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  • June 27, 2013 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous
    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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

  • March 18, 2013 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    The City of Calgary, through Evolve Research & Consulting Inc., is conducting a survey to help The City understand the ways in which Calgarians use the natural environment areas on Paskapoo Slopes. The Paskapoo Slopes natural environment area includes portions of the undeveloped lands south of Bowness, between Canada Olympic Park and Patterson Heights, sloping from the top of the hill just north of Cougar Ridge, down to Sarcee Trail and the TransCanada Highway.

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    lthough these lands are not officially a City park, and portions of the area are privately owned, many Calgary residents utilize these lands for extra-curricular activities such as walking, running, cycling etc. 

    It is important for Calgarians to provide their input through this survey, so that The City can take your needs into consideration for the long-term management of the City-owned portions of the Paskapoo Slopes area. Two surveys are available to be completed; one is based on individual use of the area, and a second survey is available to be completed by group leaders who organize group outings in the area. Please take a moment to confidentially share your usage habits and preferences in the 4-5 minute survey. Your input is valued and appreciated. Please submit prior to April 30th, 2013.

     

    The surveys can be found at www.calgary.ca by searching Paskapoo Slopes Survey, or directly at the below links.


    The individual user survey is located at: 
    http://fluidsurveys.com/s/paskapoo/

  • February 28, 2013 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    MLA DeLong wishes to inform you about an upcoming Brain Health Symposium that will provide information to Albertans about maintaining their brain health throughout their lifetime. The symposium is being offered to all interested Albertans free of charge.

     

    This symposium is part of the Office of the Public Guardian’s Promoting Brain Health Initiative, which helps Albertans adopt a lifelong proactive approach to maintaining their self-determination and autonomy. Current research shows that it is possible for people to improve their brain health and thereby postpone cognitive decline and, in certain circumstances, recover from brain ailments or brain injury.

     

    The keynote speakers presenting at the symposium are two leading Canadian experts: Dr. Bryan Kolb, one of Canada's most prominent neuropsychologists, a professor at the University of Lethbridge, and co-author of the 1980 book that is said to have defined the field of neuropsychology: Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology; and Dr. Max Cynader, Director of the Brain Research Centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada Research Chair in Brain Development at UBC, and professor of ophthalmology.  Also presenting at the symposium will be local experts Dr. Lee Coyne, on Lifestyle Choices – the importance of nutrition and exercise; and Mr. Brian Lee, on Personal Wellness for a Lifetime. The Brain Health Symposium is presented by the Government of Alberta through the Office of the Public Guardian. The symposium is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.humanservices.alberta.ca/opg.

  • February 09, 2013 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    Water is one of Alberta’s most valuable resources. It touches every aspect of our lives, where we live, work, and play.

     

    Albertans are passionate about water and want to know that it’s being managed and protected, now and for the future.

     

    That’s why I want to talk about water. Beginning February 19th the government will hold facilitated workshops in 20 communities across the province. These three hour workshops are an opportunity for government and Albertans to come together to explore ideas about water issues and priorities.

    I’m inviting my constituents to share their thoughts and provide feedback on four broad topics – topics that Albertans have told us are important to them:

    • Healthy lakes;
    • Hydraulic fracturing;
    • Drinking water and wastewater; and
    • Water management.

    Although the focus of the water conversation is on these four topics, we want to hear all sides of the water conversation; participants are welcome to raise any water-related concern they may have during the conversation. We will be clear however, that Alberta’s water is not for sale and will never be for sale to other jurisdictions.

     

    I encourage all Albertans to share their thoughts about water by:

    • Attending a community session;
    • Completing a survey online, available February 11 to 29; or
    • Providing feedback to me either by phoning me, sending me an email or letter.

    Alberta’s water belongs to all Albertans – how it’s managed for the future is vitally important to us all. Please join the conversation about Alberta’s water resources by visiting www.waterconversation.alberta.com.

  • January 11, 2013 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    The CHPH AGM will be held on Thursday 7 March 2013 at Strathcona Community Centre in the loft from 6:45 - 8:00 pm.  At the meeting  the new  Board will be elected.  If you wish to run for any of the positions on the board  please let us know by emailing president@chph.ca.  Job descriptions  will be posted shortly on the website. We have  vacancies for Secretary and Expansion and Development directors.

  • December 04, 2012 8:00 AM | Anonymous
     

    CALGARY undefined It’s hallowed ground for pro-wrestling fans and heritage buffs alike, the Hart mansion in southwest Calgary undefined but soon estate homes will be erected on the surrounding lawn.

     

    After several larger development schemes failed in recent years, on Monday council approved nine homes with basement suites on the site of the Patterson Heights house, where Stu Hart famously trained his sons and other wrestling stars.

     

    Neighbours had raised protests over past proposals that would have put 14 to 22 homes on the nearly one-hectare property.

     

    This proposal won some support from others on Patina Place S.W. However, they protested the move to allow secondary suites.

     

    “I think what we have is a situation where the community has sort of begrudgingly agreed undefined but agreed undefined to some development around this site to help defray the costs of renovating the Hart house itself,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said.

     

    The 1905 home has been designated a municipal heritage site, which preserves the home rather than the entire property. It had been put on the market for $5 million by Teatro restaurant owner Dario Berloni in 2010, but he still owns it.

     

    Before the Hart wresting clan owned the property, the mansion was owned by Judge Henry Patterson. It was originally built more than a century ago by Edward Crandell, a prominent businessman and city alderman.

     

    Source: Jason Markusoff, The Calgary Herald, December 4, 21012

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