June 10, 2020 Get Engaged!

June 10, 2020 Get Engaged!

June 10, 2020

In this issue:

  • Neighbour Day is coming up soon!
  • June Faces of Community Feature!
  • June is National Indigenous History Month
  • Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan

… and more!

Neighbour Day is coming up soon!
Neighbour Day is on Saturday, June 20 and we want every Calgarian taking part in the celebration! If you don’t have plans yet, we have got you covered! Working with the Sunalta Community Association and the City of Calgary, we have created an exciting Neighbour Day Scavenger Hunt to help you and your neighbours celebrate the day! Click here to find the scavenger hunt. Need help telling your residents about Neighbour Day? We’ve made it easy for you! Click here to download a sample communications package to help you communicate to your neighbours and get everyone involved in Neighbour Day! Whatever your plans, do not forget to use the hashtag #yycNeighbourDay so that everyone in the city can follow along on all the fun! Whether you are using our scavenger hunt card, or you have your own fun activity planned, we want all Calgarians to celebrate Neighbour Day!

Federation of Calgary Communities Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter
We believe that racism and discrimination have no place in our communities. We are inspired by Calgarians and those across Canada and the world who are standing together in this fight against racism and police brutality. We all have a role to play. We encourage our members to think about what their role is in eliminating racism and discrimination in our communities. We understand that as an organization we still have a lot to learn but we are dedicated to that learning and becoming better allies, as well as sharing information on resources and organizations who are leading in this work on anti-racism and equity in our communities and beyond. Please click here to read our full statement.

Community Associations without buildings discussion 

Join us and the Calgary Evergreen Community Association on June 25 at noon for a discussion with your peers on important topics for community associations without buildings. Bring your questions and together we will create the agenda. Topics for discussion can include creative ways to build value for your community association, building your community association’s identity, developing or sharing amenities, working with residents associations and other community partners, and fund development. All community associations, with buildings or no buildings, are welcome to attend and share your insights on these topics! Click here to register.

June Faces of Community Feature!
We are excited to introduce you to Yuvraj, our Faces of Community 2020 feature for the month of June! Yuvraj is a driven individual who has been organizing and leading initiatives to fight hunger, poverty, and discrimination for over four years. With a heart for Calgary youth, he aims to engage and champion for the interest of young Albertans in anyway he can. Click here to learn more about Yuvraj and the work he does!

Financial Literacy One-on-One Support!

This summer, we welcomed Andy to our team. Andy is a business administration and accounting student who is providing one-on-one financial accountability support in areas like cash flows and budgeting to our members, as well as to answer any questions you, your community association volunteers, and treasurers may have in regards to any resources available during COVID-19. To get in touch with Andy, send  him an email at help@calgarycommunities.com. We also have a Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Tracker Tool available! Our CEWS Tracker Tool will help you determine the best method to receive the most out of your benefit as well as determining eligibility. Click here to access this resource.

Cleaning Supplies for Community Associations
We have restocked Quat Plus, gloves, 1 L hand sanitizers, and face shields on our online store! Quantities are limited, so make sure to order yours while you can. Note that there is a limit of one per customer to give everyone a chance to get these items for their community gardens. Thanks to generosity of The Calgary Foundation Neighbour Grants – your community garden can still save an extra 15% off the already reduced cost using the coupon code GARDEN15 (we have scored some awesome prices!). Shop now on our charity’s website, The Friends of the Federation of Calgary Communities, by clicking here.

June is National Indigenous History Month

Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary is hosting a virtual celebration on June 21 for National Indigenous Day. This year’s theme is, “Keeping the Circle Strong through Mother Earth’s Future Generations.” You can check out the event schedule here and join the celebrations! On June 17 at noon you are also welcome to join the CDLI Meet Up: Equity and Reconciliation in Calgary. On June 9, the Tamarack Institute hosted a webinar on “Creating a Culture of Equity and Reconciliation.” CDLI, Carya and the Federation are collaborating to host a conversation to reflect on Calgary communities’ collective learnings from the webinar and what that means from a Calgary specific context. While June is the national month of celebration, and National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated on June 21, we encourage learning to happen throughout the year. Click here to register for this session.

Board Burnout: When Only a Few People Do All of the Work
Our last Table Talk Tuesday before we take a break for the summer is coming up on June 16! Join us at noon for ‘Table Talk – Board Burnout: When Only a Few People Do All of the Work.’ Are you suffering from the notion that the same few people do all the work? Join us to learn about some of our own barriers, and ways we can attract new people before we all burn out. Click here to register today!
June is Pride Month!
June is also Pride Month! Our friends at the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) have some great resources to help facilitate a more inclusive and respectful environment for LGBTQ+ communities! You can find them by clicking 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. Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) are documents that will guide land use and transportation in Calgary in the long term. The City is proposing amendments to the two plans and will be collecting feedback online until June 26. Please click the link above to read the proposed amendments and to provide feedback.

2. Green Line Stage 1 Alignment

On Tuesday June 2, the Green Line Committee of Council agreed to forward recommendations on Green Stage 1 alignment to City Council. City Council will decide on the recommendations on June 15, 2020. You can participate by speaking at the meeting or by providing a written public submission. You can also watch the committee meeting online here. You can read about the recommended Stage 1 alignment and see answers to answers to frequently asked questions by clicking the above link.

3. Changes to Outdoor Patio Permitting Process
As the City continues in its reopening process for restaurants and small businesses, City Council has announced a new temporary permitting process for outdoor patios. Businesses can now apply for temporary patios on public properties such as the sidewalk. Businesses that wish to establish a patio on private property will need a development permit; once the development permit has been approved, the patio approval is permanent. Please click the link above to read more.

4. Share your thoughts on Calgary’s Landmark Projects
A research group with the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary is exploring the impact of large-scale infrastructure projects on residents of Calgary. If you are impacted by either Downtown, the Plus 15 or the Ring Road, the team will like to hear from you. Click the link above and share if you use any of these infrastructures and how you would like to see them change in the future.

5. Explore Your Street Survey
The City would like your input to help them understand how you use your neighbourhood streets. Please share your experiences, observations, drawings, and pictures of how you use the streets in your community. You can complete the survey in the link above for as many streets as you want.

6. The Community Guide to the Planning Process
We are in the process of updating the Community Guide to Planning Process and need your help! If you have used the guide before, we want to hear your thoughts on what can be improved. Please fill out this survey to share your thoughts!

7. Community Amenity Map
We are also creating a Community Amenity map. This map will list some amenities that can be found in communities across the city, such as schools, rinks, and dog parks. We need your help to review that the information we have for this map is correct! Please fill out this survey to let us know what we got right and what we missed!

Template – Cash Flow Projections 
Does your community organization need support in financial planning? We have two excellent resources that can help your organization breakdown the financial resources you expect to come in and out of your organization. Cash flow forecasting is essential in order to make decisions that support your organization’s financial health.