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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Community banners celebrate Canadian pride, passion and heritage 11 July 2017 In partnership with Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), The City is celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday by installing colourful outdoor banners in in communities, City parks, streets and boulevards.
    Saskatoon pie, Nanaimo bars, butter tarts and maple syrup are all delicious Canadian inventions

    Every year, The City and ACAD collaborate on a project to showcase the diversity and quality of work from students, while enlivening City buildings, parks, roads and other public spaces. This year was even more special as twelve students were asked to design 50 different designs to celebrate and inspire pride, passion, and our Canadian heritage. The designs are based on five themes: Aboriginal heritage; Canadian architecture, famous inventors and inventions; landscapes and land management; and transportation.

    The students’ designs, which also incorporate colours from Heritage Canada’s official 150th anniversary logo, will be proudly on display around the city until summer 2018 as part of The City’s Canada 150 community banner program.

    Installation of the banners, kindly supported by Arbor-Tech Utility Services Ltd., started mid-April and will be completed in time for Canada Day. On July 1, the banners will be on display at Confederation Park as part of the Canada Day festivities at the park.

    The City would also like to thank and recognize the Vecova Youth Transition Program and students from Queen Elizabeth High School’s returning grade 12 class for their help sorting the banners in preparation for installation.”

    Flowers, also inspired by the Canada 150 theme, will be on display in City parks and communities as another way to celebrate and recognize Canada’s milestone birthday and further enhance the beauty of our city.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Play area, public art, new trees and a rain garden all part of the 4 Avenue Flyover project’s final concepts 15 June 2017 Students from Langevin Science School, the University of Calgary’s Landscape Architecture program, with support from The City, unveiled their final concept for the green space under the 4 Avenue N.E. Flyover.

    The final design includes safety elements, public art, play opportunities and a rain garden which will all enhance the walkway between Bridgeland Riverside and Calgary’s downtown and river pathway network.


    After reviewing the public’s top choices of the six concepts that were presented in April, a final design was created from those preferred components, along with technical advice from City experts.

    These final design features are:

    • Better lighting
    • Play area and adventure play opportunities
    • Colourful public art – including a community banner on the flyover
    • New trees, organized to feel like an orchard
    • A rain garden to clean and slow storm water 
    • A boardwalk through the rain garden (wheelchair accessible) 
    • Street art created to be playful and allow students to leave their mark. 
    • Shipping container artist spaces 
    • Location for an artist to create a gateway feature
    • An inclusive space to gather and play games

    The project will be funded through grant applications, some existing City programs and community donations and will be built as budget becomes available and according to opportunities for greatest impact. To-date, the project has already been awarded a Soul of the City grant, a local developer is donating rocks for the rain garden and The City will be planting carefully selected trees for the environment near Memorial Drive.

    The City would like to say thank you to our many partners in the community, Langevin Science School and University of Calgary for giving life and ideas to this hidden opportunity.

    To learn more about the project, visit Calgary.ca/flyover.

  • Four things you need to know about the Community Standards Bylaw 13 June 2017 When you ask Calgarians what they love about this city, the answer is often “the people.” While most of us do our best to be good neighbours, sometimes we need a little guidance to do the right thing. That’s where the Community Standards Bylaw comes in.

    Updated at the end of 2016, the bylaw promotes good neighbour relationships and addresses community concerns by regulating noise, fire pit use, untidy properties, weeds and grass, graffiti and nuisances. When we engaged with citizens as part of our bylaw review, we heard the concerns many of you expressed about outdoor concert bass sound levels, wood-burning fire pits, upkeep of properties and delivery of flyers to homes with “no junk mail” signs. We made a number of amendments to address these concerns, and brought in other changes to make the bylaw easier to understand and use.

    1. Fire Pits

    Did you know that the Community Standards Bylaw lays out the requirements for using backyard wood-burning fire pits? The new regulations for fire pits include:

    • Using a mesh screen or spark guard to reduce the spread of embers and sparks
    • Extinguishing the flame by midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends
    • Increased fines for unsafe fires and burning prohibited materials

    The bylaw still covers other aspects of using wood-burning fire pits, such as:

    • Restricting the height of the flame to one metre
    • Building a fire pit out of acceptable materials and within maximum size limits
    • Listing materials that cannot be burned
    • Ensuring the fire pit is at least two metres from other structures and is not under a tree or overhanging branches
    • Ensuring you have a means of extinguishing the fire on hand and that you put it out before you leave it unattended

    2. Noise

    While many Calgarians love their outdoor concerts and festivals, there are those who prefer peace and quiet. The Community Standards Bylaw helps reduce noise concerns for Calgarians by regulating the maximum sound levels that outdoor concerts can reach when measured from a home. The bylaw sets a new limit of 85 dBC for outdoor concert sound to reduce the impact of bass music while still allowing concert goers to enjoy the experience. Mid- and high-frequency sound still has a limit of 65 dBA. There are also increased fines for noise exceeding allowable limits.


