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  • PARK(ing) Day – reimagining public spaces across Calgary
    on 18 September 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Calgary is joining other cities across the globe to transform parking spaces into creative temporary public spaces. Artists, designers, planners and local community members are transforming 10 parking spaces around Calgary into vibrant pop-up parks, art installations and urban sanctuaries. You’re invited to visit and experience these PARK(ing) spaces from Friday, Sept. 18, to Sunday, Sept. 20, in a safe, physically-distanced manner. This event is a great way for citizens to enjoy our wonderful city and an opportunity to visit and support local businesses. PARK(ing) Day is the annual tradition of converting metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. This year, we’re re-imagining and expanding the event across Calgary and extending it for a full weekend, responding to COVID-19. It allows The City of Calgary and our partner Alberta Association of Landscape Architects to find more public space for more people to participate. “Creating well used public spaces has always been a priority for The City. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced even more how important access to public space is for all Calgarians,” said City of Calgary Planner Kate Zago. “PARK(ing) Day allows Calgarians to take a space that’s normally only available to a car and open it up for people to use for recreation, leisure or something more simple, like sitting and connecting with their community.” With PARK(ing) Day being hosted throughout the city and spread out over three days, there’s an opportunity for citizens to experience more of Calgary in a safe and physically distanced way. This year, PARK(ing) spaces are being transformed in the Beltline, Inglewood, Forest Lawn, Kensington, Crescent Heights and the East Village. With the weather forecast looking like a sunny fall weekend, we’re encouraging Calgarians to seek them out and explore these transformed public spaces. “It’s important that Calgarians feel empowered to make changes to their city and more importantly their own communities,” said Zago. “Often times we see something, like a parking space, and only see it as that. PARK(ing) Day is about sparking ideas and looking at a mundane piece of land and seeing these creative possibilities.” PARK(ing) Day 2020 will be The City’s most wide-spread, boasting 10 creatively re-imagined PARK(ing) spaces in six communities: The Sleepwalk – Thomson Family Park (12 Street S.W. – between 15 and 16 Avenue) The Sleepwalk reminisces on the state of being in-between: slumber and wakefulness, interior and exterior, fiction and reality. Within the distorted house-like structure, pedestrians are invited to explore beauty in the mundane – to walk, to sit, and ponder in this strange garden. Woodscape – Tomkins Park (16 Avenue S.W.) “Play” is a crucial part of a child’s physical, social and cognitive development. Woodscape is a pathway of recycled tree stumps sitting atop a landscape of mulch and plants that will give kids the sense that they are walking through a wild and natural woodland. Silent Disco – Tomkins Park (16 Avenue S.W.) Come down and snap a photo with the silent disco on 17th Avenue. This interactive space allows users to get right in the action all while keeping a social distance. Get dancing next to the cardboard cutouts that speak to your inner disco style. Air Hug – Tomkins Park (16 Avenue S.W.) "Air Hug" is the reminder of the connections we hold dear to our hearts. Inspired by Instagram worthy backgrounds, people can take a selfie and send a virtual hug to loved ones. M-OD-OFI Environment – Simmons Building (618 Confluence Way S.E.) M-OD-OFI Environment is a modular outdoor office environment designed to spur creativity, collaboration and connection in public space. As a response to the current conversations being had around the future of workspace, need for social connection, and environmental sustainability, the M-OD-OFI Environment installation challenges traditional static private workspaces. You Belong in Crescent Heights Village – 919 Centre Street N.W. - *Only open Saturday, 1-4 p.m.* Crescent Heights is for everyone – let us know your identity and share what inclusiveness is, right in the heart of our community. Home is Where the Health Is – 1130 Kensington Road N.W. Street CCRED is partnering with the Calgary Drop-In Centre to highlight the importance of housing to improve the health of Calgary citizens. The intention is to setup a ‘home’ in the allotted parking space with furniture and other household items provided by the DI’s Donation Centre. Educating for Equity – Cumming School of Medicine (3330 Hospital Drive N.W.) Indigenous family doctor and researcher Dr. Lindsay Crowshoe describes an ideal clinical relationship as the feeling of sitting on a park bench getting to know somebody, as equals. The park bench represents this concept. A sign at the site will invite people to contribute, asking "What would an inclusive space around the park bench look like?" International Avenue Unity Through Community – 3505 17 Avenue S.E. We have collected 42 endearing comments from community members and business owners which we will be printing and suspending from a frame. In the centre is a space for community members to post more positive comments about what they love about International Avenue and central east Calgary. This colourful, positive display is for and by the community, encouraging people to take pride in where they live.   PARK PARK – 880 11 Street S.E. A multi-use recreational space AND a parking lot. Calgary Parking Authority’s PARK PARK is designed as a layer cake of uses; it's a place of curiosities made from parks. It's a parking park, a sitting park, a playing park, a gathering park, a riding park, a park kind of park. For more information on PARK(ing) Day and our 2020 PARK(ing) spaces, please visit calgary.ca/parkingday. -30-

