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  • Midfield Mobile Home Park: What You Need to Know 20 September 2017

    Of the 183 mobile home pads that make up Midfield Mobile Home Park, 143 are currently vacant. As of September 19th, 40 pads are occupied and approximately 32 tenants are in the process of finalizing or making plans to move. That means approximately 8 tenants have not yet come forward with a plan to move. The City of Calgary commits to being available to work with those tenants to make them aware of available housing options and to connect them to appropriate resources specific to their individual needs. 

    In May 2014, tenants of Midfield Mobile Home Park (Midfield) were provided over three years advance notice of City Council’s decision to close the mobile home park on September 30, 2017.

    Closing Midfield was a necessary reality as the sanitary sewers and the water main are 40+ years old and now at significant risk of catastrophic failure. Such a failure would cause immediate and extreme disruption to the lives of all tenants. It would also result in significant costs relating to emergency response and accommodation. Simply put, The City could no longer delay closure.

    The decision to close Midfield Mobile Home Park was not taken lightly. Over the years, much consideration had been given to the future of the park and more importantly, the welfare of its tenants. However, it became clear to City Council and Administration that Midfield’s closure was the only viable option given the poor and deteriorating state of the park’s infrastructure.

    In closing Midfield, we recognize that Calgary is losing a very close-knit community, one with a rich history and one where neighbours take care of each other. It is an unfortunate outcome; we empathize with Midfield tenants and will continue to work to make them aware of the available support, resources and housing options.

    A Brief History of Midfield

    Midfield was first developed on land leased from The City in 1968 by a private developer who subsequently turned over its operations to The City in 1973. Calgary Housing Company has been operating Midfield since 2001. A 2002 engineering report initially identified the deteriorating state of Midfield’s entire infrastructure (ie. sewers, water main) and recommended replacement.

    Initial discussions with Midfield tenants regarding the park’s infrastructure took place in 2005 at an information session hosted by The City. This was followed by an open house and special meeting with a Committee of Council in 2006 that provided tenants with an opportunity to discuss six options being considered by The City to address the failing infrastructure. In 2007, The City committed to operating the park and repairing the infrastructure to the year 2012 while a relocation plan was being developed.

    In 2009, The City acquired land in east Calgary for the purposes of developing a new mobile home park (ie., East Hills Estates). Midfield tenants were informed of these intentions in March 2010. However, re-examination of the East Hills Estates development plan and its projected costs revealed significant challenges and increasingly prohibitive costs. This eventually led to the difficult decision by City Council to cancel the project in 2013.

    In 2014, tenants were informed of the decision to close Midfield on September 30, 2017 and of the cancellation of the East Hills Estates project. Recognizing these decisions would be highly disruptive and difficult for Midfield tenants, The City opted to provide them access to a multitude of resources and supports that met their specific needs. This work has been ongoing over the past three-and-a-half years.

    Midfield will close on September 30 2017. Afterwards, while The City will undertake legal proceedings regarding remaining tenants, The City will continue to work to make those tenants aware of available housing options and to connect them to appropriate resources specific to their individual needs

    Closure Facts

    • Replacement and/or repair of Midfield’s infrastructure is impractical and prohibitively expensive, given the logistics of removing the mobile homes and other structures in order to access the water and sewer lines beneath. 
    • Over the years, the cost to repair, maintain and operate Midfield have only increased over time.
    • Approximately one-third of the inspected portion of the sanitary network is in an advanced stage of deterioration, requiring urgent action.
    • Midfield is being closed to disconnect and remove the failing water and sanitary sewer network and to remove any existing improvements.

    Summary of City Support and Resources

    • Through the Midfield Closure Program, The City is assisting Midfield tenants with costs associated in relocating. This included a lump sum payment of $10,000, legal fees up to $500, and up to $10,000 to cover the cost of either moving or demolishing a mobile home. 
    • Whether in meetings or through one-on-one conversations, City staff, along with an external agency, have been making themselves available on a daily basis to help tenants with their specific needs, to answer their questions, and to connect them to appropriate resources. In the Midfield office, tenants have access to information on housing options and to a computer to help with housing searches. 
    • The Calgary Housing Company (CHC) has provided extensive support to Midfield tenants in finding potential alternative housing arrangements, including a concerted effort on CHC’s part to tour Midfield tenants through CHC properties. Various CHC staff have been onsite throughout this process including CHC Leasing Agents who continue to meet with Midfield tenants to provide information about CHC housing options and to help them complete CHC applications and forms. 
    • Perhaps more importantly, CHC has concerned itself with those tenants with low-moderate incomes in Midfield, as well as anyone else who requests help from CHC. In addition to making the availability of a new housing development in Bridgeland known to qualifying tenants on rent reduction, CHC staff have reached out to those same people to ensure they are aware of available housing options and connect them to appropriate resources. 
    • As result of these their efforts, CHC has been able to place 15 Midfield tenants in CHC accommodations thus far. CHC staff will remain available with information and assistance concerning housing options through the completion of the closure process. 
    • For well over three years now, the services of Homewood Health have also been made available to Midfield tenants. In addition to providing counselling and social support services, Homewood Health provides information on other rental or housing opportunities, connects Midfield tenants to social and housing agencies and resources, and provides assistance in completing what can be cumbersome applications and form. 
    • Over the years, Homewood Health has made concerted efforts to reach out to Midfield tenants. They have held housing information sessions where various housing providers were made available on-site to meet with tenants and review the numerous housing options available. In 2014 and 2015, Homewood Health called all Midfield tenants who were seniors, on AISH or rent reduction program to offer their support and counselling services. Finally, Homewood Health will reach out to remaining Midfield tenants once more, via door knocking, to offer their services before the September 30th closure date. 
    • As vacant lots become more commonplace with fewer ‘eyes on the street’, security and safety becomes a concern. Given this, The City introduced on-site security at Midfield which is now 24/7, and have installed fencing around Midfield this summer as an added security feature. 
    • Calgary Neighbourhoods will offer additional social work supports to Homewood Health, who is contracted to provide counselling and support to tenants, should capacity to meet the need of residents within the timeframe of September 30th become an issue. 
    • The City has frozen rent increases since 2008 to enable Midfield tenants with an opportunity to save money to pay for costs associated with their moves and finding alternative accommodations. 
    • The City has made an Advisor available to counsel Midfield tenants on financial and debt management matters on an as-requested basis. 
    • The City is making assistance available to those Midfield tenants who need help packing their belongings. 

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Why is Midfield Park closing?

