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  • 5 reasons you definitely should NOT go to #OCanadaYYC festivities 29 June 2016
    1. You may be overwhelmed with your own Canadian-ness.
      Break your toques out and get ready to cheer your friends over pints of maple syrup (ok, maybe don’t get THAT excited, we hear maple syrup doesn’t go down that well as a drink). With events like our Aboriginal Powwow at Prince’s Island Park, cultural performances at Chinatown, and chances to dress up like a Mountie at Fort Calgary, at some point you will find it SO impossible not to gush with pride for our great nation that you’ll be finishing every sentence with “eh”.
    2. You might fall into a food-truck coma. With delicious treats from food trucks at Fort Calgary and Prince’s Island Park, we can’t guarantee you won’t fall into a delicious and satisfying food-truck coma. Indulge in refreshing gelato, flavour-packed Asian noodles and mind-blowing perogies. Fort Calgary will also be hosting a pancake breakfast and the first 1000 people at Eau Claire Market will get free ice cream.
    3. Your selfie game will be so strong your friends will unfollow you.
      Give a new meaning to #squadgoals by rep’ing Canada’s colours with 1,000 of your closest friends at the Living Flag photo opp. Send the most patriotic snaps you can with our #OCanadaYYC Snapchat filters. And get gym-selfie ready by hitting the free fitness classes at Prince’s Island Park. By the end of the day, your friends will be wondering how they can ever top your real-Canadian selfie game.
    4. You’ll discover so many great Canadian bands, that your next playlist will be too big for your phone. Experience a true Fallback Friday by checking out 80s & 90s hits from The Grapes of Wrath. Deep-dive into synthy indie-pop tunes from the Zolas. And folk-rock it out to the sweet sounds of Joel Plaskett Emergency. You’ll be so spellbound by the talent at the Riverfront Stage that you’ll be racing home to create a great Canadian playlist. But even if the playlist won’t fit on your phone, you can rest comfortably in knowing you got to experience it all live.
    5. Our fireworks might – quite literally – take your breath away.
      Nestle into your favourite fireworks watching spot, tune into 101.5 Kool FM and Wild 95.3 FM for music synchronized to our fireworks show, and end #OCanadaYYC with a bang. With a backdrop of Calgary’s skyline and the Canada Rockies, it’s likely that you’ll be left breathless, at a loss for words, or even shedding a single tear as you watch fireworks ignite the horizon.
    Submitted by Regan Ogilvie, Customer Service & Communications

  • New technologies increase accessibility for pedestrians 24 June 2016 Most Calgarians are familiar with the chirping sound that accompanies the pedestrian walk signal at many of Calgary’s intersections. These sounds are referred to as an accessible pedestrian signal (APS), and they help pedestrians with visual impairments to safely cross the street. Currently, there over 150 accessible pedestrian signals across Calgary. A new pilot program is hoping to add a few more intersections to that list, and use new technologies to make Calgary intersections more accessible.

    The City is piloting new accessible pedestrian signal technology at six different intersections across the city. New features include:
    • A locator tone, which is a soft audible beeping sound. It will always be on to help visually impaired pedestrians identify a crosswalk with accessible features.
    • Arrows that will indicate to pedestrians which direction they are crossing. The arrows have tactile features and vibrate when the walk signal is on, which helps pedestrians who are hearing impaired.
    • Audible tones that automatically adjust to ambient noise. Currently APS are only programmed to be used during certain hours of the day to minimize disruption to nearby residents overnight. Automatic adjustments to ambient sound will allow the APS to be activated at all times.
    Project manager Janet Ho says the project will benefit all Calgarians. “These new signals are a simple and effective way to make the city more accessible. Everyone should feel safe when they’re crossing the street, and these new accessible signals will help with that.”

    Two of the six new signals have been installed, with four more to be put in shortly. Over the next three months, the City will monitor how the new signals are being used to evaluate how the program will move forward.

    You can find the new APS located at:
    • Northmount Drive and 4 Street N.W.
    • 12 Avenue S.W. and 9 Street S.W.
    • 13 Avenue S.W. and 4 Street S.W.
    • Richmond Road and 50 Street S.W.
    • 7 Avenue S.E. and 1 Street S.E.
    • Riverbend Gate/Riverglen Drive and 18 Street S.E.

    For more information about the new signals, visit

  • Transport industry hails new S.E. connector road 23 June 2016 For Gene Orlick, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), the completion of the 61 Avenue Extension in Calgary’s southeast industrial area couldn’t come soon enough.

    Gene Orlick
    “We’re extremely pleased The City of Calgary has completed this connector project as it provides an accessible east-west link for motorists and truckers alike,” said Orlick, who is also owner of Orlick Transport Services.

