Calgary City News Blog
- Prairie Winds Spray park re-opening Wednesday, August 27 25 August 2014 Join us at Prairie Winds Park on Wednesday, August 27 to celebrate the re-opening of the newly renovated spray park.
Artist's concept of the park - Come out and see the real thing!
Kid-friendly activities, light refreshments and lots of water fun are also planned for the opening.
A design first for North America
The spray park has been outfitted with brand new and upgraded spray and water features. Its design is the first of its kind in North America.
The upgrades and new equipment were made possible with funding from the Council-created Community Investment Fund (CIF). Through CIF, City Council gives back to Calgarians by investing in and supporting new community projects and critical lifecycle upgrades throughout the city.
What: Prairie Winds Spray Park re-opening
When: Wednesday, August 27 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Prairie Winds Park, 223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E.
Parking is available in the north parking lot, located off of Westwinds Crescent N.E. There is also a parking lot off of 54 Avenue N.E. As parking can fill up quickly, carpooling or taking Calgary Transit is also encouraged. Visit Calgary Transit to plan your route to the opening.
Read more about the Prairie Winds Spray Park upgrades. Join our Facebook event to find out who else is going and follow the latest developments.
Submitted by Erin Martinez, Parks
- Tuscany Station officially opens for service 25 August 2014
The first train pulled into the brand new Tuscany Station Monday morning, marking the first day of service.
The opening of Tuscany Station will help Calgary Transit to better serve the roughly 40,000 Calgarians living in the northwest communities of Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak and Tuscany. With Tuscany now open, it’s anticipated that Calgary Transit will see about 9,300 additional weekday passenger trips.
“After all of this construction, we anticipate that a lot of folks will be using this (station) and it really will be a model for suburban station construction,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi during the Tuscany Station opening celebration on Aug. 23.
Between Crowfoot Station and Tuscany Station, 2.5 km of track has been added and the trip to downtown should take roughly 25 minutes.
Bus service in the area has been streamlined to better serve customers, with one new route being added and existing routes altered. Route 157 will service Royal Oak Drive and extend service coverage to the Royal Vista area of 100 Avenue N.W. Route 58 has been changed to Route 169 and Routes 74, 158, 169 and 174 have been revised to service Tuscany Station and will no longer be going to Crowfoot Station.
In addition to the bus, residents in Tuscany, Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak have several options for getting to the station including walking and biking. At most, residents in those areas will have a 30-minute walk or a 15-minute cycle time to the station.
Tuscany Station has two Park and Ride lots – one of the Rocky Ride side and one on the Tuscany side. There are a total of 572 stalls with 179 reserved stalls on the Tuscany side and 107 stalls on the Rocky Ridge side. While reserved parking is full at this time, customers can sign up for the waitlist.
For more information, visit calgarytransit.com, or read our Rider’s Guide.
- Self-serve engagement opportunity at Currie Barracks showcases area development plans 21 August 2014 The City of Calgary is reviewing a proposal from Canada Lands Company to change the type of development on the east side of Currie Barracks, allowing for a medium-density mix of retail space, office space and residential space. The proposal includes a network of open spaces and pathways while preserving key aspects of the area’s military history.
To offer residents a convenient opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal during the busy summer months, The City has set up an on-site location at the Currie Barracks Sales Centre. Until September 18, the Sales Centre will house a variety of self-serve information about the proposed development and be staffed by City planners every Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
“The City is excited to offer a unique way to engage with the community, offering evening office hours and a library of information concerning the new application for Currie Barracks,” says Craig Sklenar, Senior Planner with The City’s Planning Department.
For more information on the proposed redevelopment and how to provide your feedback to City Staff, please visit Calgary.ca/curriebarracks or contact 3-1-1.
The Currie Barracks Sales Centre is located at J5, 2953 Battleford Avenue SW. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 12-5 p.m. The Sales Centre is closed on Fridays.
- Celebrate the opening of Tuscany Station on Aug. 23 21 August 2014
Head over to Tuscany this Saturday, Aug. 23 and celebrate the grand opening of Calgary’s newest CTrain station.
While regular service at Tuscany Station officially begins on Monday, Aug. 25, we’re extending an invitation to Calgarians to join us as the first train pulls in.
