Positive change begins with thinking collaboratively together - the City and the community. Every conversation could begin with “Yes, we can. Let’s explore your ideas together.”

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I will work to improve the tree and urban forest policies, in order to be more responsive to tree replacement expectations and climate change pressures.

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I will continue to work to introduce programs that support developers who provide needed amenities within the city's core and surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Skateparks, spray parks and other social amenities are important to the health of our community and our youth, and must be supported.

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The community needs to work together to envision and plan for a future concert hall and civic arts space.

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I will work toward the expansion of the park system, particularly in areas with flooding risk.

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I will continue to work with Red Deer College in their efforts to gain degree granting and to further enhance their downtown campus.

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The Red Deer Regional Airport is primary to establishing a diversified economy. Expanded services must be invited and supported.

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I will continue to advocate for better transit frequency and routes within the city and region.

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I will continue to advocate for green energy use, and waste to energy strategies. We need to district energy production to create financial sustainability.

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The health of a city can be determined by examining its downtown. Through revitalization and focused effort we create a compelling heart for the community that will be a gift that everyone can be proud to share.

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I will continue to work to find ways of highlighting community priorities that provide better services for our taxes, while minimizing civic debt.

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A 1% tax increase equates to $20 per home owner annually. When we understand the community's values and carefully listen we can minimize taxes and use what is collected in a way that improves quality of life for all.

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By shifting City policy and working innovatively with the property owners we can turn brownfield sites and abandoned buildings into valuable community assets.

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Dead trees on city owned boulevards and streets should be replaced within one season.

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Utility bills should be based solely on consumption. The less you use the less you pay.

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Arts & culture lead to healthy economies and vibrant cities. As we thoughtfully help our community design and create amenities we attract new investment in Red Deer.

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People-centric projects enhance the quality of life and lead to economic stability. Careful consultation with the community can help the City with annual planning and budgeting. The most important projects should always come first.

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I support the planning and construction of a 50 meter pool as envisioned by the Central Alberta Aquatics Centre supporters.

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Advanced polling dates.

Growth.  Tree Sculptures by Paul Harris

Friends and citizens, it’s that time of year again when I spend some time at the market connecting with you. This year is also the election on October 21.  It’s been interesting to listen to the ideas and upgrades you have for our shared home. I’ll be there almost every weekend until the end of the market season and welcome your visit or company.  I’ve had a few lectures, many inquiries, lots of thank you, and several hugs.  All are appreciated as I continue to try to do my best for you.  As always, I’m happy to spend time over an unrushed coffee to really understand  your perspective and to get to know you.

I was asked this week about advance polling for those of you that will be away.  You may want to put these dates on your fridge.

Advance Vote Dates will be held at the Red Deer Museum, Stewart Room, 4525 – 47A Avenue from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00p.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Saturday, October
12, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013

If you have one of my cloth bags from the last election I hope you’ll dig it out and use it regularly.  As with the last election I’m not intending on putting up any signage.  I invite you to carry my campaign to the grocery store, libraries, and whenever you go out.  Without fussing with signage I will more time to communicate with you.  I am considering another pieces of public art.  Those ideas are in the works even as I write you.  I’m sure by now you know of my piece called “growth” that sits on the corner of 32nd and Gaetz Avenue.  It calls us to reflect on the nature of urban growth and the importance of growing carefully — the need to enhance and protect the environment as we grow.  Urban development needs green space, parks, trees, and ways for us to connect.

This Monday is a Council meeting as citizens are always welcome to sit in the chambers and listen to the debate.  You can also watch the meeting online at www.reddeer.ca.  This week our main agenda item is about the Economic Development Strategy.  I’m very impressed with the work and the way it captures so many of our discussions.  The report is available at the same link in the Council agenda package.  See you soon.  As ever, Paul.

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