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City of Calgary General Updates - September 2016

posted Jul 23, 2016, 9:08 PM by Douglas Ratke   [ updated Jul 23, 2016, 9:10 PM ]

Mandatory bylaw for building maintenance approved by City Council

What goes up shouldn’t come down.

In the last few years, there have been several incidents of materials and debris falling off tall buildings, particularly in the downtown core. City of Calgary investigations into these events revealed that there’s more to be done to prevent potentially hazardous situations and protect public safety. That’s why the Building Maintenance Bylaw was developed.

It will require buildings that are five storeys or higher and 10 years and older to complete visual exterior assessments every five years.

The bylaw comes into force on Jan. 1, 2017. To learn more, visit

Calgary AfterSchool

Trying to figure out what to do with your child once school starts?

Calgary AfterSchool offers, fun, safe, supervised, and quality after school programs for Calgary kids aged 6 to 16. A collaborative effort between The City of Calgary and community partners, Calgary AfterSchool programming takes place during the critical hours of 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., when kids are out of school, but parents may not yet be home. Calgary AfterSchool participants gain physical, social, leadership and creative skills.

For more information, including a listing of all programs, visit


The Main Streets’ team has listened, learned and there's more to come!

The City’s Main Streets initiative has heard from Calgarians like you. In addition to considering your input, City planners have been working with economic research experts and industry partners to understand what the market demand, opportunities and challenges are for development in main street areas.


As The City’s Main Streets’ team works to refine solutions for Calgary’s main streets, there will be more opportunities for you to share your input.

To see what The City learned about your main street neighbourhood or to sign-up for email updates, visit


Attend the Main Streets’ public engagement  sessions
At the fall information sessions you’ll be able to drop in and provide feedback at various stations to discuss growth and planning solutions for the main streets specified below. Topics will include zoning, local area plans and streetscape design.

Part 1: discussing options
Topic: 1 Avenue NE / Date: Monday, September 26, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. / Location: Bridgeland-Riverside Community Hall, 917 Centre Avenue N.E.

Topic: 16 Avenue NW & Bowness Road NW (Montgomery) / Date: Wednesday, September 28, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. / Location: Montgomery Community Hall, 5003 - 16 Avenue N.W.

Topic: 36 Street NE / Date: Tuesday, September 27, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. / Location: Calgary Marlborough Community Centre, 636 Marlborough Way N.E.

Topic: 17 Avenue SE / Date: Thursday, September 29, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. / Location: Forest Lawn Community Hall, 4020 - 26 Avenue S.E.

Topic: 17 Avenue SW & 37 Street SW / Date: Tuesday, October 4, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. / Location: Bow Cliff Seniors Hall, 608 Poplar Road S.W.

Part 2: reviewing solutions

Topic: 1 Avenue NE / Date: Monday, October 17, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. / Location: Bridgeland-Riverside Community Hall, 917 Centre Avenue N.E.

Topic: 36 Street NE / Date: Wednesday, October 19, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. / Location: Calgary Marlborough Community Centre, 636 Marlborough Way N.E.

Topic: 17 Avenue SE / Date: Tuesday, October 25, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. / Location: Forest Lawn Community Hall, 4020 - 26 Avenue S.E.

Topic: 16 Avenue NW & Bowness Road NW (Montgomery) / Date: Friday, October 28, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. / Location: Montgomery Community Hall, 5003 - 16 Avenue N.W.

Topic: 17 Avenue SW & 37 Street SW / Date: Thursday, October 20, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. / Location: Bow Cliff Seniors Hall, 608 Poplar Road S.W.

Share your ideas online
Following each event there will also be the opportunity to share your thoughts online. Visit for more information about online input opportunities.

Crowchild Trail Study – Mark your calendar for fall events!

Thanks Calgary for helping us evaluate the preliminary concepts against the project goals.  We used your evaluation as input to identify a set of draft recommendations for the study area.  