The festivities will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the south Park and Ride lot at Tuscany Station and we’ll have entertainment, food trucks and plenty of fun activities for all ages.
Below is the schedule of events:
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE community bus shuttle service to the station every 15 minutes
- 9 a.m. to 12 noon FREE bus shuttle from Crowfoot Station to Tuscany Station running every 10 minutes
- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food trucks, fun activities and entertainment for all ages
- 11:55 First train arrives at Tuscany Station driven by Mayor Naheed Nenshi from Crowfoot with invited guests
- 12 noon Official welcoming ceremony
- 12 noon to 5 p.m. FREE train service between Tuscany and Crowfoot Stations (fare is required to travel beyond Crowfoot)
* Regular existing bus service will also operate on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24. There will be no train service to Tuscany Station on Sunday, Aug. 24.
For more information regarding Calgary Transit service to Tuscany Station visit calgarytransit.com, or for further background on the project, visit calgary.ca/nwlrt.
- Join in an evening of design discussion on the New Central Library 19 August 2014 You are invited for a sneak-a-peek of the architectural designs of the New Central Library. The public open house will be held at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre on September 4 from 6-8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Located in East Village directly across from City Hall, the New Central Library will be a landmark building that exemplifies design excellence and a community space that inspires thought, collaboration and conversation. A public gathering hub for people to dream, explore and to inspire all.
To join in the evening of design discussion, reserve your seat now at ncldesign.eventbrite.ca. Space is limited; first come, first served.
For more information on the New Central Library, visit calgarymlc.ca.
Background on the project
Originally built to serve a population of 400,000, the need for a New Central Library was first recognized in 2004 when City Council approved a $40 million contribution toward the project. In 2011, Council further paved the road toward a New Central Library by directing reductions in the provincial property tax toward a new Community Investment Fund earmarked for financing community infrastructure such as libraries and recreation centres. In 2013, Council committed $135 million from the Community Investment Fund toward the New Central Library. The Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) funds the remaining $70 million required for the project’s total $245 million cost.
With funding in place and a site declared, extensive public engagement was undertaken in parallel with an operational review and development of a master program. Conceptual designs are now complete and construction to begin preparing the site for building has begun, the first steps of which are utility work and the encapsulation of the LRT. The New Central Library is anticipated to open in 2018.
Submitted by Sheila Rougeau, Community Services and Protective Services
- Help shape the future of West Eau Claire Park 18 August 2014
This plan will address the area along the Eau Claire Promenade (walkway) from the Louise Bridge (10 Street SW) to Eau Claire Plaza. The plan will identify a clear vision to guide the design, provide a concept plan, and prioritize improvements.
To ensure the plan meets community needs, Eau Claire residents, visitors, businesses and park users are invited to share their thoughts on how the area can be improved. Providing input is easy using the mapping tool or survey on our website at calgary.ca/westeauclaire.
Your input will be used to finalize the overall design direction for the area:
- In August, we are asking for initial input and ideas for area redevelopment that will be used to help create some of the design concepts. You can provide input:
- At our sounding board (wood structure) in West Eau Claire Park near the Peace Bridge;
- Online using our mapping tool or by taking our survey;
- Or in person at the site, as we talk to users and visitors (dates and times to be determined).
- In September, we will continue to analyze site issues opportunities and the ideas we receive from our various input methods. We will meet with area stakeholders while we explore design ideas for what the area can become.
- In October, we will present concepts at a public open house on the types of spaces, activities, and amenities that could be used to improve the area (dates and times will be determined closer to the day).
- In late November/early December, we will present a draft plan for the area. We will check in with you to ensure the design is consistent with the direction you provided in October.
For all engagement activities, we will clearly identify how your input was considered and what elements are considered “out of scope” for change.
Visit calgary.ca/westeauclaire for more information. Once dates are confirmed for all in-person engagement opportunities, they will be posted on the project web page.
