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  • City to bring updated Green Line route to Committee Monday
    on 27/05/2020 at 9:16 pm

    On Monday, June 1 Administration will present reports to the Green Line Committee of Council on the Updated Stage 1 route, finance and governance. Updates to the route include: A surface alignment on Centre Street N and a surface station at 16 Avenue N A bridge over the river Addition of 9 Avenue N Station in Crescent Heights A Below-grade station/portal at 2 Avenue S.W. to be integrated in Eau Claire Market redevelopment site 7 Avenue underground station An underground alignment on 11 Avenue in the Beltline and an underground station at 4 Street S.E. BRT improvements “This updated alignment provides a high quality transit system while addressing previous concerns about budget, construction risk and customer experience,” said Michael Thompson, General Manager of Green Line. “It helps us deliver the full Stage 1 route from 16 Avenue N to Shepard and deliver the best value for Calgarians.” This updated route provides benefits including: Maximizing ridership Directly connecting people to the core Facilitates future expansion north and south Connecting people to the Beltline and the Entertainment District BRT enhancements in the north. Green Line is more than a commuter line that gets people to and from downtown. Green Line connects all types of Calgarians to jobs and services throughout all our communities. Transit serves not only those who commute to and from downtown for work, but also those who work in our communities, those who go to school, and those who cannot or do not wish to drive. “High quality transit, like LRT, is a necessity for cities to grow, be attractive to a talented workforce, and to be competitive economic centres, locally and internationally,” said Thompson. “With this in mind, the Green Line is planned for long-term city building opportunities and spurring redevelopment and investment opportunities in Calgary businesses and communities.” As The City’s largest job creation project, construction of Green Line Stage 1 will be a critical component of The City’s COVID-19 recovery effort by creating approximately 20,000 direct and supporting jobs over the duration of construction. We are continuing to move forward to support Calgary’s economic response and long-term recovery. Construction of the Green Line will keep tax dollars in the city, investing in public infrastructure that will serve the needs of Calgarians for decades to come and creating needed jobs in the coming years. The Enabling Works program is keeping people in Calgary working today and will continue to generate jobs between now and when the main construction is scheduled to start in 2021. How to participate in the Committee meeting Members of the public can sign up to speak at the meeting until June 1, just so long as the item they want to speak to hasn’t already passed. Public wishing to speak are invited to contact the City Clerk’s Office by email at [email protected] to register and to receive further information. City Clerks will send out instructions on how to speak during the meeting by phone to members of the public who register leading up to and on the day of meeting. You can watch the committee meeting online at Calgary.ca. For more information on the updated Stage 1 route visit engage.calgary.ca/greenline. -30-

  • Calgarians’ input wanted to shape new direction for public art program
    on 27/05/2020 at 3:59 pm

    The City is moving forward with plans to transition the public art program to an external organization, and we’re seeking input from Calgarians to help shape the future of public art in Calgary. “Calgarians are very passionate about art and continuing to make Calgary an inviting and vibrant place to live and visit,” says Jennifer Thompson, acting manager of Arts and Culture at The City of Calgary. “It’s important we understand the expectations and priorities of Calgarians when it comes to this new direction for public art in our city.” Calgarians can participate in an online survey starting today until June 30. For those who’d like to go a little more in depth, you can attend one of three online sessions on June 16, 17 or 18. Information collected from Calgarians and the arts community will be used to build the procurement process to find the best external organization to operate Calgary’s future public art program. We expect to release the Request for Proposals in early fall 2020, and a final decision to be made by the end of the year. For more information on the new direction of Calgary’s public art program visit Calgary.ca/publicart To take the survey and sign up for an online session, visit Calgary.ca/engage Background information On September 30, 2019, Council directed Administration to hire a third-party consultant to review the public art program and examine options for the program to be managed by an external organization, with the hopes of reducing red-tape and providing a direct connection to the community. The consultant’s findings were shared publicly at Council on November 25, 2019. On April 6, 2020 Council approved that Administration should proceed with next steps to move the public art program to an external organization. These steps include: Engagement with the public and arts stakeholders on what they’d like to see in a future public art program Developing a procurement process to select an external organization to operate the future program -30-

  • City of Calgary update on response to COVID-19 – May 26, 2020
    on 26/05/2020 at 11:20 pm