    Midfield is closing because it is challenged by aging and failing infrastructure. Unlike typical residential neighbourhoods, the water and sewer lines are located underneath the tightly spaced mobile homes, making access, repair and/or replacement of those lines impractical. It would also be prohibitively expensive given that accessing that infrastructure would require that the mobile homes, garages and other structures be removed.

    Did Council consider other alternatives to closing the park?

    The status of Midfield Park has been debated for many years by City Councils who have taken great care and consideration in evaluating the situation. As far back as 2005, The City has engaged Midfield tenants towards considering several options in addressing the Park’s many challenges. Considerable time was taken to closely review and evaluate all feasible options before Council was in a position to make a final decision.

    Why did The City decide not to pursue development of the new park East of The City?

    City Council reviewed the feasibility of the East Hills project and determined that there were several outstanding planning issues relating to:

    • the preparation and approval of the area structure plan; 
    • the extension of utility services to the East Hills Estate lands; 
    • provision of a fire station in the vicinity of East Hills Estate lands; and 
    • provision of storm water management for the entire area. 

    Additionally, East Hills Estates could not be completed in the time frame originally proposed. Lastly, but most important, the costs to complete the East Hills Estates had increased significantly from the original estimate and budget. As result, City Council determined that the project was not feasible.

    In making the decision to close Midfield Park, was consideration given to the welfare of its tenants?


    Council did take into account the challenges faced by the tenants but it also has a responsibility to balance that with the interests of all Calgarians. Accordingly, Council opted to inform tenants three years in advance of Midfield’s closure, to provide assistance through the Midfield Closure Program, and to provide social services and housing supports through Homewood Health and Calgary Housing Company. Private operators will not generally provide this level of support when closing a mobile home park.

    Are Midfield tenants being assisted financially to help them move?

    Tenants were offered the Midfield Closure Program which includes a lump sum payment of $10,000, legal fees up to $500, and a maximum of $10,000 to cover the cost of either moving or demolishing a mobile home.

    Why isn’t The City offering market value for tenant’s mobile homes?

    The City opted not to buy out tenants’ mobile homes. Instead of buy-outs, The City opted to assist Midfield tenants through the Midfield Closure Program, which includes a lump sum payment of $10,000, legal fees up to $500, and up to $10,000 to cover the cost of either moving or demolishing a mobile home. Tenants who own their mobile homes have the option of relocating them if it is feasible to do so.

  • Update on Centennial Planetarium space 20 September 2017 The City of Calgary has been pleased to work with Contemporary Calgary over the past three years to work towards their vision to see the transformation of the former Centennial Planetarium (the former location of the Science Centre) into a future art gallery. This iconic building has both heritage status and symbolic value for Calgarians.

    In 2014, Contemporary Calgary was identified as the highest ranking candidate in the Request for Expression of Interest that sought ideas on arts, culture and heritage users of the building, although no applicant had the financial and organizational capacity to renovate and operate the planetarium. At the time, Contemporary Calgary was a recent amalgamation of three organizations (Art Gallery of Calgary, the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary). The City developed an innovative approach with Contemporary Calgary to enable them to phase their move into the building to coincide with their development as a single organization, and to facilitate their capacity to progressively improve the planetarium space.

    This innovative plan included:

    1. The City renovating the planetarium to base building standard for $24.5 million by 2018.
    2. Leasing 8,000 of the 42,000 square feet of the planetarium to Contemporary Calgary now to replace their existing space.
    3. The City operating the renovated planetarium for an interim period as a multi-tenant cultural facility.
    4. Allowing Contemporary Calgary to lease the entire building after the interim period, subject to Contemporary Calgary satisfying the conditions described below.

    This approach would relieve Contemporary Calgary from the burden of having to operate the entire 42,000 square foot building and responsibility for the base building renovation. This would allow Contemporary Calgary to focus on fundraising and building their operational capacity.

    The City shares Contemporary Calgary’s vision to become the prime tenant for the building once key milestones and criteria have been met. From the beginning of our discussion with Contemporary Calgary, The City has made it clear that in keeping with Council-directed policy, the following criteria must be met:

    1. The Society provides confirmation that it has raised 90% of the capital dollars required to undertake tenant improvements for the project (current estimate to upgrade the planetarium from base building to gallery status is $32 million).
    2. The Society provides evidence, through audited financial statements and business plan, that its operating model will not require annual operating funds from The City. 
    3. The Society’s business plans, financial statements and governance structure meet The City’s requirements for leaseholders of City property.

    As a diligent steward of public property, The City requires all leaseholders to meet these conditions before entering into long-term lease agreements. Contemporary Calgary was aware of these criteria and requested that these criteria, along with confirmation that The City supported Contemporary Calgary’s vision, be set out in a letter from The City to share with potential donors. This letter was provided to Contemporary Calgary on Aug. 25, 2017.

    To help Contemporary Calgary achieve its vision, The City:

    1. Undertook, at a cost of $2.3 million, a study of the requirements to bring this 50 year old structure up to the standard of a contemporary cultural space.
    2. Developed a model for the planetarium as a multi-tenant cultural hub that would enable Contemporary Calgary to achieve Phase 1 of its plan, while simultaneously achieving the milestones that would enable it to enter into a longer lease for the entire building.
    3. Allocated $24.5 million of Cultural Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding to renovate the base building. 
    4. Accepted the Society’s proposal to lease a portion of the building for three years with an option to renew, and to renovate 8,000 square feet of space to create a gallery for contemporary art. Access to parking and service areas are including in the short-term lease.
    5. Enabled Contemporary Calgary to hold fundraisers in the building over the past years by absorbing the opening and operating costs for these fundraisers.

    The partially-leased space, named “Temporary Contemporary,” was considered Phase 1 of achieving Contemporary Calgary’s vision. This phased approach was mutually agreed to, and promoted to Calgarians through Contemporary Calgary’s successive fund raisers.

    Over the past few years The City has made a significant investment in time and finances to support Contemporary Calgary’s vision, and is fully prepared to continue supporting this organization as it builds capacity to achieve its long-term vision. However, we would respect Contemporary Calgary’s decision to not proceed, and will continue our renovation of the Centennial Planetarium to become a multi-tenant cultural hub.

  • Volunteer opportunities with Calgary Parks this fall 13 September 2017
    With fall just around the corner, Calgary Parks is looking for volunteers to help take care and prepare City green spaces for winter. Throughout September and October, there are three different opportunities Calgarians can participate in.

    September 16 – Tree wiring in Pearce Estate Park

    Beaversplay an important ecological role in Calgary’s waterways, but they can also present some challenges especially when it comes to trees. The City’s practice is to strike a balance between the health of our parks and the well-being of beavers. So, to make trees and river parks unappealing to beavers, The City wraps tree trunks with metal wire. But we can’t do it alone.
    On September 16, citizens can volunteerwith Calgary Parks to help wrap trees in Pearce Estate Park.

