In October 2013, Councillor Ray Jones was re-elected to Calgary City Council to represent the citizens of Ward 5 for an eighth term. He is now the longest standing Councillor on Calgary City Council this term.
A resident of the Rundle community since 1977, and past president of eight years, Ray still is an active volunteer and a leading member on a variety of community, municipal and provincial committees dealing with issues impacting Northeast Calgary.
In recognition of Ray’s dedicated service to the communities and to the citizens of the city of Calgary he has been awarded several Honourary Memberships, including:
Honorary Lifetime Director of Calgary Exhibition and Stampede
Honorary Patron of Calgary Meals on Wheels
Honorary Lifetime Member of the Whitehorn Community Association
Lifetime Member of the Falconridge/Castleridge, Pineridge, Rundle, Temple Community Associations, N.E. Sportsplex Society and Calgary Grey Cup Committee
In recognition of his significant contributions to compatriots, community and to Canada, Ray was the recipient of the Governor General’s of Canada Award in 1993. In 2003, he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Community Service, 2005 he received the Alberta Centennial Metal and in 2012 the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
With the recognition Ray Jones has received in the past, his interest in the quality of life for the youth and residents of Ward 5 and the citizens of Calgary is well known.
My name is Ray Jones, I currently hold office on City Council for Ward 5 and I am seeking re-election for the newly formed Ward 10 office on October 16,2017. Over the past four years I have heard from many of the residents and some of their concerns are included in my platform: Community Development, Safety & Transportation, Affordable Housing and lastly Accountability.
1. Community Development
I will continue to enhance our communities and increase community pride with programs such as: The Annual Ward Community Cleanup, Rundle Area Master Plan and Legacy Parks. I am currently, investigating the installation of artificial turf in a centrally located area within ward 10 for a multipurpose field to be used by all ages.
2. Safety & Transportation
I support cost effective public transit and the enhancement of neighborhood community policing to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our neighborhoods for our residents and businesses. I will insist on the continuation of investments into our LRT service, station upgrades and ongoing monitoring of effective use of bus routes. I will continue to support communities and their residents with the Community Resource police staff at District 4 and 5 Police Stations.
3. Affordable Housing
I will maintain my support for affordable housing such as Habitat for Humanity, Senior’s low-cost housing and secondary suite reform. Our population is aging, both in the smaller communities and throughout the city, we need to be able to readily meet their needs at an affordable price. As well, i believe we need to develop a system that addresses secondary suites as an effective way to increase affordable units for low income families and individuals.
I’m determined to keep City spending restrained, city resources and facilities utilized effectively and spending warranted, meeting the needs of Calgarians. Over the past 24 years, I’ve consistently been below my allocated ward budget and have returned funds back to The City year after year. I believe in fiscal responsibility of The City and will revisit their budgets to keep them on track again in the Fall. On a personal note, I will continue to listen to your concerns, take action on your behalf to resolve your issues and will continue to collaborate with your community association leaders.
In the past years of serving on City Council, I have seen the booms and the busts and with the recent downturn in our economy it is more important now than ever for Council to work collaboratively and to have meaningful consultations with the development industry and to liaise between them and civic administration. We should be working together to achieve the same goals of building a great and vibrant city.