" Every ill of which men complain, has it's roots, sometime,
somewhere, in broken law and deserted principle."
Platform Release A
September 10th - 2013
Larry Heather Campaign For Mayor
1. City of Calgary : Budget
and Financial Reporting
( C.D. Howe Institute - Holding Canada's Cities to Account.-
Nov. 2011 )
While Calgary is ahead of some cities in Canada
in the way the budget and financial documents are reported in
a multi-year model, some definite improvements are in order. Budgeting
and Financial Reporting Documents should be generated on the same
accumulative (accrual) accounting basis to provide maximum clarity
and overall status level to both Calgary City Hall and the general
Operating and Capital budgets should be combined into an organic
whole. The same aggregation of department listings should be consistent
in both the Budget and the Audited Financial Statements for accurate
An example of such transparent standards is to be found in the
budget and financial statements of the municipality of Surrey,
2. Authority of Council vs.
The permanent government of the City Hall Administration must
inform the decisions of the Elected Council only with solid and
reason based facts, that are not based on a 'turf protection mentality.'
Esoteric, insubstantial comparisons, which seem to be in vogue
in certain departments, will not suffice as a administrative based
override to the will of Calgary City Council. Approving Authority
standards should be subject to a selective external audit every
four year term.
B - Tuesday
September 17th, 2013
Release B -
Larry Heather Campaign For Mayor.
3. Relationship to Municipal
- The Mayor of Calgary should aim to foster cooperative and helpful
alliances with the surrounding municipal districts and towns/cities
around Calgary. (Foothills & Rockyview in particular)
A petty or jealous competitiveness hurts Calgary and is to the
detriment of the welfare of the surrounding commuters who work
in and contribute to the economy of Calgary.
4. Calgary As Tourism Portal to Southern Alberta
- Foster a Tourist Awareness Of Events happening in Southern Alberta.
As an international airport hub, what makes Southern Alberta strong
makes Calgary strong and increases the interest & scope of
attraction on which to promote tourism coming though the Calgary
5. Mayor's Relationship with Established Businesses
- It is important for a mayor to respect the prior achievement,
work, and challenges of established businesses in the City of
Calgary. A despising attitude by a Mayor in his dealings with
such important community builders is unhelpful. In this context,
unbalanced favor with new mobile ventures is counterproductive
in light of the important fixed property tax burdens already borne
by the established businesses. A happy medium must be sought.
|Platform Release C-
September 27th, 2013
Release C -
Larry Heather Campaign For Mayor.
6. FREEWAY 'Car Friendly'
- The Problem: The Mayor of Calgary should diligently seek
to work with Calgary Council to serve the actual mobility needs
of Calgarians. The fact is, the lives of Calgarians are far more
complex than any City 'social engineering' planner could or is
capable of appreciating. Whether it be picking up the school kids,
getting them to soccer, volunteering after work or getting to
vital business contacts from the Core, Calgarians complex needs
for quick, out of LRT range destinations must be honored in a
humble 'servant' attitude.
-Larry would seek to prioritize the decreasing of time and money
costs of travelling in this great City of Western freedom. The
City of Calgary must stop trying to change how Calgarians travel
for shoddy and disproven climate change ideological reasons. We
are to be stewards of our God-given planet for man's dominion,
not worshippers the undeveloped and less productive past.
- Towards Solutions: Even before the torturous discrimination
against car drivers by planned bottlenecking (i.e. Elbow Dr. and
Mayfair Rd. SW filling in of Bus cutout lanes), seventy per cent
of Calgarians still favor this mode as their choice. New Technologies
Such as space efficient automated parkades, and smart driving
assisted cars are now in the design FREEWAY heading for our city.
7. Increased Downtown
Rolling Back Extortion Level Rates
-The Problem: Calgary has the highest parking rates in
North America, almost as high as Manhattan! We are the second
largest land mass nation in the world!! This is unacceptable as
it badly handicaps business viability in the Core and forces the
majority of day time drivers to avoid the downtown like the Ebola
Since businesses pay almost four times the level of tax and services
than that of the residential owner, many live on the edge of the
breaking point. This must be reversed! Make it easier for their
customers to patronize them, and the prosperity of the business
revival will more than recoup losses to the City.
