Ward 13: Diane Colley-Urquhart

Biography


Diane has served as Ward 13 Councillor, a City-wide Official and Deputy Mayor for 17 years. She is a healthcare professional and brings a valued perspective to the Council table. She has held senior management and teaching positions in emergency, intensive care and trauma at several hospitals. She has had extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector and in long term care working with seniors.

Cllr Diane also owned and operated her own small businesses and brings a diverse entrepreneurial experience in health and human services, business and community volunteer service. Her steady, grounded, common sense approach to politics as a team player, has resulted in numerous policies and community investments being implemented since she entered public office in 2000.

She has made wellness, prevention, community safety and security hallmarks in her elected role. Cllr Diane is recognized for her highly collaborative and decisive style and listening skills, in building consensus and forging strategic alliances with key stakeholders to get things done.

1992 Canada 125 Governor General of Canada’s Commemorative Medal

2005 Alberta Centennial Medal – In recognition of initiatives in human rights, community service and diversity.

2008 Alberta Municipal Affairs Honorable Mention Award

2016 CARNA Centennial Award Recipient – One of 100 RNs in Alberta

Election Platform


SOUND FISCAL MANAGEMENT OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS

• Cut property taxes by continuing to pressure the Province to not take 51% of your property taxes ($650M/yr). Return money directly back to you that the Province doesn’t take.

• Continue to reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies. Be a leader in keeping taxes low while delivering needed programs and services we are responsible for. Partner with the private sector.

• Demonstrate accountability, transparency and tax value to citizens for the services delivered.

• My Motion to freeze Management salaries and bonuses was adopted by Council in 2016. This needs to continue.

• My motion to bring in a Sunshine List for full disclosure of City staff salaries, benefits and perks was adopted by Council. More transparency and detail is needed.

• Don’t support the proposed City Charter that would allow the City to run annual operating deficits.

• Freeze the Public Art Program and have the private sector pay (not taxpayers) as part of being awarded infrastructure projects.

NEIGHBOURHOOD SAFETY & SECURITY

• With speeding, social disorder and theft as the main issues for residents in Ward 13, we must continue to increase the number of frontline Police Officers to strengthen community-based policing. Add more Transit Police to the LRT system.

• Hold property owners accountable for their derelict problem properties that degrade a neighbourhood. Bring owners before the Coordinated Safety Response Team (CSRT) to address citizen concerns in a timely manner. Have City staff use approved tools like remedial orders, violation tickets and court injunctions for compliance.

ROADS, TRANSIT & MANAGING CONGESTION

• As in other cities, pilot a new “Safety School Zone Plan” through the Innovation Fund that would include engaging with families to identify “watch your speed” driver feedback signs, flashing beacons on school zone signs, and more school zone stencils on pavement which would extend up to 250 metres away from the designated schools to encourage children to walk or bike and feel safe.

• STOP the SWBRT expansion going past Rockyview Hospital with a newly elected Council. The need for this Bus Rapid Transit is not justified to go into Woodbine. Wait until the new community of Providence is built out over the next 10 years.

COMMUNITY QUALITY OF LIFE

• Increase the number of soccer, hockey, tennis courts, baseball fields, skateboard parks and tot lots, along with more community programming.

• With 150 off-leash dog parks in Calgary, we need more in Ward 13. Finalize the addition of three new off-leash dog parks in Providence, along the 37th Street SW Corridor, and at the former park north of the community of Silverado.

• Eliminate dandelions in public areas by increasing weed control and mowing practices.

• Launch Citizen Juries to genuinely engage residents on any topic, issue or policy (unlike the SWBRT process and using 4-minute opinion phone polls).