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  • City of Calgary update on collaborative COVID-19 enforcement measures
    on 21 January 2021 at 11:02 pm

    City of Calgary Community Peace Officers and the Calgary Police Service (CPS) continue to work together, along with Alberta Health Services (AHS), to ensure enforcement of all bylaws and public health orders.The Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw came into effect August 1, 2020. On Monday, December 11 Calgary City Council extended the temporary bylaw through December 2021 and increased penalties for failure to wear a face covering and for repeat violations within a 12-month period.Enforcement of the temporary bylaw has resulted in:134 violation tickets for failure to wear a face covering where required since August 1, 2020Of those, 21 violation tickets have been issued since January 14, 2021.One ticket has been issued for failure to display prescribed signage in an entryway of a public indoor space. This is the only ticket issued of this nature since August 1, 2020.The total number of tickets issued under the Public Health Act (PHA) since the State of Local Emergency was declared is:167 violation tickets since November 24, 2020Violation tickets issued since January 14, 2021 were reported as outcomes of investigations on January 7, 2021, while 30 additional concerns are currently under investigation.The increase in violation tickets for failure to wear a face covering where required is due to non-compliance on transit vehicles.City business licence inspectors and partners from AHS, CPS, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, and Occupational Health and Safety have formed a Public Health Compliance (PHC) Team to monitor compliance, address concerns and support measures that help protect Calgarians.This team is conducting regular inspections. Any non-essential business found operating in contravention of the PHA could face multiple fines and the possibility of suspension or revocation of their business licence coupled with the charges.The City of Calgary’s top priority remains the health and safety of Calgarians.Where violations are suspected, Calgarians or businesses can submit questions, concerns or report complaints to Alberta Health Services online or by calling 1-833-415-9179, or to The City by contacting 311 or the CPS non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.More information is available on Calgary.ca/covid19.-30-

  • City of Calgary announces successful respondents for sale of five community mobile skateparks
    on 19 January 2021 at 8:04 pm

    The City of Calgary is pleased to announce that Academy Skateboard Collective, Cranston Residents Association, Livingston Homeowners Association, Mahogany Homeowners Association and United Youth Outreach (a partnership with The Inside and Cousins Skateboard Community) are the successful respondents to the Notice of Offer for Sale Competition #20-1640 of five community mobile skateparks.“It was very important to us that that the new owners were willing and able to use the equipment for wheeled sport opportunities”, said Stephanie Won, Calgary Recreation Business and Policy Planner at The City of Calgary. “We’re looking forward to these five non-profit organizations providing affordable and accessible skateboarding, cycling, inline skating and scootering opportunities within their communities.”A Notice of Offer for Sale for five community mobile skateparks was previously issued on October 28, 2020 and closed on November 30, 2020.Organizations eligible to participate were registered non-profit organizations and government agencies. Responses were evaluated through an impartial process based on a number of criteria, including social benefit, availability to a variety of users, operational and maintenance plans, programming plans, accessibility, and safety. Preference was given to organizations that would provide programs with social and accessibility benefits in Calgary or within a 20-minute drive from city limits.“We’re so excited about the potential and future of this ’skatepark-on-wheels’ and what it will mean in reaching new youth and kids in our surrounding communities; youth who have never had access to a skatepark facility before. It’s seriously a dream come true! Thank you to The City of Calgary for an amazing opportunity,” said Zach Creighton, Program Director of The Inside, a program of United Youth Outreach, working in partnership with Cousins Skateboard Community.The sales were awarded to the highest-evaluated respondents, in accordance with criteria set forth within the Notice of Offer for Sale as publicly posted on the Alberta Purchasing Connection and Calgary.MERX.com, the public electronic tendering service used by The City. "We really appreciate The City of Calgary putting these skateparks up for tender so that communities like ours are able to continue to provide opportunities for skateboarding, play and being active outdoors. Not only for our community, but for the SE quadrant of Calgary,” said Sally Lockhart, General Manager of the Mahogany Homeowners Association. “We look forward to providing skate opportunities for beginners through to advanced users as we continue to build up the skateboarding community.”Upon completion of the sale, each organization will own one mobile skatepark and will be responsible for operating and maintaining them.-30-

