January 27, 2021 Get Engaged!

January 27, 2021 Get Engaged!



January 27, 2021



In this issue:

  • Cork Connection: Wine Online!
  • Exploring Communities: Community Collabs Announced 
  • Coldest Night of the Year
  • The Guidebook for Great Communities

and more!






Cork Connection: Wine Online

Have you heard? Cork Connection has moved online! Normally we’d invite you to a night filled with wine, bidding, and some good ol’ fashioned Federation fun, but COVID-19 has made us pivot and we’re trying something new. This year, we have two events: Wine Survivor (it’s like “Survivor”, but with wine) and Wine Education (grapes to glass with a Federation twist). Be Part of It!





Fair View Association Reimagined
The Federation connected two Master of Architecture Students from the U of C, Jarrid and Angela, with a community that wanted support. After a few e-introductions, the board and the students began their work. Together, they reimagined a space and created a stunning and inviting design. Take a look at how they completely transformed an empty space into a scalable and multipurpose year-round place for all residents to gather!

Partners in Planning: Planning Implementation
Join us for the second Partners in Planning core course, Planning Implementation, on Saturday, February 6 at 9:00 am. Learn how to navigate the Land Use Bylaw and discover other factors that influence the built form such as design, density, and land use. Be Part of It!






Community Collabs Announced 
Congratulations to Calgary Legacy, Silver Springs, Richmond Knob Hill and Palliser-Bayview-Pumphill Community Associations! These four have been selected to work with students from the Urban Studies department at the University of Calgary. This collaborative program brings students and community association volunteers together to implement placemaking projects that re-envision unused community spaces. Students work to inspire a meaningful connection between community associations and their residents through the development of projects by identifying demographics, community needs and amenities unique to each community. The final projects are presented in a ‘Pitch Night’ to a panel of community volunteers and stakeholders. Interested in being a judge? Drop us an email at friends@calgarycommunities.com!

Internal Controls
Looking for a workshop to teach you about financial controls you can use with your organization? Register for our Internal Controls workshop on February 8 at 7:00 p.m.! During the session you will learn about internal controls and financial policies that should be in place to reduce the risk for theft, fraud and personal liability.

Conflict Management
Is your board looking for more effective and proactive ways to manage conflict? Join us February 2 at 7:00 p.m. for our Conflict Management workshop presented by the Community Mediation Calgary Society. During the session, you will learn skills and steps you can apply to address conflict in one-on-one situations and as a board. Be Part of It!



Coldest Night of the Year
We need you! Coldest Night of the Year is a covid-safe, family-friendly walk to raise money for charities serving people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger. Since 2015, The Coldest Night of the Year campaign has partnered with The Mustard Seed in Calgary. The Mustard Seed’s campaign will provide funding towards our Marlborough Neighbour Centre, along with four other community hubs. Join us and The Mustard Seed for an information session on February 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. by registering here.

In this NEW three-part virtual workshop series, you will learn how stories work and how to use them in the most effective way. From the foundational principles of storytelling, to crafting strategic stories, to how to disseminate stories in all platforms. In this practical workshop series, you’ll learn and apply the skills to create stories that drive action. Click to register; dates for this three-part series are February 9, February 23, AND March 9, 2021.

Crime Prevention
My name is Mark MacGillivray and I facilitate crime prevention open houses via Zoom on behalf of community associations in Calgary. By taking care of all technical aspects of this meeting, association board members can focus their efforts on delivering timely information to their members. Your members bring their questions and concerns about crime and safety in their community and receive timely information on active issues, including practical advice, directly from active members of the Calgary Police Service.  This meeting is captured, edited, uploaded and shared to your community. The greatest benefit of this initiative is that it presents a tremendous opportunity for your members to engage with and get involved in crime and safety initiatives in their community. Past Crime Prevention Open Houses: Marda Loop, Bankview and Richmond/Knob Hill. If you are interested in having a Crime Prevention Open House for your community, please contact Mark at yyccrimeprevention@gmail.com.



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

1. The 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 has simplified urban form categories, additional policies to protect heritage assets and new policies on low density residential zones. There will be a virtual information session on January 30 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.. Register for the session to learn all about the changes to the guidebook. The Guidebook will be going to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) committee on February 3. This is an opportunity to send letters or present to members of PUD. Please complete this form to register to speak or to submit a written submission.

2. North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
If you live in one of the inner-city communities surrounding 16th Avenue and Centre Street, you may be part of the North Hill Communities Local Area Plan (North Hill Plan). Just like the Guidebook, the North Hill Plan has also been revised. The plan has been revised based on the direction of Council; check out the latest version of the plan hereCity administration is hosting a virtual session this evening, January 27 at 6:30 p.m., where you can learn about the proposed North Hill Communities Local Area Plan and the Guidebook for Great Communities. The North Hill plan will also be going to Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) committee on February 3. Please complete this form to register to speak or to submit a written submission.

3. Neighbourhood Speed Limit Review
On February 1, Council will be discussing whether to reduce the speed limit of residential and collector roadways. The recommendations are:

  1. Give three readings to the proposed City of Calgary Standard Speed Limit Bylaw to change the unposted speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h within city limits.
  2. Direct administration to post 50 km/h speed limit signs on existing Collector roadways unless or until a credible environment for a slower speed limit is provided.

Council can choose to either accept administrations’ recommendation to lower the speed limits, put the item on the 2021 municipal election ballot or reject the speed limit reductions.
Click here to see the proposed changes to road speed limits in your ward and read more about the speed limit review. Interested in sharing your thoughts? Fill out this form to register to speak or submit a written submission to council.

Policies: 3 C’s
Are you familiar with the Essential 3-C Policies? Make sure your organization has these foundational policies in place to ensure proper conduct, clear lines of accountability and promotion of ethical behaviour.