    “This effectively accomplishes the goal of reaching the major distribution centres and transportation corridors in southeast Calgary on a timely basis, and alleviates a great deal of congestion on Stoney Trail allowing motorists to move freely.”

    “The motor transport industry will certainly benefit from this new roadway.”

    Orlick was one of the participants at an opening event that was held earlier today, June 23, to celebrate the completion of a new road which will help to open up an area in southeast Calgary to industry and business. The 61 Avenue S.E. Extension officially opens to traffic on June 24.

    The project included the construction of a two-lane road from the existing flyover at Southeast Ring Road to 68 Street S.E., a new four-lane road from 68 Street to 57 Street S.E., and a new four-lane bridge over Forest Lawn Creek.

    Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra also attended the opening and said, “The completion of this project provides for better transportation of people, goods and services, and will energize growth of future and planned development in the area.”

    “I’m also excited that the project provides for pedestrian movement along 61 Avenue, including a Regional pathway which will ultimately connect with Ralph Klein Park,” added Carra.

    Mac Logan, The City’s General Manager of Transportation, stressed the emphasis on environmental protection and improvements.

    “The project team made sure that the sensitive environmental elements were well protected, recognizing that the project would have some affect on local wetlands. Working with Alberta Environment and The City’s Parks department, all mitigation strategies available were applied to minimize any impacts.”

    Some of the key environmental protection initiatives included construction of a longer bridge over Forest Lawn Creek to allow for safer movement of animals along the creek and upgrades to the wetlands area along 61 Avenue.

    For more details, go to
  • Award-winners build bridges of understanding between cultures 23 June 2016 Shawna Cunningham and Jolene Houle are passionate about their Aboriginal culture, what it means for their communities and for all of Calgary.

    Left to right: Shawna Cunningham, Mayor Nenshi and Jolene Houle
    Today, the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC) and The City of Calgary recognized these two exceptional women with the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award and Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award respectively.

    These awards honour those who build bridges of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. 

    2016 Winner of Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award

    Shawna Cunningham is an educator with a focus on Aboriginal student success and empowerment. She is currently the director of the Native Centre at the University of Calgary. As director, Shawna expanded the centre from a place for gathering to a robust hub that offers programming and creates awareness for the greater university community. 

    Shawna’s efforts have built cross-cultural learning and understanding between traditionally Western academia and Indigenous Knowledge and Aboriginal Ways of Knowing. Shawna continues to promote Indigenous cultural activities and ways to non-Indigenous Calgarians inviting all people to attend and learn together.

    “This award speaks to collaboration, culture, and community and I am very honoured to have been selected,” says Shawna. “I’ve spent most of my professional career working with and for Aboriginal students in the post-secondary system and have seen the disparity between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community in the areas of education and employment."

    "To close the gap, I believe we need to seek out and build strong collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal and non-aboriginal organizations to ensure our youth have a bright future, full of opportunity and a sense of pride, peace, and wellness.” 

    2016 Winner of CAUAC Youth Achievement Award 

    Fifteen-year-old Jolene Houle is a Grade 11 student at Bishop O’Byrne High School. 

    She has been attending the Metis Calgary Family Services Society Aboriginal Students Program for four years and is passionate about sharing her Aboriginal culture with teachers and classmates. She actively works to raise awareness about both her culture and the social issues facing Indigenous people. 

    Jolene is a keen learner and has become a mentor and guide for other students in the program passing on her love of learning through teaching others. She demonstrates the values of the program through her continued participation and her eagerness to find extra ways to continue being involved. 

    This summer Jolene is taking part in the “Summer Media Program,” learning how to make and tell stories. Jolene has also been appointed as a delegate for the Miss Teen Canada Globe Pageant. She plans to showcase her culture, one of her talents and give a speech about mental health with a focus on Aboriginal youth. 

    “This award means a lot to me because it acknowledges my hard work to help others and their well being,” says Jolene. “It’s important to me to be involved in my culture because it positively affects my daily life and I feel blessed by having a relationship with the Creator.” 

  • Youth get unlimited summer recreation access for $50, half price with a youth transit pass 21 June 2016 If you are a youth aged 7-17 years, the Summer Youth Passport is your ticket to unlimited swimming, skating and gym activities at all City of Calgary Leisure Centres and Aquatic & Fitness Centres – all summer long.

    The Youth Passport costs $50 for access to City of Calgary recreation facilities and is valid from July 1- August 31.

    The offer gets even better if you present a valid (July or August) Calgary Transit youth pass at the time of purchase. With proof of purchase of a transit pass, the Summer Youth Passport is only $25.