    September 23 – Tree planting in Creekside Park

    Calgary Parks is partnering with TD Bank Group, as part of their TD Common Ground initiative, to plant trees in parks across the city. An opportunity to volunteer with this event on September 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at Creekside Park (12330 Symons Valley Rd NW) is now open to the public. To volunteer, please visit calgary.caand register under the TD Tree Days event listing.

    October 13 – Woody debris clean up in Griffith Woods

    Join The City of Calgary to help clean up wood debris in Griffith Woods. While some woody debris is beneficial, too much can negatively impact the forest. This volunteer opportunity is a way for citizens to help the natural environment and forest in the park remain healthy, and learn more about this sensitive and significant park. To learn more about volunteering for this event, visit Calgary Parks.
    The City offers many other opportunities for citizens to get involved in their community and help look after the city we all love. Consider becoming a volunteer, and visit calgary.ca for a list of wide range of volunteer experiences you can choose from. 
  • Questions about your water meter? We’ve got answers. 7 September 2017

    In most homes, there is a water meter that measures how much water is used each month, and the homeowner is then charged for the water used, as reported by the water meter.

    How do I know my meter is accurate?

    Water meters are mechanical devices – water needs to pass through the meter in order to record consumption. The City uses water meters that meet industry standards. Before The City receives meters, all meters are tested by the manufacturer at three different flow rates before distribution to certify the meter’s accuracy. The City also owns a state-of-the-art Water Meter Test Bench manufactured by MARS Company, an industry leader in meter testing technology. Calgary is one of a few municipalities to have that technology, and while other municipalities also test their meters, The City also measures the weight of the water passing through to further verify the accuracy of the meter.

    In rare cases, meters can register slightly higher volumes at certain flows than what is flowing through. In that rare event it would be a negligible increase, and it would be much more likely for a meter to register lower water consumption, as water meters tend to slow down as they age. This would result in a lower bill for the customer, not higher. Also, in this case it would not likely be a one-month error but rather show as a continuing pattern.

    It’s important to know that about 99.5 per cent of our over 350,000 customers receive monthly bills that reflect regular water consumption levels within their average range.

    Here is Chris Huston, Manager of Drinking Water Distribution, explaining how The City manages and maintains water meters for citizens.

    How can I check to see if my meter is operating properly?

    Your meter is typically located in the basement where your water service enters the home. The meter has numbers (looks similar to an odometer on a car) and a dial called a flow register. The dial and numbers shows water consumption. It’s easy to check if your meter is registering flow: have someone turn water on in the house, and watch as the flow register turns and registers consumption. If the flow register is turning and all fixtures are off, this could indicate that you have a leak. Use the high consumption checklist on calgary.ca/waterservices to help troubleshoot the cause.

    Who can I contact if my water bill is much higher than usual?

    Every situation is unique, but it’s not unheard of to see an increase in your water use from one bill to the other. You can visit enmax.com/water for more information or visit calgary.ca/waterleaks for a high consumption checklist that is an easy guide to help determine higher than usual water use.


    What can I do to make sure I don’t experience an unintentionally high spike in my water bill?

    Checking for leaks in and around your home will help ensure that you aren’t unintentionally consuming water. If you do find a leak or issue, it is important to fix it as soon as possible to avoid a high water bill associated with higher water use. Visit calgary.ca/waterleaks for a high consumption checklist, and for ways that you can save water. There are even more tips and ideas on how to save water around your home at calgary.ca/waterconservation.

    Do you have more questions about your water meter or billing? Visit our FAQ here.

  • Back to school: keeping everyone safe on our roads 24 August 2017
    It’s back to school time!

    As school doors open, traffic gets a little heavier on our streets. People are back from holidays, school buses and public transit are on regular routes, and more people are walking, cycling or driving to school.

    To help with the transition and share the roads safely, read our safety tips. Help everyone stay safe this school year.
    1) Observe Playground Zone speeds

    Playground zones warn motorists to take extra caution and reduce speed when driving near playgrounds or schools. Remember that the maximum permitted speed in Playground Zones is 30 km/h. The zones are in effect from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. every day of the year. Children do not perceive traffic like adults do – extra caution is needed.

    It is illegal to pass another vehicle within Playground Zones during zone hours. Drive carefully and watch for children.

    2) Watch for darting children

    Kids are small and easily distracted, and this can create dangerous situations on the roads. Be vigilant and alert behind the wheel. You never know when a small child might step out from between parked cars or off a sidewalk.

    3) School buses

    Make sure children wait at a safe location, well away from the road and stay back until the school bus makes a full stop and the doors open. Explain that they should cross the road at an intersection in a crosswalk, and show them how to cross safely. As parents or caregivers, consider parking on the same side of the road that the child is being dropped off on so the child isn’t tempted to cross mid-block.

    When driving your car near a school bus extra caution is needed; reducing your speed is recommended. If a school bus is stopped with its lights on then you can expect to see children.

    4) Travel by car

    Parents and guardians should respect their child’s school safety measures for dropping off and picking up their children at school. Every effort must be made to avoid collision and injury by refraining from creating hazardous situations of traffic congestion and unsafe driving practices within the school zone. Respect posted speed limits, and designated drop-off and pick-up areas. If possible park along the same side of the road so your child doesn’t have to cross the road – even if it is a longer walk.  Double parking, parking in crosswalks, parking within five metres of a crosswalk, backing into crosswalks, and not crossing at a crosswalk all create hazards and that is why they are prohibited by law.

    5) Travel by bicycle

    To ride a bicycle to and from school, without supervision, children must be mature enough (minimum 9 – 12 years old), and must have enough experience to interact with traffic safely. The rider should be able to scan ahead and check behind without swerving and know the rules of the road. See our bikeways and pathways map to plan your cycling route.

    6) Walking to school

    Many children walk to and from school. Parents and guardians must review road safety rules, as well as crosswalk safety with their children, and preferably walk the route with the children a few times to test their knowledge.

    7) CTrain safety


    Around our stations

    If you’re walking to one of our CTrain stations, make sure to look both ways for trains when crossing the tracks and, most importantly, obey all traffic signals. Motorists should also be aware of flashing lights and crossing arms when CTrains are passing through and not proceed until all lights and bells are off.

    Waiting for the train

    While waiting on the platform for the CTrain, please ensure you stand and remain behind the yellow line until the train has fully stopped. Never put any objects or limbs in the closing doors. Wait for fellow transit users to exit the train before get on and be courteous to others who may need more time to exit or enter the train.