  • New carshare operation in Calgary will look very different from car2go model
    on 18 September 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Montreal-based Communauto is ending its testing-phase and officially launching its carshare service in Calgary tomorrow. The launch will see and additional 75 vehicles available for rent, bringing the total to 150 cars in operation in Calgary by the end of September. This is roughly a quarter the size of car2go’s fleet that operated in the city between 2013 and 2019. The Communauto service will operate in a “flex zone” that covers 26 square kilometres from 50 Avenue south to 20 Avenue north, from 37 Street south to 17 Street east, and does not include the downtown core. The return of carshare to Calgary was made possible by Council's approval of the revised Carshare Parking Policies and Bylaw earlier this year. This introduced a three-tiered pricing structure for companies and allowed vehicles to park beyond posted time limits.  Communauto fits into Tier 2 as its business model focuses on longer daytrips. This is a very different model than car2go (Tier 3) which focused on short rides in and around the downtown, says Eric MacNaughton, Senior Transportation Engineer. “Communauto users will not be able to end their trips in the downtown core. Communauto felt there were already enough options for people to travel into downtown such as Transit. They are much more focused on providing a service to people who want a car to go shopping, visit friends and family or head out to the mountains for a few hours.” Under Tier 2, drivers using the new carshare service will be able to park on all residential streets in the identified zone, including streets with Residential Parking Permit requirements, as long as they follow the posted parking restrictions. “The vehicles can be parked anywhere in the Communauto Flex zone with posted time limits of one hour or longer, but drivers still need to obey other parking restrictions like tow-away zones,” says MacNaughton. “We also have clustering policies that help to make sure carshare vehicles won’t take up too much space on the same street.” Calgarians wanting to sign up to use Communauto’s service, can visit at this link. Carsharing in Calgary The purpose of the new carshare parking policies is to allow citizens and The City to enjoy the benefits of carsharing, while effectively managing carshare parking activity. The carshare parking policies focus on on-street parking as off-street parking arrangements do not have the same impact on the general public and can be addressed through individual contractual arrangements. The policies are consistent with the following five principles: Facilitate access to carshare services for citizens of Calgary. Treat all carshare operators equitably, while acknowledging the differences between roundtrip and one-way carshare services. Allow ease of parking for carshare operators members, to facilitate the use of carsharing and more fully benefit from the financial, social and environmental outcomes carsharing provides. Link to Communauto’s press release. They will be posting it on Friday morning. Effectively manage low turn-over and clustering of carshare vehicles in congested parking areas, when and where this activity occurs. Allow portions of existing or new parking space to be dedicated to carshare parking in commercial and residential areas. You can learn more by visiting The City’s Carshare Parking Policy webpage.

