April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018

Have you got your tickets to Shifting Attitudes our 8th Beyond the Four Walls Conference? 
Join us on Saturday, April 28 at the Winston Heights-Mountview Community Association for a whole day of learning and networking with your peers from other community associations and community based non-profit organizations. You might be wondering, what does Shifting Attitudes mean? This year’s conference theme will have attendees shift their attitudes on board governance, green spaces, community economic development, community hubs, and neighbourhood engagement. Click here to register.
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week 2018 is April 15 to 21 and we at the Federation of Calgary Communities want to thank the 20,000 volunteers that make up Calgary’s 151 community associations – the largest collective volunteer network in the city. Stay tuned to our social media as we will be sharing videos and posts that you are welcome to use to thank the volunteers who make up your community association. 
Beware: Fraudulent Emails 

A couple of organizations have reached out to us stating that they have been receiving fraudulent emails that look extremely legit. For example, an email from the president’s email address to the treasures asking for a transfer of funds. Please check these emails about money transfers very carefully and be extra cautious. If you do get these emails or have questions about them please reach out to your Calgary Police Service Community Resource Officer (CRO).

Pitch Night: Neighbour Grants LIVE!
No dragons or sharks! On April 14, from 4 – 7 pm, watch groups pitch their ideas for improving their neighbourhoods and communities and YOU get to decide which ones will share in the $50,000 in Neighbour Grants awarded at the end of the night. Get your tickets here.

The Value of Face-to-Face Communication – Tuesday, April 10 
Workers Compensation Board (WCB) Workshop – Thursday, April 12 
Neighbourhood Income Inequality + Social Inclusion – Saturday, April 17 
Planning Committees 201: Operating and Improving – Tuesday, April 17 
Click here for more upcoming events
Shift from Inside to Outside
Lori Beattie, author of Calgary’s Best Walks, will take you on a walking tour through the community of Winston Heights/Mountview to inspire the value of walking as a way to get to know your neighbours and neighbourhood. Be inspired to reconnect with the outdoors. Come prepared to get your steps in for the day as we shift out into the community. Please note, this session is a walking tour that will be 60 – 75 minutes long and will be throughout the community of Winston Heights Mountview, please prepare for rain or shine and proper footwear. Register to attend here.
Green Calgary Rain Barrel Sales Beginning in April!
Green Calgary is hosting several rain barrel events in local communities throughout the spring and summer, where you can purchase a rain barrel, all the fittings and other green products for your organization or home. You can also receive free advice and on-site education from water conservation educators. For more info and dates for upcoming local sales click here or email Ghita.
Community Planning Exchange
Our next Community Planning Exchange is just over a month away! This free workshop on May 12 will include presentations on the lifecycle of schools, middle housing, and parks and green spaces. Learn more and register here!
Concepts, Perceptions and Realities of Neighbourhood Income Inequality and Social Inclusion
Come to our workshop, Neighbourhood Income Inequality and Social Inclusion! As part of the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership (NCRP), researchers will present three different projects related to income inequality. Click here to register!
Critical Service Provider
Did you know that the Federation is a Critical Service Provider for the City of Calgary’s emergency response plan? To learn more about what that means and how community associations are involved in the process, click here.
Lion Awards
The 2018 Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards are coming up, and we want to see your projects! The Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have undertaken initiatives, of any scale, in support of heritage conservation in Calgary. Apply here!
Outdoor Rink Volunteer Appreciation & Networking Event
Join the City of Calgary on Thursday April 12 for a celebration of all the hardworking outdoor rink volunteers who put in countless hours to make rinks for all to enjoy. Chat with other rink volunteers, share stories and tips for how to make things even better next year. This event is free, and a light dinner will be provided. For registration and more info click here.
Free workshop on April 16: Spaces as Places
Creating 8-80 communities for walking, biking, interaction and play. Join us and guest speakers Dr. Kay Teschke and Rebecca O’Brien for a discussion about what factors make people of all ages and abilities feel comfortable walking and riding a bike, and how cities can design our spaces to make walking and riding a bike safer. Click for more info.

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. Planning Committees 201: Do you want to learn more about the SDAB? Jim Palmer SDAB member and community leader will share his knowledge about common challenges and gaps that our community associations face at the SDAB and tips on how to avoid them. Sign up today!
  2. April 5 Public Hearing on Cannabis Legalization: The public hearing on the City’s proposed policies relating to cannabis legalization will take place on April 5 at 9:30 am in Council Chambers at the Calgary Municipal Building. Issues relating to public consumption and enforcement will be discussed at a committee meeting on April 3. Click here for more info.
  3. FAQ on the Changes to Secondary Suites Part 2: The Federation has new information on how the changes to secondary suites will be implemented. We have created a secondary suite FAQ Part 2 and summarized the updates to share with your community. Click here to learn more.
  4. Notice posting survey: The City would like to stop advertising approved Development Permits in the newspaper and move primarily to advertising through online tools such as the Planning & Development Map. This change would not apply to change in land use or existing notice posting details. Help us gather data on your preferences for notification and what potential barriers you see with this change. Click here to fill out the survey
  5. Infill Working Group Update: The Infill working group met for the first time since their introduction to one another and the group’s objective on March 1. Click here to read our discussion items.
  6. Faculty of Environmental Design Year End Show: Join EVDS at their 2018 Year End Show on April 21. This open house gallery will showcase the final studio projects and theses from the graduating Master’s Students from the Faculty of Environmental Design including Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Environmental Design Research. Click here for more info.

National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. This year, April 15 – 21 is NVW – let’s recognize the contributions of volunteers in our communities and thank them for their efforts.

  1. Introduction to the Campaign
  2. Certificate of Volunteer Appreciation
  3. Social Media Tip Sheet
  4. Thank You Card Template

The next and last round of ActivateYYC will be due on July 3, 2018. Get your great ideas and projects in today! FYI: Wards 7, 8, 9 and 11 are sold out – congratulations on your ActivateYYC projects! Have an idea for ActivateYYC or need some more information? Come visit us at the Beyond the Four Walls Conference: Shifting from Passive to Active.