    And there is no shortage of things to do. From outdoor activities, such as cycling our pathways or visiting our spray parks, to bubble soccer or rock climbing - there's a boundless supply of activities, indoors and out, to make the most of summer in Calgary.

    If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our essential summer activities list.

    Summer is a great time to get active. Share your summer adventures with us on Twitter using the #getmovingyyc hashtag. Follow us on Facebook for more active summer ideas.

    Time to pull out the sandals, put on the short sleeves and apply the sunscreen – it's summer!

    Submitted by Trudy Jardine, Calgary Recreation
  • Cycle track pilot – A year in review 20 June 2016 The cycle track network pilot project has now been in operation for a year. Since opening, we have continued to monitor and make adjustments to the project by improving parking and loading access and improving traffic flow so people can get to their downtown destinations. The Bicycle Ambassador team has been on-street and at events helping Calgarians understand how to walk, bike and drive along the network.

    With six months still left before a decision is made by Council on the future of the network, here is what we have seen from the first 12 months:
    770, 393 total trips counted in three middle 
    locations from June 18, 2015 to June 18, 2016

    • 770, 393 total trips counted in three middle locations from June 18, 2015 to June 18, 2016
    • 158,400 trips counted in the same three locations during colder months (November 2015-March 2016)
    • 68,000 Cycle Track Tips Guides mailed out to Calgarians and found in nine brochure holders along the network
    • 24,500 total interactions with Calgarians through our Bike Ambassadors to date
    • 1,811 messages received by 311 regarding the pilot project (45 per cent were received before the network opened)
    • 758 new bicycle parking spaces installed downtown
    • 130 net new parking stalls downtown (to offset the loss along the cycle track routes)
    • 27 per cent of people riding are women (an increase from a network average of 20 per cent before the cycle tracks)
    Project fast facts:
    • 18 months-the total duration of the pilot project
    • 6.5 km of separated lanes or shared space along three corridors (12 Avenue S, 8/9 Avenue S.W. and 5 Street S.W.)
    • $1.35 million under budget (total cost was $5.75 million, equal to approximately one LRT car)
  • Calgary Public Library and Calgary Fire Department unveil hot new installation 17 June 2016 Bring your children down to Calgary’s Central Library and let their imaginations soar at the interactive installation - The New Adventures of Engine 23.

    This one-of-a-kind exhibit gives your kids a chance to put on firefighter duty gear and a fire helmet and climb aboard Engine 23 to read, imagine and play. There is even duty gear for adults if you want to let your inner child join in.

    The top secret mission

    It all started with a secret mission under the cloak of darkness overnight on April 3-4. This involved taking the wheels off the truck and carefully moving it into the library where a wall was erected to hide the installation until the unveiling.

    Engine 23, once an active fire truck, is accessible from both the first and second levels of the library, and incorporates book shelves, a reading space and historic fire photographs on loan from the Firefighters Museum of Calgary.

    Storytime with a firefighter

    As part of the partnership, Calgary firefighters will also answer the call three days a week for children’s story time to encourage early literacy while also sharing important fire safety tips for kids and parents. Families (all ages) are welcome to drop in on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout June, July, and August.

    For more information on the exhibit visit or visit us at to learn more information about your Calgary Fire Department.

    Submitted by Sandra Sweet, Calgary Fire Department

  • Upcoming Green Line events this month 17 June 2016
    If you’re looking to get involved with the Green Line this summer, here are some upcoming events you might be interested in. Watch for Green Line LRT Ambassadors at community and cultural events across the city all summer as well. For more information on the project, visit Follow the Green Line story on Twitter @yyctransport #GreenLineYYC and on Instagram #GreenLineYYC.

    Speaker series #2 – How to build a transit village

    Join us for a presentation and panel discussion on Transit Oriented Development (TOD); what it is, why we’re using it and how it benefits Calgarians. Tweet us your questions leading up to the event using the hashtag #YYCTOD and we’ll answer some of them live at the event!

    Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    Time: 12:00–1:00pm

    Station area planning and an updated area redevelopment plan (ARP) for Inglewood and Ramsay

    Speak with City staff about how the ARPs are being amended to provide for the new Green Line stations. You will see the draft ARP and how your community’s feedback has been considered.

    Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Time: 58 p.m.

    Station area planning for Lynnwood/Millican, Ogden and South Hill

    Talk with City staff about the new area redevelopment plan (ARP) for Millican-Ogden, and how we have used community input to plan for development around South Hill Station. We will be sharing a draft plan and land use concept for Millican-Ogden and South Hill.

    Date: Wednesday, June 22

    Time: 58 p.m.