  • City of Calgary update on collaborative COVID-19 enforcement and safety measures
    on 15 January 2021 at 12:14 am

    City of Calgary Community Peace Officers and the Calgary Police Service (CPS) continue to work together, along with Alberta Health Services (AHS), to ensure enforcement of all bylaws and public health orders.The Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw came into effect August 1, 2020. On Monday, December 11 Calgary City Council extended the temporary bylaw through December 2021 and increased penalties for failure to wear a face covering and for repeat violations within a 12-month period.Enforcement of the temporary bylaw has resulted in:113 violation tickets for failure to wear a face covering where required since August 1, 2020Of those, 15 violation tickets have been issued since January 6, 2021.One ticket has been issued for failure to display prescribed signage in an entryway of a public indoor space. This is the only ticket issued of this nature since August 1, 2020.The total number of tickets issued under the Public Health Act (PHA) since the State of Local Emergency was declared is:167 violation tickets since November 24, 202056 of those violation tickets were issued since January 6, 2021.The significant increase in PHA tickets is due to a large number of tickets issued by CPS following protests in December that have now been collated. Bylaw issued one PHA ticket related to a protest, while 19 concerns remain under investigation. In addition, five warnings regarding mass gatherings were given.City business licence inspectors and partners from AHS, CPS, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, and Occupational Health and Safety have formed a Public Health Compliance (PHC) Team to monitor compliance, address concerns and support measures that help protect Calgarians.This team is conducting regular inspections. Any non-essential business found operating in contravention of the PHA could face multiple fines and the possibility of suspension or revocation of their business licence coupled with the charges.Business Licence issued three PHA tickets, while 12 concerns are currently under investigation. Business licence inspectors attended True You Salon & Spa over the weekend. They were found to be in compliance with the PHA. The business is open to sell retail products and are not providing any personal services.One ticket was issued to Fairview Church under the PHA for failure to comply with an order of the Medical Officer of Health number 42-2020, S. 23 A person must wear a face mask at all times while attending an indoor public place. Other fines are pending for the church and the PHC team is working to ensure there is ongoing compliance.Last weekend The City received reports of up to 70 people using the Glenmore Reservoir for recreating. We would like to remind citizens that all winter recreation, including walking, skating, skiing, biking and snowshoeing, is prohibited on the Glenmore Reservoir as well as storm ponds as per City of Calgary Bylaws. (Glenmore Park Bylaw 9018, Water Safety Bylaw 9018, Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 23M2006, Water Utility Bylaw 40M2006). Nearly half of Calgary’s water supply is drawn from the Glenmore Reservoir. Protecting our source water by limiting summer and winter recreational use is critical to ensuring high quality drinking water for Calgarians. As well, the water flowing into the reservoir and storm ponds is constantly changing. This makes the ice unpredictable and dangerous.The City of Calgary’s top priority remains the health and safety of Calgarians.Where violations are suspected, Calgarians or businesses can submit questions, concerns or report complaints to Alberta Health Services online or by calling 1-833-415-9179, or to The City by contacting 311 or the CPS non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.More information is available on Calgary.ca/covid19.-30-

  • 2021 Property Assessment Notices issued; Customer Review Period begins
    on 14 January 2021 at 5:30 pm

