June 14, 2017

June 14, 2017
Activate Your Space!
Have you heard the buzz? ActivateYYC officially opened on June 1st, and is now accepting applications for microgrant projects! ActivateYYC provides reimbursement microgrants – averaging $750 – to organized groups and businesses to experiment with temporary local projects and events that motivate Calgarians to walk, play and be neighbourly. We strongly believe that every space is savable, every space is playable, every space can be activated and we can all be neighbourly any time of the year. Learn more here or print out a FAQ on ActivateYYC here.
Community Callouts for Planning Projects
Is there a community project that you would like to see in your community? We are looking for communities to participate in our community planning projects “Exploring Communities” and the “EVDS Community Project” in partnership with the University of Calgary. Click here for more information and the application form! Applications are due August 31st, 2017.
Contact either Ben or Carrie for more information.

Alberta Health Services Food Safety
Do you have some fun events coming up that might involve food in public? Please see the Alberta Food Safety Basics for Special Events Booklet, which has also been added to our Members Only website.

Chip in Fore Communities Golf Tournament: INDIVIDUAL – Friday, August 11
Chip in Fore Communities Golf Tournament: PAIR – Friday, August 11
Chip in Fore Communities Golf Tournament: THREESOME – Friday, August 11
Chip in Fore Communities Golf Tournament: FOURSOME – Friday, August 11

Click here to see more upcoming events!


Calgary Foundation’s Vital Signs survey now open!
The Calgary Foundation exists to build a diverse, healthy and vibrant community. To do this, we rely on the insights, compassion and giving spirit of citizens. By adding your voice to Calgary’s Vital Signs survey before June 26, you are helping to identify community needs, as well as opportunities to address important priority areas: community connections, living standards, wellness, environment and arts.

Serve on a City of Calgary Board, Commission or Committee
Share your expertise with The City of Calgary Council, by applying to serve on one of The City’s various Boards, Commissions or Committees (BCCs). There are currently a number of BCCs recruiting for new public members, seeking individuals with an interest in the work of the committees and a desire to give back to the community. Although some public member positions have specific eligibility requirements, most require only enthusiasm, interest and commitment. The application deadline is June 30. Click here for more information.

FunTeam Grants
FunTeam Alberta is a non-profit organization that assists individuals and families in participating in less competitive and low costs sports. FunTeam is designed to guide volunteers in the organization and implementation of sport in their own neighbourhood or community. FunTeam had various grants available, like Family Try-athlon Grant, RecTeam Event Grant, Membership Grants, and Soccer Tournament Grant. For more information on available grants and how to apply visit funteamalberta.com.

City of Calgary – Pathway and Bikeway Survey
The City of Calgary is collecting feedback from Calgarians throughout the month of June: “whether you use Calgary pathways and bikeways to commute to work or school, for exercise or to explore our city, we want to hear about your experience. You can participate in our online survey until June 30.” Visit Calgary.ca/pathwaybikeway

Nourishing Calgary
The Nourish campaign is looking for opportunities to get involved in community. Nourish focuses on childhood development to learn more click here, to request Nourish at your next event here.

Launch of Community Hubs Celebration
Drop by the Village Square Leisure Centre (2623 56 Street NE) between 3-6 pm on Wednesday, June 28 to celebrate the official launch of the Community Hubs project. Hosted by United Way of Calgary and Area, The City of Calgary, and Rotary Club of Calgary, this family friendly celebration will feature a FREE BBQ, activity stations and live music. Click here for more information.

Are You Ready For Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation?
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into full force on July 1, after a three-year phase-in period for organizations to come into compliance. The legislation requires organizations to have express or implied consent for every commercial electronic message that is sent. Examples of commercial electronic messages could include membership sales, workshops, conferences, and other paid events. Other requirements of the legislation include providing an unsubscribe option and including sender identification information on all electronic messages.

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

Promoting Healthy Neighbourhoods by Ending Discrimination against Children in Housing
With the availability and cost of housing, an apartment or row housing may be the only affordable option for young families in all neighbourhoods. Unfortunately, a large portion of apartments and multi-unit housing projects in Alberta are adult-only. Alberta is one of the only provinces that still allows discrimination against children in rental and condo housing. Consequently, housing choices for families are limited. The Child Friendly Housing Coalition of Alberta (CFHCA – a non-partisan coalition of people and organizations — was recently created to eliminate discrimination against children and their caregivers in multi-unit housing.
The CFHCA is asking that the Alberta Human Rights Act be amended to:

  • include protection in tenancy for children (0-18);
  • prohibit adult-only residential buildings and explicitly state that condominium corporations cannot discriminate;
  • include NO exemptions other than for supportive housing serving vulnerable demographics with specialized needs (ex. Persons with Disabilities/seniors).

​Do you support the mission of the Child Friendly Housing Coalition to end discrimination against children and their caregivers in housing? If so, it is important to let your MLA know. To make it easy, go to the Coalition’s website for a letter template or postcard.

Policy Changes to Encourage Urban Food Production
Council has endorsed the vision in the Calgary Eats! Food strategy, which supports multiple forms of urban food production. The City is therefore proposing amendments to the land use bylaw to enable Food Production in commercial land use districts as a discretionary land use. Currently, the City only allows the production of food inside a building in the Industrial districts. The proposed changes will allow indoor food production activities to be extended into commercial districts as a business opportunity, where food such as leafy greens could be sold from the same location they are produced. At the “Promoting Calgary’s Local Food System” open house in November there was a high level of support from the public and stakeholders, with almost 90 per cent of the 65 comments received indicating support to increase opportunities for food production. If you’d like to learn more about the proposed changes for urban food production, click here

17 Avenue Construction Update for June
As part of the 17th Avenue streestscape upgrades, construction has begun on the north side of the street between Macleod Trail and 1 St SE. This section should be completed in six to eight weeks. Crews have also begun work on the second block between 1 St SE and Centre St. During construction, one lane will be kept open as much as possible to accommodate business access and local traffic. Starting June 8th, 14 and 15 Ave S will become one-way streets between Macleod Trail and 8 St SW. In the Spring of 2018, they will become one-ways between 8th St and 14th St SW.You can click here to learn more about the changes to 14th and 15th Ave, or here to learn more about the project in general.

June Green Line Update
The City is seeking City Council approval on the ultimate Green Line vision, which includes the full alignment, plans for city-shaping, transit oriented development policy, and more. Members of the public are welcome to submit letters or speak at the public hearing portion of each Committee meeting. Many public events are also being hosted throughout the month of June. The project team will be in communities along the line to share details of Stage 1 of construction and to talk about what will be presented to City Council at the end of the month. An event in the Beltline on June 15 will present the details of the recommended alignment that will connect Victoria Park and Inglewood/Ramsay. There are 10 events planned, so be sure to click here to find the one nearest you.

Media Guide (For Dealing with The Media)

Have some big summer programs and events coming up? Big community announcements? Check out our Media Guide (For Dealing with The Media) if you need some tips, tricks, and thoughts on contacting the media!

1.        Photo and Video Release Form Template

2.        Sample PSA

3.        Special Events Director Job Description

4.        Volunteer Timesheet – Program or Special Event Log



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