  • The importance of pet licensing 21 August 2017 As good pet parents, we’re confident that our cat or dog will never get out of our reach because ‘we’re the boss’, but pet escapes happen to the best of us. Our furry friends slip through our legs when we open the door, make a run for it chasing after rabbits, or break out of the yard when a gate is mistakenly left open.

    The transitional period from the summer to fall is when the Animal Services Centre observes an increase in lost pets and strays through the shelter. This is often because it is a time of common transition; when people are leaving and returning from vacation and house sitters are monitoring pets, and when parents are busy getting children in and out of the door for a new year of school.

    The specialists at the Animal Services Centre can’t stress the importance of licensing your cat or dog enough, and offer the top reasons for doing so:

    1. It is cost efficient and easy

    Licensing and yearly renewal fees are inexpensive (and you can easily initiate or renew your pet licence online or by calling 311).

    2. It’s in the best interest of your cat or dog
    Think of licensing your pet as the ‘lost and found’ of one of your most important assets (your furry best friend!). Your animal’s identification provides vital information (which is linked through your cat or dog’s licence) that ensures a reunion (should your lost animal be housed at the shelter).

    3. It’s the law
    Every cat and dog in Calgary is required to be licensed under the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 23M2006, subject to a specified penalty of $250.

    4. It is for the betterment of our city and animals
    The licensing fees support the care of homeless animals, returning lost pets home and veterinary services for pets in the care of Animal Services, among many other supportive services.

    The loaning of humane cat traps is also offered through Animal Services, so concerned Calgarians can help in the retrieval of lost or stray cats in their neighbourhood.

    5. The Pet Drive Home Program
    Through Animal Services’ Pet Drive Home Program, peace officers are able to return lost pets
    directly to their owners when found (through information linked to the animal’s licence or permanent identification). Over 2016 and 2017, approximately 7% of lost licensed cats and 28% of lost licensed dogs were returned to owners through the program.

    Animal Services’ goal is to provide assistance to protect the health and safety of Calgary communities and the animal population, while promoting responsible pet ownership and offering services such as animal adoption, a no cost spay/neuter program, education and volunteer programs, and a full service veterinary clinic for sheltered animals.

    Licence your animal in person at the Animal Services Centre, by phone (311) or online at www.calgary.ca/animalservices.

  • Exercising with a buddy can help you achieve fitness goals 18 August 2017

    It often feels that we’re bombarded with the latest health and fitness trends but did you know there is one trend that has outlasted all the rest? And has a successful track record?

    There is a growing amount of evidence that supports the ‘buddy system’ as highly effective in reaching your fitness goals. In several recent studies, researchers have found that exercising with friends (or in a small group) offers many benefits beyond just the physical ones.

    Patty Grant, a twenty year veteran in the fitness industry and Recreation Program Specialist with The City of Calgary says, “It’s true. People who exercise together become each other’s biggest cheerleaders. You share challenges and celebrate each other’s successes.” Additionally, adds Grant, “It can also boost our commitment levels because we don’t want to let each other down.”

    While there is firm evidence on the benefits of exercising together, what about the fact that doing things together is simply more fun? This aspect is not lost on Calgary Recreation. In our latest edition of the Fall Recreation Program Guide, there’s hundreds of fun, group fitness opportunities.

    Grant mentions ‘Rock Climbing for Pairs’ and “Warrior Women’ as two classes that are customized for small groups. Whereas fitness classes that accommodate larger groups such as ‘Triathlon Training’ or ‘YYC Barre’, “We encourage friends to register together.”

    Bottom line she adds “When you’re having fun and working towards the same goals, you end up with both social and physical benefits.”

    To search or coordinate your fall activities visit http://calgary.ca/MyRecGuide. Programs begin September, so you have some time yet to round up a buddy or some teammates!

  • Keeping Calgary free of cigarette waste: #buttfreeYYC 15 August 2017

    Smoker or non-smoker, you’ve likely witnessed someone flicking a cigarette butt –­­ disposing of cigarette waste improperly (yes, that is a littering offense), or you have walked by butts that are the casualties of smokers in city streets.

    While in recent years Calgary has been reported as one of the cleanest cities in the world, publications such as National Geographic have decreed cigarette butt waste as the world’s number one litter problem, and the proof is visible in municipalities like ours.

    Not only is this an infraction of City bylaws, it’s an injustice to fellow citizens; not to mention hazardous to our environment, sidewalks, streets, pathways, wildlife and pets. In some areas, the accumulation of cigarette waste is a priority concern, and while we have many systems in place to manage waste effectively, the solution begins with citizen responsibility when it comes to littering.

    We are a proud city and we want to maintain the standard of cleanliness and safety we work toward collectively, so we are looking to Calgarians to help us maintain a #buttfreeYYC.

    The law & littering

    Improper disposal of cigarette butts is non-compliant with littering associated bylaws, including the Street Bylaw (section 17) and the Parks and Pathways Bylaw (section 27).

    From the Calgary Community Standards perspective; leaving litter, garbage or other waste material on private or public property is a violation, as these bylaws help keep communities and public areas clean and safe.

    In summary, the bylaws state:

    • Waste must not be disposed of on any public property, aside from in an appropriate receptacle. 
    • The improper disposal of burning material, including lit cigarettes, will result in an increased fine. 
    • If a vehicle is involved in a littering offence, the registered owner of that vehicle may be charged. 
    • Fines for violations of these regulations range between $500 and $1000. 

    Throw it away: proper disposal

    Cigarette butt waste at home

    The proper measures to discard of cigarette butt waste are:

    1. Cigarette butts should go in the black cart as garbage (they are not compostable). Ensure the cigarette is extinguished before throwing away.
    2. Cigarette ashes need to be double bagged, tied closed and thrown away in the black cart as garbage.
    3. Never flush cigarette butts or cigarette ashes down your toilet, sink or drain as they are harmful to the environment and may cause damage to the pipes in your home.
    4. Cardboard cigarette packaging goes in the blue bin for recycling.

    Recycling cigarette butts

    Yes, cigarette butts are recyclable! There are eco-friendly recycling companies that specialize in difficult-to-recycle waste streams and offer solutions to these problems. Calgary is one of six Canadian cities with businesses and communities working to recycle cigarette butt waste, including many Business Improvement Areas (BIA) lead incentives.

    In 2016, the International Avenue BRZ purchased six cigarette recycling units that they installed in key areas where a need was identified. Their team removed an average of 2,700 cigarette butts from the units monthly. The Calgary Downtown Association also utilizes a recycling program and collected 53,000 units of cigarette waste to recycle last year alone.

