in life have been varied and dynamic, built on the principles of collaboration, commitment to community, future-focus, integrity and responsiveness. These principles make Jim a results-driven individual who effectively represents Ward 3 on Calgary City Council.
Ward 3 is the most populated ward in Calgary. In 2010, it accounted for over 22% of the city’s growth, second only to Ward 12. The following communities contribute to making Ward 3 a dynamic and vital part of Calgary:
PLEASE NOTE: Country Hills is no longer in Ward 3 due to the ward boundary changes in the 2010 election, and Martindale will be moved out of Ward 3 on October 21, 2013.
Ward 3 enjoys a diverse population base that ranges from all types of families to people living on their own in a variety of different housing styles. In 2011, 84% of the 27,309 occupied dwellings in Ward 3 were owner-occupied. People in Ward 3 also have the highest average number of residents per dwelling in the city.
In keeping with 2006 Canadian census information, Ward 3 also draws a strong immigrant population from many countries, including India, Pakistan, Philippines, Afghanistan and China.
The residents of Ward 3 are actively involved in Calgary’s workforce and boast the second highest employment rate in Calgary. Many home-based businesses thrive in the ward, and commuters have accessibility to different public transit options in their communities.
It’s always been my belief that a strong City Council is representative of its residents. This year, the people of Calgary were impacted by one of the biggest disasters in our history with the flooding in June 2013. At this time, the strength of Council, Administration, City staff, emergency responders, the business community and our residents was put to the test. We came together as a city and rallied to help those in need as floodwaters ravaged many of our neighbourhoods. It is a testament to the unity that we share as Calgarians, and proof that the residents of our city care deeply about each other as well as our many beautiful communities and amenities. I was honoured to be part of a City Council that put aside ward interests and came together to do the right thing in order to get Calgary back on its feet.
Time has passed since the flood, yet our civic pride remains high and our memories of working together have been solidified in the many relationships we have built across wards and across neighbouring jurisdictions. This sense of unity is what I hope to see carry us into a future where our great city reaffirms that we are stronger together than divided. In my time on Council, I have taken on the role of collaborator in different situations, both formally and informally. My commitment to the residents of Ward 3 and Calgary is that I will continue to look at all possible perspectives in my decision-making so that the best interests of the city can be served. With your support, I look forward to raising the profile of Calgary as a city that understands the value of its distinct quarters and the diversity within them.
It is through listening to the constituents of Ward 3 and neighbouring residents that I start the process of assessing priorities. Taking your perspectives and combining them with my own experiences allows me to set strategic targets. I then turn to City Administration, the business community and my colleagues to round out the information-gathering process. Once I am aware of your needs and the best method for meeting those needs, I take a stand on priorities for the ward and the city. Often, a ward-specific project can have a broader municipal and regional impact. Other times, collaboration with regional, provincial and federal decision-makers can be the key to improving quality of life within the neighbourhoods of Calgary. It’s a two-way street in terms of communication and the impact of stakeholders upon each other.
While many people are requesting a blanket policy allowing secondary suites throughout Calgary, we must place equal focus on ensuring that we have the policies and by-laws in place to support many of the safe, non-registered suites that currently exist but are just outside regulations. As well, homeowners are hesitant to apply for formal status of existing suites because they are unsure of the process and face the possibility of having their suite removed. Until we are able to tailor our processes and regulations to promote safe suites that meet consumer needs, passing a blanket by-law is a premature action.
You just have to say the words “airport” and “tunnel” and it seems that everyone has an opinion. This was a polarizing project at times, and it was definitely one where parts of the city were played off against each other in popular debates. From my point of view as a business operator and representative of this great city, it is critical that Calgary International Airport is accessible in multiple ways to ensure that both leisure and commerce are managed effectively. As a major urban centre with its airport inside city boundaries, we are the envy of many cities that cannot offer the same convenience to businesses and travelers. With our city continuing to rise in international importance, the airport tunnel is a significant piece of infrastructure for maintaining our role on the global stage.
