Episode 016 -
Theo van Besouw

In this fifteenth episode of Your Neck of The Woods Jacob and his co-host, Jason sits down and talks with Theo van Besouw. A councillor candidate out of Ward 2.

So sit back, relax, grab yourself a nice cup of coffee and get to know your future councillor at your own pace.

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Show Notes

If you get the process wrong the result isn’t going to be what you’re looking for and the costs are going to be higher than people will accept. If there was a theme to today’s episode with our guest from Ward 2 Theo Van Besouw that would be it. Theo comes from an engineering background so he knows how important the process is to get the result you want. One major reason your property taxes continue to rise is that bloated and unaccountable processes like the Green Line steering committee continuously inflate the costs of projects. The lack of defined project scope and Council oversight has resulted in Calgarians writing checks without knowing what the result is going to be.

Theo, Jason and I dive into how we can make Calgary run more efficiently and with more certainty moving forward. If we make it a priority to set up a similar process for all capital projects we’re going to be able to complete these projects at lower costs and with better public consultation. The change we need might stem from setting out specific goals as a council that we want to achieve in this term, as a hypothetical say reducing expenditures by 20%. Now that you have that goal you have a definitive, specific lens through which to view and make decisions on projects and policies that come before you. In theory, this would give the City Council more direction and allow it to function more cohesively as a unit. Whether this is possible is a matter of some debate, we all know politics can be an emotional thing but should it be?

An ideal me and my guest definitely share is that of a community helping community. We can be better, so many of us are struggling with food insecurity or a lack of job certainty and I feel that it’s my responsibility to make the community I live in and serve better than when I started. Theo works for an organization that provides assistance to those in need and as part of our campaign this summer we will be helping to feed hungry Calgarians in our neck of the woods. When you listen to this episode think about how you can make Your Neck of the Woods a better place than it is today.

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