    Receptacles can be ordered through the recycling companies directly for your community or business location. For citizens looking to recycle independently; cigarette butts, ashes, and the foil and plastic found on cigarette packaging can be collected and mailed using a free shipping label through the same recycling programs.

    The end products of these programs include a variety of industrial products and objects (such as park benches or plastic pellets). Remaining tobacco is also recycled as compost.


    Cigarette waste receptacles

    The city centre is populated with BIA managed cigarette butt receptacles for citizens to utilize in the downtown area. In addition to these receptacles, many communities and businesses self-manage receptacles for proper waste disposal or recycling purposes.

    Hazards

    The leading cause of outdoor fires within Calgary is the improper disposal of smoking materials. As well, residential fires that start outdoors are among the most dangerous as they are often not detected by indoor home smoke alarms until the fire is well underway. As a safety protocol, the Calgary Fire Department encourages citizens to ensure that smokers in your home douse cigarette butts and ashes with water before placing them into a non-combustible container.

    As an added safety precaution, it is also imperative that smokers do not ash out or dispose of cigarette butts in planters, mulch or flower beds. The components of soil include organic material and can easily smolder for hours before igniting.

    It starts with you. Please think twice before you flick and dispose of your cigarette butt waste properly to help us maintain a #buttfreeYYC. Our goal is to see butts in bins and receptacles, not on streets, in tree grates or rivers.

    Filing a complaint. If you witness a bylaw infraction and would like to report it, please call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary).

    Join the conversation. We encourage citizens to suggest areas that would benefit from added cigarette waste receptacles by joining the discussion on social media with #buttfreeYYC.

    Consider recycling. If you’re a local business owner or a community representative, consider initiating a cigarette waste recycling program.

  • City of Calgary takes cREative new approach to construction 31 July 2017 Work on 17th Ave to replace water and sanitary lines, repair and rebuild the road and make public realm improvements including new sidewalks, benches, trees and street lights is well underway. Crews are almost halfway through the first year of construction and The City has developed with a new, unique way to help support business on 17 Avenue through this major construction.

    The cREative Realm is a new program developed by Blank Page Studio in collaboration with The City of Calgary to support businesses through the creation of artwork along the Avenue that will encourage interactive, playful experiences that will draw Calgarians to the area.

    “Unlock by Joanne MacDonald

    “A major consideration we made before starting construction on 17th Ave is how we could support business owners and make sure construction had as little impact on their businesses as possible,” said Logan Tolsma, Senior Transportation Engineer. “We’re making sure that Calgarians can still access 17th Ave during construction and cREative Relam will let people know they can still come down and do all the things they want to do on 17th Ave and more.”

    Artists will be working with The City and local stakeholders to respond to the unique situation of major construction in a vibrant, beloved area, using the characteristics of each block to inspire their art.

    “The cREative Realm offers opportunities for Calgarians to question, participate, explore and enjoy 17th Ave through the duration of construction with the production and programming of site-specific creative projects,” said Daniel Kirk, lead artist of the cREative Realm. “This creative process offers support to business by encouraging community engagement and excitement along the corridor during the construction season.”

    There will be at least four different projects that pop-up along the Avenue this year between Macleod Trail and 4 Street S.W. for Calgarians to enjoy and interact with.

    A bronze marker for 200 Stories

    200 Stories – Laura Reid, Mark Limacher and Matt Knapik
    200 Stories is the first season of a project called City High Fortune. It is comprised of six audio episodes linked to locations on the 200 block of 17th Avenue SE. Guided by bronze survey markers installed in the ground, the public is invited to participate in a digital auditory tour of the space. City High Fortune collects histories, curiosities, futures, and fictions; it creates new possibilities for place through music, storytelling, and sound.

    200 Stories is available now, with new episodes being released weekly. You can already find the bronze markers on the south side of 17 Avenue between Macleod Trail and 1 Street S.E.

    Keys hanging from Unlock

    Unlock – Joanne MacDonald
    Unlock is a temporary installation that will use construction and recycled keys collected from Calgarians and local business owners to form a canopy of dangling, flowing keys over the sidewalk on 17th Avenue between 1 Street S.E. and Centre Street. Drawing on its symbolism, the humble key will bring light to the area and business community by the individual and unique meaning and representation of each key suspended within the installation.

    Unlock is now on 17 Ave. Stop by and hang your own spare key!

    Kaleidoscope Eyes – Rebecca Reid, Randi-Lee Ross and Ryan Bourne
    Kaleidoscope Eyes will enhance the experience of 17th Ave between Centre Street and 1 Street S.W. by altering perception by using visuals, music and immersive art making with the intent of changing the way that Calgarians view a cityscape and the construction around them.

    The artists will build a large scale kaleidoscope that will be accessible to the public at multiple events later this summer. The kaleidoscope will show the viewer either coloured glass etchings or collages of photos of 17th Ave. While the kaleidoscope is on display during construction the public will be invited to events where they can use the kaleidoscope.

    Kaleidoscope events will begin in mid-August.

    Connect – Michael and Laura Hosaluk
    Connect is a furniture based installation that will be built live in front of Calgarians on 17th Avenue between 1 Street S.W. and 2 Street S.W. by world-renowned creative wood turner, Michael Hosaluk and his daughter Laura. Over the course of a week the artists will create hundreds of spindles using a bicycle powered laithe to create a sculpture. Calgarians and local business owners will be invited to help paint and connect all the spindles in a way that reflects their experience with the construction on 17th Ave.

    Connect will be built between August 11-17.

  • City’s new planning Notices aim to hit the mark with citizens 27 July 2017 Calgarians are often interested in learning more about applications to redesignate (rezone) a land use, or develop a site in their community. To inform Calgarians about these applications, The City of Calgary places a Notice (sign) on the property.

     A new Notice is being piloted this summer, and The City wants to know what citizens think about the new design. Last year alone, The City posted Notices for 1, 377 development permits and 436 land use redesignations.

    New template for Notice Posting

    “We want to build Calgary together. We can do this by helping citizens learn about an application, and encouraging them to get involved,” says Brandy MacInnis, senior special projects officer with The City’s Planning & Development department.

    “Thanks to the input received last year, the Notices were improved and The City is seeking citizen input to ensure it is simple, informative and directs Calgarians to resources to learn more or get involved,” notes MacInnis.

    A larger version of the notice is being piloted this summer and measures four feet by eight feet. These Notices may be used for large scale redesignation or development permit applications. In addition, a number of smaller Notices, measuring two feet by three feet, will be piloted in communities in Calgary.