We invite you to join us at one of the open houses in October to provide your feedback on the recommendations. These events are part of Phase 5: Concept Selection and Recommendation of the study process. 


Open House #1: Saturday, October 1, 2016

(No RSVP required)

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Sunalta School – 536 Sonora Ave. S.W.


Open House #2: Monday, October 3, 2016

(No RSVP required)

Time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: Red and White Club, McMahon Stadium – 1833 Crowchild Tr. N.W.


We are meeting with property owners whose properties were identified as impacted by the long-term preliminary concepts prior to the scheduled engagement events.  In addition, an open house for residents, businesses and homeowners located within one block of Crowchild Trail is scheduled in September. This invite-only event provides the opportunity for them to share their feedback and perspectives before the broader community. 

Your feedback will help us refine the draft recommendations. The final recommendations will be shared with you in Phase 6: Reporting and Completion in November.  We anticipate presenting the final recommendations to Council in early 2017.

If you’re unable to attend one of the open houses, other engagement events are scheduled and there will be an opportunity to provide your input online.  For a complete list of engagement opportunities, go to

Spread your wings with a birdwatching course

Interested in birdwatching, but don’t know how to get started? The City’s Learn to Birdwatch course can help.

This beginner course will introduce you to the basics of birdwatching, including what equipment to use, where the best viewing locations are and what to look for when identifying different species. Our expert birder will also provide tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your birdwatching experience.

Learn to Birdwatch is offered on Sunday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Registration is $26.25 per person. This course is suitable for 12 years and up, and includes class and field time, so please dress for the weather.

Register before your spot flies away at

Seniors walk explores the history and beauty of Carburn Park

Are you 55 years and up? Do you enjoy fresh air, exercise and learning about our city’s history? Join us for an exclusive guided tour of Carburn Park on Saturday, September 3 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Nestled along the Bow River, featuring two man-made ponds, Carburn Park is one of the city’s most beautiful natural areas. Come for a stroll along its curving trails, learn about the park’s history, plants and wildlife, and relax in this peaceful oasis located within Calgary’s southeast.

Our Seniors Walk in the Park is $21 per person and is wheelchair accessible. Visit to register.


Citizen Dashboard gives Calgarians insight into City performance and Calgary’s quality of life

The City of Calgary’s Citizen Dashboard is an online tool that provides Calgarians with access to information about The City’s performance and how City services contribute to Calgary’s quality of life. Available at, the tool displays performance measures and data using interactive graphs, charts and maps.

“It’s a great example of our efforts to be more open and accountable to Calgarians for the programs we offer at The City,” said Jeff Fielding, City Manager.

Powered by The City’s Open Data Catalogue, the Citizen Dashboard pilot currently displays performance measures for:

·         311

·         Calgary Fire Department

·         Civic Census

·         Water Sustainability

·         Transit Safety & Security

·         Calgary Transit Access

·         Building Regulations

·         Waste Management

·         Roads Maintenance


Additional services and performance measures continue to be added on a regular basis.

Check out the Citizen Dashboard at  

Join Citizens’ View: Calgary’s online panel – over 2,000 members and growing

You’re invited to join more than 2,000 people that have signed up for Citizens’ View, Calgary’s online panel. makes it easier for Calgarians to share their input anytime, anywhere through online surveys and discussions.

As Citizens’ View continues to grow, The City is working to make sure that they hear from people of all ages and areas of Calgary. 

“Creating an even better Calgary takes all of us—not just government,” said Mayor Nenshi. “Citizens are the key to improving our communities and creating the best programs and services for our city. Calgarians are the experts in their lives and I encourage them to share their thoughts about life in Calgary by signing-up at”

The City hopes to attract more than 4,000 people that reflect Calgary’s diverse population. Members can expect to receive surveys once or twice a month, join online discussions, and receive information on City events and service improvements.