    Station Area Workshop - 9 Avenue N and 16 Avenue N Stations

    Tell us how you plan on getting to and using future Green Line LRT stations at 9 Avenue N and 16 Avenue N at a station area workshop at the Crescent Heights Community Centre. Register online at

    Date: Wednesday, June 22

    Time: 69 p.m.
    More info: RSVP at

    Space in workshops is limited to 180 participants and will span a period of 3 hours to ensure sessions are productive. If workshops are already full you will be able to participate through an online survey. Watch the website for more details. This workshop with have a walking tour component. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

    Watch our first speak series event, City Shaping, from June 2, 2016:

  • City Council to review mandatory bylaw for building maintenance 16 June 2016 What goes up shouldn’t come down.

    In the last few years, there have been several incidents of materials and debris falling off tall buildings, particularly in the downtown core. City of Calgary investigations into these events revealed that there’s more to be done to prevent potentially hazardous situations and protect public safety. That’s why the proposed Building Maintenance Bylaw was developed and will be reviewed by City Council on June 20.

    “It’s a rather unique bylaw in that it requires building owners and managers to be proactive in their building maintenance,” says Cliff de Jong, senior special projects officer at The City of Calgary.

    “It’s about establishing a minimum maintenance requirement that really does not exist in many jurisdictions throughout North America. It puts Calgary at the leading edge.”

    The bylaw is proposed to apply to buildings that are five storeys or higher and 10 years and older, which covers about 600 buildings in Calgary. It requires building owners to complete a visual assessment on exterior walls and roofs every five years and resolve issues that require attention. It is planned to be phased in starting in fall 2016 through January 2021.

    “I think this is going to be groundbreaking for Calgary,” says Adrian Breitwieser, a building envelope specialist with Entuitive Consulting Engineers. Breitwieser was a part of the stakeholder working group that helped to develop the bylaw.

    The Building Maintenance Bylaw stakeholder working group
    “It’s going to become a template for other cities all over Canada. What I hope to see is that the buildings that are in poor condition, and those tend to be the owners that really don’t pay attention to their buildings enough, their condition is going to improve.”

    Since early 2015, The City has been working on developing the bylaw with a team of stakeholders, including building owners and managers, engineers, architects, industry associations and affordable housing groups. The goal of the group was to find the right balance between safety obligations and preventative maintenance costs.

    “We had to find a middle ground to advance our objective of public safety while aligning as much as possible with current industry practices,” says de Jong.

    “The reaction we’ve had has changed over time. So when we initially started the consultation, stakeholders had concerns about the direction we were going.

    The committee met frequently and discussed the issues of implementation, what the scope should be, what’s in, what’s out. At the end of the day, The City and our stakeholders are comfortable with the content and the approach we are taking to implement the bylaw.”

    Gerry Baxter, the executive director of the Calgary Residential Rental Association, had concerns initially about the cost that the bylaw would place on the members of his association. Now, he’s satisfied that the bylaw will establish a minimum standard for building maintenance without being a burden for owners and managers.

    “We all wanted to ensure that our buildings are safe; that nothing is going to fall off the building, where somebody passing by could be hurt. Nobody wants that,” said Baxter.

    “The City did a great job of listening and they were able to incorporate a lot of that feedback into the final product. So we started with having concerns at the outset, many months ago, to a point now where we’re actually very pleased with what the bylaw looks like. And I think what we have now is a bylaw that’s going to be workable for everybody. This has been one of the best stakeholder consultations that I’ve been involved with.”

    If the bylaw is approved by Council, City Administration will implement an education strategy to inform building owners of the bylaw requirements and develop tools to assist with compliance.

    For more information, visit
  • Major paving projects rolling out 15 June 2016
    The City of Calgary’s Construction season is well underway, thanks in part to a mild winter. City crews and contracted forces will be working on over $39 million worth of pavement rehabilitation projects at over 140 locations around Calgary this summer and fall.

    Some locations of note for this summer’s construction season include: (See interactive map)
    • 14 Street N.W. from Memorial Drive to 21 Avenue N.W.
    • Northmount Drive N.W. from Cambrian Drive to 4 Street N.W.
    • Macleod Trail from 34 Avenue to 58 Avenue S.E.
    • Bonaventure Drive S.E. from Canyon Meadows Drive to Anderson Road S.E.
    • Edmonton Trail from Memorial Drive to 32 Avenue N.E.
    • 36 Street N.E. from Memorial Drive to McKnight Boulevard N.E.

    Every effort is made to schedule work during off peak hours and nighttime whenever possible. For more information on traffic closures, you can visit, or follow us on Twitter for up to the minute closure information @yyctransport.