This forced extortion can be ended by the opening up of street
parking and the constantly rotating available empty areas which
cannot be put to use in discount parking.
-Towards Solutions: Ideologyl driven zoning signage that
leaves large spaces underutilized should be taken out. Large empty
unpaved lots can be converted to discounted temporary parking,
while the space saving multi-level automated parking are built.
Areas such as the hugely available and underused Stampede Grounds,
could be encouraged to provide discount parking for those Calgarians
who would be willing, and would choose to 'hoof it' for exercise
to the core.
Widening of the key roads, signal timing co-ordination, and the
removal of unnecessary hazard causing restrictors will make entry
and exit of our Core more productive and less expensive.
|Platform Release D
Platform Release D -
Larry Heather Campaign For Mayor.
8. Improve City and Community Safety for
-The Problem: Calgary has gotten safer
both in public perception and reality. But much more needs to
be done, especially in relation to community public order standards
and C-Train safety.
A quote from a British Transport Police Official
may sum up perceptions in Calgary. "Low level anti-social
behaviour, which we know occurs on trains often later at night
and when people have been drinking, is undoubtedly under reported.
Passengers tend to accept or ignore the minority who make the
journeys unpleasant for everyone else." In terms of community
policing, it is unfortunate that often law enforcement officials
joined too quickly in campaigns of decriminalizing so-called 'harmless'
behaviour even though it is obvious that public drunkenness, street
prostitution, and pornographic displays can destroy a community
more quickly than any team of professional burglars.
A random, but relentless maintenance of standards on
buses and C-trains, i.e. ejecting the offender promptly, would
lead to conditions on transit that approximate the level of civility
we now take for granted on airplanes.
The process to text by smartphone to transit security discreetly,
about an immediate transit disorder should be implemented as well
a publicized record of response times from the time of the reports
to an intervention
by transit security.
We should continue to extend the implementation
of a safe and clean neighborhood policy via the 'Broken Window
Theory' of Law Enforcement.
We must continue to restore the long neglected view that police
ought to protect communities as well as individuals. Physicians
now recognize the importance of fostering health rather than simply
treating illness. So too must the police and the rest of us ought
to recognize the importance of maintaining intact communities
without broken windows. If community standards are enforced, it
provides a less likely venue
for the actions of criminals against individuals.
9. Fight Graffiti Vandalism Effectively
-The Problem: The reporting of Graffiti
incidents can often take weeks from the time of the sighting till
the problem is dealt with. The graffiti vandal gets payoff by
riding or walking by his 'work' If left up for even two days,
the payoff is enough to keep him at his immature and destructive
vandalism of the hapless victim's property.
Enable Blank Defacing of the Graffiti. As soon as possible cover
the graffiti with a neutral non-permeable solution ( i.e. specialized
Chalk liquid?) that can be applied in all weather conditions.
This will cover up the 'work' until it can be properly
cleaned up. A range of tones could be available to matched with
the wall so contrast with the unaffected area is the least noticeable.
The payoff period is cut down to a few hours rather than days.
It thus makes the risk of detection greater than the payoff. We
should continue with the program to place actual talented art
or design on oft defaced public infrastructure on a volunteer
basis, with public awards ceremonies recognizing the artists who
serve with distinction.
Platform Release E-
Larry Heather Campaign For Mayor.
10. Position on Secondary Suites
I do not support the elimination of R1 zoning
in favor of Citywide Secondary Suites. Like 'inclusionary zoning'
in new apartments, this is a type of economic desegregation denies
consumers a choice to locate in areas which have the distinct
advantages of Residential 1 zones. Lacking this in Calgary, they
will flee to the bedroom communities that still provide such a
choice, with the resultant loss of the property tax base.
Families naturally resist this sort of back door social engineering
because of the following:
- the Original promise of existing owners who bought intentionally
into R1 is violated and this broken covenant begins a cycle of
distrust and activates a flight response.
