Secondary Suite Vote in Calgary

Last night UrbanCSA’s Secondary Suite proposal made it to council. Because council had already debated on secondary suites at previous council meetings, the motion needed 10 votes to again be debated; it got 8.

Members of council in favor of reconsideration were Bronconnier, Ceci, Connelly, Farrell, Hawkesworth, McIver, Pincott, Stephenson.

Against were Chabot, Colley-Urquhart, Fox-Mellway, Hodges, Jones, Mar, Lowe.

Without 10 votes, the debate couldn’t even take place. If the vote hadn’t been a reconsideration, the motion would have passed.

We thank the members of council that either took time to meet with us or voted in favor of the proposal. The aldermen that we met with (with the exception of 1 or 2) understood how the new proposal tackled common secondary suites issues such as parking and was different then the past debates in council. Then there were other aldermen who decided not to even respond to our emails or calls and then voted against the proposal most likely not knowing what it was really about (We do not thank these people).

The idea is still alive and UrbanCSA, SU and other educational institutions will continue to push until a solution is found and implemented for affordable housing for students.

I think Tom Howard put it quite nice:

“In other news … how cool is this? A bunch of students independently drafted a motion in their own free time and had it tabled at Council: whether you agree with it or not, when was the last time you can remember this happening? Irrespective of the fact that the motion was defeated, this should surely reflect positively on the tenacity and hard work of the students involved.”



  1. Jeremy · July 20, 2010

    You should be proud of your engagement and what you guys tried to achieve.

  2. Although dissapointed that the motion didn’t make it on the table, it did demonstrate that students can influence policy making especially when they come together and produce what I feel was an excellent and well balanced proposal.

    I look forward to seeing this motion reconsidered when a new more progressive council sits come October 2010.

    Keep your heads up and keep up the good work!


    Chris Harper

  3. curtis mah · July 21, 2010

    Name the councilors who didn’t even speak to you, they should be exposed. I found this blog on twitter, keep up the pressure before the next election

  4. Tom (Sarge) · July 21, 2010

    This was excellent work and everyone who was involved in putting this together should be very proud of themselves 🙂

  5. Adam Zendel · July 21, 2010

    Awesome, any official links?

  6. Sedor · July 21, 2010

    The suite proposal was the Calgary Herald question of the day. We got 57% for 43% against. But yesterdays question was “did you attend stampede and only 30% of people said they attended, with 70% saying no. So in reality people are twice as likely to want suites around C-trains then to go to stampede… Yahoo?

  7. Layne French · July 22, 2010

    Congrats to Sedor, Howard, Martin and everyone else who helped put together a great proposal.

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