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Decals, ribbons for City of Calgary vehicles to honour essential workers

City vehicles will be adorned with a symbol in a show of support for Calgary’s coronavirus front line workers.

Coun. Shane Keating brought forth the motion at Monday’s combined meeting of council. It will see 5,000 ribbons and decals placed on the vehicles honouring Calgary’s essential workers.

Keating said it’s a public gesture of support.

“This gesture is for all doctors, nurses, character facility providers first responders grocery store employees, public transit operators city road employees, and utilities service workers, and trades people, and way too many to list them all,” Keating said.

“They supply us with clean water, fix our roads, provide our utilities, ensure our homes are working properly and keep store shelves full.”

Can West Legacy Corporation and ULS Landscape are two companies leading the charge. They’re providing the ribbons and decals at no cost.

“My staff have donated their time and this small gesture to simply say thank-you to all the front line and essential service workers we thought was the very least we can do,” said Sean Burnard of Can West Legacy Corporation.

They have been approached by other companies and are looking for others to help.

‘Stop and think about how you can thank those people.’

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the coronavirus pandemic provided perspective on whom we really need during times of crisis.

“I hope that we go beyond simple thanks and we really think hard about these folks who work hard every single day often for very little pay and very little benefits to make sure that we can keep the quality of life that we’ve become accustomed to,” said Nenshi.

Mayor Nenshi encouraged all Calgarians to pause and think when they see one of the ribbons.

“Stop and think about how you can thank those people,” he said.