Peter has an amazing ability to solve problems by bringing people together. Responding to complaints about noise from a basketball court in Chaparral Valley, Peter brought the Parks department, the community association, and the local residents together to come up with a solution not only to the noise problem, but arranged for a new basketball court in a new location in Chaparral.
Politicians can easily get drawn into a ‘bubble’ when they begin to spend time in office. They can lose touch with the people who they ultimately are accountable to. That is why Peter invented Aldertalk, which eventually became Counciltalk. What separates Counciltalk from a classic town-hall meeting--which is now overdone--is that they are unscripted. There is no set agenda, and the topics discussed are completely decided by the attendees. These accessible monthly roundtable discussions allow Peter to keep his finger on the pulse of Ward 14. Counciltalk has been so successful that it has been copied by numerous other Councillors, and even MLAs. Counciltalk is indisputable proof that Peter listens to the people of Ward 14. You can learn more about Counciltalk at calgary.ca/counciltalk.
Our democratic system is a blessing, but protecting it is also a responsibility. Maintaining a strong municipal government, and a strong democracy requires an informed and engaged population. That is why Peter Demong created his Grade 6 Essay Contest on municipal government. By engaging children at a young age, Peter is inspiring and educating the next generation of informed citizens and thoughtful leaders. It is also interesting to note these kids are very adept at engaging their family afterward, therefore engaging their entire household. Read more about Peter’s Grade 6 Essay Contest.
Counciltalk and the Ward 14 BBQ are great tools for keeping in touch with the people in Ward 14, but sometimes that is just not enough. That is why Peter Demong takes every opportunity to survey the constituents he represents. In seven years Peter has door knocked the entire ward (nearly 25,000 households) twice, surveyed the entire ward twice, and conducted phone surveys on topics ranging from the airport tunnel, to secondary suites, to 40 km/hr speed limits.