    A few changes made to the Notices include:

    1. Plain language text that describes the proposed redesignation or development permit application.
    2. Visual map that clearly identifies the property included in the proposed application.
    3. Clear direction to resources to learn more or to get involved. 

      “We want to validate these improvements with Calgarians, so we’re hoping they’ll take a quick and easy survey before September 15, to tell us what they think,” says MacInnis.

      Calgarians are encouraged to take an online survey or provide comments at an upcoming Planning & Development event.

      Take our quick five minute survey by visiting calgary.ca/noticeposting

    1. Construction underway on Calgary’s BRT network 26 July 2017 Construction on Calgary’s new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network is underway!

      We broke ground on the 17 Avenue S.E. BRT in April and have begun building the new BRT stations for the North and South Crosstown BRT projects. Soon, we will begin construction on the northern portion of the Southwest BRT project.

      We appreciate your patience while we’re building these new transit projects. You might experience some inconvenience in construction areas, but we are confident that the end result – faster, more reliable transit service across all four quadrants of the city – will benefit all Calgarians, whether you travel by foot, bike, bus or car.

      North and South Crosstown BRT – Station Construction

      While the new BRT stations are under construction, some existing bus stops may be closed or temporarily re-located. These closures and re-locations will last about six to eight weeks. Check calgarytransit.com/service-updates and watch for signage at your stop.

      Here’s what the new stations will look like:

      17 Avenue S.E. BRT – Ongoing Construction

      Construction is in full swing on International Avenue and we’ve started work on the bridges to connect the BRT into Inglewood. When the project is complete in 2018, 17 Avenue S.E. will have dedicated transit lanes, wider sidewalks, boulevards, and a multi-use pathway to connect 17 Avenue to the Western Headworks canal and the Bow River pathways.

      Southwest BRT – Construction North of Glenmore Trail

      The City will be starting construction on a transit only lane in the road right of way at the southeast corner of the Crowchild Trail and Glenmore Trail S.W. interchange in the next few weeks. Once the BRT service starts in 2019, the new road will only be used by BRT buses during times of congestion on Crowchild Trail to the Glenmore Trail flyover.

      For more information on the project, visit Calgary.ca/BRT.

    2. The goats are back! 20 July 2017 For the next week, a herd of approximately 200 goats will be dining on weeds in Confluence (West Nose Creek) Park as phase two of The City’s targeted grazing program begins.

      Phase one was undertaken in 2016, and we’re excited about the results. So far we’ve learned that goats can be used in an active park without disrupting park visitors’ enjoyment of the park, whether on foot, on bicycle, or with a leashed dog. Preliminary signs also indicate that the goats have done an excellent job targeting a significant volume and variety of invasive weeds such as Canada thistle, hound’s tongue, and hawkweed.

      Phase two of this pilot program sees the goats return to Confluence Park so we can analyze the long-term success of using targeted grazing as a weed management tool. We will be focusing on how effective the goats are at controlling certain weeds, and how well they can do that without impacting the native vegetation we want to keep in the area. The goats will be visiting the park a week at a time, for three different weeks throughout the summer.

      If you see the goats grazing while you’re in the park, please keep your distance and obey the shepherd at all times. Remember to keep your dog on-leash as Confluence Park is an on-leash park (there is a fenced off-leash area near the parking lot). These goats are working and when people interact with them it disrupts their work and can cause them distress.

      If you are interested in learning about this pilot project please visit us online at calgary.ca/goats.

    3. 13 deserving Calgarians receive recognition at the 2016 Calgary Awards 19 July 2017
      On June 28, The City of Calgary presented 13 awards to recipients at the 2016 Calgary Awards. Mayor Nenshi and members of City Council were in attendance to recognize the many deserving recipients at the ceremony.

      The Calgary Awards showcase The City’s priorities of community, the environment, accessibility, and arts and culture.

      Highlights from this year’s awards include the Community Advocate Award presented to Cheri Macaulay, and The Citizen of Year award to Dr. Lucy Miller for her outstanding contributions to the community. The Signature Award, recognizing an individual who has brought significant recognition to the city, was awarded to Robert Brawn.

      Citizen of the Year Award : Mayor Nenshi, Dr. Lucy Miller

      Each year, individuals, corporations, community groups and organizations are nominated in five major award categories. It is one of the largest citizen recognition programs in the city.

      “It was such an honour to present this year’s Calgary Awards to some of the very best people and organizations in this great city. The leadership and commitment to community shown by the recipients is an inspiration for me and many, many people,” said Mayor Nenshi following the ceremony. “They make Calgary better every day, and I’m proud to call them fellow citizens.”

      Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award:
      Mayor Nenshi, Dr. Babins- Wagner and Grant MacEwan’s
      granddaughters Lynwyn Foran-Aebli and Fiona Foran

      The City thanks the following sponsors for their continued support of The Calgary Awards: Oil City Press, The University of Calgary, Husky Energy and Shaw TV.

      All Calgarians are encouraged to look to their neighbours, colleagues, community leaders and local organizations and businesses for those who could qualify as recipients of the Calgary Awards.

      Nominations for the 2017 Calgary Awards will launch in January 2018. Visit calgary.ca/calgaryawards for more information.

    4. 2017 Calgary Stampede & Parade – getting around and staying safe 6 July 2017 It’s that time of year when many Calgarians step out of their suits and into their boots, spontaneously yell “yahoo” and consume more deep fried food in one sitting than the rest of the year combined. As the Calgary Stampede approaches, we’re here to help you get there and stay safe.
      Photo courtesy of Alexandra Chubachi

      STAMPEDE WEEK


      Biking & walking
      From Friday July 7 to Sunday, July 16, cycling will be restricted on Stephen Avenue from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. If you are riding your bike, please dismount and walk it during this time.

      24 Hour CTrain Service
      ‘Round the clock service begins Thursday, July 6, evening and ends late in the evening on Sunday, July 16.
      CTrain Schedule during Stampede:

      • Every 5 – 8 min. – 6:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
      • Every 30 min. – 12:45 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

      Discounted Transit Day Passes
      The transit day passes are available starting June 1 at our Customer Service Centres, 7-Eleven, Mac’s and Safeway stores. Adult day passes are $6.50, (reg. $10.00) and Youth day passes are $4.50 (reg. $7.00).

      During the 10 days of Stampede, day passes will also be available through ticket vending machines located at CTrain stations. To validate the pass, scratch the day you are travelling prior to boarding a CTrain or bus. The pass will be valid until 4 a.m. the following day.

      Road closures
      There will be a number of road closures to accommodate events all over the city during the Calgary Stampede (July 7-16).