    The City of Calgary issued more than half a million property assessments today and opened the Customer Review Period which runs until March 23.The total value of the 2021 Assessment Roll is $297 billion, compared to $301 billion in 2020. The typical residential property market value change from the previous year is -2 per cent and the typical non-residential market value change is -6 per cent.The 2021 property assessment values are based on a July 1, 2020 market valuation and physical condition on Dec. 31, 2020.The 2021 median single residential assessment is $445,000, compared to $455,000 in 2020.The 2021 median residential condominium assessment is $235,000, compared to $245,000 in 2020.Acting City Assessor and Director of Assessment Eddie Lee says, “Calgary’s real estate market, as of July 1, 2020, reflected a slight and consistent decline in the majority of residential properties. With non-residential properties, we saw the office sector continue to decline. While there was decreased demand for traditional brick and mortar retail spaces, the growth of e-commerce benefited the industrial asset class.”The City encourages property owners to review their assessments and ensure the accuracy of their property details during the Customer Review Period. To do so, visit calgary.ca/assessment to access our secure online Assessment Search tool and handy Property Tax Calculator.“We encourage all property owners to use the Customer Review Period to check, review and compare their assessment for fairness and equity,” says Lee. Property owners who have questions about their property assessment can speak to our team directly at 403-268-2888. Hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Key findings from the 2021 Assessment Roll:In 2021, The City of Calgary delivered more than 550,000 Assessment Notices to Calgary property owners. We delivered more than 40,760 eNotices and mailed more than 511,580. The total value of the 2021 Assessment Roll is $297 billion, a decrease of $4 billion in value from last year. The typical property assessment change between the 2020 and 2021 is -2% for residential properties and -6% for non-residential properties. The 2021 median single residential assessment (excluding condominiums) is $445,000 compared to $455,000 in 2020. The 2021 median residential condominium assessment is $235,000 compared to $245,000 in 2020. 32,000 northeast properties were inspected for hail damage from the June 2020 hailstorm. Over 7,500 properties were still damaged by the physical condition date of Dec. 31, 2020. The resulting value loss has been reflected within the assessments of those properties.Approximately 97% of revenue neutral taxes from residential properties will stay within 10% of last year’s taxes due to the 2021 assessment.Approximately 64% of non-residential properties’ revenue neutral taxes will stay within 10% of last year’s taxes due to the 2021 assessment.For the 2021 Assessment Roll, non-residential properties have seen market value decreases in the office and retail sectors, while industrial remains strong.The office market has decreased 13% overall due to higher vacancy and lower rents, caused in part by an increase in working from home due to the pandemic and a depressed energy sector.Industrial property value remained strong with a 4% overall market increase driven by the rise in e-commerce, a diversifying economy and Calgary’s logistical advantages as western Canada’s distribution hub. Retail property market values have decreased 6% overall, in part due to the restrictions placed on this sector as a result of the pandemic. The shift to e-commerce has accelerated during the past year, which has also affected some smaller property tenants. The value of big box properties and other essential retail space was not as impacted by the pandemic. -30-BackgrounderAn assessment is the market value of a property (buildings and land) that is used to calculate each property owner’s share of taxes.Assessed values are determined through a mass appraisal process; which is a way to value a group of properties using common data, including market changes to ensure equitable valuations. Assessments are prepared annually by The City of Calgary, as mandated by the Municipal Government Act.2021 Assessment Key DatesDateActivityJuly 1, 2020Valuation date for 2021 Assessment RollDec. 31, 2020Physical condition and characteristics date of property for the 2021 Assessment RollJan. 14, 20212021 Assessment Notices issuedJan. 14 – March 23, 20212021 Customer Review PeriodMarch 23, 2021Final date to file a complaint with the Assessment Review BoardMay 20212021 Property Tax bills mailedJune 30, 20212021 Property Taxes due