    The City of Calgary would like to remind citizens that we remain in a State of Local Emergency. This is to support the Government of Alberta’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. The City of Calgary, in collaboration with social agencies, the business community, civic partners and citizens is taking immediate action to respond to COVID-19. Please see below for the latest updates May 25 relaunch update As part of phase one of The Province of Alberta’s relaunch strategy, hairstyling and barbershops as well as cafes, restaurants, pubs, and bars for table service at 50 per cent capacity were permitted to reopen in Calgary yesterday. The initial day of reopening was positive with 311 receiving minimal calls and Business Licencing receiving only two complaints, both related to physical distancing. “Businesses are really trying to work through this new operating landscape. It’s a great time for us, as Calgarians, to help these businesses be successful,” says Calgary Emergency Management Agency Deputy Chief Sue Henry. “Talk to the management of a business, if you see a change that can be done to make the business safer.” Business Licensing officers will continue to be out this week and the foreseeable future, helping to ensure the safety of both staff and patrons in these establishments. Visiting newly opened businesses With many businesses reopening under very different circumstances, The City is asking Calgarians to follow a few simple requests before heading out: Inform yourself – The Province has released the guidelines on the Alberta Biz Connect website for different businesses and it is important that customers understand them too. Please read up on the rules and regulations for each business before visiting them. Prepare yourself - Continue to maintain the everyday practices that have helped us get to today, including physical distancing, frequent handwashing and wearing a face covering when out and about. Blue Cart Update As of May 25, there are no additional cases of COVID-19 at the Cascades Recovery sorting facility. The recycling facility will be operating at about 75 per cent by the end of the week as operations return to normal capacity. If you can’t hold onto material anymore, please put out your blue cart for pickup this week. Thank you for your patience and for putting the right items into the right bins. Calgary Community Standards Weekend Patrols Over the weekend, Peace Officers and Parks Ambassadors observations were overwhelmingly positive. City Parks Ambassadors spoke with over 10,372 people enjoying our parks and pathways. There still are physical distancing issues around skateparks and challenges in Eau Claire due to the sheer volume of people visiting the area Calgarians are asked to avoid the following parks due to congestion:-Eau Claire Promenade-Prince’s Island Park-Sue Higgins Dog Park-Nose Hill Park No tickets were handed out for Public Health Act violations. City officers conducted 190 visible patrols and issued 142 verbal warnings. 64 calls were received related to concerns about citizens not following the public health order, including physical distancing, public gatherings and playground use when closed. Business License received 21 calls over the weekend and conducted 32 inspections. One warning was issued. - 30 -  

  • 2020 Property tax bills
    on 26/05/2020 at 8:08 pm

    Tax bills for approximately 530,000 residential and non-residential properties are being mailed this week. All property owners should have received their property tax bill in the mail by the end of next week. Property owners who have not received their property tax bill by the first week of June should visit calgary.ca/propertytax or contact 311 to obtain a copy of their bill. Property tax is due Tuesday, June 30th. Citizens facing financial hardship because of COVID-19, have an option to delay their payment until Sept. 30 without a late payment penalty. If they’re able to pay their property tax on or before June 30 or can participate in the Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) they’ll be supporting essential services for all Calgarians. The property tax deadline does not apply to property owners who pay monthly through TIPP. The regular filing fee for taxpayers who join TIPP has been suspended until January 1, 2021. This makes it easier for property owners to join TIPP, which helps them avoid late payment penalties and a large lump payment. More than 270,000 property owners pay their tax monthly through TIPP. Property owners can join TIPP at any time by visiting www.calgary.ca/TIPP to request an agreement or by calling 311. Help is available to assist eligible low-income homeowners who meet income guidelines and eligibility criteria, regardless of age. For more information visit calgary.ca/ptap. Funds collected through property tax are split between the Alberta Government and The City of Calgary. Property owners can go to the calgary.ca/taxbreakdown to enter the amount of their property tax and see how their municipal property tax dollars are invested in City services that Calgarians rely on every day. The City is committed to engaging with Calgarians and working together to ensure our services align with their priorities in a fiscally responsible manner. We want citizens to know how property tax is collected and used to deliver essential City services and programs while keeping the cost of local government low. Visit calgary.ca/financialfacts for essential facts about property tax, service value and how The City is managing its finances in an effort to help Calgary’s local economy. -30- Public Contact Information: Property Tax Information Line 311 www.calgary.ca/propertytax

  • The City of Calgary issues high stream flow advisory for the Elbow River
    on 22/05/2020 at 5:25 pm