  • Pilot ending: Calgarians’ input wanted to help inform the future of shared e-Scooters
    on 16 September 2020 at 7:15 pm

    The two-year shared e-Scooter pilot is set to end in late October, 2020. Currently, The City of Calgary is looking for feedback on the pilot to help inform the future of shared e-Scooters in Calgary. Areas of focus for the online survey include opinions on fleet size, where to ride, user behaviour, shared e-Scooter operators and reasons for using or not using a shared e-Scooter to travel. “We have made a number of changes to the pilot in response to citizen feedback on last year’s survey. With the shared e-Scooter pilot ending soon, we need Calgarians' feedback to help inform decisions about the future of e-Scooters in Calgary,” says Andrew Sedor, Transportation Planning Strategist with The City of Calgary. “Survey feedback will be one of the important data sets analyzed alongside e-scooter GPS data, a medical study done in collaboration with the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, information from other jurisdictions, and other citizen feedback like 311s,” says Sedor. The data and survey feedback provided by Calgarians will be summarized into a What We Heard report that will be posted online in late 2020. The report will be submitted as part of a presentation to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation & Transit on Dec. 16, 2020 to help inform what the future will look like for shared e-Scooters in Calgary. The online survey, which targets both those who have and have not used the shared e-Scooters, is now live and Calgarians can participate until Oct. 7, 2020. More than 1.7 million rides on shared e-Scooters and e-Bikes were taken since the pilot started in October of 2018. There are currently three private sector e-Scooter operators in Calgary – Lime, Bird Canada and Roll, and approximately 2,500 shared e-Scooters. “We are analyzing the GPS data on shared e-Scooters, but that data can only tell us where and how often people are riding. The survey helps inform us on why people are making those trips, and what users and non-users have experienced throughout the pilot” says Sedor. Calgarians can access the survey by navigating to engage.calgary.ca/scootershare. Background  In July, 2019, The City of Calgary launched the shared e-Scooter pilot to last until October, 2020. For the pilot, The City allowed third-party operators with a set number of shared e-Scooters, to access city sidewalks, exclusive bicycle lanes and parks and pathways through a permit to operate within Calgary. The City provides the framework, but the pilot is fully funded and operated by private sector companies. The City conducted the first public survey in September, 2019 and used the feedback to make changes to help address issues in 2020, such as low speed zones, share and go parking zones, and new fines. Calgary’s shared e-Scooter and e-Bike pilot by numbers: Number of permitted operators: 3 (Bird Canada, Lime and Roll) Number of e-scooters in Calgary now: 2,500 Number of trips recorded since start of the pilot in October 2018 –e-Bike (168,000) and e-Scooter (1,532,000): Total 1,700,000 rides Number of kilometres travelled: 2,263,481 km Amount of time spent on e-Scooters and e-Bikes: 22 million minutes (that’s 42 years of riding) Average trip length: 1.6 km Median trip duration: 14 minutes -30-

  • City seeks private sector supplier for residential black cart collection pilot
    on 14 September 2020 at 4:00 pm

    The City will post a request for proposals (RFP) on Sept. 14, 2020 seeking a private sector supplier to provide residential black cart service to about 88,000 homes starting in 2022. The RFP follows Council direction to contract out up to 25 per cent of residential black cart collection services allowing The City to objectively evaluate private-sector service delivery in comparison with the public sector. In consultation with Council, Waste & Recycling Services chose a collection area that covers a large part of the Northwest quadrant and a portion of the Southwest. It extends from Panorama Hills to Valley Ridge and from Symons Valley Ranch to Discovery Ridge. This area was selected, with Council’s approval, to compare performance between the private-sector and public-sector service providers. Communities included in the pilot: Ambleton Arbour Lake Aspen Woods Beddington Heights Bowness Christie Park Citadel Coach Hill Cougar Ridge Crestmont Dalhousie Discovery Ridge Edgemont Evanston Glacier Ridge Greenwood/Greenbriar Hamptons Haskayne Hawkwood Hidden Valley Kincora MacEwan Glen Medicine Hill Nolan Hill Panorama Hills Patterson Ranchlands Rocky Ridge Royal Oak Sage Hill Sandstone Valley Scenic Acres Sherwood Silver Springs Springbank Hill Strathcona Park Symons Valley Ranch Tuscany Valley Ridge Varsity West Springs The RFP will be posted on the MERX portal for five weeks. The contract, with a duration of seven years plus possible extension, will be awarded by Q1 2021 with the private contractor starting service in Q1 2022. -30-