    3. Flyers

    While some Calgarians appreciate getting information from organizations around the city others consider flyers junk mail. Flyers, including non-commercial flyers, cannot be delivered to homes with “no flyer” signs. There are a few exemptions, however, so you’ll still get election advertising, newspaper subscriptions, community newsletters, and information provided by government and elected officials.


    4. Upkeep of properties

    Calgary is known as one of the world’s most desirable cities to live in, and pride of ownership plays a big part in that. Since we can have different opinions on what is considered unsightly, the Community Standards Bylaw sets out rules based on what most people consider reasonable when it comes to upkeep of properties. We’ve increased the fines for bylaw violations. This helps maintain the deterrent effect for offences that cause an unsightly condition, create a public safety concern or attract pests. This includes long grass and weeds, and accumulation of building materials stored improperly, offensive materials and harmful fluids.


    Want to know more or have a concern or complaint?

    Read the Community Standards Bylaw, or call 311 for more information. To log a complaint about these and other bylaw infractions, call 311, or submit a service request using our 311 app or on The City’s web site.

  • Crews make a clean sweep of city roads 12 June 2017
    Have you finished your spring cleaning yet? After sweeping nearly 15,000 lane kilometres of roadway around the city, crews have successfully completed another Spring Clean-up program. This year, sweeping began April 3, and the final routes were completed last week.


    Due to the timing of snowfall in winter, and colder temperatures in spring, City crews predicted in March that they would sweep up more winter sanding materials from Calgary’s roads this year. That prediction turned out to be correct. In total, crews swept up over 40,000 cubic metres of material, more than double the 18,000 cubic metres collected last spring.

    According to Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch, the increase in material collected is due to the increase in winter sanding material put on the roads.


    “When we receive snowfall in colder temperatures, crews need to put a salt-gravel mixture on the roads to provide traction for vehicles. Making our roads safe in winter means putting down the right type and right amount of material. But to keep our roads safe throughout spring and summer, we need to pick that material up again,” said Biensch.


    Spring Clean-up is an annual initiative to improve safety and mobility on Calgary roads. Removing sanding materials and debris from the roads also protects the environment by ensuring less material enters our river system.


    “We would like to thank Calgarians for moving vehicles and bins from the road during sweeping this year so that crews could get the job done,” said Biensch. In some neighbourhoods, up to 90% of vehicles and bins were removed from the road. However, compliance was as low as 30% in other neighbourhoods, which means Calgarians may still be seeing gravel in those areas. Crews will be conducting re-sweeps where necessary over the next few months.


    With Spring Clean-up now complete, crews will spend the summer working on filling potholes, maintaining boulevards, and repairing back lanes.


    To find out more about other City of Calgary Roads Maintenance programs, visit calgary.ca/roads or contact 311.

  • Gravel lanes, potholes, and sidewalk repair part of summer maintenance plan 12 June 2017
    Now that spring street sweeping is complete, Calgarians can expect to see Roads crews working on a variety of summer maintenance projects. Gravel lane repair is a major summer project taking place across the city.

    All gravel lanes in Calgary will be inspected, and those requiring maintenance will be graded and 
    repaired. Issues that crews will be looking for include severe drainage issues, low or high manholes, excavation issues, and sinkholes.


    Watch for gravel lane signs around your neighbourhood to stay aware of when work is being done, and when vehicles need to be moved. If the lane remains blocked when work is scheduled, crews may not be able to complete the repairs.

    “Just like during Spring Clean-up, we need help from Calgarians to get our summer maintenance work done,” said Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch. “Give crews plenty of rooms to work, whether it’s on a road, sidewalk, back lane, or boulevard. Pay attention to gravel lane repair signs in your community, and remove vehicles, bins, and any other obstacles from the lane when crews are working.”

    Other summer maintenance work includes:

    ·                     Repairs to sidewalks, curbs and gutters, guard rails, fences, and concrete barriers

    ·                     Repairs to roadway surfaces, such as cracks, manholes, potholes, and sinkholes

    ·                     Maintaining over 1,400 hectares of boulevard green space along major roadways

    ·                     Returning to some areas for additional summer street sweeping

    The best time to repair potholesis when pavement is dry and the temperatures are warm. You can help crews more easily locate potholes by reporting them with the 311 app and including a photo.