      STAMPEDE PARADE DAY

      Parade day road & parkade closures, bus detours
      Road and parking impacts on parade day will include several parking lot closures. Spectators travelling to the Stampede Parade are encouraged to walk, bike or use transit to get into the downtown core.

      Find a comprehensive list of bus detours and info on how to take transit to the parade on Calgary Transit’s website.

      Road closures and bus route detours become effective at 7:30 a.m. and end around 2 p.m.

      Viewing the parade
      We’ve reserved and will monitor eight accessible Stampede Parade viewing zones along the parade route for people with mobility challenges (canes, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters) and their friends/families.

      Space is limited, so get there early! Look for barricades and signs. If space remains in the viewing areas after 8 a.m., they will be opened up to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

      THE CITY IN ACTION


      Street sweeper critters have been a Stampede tradition for nearly 15 years, bringing joy to parade goers and youth at the Children’s Hospital that are unable to travel to the Stampede parade – the most rewarding event of the year, according to street sweeper operators.

      City staff collaborate across many departments to ensure the event flows smoothly and safely:

      • Parking and traffic control will be coordinated by the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA), Roads, Calgary Police Service (CPS) and Community Standards.
      • Calgary Emergency Management Agency will open the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and activate the Municipal Emergency Plan during the Stampede Parade to monitor and assist as required. 
      • CPS have collocated their Tactical Operations Centre in the EOC. This will help to ensure the facilitation of a collaborative, coordinated and multi stakeholder response.
      • Fire, Bylaw and CPS officers will be onsite and in communication for the duration of the Parade for immediate response.

      Other Useful Info

    5. The City to extend area closure in NW Calgary to continue monitoring coyotes 30 June 2017 The City has extended the green space closure in Panorama Hills / Hidden Valley (adjacent to Country Hills Golf Course) as well as the regional pathway in Panorama Hills (close to Stoney Trail) to reduce the risk of further confrontation between people and the protective coyote parents living in the area. The closure will be in effect until July 10.

      During the extended closure, City staff will continue to monitor the adult coyotes and their pups, and use different techniques with the pack to reinforce human avoidance.

      To date, the area closure has been successful in eliminating conflicts and allowing the pack to return to normal coyote behaviour. In fact, the closure has relieved pressure on the parents to protect their coyote pups resulting in the family feeling confident enough to move the pups away from the pathway, where the den site was originally located.

      Through investigation, it is believed that the conflicts between citizens and the coyotes due to den protection given the close proximity to the pathway. The protective behaviour was a result of the parents perceiving a threat to their coyote pups from off-leash dogs. There have also been reports of people in the area feeding the coyotes, which resulted in the coyotes learning to associate humans with food handouts.

      The City would like to remind citizens to keep dogs on leash in all public spaces, unless otherwise marked. Calgary has the most off-leash areas off all North American cities, boasting over 150 off-leash areas. Specific areas have been designated as off-leash to respect the environment and protect citizens and their pets.

      The City is working with a number of experts from the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, Alberta Fish and Wildlife and Coyote Watch Canada to address the concerns over aggressive coyote behaviour. On June 26, a training session, hosted by Coyote Watch Canada, was held with City staff to equip them with techniques and knowledge on dealing and co-existing with urban coyotes. The City will continue to work with Alberta Fish and Wildlife to ensure a coordinated approach on responding to public inquiries.

      Coyotes, just like other wildlife, are a vital part of a functional and healthy ecosystem in Calgary. The City is committed to keeping citizens informed about wildlife in our city, and equipping them with knowledge about co-existing with our urban wildlife.

      Next spring, the City will be looking to host some workshops for citizens on how to co-exist with wildlife. Calgary.ca, along with The City Facebook page, will continue to be updated with information and status reports.

      The public are asked to please continue reporting concerns regarding coyotes to The City through 311, and in an emergency situation where there is immediate danger, call 911. Please include the address or description of the location of the concern or sighting so City staff can visit the area to assess the situation.

    6. New on-street parking along Eighth Street S.W. corridor 28 June 2017

      This week The City will be introducing on-street parking along the 8 Street S.W. corridor between 12 and 17 Avenues S.W.

      49 short-term parking spaces will be available on weekdays during off-peak hours, weekends and holidays. The parking spaces will be established as two hour ParkPlus zones and will require payment Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

      These new parking spaces are being created as part of The City’s 8 Street S.W. Corridor Public Realm Master Plan. The plan’s vision is to make Eighth street a more economically vibrant business and retail zone, with improved pedestrian connections between 17 Avenue S.W. and the Downtown Core as well as providing more short term parking in the area to support businesses. The first construction phase of the vision was the Eighth Street Underpass Enhancement, which is nearing completion. This new parking serves as a part of the functional change proposed on the corridor, as shown in the Master Plan.

      The parking zone will: 1) provide convenient access to adjacent businesses and residential areas; 2) support a safer and more comfortable pedestrian environment by creating a buffer zone between pedestrians and faster moving traffic and; 3) not likely have any impact on rush hour traffic as it is only available during off-peak hours.

      Relevant Links:

    7. HandiBus Foundation donates eight buses to Calgary Transit Access 28 June 2017
      There’s nothing like the smell of a new vehicle and Calgary Transit Access customers will experience that first hand when eight new buses hit the road this week.
      Thanks to the generous donations that Calgary HandiBus Foundation received in 2016, eight buses that provide specialized transportation for persons with disabilities were donated to Calgary Transit Access.
      Donors were recognized for their contributions on June 21 at Calgary Transit Access. Maren Mueller was there to see the bus that she donated in memory of her husband Herbert. “My husband wanted to donate a bus because he used the service often. I’m overjoyed to see it, and I wish it a long lifetime of safe journeys,” she said.
      Maren Mueller (centre), bus donors, Calgary HandiBus Foundation board members, and
      Calgary HandiBus Foundation staff in front of 8 brand new buses
      Calgary Transit Director Doug Morgan was at the event to thank the donors. “We spend a lot of time talking about big transportation projects like the Green Line, but the service that Calgary Transit Access provides is the really important, day-to-day stuff that we do,” said Doug. “Calgary Transit Access is a lifeline to Calgarians who are unable to take regular public transit – we get them to their appointments, special events and school, and it makes a huge difference in their lives.”
      The HandiBus Foundation uses donations from citizens to purchase the highly specialized buses, which cost $90,000 each and last approximately 8 to 9 years. Calgary Transit Access provides transportation services to 15,000 Calgarians with disabilities who are unable to use public transit.
    8. Green Line route and stations approved by City Council 27 June 2017 Yesterday, City Council approved the full 46 km alignment and 28 stations for the Green Line LRT from 160 Avenue N to Seton. This is a major milestone for the program, and ensures that the Green Line can be built in stages as funding becomes available.