In our global economy, cities have begun to take on increasing roles and responsibilities. Calgary is a prime example as a city that has received global attention as an amazing place to live and work. With this status comes the responsibility of promoting economic development and providing quality of life. Implementation and creation of the infrastructure, services and amenities that will continue to keep Calgary vital are not possible without strong relationships with our regional, provincial and federal partners. For this reason, I take my roles on intergovernmental committees and associations seriously for the future of our city. My colleagues have entrusted me as Calgary’s representative for a variety of regional and provincial organizations. As a culmination of the work we have accomplished at the regional and provincial level, I am also tasked with the responsibility of representing the AUMA and Calgary at Federation of Canadian Municipalities meetings throughout the year. We must have a Council that balances its local focus with broader vision to keep Calgary at the top of its game.
Thanks for taking the time to allow me to explain my position on campaign expenditure and financing.
The short statement is that I am respectful of the election laws and will submit a full disclosure following the election. In the meantime, I welcome all those who are interested to view previous donor lists through the City of Calgary website, with the 2010 one available for all candidates HERE.
Over the past three campaigns, I have been fortunate to have consistent support and this campaign will likely not be much different. Rather than submit a list that is currently incomplete, I prefer to provide full disclosure when all support is confirmed and can be presented in its entirety. This avoids any speculation of partial lists or strategic disclosure as a public relations exercise.
While I have your attention, I would also like to discuss the work involved in running a campaign – although this is not typically headline news. Running an election campaign is a delicate balance of volunteer efforts and paid service. While we can account for the dollars spent on tangible items like signs, ads and office space, accounting for the countless volunteer hours that go into an election campaign is more difficult. A portion of the donations received in my campaign – as well as those of other candidates – is used to make sure that our volunteers are provided with the basics: food, water, caffeine and nap areas. I also believe in hosting appreciation events to recognize the commitment of my team.
So while we are investigating campaign donations, I would ask that you also take a moment to appreciate that a significant portion of those donations is used to support civic-minded volunteers, many of whom are taking time away from work and families to make a democratic difference in Calgary’s future.
Thank you to Team Stevenson, as well as all campaign volunteers in YYC who are getting involved to maintain our status as a world-class city.
• Mayor (every resident votes for the candidate of their choice);
• 14 Councillors (residents vote for a candidate in their own ward); and
• 7 Calgary Public School Board Trustees and 7 Calgary Catholic School Board Trustees*
*Residents vote for a candidate that represents their chosen school system in their own ward.
This year, terms of office will be 4 years instead of 3. That means your elected officials will serve from 2013 to 2017.
Are you at least 18 years old?
Are you a Canadian citizen?
Have you lived in Alberta since April 21, 2013?
Do you live in Ward 3? (click here for map)
Do you have at least one piece of identification? (click here for more information)
The City of Calgary website has posted a link where you may type in your address to find your voting station. Please click here to find out where you can vote! (click here)
Each ward is separated into Voting Subdivisions to make election day more convenient for voters. There are 11 Voting Subdivisions in Ward 3 and each has a separate Voting Station.
Here is the Ward 3 map of Voting Subdivisions, followed by a list of Voting Stations:
You have an opportunity to vote prior to election day by going to an Advance Voting station. To avoid line-ups or poor weather conditions on election day, many people cast their ballots at Advance Voting stations throughout the city.
This means that there are seven separate days when you can vote prior to election day. Advance Vote is available on:
Wednesday, October 9;
Thursday, October 10;
Friday, October 11;
Saturday, October 12;
Sunday, October 13;
Tuesday October 15; and
Wednesday October 16.
Advance Voting stations are open from noon to 7:00 p.m. except Sunday, October 13. Sunday hours are noon to 5:00 p.m.
You can vote at any Advance Voting station if you show authorized identification.
Click here for the City of Calgary website which lists all Advance Vote information.
If you are not able to vote on Election Day or during the Advance Vote, please contact the City of Calgary to see if you are eligible for a Mail-in (Special) Ballot.
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