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  • November 27, 2013 12:23 PM | Deleted user

    The City of Calgary wants your help. They are holding open houses for a 10-year skateboard plan to build up to 50 skateparks in the city. Join them at one of three open houses to provide your input and learn more about:

    ·       the overall skateboarding strategy  and where they are in the process

    ·       the consultants that are designing the skateparks

    ·       communities that have been identified to receive a skatepark and why

    ·       how this could impact you or your family

    ·       modern skatepark design, construction, and the positive impact they have on communities

    ·       how your community or region can get involved for selection of future parks

    They are still in the proposal stage and no final site selection has been decided. Help carve out how they move forward.

    Open House Options (all times are 5 PM to 8 PM):

    Tuesday, January 28: Cardel Theatre – 180 Quarry Park Blvd S.E.

    Wednesday, January 29: Edgemont Community Association – 33 Edgevalley Circle NW

    Thursday, January 30: Southland Leisure Centre – 2000 Southland Dr. S.W.

    For more information about this or other Recreation projects, please visit: calgary.ca/recreationprojects

  • November 07, 2013 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    Calgary, AB:  Ward 6 Councillor Richard Pootmans, in collaboration with the King’s Own Calgary Regiment, invites Calgarians to participate in the upcoming second annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at Battalion Park in Signal Hill on Monday, November 11th at 10:30am.

    Battalion Park, originally named Camp Sarcee in 1915, commemorates the soldiers who trained there before going off to Europe to fight in World War I. Members of the Calgary, Lethbridge, Central Alberta and Edmonton battalions hauled over 16,000 stones onto the hill to form the numbers 137, 113, 151 and 51, representing the regimental numbers of their battalions. In 1991, after members of the 157 Battalion lobbied to have the stones declared a historic site, Battalion Park was opened.

    “This is an important day for Calgarians to take some time to appreciate the sacrifices made by our brave soldiers past and present,” said Pootmans. “Taking part in the ceremony at this historic military training site makes the day even more significant for those in attendance.”

    Pedestrians are encouraged to walk to the ceremony, with access from Signal Hill Drive until 10:30am (no parking is available on Signal Hill Drive SW). Parking will be available in designated locations at the Signal Hill Shopping Centre from which attendees can walk up the stairs to the ceremony site. Attendees needing assistance can proceed to the ‘Assistance Drop Off Zone’ on the far east side of the Shopping Centre parking lot. From there, volunteers will transport attendees to the ceremony site.

    For more information, including a map of the event site, please visit calgary.ca/ward6.

     

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    Media & on-site contact for the event is:

    Richard Pootmans

    Ward 6 Councillor

    Phone: 403-875-7406

    Email: Richard.pootmans@calgary.ca

     

    For public inquiries on the event, contact:

    The Ward 6 Office

    Guillaume Remond

    Phone: 403-268-1035

    Email: ward06@calgary.ca  Website: calgary.ca/ward6

  • September 23, 2013 4:09 PM | Deleted user

     MLA Delong has informed us that The Government of Alberta has organized a Budget 2014 Consultation Schedule for Athabasca, Edmonton, Taber, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Barrhead, Calgary, Wainwright, Red Deer, Peace River and Edson. The goal is to gather public input on Budget 2014 and discuss priorities.   They wish to hear from as many Albertans as possible as they set about designing a budget that speaks to priorities and meets needs.   The Calgary session is scheduled for October 16, 7:00 PM, Greenwood Inn & Suites, Mapleleaf A, 3515-26 st. NE. if you wish to attend.

     

     

     

  • September 19, 2013 1:40 PM | Deleted user

    Spend an afternoon of learning with personal life coach, Tony Robbins.

     

    A limited block of tickets have been made available for FREE for people and businesses affected by the flood (a $289 value).

     

    Check out the attached event poster and register here: www.calgarycommunities.com/event/tonyrobbins
  • July 18, 2013 6:56 AM | Deleted user
    Thanks to those of you who stopped by and made a donation to the Red Cross at our Stampede Breakfast. As a result, we were able to donate $2048 for Flood Relief! Part of this included money we made from membership sales that day. Thanks for supporting those in need.
  • June 27, 2013 10:10 AM | Deleted user

    The Federation of Calgary Communities has been working with the Community Associations that have been evacuated but as you might imagine the board members themselves have been evacuated and/or are also victims of the flood themselves.    We are seeing some very devasted homes.  Three of our community associations have suffered extensive damage.  Elboya Community Association was completely flooded to its eaves.  We  had a pumper truck offered by Encana there for the past 24 hours pumping!   Today, we found Elbow Park CA and Rideau/Roxboro CA are underwater as well - the communities are like war zones.  The rest of the community associations are acting as hubs for community life...it is inspiring despite the wreckage.

