January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018

Faces of Community Event – March 2

You’re invited to the kick-off of March Community Association Awareness Month with us on Friday, March 2 at the Southview Community Association! We will enjoy wine and light refreshments, celebrate the community association movement and its hard-working volunteers, and reveal the 2018 Faces of Community! Don’t miss out – register now here.

1 week until the ActivateYYC deadline on February 5!
Don’t delay, apply today! Here are 5 tips to help you with your application:

  1. Apply soon! There’s only enough funding for 8 projects per ward, so make sure your community is one of them!
  2. Call us and tell us your idea – We can help you with your application, answer any questions, and give you advice about permits or permissions.
  3. Be aware of the ActivateYYC guidelines, which can be found here.
  4. Find your partners! They can be a community association, non-profit organization, or a business.
    *You need a partner organization for insurance reasons and so we can send them a reimbursement cheque.

Need inspiration? Check out some of the completed #ActivateYYC projects on our Instagram @activateyyc and read about them here.


Building Community Participation through Engagement – Tuesday, January 30
Monday Mingles – Monday, February 5
Going Green: Creating Sustainable Organizations – Wednesday, February 7
Partners in Planning: Planning Green Spaces and Public Amenities (PIP Elective) – Saturday, February 10
Click here for more upcoming events
New Grants for Park Events
The TD Park People Grants program has launched a new grant to support your 2018 park events! This means your organization may be eligible to receive a $2,000 grant to host community events in your local parks and green spaces to make them come alive with events like movie nights, harvest festivals and nature walks. Application deadline is March 5th and groups would be committed to hosting three park events between Earth Day and New Year’s Eve 2018. For more details on the application, eligibility or helpful event ideas click here.
Calgaryarea.com Webpages
Have you visited your calgaryarea.com community webpage recently to see if the information is current and up-to-date? Calgaryarea.com used to be the provider of many community association websites. Now that most of you have your own websites, the site links to your website but still provides information on your community, your facility details, community newsletter, and social media accounts. Have a look at your community’s page here. If you want anything changed all you have to do is email online@calgaryarea.com.
Changes to Employment Standards
As of January 1, 2018 new changes came into effect that will have an impact on all employers. The broad areas that are changing include: absences from work, hours of work and rest, compressed work weeks, deductions, overtime, general holidays and pay, vacation and pay, termination and pay and youth employment. For information and resources to help make the necessary changes to meet compliance click here.
2018 Alberta Health Community Symposium
Communities ChooseWell is teaming up with the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund to bring you their annual Healthy Community Symposium. The theme this year revolves around creating communities that enhance the health and sense of belonging for all community members, and the title is ‘Creating Communities for Everyone’. With Jim Diers, a community organizer, community developer, and founding director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, as keynote speaker this event will be one not to miss. The symposium will be held on March 7 & 8 at the Cranston Residents Association Hall. For more info or to register click here.

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. PIP: Planning Green Spaces and Public Amenities: Want to learn about how our green spaces and public amenities are planned and built from City park planners? Click the link to register for our next PIP course!*We will be notifying PIP graduates about how they can receive their certificates in May.
  2. Updates on the Green Line LRT: The Green Line team will be hosting engagement session from January to March 2018 for feedback on how the LRT will look and feel in your community. Click the link above for more info on the project and for engagement sessions in your area.
  3. Secondary Suites: Council recently voted to make secondary suites a discretionary land use city-wide. Administration will be working towards bylaw changes in the coming months, and will present their report and amending bylaw at the March 12 public hearing. Click the link for more info about the changes and how you can have your voice heard.
  4. Federation Workshops in your Ward: If your community has recently gotten involved in planning and hasn’t had a chance to come to our workshops, we’d like to bring our Orientation to the Planning Process 101 workshops right into your communities. Click the link to find out how to participate!

Understanding Music Licensing for the Hall Rentals and Events
Music at Hall Rentals and Events is not just about licensing it’s about compliance as well. Check out our resources to understand the difference between SOCAN and Re:Sound Licenses and their fees.

  1. City of Calgary Engage Portal
  2. Difference between SOCAN and Re:Sound
  3. SOCAN: Imagine your business without music
  4. SOCAN: Tariff 21 Music License Application Form
  5. SOCAN: Tariff 21 Information Sheet

Bring ActivateYYC to your Parks!
Are you hosting your ActivateYYC project or event in a park and need more than $750? TD Park People is providing $2,000 grants to support park events in Calgary! Apply for ActivateYYC here AND the TD Park People Grants program here.
ActivateYYC: calgarycommunities.com/activateyyc / @activateyyc / @FedYYC
Park People: parkpeople.ca/parkgrants/ / @TD_Canada / @Park_People


Created by: Rebecca Dakin -- Last Modified: January 26, 2018