The next city council could be asked to return fluoride to the city’s water supply. What is your position on this?
I personally do not want it in my water, but if the majority of citizens vote for it, then we must respect their decision.
Entrepreneur, CEO & Founder
Brand Ambassador for the Big Blue Ocean Project and OneTree Planted. Member of the Calgary Wildlife Society, Chamber of Commerce, and 100 Women Who Care.
What is your motivation for seeking a seat on city council?
To disrupt the status quo and bring real substantial positive change to our city.
Describe your leadership style:
Hardworking, honest, compassionate, motivational, disruptive and forward-thinking.
What do you consider the single most important issue facing Calgarians, and what should be done about it?
Economic Recovery – We must lower both business and property taxes. We must stop the bleeding and excessive spending. We must focus on our citizens, small businesses and recovery.
Do you support the city’s downtown revitalization strategy? Where should funding and programs be focused?
I do not support it as it is. The new mayor and council must re-address the strategy. It still needs an enormous amount of work and is incomplete. We must focus on supporting businesses, greening the downtown core (green rooftops/community gardens/greening 17th Ave with permanent patios), support for our heritage districts and buildings, support for local art and culture, and we must bring in my Social Impact Strategy which will supply sustainable affordable housing, a waste to energy initiative, food security initiative and citizens without residence initiative.
What innovative project or job creation measure can you propose to aid Calgary’s post-COVID economic recovery?
I have many innovative projects within the People’s Platform and my Social Impact Strategy. We will create jobs with my Waste to Energy initiative, Grow Food Save Alberta initiative, Citizens without Residence initiative, and focus on sustainable innovation, technology, design and alternative energy.
What should city council do to keep young adults from leaving Calgary?
They need to change the way they think and approach our cities issues. We need forward-thinking leaders with a vision for a sustainable and innovative future for Calgary. We must modernize Calgary and we must start now.
* All candidate Q&As have been edited for clarity and brevity.
*Original article online at https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/virginia-stone-calgary-mayoral-candidate-questionnaire