    Citizens will also notice some changes to our paving website, located at This year we’ve added an interactive map that displays more details on individual projects than ever before. This map displays both City and contracted projects, as well as microsurfacing work planned for the 2016 season. Below the map there are also a number of project pages related to the major projects planned for 2016, and links to the major projects being undertaken by Transportation Infrastructure.

    Finally we would like to take this opportunity to remind Calgarians that the road is our office. We ask that you please adhere to all signage posted and help our workers get their jobs done safely and effectively. This not only includes slowing down in construction zones, but also moving your vehicles when you see no parking signs prior to road paving. Road construction is a very demanding profession, and with your help and patience we can make the job go as smoothly as possible.

  • Fun for the whole family in Calgary on Canada Day 15 June 2016 To help you celebrate Canada Day we have added even more fun-filled events for Canada’s 149th birthday.

    Prince’s Island Park

    Prince’s Island Park will be alive with the heartbeat of First Nations peoples as they showcase their history through stories, drumming and a traditional powwow presented by Bow Valley College’s Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre.

    This area will also host a military display where attendees can learn more about our Canadian Armed Forces and our country’s proud military history. Thanks to 41 Canadian Brigade Group, HMCS Tecumseh, Canadian Cadet organisations, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Military Museum of Calgary, this promises to be an informative and eye-opening new feature of our celebrations.

    Fort Calgary & East Village

    Come down and help win our record-breaking crown back from Winnipeg for the most participants in a Living Flag. Don your red and white and join us at noon in Fort Calgary to help create Canada’s flag for the ultimate selfie. The first 1000 participants get a free t-shirt.

    The East Village Street fair will have an array of vendors displaying crafts and artisan goods, plus a classic car show, Show & Shine, which features spectacular imports alongside classic North American beauties.

    Eau Claire Market

    Both indoor and outdoor entertainment such as jugglers, live music and the SHINE Youth Singers will be on display at Eau Claire. Food trucks, MarketSpotYYC Market and children’s activities running from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. will also be available.

    There is free ice cream for the first 1000 guests so don’t be late.


    Chinatown offers a peep into centuries of Chinese contributions to our country with cultural performances and culinary delights to tempt your tastebuds. Sien Lok Park is a great place to find an amazing view of the fireworks which will kick off at 11 p.m.

    Riverfront Avenue

    Riverfront Avenue will stage host interactive booths and food trucks, Francophone culture and food and an amazing concert showcasing homegrown Canadian talent.

    Olympic Plaza

    This area will be busy again this year with a market, a flower craft area, busker performances and a Famous Five picket sign craft and photo booth to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Suffrage movement. The Famous Five Foundation will help kids create their own picket sign to display their wishes for the world that can be shared via #myworldwish.

    This is only a snapshot of what we have planned for July 1. Visit for a full list of events and join The City’s Facebook event for all the latest announcements leading up to the celebration.

    Submitted by Roisin Haughey, Arts & Culture, Calgary Recreation

  • Scary near-miss a reminder to all Calgarians to slow down in construction zones 15 June 2016 
    Imagine walking down the hallway to the office photocopier and having to check both directions for speeding vehicles. Picture yourself sitting at your desk and feeling the tailwind of cars speeding by. For many of our construction crews, this is a day-to-day reality. 
    Michael Dejewski and Raiden Marshall experienced a near miss recently
    Sometimes the feeling is too close for comfort. In early May, Traffic employees Raiden Marshall and Michael Dejewski were marking lanes by 68 Street and 16 Avenue N.E. While Raiden was setting up the equipment, Michael was setting down the last of the cones placed behind their trailer and light board to alert traffic work was happening. It was at this moment when a speeding vehicle encroached the pair’s workspace.
    “As soon as I heard the screech I yelled at Raiden,” recounts Michael. “The car swerved around the trailer, I don’t know if it skimmed it or clipped the trailer, it all happened so fast, but the vehicle hit the curb, went airborne, came to a brief stop and then sped off.”
    Remarkably, the vehicle landed between Raiden and the Roads truck, yet it was still too close for comfort he says. “It’s scary — all you can do is react. The adrenaline was going at that point, when I heard Michael yell, and the screech of the vehicle, you know something bad is coming your way.”
    While this might be an extreme case, the notion among those who work on the road is the same no matter who you ask. The road is a dangerous place to begin with, and those who ignore construction zone signage are making the problem worse.
    What would Michael and Raiden like to see from motorists? “A little more sensitivity,” says Raiden. Michael adds, “when you see signs, understand that crews might be working in and around those areas.”
    "My Dad Works Here" returns in 2016
    Following Stampede, the "My Dad Works Here" campaign will kick off again in Calgary. The campaign features the children and grandchildren of Water Services and Roads employees and is aimed at reminding Calgarians that the people working out in the construction zones have families that they want to get home safely to at the end of the day.
    Please remember, when you are out and about on the roads, pay attention and slow down when driving through construction zones or near a City or emergency vehicle. Our fellow employees work there.
    For more information, visit

  • Deerfoot Trail - Not Just Another Study 14 June 2016 Deerfoot Trail is a critical road in Calgary’s network, and for thousands of Calgarians, it’s also a source of daily frustration. Congestion in Calgary is an average of 20 extra minutes every day, or about 80 hours a year, and although these numbers are actually better than every other major Canadian city, there are definitely opportunities for improvement.