    The City of Calgary is issuing a high stream flow advisory for the Elbow River effective immediately. Water flow rates have increased significantly on the Elbow River as a result of recent precipitation. The City of Calgary is advising Calgarians to use extra caution in and around the river during this time. Carol Henke, Public Information Officer with the Calgary Fire Department states, “Where there’s water, there’s risk. These elevated flow rates dramatically increase the risk to those who are in and around the Elbow River and so we are issuing this advisory”. Calgarians are urged to: Exercise caution around river banks as the fast-moving water can cause erosion and destabilization of river banks. Warn their children about the dangers of fast-moving water, particularly those residents who live near the rivers. Keep pets away from fast moving water. Remove lawn furniture and other portable items off the river bank. The City encourages all water users to familiarize themselves with safety practice bylaws and safety alerts on calgary.ca/watersafety and monitor flow levels at rivers.alberta.ca. Pathway closures Cyclists and pedestrians should watch for low-lying areas where the rivers can cover the river pathways. Visit calgary.ca/pathwayclosures for up to date information on pathway closures. -30-

  • CIty of Calgary COVID update May 19
    on 19/05/2020 at 9:16 pm

    City of Calgary update on response to COVID-19 – May 19, 2020 The City of Calgary would like to remind citizens that we remain in a State of Local Emergency. This is to support the Government of Alberta’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. The City of Calgary, in collaboration with social agencies, the business community, civic partners and citizens is taking immediate action to respond to COVID-19. Please see below for the latest updates Calgary Community Standards Weekend Patrols Bylaw investigated reports of social distancing violations for groups of under 50 people; with Calgary Police Service attending for groups larger than 50 people. 77 incidents were related to concerns about folks not following the public health order, including physical distancing and playground use when closed. City of Calgary bylaw officers conducted 279 visible patrols this weekend. Peace Officers experienced high levels of cooperation and compliance from the public in parks and public spaces this long weekend. Patrols were conducted in popular locations, including: Bowness Skate Park, New Brighton Skate Park, Shaw Millennium Skate Park, Stanley Park, Eau Claire Promenade, Nose Hill Off Leash Dog Park, Sue Higgins Off Leash Dog and Edworthy Park. Skate boarders were abiding by the public health orders in our skate parks this weekend, and we thank you for that. Where we are continuing to see issues is with spectators at skate parks failing to physically distance. In addition, small children have been seen using the skateparks as playgrounds. We ask parents to please help us in keeping our skateparks for skateboarders only. Over this past weekend, there were no tickets handed out for Public Health Act violations. However, 135 warnings were issued to citizens. Five tickets were handed out for drinking alcohol in the park. CEMA Chief Tom Sampson says “For the most part, we saw very good compliance with people trying to stay as safe as possible but still enjoy the weekend. However, there is always room for improvement. We can’t let up on that physical distance of 2 metres; even with a slight relaxation on outdoor gatherings, that 2 metres is not optional.” Joint Business Inspection Task Force This past weekend, the Joint Business Inspection Task Force received 43 calls from the public related to COVID. This brings the total number of business (COVID) complaints to 719 since the SOLE was announced in mid-March. 