- Secondary Suite zones have a high transient renter population
who are not normally invested in the long term future of the community.
This decreases property values and lessens security, especially
for seniors and families with children.
These are issues that do not impact most students, but the loss
of any available R1 zones in Calgary during their house buying
years in the will be a driving motivational loss.
- Thousands of illegal suites of uneven quality exist now in Calgary
and a wide open field will make monitoring a huge line item budget
in future City budgets.
- the minimum lot width for four cars is 15 metres (50 feet)
and many newer lots in close build communities are smaller than
this, creating perpetual parking shortages in what was supposed
to be a family refuge from the hub bub of the city.
11. Dealing with the Shortage of Rental Housing
Address the shortage of rental housing in Calgary.
Build confidence of Investors towards rental housing - Increase
the ability of landlords to evict tenants who consistently do
not live up to their duties of stewardship to maintain the value
of rental property.
(Local Education and Provincial Lobbying.)
- Public Civic Listing of delinquent landlords who do not maintain
their properties in maintenance, appearance, or safety standards.
Investors avoid communities whose standards are on the downward
- Reduce unnecessary provincial standards of approval for suites.
( i.e. Requirement that secondary suites must have separate heating
and ventilation systems) to increase approval of legal suites
among the thousands of illegal suites.)
- Access the hidden housing market for students that are only
available through trust relationships. There is a significant
rental housing available through developing relationships with
the large population of baby boomer seniors
but only in a trust relationship where they can trust those they
are allowing in their homes. Students who are not intent on their
education first, and want also to live the 'wild life combo pack'
away from home, are shut off from this market.
- A fiscal conservative
cannot support rent control as an answer to protect students from
fluctuations. Monitoring of abusive landlords or townhouse/condo
managers who are exploitive of vulnerable people can be achieved
in a cost effective way by a citizen based 'Guardian Angels' approach.
Rent Controls will inevitably increase housing shortage, killing
investment capital and put current rentals onto a slide to slum
Platform Release F -
Larry Heather Campaign For Mayor.
12. Response To Sport Calgary on the City's
Although not an active sports participant myself
( my abilities are more in the area of the Performance Arts),
I hold a high appreciation for the value of physical activity,
teamwork, and sportsmanship
among our citizens in Calgary on both the youth and adult levels.
It is my belief that community sports be as organically connected
to the local community organizations as possible, fostering
the maximum participation of community leadership and volunteers
already located in those areas.
I have reviewed the founding plan of the 2005 Calgary Civic Sport
Policy and was concerned that the vision stated there is overly
expansive. And that in the sense that the City of Calgary may
be going beyond its ability to fulfill the goals and standards
set out there. By 2013 ,eight years later, I would think some
of the strains and impasses of the plan are beginning to come
to the fore, especially in times of financial constraint, and
the recent crisis of recovery from the flood that will certainly
impact tax funding. I am concerned that after an engaging, parent
encouraged period of student participation in sports, a significant
number of younger participants are dropping out of activity in
favor of often sedentary activities often involving social media,
or other digital pursuits.
One of the drivers in this aspect of dropping out may be too much
intensity in professionalizing the standards of a sport at too
early a stage in their lives. This is particularly a danger in
year round sports, that restrict involvement in other areas of
recreational, artistic, or family activities that come up in the
different seasonal variations we find in our Calgary seasons.
If the student comes to feel 'trapped' in an confined cycle of
meeting others expectations, to the detriment of developing a
full orbed development of their God-given talents, the push back
in a sports related 'been there, done that' response. The exceptional
talent in sports with alert mentoring, tends to rise to the top,
but the majority if unrealistically expected to rise up likewise,
reach the limits of developmental fatigue. A less intense focus
may encourage sports to become a lifelong involvement of the many
leading to the sustainable health of the individual and the community.
The wrong expectations may also not prove to be fiscally possible
amidst the many competing calls for City involvement in our modern
Young and older adults who remain active in sports are of course
in an entirely different phase of their lives, where the balance
between vocational and recreational pursuits are much more likely
to be harmonized.