    The City of Calgary (The City) and Alberta Transportation (AT) are taking a detailed look at at traffic and safety on Deerfoot Trail. Yes, it’s another study. But this study is different for two reasons:
    1. We’ll make recommendations for short-term improvements to address the existing problems, as well as a long-term improvement plan to manage traffic, growth and safety over the next 30 years
    2. We’re looking at a comprehensive range of freeway management strategies, many of which are new to Calgary

    The study will define and recommend a program of upgrades to improve predictability and safety on Deerfoot Trail, with a focus on making the most of the existing roadway, planning for future growth and aligning with the Calgary Transportation Plan.

    Public Engagement
    The first phase of public engagement is underway. You can give input online at until June 30, or attend one of six open houses across the city. Public input from this phase will be used to help confirm the problems we are trying to solve, and understand Calgarians’ priorities about where and how you use the road.
  • Canadian talent to rock on Canada Day 8 June 2016 For Canada’s 149th birthday party, we have an amazing line-up of homegrown talent that will take over the Riverfront Stage at 7 p.m. on July 1.
    Joel Plaskett

    The Grapes of Wrath
    Headline act rock veteran, Joel Plaskett is on tour with The Emergency to offer a taste of guitar rock work and draw on his memories of growing up in Nova Scotia. Joel Plaskett Emergency will be playing tunes from their album The Park Avenue Sobriety Test, which draws on Plaskett’s previous albums Three and Ashtray Rock, as well as several new sounds. This is Joel like you’ve never heard him – not to be missed.

    This year, the show will kick off with the upbeat tunes of The Grapes of Wrath who will be playing their best-known hits from the 80s and 90s as well as songs from their latest album, High Roads. Fans may remember breakthrough hits such as Backward Town, All the Things I Wasn’t and What Was Going Through My Head along with newer records like Good to See You, which reached the Top 40 in 2013.

    The Zolas will perform catchy pop songs from
    The Zolas
    the new album, Swooner, which are sure to get everyone moving with their sing-along choruses and danceable beats. Original band member Zach Gray describes it as the ‘realest, most fun album we’ve ever made’. Heavily influenced by Queens of the Stone Age and The Pixies, The Zolas previous albums have featured flashes of grungy guitars, Prince-like synths and electric pianos.

    Amazing fireworks display to end the celebrations

    Set against a breathtaking backdrop of Calgary’s skyline and the setting sun beyond the Canadian Rockies, the 2016 Canada Day Fireworks will hit the horizon with a bang at 11 p.m. This world-class fireworks show is synchronized with live music broadcast on 101.5 Kool FM and Wild 95.3 FM. so you tune in from wherever you happen to be. Stellar viewing opportunities along the entire Bow River corridor will make this a spectacular finale.

    This is only a snapshot of all that will be happening on July 1. Visit for a list of events happening all throughout the day, and join The City’s Facebook event for the latest announcements leading up to the big celebration.

  • Let’s branch out: tips for picking and planting trees 7 June 2016 When it comes to choosing the right tree for the right location, it’s easy to get stumped. Luckily, we have some tips to help you cultivate your inner green thumb.

    The right tree:

    • Hardiness: Make sure the type of tree you are planting is suited to our climate so it can grow and thrive. Wondering what works best? Here are some tips for selecting the right tree type for the area.  
    • Stay local: Trees that are grown locally have adapted to local weather conditions and will be more successful when transplanted.
    • Variety: Have a peek around your neighbourhood to see if one tree type is more common. Consider planting something different so that if a pest or disease is introduced not all trees will be lost.   