- Mobile app for active kids 11 August 2014
City of Calgary Parks has a fun way to get your kids exploring and learning about nature in our parks.To find out more, including how to download, visit http://calgary.ca/parks
- City of Calgary registration for fall recreation programs opens today 11 August 2014
With registration for fall recreation programs now open, there is plenty of opportunity to get active, healthy and creative this season. The City of Calgary has more than 3,000 registered programs and 6,500 drop-in options. There really is something for everyone.There are exciting new options to get out and play. Perhaps you would like to take a turn wheel throwing with a family pottery program or investigate an arts combo class? Shinny, ball hockey or table tennis anyone? There are many drop-in opportunities and all the schedules are online.Build your own recreation guide
To customize your registration experience visit the online MyRec Guide which will help you find programs tailored to your interests, location and age. Additionally, it can be translated into 71 languages, making the registration process easy for everyone.Build your family's physical literacy
Play is more than you think; it builds basic movement skills like balance, coordination, jumping, agility and running. All of these activities are essential for kids and adults to build confidence and competencies, making them feel more comfortable participating in physical activity. Check out the ideas in the program guide to help build you and your family’s physical literacy.Registration begins today, and spots will fill fast. Make sure you take advantage and strike now. Register online at calgary.ca/recreation, call 403-268-3800, or pick up the new program guide at any City of Calgary recreation facility.Recreation, it’s more than you think. Get active, get creative and have fun with the City of Calgary.
Submitted by the Marketing Communications team in Recreation
- Electronic circulation pilot for commercial development permits 8 August 2014 As part of Planning and Development’s eServices initiative, we’re investigating electronic alternatives to our current paper-based circulation process for Development Permit applications. We want to reduce the number of paper plans our customers have to print and provide as part of the application and review process.
An electronic circulation process would have many benefits for The City and our customers:
- 24/7 access, upload and review plans anywhere an internet connection exists
- Simpler way to submit and manage plans
- Improve the circulation and review process for customers, city partners and Council
- Cut customer printing costs
- Reduce our impact on the environment
The pilot runs to the end of November 2014. Feedback from our customers, City partners and employees will be used to determine overall interest, shared value and improvements. This feedback will help us determine the next steps for electronic circulation at The City.
To learn more about the pilot, progress and results visit calgary.ca/ecirculation
- The City's IT department says goodbye to one of its most pawsitive employees 7 August 2014 You may have seen him walking around City Hall, or the Andrew Davison Building. He’s not hard to miss, though you have to look down to see him. The City of Calgary Information Technology’s very own mascot and Stephen Dawes' guide dog, Alfredo, will be retiring this September after seven and a half years of service.
Fondly referred to as Alfie or Fredo, Alfredo has worked with Stephen Dawes, IT management systems analyst for The City of Calgary, since 2007. At the time, Alfredo was only two years old, but was fully trained as a guide dog. “Alfredo is the smallest dog guide I’ve ever worked with, each dog has their own technique, getting adjusted to that takes time and training,” says Stephen.
In order to become a qualified guide dog, Alfredo had to pass extensive training at Guide Dogs for the Blind. Guide Dogs for the Blind breeds their own dogs (most of which are Labradors) in California. In addition to the breeding center, they have two training centers located in California and Oregon respectively, where they teach the dogs everything they need to know about being a guide dog.
“During the introduction phase I learned how to work with Alfredo and identified techniques to work together as a team. I also learned about caring for Alfredo and how to detect any health issues he might have during our time together,” says Stephen. "The hardest lesson to learn is how to completely trust the dog, especially in dangerous scenarios.”
In addition to his every day job, Alfredo and Stephen are also busy volunteering with a number of different organizations, with the most enjoyable being speaking and answering questions from kindergarten and grade one students. “The kids love to hug him, pet him and ask questions like, can Alfredo drive?” says Stephen. “Alfredo brings joy to everyone he meets; he’s more like a co-worker than a dog. He’s really become part of IT.”
Visiting with Alfredo is a great stress reliever for staff. “Alfredo puts a smile on everyone’s face. Some people don't have a dog or pets so getting to spend five to ten minutes with Alfredo makes people happy; I will sadly miss him,” says Tracy Johnston, administrative assistant, Information Technology.
So what does Alfredo have planned for his golden years? Once he retires he will transition from working dog to the family pet. “He likes to be around people, making sure everyone is accounted for at home,” says Stephen. “He’s integrated into everything we do, he comes camping and for walks with the family."