  • PSA: The safer backyard hangout
    on 4 September 2020 at 7:00 pm

    The safer backyard hang You want to see your pals for the last bit of summer we get in Calgary? Totally get it. However, a lot of transmission of COVID-19 has been happening within social settings. It is important to do things differently this year to make sure your friends and family go home healthy and safe from a backyard gathering. Here are things you can do to make your backyard hangout as safe as possible: Limit your numbers. Tightening up your social circle to close friends and family helps ensure that you can manage taking extra precautions, as well as limiting your own exposure. Keep the party outdoors. It is much safer to gather outdoors, where there is less potential for transmission. Practice physical distance. Set lawn chairs up 2 metres or six feet apart, before everyone arrives or mark spaces on the lawn with house objects to show guests where they can safely sit. Supply the sanitizer. Have sanitizer in your bathroom, near eating areas or anywhere where guests are congregating. This year, make it BYO. Have your guests bring their own food and drink to avoid communal food tables and utensils, which can be a source of virus transmission. If you do plan to feed your guests: Avoid buffets. Have one person serve the food vs. a buffet option to reduce the amount of people touching serving dishes. Ditch the communal snacks. Choose instead individual portions like individually wrapped fruit snacks or bags of chips. Do your own dishes. Tack up a bag where guests can compost their own paper plates and napkins to avoid having to touch everyone’s dishes. If you choose to use reusable dishes, have one person gather them up and clean your hands thoroughly afterwards. Clean as you go, and after they go. Plan a few quick clean-ups during your gathering, having disinfectant handy to clean doorknobs and table surfaces. Once your guests leave, wipe down any areas guests visited. For more ways to help limit the spread of COVID-19 visit Calgary.ca/COVID19.

  • Glenmore Dam pathway reopens in time for long weekend as Dam upgrades complete
    on 4 September 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Today, The City of Calgary celebrated the completion of the Glenmore Dam improvements with an opening event to recognize how this key investment provides both greater flood protection and increased drinking water storage. One of the key upgrades was the installation of 21 new higher steel gates. Each gate is 2.5 metres high and weighs 10,000 pounds (4,545 kilograms). In the spring, the newly installed steel gates provide an extra 10 billion litres in storage for greater flood protection along the Elbow River. As winter approaches and flows along the Elbow River slow, the gates allow The City to store double the amount of water in the reservoir, which helps meet the needs of a growing city. “The possibility of a flood along the Elbow River is something we cannot risk,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “This project is the first major milestone in providing the protection Calgarians expect. By adding 10 billion additional litres of capacity, we have doubled the protection offered by the Glenmore reservoir, and that is reason for celebration. The next step is the approval and construction of the Springbank Reservoir, and we will continue to provide whatever support is necessary to the Province to ensure it is completed.” “Flooding presents a serious threat to public safety and can have devastating impacts on homes, businesses and critical infrastructure. The upgrades at Glenmore Dam will bring peace of mind to those living and working downstream and help avoid disruption to lives and livelihoods during severe weather events,” says Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks. The $81 million investment was a collaboration between The City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta with $7.6 million of funding received from the Alberta Community Resilience Program. This provincial grant program supports the development of long-term resilience to flood and drought. The improvements to the Glenmore Dam gates increase our flood resiliency along the Elbow River, protecting the safety of thousands of Calgarians and critical infrastructure in downtown Calgary. Glenmore Dam pathway re-opens on Sept. 4 The Glenmore Dam pathway is also being re-opened in time for the long weekend as Calgarians soak up the last days of summer. This section of the pathway is an important connector in the Elbow River pathway network, which will allow people to enjoy more than 27 kilometres of uninterrupted biking and walking around the Reservoir and along the banks of Calgary’s Elbow River. Pathway users will notice some significant improvements to the Glenmore Dam pathway. Thanks to the relocation of the utility pipes that used to sit on top of the bridge deck, the once narrow pathway has doubled in width. This additional space allows for dedicated lanes for cyclists and pedestrians, improving the experience for everyone. Calgarians will also be able to take in unobstructed views of Calgary’s downtown skyline and upstream on the Elbow River. The City appreciates Calgarians’ patience throughout the construction. Please be courteous to other pathway users, and remember to slow down and maintain a safe physical distance. For more information, visit calgary.ca/glenmoredam. -30-