    We are proud to partner with retailers to help grow our trees. Use this coupon and save 10% on your next tree purchase at these garden centres:

    • Blue Grass Nursery, Sod & Garden Centre
    • Garden Scents Garden Center
    • Golden Acre Garden Centre
    • Plantation Garden Center
    • Spruce It Up Garden Centre

    The right location:

    • When: Ideally, plant your tree in the early spring or early fall when the weather is cool. It’s important to note soil, moisture and sunlight requirements; planting trees in the right conditions will give them the best opportunity to thrive, and they will be less susceptible to pests and diseases.
    • Where: Consider the size and shape of the tree at maturity and make sure it is given enough room to grow. One helpful tip is to not plant trees that will grow to be very large next to the foundation of your home, retaining wall or utilities. We’ve found this handy chart outlining what to plant in relation to power lines. And don’t forget to call or click before you dig.
    • How: Dig a hole two to three times wider than the root ball and as deep as the root ball. Remove the covering (container or wire basket) and place your tree in the hole by lifting the root ball, not the trunk. Straighten the tree and gently add soil to stabilize and fill the hole. Mulch the base of the tree to help with moisture retention and nutrients. Water new trees at least once a week if there isn’t any rain. The soil should be moist, but not soaked.

    Looking for more? Check out a video on residential tree care tips or learn more about the City’s tree and shrub bylaws.

    For additional information on trees, visit

    Submitted by Erin Smith, Calgary Parks

  • Six beautified Kensington blocks and more underway 6 June 2016 The City’s Kensington development project is moving along quickly, with six blocks of construction already completed. In partnership with the Kensington Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ), our crews are working hard to improve to sidewalks, trees, streetlights, and street furniture in the area.

    Visitors to Kensington can expect to see construction continue over the summer, but don’t worry - businesses will remain open and accessible while the work is being done. The blocks that have already been completed are:

    • The east side of 10 Street NW between 4 Avenue and 3 Avenue NW
    • The east side of 10 Street NW between 3 Avenue and 2 Avenue NW
    • The east side of 10 Street NW between 2 Avenue and Memorial Drive NW
    • The north side of Kensington Road NW between 10A Street and 11 Street NW
    • The west side of 10 Street NW between 2 Avenue and 3 Avenue NW
    • The west side of 10 Street NW between Gladstone Road and 3 Avenue NW

    Before and After image of the west side of 10 Street NW between Gladstone Road and 3 Avenue SW
    Brand new sidewalks on the completed blocks will make the area safer by removing trip hazards for pedestrians. We’re beautifying the streets by installing healthy new trees, which will also reduce annual maintenance costs. Street furniture such as bike racks, benches and newspaper corrals are being put into place. And new, energy-efficient streetlights will keep Kensington lit up at a low cost.

    “We know that Kensington is a popular destination for Calgarians over the summer. Our crews are working hard to keep construction on schedule while making sure you can still access your favourite businesses safely, with ramps and flag persons on site,” said project manager Erin Ward. “After each construction block is done, Calgarians will notice brighter lights, smoother sidewalks, and extra bike racks and benches.”

    Construction will continue on the remaining blocks of Kensington Road and 10th Street N.W. until October. To follow along with project updates and see the full schedule of upcoming construction, visit
  • In June we celebrate the special seniors in our lives 6 June 2016 Seniors are an important part of our community and every year, from June 6 to 12 during Seniors’ Week, we celebrate their contributions to making Calgary a great place to live.

    Province of Alberta recognizes Calgary as an age-friendly city
    This year, Seniors’ Week kicked off in Calgary’s Municipal Building with the placement of a plaque recognizing Calgary as an age-friendly city.

    Find an event near you

    With a variety of events across Calgary, this week is a chance to spend some time celebrating the older adults in our lives, thanking them for the difference they make. There are dozens of events being held across the city all week long.

    Some events are specifically for seniors, while others are for the whole family to enjoy. As well, there will be several conversation cafes for you to join and talk about how to address the issue of elder abuse in the lead up to the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event on June 15.

    Seniors take part in staying active during Seniors' Week
    This year, the Age-Friendly Calgary Steering Committee has released their first annual Report to the Community on the progress of the Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy and implementation Plan 2015-2018.

    You can find the most up-to-date list of events (including conversation cafes) online. Stay informed by following the Seniors’ Week Facebook event page. Check out all the events and find your own special way to celebrate the older adults in your life.

    However you chose to celebrate, please share your stories and photos with us on our Seniors' Week Facebook event page or on Twitter, using the hashtag #yycseniors.
  • Healthy citizens make for a healthy Calgary 3 June 2016 Let’s get moving YYC.  It’s National Health and Fitness Day this June 4, a cross-Canada initiative which encourages all Canadians to get active the first Saturday in June.

    “We are very lucky in Calgary to have such a wide variety of recreation and fitness opportunities,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “No matter your interest, there’s an opportunity for all Calgarians to celebrate National Health and Fitness Day.”

    To help keep health and fitness top of mind, Mayor Nenshi proclaimed Saturday, June 4, as National Health and Fitness Day, here in Calgary.