As for Stephen, he will be heading off to Portland, Oregon on September 14, 2014 to start training with a new guide dog.
Find out more about diversity at The City and current job opportunities at calgary.ca/careers.
- Public input sought on Shaw Millennium Park operating hours 6 August 2014 You are invited to share your input on operating hours at Shaw Millennium Park, North America’s largest free outdoor skate park. The park, located on 9th Ave and 11th St S.W., was established in 2000 and has more than 75,000 square feet of skateable surfaces.
online survey, open from August 6-18, or visit The City Events Vehicle at Shaw Millennium Park on August 8 (3-8 p.m.), 16 (6-10 p.m.) or 17 (12-5 p.m.).
The park has historically operated as a 24-hour park since it opened 14 years ago and the opportunity is available to reevaluate the hours.
From September 2013 to June 2014 the park operated under temporary regional hours closing at 11 p.m. and opening at 5 a.m. daily. The park returned to normal operating hours on June 1, 2014.
Citizen engagement will take place through the first two weeks of August with a final decision in regards to operating hours made in the fall of 2014. Learn more at http://bit.ly/SMPEngage.
Submitted by Michelle Irving, Parks
- New Public Art Policy increases public participation and adjusts funding model 5 August 2014 Public art plays an important role in our communities and The City of Calgary’s Public Art Policy helps to encourage a diversity of approaches and opportunities. Just as art is evolving, the policy and program needs to as well. Upcoming changes will increase public participation, continue to foster local artist involvement, encourage functional art and adjust the funding model.
Traffic Signal Box by Will Yee at 16 Ave and Centre A St NE
So what are the changes?
One of the most significant changes is to funds allocated to public art from eligible capital projects. Previously, 1 per cent of project costs were allocated to public art. Under the new policy, 1 per cent of the first $50 million and 0.5 per cent of the portion over $50 million will be allocated to public art, up to a maximum of $4 million per project. This change takes effect for capital infrastructure project charters approved after May 26, 2014.
Additionally, funding from private citizens can now be pooled together, allowing for iconic and monumental works of public art to be placed in key locations.Charged Line by Jill Anholt in Altadore
Public and local artist participation
The size of the selection panel that chooses artists and approves concepts for public art is growing. Two new community members will join, bringing the panel up to seven in total. A new panel is selected for each public art project, and is comprised of three art and design professionals, one City employee from the commissioning business unit, and now three community representatives.
Artists will be required to engage the public before developing their final concept and design. The new process will also increase opportunities for local artist development and involvement.
“Supporting local artists to compete for public art projects on a local, national and international level continues to be an important component of our program,” says Rachael Seupersad, Superintendent, Public Art Program. “The recent program changes have prompted us to further promote our current Public Art 101 offerings, increase the number of mentorship opportunities, plus add courses that will train artists specifically on responding to Request for Proposals for major projects.”
Heritage protection and functional art
In certain situations, a portion of public art funding can now be used to restore heritage assets impacted by a capital project. Also, the definition of public art will now include functional art pieces that serve a purpose, like a bench, bike rack, gateway or windscreen.
The City will lobby provincial and federal governments to lift current restrictions on where public art dollars can be spent. The goal is to allow for public art dollars to be pooled and shared – ultimately enabling public art to be created in locations that make the most impact and can be shared by more Calgarians.
By June 2015, The City will develop a Public Art Master Plan, tracking the changes and identifying whether further policy adjustments are required. A public art pilot project that asks for extensive citizen input on the artwork itself will also be completed within this timeframe.
Water Fountain by Sans Façon at various locations
For more information on Calgary’s Public Art Program, Policy and to view past and upcoming projects, visit Calgary.ca/PublicArt, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @PublicArtYYC.
Submitted by Jennifer Storm, Recreation, Arts and Culture
- Pride of Lion’s winners showcase Calgary’s heritage 5 August 2014 The Calgary Heritage Authority recognized 16 award recipients last week at the 2014 Lion Awards gala for efforts to preserve Calgary’s heritage.
“There was a tremendous response to this year’s Lion Awards from Calgarians who are helping build and preserve our community heritage” said Scott Jolliffe, Chair of the Calgary Heritage Authority. “I commend these award winners, and all applicants, for their extraordinary efforts which benefit Calgarians both today and in the future.”