  • The City of Calgary joins Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE powered by Google to support local businesses
    on 3 September 2020 at 7:00 pm

    To help support our local small businesses, The City of Calgary is joining the ShopHERE powered by Google program, with a goal of getting up to 90 businesses online this year. As part of The City’s funding support towards ShopHERE, MBA students will be creating online storefronts for small businesses and artists. “Many Calgary small businesses took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, and several more are still unsure about how they will recover,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “As we navigate our reopening, we are focused on the ways we can continue to support businesses. Getting online could help Calgary’s small businesses and artists be more resilient in the future.” ShopHERE powered by Google, which started in the City of Toronto, helps independent businesses and artists build a digital presence and minimize the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, Google Canada announced a $1 million investment to enable Digital Main Street to expand the program to municipalities across the country, offering more businesses the opportunity to build their own online store. Because the opportunities afforded by the digital economy are still limited if people don’t have the right skills, Google’s investment will also help more small businesses receive the digital skills training needed to participate in the digital economy. The City of Calgary is piloting the program in Calgary to see if there is uptake from local small businesses and artists. The City will be helping up to 90 businesses and artists get online, putting a call out through the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) for submissions, as well as via City social channels for those interested. Applicants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis. “Throughout the pandemic, we have worked hard to support Calgary businesses by asking and hearing first-hand what they need from The City of Calgary during this time,” says Sonya Sharp, Leader of the Business and Local Economy team. “When we heard about the ShopHERE opportunity, we were excited to offer a pilot to help businesses and artists continue their service despite the restrictions needed to help Calgary through this pandemic. It’s a big step in exploring e-commerce as a way for businesses to stay open through these challenging times.” Overall, the program provides businesses with over 17 hours of hands-on support from students to allow them to sell their products and services online including set up, training and launching their online business. “Since Google began its business in Canada nearly 20 years ago, we’ve been focused on helping Canadian businesses of all sizes to unlock the prosperity of the internet,” says Sabrina Geremia, VP and Country Manager, Google Canada. “We remain optimistic and more determined than ever that technology is the toolkit for a world of opportunities. Our $1 million investment will go towards expanding the ShopHERE program nationally, so we can help small businesses across Canada navigate the challenges ahead.” “Main street businesses are facing unprecedented times due to COVID-19. They need to be able to sell online if they are going to survive and we are proud to expand the ShopHERE powered by Google program to help them achieve this. This program is critical in ensuring main streets can adapt and evolve during this crucial time.” - John Kiru, Executive Director, Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas Video can be accessed here. link here. About ShopHERE powered by Google The ShopHERE program offers businesses and artists the opportunity to build a digital presence and minimize the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. ShopHERE is supported by a number of community and corporate partners, including Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, Shopify, Google, Mastercard, Microsoft, Magnet, and The Schulich School of Business - York University. Google Canada’s contact is Wendy Manton Google Canada [email protected]