107 businesses investigated were in compliance with the Public Health Act order. However, the task force found 13 locations not adhering to physical distancing and each were issued a warning. Two violation tickets were issued; both were massage businesses operating when they should not be. Fines were issued under the Business Licence Bylaw for $1,000 each. Businesses found operating in contravention of the Public Health Act could face multiple fines, suspension or revocation of their business licence (coupled with charges under the Public Health Act). Citizens are encouraged to report complaints so that our officers may quickly investigate. Opening of Plus 15s Opening Plus 15s between buildings will be based on when the business within those buildings open. Buildings on both ends have to agree to the Plus 15 between them opening – so it’s not possible to open the whole network all at once. Plus 15s will open intermittently as the buildings and businesses open and agree to open their connected Plus 15s. No building owners have asked us to reopen their Plus 15 yet. Some of the businesses have expressed interest in seeing them open. Business owners interested in seeing Plus 15s open are asked to connect with their building owners – who then work with us at The City to reopen them. As Plus 15s open, we will update Plus 15 information on Calgary.ca. City Golf course openings – update On Thursday May 14, The City opened some of its golf courses: both courses at Shaganappi Point, Maple Ridge and the 18-hole course at McCall Lake Golf Course. “We’ve been pleased to hear from golf staff that golfers are very happy to be out on the courses and adjusting to the new safety guidelines,” says CEMA Chief Tom Sampson. “We did not have any reported issues with patrons complying with the COVID rules over the long weekend, which was great to see.” As of Tuesday morning, 4,198 people have played golf at a City-owned course since opening on May 14, and a total of 5,883 have registered to be able to book tee times this summer. The City will open other courses based on our ability to ensure health and safety. Blue Cart update Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Cascades Recovery sorting facility, the company temporarily suspended receiving recyclable materials from The City last week. That meant that all recycling picked up since last Wednesday was taken to the landfill. Cascades worked closely with Alberta Health Services and Occupational Health and Safety in order to take all steps necessary to keep its employees and their families safe. This included testing of employees and an extensive, deep clean at the facility. While they will begin accepting materials from The City of Calgary again, sorting will not be at full capacity. The facility will receive as much material as they are able to process with the staff currently available. The City will continue to collect blue carts this week. Some materials will be sorted at the Cascades facility, but as they cannot run at full capacity, some material may need to be landfilled. This also affects community recycling depot locations. If you have room in your blue cart, you can choose to save your recyclables for a later pickup. Youth Employment Centre now open The Youth Employment Centre had to close its doors in mid-March due to COVID-19. And the pandemic also cancelled this year’s Youth Hiring Fair that was scheduled for early April. In the interim, staff have been working from home, answering calls from youth who are looking for work. They still help youth look for jobs, apply for them, and help them prepare for the interview. 260 new clients have registered for YEC services during COVID. The demand for YEC’s services remains steady among youth ages 15-24 who are looking for assistance in entering the workforce despite COVID. Employers continue to reach out at pre-COVID levels for assistance in recruiting young people. YEC has made 125 client referrals to partnering employers in the month of May. YEC has consulted with clients over 3500 times since COVID (this would include follow-up appointments, check-ins), etc. This number encompasses both new and active client files since COVID. Youth aged 15-24 can go online to visit the Youth Employment Centre to book a remote appointment. 15 years for 311 Yesterday, The City reached an important milestone. It was 15 years ago that The City of Calgary launched its 311 Operation Centre on May 18, 2005. Calgary was the first municipality in Canada to do so. Since that time, 311 staff have been on call 24/7 – 365 days a year to initiate requests for City services and answer questions. 311 has answered more than 16 million calls from Calgarians since its inception Newsroom story: 311 celebrated 15 years of citizen services. - 30 -