The awards were presented at the historic Theatre Junction Grand, winner of a 2006 Lion Award, with over 300 members of the community in attendance, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
The gala event featured a special Flood Recovery Award to recognize outstanding efforts in rescuing historic resources from the effects of flood damage. Two winners were selected for the flood recovery award: The Baird/Miller residence in Elbow Park and the National Music Centre.
Despite the monumental task homeowner Cory Miller sought to preserve the 102 year old sandstone house. A focal point of the recovery effort was the repair of the original iron boiler and using unconventional methods to dry the delicate sandstone foundation of the property immediately following the flood.
The National Music Centre’s Custom House collection risked being lost in the flood. However, more than 75 volunteers spent over 2,000 hours evacuating 143 pianos, thousands of electronic parts, radios, schematics, in record time to a safe location where damaged collection items are now under restoration.
Award recipients were selected by a jury made up of five distinguished members of the community.
The Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards are held every two years to acknowledge heritage conservation and public awareness efforts taking place across the city and to showcase sites that defined Calgary’s past and contributed to the essence of our city.
See videos of this year's Lion Award winners in the playlist below.
Complete List of 2014 Lion Award Recipients
• Findlay Apartment Building Renovation
• National Hotel and East End Livery Barn Restoration
• Nellie McClung House Adaptive Re-use
• Old YWCA Front Porch Restoration
• T-Mac Group “Bank and Baron”
Resource Conservation – Flood Recovery
• Baird/Miller Residence
• National Music Centre
• Poppy Plaza Landscape of Memory
• Oliver Quarry Park
• Century Homes Calgary
• cSpace King Edward Arts Hub and Incubator
• Rick Janzen
• Russ Heikkinen
Advocacy and Awareness
• Cynthia Klaassen
• Heritage Roundtable
• Let’s talk about... Building ICONOMY
New Design - Honourable mention only*
• Western Canada High School Modernization
• Biscuit Block*
• Equinox Vigil in Union Cemetery
• Heritage Walking Tour of Hextall Homes in Bowness
• Alberta Champions Society in Recognition of Community Enrichment
• Rouleauville: Calgary's French Connection
• Whispering Signs: Ecological Encounters in an Urban Prairie
• History In the Making Volunteer Tradespeople
For more information on The Lion Awards, please visit www.calgary.ca/lionawards
- Calgary Transit begins testing real-time system 1 August 2014
Calgary Transit is excited about its upcoming real-time bus information system. Starting Monday, Aug. 4, Calgary Transit will begin testing the first part of the system. Buses will be equipped to make onboard audio/visual announcements advising customers of upcoming stops along their bus route.
Calgary Transit Operator, Richard Gallant, checks out new onboard real-time display
Earlier this summer, Calgary Transit successfully tested this component with out-of-service buses. Now they are ready to see how the system performs on their entire fleet while in service.
Minor tweaks to the system may be needed as the system is tested but Calgary Transit does not anticipate major issues. Customers are encouraged to provide feedback about the system by tweeting @calgarytransit, calling 262-1000 or speaking with their bus driver.
What will the real-time bus information system do?
When fully implemented, the real-time bus information system will not only provide stop announcements on buses but also real-time bus arrival times. Currently only scheduled bus times are available to customers. The real-time bus arrival information will eventually be available through a new responsive website, teletext and teleride.
The real-time arrival information component of the system will be tested this fall and the full system is expected to launch later this year.
- Heritage Day 2014 Hours of Operation 31 July 2014 The City of Calgary is adjusting its hours of operation on Heritage Day; Monday, August 4, 2014.
In 1909 electric street car service began operation along 25 kms of track
All downtown CTrain stations as well as Bridgeland/ Memorial and Calgary Zoo stations will be closed throughout the long weekend from 12 a.m. Saturday, August 2 to 4 a.m. Tuesday, August 5. Shuttle buses will replace CTrain service. Please refer to this map of the CTrain system showing the closure.
For more information on fares, schedules and a complete listing of holiday service adjustments, visit calgarytransit.com, call Teleride at 403-974-4000, or Calgary Transit Customer Service at 403-262-1000.
