March 21, 2018

March 21, 2018

March 21, 2018

Featured Face of Community
From now until next March, we will be featuring one of our 2018 Faces of Community every month. This month’s feature is Ali McMillan! Ali is the Planning Director with the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association. She got involved with the organization three years ago when she moved to Calgary and wanted a way to meet her neighbours and learn more about where she lives. Ali’s contribution to not only her community, but Calgary as a whole, in the past three years has been inspiring to say the least! Read more of Ali’s story here and watch her YouTube feature here.
Conference Registration Now OPEN!
Did you know registration is open for our 8th Beyond the Four Walls community conference? Join us on Saturday, April 28 at the Winston Heights-Mountview Community Association for a day of Shifting Attitudes. Come prepared to shift your attitudes on community hubs, neighbourhood engagement, green spaces, community economic development, and board governance. Our hope is that your participation results in a shift in your organizations’ approach to community building. Click here to register for this exciting conference today!



The Value of Face to Face Communication – Tuesday, April 10
Workers Compensation Board (WCB) Workshop – Thursday, April 12
GST for Not-for-Profits – Thursday, April 12
Growth & Change: Transit Oriented Development (PIP Elective Course) – Saturday, April 14
Click here for more upcoming events


Beyond the Four Walls: Shifting Attitudes from Active to Passive
ActivateYYC is a microgrant program that has activated several communities across Calgary, resulting in projects and events that have brought people together to walk, play, and be neighbourly. Participate in creating your own project and experience the ActivateYYC shift for yourself! The Shifting Attitudes Conference takes place on Saturday, April 28. To register, click here.
Neighbour Day 2018
This year is the 5th anniversary of Neighbour Day here in Calgary! On Saturday, June 16, 2018 Calgarians will once again gather together to get to know their neighbours and explore their community. As a community association, we encourage you to take part in the Neighbour Day celebrations, whether that means hosting your own event to bring neighbours together, or by encouraging your residents to host their own smaller events and activities throughout your community. Click here for Neighbour Day information, ideas, and resources.
Community Planning Exchange: Change in Communities II
Join us for our second Community Planning Exchange: Change in Communities II. This free workshop on Saturday, May 12 will include presentations on the lifecycle of schools, middle housing, and Parks and Green Spaces. Learn more and register here!
AGLC Liquor Licenses Now Online
Back in November 2017, AGLC launched an online application portal to make the process of purchasing and applying for a liquor license easy and convenient. Did you know that there are two types of special event liquor licenses? There are private non-sale and private resale. First, to clarify, a private event is a function that is only open to members and invited guests, this event is not open to the general public. A private non-sale license is for an event where guests do not pay for liquor or for their admission to the event; whereas a private resale licence is for an event where guests must pay for liquor or their admission. The cost for a private non-sale licence is $10 and private resale license is $25. For more information and to apply for an liquor license online, click here.
Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership
Come to our workshop, Neighbourhood Income Inequality and Social Inclusion! As part of the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership (NCRP), researchers will present three different projects related to income inequality. Click here to register!
New Workshops for the Network!
Workers Compensation Board (WCB) – Are you interested in learning more about WCB Coverage and who you can choose to cover or not, how to calculate the cost of WCB, and the benefits of WCB coverage for your organization? Join us for an exclusive workshop on Thursday, April 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. To register click here.
Succession Planning – Does your organization have a succession plan? Join us as we discuss strategies on how to recruit, retain and develop a succession plan for your organization. Register for an exclusive workshop on Wednesday, April 18 from 7 – 9 p.m. Click here to register.

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. Planning Committees 201: Do you want to learn more about the SDAB? Jim Palmer SDAB member and community leader will share his knowledge about common challenges and gaps that our community associations face at the SDAB and tips on how to avoid them. Sign up today!
  2. Secondary suites: New changes on the application and management for secondary suites were passed at Council on Monday, March 12. Click here to learn more about what the changes will mean for your community.
  3. Partners in Planning Certificate: Have you finished your courses and are wondering about the next steps? Don’t worry, after our last PIP in April, we will reach out to all graduates of the 2017-2018 year about how to get their certificate. If you are available, we have a small ceremony in June! Stay tuned.
  4. Notice posting survey: The City would like to stop advertising approved Development Permits in the newspaper and move primarily to advertising through online tools such as the Planning & Development Map. This change would not apply to change in land use or existing notice posting details. Help us gather data on your preferences for notification and what potential barriers you see with this change. To fill out the survey, click here.
  5. Infill Working Group Update: The Infill working group met for the first time since their introduction to one another and the group’s objective on Thursday, March 1. Click here to read our discussion items.
  6. Free workshop on April 16 – Spaces as places: Creating 8-80 communities for walking, biking, interaction and play. Join us and guest speakers, Dr. Kay Teschke and Rebecca O’Brien, for a discussion about what factors make people of all ages and abilities feel comfortable walking and riding a bike, and how cities can design our spaces to make walking and riding a bike safer. Click here for more info.

Spring Time! Does your CA want to build a community garden?
Is your CA interested in starting a community garden? Do you have a committee set up to plan this initiative? What are the steps to start a community garden? Check out our handy resources.

  1. How to start a community garden in your neighbourhood
  2. Community Gardens Handbook – AHS
  3. Terms of Reference – Community Garden Committee
  4. City of Calgary – Community Gardens

The ‘Stories’ tab of the ActivateYYC website features a map that shows the location, date and description of projects – including our NEW Round 2 Recipients! You can also learn the stories of how past ActivateYYC projects came to be. Give it a glance here.