    Boulevard maintenance includes monthly mowing, spraying for weeds, and pest management.  Crews also respond to concerns about litter, long grass, dandelions and other weeds.

    Sidewalk repair is another major part of summer maintenance work. Repairs are prioritized according to severity and safety implications. Crews repair sidewalk cracks, sunken concrete, and tree root distortion.

    Calgarians are encouraged to contact 311 via phone, web, or the app to report potholes or sidewalks in need of repair.

  • Two transportation projects keep south Calgary communities connected 12 June 2017
    As south Calgary continues to grow and develop with people and communities, the City of Calgary wants to make sure these communities are well connected.

    That’s why construction has now begun on a connector road between Macleod Trail and Sheriff King Street, ultimately connecting to Spruce Meadows Way.

    The new road will provide access to communities west of the CPR tracks and future growth areas in the West Macleod region, identified as a Priority Growth Area by City Council. It’s anticipated that the area will eventually have a population of more than 30,000 people.

    “This project provides for b

    etter transportation of people, goods and services, and will energize growth of future and planned development in the area,” said Project Manager Nik Danilov. “By investing in this roadway, the City is building the infrastructure that we know we’re going to need in the future, and allow people and communities to connect more easily.”

    Crews will construct a four-lane divided roadway with multi-use pathways on both sides and will overpass the CPR tracks and future LRT tracks. There will also be some modifications to the intersections at Macleod Trail and at Sheriff King Street.

    The City places a high value on the natural environment and is committed to achieving environmental sustainability. This includes a unique wildlife corridor underneath the new road through a large wetland area known as the Priddis Slough. Working with Alberta Environment and The City’s Parks department, plans have been put in place to minimize any environmental impacts.

    Project completion is anticipated to be late 2018. For details about this project, visit www.calgary.ca/macleod194ave.

    Meanwhile, with work currently underway on the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR), the City wants to ensure that strong connections are maintained for local communities.

    As a result, the City has now started construction on widening Spruce Meadows Way S.W. to four lanes between the SWCRR and 194 Avenue SW. This will provide improved access for surrounding communities, including Silverado, area businesses and future development areas.

    “We want to make sure that current and future communities in south Calgary remain connected to the existing road network, especially during the construction of the Southwest Ring Road,” said Julie Radke, Manager of Ring Road Integration. “These improvements provide more efficient movement of people and goods and another option for motorists travelling to and from the ring road.”

    This project will also provide better traffic flow and access into the Spruce Meadows event centre, attended by thousands of Calgarians annually. Construction is currently underway on the northbound lanes of Spruce Meadows Way while construction on southbound lanes is being planned for September. Project completion is anticipated to be late 2017.

    The Government of Alberta has committed to completing the Southwest portion of the Ring Road. Although the majority of these construction costs will be covered by the Province, the City is responsible for funding and building a number of connections along the SW Ring Road. These connections will require upgrades to the existing infrastructure.

    Other City-led projects related to the SWCRR include:

    ·         Extending 90 Avenue S.W. and Southland Drive

    ·         Extending 162 Avenue S.W.

    ·         Construction of Westhills Way

    ·         Widening of Anderson Road

    ·         Widening Bow Trail and intersection upgrades at Bow Trail/85 Street S.W.

    ·         Widening Glenmore Trail and modification of Glenmore/Crowchild Trail interchange.

    For more details on the Spruce Meadows Way widening project, go to www.calgary.ca/sprucemeadowsway-swrr. To learn more about the City-led projects connecting Calgary’s road network to the ring road, as well as information on SWCRR, visit The City’s southwest ring road home page, www.calgary.ca/swrr.

  • Recommendation for Green Line LRT in the Beltline: Connecting Victoria Park to Inglewood/Ramsay Station 12 June 2017
    After several months of intensive evaluation and stakeholder engagement, Administration will formally recommend a Beltline alignment to City Council later this June.
    While the tunnel under 12 Avenue S between 2 Street S.W. and MacLeod Trail S.E. was approved by Council in April of this year, the alignment for the stretch between MacLeod Trail S.E. and the Inglewood/Ramsay station had not yet been determined.
    Administration evaluated four possible options against criteria that included technical feasibility, cost, connectivity, property impacts, and development potential.  We also met with stakeholders and nearby community members to understand the opportunities and challenges presented by each of the options. (Learn more about thefour options and evaluation criteria here.)
    No single option serves all stakeholders and meets all program objectives without trade-offs, but Administration believes that Option 4: Transition to 10 Avenue S presents the best balance across all evaluation criteria.
    Some benefits of the recommended alignment include:
    • Minimizing traffic access and circulation impacts in Victoria Park
    • Reducing impact to community of Ramsay
    • Improving station access for community of East Village
    • Supporting future development
    The recommended alignment requires land acquisition in the form of partial (only a part of the property is required), full (all of the property is required), and underground strata (property is required underground for the tunnel). The exact land requirements are still under review. Once the alignment is approved by Council, Administration will advance design and arrange to meet one-on-one with all impacted property owners. Land acquisition is a risk for any project. If The City cannot acquire the required land, Administration will re-evaluate the remaining alignment options and determine the best course of action.