  • City Services: Labour Day 2020
    on 3 September 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Getting around Calgary Transit Sept. 5-7: beginning September 5 until the early morning of September 7 (before service starts), the Blue Line will run on a single track, on the outbound side, at Whitehorn station. Sept. 5-8: beginning September 5 until the early morning of September 8 (before service starts), the Red Line will be closed between Chinook and Heritage stations and will run on a single track, on the inbound side, between 39 Avenue and Chinook stations.Visit calgarytransit.com/service-updates for more information and live updates. Sept. 7 (Labour Day): we will provide a Sunday level of service. Check our schedules page to find out when your bus is running. West 17 Avenue and 37 Street Main Streets construction Work is progressing on the 37 Street and 17 Avenue main streets projects. Starting Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. detours will be in place on 37 Street S.W. so crews can continue work on the underground utilities at the intersection of 37 Street and Kilkenny Road S.W. Northbound 37 Street S.W. traffic will be shifted to the west side of 37 Street between 33 and 30 Avenue S.W. Southbound traffic will be detoured onto 38 Street between 30 and 33 Avenue S.W. These detours will be in place until early morning on Tuesday, Sept. 8. 14 Street S.W. Starting at 8 p.m. Sept. 5, crews will be out to complete the final top lift along 14 Street between 75 Avenue and Southland Drive S.W. The majority of the paving work will happen during the night with occasional day time work on weekends. We anticipate this work will be complete by Sept. 20, weather dependent. Calgary Parking Authority Holiday rates will be in effect at select CPA surface lots and parkades, and payment is not required for on-street ParkPlus zones on Monday, Sept. 7 for Labour Day. The Impound Lot (400 39 Ave S.E.) is open from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. weekends and holidays. Online payments and appeals can be made at calgaryparking.com. Things to do Golf City of Calgary golf operations are open on Labour Day (regular weekday hours). Visit calgary.ca/golf up to four days in advance to book tee times and print score cards.Around the house Landfill hours Landfill hours and locations are available on calgary.ca/landfill. Hours for this weekend are as follows: Saturday, Sept 5 Sunday, Sept. 6 Monday, Sept. 7 Spyhill Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. East Calgary Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shephard Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Facility closures Monday, Sept. 7 - CLOSED: All City of Calgary administrative buildings including City Hall All City of Calgary pools and fitness centres. Please visit https://www.calgary.ca/csps/recreation/schedules.html to check availability and book an appointment on another day. North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centres All athletic parks and arenas. Calgary Soccer Centre (except for advanced bookings) Animal Services Centre -30-

  • Communauto launches new carsharing service in Calgary
    on 28 August 2020 at 2:29 pm