      We could not have reached this major milestone without the support of Calgarians. We would like to thank the community associations and business groups along the route, and the thousands of people who took part in events across the city over the last two and a half years. Your local insight has helped shape this program – from envisioning the development potential around stations to changing the route to protect community assets, and refining locations of stations for better access for customers. We couldn’t have done this without you, and we appreciate the countless hours you have dedicated to working with us to plan the best Green Line for Calgary.

      What happens now?
      Our focus this summer will be to secure the funding required to start construction on the first 20 km from 16 Avenue N (Crescent Heights) to 126 Avenue SE (Shepard). We are aiming to have shovels in the ground by 2020, with the first stage of construction complete by 2026. Visit the website to learn more.

      2017/2018 construction
      In December 2016, the Federal and Provincial Government committed more than $250 million to fund a series of Enabling Works for the Green Line LRT for 2017/18. These projects will clear the path for future Green Line construction, and include utility relocations, land preparation, environmental remediation and transit improvements.

      Some projects are anticipated to begin this summer. Please check the website for details.

      Next steps – fall 2017 & beyond
      We will be back in the fall to talk to communities within the stage 1 construction area to further refine the design and plan for construction.

      Planning will continue on future stages of the Green Line LRT as well as the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) work in the north.

      Area Redevelopment Plans and Station Area Plans will continue to be refined in the southeast, and will be presented to Council in 2018.
      Fast Facts on Green Line:

      Full Green Line

      • 46 km – full Green Line route
      • 28 Stations in total
      • At full community build-out, the Green Line will carry an estimated 240,000 trips per day

      Stage 1 construction

      • 20 km
      • 14 stations
      • 8 bridges (Elbow River, Blackfoot Trail, Highfield Blvd, 46 Avenue SE, Deerfoot Trail, Bow River, 78 Avenue SE and 90 Avenue SE)
      • 1 km of elevated track between Inglewood/Ramsay to 26 Avenue stations
      • 4 km Centre City tunnel from 20 Avenue N to Macleod Trail
      • 1 light rail vehicle (LRV) Maintenance and Storage Facility north of 126 Avenue SE (Shepard)
      • Approximately 70 low floor vehicles
      • $4.65 billion capital construction cost

      To follow the Green Line story, visit our website or subscribe to newsletter updates.

    9. Award-winners recognized for their commitment to education, community and Aboriginal culture 22 June 2017 Elaine Cairns and Latasha Calf Robe love to share their passion for education, literacy and learning for their community.

      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. Now in its 31st year, these awards honour those who build bridges of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures.

      2017 Winner of Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award


      Elaine Cairns, 2017 recipient of the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award

      Elaine Cairns is a literacy specialist who has developed curricula and facilitator training for Indigenous learning programs. Elaine is currently the executive director of the Further Education Society of Alberta (FESA), which she co-founded in 1996.

      Elaine has worked with isolated communities, and provided mentoring and facilitator training for Indigenous community workers and trainers. The curricula she has worked on embraces Aboriginal traditions and focuses on sharing of information. In the acknowledgement that community is different, she works with community members to incorporate the knowledge of Elders about how to share the traditions and culture. With these learning programs, families are then able to share, teach, and build relationships within and outside their communities.

      “As a Non-Indigenous person, I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious award. It reaffirms for me the importance of the work I do in Indigenous communities”, says Elaine. “I have learned more from Indigenous people than they have ever learned from me. I have learned the importance of patience, to listen, be resilient, to persevere, and always have a connection to culture and traditions.”

      Elaine’s efforts have opened the door to understanding the importance of working together to improve literacy in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures. She believes improved learning leads to improved lives and with passion and dedication we can bring literacy and learning to everyone. Making a difference, one learner, one community, one organization at a time.

      2016 Winner of CAUAC Youth Achievement Award


      Latasha Calf Robe, 2017 recipient of the CAUAC Youth Achievement Award

      Latasha Calf Robe, 24, is a graduate of Mount Royal University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and a minor in Indigenous Studies and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Latasha is a proud Blackfoot student from the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta and is being recognized for utilizing traditional community teachings. In founding the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) Resiliency and Empowerment Discussion Group in 2016, Latasha created a positive space for the Mount Royal community — a place to celebrate Indigenous resiliency and empower her peers. Her academic work and leadership has helped bring the community together to bridge generational, cultural, and ethnic differences through dialogue and storytelling. She was a featured panelist at an Access to Education, hosted by Mount Royal University, to discuss barriers Aboriginal students encounter at post-secondary institutions and how to overcome them.

      This year, she also presented the student address at Mount Royal University for the visit of the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Aside from her academic achievements, Latasha’s involvement with student life demonstrate her strong desire and deep commitment to education, culture and her community.

      “Winning this award allows me to represent my community, the Blood Reserve, in a positive way. I hope to empower and encourage other young Indigenous scholars and youth to iiykakimaat (try hard), and to never stop chasing their dreams,” says Latasha. “There is no goal too big. By using the resiliency and traditional ways taught to us by our elders, parents and community, anything is possible.”

    10. The City celebrates World Wi-Fi Day 20 June 2017
      Today is World Wi-Fi Day, a day to recognize and celebrate the significant role Wi-Fi is playing in connecting cities and communities around the world. It is hard to believe that the Internet has been around since 1969 and last year the Internet got its very own global day of recognition.

      Did you know that The City has a Public Wi-Fi program that provides Wi-Fi service to over 65 City facilities and locations using the Shaw Go WiFi network? Since last year, when Mayor Nenshi acknowledged June 20 as World Wi-Fi Day, over 8,200,000 guest connections have been made using the Shaw Go WiFi network.

      The public Wi-Fi service started in 2013 and is available to all members of the public at no charge. Below are some interesting facts about The City’s public Wi-Fi program.

      The top LRT Stations where Calgarians use public Wi-Fi are:

      • Chinook LRT Station 
      • Marlborough LRT Station 
      • City Hall LRT Station 
      • Rundle LRT Station 
      • Whitehorn LRT Station

      The top City facilities where Calgarians use public Wi-Fi are:

      • Southland Leisure Centre 
      • Calgary Soccer Centre 
      • Village Square Leisure Centre 
      • Devonian Gardens 
      • Henry Viney/Stew Hendry Arenas 

      The City has been working with Shaw to expand its public Wi-Fi program to make it easier for Calgarians to stay connected while travelling around Calgary. Coming in early July all LRT stations in Calgary will have public Wi-Fi access using the Shaw Go WiFi network. Learn how you can connect to this free service by visiting the Public Wi-Fi program.

     




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