Mayoral Candidates

Emile Gabriel

Website: dr-egj.ca

Facebook: @mayor4calgary

Twitter: @Gabriel4Mayor

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Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Southwood Library

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. It provides different services that are essential to my community.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. Helping me with connecting laptop to the monitor in the meeting room, where our volunteer group had an important meeting.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. I have a variety.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. Main focus is on floods and flood mitigation and water conservation.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. Sax.

Larry Heather

Website: larryforcalgary.ca

Facebook: @LarryforCalgary.ca

Twitter: @CalgarySenate

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Central Library

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. It enables students and citizens to access a world of knowledge and application otherwise beyond their reach.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. Finding a wealth of material for my former radio show on AM 1140

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A . CD’s and special topics

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. God and Government Vol. One – A Biblical and Historical Study Gary Demar 1990

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. Banjo, if I wanted to pick up a new one. No trombones – that is my current

David Lapp

Website: lappteam2017.com

Facebook: @DavidLappforMayor

Twitter: @DavidLapp4Mayor

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. I can usually be found camped out at the Memorial Park Library.

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. The Library is an irreplaceable resource that safeguards knowledge for generations to come.  Ideas, inquiry, curiosity, intellectual exploration, and much, much more, are all birthed through the Library.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. As an original local Calgarian, I remember growing up in Rundle, and spending long hours at Village Square Library down the street, just reading paperbacks.  It would be after swimming and playing basketball at the connected Village Square Leisure Centre.  Back then I read The Hardy BoysTom Clancy and John Grisham were favourites.  I really enjoyed poring over atlases and encyclopedias to learn more about geography and history - still passions of mine.  Also, I must admit, there were a lot of comic books consumed:  Tintin and Asterix & Obelix were my go-tos.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A . I gotta admit that the public access to computers/laptops and internet at libraries is something that I've utilized to the max over many, many years.  It's a game-changer.  Whether for school study, work documents, or even campaign this-and-that, it's a great resource.  I know that thousands of Calgarians will agree with me.

It goes without saying that this new musical instrument lending & lesson resource at the library is a true act of genius from the organization and its partners.  Keep it up.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. Ohhh, goodness...Well, during the campaign, the only thing I read is documents, studies, budgets, news reports, and letters.  But, I do have a stack of books at home that has been sorely neglected; I may never get back to it.  Ha!  Buuuuttt, if I do ever escape in a few years from the crush of paperwork, I hereby do solemnly pledge to continue my gradual quest through the works of Charles Dickens.  He's an unmatched master.  My favourite is David Copperfield - rags to riches.  Surprisingly sarcastic, and full of hilarious characters.  Read it.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. Well, I am already a musician - a trained singer and pianist.  My parents taught me.  I have a piano at my home that I play on the daily.  But, if I were to add to the stable of instruments, it would probably be something subtle and conventional like the alphorn.  It would fit nicely into my small apartment, and I'm sure my roommate and neighbours wouldn't mind in the least.

Naheed Nenshi

Website: nenshi.ca

Facebook: @NaheedNenshi 

Twitter: @nenshi

Instagram: @nenshi

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. The Central Library, right across the street from my office at City Hall, and Saddletowne Library in the Genesis Centre, near my house!

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. I could look at this two ways; from the perspective of the entire city being my ward, and from that of the ward that I live in. In each case though, Calgary Public Library strengthens it by being a community gathering space, a place where people from all walks of life come together to learn about the world around them. In particular, they serve as an important landing place where newcomers to Canada can learn how to integrate into their new country. They are like tiny microcosms of our city.   

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. I’ve told this story several times, but I have to repeat it here. When I was growing up, my home library was Forest Lawn Library. I went there as often as I could. The librarians knew me and at some point they offered to let me check out more books than was allowed. I read so many books, and with each one a new possibility for my life emerged. It allowed me to dream big. Today, every trip to a library fills my heart. Whether seeing immigrant seniors practice their English in a conversation club or watching kids’ imaginations soar, I am reminded what community means.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A . CPL offers many programs whose primary aim is to help newcomers to Canada learn English. The Citizenship, Coffee and Civic Participation class is one of my favourites, because it reminds new and potential citizens of the rights and obligations that go along with being fortunate enough to call yourself Canadian.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. I have just started reading On Not Losing my Father’s Ashes in the Flood by Calgarian Richard Harrison (nominated this week for a Governor general’s Award!). It’s a poignant read, reminding me of how hectic that time was just after the flood in 2013. There are so many stories of loss, of fortitude, and of grace that have emerged out of the floods.  I’m also reading a biography of Mayor Rod Sykes, Thin Power by Andy Marshall. Mostly these days, I’m reading campaign platforms but I can’t wait to get back to my books!

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. I have no musical skill of any kind, but I love percussion and drum circles. So, it would have to be a percussion instruments, like a bongo or djembe or tabla. I recently was blown away by a performance that combined Indigenous drumming and classical South Asian beats.  It reminded me of the power and unity of all human beings.

 

Bill Smith

Website: billsmithformayor.ca

Facebook: @BillSmithforMayor 

Twitter: @TeamBillSmith

Instagram: @teambillsmith

Q. Which Library do you use the most?

A. Central Library

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. Libraries are a vital community gathering place to explore the joys of reading, learning and exploring the world through books and other library materials.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. When I was a kid I remember going to the bookmobile which was a converted blue bird school bus. On special occasions the bookmobile would even show up occasionally at Glenmeadows elementary and had a better selection of kids books.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A . My favorite program is the on-line checkout of e-books which can be listened to while travelling.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. I am currently reading Notley Nation: How Alberta’s Political upheaval swept the country by Sydney Sharpe and Don Braid.  I would recommend The 7 habits of highly effective people by American Educator Stephen Covey.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. If I had the time I would borrow a guitar as I would like to learn how to play that instrument. One of our son’s and our daughter play a little guitar so it would be great to share some time with them trying to learn.

 

Jason Achtymichuk (Jason GoGo)

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Andre Chabot 

Website: chabot4calgary.ca

Facebook: @Chabot4Calgary

Twitter: @Chabot4Calgary

Brent Chishom

Naheed Nenshi (Incumbent) 

Website: www.nenshi.ca

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Curtis Olson

Website: curtisolson.ca

Facebook: @CurtisInYYC

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Stan the Man Waciak

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