Visit Calgary.ca/Recreation for facility and program information. Check out our 2014 Fall Recreation Program Guide available Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Registration begins August 11, 2014.
Aquatics and Fitness Centres
All aquatics and fitness centres will be closed on Monday, August 4, 2014.
*Beltine Aquatics & Fitness Centre remains closed for renovations.
All eight outdoor pools will be open on Monday, August 4, 2014. Click here for information and hours of operation for the Silver Springs Outdoor Pool.
July 1915, Shaganappi Golf Course was opened.
Heritage Day Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Southland Leisure Centre
Heritage Day Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
All arenas will be closed on Monday, August 4, 2014 except for any advanced bookings.
The North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centres will be closed on Heritage Day.
All Athletic Parks are closed on Monday, August 4, 2014 except for any advanced bookings.
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre
The Nature Centre is closed on Heritage Day.
The Sanctuary’s trails will remain closed throughout 2014 due to flood damage.
Devonian Gardens follow the same hours as the CORE Shopping Centre.
Heritage Day: Open 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Animal Services Centre
2201 Portland Street SE
Monday to Friday: open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Heritage Day: Closed
Click here for photos and information of pets currently available for adoption.
Residential Garbage & Recycling Collection
Residential garbage & recycling collection is not affected on Heritage Day.
Spyhill, East Calgary and Shepard Landfills are open daily from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. through October 31.
Click here for landfill locations and driving directions.
Administrative offices including the Calgary Municipal Building will be closed on Monday, August 4, 2014.
Gates open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Zoo Grounds close at 6 p.m.
The southwest gate entrance remains closed due to construction.
The Calgary Zoological Society was created in 1929
The 50th Anniversary celebrations continue at Heritage Park.
To mark Heritage Day, music will be celebrated throughout the park with concerts, roving musicians, music themed activities and more. Scheduled to appear with your gate admission are Canadian artists Al Simmons, jocelyn & lisa, Maria Dunn and more. Enjoy a variety of live entertainment, music, activities and games throughout the day.
Be one of the first 500 guests through the gates before 10:30 a.m. and enjoy a complimentary pancake breakfast in Gunn’s Dairy Barn.
Heritage Day: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free Admission
Free admission to the Interpretive Centre and Community Garden. Activities for the day include children's crafts and an indoor/outdoor Scavenger Hunt. Theatre presentations include a talk about Chief Crowfoot, Col. MacLeod, Captain Deane and Alderman John Ayer with Sara-Jane Gruetzner, President & CEO of Fort Calgary, and an afternoon talent show produced by the Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Alberta Health Services.
- Couple’s family grows after Calgary Transit love story 29 July 2014
Less than a year-and-a-half ago, Irina and Jason Duncan came face to face on a crowded CTrain leaving Sunnyside Station. Now, the couple is married and recently welcomed their first child Michael into the world.
“I never thought I’d meet my husband on the train!” said Irina.
Because Calgary Transit was such a big part of their family’s story, the couple asked to take maternity photos on the CTrain, which they plan to make into a book for Michael to show the “history of how he happened,” explained Jason.
On July 29, the Duncans boarded a train at City Hall Station and brought Baby Michael onboard to share their story.
“I think love happens when you least expect it,” said Jason. “It’s not the right time or the right place, it catches you by surprise.”
- Is your business prepared? 28 July 2014
The 2013 flood was a call to action for both the business sector and The City of Calgary. Although insurance and provincial recovery funds provided some relief to business owners as they recovered, the flood highlighted the need and value of disaster preparedness planning for Calgary businesses.
Last week, The City of Calgary’s Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), in partnership with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Calgary Economic Development, released a Business Continuity Handbook to explain the importance of emergency preparedness for the business community.
“The business sector is an important member of the Calgary community,” said Deputy Chief Tom Sampson. “Empowering them with the tools and knowledge they need to prepare, respond, and recover will positively contribute to the overall resiliency of our community.”
Along with the handbook, a template and Business Continuity Reference Guide will provide business owners with tools to develop business continuity strategies and plans. These materials can be customized by the business to meet their specific needs.
