For Immediate Release
September 19, 2017
Keren Tang Delivers on Commitment to Run Campaign Solely on Individual Donations, Raises $17,476
Edmonton, AB - Keren Tang, City Council candidate for Ward 11, has released an interim financial disclosure statement for her election campaign. She has collected campaign contributions from individuals totalling $17,476 for the period ending September 18, 2017. The financial disclosure statement is available at http://www.kerentang.ca/financial_disclosure.
Keren is delivering on the pledge she made at her campaign launch in January 2017 to disclose all contributions over $100 in advance of election day. The current financial disclosure rules only require this to be done after the election is over. Keren will release one more update before voters go to the polls on October 16.
In addition to disclosure reporting, Keren is only taking contributions from individuals and has pledged not to accept any donations from corporations or unions.
“Running a campaign solely on individual donations means my campaign is built on people power. It means that I need to work harder - and I think politicians should work hard to earn the financial and volunteer support of Edmontonians,” Keren says.
“This is already the standard for our provincial and federal elections, and Edmontonians expect and deserve no less from their municipal election candidates,” Keren says.
During the last municipal election, the vast majority of campaign funds for elected candidates came from corporations and unions. City Council has already called upon the provincial government to prohibit corporate and union donations in municipal elections.
“I challenge all candidates running for City Council to take this pledge with me: No corporate or union donations and publicly available reports of campaign contributions before election day. I believe these are two steps that anyone running for City Council should take to ensure that their campaign is transparent and accountable to the voters,” Keren says.
It's official! Today was Nomination Day! With four weeks to go until Election Day, I have released an interim financial disclosure statement of campaign contributions for the period ending September 18, 2017.
I am delivering on the pledge I made at my campaign launch in January 2017 to disclose all contributions over $100 in advance of election day. The current financial disclosure rules only require this to be done after the election is over. I will release one more update before voters go to the polls on October 16.
In addition to disclosure reporting, I am only taking contributions from individuals and have pledged not to accept any donations from corporations or unions.
Media Release: Keren Tang Delivers on Commitment to Run Campaign Solely on Individual Donations, Raises $17,476
Over the past several months, I have hosted and attended a series of Listening Parties throughout Ward 11 to hear what matters to you about life in the Ward and in the city, from the state of sidewalks to the challenges of infill. I’ve gathered with you in your homes, in coffee shops, and in community centres. Through these gatherings, I have begun to hear your most pressing concerns and some of your ideas for how to make Ward 11 and Edmonton an even greater place to call home.
These gatherings reflect a wide range of people, from youth to seniors, to young parents, families and members of ethnocultural communities. I am running for City Council so that Ward 11 residents and other folks in our city feel like they really do have a voice, that their concerns and ideas are being heard, and that their perspectives are valued.
As your Ward 11 Councillor, I will work with you as a facilitator.
I will work with you to bring your voices forward. I will bring a people-first engagement model to our city government. From your living rooms and community centres, to the Council Chambers—this is how I believe democracy should work.Read more
In listening parties and on doorsteps, I've heard your visions for the social well-being of Edmontonians.
You want Edmonton to be an inclusive and equitable city.
How are things living up to your visions? The way you see it, poverty and growing inequality create many social issues. Homelessness is still a key issue in Edmonton. Not everyone feels safe on public transit or in the river valley and Mill Creek ravine, especially women. There is limited affordable housing for low-income Edmontonians and for seniors. Some of the most vulnerable in our city are undocumented workers, many of whom face domestic violence and human trafficking. You told me that you are concerned about long wait times in primary care clinics and emergency rooms. You want to see more supports for newcomers to learn English and find jobs. Some of these issues that affect our well-being are multi-jurisdictional and require advocacy to other orders of government to create change, or access funding.
How we'll build inclusive, equitable communities
The City is already working on this in a few ways. EndPovertyEdmonton provides a roadmap for a poverty-free Edmonton. Edmonton’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness was recently updated. The City’s First Place Program teams with banks and builders to develop townhouses that are accessible to first-time home-buyers. Abundant Communities Edmonton helps connect neighbours at a block level, contributing to neigbourhood pride, safety, leadership capacity, and a sense of belonging.
If elected as your Ward 11 Councillor, I will work together with you to build upon these existing programs, and continue to create more housing options and neighbourhood-based programs that can foster safe communities where everyone can live well. I will advocate to other levels of government on creative local partnerships, for example in supporting newcomer health.
In listening parties and on doorsteps, I've heard your visions for civic engagement.
You want to see Edmontonians participate actively and consistently in decisions that impact their lives.
How are things living up to your visions? You feel that there are not enough opportunities for Edmontonians to participate in decision-making. You want to see the input you provide go somewhere meaningful. You want consultation to be more than seeking feedback.
How we'll strengthen civic engagement
The City recently created a new public engagement policy and procedure, supported by the Office of Public Engagement. If elected as your Ward 11 Councillor, I will work with you to bring your ideas to life. I want to see greater collaboration, beyond mere consultation, with communities in decisions such as planning and development. I want to see the City treat communities more as a partner than simply an audience, providing support to navigate complicated systems of planning. We will work together to increase diversity of representation in civic committees, and take intentional effort to reach out to those who have barriers to participation, to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.Read more
On June 21, Summer Solstice, the first day of summer, and National Aboriginal Day, I took my daughter down to Victoria Park to participate in the celebration. I wanted her to experience her first Aboriginal Day, to listen to the drumming and bounce to the rhythm in the round dance. Among busloads of school children from all walks of life, we joined hands and set the record for the largest round dance in sync with other cities.
Our city, also known in Cree as Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ), or Beaver Hills House, is in Treaty 6 Territory. We have the second largest urban Indigenous population in the country. We also have large and well-established communities representing many cultures and ethnicities from around the world. According to the 2016 census, 26% of newcomers to our city come from outside of Canada. This reflects Canadian Multiculturalism Day on Tuesday June 27.This diversity is a source of prosperity and quality of life. It is a strength that needs to be celebrated and built upon.
At the 2014 Truth and Reconciliation Conference, Mayor Iveson declared it the year of reconciliation. But the work of reconciliation is not limited to one year; it is ongoing. Relationships in our communities can deepen, and cultures cross.
My own journey of working with Indigenous communities has prompted me to constantly think about my role as an outsider, a transplant, what I bring and what I take away. I have worked with Indigenous communities in North America for most of my professional life.
As a city council member, I will dedicate myself to the ongoing work of reconciliation, and to facilitate relationship building between Edmonton’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities. I will take an approach that combines listening to the perspectives of Edmonton’s Indigenous individuals and communities, combating racism, and creating opportunities for education and understanding.Read more
Bright orange and yellow headscarves floated in the crowd. I was among the crowd who walked from one Gurdwara (Sikh temple) in Mill Woods to another, as part of the Nagar Kirtan parade on Sunday, May 21. The Sikh community of Edmonton and their friends came together to celebrate the spring festival of Vaisakhi and the birth of the Khalsa, the Sikh community.Read more
No one ever said it was going to be easy. Most responses I get when I tell people I’m running for City Council are:
‘You are nuts.’
‘This is probably not the right timing.’
‘How do you do it??’
I never expected running a campaign to be easy, nor running against a seasoned incumbent with much greater name recognition. Nor campaigning with a 6-month old babe in tow, with another 7 months left until election day. But I actually think the timing now is better than ever. It’s like having a baby: there is no such thing as the ideal time. It is an exciting time to be in Edmonton, to potentially work with a new Council on forward-thinking projects to impact our city. I have made a conscious choice to run for office during my maternity leave, which offers a chance to redefine what it means to balance work and life.Read more