What Calgary's Leaders Have Been Saying About Secondary Suites

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Since the Calgarians For Secondary Suites campaign launched on Sept 1st of this year, we have been hearing from dozens of business and community leaders about the pressing need for action on Secondary Suites. On the eve of the major City Council vote on Secondary Suite reform, we've compiled a list of some of the things they have been saying.

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Poll Analysis: Calgarians strongly support secondary suites in their neighbourhoods

brian_singh.jpgSome of you may have been wondering why we haven’t seen any surveys on support for secondary suites. The likely explanation is that a new survey would show Calgarians strongly support the legalization of secondary suites and strongly support them in their neighbourhoods.

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United Way of Calgary Encourages City Council to Support Secondary Suites

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While optimistic about the potential for Secondary Suites to help tackle complex issues such as affordable housing and poverty, the United Way of Calgary encourages City Council to support Secondary Suites and help make Calgary a great city for all.

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Support for Secondary Suites Still Surging With Only Hours To Go Before Council Vote

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With only hours to go before the crucial City Council vote on Secondary Suites on Monday, December 15, letters of support continue to pour in from prominent groups and community organizations. The Alex, Calgary Arts Development, the Catholic Women's League, the Disability Action Hall, the Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary, Poverty Talks, the Bankview Community Association and Highland Park Community Association are all asking Council to support Secondary Suites for Monday's vote.

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Calgary Chamber of Commerce Asks Council to Support Secondary Suites on December 15

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Today, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce hosted a press conference to announce their support for more legal Secondary Suites to help ease the housing crisis in Calgary. Representatives from the Chamber were joined on stage by leaders from the business and social sectors in a demonstration of broad public support for Council to move forward in a meaningful way on enhanced secondary suites policies for Calgarians. 

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Business Leaders Call for Leadership on Secondary Suites

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Today, more business leaders endorse proposed reforms for increasing the number of Secondary Suites in Calgary. Business titans and civic champions George Brookman and Jim Gray alongside: Strategic Group, RedLine Real Estate Group and Studio North, recognize the vital role Secondary Suites can play in solving Calgary's housing crisis.

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Community Associations Adding Their Voices In Support of Secondary Suites

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Community Associations from across the city are speaking up in favour of Secondary Suites. Thorncliffe Greenview, Killarney Glengarry and Marda Loop Community Associations are all asking City Council to support Secondary Suite reform that would improve the regulations and process by which suites are approved in their communities. 

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A Flood of Support Pouring in For Secondary Suites

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Support for Secondary Suites continues to pour in from a diverse range of leading community groups and organizations in the lead-up to the important December 15th City Council vote. Today's endorsements include the Alberta College of Social Workers, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, the Calgary Food Bank, the Urban Calgary Students Association, Vecova Centre and the Women's Centre.

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Provincial MLAs and Party Leaders Encourage Council to Increase Legal Secondary Suites

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Today provincial politicians from 4 different parties are weighing in on the municipal issue of secondary suites, encouraging Calgary City Council to support the proposal coming to Council on December 15. Liberal MLA Kent Hehr, NDP MLA & Leader Rachel Notley, and Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark all wrote letters of support for secondary suites. Despite their ideological differences, politicians from across the political spectrum agree that adding more legal secondary suites will be positive for Calgary.

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Mr. & Mrs. Crackmacs Call for Council to Help Improve the Lives of Calgarians By Supporting Secondary Suite Reform

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Crackmacs (@crackmacs) is a popular, outspoken Twitter personality in Calgary run by a couple living in the downtown. From their vantage point, Mr. and Mrs. Crackmacs report on events of interest in their neighbourhood. Both have previously lived in Secondary Suites and have quite the stories to tell about their experiences. Read their letters and hear why they personally support City Council action on Secondary Suites.

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