There is a helpful analogy in the discipline of bodybuilding,
where there is a phenomena that occurs called overreaching/overtraining.
"Cumulative Microtrauma is the common link
in all forms of overreaching/overtraining. In order to perform
optimally, athletes must be adequately trained. However, if athletes
train too intensely
and/or too often, they may be susceptible to short-term and/or
long-term decrements in performance capacity as well as myriad
reported physiological, medical, and/or psychological symptoms
of overreaching and overtraining. Factors such as excessive training
volume and training intensity, over time, can accumulate to produce
decrements in strength, speed, explosiveness, endurance and skilled
So too can consistently poor nutritional status, lack of rest,
choice of exercises, order of exercises, or lack of variation
But, by the time you've observed such symptoms, it's too late.
Consider these common examples. Is it better to treat obesity
(the marker being excess storage of adipose tissue)
or avoid it in the first place? Is it better to take your car
in for periodic checkups or fix it after it's broken down (whereupon
the marker becomes whatever it was that broke)?
No, fellow iron freaks, the best approach lies in avoiding the
appearance of such markers in the first place. "
If there is an application to sports participation
of whole groups in overreaching/overtraining, there is also an
equivalent phenomena in the organizational actions of local civic
Although a business unit of the City may have been well equipped
to fulfill its original mission, the vision plan language if too
expansive, can create the danger of an avalanche of new and socially
mandates. "Mission drift, a.k.a. mission creep, denotes a
devolutionary process familiar to most scholars who study the
history of public institutions. It is the process of co-opting
a successful and
well-conceived process, then gradually expanding it until it is
no longer capable of performing its original function. "-
Ronald F. White.
The system can become overloaded with paperwork, excessive meetings,
and constantly changing evaluation hurdles which can leave a volunteer
overwhelmed by the time wastage.
Dealing with necessary probable harms, can expand to many possible
harms, and then in the end, imaginary harms. Hidden costs are
associated with all of these activities and it can lead to the
the physical plant, i.e. ice arena equipment or the introduction
of staff not qualified, but put in place by outside political
considerations. The early stages of mission creep
are often seen in a proliferation of politically charged fact-finding
commissions and their resultant findings. ( See Manning Foundation
Paper on Phony Consultations )
This is a common feature in today's civic life. Such activities
can lead to jurisdictional puzzles for local business units, increased
regulatory expense, and high-cost benefit ratios.
The way I would approach vision casting for the City as Mayor,
and I would be only one vote of fifteen, is quite different. The
fact is that there is a shift in our culture in the understanding
of moral responsibility. It involves a subtle movement toward
the institutionalization of rule driven collective responsibility,
at the expense of individual responsibility on the part of community
stakeholders. To me, Calgary community sports should always strive
to major in the latter arena.
Platform Release G-
Larry Heather Campaign For Mayor.
13. Background and Letter to the Arts Community
I have a long involvement in Theatre Arts and
Christian music and drama
(i.e. all 20 years of performance in the Canadian Badlands Passion
Play in Drumheller www.canadianpassionplay.com ) I am a playwright
produced of 3 2 act drama's one of them a musical called Tree
of Light: a Messianic Hanukkah Drama on the Internet. http://members.shaw.ca/lheather/
I also do solo, choral, and quartet vocal ministry
and occasionally Trombone solos. I was in the Henry Wise Wood
High School Band and the first founding year of the Calgary Stampede
Band in 1971. I have a great interest
in Stage Lighting and own a basic system myself. So my remarks
are sourced primarily in Theatre but apply to all the other arts.
In all of this, I have tried to integrate my faith and standards
from biblical ethics in the way I have understood them.
The potential of all the Arts is a tremendous gift from our Creator
and can illuminate truth in many different areas of civic, provincial,
and national life in Canada. It can add
immeasurably to the depth of our cultural life as a City.
Obviously, there are financial limits to how much expansion can
take place on the civic level and most artists have found it necessary
to combine their artistic expression
with a part or full-time job. I know all about people moving to
Nashville for a great break, only finding themselves delivering
pizza to keep themselves in the area.