  • City Services: Victoria Day
    on 14/05/2020 at 11:08 pm

    The City of Calgary is under a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) and many of our facilities remain closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) reminds citizens that although The Alberta Government’s Phase One reopening will begin this holiday weekend, restrictions on gatherings are still in place. “People gathered in groups of fewer than 15 people must continue to maintain a distance of two metres from one another,” said CEMA Chief Tom Sampson. “The weekend forecast looks great and getting together for a backyard barbecue seems tempting, but we need to continue to use caution to ensure the safety of everyone in our communities.” Things to do: Golf courses opening Select City-owned golf courses open today with new physical distancing rules in place. Golf courses will initially open at three locations with the highest demand: Shaganappi Point nine and 18 hole courses, McCall Lake 18 hole course and Maple Ridge 18 hole course. Additional courses may open at a later date. Please visit Calgary.ca/golf for our new online reservation system and information on restrictions and physical distancing protocols. Getting around: Calgary Transit May 15: June monthly passes are available to buy in-person: calgarytransit.com/news/june-monthly-passes-available-now May 16-18: The Red Line will be closed between Sunnyside and Victoria Park/Stampede stations. The Blue Line will be closed between Shaganappi Point and Bridgeland/Memorial stations. Shuttles and buses will replace train service between stations. Visit calgarytransit.com/service-updates for more information and live updates. May 18: we will provide a Sunday level of service. Check our schedules page to find out when your bus is running. Customer service hours of operation: calgarytransit.com/news/victoria-day-service Pathways & Bikeways As May Long Weekend approaches, we want you to stay active, stay safe, and stay close to home. Calgary has over 900 km of pathway and more than 400 km of on-street bikeway for you to explore. Discover which are closest to where you live by visiting maps.calgary.ca. Here you’ll find our most up to date version of the Pathway and Bikeway map, which you can use to plan a route in your neighbourhood. Our pathways and on-street bikeways are popular places to walk and wheel, and we expect them to be busy this weekend! Be sure to walk and wheel with care; remember to slow down when passing and give each other at least two metres of space. It’s Canada Road Safety Week! Which is a great reminder to move together safely on our city streets. If you’re out driving this weekend, keep in mind there are more kids out and about, learning how to ride their bikes, skateboards and scooters. Keep an eye out for them especially at intersections, alleys and driveways, where they may be harder to see. For more information on how to move together safely, visit Calgary.ca/safepassing. Construction & detours Crowchild Trail Upgrades Project (N.W./S.W.):Friday, May 15 (9 p.m.) - Tuesday, May 19 (5 a.m.): Beginning Friday night and straight through until Tuesday morning, watch for: A single left-hand lane closure along eastbound Bow Trail (underneath Crowchild Trail). A single left-hand lane closure along westbound Bow Trail (underneath Crowchild Trail). FULL CLOSURE of the eastbound Bow Trail to 10 Avenue S. ramp FULL CLOSURE of the 10 Ave S. to westbound Bow Trail ramp. Intermittent traffic stoppages for up to 15 minutes at a time. Flaggers will be on-site to help direct traffic. Saturday, May 16 (2 p.m.) – Tuesday, May 19 (1 p.m.): Beginning Saturday afternoon and straight through until Tuesday afternoon, watch for: SINGLE LANE TRAFFIC along southbound Crowchild Trail (over Bow Trail). Airport Trail Interchanges Beginning Saturday, May 16 there will be a temporary traffic shift to the north lanes of Airport Trail. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times, together with left turn lanes. This traffic shift will be in place for approximately one month, and will be accompanied by speed reductions to 50 km/hr in this area. Street Sweeping Update Our Street Sweeping will not include holiday days this year, so there will not be any residential sweeping done on Victoria Day. That being said, we encourage everyone to visit Calgary.ca/sweep and sign up for a street sweeping notification to ensure they are aware when their vehicles need to be moved for our sweepers. Sweepers operate Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm. Tickets will be issued by Calgary Parking Authority through the mail. If you were unable to move your vehicle during sweeping, you can still avoid the fine. Citizens who have received a ticket for street sweeping are encouraged to sweep up their material into a double bag and place it into the black bin for collection. Take a photo and then submit an appeal on your ticket by visiting calgaryparking.com and start the administrative review/appeal process. Calgary Parking Authority  Payment is not required for on-street ParkPlus zones on Monday, May 18 for Victoria Day. Holiday rates will be in effect at select CPA surface lots and at the City Centre Parkade (340 – 10 Ave SW/221 9 Ave SW). All other parkades are accessible to monthly contract parkers only in support of COVID-19 measures. The Impound Lot will be open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 and closed on Monday, May 18. Around the house:Cart collection Reminder that weekly green cart collection will resume the week of May 19. Please visit Calgary.ca/collection to check your collection schedule and sign up for reminders by email, text message, telephone or download the Calgary Garbage Day app. City landfills Landfill hours and locations are available on Calgary.ca/landfill.   Spyhill Landfill East Calgary Landfill Shepard Landfill Saturday, May 16 Open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Open 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17 Closed Open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Monday, May 18 Open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Open 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. If you are needing to make a trip to the landfill during this holiday weekend, please keep the following in mind: Wait times may be longer due to increased traffic and safety protocols in place due to COVID-19. Practice physical distancing and keep at least 2 metres from others at all times. This includes interacting with City staff and unloading your waste. Cash payment is currently not being accepted, credit or debit payment only. Try visiting landfills Tuesday to Friday when traffic volumes tend to be less. Residents can bring yard waste to a City landfill for free composting until May 30. Regular landfill fees will apply if brought with garbage, food scraps and sod. More information is available at Calgary.ca/yardwaste. Facility closures:*Note many of our facilities remain closed in response to orders set out by the Alberta Emergency Management Act, but some essential services including the Animal Services Centre are adjusting their hours of operation over the holiday weekend. Please visit calgary.ca/covid19 or contact 311 for the latest information on revised hours and procedures to access City services. -30-

  • City of Calgary update on response to COVID-19 – May 14, 2020
    on 14/05/2020 at 9:43 pm