     

    This afternoon my staff went out to the various communities and while the need for volunteers to help individuals reclaim their homes and to clean streets of muck is still a priority, there is also a need for various supplies to enable the cleanup.  Here is just a sample:

     

    Bowness Community Association asks if you have a special skill to let them know. “If you have a strong back, let us know. If you can answer phones let us know! When are you available? Never fear – We will need YOU! If you have a truck/trailer to haul garbage away let us know.” They also need these items donated: Squeeges, Spray Bottles, Markers, Mops, Mr. Clean etc., Insect Repellent!, Flashlights, Containers w/lids, Garbage Bags, Work Gloves, Heavy duty rubber gloves, Rags, Old Garbage bins for mud, Shovels,Squeeges

     

    East Village Community Association needs support for 1500 displaced & low income seniors. They want to create care packages for the seniors when they are able to return home in the coming days or week.  They need:
    ·         Prepaid debit/credit cards to purchase local supplies of items
     ·         Gift cards (Safeway, Sobeys COOP, SuperStore, Wal-Mart or Canadian Tire)
     ·         Cleaning Supplies (garbage bags, paper towels, gloves, masks, cleaning spray)
     ·         Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissue, Q-Tips)
     ·         Bottled Water
     ·         Non Perishable food items
     ·         Easy to prepare food
     ·         Coffee & Tea
     ·         Pet Care packages (dog & cat food)
     ·         Granola bars
     ·         Magazines/books

    You can also help by writing letters, cards, paint pictures and drop a sweet little “hug” into the mail that we can give to our 1200+ East Village residents, many of whom are seniors, when they return. Let them know you’re thinking about them, sending them well wishes and that they are missed. Help impacted flood victims, have you children, your school, church & community groups, and friends & family from all over the world send our seniors some hugs. We will be collecting these cards and thoughtful notes and distributing them in our care packages when our residents are able to return to their homes.

    Send donations and letters to:

    East Village Hugs C/O Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
     429 – 8th Ave. SE
     Calgary, AB
     T2G 0G1
     

    Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Association needs the following items: Large Rubbermaid containers, Crow bars, Shovels, Wet/Dry Vac, Fans, Flashlights, Dehumidifiers and Roasting trays.  Please contact Lisa at 403-542-0007 or drop off at the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Association at 1320 5 Avenue NW

     

    Erlton Community Association can use volunteer help. If you have a team to provide to Earlton Community Association, please contact Kirt van der Woude at 403) 585-9392 or email here. Also if any businesses or organizations are interested in making donations of gift cards, goods or services in kind, please let Kirt know.
     

    If your community association or if individuals would like to help, please contact the specific community association and let me know.  As well, please let us know so we can make sure to update the "Needs" and "Offers" list which is located here.   

     

    If you are stapped for time but would like to donate supplies, you can purchase a gift card from Home Depot or Walmart or if you make a cash donation  to the Federation (we can't provide a tax receipt nor can we take a donation if your organization is a charity) my staff would be happy to pick up supplies and deliver them to a community of your choice.

    Thank you in advance for what you can do....every little bit helps out.

     

    P.S.  We hope that in the coming days we will be able to also post larger volunteer projects that are more organized, however, right now if you want to volunteer go to the hard hit areas and BE PART OF IT! or check out YYChelps for specific projects (we have just posted 2 - one for Elbow Park and one for Rideau/Roxboro - they should be live by tomorrow).  Calgarians affected by the flood need your support.  Be safe and act responsibility.  BEFORE YOU VOLUNTEER, read the City of Calgary’s Flood Awareness Booklet, namely pages 14 – 21 for some helpful advice.

    As always,

    Leslie Evans, BSc., M.M.

    Executive Director

    Federation of Calgary Communities

  • June 25, 2013 8:28 PM | Deleted user
    To all of our volunteers and members who have been evacuated and have suffered loss of property, my thoughts are with you and your families as you recover from this devasting flood.  I do hope that you find strength in seeing Calgarians pulling together in this terrible tradegy.

    In many of the communities that have been evacuted, the community hall has been damaged or has suffered loss.  In addition, many of our community associations across the city have pledged space, support and resources to assist their fellow associations as well as citizens of Calgary but to date it hasn't been coordinated.  I am very proud to see the community association movement play an important role in helping our city and citizens recover.

