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  • Candidate Calvin Lim

    This thread is to ask questions of Candidate Calvin Lim – Councillor Ward 9.

    All members are asked to allow the Candidate to post first in his or her thread. This is to allow the Candidate ample opportunity to introduce their background, platform, and any other information they may feel is pertinent to this discussion.

    All decorum expected of members in the C2E Ask Forums will be expected here. An addendum is that posters may ask as many questions as they wish, but they are also politely asked to follow any instructions on posting or reply timelines that the Candidate expresses.

    Thank you to all for participating in the 2010 Connect2Edmonton Election Forum!
    Ow

    I said this because coming here makes my heart hurt.

  • #2
    My commitment if elected.


    1 Cut tax and ensure efficient uses of tax-payers’ hard-earn money. It’s your money!!
    2 Be efficient and communicate. Instead of committing first and asking for more later.

    And most of all,


    Be Heard


    Vision:
    To establish cost effective solutions to collect public opinion and vote prudently on the issues that impact our daily living, using tools inviting citizens to voice opinion with technology, (utilizing my expertise in financial / technology and passion to help people)



    I am ready to listen.

    www.calvinforcouncillor.com
    Last edited by Calvin Lim; 22-09-2010, 04:28 PM.
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    • #3
      That's all?

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      • #4
        No... there are more but in the mean time, instead of writing boring articles all over, I believe in interactive communication.

        I have some of my views on my still "in construction" web page.
        www.calvinforcouncillor.com


        My theme and the sole reason to run..

        Be Heard......

        Edmontonian had long been ignored of their views until things are too late to say no.

        I believe in effective use of technology...
        Last edited by Calvin Lim; 22-09-2010, 04:32 PM.
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        • #5
          calvin,

          given that your webpage states that "Whether we retain or close the airport, I think we have to be presented with all of the facts", are you suggesting that our elected city councillors did not have all of the facts when they decided to commence its phased closure last year and again when it was determined that the petition presented to them failed completely on two grounds to meet the specific and non-arbitrary requirements of the municipal government act and yet again when they determined that the facts on which they made their original decision were still valid and virtually all of those same facts are publicly available (particularly for anyone believing in the effective use of technology)?

          ken
          "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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          • #6
            No.. As per stated... We, the citizen of this city have to be presented with all the facts. At least have a public forum that reach over certain percentage of people in this city. Just ask around, how many of us knew about the decision to shut the airport until it was too late to say something? Yes, it was available publicly, but how many people actually read them? And where?

            As a businessman, I rely on facts for decision everyday. It has to be presentated in such way that benefits majority of us.

            - in short, "show me the money"

            Lay man's term. Tell me what will I gain from shutting the airport, and not shutting them. If the very fundamental of these has not been established, and if I do not like the elected official's decision, must I wait 3 years to present my point of view?

            Or,

            Take legal action?

            Do not forget the fact that we are trying to make this city a better place to live. Having an endless litigation that cost public money, will only add burden to our tax. That way, everybody lose.
            Last edited by Calvin Lim; 22-09-2010, 06:17 PM.
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            • #7
              Just to clarify or add specifics to Ken's comments:

              Calvin, do you think that all the public consultations that the city has conducted prior to voting to close the airport was not sufficient to give the opportunity to the citizens to hear the facts? Were not all facts presented at those meetings? Were some facts missing and not sufficient notice given to the citizens of Edmonton to participate in that round of discussion?

              Thank you for taking time to respond.

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              • #8
                Grish,

                What do you think?

                Where do you think the tens of thousands of signature came from?

                It's really annoying to me when 10% of signatures from city being collected mean nothing. If you want to proof the point, go get more signatures to overrule them, not with bureaucracy or some technicality.

                We reason with people, explain with rationale and logic, not otherwise.
                As I mention in the earlier post, it would be more beneficial to us taxpayer. The last thing I want to see is endless of litigation bills.

                Calvin


                P.S. If you like my response, please invite more to share their views here.
                Feel free to visit my "5 minutes yet cheaply done" web page (www.calvinforcouncillor.com) and sign on my guest book to show your support. I strongly believe in low cost but effective use of your tax money.

                In my opinion, they are way too high!
                Last edited by Calvin Lim; 22-09-2010, 09:54 PM.
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                • #9
                  Mr. Lim, thank you for answering questions.

                  1. You say you want to cut taxes. (a) What do you feel is an appropriate reduction (5%, 10%, 25%, 50%, etc.)? (b) What services are you willing to sacrifice to achieve it (I am looking for a specific list, please)?

                  2. Do you feel urban services should be distributed throughout the city on a per-population density basis, or as weighted per district by total property taxes paid?

                  3. What balance of spending do you feel the city should have on public transport and on road maintenance and expansion?

                  4. Development of new residential tracts is governed by land use bylaws. What do you feel is the optimal balance of single-family, and multiple-unit housing?

                  5. Do you personally prefer big-box power centres or commercial streets?

                  Thank you for the time taken to consider these questions.

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                  • #10
                    Please, call me Calvin.

                    Very good question indeed. I have drop down some figures in my office before I decided to run for councillor. I will response when I get back to office.

                    Calvin
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                    • #11
                      Hello Calvin

                      Thank you for participating on this forum.