Calgarians 18 years and older can sign-up for the Citizens’ View at

Property Tax Assistance Program

Property Tax Assistance Program: Help is available. The City of Calgary may provide a grant/credit of the increase in residential property taxes from 2015 to 2016.

To be eligible, the applicant must:

        Experience an increase in property taxes from 2015 to 2016.

        Live in the principal residence for a minimum of one year.

        Own no other property.

        Must meet low income guidelines of the Fair Entry Program. Visit or call 311.

        Provide an acceptable proof of household income for all members 18 years of age and older. Visit or call 311.

        Apply for the grant/credit by Dec. 1, 2016. Visit or call 311.

·         Even if you are not eligible for the Property Tax Assistance Program, we may be able to help you access other community resources.

Please note: Even though an application has been made to the Property Tax Assistance Program, all property taxes must be paid in full by the due date, June 30, 2016, to avoid a seven per cent penalty.

For more information, or to apply, please contact 311 or visit

Subsidies are available for City services

Need help accessing City of Calgary programs, services or facilities? The City has several programs that are offered at a subsidized rate for Calgarians who may have trouble affording them.  The new Fair Entry process makes applying for fee subsidized City-services easier.

One application allows Calgarians to have their income level assessed for several subsidy programs and services. Apply for:

1.    Calgary Transit Low-Income Transit Pass Program

2.    Recreation Fee Assistance Program

3.    Property Tax Assistance Program

4.    No Cost Spay/Neuter Program

5.    Seniors Services Home Maintenance

For more information or to apply, visit

New to Canada?

Arriving in a new city can be overwhelming. In Calgary, there are many resources and services to assist newcomers, community organizations to help you get settled, and immigrant serving agencies who can help if you’re new to Canada.

The Newcomers Guide to Calgary (available in English and Arabic) provides important information for new residents in an easy to download and print format.

For more information, visit

New Bus Routes coming to northwest and inner city communities

Calgary Transit has completed a major review of 12 bus routes in the northwest and inner city and is excited to share the results with customers. Earlier this year new bus route proposals were shared online and at open houses, and feedback was collected from thousands of transit users and community stakeholders. Public input was incorporated as much as possible in designing the new bus routes.

To see the new bus routes that start on September 5, 2016, please visit or join us at a public information session:

·         Monday, August 15 at Bridgeland Riverside Community Association – 5:30-8:30 p.m.

·         Thursday, August 18 at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association – 5:00-8:30 p.m.

·         Thursday, August 25 at Silver Springs Community Association – 5:30-8:30 p.m.

There will also be pop-up information sessions at Brentwood Station, Dalhousie Station, Crowfoot Station, Lions Park Station, the University of Calgary and SAIT. For dates and times, visit

The scoop on dog poop

With 150 public off-leash areas and over 100,000 dogs in our city, it’s clear Calgarians love their canine companions. What isn’t to love is the stinky situation left behind when owners don’t pick up after their pets.

Cleaning up your dog’s waste helps keep our yards, parks and off-leash areas safe and healthy, and is part of being a responsible pet owner.

Here are five facts you may not know about doggy doo-doo:

1)     It’s classified as a hazardous pollutant. It’s in the same category as toxic chemicals!

2)     It’s crawling with E. coli and often contains roundworm larvae which, if ingested by humans or dogs, can lead to brain, eye and other organ damage.

3)     It’s not a good fertilizer. Its high nutrient content is toxic to lawns and will create “hot spots” causing the grass to burn and discolour.

4)     It doesn’t absorb into the soil, so the risk of spreading its harmful effects can linger for years!

5)     It attracts mice, coyotes and other wildlife that consider it a delicious snack.

Keeping our city pet-waste free is easy, if we all do our part. Always carry pet waste bags with you when you walk your dog, and pick up and properly dispose of your pet’s waste as soon as possible. 

To learn more about the importance of picking up after your pet, join us at a P.U.P.P.Y. (Pick Up Pooch's Poo Yourself) event near you. Visit for details.