    The City of Calgary would like to remind citizens that we remain in a State of Local Emergency. This is to support the Province of Alberta’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. The City of Calgary, in collaboration with social agencies, the business community, civic partners and citizens, is taking immediate action to respond to COVID-19. Please see below for the latest updates City’s reaction to Provincial reopening plan changes As part of phase one of The Province of Alberta’s relaunch strategy, several businesses opened today in Calgary including retail stores, clothing, furniture and books stores, farmer's markets, some City golf courses, museums and art galleries and daycares. The Province, however, announced that due to the high numbers of COVID-19 cases in Calgary, restaurants, bars, hair salons and places of worship won't reopen until May 25, more than a week later than expected. Mayor Naheed Nenshi says, while he sympathizes with the businesses that were “ready to go,” he believes The Province made the right decision to protect public health. “I want to remind people how serious this is. Calgarians have lost their lives – that is something we should never forget. But I understand that this has been a tough week for a lot of people,” he said, adding the most important thing we can do right now is to be kind. “This includes supporting those businesses, especially restaurants that were expecting to open and now have excess food, he says, “So, I am going to ask you to eat a lot this weekend. Order in. Pick up. And let’s help these businesses out.” Visiting newly opened businesses With many businesses reopening under very different circumstances, The City is asking Calgarians to follow a few simple requests before heading out: Inform yourself – The Province has released the guidelines on the Alberta Biz Connect website  for different businesses and it is important that customers understand them too. Please read up on the rules and regulations for each business before visiting them. Prepare yourself - Have masks and gloves handy just in case and bring your own hand sanitizer “And most importantly, pack your patience. Many of these workers are probably feeling a little uneasy – they want to stay safe and want you, their customers, to stay safe too,” says CEMA Chief Tom Sampson. “Some will require facemasks, or gloves or have very strict capacity rules If you don’t understand something, ask questions – don’t get upset.” Some City golf courses open today Today, The City’s Shaganappi Point, Maple Ridge and the 18-hole course at McCall Lake Golf Course opened after an exceptional response from eager golfers. As of this morning, we had approximately 4,400 people book tee times and over 4,100 register for accounts which allow them to book tee times this summer. “We are hearing the golfers are very happy to be out and all are complying with rules. So far, it has been a very positive experience for customers and our staff,” says Chief Sampson, adding, The City will open other courses based on “how these first openings go and our ability to ensure health and safety.” To learn more about the restrictions and rules for City golf courses, visit Calgary.ca/golf COVID impacts on The City’s blue cart program Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Cascades Recovery sorting facility, the company has temporarily suspended receiving recyclable materials from The City. This means temporary impacts on The City’s blue cart program and community recycling depots. As of May 13, 19 employees from the Cascades sorting facility have tested positive for COVID-19. Cascades is working closely with Alberta Health Services and Occupational Health and Safety in order to take all steps necessary to keep its employees and their families safe. This includes testing of employees and an extensive, deep clean at the facility. The City will continue to collect materials from blue carts and community recycling depots but we have no viable alternatives but to take those materials to landfill until the sorting facility resumes normal operations. “If your blue cart is not full, you can choose to hold the materials until your next collection,” says Sampson. The City is working with Cascades and we are hopeful normal operations will resume next week. “That could change depending on how things unfold over the next few days. We ask for your patience in these difficult times as we try to keep employees safe and keep providing services for you and your neighbours,” he added. The City will provide updates through Calgary.ca/bluecart, The City’s Garbage Day app and reminders, and through our social media. Public Safety Taskforce Starting today, the Public Safety taskforce will be out to investigate businesses across the city to ensure public health and safety orders are being followed. As more Calgary businesses start to reopen this week (as part of Alberta’s relaunch strategy) Business Licensing is anticipating higher call volumes from concerned citizens.“We know people are anxious but we need to ask for your continued cooperation in following the public health orders, as it relates to Calgary. If you are a business owner, please familiarize yourself with the Government of Alberta relaunch to ensure you are following the directions appropriately and not opening earlier than you are permitted to,” says Sampson. Calgarians can report any concerns regarding businesses or lack of physical distancing to 311 and a team will be dispatched immediately. Long-weekend outdoor activities With warmer weather expected, Calgary Community Standards have called in additional staff for the long-weekend. Community Peace Officers and Parks Ambassadors will be patrolling popular outdoor locations that are expected to be busier than normal. “Skate parks have been a particular challenge in obtaining compliance from citizens,” says Sampson, adding that people will receive tickets if they choose to not follow physical distancing rules. “While we prefer to only use enforcement as a last resort, tickets will be issued for those not following the public health order,” says Sampson. “This is a tool we will use, that we may need to utilize more moving forward, if people continue to disregard the public health orders.” In order to help maintain physical distancing, Calgarians are asked to avoid the following parks: Sue Higgins Dog Park Nose Hill Park Eau Claire Promenade and Prince’s Island Park Playgrounds remain closed Yesterday, The Province announced that most Alberta playgrounds would be reopening but this does not include Calgary. Given the high-cases of COVID in Calgary, we feel these must stay closed in order to keep our kids safe. Playgrounds are high-touch points with a limited ability to manage physical distancing and create gathering places for Calgarians outside family units. “We want to reopen public infrastructure like playgrounds when it is safe to do so as we can appreciate that kids may be getting more antsy with the warmer weather. However, we ask you to respect these closures to protect your family and your community from the spread of COVID-19.” New outdoor recreation rules Today, The City announced some changes to the rules around sports training. Sports training, dryland training and skills practice are now permitted if the following conditions are met: Participants must not touch the same ball or other device with their hands. A distance of at least 2 metres must be maintained between persons and appropriate measures must be taken to ensure no intentional or accidental physical contact between participants. The gathering of more than 15 persons in a group in an outdoor location. “The critical thing to remember is that no sports are permitted if you have to touch the same ball or equipment as others. And you must stay 6 feet apart unless you are from the same household,” added Mayor Nenshi. One Day Soon Video Joni Delaurier, a communications professional who works with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), has release a new music video celebrating Calgary’s spirit during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about the creation of the song and the video on The City’s newsroom. - 30 -

