Counciltalk, Transparency from City Council, Cannabis, and Potholes


Hello everyone!

Lois Walsh has served in different roles with the Councillors’ Office for 22 years, and she has served as my Executive Assistant since I began as Councillor. There is no doubt she has made a positive mark on Calgary and Ward 14. Thank you, Lois, for your service, and have a wonderful retirement!

…and welcome to her replacement, Lynne Banning, who is no slouch either. Lynne will be at Counciltalk if you would like to meet her.


The May Counciltalk will be held on May 5 from noon to 2 p.m. at Deer Park United Church (77 Deer Point Road S.E.) in Deer Ridge. I hope you can make it, because I believe it is a truly important exercise. If not, you can find details on the next Counciltalk at

Transparency from City Council

One of the reasons I created Counciltalk was that I believe Council members—and their decision-making process—should be available to the public. I am undertaking some work to make Council more transparent, and you can read more about it at


The legalization of cannabis is a huge deal for Canadian municipalities. We have had to react quickly to the changes coming from Ottawa, and we are trying to do so as thoughtfully as possible. Visit to read about the rules that will apply to Calgarians regarding cannabis.


Calgary’s weather does a number on our streets. There is no doubt. I am going to go into detail about our road maintenance, and how to get that annoying pothole fixed in my full column at

As always, please feel free to contact me and my team at any time. The best way to do so is by visiting

  • Councillor Peter Demong