    Benefits of staying active

    Adding just 30 minutes of activity per day can significantly improve your physical and mental health. Benefits can include cardiovascular health, weight management, strong bones and muscles, and reduced risk of chronic illness. Physical activity is an important part of a daily regimen for well-being and a great way to boost your energy.

    Active Aging with Seniors Week activities

    No matter your age or ability, we, along with our recreation partners, offer hundreds of registered, drop-in and other unstructured activities for you to get and stay active.

    In fact, our commitment to Calgary’s older adults can be found in our Active Aging Strategy – which ensures there’s plenty of opportunities for Calgarians of all ages to remain physically, creatively and socially engaged.

    Watch for more opportunities to get active during Seniors Week - next week June 6- 12. What are you waiting for?

    Need inspiration to be more active?

    The diversity of the opportunities is as varied as our facilities. Visit any one of our 12 pools, 13 athletic parks, eight golf courses, two leisure centres, art centres, mobile or permanent skateparks, and arenas (just to list a few), and show your commitment to health and fitness.

    Need more ideas? Check out our summer fun list or #GetMovingYYC.

    Submitted by Lisa Fleece, Calgary Recreation

  • Teens take on adrenaline-pumping challenges in Fire Cadets and Bucket Brigade 3 June 2016 This summer, teens between the ages of 14 and 18 year of age (by July 1) from Calgary and surrounding areas can find out if they have what it takes at the Calgary Fire Department Bucket Brigade.

    Cadets Mamta Devi and Reid Zaharia each received the
    2016 ATCO Scholarship presented by Kelly McCann,
    Senior Manager Calgary Operations, ATCO
    The four-day summer program gives teens a chance to experience the excitement of firefighting while learning the basics of the technical skills needed for this adrenaline-pumping career

    Two program dates are being offered this summer:
    July 19 - 22 Tuesday – Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
    August 16 - 19 Tuesday – Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Registration is now open. Spaces are limited and are filled on a first come-first served basis, so get your application in as soon as possible. There is a cost for the summer camps. Subsidies are available through the Fee Assistance program for those in financial need (call 311 for details on how to apply).

    Fire Cadet program

    If your teens like what they experience at Bucket Brigade they may also want to think about applying to the Fire Cadet program.

    The Fire Cadet program is for youth aged 15 to 18 from Calgary and surrounding areas.

    Cadets learn the basics of handling a fire hose, operating an apparatus (fire truck), high angle rescue, CPR and vehicle extrication, among other skills.

    Beyond the technical, cadets develop important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, pride and respect while getting more involved in their community through volunteer work.

    Cadets can also apply for one of two $1000 education scholarships awarded by ATCO, a long-time partner of the fire department’s Cadet program.

    The application process will open in September and interested teens should go over the application now to get ready.

    Submitted by Sandra Sweet, Calgary Fire Department
  • Four firefighters who died in World War One honoured on 100th anniversary 31 May 2016 June 2 marks the 100th year anniversary of the death of John Gallacher, the last of four firefighters who were killed in action in World War One. The Calgary Fire Department will honour those four members at a ceremony at the Cenotaph in Central Memorial Park, 1221 – 2 St S.W. at noon on June 2. Members of the public are invited to attend.

    The Calgary Fire Department Honour Guard and a piper from the Calgary Fire Department Pipes and Drums Band will open and close the ceremony. The event will conclude with the laying of wreaths at the cenotaph.

    Fifty-five Calgary firefighters served in World War One. When they enlisted, they did so knowing that they would be able to return to their jobs thanks to a new fire department policy. Forty-Three firefighters resumed their duties in Calgary after the war.

    Four heroes who did not return

    Private Walter Bartlett was killed on the front lines while serving with the Canadian Army Service Corps in May 1915. He was 27. Bartlett is buried in the Boulogne East Cemetery in France.

    Private Arthur Bowden was seriously wounded in combat and eventually died in May 1916 at a base hospital in France. He served with the Canadian Pioneers. The 30-year-old was a member of Calgary Fire for two and a half years before enlisting. He is buried in the Ypres Resevoir Cemetery in Belgium.

    Lance Corporal Eric Burton was 22 when he died in May 1915. He was among the first recruits to leave with The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry early on in the war. He is buried in the Lijssenthoek Miltary Cemetery in Belgium.

    Corporal John Gallacher was killed June 2, 1916 while fighting with The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Gallacher joined Calgary Fire in the fall 1912. He was 24. Along with 55,000 other allied soldiers killed in the battle for the Ypres Salient, whose bodies were never recovered, he is remembered on the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.

    For more on Canada’s role in World War One, visit the Canadian War Museum website.