I think the development of the King Edward Arts campus is an idea
whose time is come and serves as a possible model in other areas.
I have written a paper which
will be quite controversial to most of you, but it is my considered
study over the years that the Arts can flourish the most, when
the reasons why many people are driven away
from the Arts, especially those seeking family friendly productions
are recognized. You will find my paper on this link
Here is the first paragraph,
"No society can be utterly indifferent to the ways
its citizens publicly entertain themselves."
Such entertainment forms as bear baiting and cockfighting were
outlawed only in part because of the inhumane suffering of the
animals themselves. The most important reason for their abolishment
was that they debased, brutalized, and hardened those who gathered
to witness them. Human freedoms are in the end dependent on good
morals and are safeguarded by them. The promotion of biblical
ethics in the theatre arts does not prohibit the portrayal of
evil, but the portrayal of evil as good or of true virtue as evil.
History of civilizations on the wane are replete
with Coliseum style of public entertainments which coarsened the
public appetite and ended up turning the precious, treasured and
sacred, into the banal , cheapened, and
even despised. They became ripe for takeover, even by less developed
civilizations like the Vandals. ( Cue: someone counters with a
value positive play on the Vandals. )
This has been noted in Hollywood, that there is a large and often
untapped market for those films containing redemptive analogy
themes that are faith inspiring. It's not that
evil or violence or moral themes are avoided, it's the fact that
they are not presented in a way which stimulates negative effects
that glorify and attract to things that do not
Lead to societal health. And the age level Well, who defines what
exactly that is, and what right do I as a Candidate for Mayor
have in saying that I would or should favor one over the other?
I realize at this point, I have lost the votes of most of your
community because of the 'no one's going to dictate to me what
morals or the long term effect on the audience can or should be.'
But from a very practical point of view,(Cue: Business manager
ears perk up, Artistic director eyebrows furrow) performances
that are incapable of drawing a significant audience over the
long term puts the art's community in the same dilemma Theatre
Junction has, of many groups depending on them for subsidy and
a breaking point arriving when non Arts paying customers take
up the space. A theatre company that specializes in 'edgier' productions
will find that only a niche audience will develop and will be
in Constant need of outside help. In fact, the wrong choice of
a production at the wrong time, can brand a company in such a
way that no
Family or general audience would consider going. ( i.e. Senior's
in attendance at StageWest in the past when the language and innuendo
goes ripe. I.e. my own parents years ago.)
Going for entertainment and humor and getting the whole 'smear',
the net effect is a preference to avoid whole genres in the future.
So as time is limited for me, here is my response to your
1. If elected, what are some steps you will take regarding the
three listed issues.
a. - expand the Arts performances out of the Core into Community
venues in the City and nearby communities lacking such services.
My suggestions for growth, Family friendly redemptive truth productions
making available access in parking and familiarity of environment
a good fit. ( On the other hand, my car friendly downtown policy
will lower parking rates, and increase nighttime traffic back
b. - lower cost of housing and rental spaces through proper service
of individual housing and choices for all citizens, ( yes, this
involves urban sprawl in Canada, the second largest land mass
nation in the world.
- sometimes false environmentalism as opposed to stewardship ends
up in skyrocketing costs that kill the artistic golden goose!)
c. - Appropriate space, bolster the diminishing and underfunded
drama music programs of college/ high schools with joint use agreements.
I.e. Cutbacks of Arts at Mount Royal University, must
be some unused space there now
2. Integrate Arts I can affirm ( ouch!) with my travels. Also
make visitors aware of southern Alberta region attractions that
could bring a larger and more varied audiences from around the
and since Calgary is the air hub, also making their awareness
of the Calgary scene more visible upon their physical arrival
to the hub. A very strong Theatre and Musical Scene with visual
arts a strong follow-up.
3. Primarily, I am a once a week movie watcher. It is my relaxation
weekly, I keep so busy with radio duties etc. I have not had the
time in the past or the funds to do a lot of music or Theatre
enjoyment as I would like.
As much as I can , I attend Heritage Calgary events and see more
of the historical side of the arts in that way.