    Administration will recommend Option 4: Transition to 10 Avenue S to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit on June 21, 2017, and then to City Council on June 26, 2017, where we will seek approval to proceed with additional design and stakeholder engagement. Council could approve the recommendation as-is, or could require Administration to take additional steps before granting approval.
    Drop in to our upcoming information session to see details of the recommended alignment:
    Thursday, June 15
    4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Kahanoff Centre – 105 12 Avenue S.E.

    Tune in to the Committee and Council meetings via Calgary.ca/Council, and be sure to subscribe to our email distribution list to get the latest updates from the Green Line LRT team. 
  • June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month: Adopting a cat through Animal Services 12 June 2017
    June is nationally recognized as Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month for prospective pet owners and the City of Calgary’s Animal Services Centre currently has an influx of adoptable cats. This higher than normal volume is due to the Animal Services Centre assisting the Humane Society in time of need (due to the organization’s recent temporary facility closure to manage canine parvovirus).


    As a result of this support, Animals Services has taken in stray cats that would normally be housed by the Humane Society and currently has 53 adoptable cats and kittens.


    Calgarian communications professional, Alysha S., was intrigued by the cat adoption process because of her busy lifestyle, personal nature and love of animals.


    “I grew up always having pets as part of our family and after university I had been thinking about getting an animal of my own for quite some time. Based on my lifestyle and the size of my home I thought a cat would be the perfect addition to my life. I visited both the Humane Society and Animal Services to meet some cats and see if there was one that seemed like a good fit for me.”

    Alysha knew it was love at first sight after visiting the Animal Services Centre facility, “As soon as I saw Darlene, I knew she was the cat for me; the most adorable, small, black, adult cat!”

    From there, she found the adoption process at Animal Services was easy, quick, and educational, laying the groundwork for her and Darlene’s new adventure.

    “Darlene had up-to-date shots and a recent veterinary check-up. I was provided a one month trial for pet insurance and information on how to insure my new cat. I felt ready and prepared to take my cat home and start our new journey together,” said Alysha.

    Any pet owner in Calgary will tell you their animal plays a vital role in their lives and overall lifestyle. “Darlene has been a great addition to my life; we ended up being the perfect match. Being a laid back, busy, young professional, Darlene has the perfect temperament and makes a great roommate.  She greets me at the door every day when I get home from work and provides me with the adoration and caring companionship I was looking for from a pet,” said Alysha.

    She would recommend adoption to any prospective pet owners, “The impact adoption has on an animal is amazing to watch as you and your pet get to know one another. Darlene took a while to warm up to her new surroundings but as soon as she learned to trust me, and that she was finally home, her true personality was able to shine.”

    Licensing your pet cat is also an important process that Alysha recommends. “Although I don’t know the background of my cat, it is clear that she had been someone’s pet at some point. I can’t imagine my life without her, so for me it’s an obvious decision to license her in the event she was able to wander outside. It’s also inexpensive and easy. I love that I can renew Darlene’s cat license online,” said Alysha.

    Pet ownership has proven benefits to the health and social well-being of owners, in addition to the positive impact of providing a home and social setting for a homeless animal in need. Through adoption you are contributing to making a better Calgary for all Calgarians; human and furry citizens alike.

    How to Adopt

    To learn more about the cats available for adoption at the Animal Services Centre, visit www.calgary.ca/adoptapet, call 3-1-1 or visit the facility at 2201 Portland Street S.E.


    Animals Service Centre staff welcome walk-ins during business hours and are happy to answer your questions about adoption and pet ownership.
  • Seniors’ Week: Age-friendly businesses benefit everyone 6 June 2017 Calgary is part of the global movement to create age-friendly cities. Today, The City of Calgary celebrated Seniors’ Week in Kensington Village with the announcement of a new Age-Friendly Calgary initiative called Age-Friendly Business. The Age-Friendly Business initiative helps Calgary businesses and organizations develop services and spaces that can support an aging population.

