We Are Cities: Engaged Calgarians invited to help shape national policy for thriving cities


From the Calgary Dollars complementary currency to Relocalize Fairs, Calgary has long been home to the kinds of efforts that strengthen its future possibilities as a city of true resilience, prosperity and inclusivity.

Those involved in shaping these efforts and others are now invited to join a national campaign for creating provincial and federal policy that enables more of this great work to occur at the municipal level.

On Feb. 24, the Arusha Centre will host one of dozens of cross-country roundtables intending to draw on Canadians’ expertise to generate relevant policy suggestions.

The roundtables are part of the We Are Cities campaign, an initiative of Evergreen CityWorks and Cities for People.

The Arusha Centre’s relationship with community issues around social and environment concerns is long,” Arusha Centre manager Gerald Wheatley says. In addition to the local currency and Relocalize Fairs, the centre has been at the forefront of other projects inspiring Calgarians to greater sustainability and equity in their lives. These projects have included Open Streets Calgary and Take Action Grants.

The centre also played an active role in founding both Imagine Calgary and Sustainable Calgary, two projects drawing on the long-term vision of thousands of Calgarians to create a truly thriving city.

The Arusha Centre’s mandate is to focus on the issues most relevant to Calgarians and work on community projects here in Calgary,” Gerald says.

The We Are Cities campaign is a rare opportunity to showcase the progressive work that’s happening in Calgary, and Imagine Calgary and Sustainable Calgary are great examples of the kind of values and engagement that needs to happen more and needs to be better supported by other levels of government.”

Those interested in attending the Feb. 24 roundtable are encouraged to see a brief, recently released video on the We are Cities website.

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