April 29, 2020 Get Engaged!

April 29, 2020 Get Engaged!

April 29, 2020

In this issue:

  • Considerations for your community garden during COVID-19
  • Learn something new at noon
  • Random Acts of Rainbows
  • Established Areas Growth and Change Strategy

… and more!

Considerations for your Community Garden during COVID-19

Join us and representatives from Alberta Health Services and Toole Peet Insurance on May 5 at 1:30 pm for a discussion on opening your community gardens amid COVID-19. During this online session, we’d also like to hear from you on what might be helpful for you to have a successful season. Click here to register. Toole Peet has received inquiries about insurance in relation to offering community gardens during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here to learn more.

Join us for Online Monday Matters!
We started Monday Matters to provide support to our members outside of regular business hours. These drop-in sessions on the first Monday of every month were available to any member who needed support from our team. While we have had to postpone all in-person Monday Matters for the foreseeable future, we still want to provide that one-on-one support to our members online! Join us for our Online Monday Matters session on May 4 and our Engagement Team will be available to help you with your questions! Click here to register and “drop-in” anytime between 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm on Monday, May 4.

Please be aware of scam emails 
We have heard from one of our member organizations that they have received a scam email from someone impersonating their treasurer. Please remain vigilant as you may see an increase in scam emails during this time. Please see our ‘Featured Resource’ section below for resources to help you protect your organizations from these potential risks.

Learn something new at noon!
We have a lot of exciting Table Talk Tuesday sessions coming up in the next few weeks! These short online workshops feature a 15 minute presentation, followed by another 15 minutes for a live question and answer period. Register for our next session, At the Heart of Conflict, by clicking here. Conflict happens. Learn about some common reasons, how to prevent conflict, and some resources that are available to help work things out! To register for another upcoming Table Talk, click here to view our events calendar.

Recognize a deserving volunteer! 
Do you want to recognize an amazing volunteer in your community? Nominate them for a Toole Peet Community Hero Award! Along with our proud sponsor Toole Peet Insurance, we would like to recognize the many unsung heroes who make OUTSTANDING contributions by volunteering in their communities through their community association. Please note: to practice safe physical distancing, our team will only be presenting these awards virtually for the foreseeable future. Click here to nominate a volunteer through our new online form or download our mail-in nomination form.

Random Acts of Rainbows 
Looking for fun ways to engage your members and residents? The Random Acts of Rainbows campaign is a great way to share kindness, joy and hope while we practice physical distancing. Across the world, rainbows have become a symbol of hope during these difficult times. Whether you are drawing a rainbow with chalk, putting a rainbow drawing in your window, or even writing a song- there is no limit to how you and your can community share rainbows, so get creative! Click here to learn more and to access their toolkit for ideas!

Calgary Foundation: Stepping Stones Grants
The Stepping Stones grants encourages active citizenship by helping grassroots groups undertake small creative projects that build connections between people and their local neighbourhoods and communities. This program is a partnership between Connect First Credit Union and Calgary Foundation and offers grant support of up to $1,000 for project expenses. In this time of COVID-19 physical isolation, projects of virtual community gatherings and local response activities that help neighbours help neighbours will also be supported. All projects must abide by the latest public health regulations. Click here to learn more.

Here are a few highlights from our urban planning world this month. Be sure to check our blog for a complete listing of recent events and updates! ​​​​

1. Established Area Growth and Change Strategy
The Established Area Growth and Change Strategy (the “Strategy”) is broadly focused on helping growth in established areas of Calgary that is aligned with policy, supported by the market and financially sustainable. It will be presented to the Priorities and Finance Committee of Council today, April 29, at 9:30 am. The meeting agenda can be accessed by the above link. The meeting can be live streamed here.

2. School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape – Crossroads Studio Project
Students in their final year of the Master in Planning program at the University of Calgary have been working in collaboration with the Crossroads Community Association. If you would like to see what the students have been working on, click the above link.

3. Development Map
The City of Calgary’s Development Map is a convenient way to inform citizens and community associations of applications in their areas. They can also submit their comments, concerns or support through the email function embedded in the map. Emails submitted through the map go directly to the Planner reviewing the file. To access the map, click the above link. Look out for more improvements to the map.

4. Development Appeal Periods
On April 17, The Government of Alberta signed a new Ministerial Order which rescinded the Order signed on March 31. The original order caused unintentional permit delays and affected appeal deadlines for development permit and subdivision applications, as well as unintentionally delayed construction of those developments. For more information on the new order, click the above link.

Guide – Cyber Security Toolkit 
At this time, organizations may see an increase in scam emails or other related cyber security issues. Learn how you can protect your organizations from these potential risks, please review these great resources to help you