  • City of Calgary update on response to COVID-19 – May 12, 2020
    on 12/05/2020 at 8:35 pm

    The City of Calgary would like to remind citizens that we remain in a State of Local Emergency. This is to support the Government of Alberta’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. The City of Calgary, in collaboration with social agencies, the business community, civic partners and citizens is taking immediate action to respond to COVID-19. Please see below for the latest updates Calgary Community Standards Patrols Calgary Community Standards Peace Officers conducted 188 patrols in parks over the weekend. From those patrols, 66 warnings were issued and one Public Health Act ticket was issued. Two couples were picnicking on Scotsman Hill and were also illegally parked. The responding officers used education and discretion along with issuing one violation ticket. Calgary Community Standards Peace Officers also patrolled all 10 skateparks to monitor for physical distancing and Public Health Act compliance. The weather played a role in reducing volume in busier parks, however, there are still physical distancing issues with cyclists and pedestrians in the Eau Claire Promenade and also some physical distancing issues in skateparks. A challenge with the skateparks is that there are spectators who watch the skateboarders, compounding the problem by exceeding the 15-person limit. “With the long weekend approaching and warmer temperatures in the forecast, it’s important for Calgarians to continue to practice physical distancing,” says Calgary Emergency Management Agency Chief Tom Sampson. “With two-thirds of the province’s COVID-19 cases here in Calgary, we need to be determined in our efforts and follow public health measures.” Skateparks Visitors to skateparks – both riders and those watching— are being asked to practice physical distancing and leave at least two metres of space between all users. Parks Ambassadors are visiting skateparks to reinforce physical distancing messaging and support safer use of parks at this time. The City of Calgary is asking parents to talk with their children to ensure everyone understands these important public health measures. “Our priority is to ensure Calgarians are safe,” says Calgary Emergency Management Agency Chief Tom Sampson. “Education is our first course of action when we see that physical distancing isn’t being practiced. We will move to enforcement and fines when necessary.” Walk-Only Zones at Eau Claire Promenade Calgary Community Standards Peace Officers have noticed a large volume of people using the pathway system located along the Eau Claire Promenade, and not following physical distancing rules. The overall volume of people creates challenges, but runners and cyclists weaving in and out also creates safety concerns. Barricades and signage have been set up at several locations in the area to create a walk-only zone in the area. Parks ambassadors and Calgary Community Standards Peace Officers visit the area daily. The walk-only zone has slowed people down as an engineering control to encourage proper physical distancing by giving pathway users time to spread out and be safe. The City is looking to expand the use of walk-only areas in other parts of the city where congestion is an issue. Cyclists and runners are being asked to walk through these areas or choose alternate routes. Joint Business Inspection Task Force This past weekend, Alberta Health Services, City of Calgary Business Licence, the Calgary Police Service and Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis inspected several businesses due to multiple complaints from the public related to COVID. The task force found four locations not adhering to physical distancing and each were issued a warning. All non-essential businesses visited were closed, complying with the Public Health Act order. No violation tickets were issued over the weekend. The Joint Business Inspection Task Force will conduct weekly inspections for the foreseeable future, and any non-essential business found operating in contravention of the Public Health Act could face multiple fines, suspension or revocation of their business licence (coupled with charges under the Public Health Act). Citizens are encouraged to report complaints so that our officers may quickly investigate. City reminds property owners and operators to flush water systems prior to re-entry In support of the Provincial Relaunch Strategy, The City of Calgary wants to remind property owners and operators to be sure to flush stagnant water from pipes in buildings that have been vacant (or had low occupancy) the last few months. Flushing stagnant water means running the water at each tap until the water is cold. This signals that fresh water is now coming from the water main. This helps to ensure fresh drinking water for building occupants, tenants and visitors. For more information about best practices, see: Canadian Water and Wastewater Association – Safely Re-opening Buildings Alberta Health Services While municipalities or municipal providers are responsible to get clean, safe drinking water to each property, it is the responsibility of each property owner or property management company to ensure the safety of water within their building and fresh, clean drinking water for visitors, occupants and tenants. The City of Calgary’s highest priority is public health. We take great pride in providing safe and reliable drinking water to citizens and appreciate the support of the property owners, operators and all businesses in properly flushing upon returning to buildings. - 30 -