    The City of Calgary and Communauto, the oldest and largest Canadian carsharing organization announced the launch of a new carsharing service: Communauto FLEX. “I know Calgarians have been looking forward to the return of a car share service,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Communauto FLEX will provide an affordable and convenient option, strengthening Calgary’s transportation network so individuals and families can get where they need to go.” Starting today, an initial fleet of 150 cars will be deployed in an area covering 26 square kilometres from 50 Avenue S.W. to 21 Avenue N.W., and from 37 Street S.W. to 17 Street S.E. The launch of the service was made possible by City Council’s approval of the revised Carshare Parking Policies and Traffic Bylaw earlier this year. “A new three-tiered pricing structure was implemented for operators who want to offer one-way carshare trips. This offers predictability and flexibility for carshare companies due to their unique operating model,” says Eric MacNaughton, Senior Transportation Engineer. Tiered pricing for on-street parking Tier 1: The $450 fee per year, per car, for Tier 1 is unchanged from The City’s current policy and allows carshare operators to park vehicles in unpaid and residential permit spaces. Tier 1 does not include the downtown core. Tier 2: costs $840 per year, per car, includes parking in residential, unmetered and metered zones outside of the downtown core. Tier 3: $1440 per year, per car. Allows operators to use on-street parking in all priced areas, in residential areas and in Calgary’s downtown core. The City will also apply a 50 per cent discount to the annual fees for fully-electric carshare vehicles, consistent with the actions in Calgary’s Climate Resilience Strategy and Electric & Low-Emission Vehicle Strategy. The policy change also allows carshare vehicles to park beyond posted time limits (for locations with a limit of 1 hour or longer). Councillor Evan Woolley stated, “As a frequent user of car-share services, I am glad that City Council approved the policy updates and am happy to see Communauto help fill the void that exists in Calgary right now. I am hopeful these policy changes will attract more companies to the city.” The service has no monthly fee and its usage costs $0.45/minute, $15/hour or $50 for one day and $35 the following days. For day trips, 100 kms are included in the trip price, and additional kms are billed at $0.20/km. Other plans are offered allowing people to use cars for $2.95/hour, plus $0.29/km, with fuel and insurance included. “Communauto aims to offer a real alternative to car ownership in complement to transit and active mobility. That is why we propose a tariffication adapted as well to small errands, going for grocery as for weekends or vacations. In Calgary we wish to grow a local mobility service, as we did since more than 25 years in many other communities in Canada. Today we start with a limited fleet in a certain area ready to expand the service following the demand of Calgarians,” says Benoit Robert, CEO and founder of Communauto. In the next few weeks, interested people can pre-register or become beta-testers with the exclusive use of a car for free, until the complete fleet is available. The service will start regularly during the month of September. To register people can visit calgary.communauto.com. This announcement is seen as a positive by other city partners. "Calgary Economic Development is excited to be working with Communauto launching in our city. Shared transportation services like Communauto are an important part of what makes Calgary a great place to live and grow a business. This carshare service will allow Calgarians to explore a new flexible and affordable mobility option to meet their needs and plans for corporate and personal travel," said Mary Moran, President and Chief Executive Officer for Calgary Economic Development. Once launched, Communauto will have increased sanitization measures in place. This includes the availability of sanitizing gel in the cars, the obligation to wash hands before and after using a car and disinfecting the cars on a weekly basis. Additional time up 15 minutes will be offered for free before each use to allow time to disinfect the interior of the car if desired. - 30 - About Communauto Founded in Québec City in 1994, Communauto is the largest carsharing service in Canada and the oldest in North America. Present on two continents in 14 cities in addition to Calgary (Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener/Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, London, Kingston, Ottawa, Gatineau, the regions of Montreal and Québec, Sherbrooke, Halifax and Paris in France). With a fleet of more than 3,000 vehicles, it is one of the few operators in the world offering both free-floating and station-based carsharing. Communauto is a private company whose main mission is to reduce the impact of cars on cities while improving access to mobility. Communauto establishes strong partnerships with public transit authorities and offers the largest electric car-share fleet in Canada, in selected cities. Contacts: Communauto Marco Viviani, VP [email protected] 403-755-8664

  • Youth Employment Centre now open for in-person appointments
    on 17 August 2020 at 4:10 pm

    The Youth Employment Centre (YEC) is now open for in-person appointments for youth, aged 15-24, looking for free resume support and employment counselling. YEC previously paused in-person appointments in mid-March due to COVID-19 but were still able to help more than 1,000 youth through phone and virtual appointments. As part of the reopening, YEC is asking job seekers to observe current health and safety measures aligned to the Alberta Health Services guidelines for Stage 2 reopening. YEC is managing capacity to ensure appropriate physical distancing and other safety requirements are followed. In addition, in accordance with The City’s new temporary bylaw mandating face coverings in public indoor spaces, job seekers and staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times when inside the YEC. Access to YEC is now by appointment only and must be made in advance. Youth who would like to schedule an in-person appointment must visit Calgary.ca/YEC or call 403-268-2490. “We encourage any youth between the ages of 15 and 24 who would like help looking for a job, preparing for an interview and accessing the workforce to make an appointment,” says Jaspreet Sandhu, Team Lead for the Youth Employment Centre. “Job seekers will notice some changes when they visit us, but it’s all designed to help protect the health and safety of staff and youth while still creating a positive learning environment.”  YEC is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is located on the second floor of the Alberta Trade Centre (315 10 Ave. S.E.). -30-

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