    To assist in coordinating needs and offers of support from our Community Association movement, the Federation has set up a Needs and Offers web page.  If you are a community in "need" please work with your CRC to identify remediation or clean up needs.  The CRC will let us know (but you can as well) and we will put it on our website and email our CA's to see if they can help.  Please note I have spoke with Neil Hogg, at Toole Peet, this morning and our program does have both flood and sewer back-up coverage.  They are working with AVIVA and the claims department to ensure they have a plan in place to respond to Federation policy claims and to make them a priority.  So if you need to make a claim, please call Neil Hogg at Toole Peet, 403-209-5428.

    For communities who can "Offer" assistance like space, volunteers, items, etc. we are putting an "Offers" section up on the webpage.  In the "Offers" section, we would ask that you let your CRC and us know what you can pledge.  For example, the City of Calgary Daycare needs 4,000 square feet to run their daycare.  Do you have space?  We will have the CRC's coordinate the matching of "Needs and Offers" as they are on the ground in your communities.  Also, let us know if you are doing something to support your surrounding communities - we would like to track the impact of our network.

    The "Needs and Offers" webpage is located here.

    Let's pull together and support each other....stay tuned.
  • June 20, 2013 10:38 AM | Deleted user

    Pursuant to Section 21 of the Emergency Management Act (R.S.A. 2000 Ch. D-13) and Section 4 of The City of Calgary Bylaw 25M2002, a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been declared in The City of Calgary effective  1016h,  June 20, 2013.

     

    The decision was made by Deputy Mayor Richard Pootmans and Ald. John Mar to declare a SOLE based on the potential severity of the incoming high river flows in conjunction with expected heavy rainfall.

     

    The City of Calgary has begun to implement its flood response plans with the deployment of sandbags and temporary dams at key locations to protect property and infrastructure. The City is working to ensure the safety of Calgarians and asks for their patience and cooperation during this time.

    Citizens are reminded to:

    ·         Stay away from rivers and creeks as the water is rising and moving quickly, and banks may be unstable.

    ·         Avoid storm water ponds and storm drains, and do not let children play near them.

    ·         Do not drive through flooded areas such as underpasses.

    ·         If you experience basement seepage or overland flooding, call 3-1-1 to report.

    ·         If you or someone else is in imminent danger, call 9-1-1. Remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only; please use 3-1-1 for reporting non-emergency issues.

    ·         Monitor local media and City of Calgary messages. For more information on flooding, visit calgary.ca/flooding.

     

    The City continues to monitor flows and precipitation and will take appropriate action as required. Updates will be provided throughout the day. Please watch for updates at the City of Calgary Newsroom. Thank you!

  • May 31, 2013 7:39 AM | Deleted user

    With the return of warmer weather, Alberta Health Services EMS would like to remind citizens to stay safe in the heat and sun this summer. While children and the elderly can be more susceptible to the effects of heat, basic prevention measures should be taken by all to avoid a heat related illness during periods of hot and humid weather.

     

    To download information about Heat Related Illness click here.

  • April 24, 2013 9:51 AM | Deleted user

    On April 15, 2013, the Alberta government officially launched the Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program, which allows eligible Alberta senior homeowners to defer all, or part of, their annual residential property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan with the government.

     

    This program is entirely voluntary and seniors with equity in their homes can decide for themselves whether to defer their property taxes until they sell.  For those who participate, government will pay the property taxes directly to municipalities on behalf of the senior and the senior will repay the loan, with interest, when they sell their home – or sooner if they choose. This will free up money for seniors to use on other expenses.

     

    The program was created because most seniors live on fixed incomes and cash flow is sometimes limited. This program will help seniors stay at home with loved ones for as long as possible. Average property taxes in Alberta are about $2,000. I expect this program will help free up over $50 million for over 23,500 senior households over the next three years. Government will secure the loans against the property through land titles, similar to the way mortgage loans are secured.

     

    For your convenience, I have attached an information package, including an application, which can be copied and given to interested seniors.  The package outlines the program’s eligibility requirements (for instance, the property must be the senior’s primary residence and the owner must have at least 25% equity in the property) and other information on how the program works.  Further packages can be obtained by visiting my Constituency Office, downloading from the Alberta Health Website at www.health.alberta.ca or by calling the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992.

     

    Please feel free to call my office at (403) 216-5400 or email me at calgary.bow@assembly.ab.ca should you have any questions.

     

    Thank you.

     

    Source: Alana DeLong, MLA

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