  • City of Calgary update on response to COVID-19 – May 7, 2020
    on 08/05/2020 at 5:51 pm

    The City of Calgary would like to remind citizens that we remain in a State of Local Emergency. This is to support the Province of Alberta’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. The City of Calgary, in collaboration with social agencies, the business community, civic partners and citizens, is taking immediate action to respond to COVID-19. Please see below for the latest updates Calgary Transit impacts The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on Calgary Transit’s revenue and ridership. We are forced to make the difficult decision of making a significant cut to our current service levels. As of May 25, 2020, we will be reducing Calgary Transit Service hours by 30 per cent from the March 2020 levels. To make the necessary cuts in service, the entire transit system has been evaluated to ensure we are still able to provide meaningful service to the many Calgarians that rely on us to get to important places like work, the grocery store and medical appointments. These changes will ensure coverage across our city, but there will inevitably be some negative impacts to the customer experience. The upcoming reductions will include: • Temporarily removing 25 routes • Reducing the frequency of 30 routes during the weekday • Reducing the frequency of 19 routes on the weekend Information about these service changes will be communicated to our customers via our website, service alerts on the Calgary Transit app and on social media. Unfortunately, these changes will result in impacts to the employment of approximately 430 employees. Weekend activities Public safety and enforcement of the Public Health Act are our top priority for the weekend. Calgarians are reminded that Public Health Orders requiring 2 meters of physical distance and no gatherings over 15 people are still in place. Bylaw officers will be patrolling and will be focused on education and providing verbal warnings to those who are not following public health orders or city bylaws, with ticketing reserved for significant violations. “We know there are some key areas in the city that we continue to see large crowds, busy parking lots and challenges with maintaining physical distance,” says Deputy Chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Sue Henry. “In some cases we have been able to mitigate that by opening road space to pedestrians and cyclists or closing roads altogether. But in some areas those options are not possible.” In order to help maintain physical distancing, Calgarians are asked to avoid the following parks: Sue Higgins Dog Park Nose Hill Park Eau Claire Promenade and Prince’s Island Park In addition to these areas, Calgarians are also asked to be mindful of maintaining safe distancing in all skateparks, and to take turns sharing the space with other users. Ambassadors are visiting skateparks to reinforce physical distancing messaging and support safer use of parks during COVID-19. “Education is our priority but we will move to enforcement and $1,200 tickets if we don’t see safe behaviours,” says Deputy Chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency Sue Henry. “If you get out, spread out. Practice physical distancing, to stay safe and help us keep your parks open.” Price gouging The City of Calgary, alongside the Government of Alberta, has taken action against an unlicensed business in Calgary allegedly selling masks and hand sanitizer exceeding normal selling price. Officers from Business Licensing and Service Alberta’s Consumer Investigation Unit conducted a joint operation, after several complaints were received. In mid-April Service Alberta served a cease letter to the owner and Business Licensing issued a written warning to the same individual as they were operating without a city business license. Later in April, officers returned to the business to find that nothing had changed. In May, The City issued a violation ticket under the Business License Bylaw ($1,000) for operating without a license. Investigators from Service Alberta also issued a summons to the owner for contravening the previously issued order for price gouging. “The vast majority of Calgary businesses are selling products at fair market value and helping to support the community through this pandemic,” says Deputy Chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Sue Henry. “Thanks to the public, and working alongside our partners, we were able to hold this particular business to account.” - 30 -

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