                      Regarding the plebicite issue about the airport. Can you please remind me about the two requirements that were not met and can you tell me why you feel that these requirements were met?

                      Also in regards to plebicites in general. How often do you feel that the population should take a vote on decisions?

                      Finally, you brought up the point that there wasn't much for public consultation or involvement regarding the airport issue, as you put it. "Just ask around, how many of us knew about the decision to shut the airport until it was too late to say something? Yes, it was available publicly, but how many people actually read them? And where?" Now this question isn't about the airport but about public involvement. How do you propose to force people to pay attention to notices, public forums, etc... I think the city does a good job informing the public about these notices, but if you feel that the city isn't doing that, how do you propose to change that?

                      Thank you for your time.
                      LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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                      • #12
                        1. You say you want to cut taxes. (a) What do you feel is an appropriate reduction (5%, 10%, 25%, 50%, etc.)? (b) What services are you willing to sacrifice to achieve it (I am looking for a specific list, please)?
                        a) As far as I am concern, having our tax as low as possible while achieving what we want is the most desirable outcome but we have to consider the reality. There are lots to be done and I will ensure decision on using tax money will be carefully considered.

                        b) I am not looking at the term "sacrifice" on service but to emphasis on lots of things that we could have done more efficiently to achieve the desire outcome. I will bring out some example that things could have done more efficiently and drive our tax money further on response below.

                        2. Do you feel urban services should be distributed throughout the city on a per-population density basis, or as weighted per district by total property taxes paid?
                        When it comes to distribution of tax monies, we need to have a well balance and some flexible mechanism in place to ensure both basic are met and non-core expenditure, such as social support, recycling programs needs are met to be able to operate efficiently.
                        I favor a community driven effort. Instead of handing money to certain programs, the community has to work for it. Based on my past experience, I believe such effort will drive the money way further. So in short, with the exceptional of basic infrastructure needs, my view on distribution should not be based on per-population density or total property taxes paid, but having the funds available to anyone that has good idea and willing to work towards making their neighbourhood a better place while using the money efficiently.

                        3. What balance of spending do you feel the city should have on public transport and on road maintenance and expansion?
                        There is no straight forward answer to that question. The balance is very much depends on how long will it takes to travel from point a to point b, taking in consideration of promptness, frequency of public transport versus trouble of finding car park, traffic flow and cost of keeping the vehicle.
                        The key issue here is urban sprawl. Should we not control urban sprawl, this would be black hole for road maintenance and expansion. On the other hand, it would be impossible for public transport system to keep up with constant expansion of new neighbourhood scattered all over the city.
                        I personally favor public transport on the ground of environment, preserving and protect for our younger generations, but when it is impossible to keep up the public transport to a level of self sustain, costing tax payer a lot compare with alternative, I will go with the later.


                        4. Development of new residential tracts is governed by land use bylaws. What do you feel is the optimal balance of single-family, and multiple-unit housing?
                        I have no direct answer due to the nature of the geographical area, maturity of the neighbourhood, the average age of it's population and the infrastructure needs. All of these will affect the balance.

                        5. Do you personally prefer big-box power centres or commercial streets?
                        With the cold and long winter we have here, I have no choice but to go with big-box power centres that provides one stop shopping. I do enjoy browsing the commercial streets, especially when it could preserve some unique identity to our city as tourist attraction.
                        Last edited by Calvin Lim; 23-09-2010, 03:47 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Regarding the plebicite issue about the airport. Can you please remind me about the two requirements that were not met and can you tell me why you feel that these requirements were met?


                          Also in regards to plebicites in general. How often do you feel that the population should take a vote on decisions?


                          Finally, you brought up the point that there wasn't much for public consultation or involvement regarding the airport issue, as you put it. "Just ask around, how many of us knew about the decision to shut the airport until it was too late to say something? Yes, it was available publicly, but how many people actually read them? And where?" Now this question isn't about the airport but about public involvement. How do you propose to force people to pay attention to notices, public forums, etc... I think the city does a good job informing the public about these notices, but if you feel that the city isn't doing that, how do you propose to change that?

                          Don’t get me wrong, I agree with you and think the city does a great job informing the public about these notices. In fact, regarding the airport, it started almost 20 years ago if I recall correctly.



                          What I disagree with is, why where there tens of thousands of signatures on petition to keep the airport at the first place. We need to listen.



                          A simple resolution to that, should we felt so bad about this, why not start a campaign by collecting with larger or close enough signatures on petition, or even with email addresses verifiable in supporting to put an end to this? If we are so confident that many will support closure of airport, let the people have their say.



                          I foresee costly legal action if we do not get this right.


                          Again,


                          ~~~~~~~~~~~ Be Heard ~~~~~~~~~~
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                          Last edited by Calvin Lim; 23-09-2010, 05:08 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Thank you!

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                              Thank you in advance for your time and effort on addressing one more important subject - The Arts:
                              • Please articulate your position on the Arts and how that relates to future support of the Arts, if elected.
                              • Have you read The Art of Living 2008 -2018, as outlined from the Edmonton Arts Council? http://www.edmontonarts.ca/eac_publications/ Do you see this as an important vision for Edmonton and how would you support this vision?
                              Thank you again.
                              Last edited by mki; 07-10-2010, 10:39 AM.
                              Edmonton is a diverse landscape of business and culture in a beautiful rivervalley setting

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