January 13, 2021 Get Engaged!

January 13, 2021 Get Engaged!


January 13, 2021



In this issue:

  • Cork Connection: Wine Online 
  • Faces of Community Feature
  • City of Calgary – Environmental Strategy
  • Guide Book for Great Communities

and more!




Cork Connection: Wine Online 
2020 was full of maybe a little more wine than expected, but hey why not be prepared for whatever 2021 may throw our way! We at the Federation are excited to officially announce our new and adjusted 2021 Cork Connection: Wine Online!

Every year our members look forward to Cork Connection, a night filled with wine, and helping to support the Federation! Though this year may look different we are excited to be running our annual Friendraiser virtually and this year we will have two separate online events!





Wine Education 
Join us and Calgary Coop Wine and Spirits Sommelier Andrew, on February 20th at 7:00pm for a wine education and optional tasting session! Tickets are $10, and you will be provided with a list of a few wines to sip on during the session if you so choose. Upon registration you will receive a discount code to purchase these wines from Coop Wine and Spirits, discount code ONLY VALID at the Oakridge Calgary Coop Wine and Spirits location. Check out our web page for more details!

Wine Survivor 
You survived 2020, can you be the last wine survivor standing? From March 1 until March 5 names will be drawn, until only 5 people remain. The “survivors” will take home a percentage of the total wine! Tickets are $25 and your ticket gets you entered into wine survivor as well as a bottle to be put into the total wine prize. All winners will be curated by a Calgary Coop Wine Sommelier, which can ensure the winner will receive a diverse selection of wines! Do not wait and get your tickets today.




Faces of Community 
Meet David our January Faces of Community, with the Northern Hills Community Association. David’s been an active member of the Northern Hills Community Association for 15 years. Through his work with the community association, he’s brought positive change to his community. Read more about David and all the work he does!

Monday Matters – Cancelled 
After much thought and discussion, we have decided to cancel our Monday Matters sessions. As always, if you need one-on-one support or have any questions, we are still available at any time. We have many learning opportunities available, check out our calendar and workshop guide for all upcoming workshops and events!

Demystifying Financial Statements Join us on January 14 at 1:00 pm for our Demystifying Financial Statements workshop. This workshop will help demystify the elements of audited financial statements while exploring the two most important statements a board should be discussing monthly. Register today and, Be Part of It!



City of Calgary – Environmental Strategy 
The City of Calgary is consolidating their environmental strategies to strengthen their actions to manage our land, biodiversity, water, energy and waste resources in an integrated way. Help define the City’s environmental direction and address Calgary’s most critical environmental challenges. They would like to hear from you! Click here to Share your goals and ideas for a healthy resilient environment now and in the future.

Is your organization seeking to build a more equitable and inclusive community? Don’t miss out on 12CSI’s upcoming virtual workshop series facilitated by Lisa Hari. The workshop series will run from January 14 through February 27 and focus on supporting communities and businesses to build a more inclusive and equitable culture! You can find more detailed information and to register for the workshops here: DiverseCity: Working Together to Build Inclusive Organizations (taking place on Thursday evenings) and DiverseCity: Understanding Our Neighbours (taking place on Saturdays).

City of Calgary Energy Bench Mark
The City of Calgary is openly promoting participation in the Commercial and Institutional Building Energy Benchmarking Program. This program can help building owners and operator’s measure, track, and compare their building energy performance which can be used to improve efficiency, create energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help limit global climate change. To learn more about program eligibility, how to register, and what support you can access as part of the program, please visit www.calgary.ca/energybenchmark or contact energybenchmarking@calgary.ca.



Here are a few highlights from our urban planning world this month.

1. Guidebook for Great Communities
The latest draft of the proposed Guidebook for Great Communities has been released. You can access the document by visiting the link above and clicking “Download the Guidebook”. This version is in response to Council’s direction from July 2020, to simplify the urban form categories and make additional edits. There is also an updated Committee and Council schedule for Q1 2021, which can also be found by clicking here. This includes the Guidebook being presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) today, January 13th, for initial overview and update.

2. North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
Alongside the Guidebook for Great Communities, the North Hill Communities Local Area Plan has also been revised. The latest version of this plan can be found here. Key refinements were made to the plan based on Council’s direction from July 2020. The North Hill Communities Local Area Plan will be presented with the Guidebook for Great Communities at Committee and Council in Q1 2021. You can find this schedule here. It will be presented today, January 13, at the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) for initial overview and update.

3. Partners in Planning: Understanding Planning and Design (Core Course)
Registration for Partners in Planning for the 2021 season is now open! Join us on Saturday, January 16 at 9:00 am, to discover how policies that guide development in Calgary are created and applied. Learn more about these foundational documents such as the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), the Guidebook for Great Communities (formerly Developed Areas Guidebook), and local area plans. Discover how these policies and others are applied to applications as they move through the approvals process. Click here to register of this session and Be Part of It!

4. Table Talk – Planning Hierarchy: From Province to City
Did you know that planning policies are tiered, and policies in lower-level plans can only be created if they are allowed by the province? Join us on January 26 from 12:00-12:30 pm to learn where the City of Calgary’s planning authority comes from.


Building Safe Communities 
Are you curious about how to build safe communities? Check out these videos to learn about addressing issues, figuring out solutions, and creating an action plan for your community!