    Calgary’s business community plays a tremendous role in providing goods, services, and programs to Calgarians. Our population is aging, both globally and locally, and businesses can benefit from being ready to meet the needs of older adults in an aging marketplace.

    To become an Age-Friendly Business, businesses complete a checklist and submit their application online. Once approved, they’re recognized as part of Calgary’s age-friendly network and included in a map to help older adults plan trips and errands around the city. For more information, visit calgary.ca/AFB.

    “When we design our community with seniors in mind, we design a better city,” says Cheryl Joynt, manager of social development in Calgary Neighbourhoods “Being an age-friendly business means you’re open and accessible not just to seniors, but also to families with young children, people with limited mobility or accessibility needs, new Canadians – everyone!”

    The Age-Friendly Calgary Steering Committee also released their second annual Report to the Community on the progress of the Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy and implementation Plan 2015-2018. The City’s celebration included demonstrations of seniors’ activities, a rain art activity and examples of businesses participating in the age-friendly initiative.

    Find events and activities to celebrate Seniors’ Week

    With a variety of events across Calgary, it’s easy to plan some special time to connect with the older adults in your life.

    Some events are specifically for seniors, while others are for the whole family to enjoy. There are also conversation cafes to join and address the issue of elder abuse in the lead up to the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event on June 15.

    You can find the most up-to-date list of events online. Check out all the events and find your own special way to celebrate the older adults in your life.

  • Infographic: Investing in Inglewood and Ramsay 2 June 2017 The City of Calgary is doing something different in Inglewood and Ramsay. With more than 20 projects under consideration or under construction, The City is investing a projected $200 million in one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods to keep it safe, beautiful and vibrant.

    From replacing century-old bridges to upgrading public space, implementing new transit service to building new playgrounds, there’s a lot going on in and around the city’s oldest main street.

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    We’ve been working hard to coordinate all of these projects in their planning and project management to ensure the best possible value to the community. We’re working across City departments and business units to find opportunity for collaboration. We’ve begun mapping out the long term construction strategy to ensure we keep business open and people moving in the area while these projects are being implemented.

    While all of this work is very exciting, we know it can be overwhelming for the communities to keep track of all the work taking place in their neighbourhood. We want to make sure residents and business owners have the information they need, and the opportunity to ask questions and provide their input, so we’ve brought all these projects together under one coordinated communications and engagement program. All area projects now report in to a single resource to make it quick and easy for the community to participate in city projects. We’ve held a number of joint information sessions and stakeholder meetings to make the most of Calgarians’ time. Community members can now visit calgary.ca/InglewoodRamsay and subscribe to our email list to get the latest news on everything happening in the area.

    We’re wrapping up for the summer, but will be out in the community again in the fall. Our satisfaction survey is available for another week, so be sure to let us know what we’re doing well and how we can continue to improve.

    Thanks to all of you in Inglewood and Ramsay for participating so actively in your communities. Have a safe and happy summer!

  • Centre City bridges celebrate Canada 150 31 May 2017 Art banners that celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation are being unveiled this week on bridges leading in Calgary’s Centre City. The artwork, created by local artist Katie Green, explores one’s individual relationship with nature and illustrates the cyclical elements in nature and life.

    Green drew inspiration for the artwork through a community engagement event hosted last summer by herself, Blackfoot Elder Casey Eagle Speaker and Stoney/Nakoda Elder Paul Daniels. The trio led 43 Calgarians on a nature walk in Fish Creek Park where Eagle Speaker and Daniels shared teachings on how nature is integrated into everyone’s lives.

    Following the walk, community members participated in a sharing circle to discuss their reactions to the Elder’s teaching and share stories about their own personal relationships with nature. The imagery contained in each banner artwork was sourced directly from the insights and perspectives shared at the engagement event.

    Highlights of the community engagement process have been documented in this short film by Maximillian Krewiak:

    Green’s artwork will be on display throughout the year, as one of The City’s Canada 150 commemorations. Bridges where Green’s work can be viewed include Centre Street, MacDonald, Inglewood (9 Avenue), Langevin, soon to be re-named Reconciliation (Edmonton Trail), Louise (10 Street) and Mewata (14 Street).

    This initiative is part of the Centre City Banner Program, which is managed by The City’s Urban Strategy – Centre City Team, in collaboration with the Public Art Program. For over a decade, the program has been engaging local artists to create artwork that is displayed on gateway bridges into Calgary’s Centre City. The objective of this program is to transform these gateways into open air galleries, creating a vibrant and colourful narrative for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

    The banner program is funded through both the Downtown Improvement Fund and the Public Art Program.

 




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