While the 2013 flood had a significant economic, physical, and social impact on Calgary, CEMA believes that this exciting new partnership with the business community is a significant step-forward in strengthening the resiliency of our community to future events.
For more information on being prepared and what you can do visit calgary.ca/CEMA.
- Stanley Park Outdoor Swimming Pool welcomes Calgarians back 25 July 2014 Working together with The City of Calgary, The Calgary Outdoor Swimming Pool Association (COSPA) reopened Stanley Park Outdoor Swimming Pool on Tuesday, July 15. The pool was closed following the June 2013 flood, four days before a grand reopening to debut renovations, including a new wading pool.
“We were really looking forward to getting the crowds back [after the renovations],” says Mike Gavan, Executive Director of COSPA. “It was supposed to be a new beginning, but the flood washed it all away.”
Gavan recounts the shocking impact of the flood and the community’s reaction. “The area was so hard hit – there were bigger priorities than getting the pool going, of course – but people were showing up wanting to help. One day we had 50 people!”
After deciding the damage was too severe to reopen the pool for the 2013 season, COSPA and The City of Calgary set to work on restoring this important community hub.
The scope of work included extensive demolition and rebuilding. All fixtures, lockers, flooring and doors were gutted and replaced. The concession area was torn down and rebuilt with flood resilient materials and mechanical equipment was also replaced.
Contractors worked seven days a week for two and a half months and, while some work is still needed to get the pool to pre-flood conditions, COSPA is pleased to announce the main pool and building are open for the 2014 season.
“The building looks great! We still have a few minor bugs we’re working out. We’re getting the word out and the crowds are starting to come back.”
The wading pool is temporarily out of service due to problems with underground water supply pipes. An inspection scheduled next week will reveal the extent of the damage and the cause.
“We’re trying to get it open this season,” says Gavan, who is hopeful the July 2014 reopening is the beginning of a new era for the flagship pool. “There’s light at the end of this tunnel.”
COSPA and The City of Calgary Recreation continue work to erase the damage caused by the flood.
“We’re very appreciative of the work The City did. It was a big task.”
On Wednesday, Gavan spoke with CTV Calgary about the reopening and Calgary’s network of outdoor pools. Watch the video here.
For up-to-date information about progress at Stanley Park Pool, or for swim schedules, visit calgaryoutdoorpools.ca.
- LEDs light up Calgary communities this summer 24 July 2014 The City is illuminating five communities in Calgary with 2,500 new energy-efficient LED streetlights this summer.
GE Evolve ERS1 LED fixtures
“This is the first step in The City’s larger vision of providing Calgarians with smart, sustainable, and cost-effective infrastructure,” said Barry Poon, Acting Director of Roads. “The LED technology will not only reduce electricity use and lower maintenance costs, but will also provide better quality lighting for our communities and roadways.”
Benefits of LED street lighting
- Reduces electricity consumption
- Makes objects appear clearer and more defined
- Reduces the amount of “spilled” or wasted light, ensuring light is focused on roads and sidewalks, where it is most useful to drivers and pedestrians
- Public Safety Communications members shave their lids for kids’ cancer 23 July 2014
Helping others is not just a job for The City of Calgary’s emergency communications officers (ECO) -- it's part of who they are. On Friday, July 18, several ECOs with Public Safety Communications shaved their heads for a Kids Cancer Care Foundation fundraiser.
ECO Jacqui Skelton's head shaved by Commander Richard Hinse,“I am so proud of the efforts of our 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers,” said Commander Richard Hinse, who had the honour of shaving the first head. “What I’ve seen here today is a group of caring and committed individuals who believe in rallying support for causes that mean something to them.”Dubbed 9-1-1 Life Shavers, this employee-driven event was successful in raising more than $7,000 to support kids’ cancers.Earlier this year, one of PSC’s ECOs passed away from cancer. A few members took it upon themselves to put this fundraiser together to raise awareness and funds for cancer. Nine people took part in the head shave to show moral support for the kids who lose their hair during cancer treatments, while raising money for camp, research, hospital and scholarship programs for young people affected by cancer.For more information on Public Safety Communications and the work this group does for Calgarians visit calgary.ca/911.Submitted by Tanja McMorris, Public Safety Communications