  • Alberta Transportation and The City of Calgary present final recommendations of Deerfoot Trail Corridor Study
    on 11 January 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Alberta Transportation and The City of Calgary have completed the Deerfoot Trail Corridor Study that now includes long-term recommendations for this road over the next 30 years.“Traffic on the Deerfoot is a common complaint of every Calgarian. With this study complete and its practical recommendations in hand, I look forward to realizing improvements that will make it safer and easier to get to work, school, and around Calgary for generations to come,” said Ric McIver, Minister of Alberta Transportation.“We are pleased to present the long-term recommendations for Deerfoot Trail, which include consideration of additional capacity in both directions with High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) - or carpool - lanes, and a Collector Distributor System,” said Jeffrey Xu, Senior Transportation Engineer with The City of Calgary. “These recommended improvements will help alleviate congestion and improve safety on Deerfoot Trail.”The recommendations identify improvements that could be considered at several interchanges as well as pedestrian and cycle crossings. The purpose of the Deerfoot Trail Corridor Study was to review and develop short, medium and long-term recommendations to enhance safety and mobility for everyone who uses it and to optimize overall operations throughout the corridor and adjacent network. The study was jointly completed to allow The City of Calgary and Alberta Transportation to collaboratively assess possible improvements along Deerfoot Trail over the next 30 years to manage traffic growth and congestion.The study began in 2016, with reviewing existing conditions. During the public engagement process, challenges identified included capacity, weaving, merging, diverging, intersection operations and safety. Considerable technical work was completed over the past several years that has informed the long-term recommendations. The proposed recommendations address capacity concerns, reduced travel time and improved safety.The three main considerations for corridor improvements included:Traffic infrastructure to accommodate highway capacity, address operation issues and improve west-east traffic flow,Alternatives for pedestrians and cyclists, andTechnology applications, specifically Intelligent Transportation Systems.The study’s final recommendations are available at calgary.ca/deerfootAlberta Transportation’s 2020 Capital Plan currently includes $210 million for improvements on Deerfoot Trail. Along with reviewing the final recommendations, the department continues exploring options to implement improvements.About Deerfoot TrailDeerfoot Trail is an urban Calgary expressway connecting residents to communities, workplaces and other destinations. Approximately 180,000 vehicles use Deerfoot Trail daily. It is part of the Primary Goods Movement Network in Calgary and designed to move large volumes of traffic over long distances. As part of the National Highway Network, it also makes up a section of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway through the city. Other than Stoney Trail, Deerfoot Trail is the only road that provides a continuous north-south connection across the city, and is the only north-south skeletal road serving central and east Calgary. Alberta Transportation has owned and managed the Deerfoot Trail since 2001. -30 -The City of CalgaryMedia [email protected] KiblerPress SecretaryAlberta Transporta[email protected]: 780-203-1487

  • City of Calgary update on collaborative COVID-19 enforcement measures
    on 7 January 2021 at 10:47 pm

    City of Calgary Community Peace Officers and the Calgary Police Service (CPS) continue to work together, along with Alberta Health Services (AHS), to ensure enforcement of all bylaws and public health orders.The Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw came into effect August 1, 2020. On Monday, December 11 Calgary City Council extended the temporary bylaw through December 2021 and increased penalties for failure to wear a face covering and for repeat violations within a 12-month period.Enforcement of the temporary bylaw has resulted in:98 violation tickets for failure to wear a face covering where required since August 1, 2020Of those, 25 violation tickets have been issued since December 30, 2020.One ticket has been issued for failure to display prescribed signage in an entryway of a public indoor space. This is the only ticket issued of this nature since August 1, 2020.The total number of tickets issued under the Public Health Act (PHA) since the State of Local Emergency was declared is:111 violation tickets since November 24, 202019 of those violation tickets were issued since December 30, 2020.The City of Calgary’s top priority remains the health and safety of Calgarians.The City of Calgary would like to remind Calgarians that while using popular outdoor parks and skating locations everyone must follow the Provincial Health Orders. Maintain two metres of distance from anyone outside of your household and wear a face covering if distancing is not possible. Face coverings or masks are now recommended when tying skates in bench areas or using fire pits.City business licence inspectors and partners from AHS, CPS, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, and Occupational Health and Safety have formed a Public Health Compliance Team to monitor compliance, address concerns and support measures that help protect Calgarians.This team is conducting regular inspections. Any non-essential business found operating in contravention of the PHA could face multiple fines and the possibility of suspension or revocation of their business licence coupled with the charges.Where violations are suspected, Calgarians or businesses can submit questions, concerns or report complaints to Alberta Health Services online or by calling 1-833-415-9179, or to The City by contacting 311 or the CPS non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.More information is available on Calgary.ca/covid19.-30-

  • Nomination period begins for The 27th Annual Calgary Awards
    on 6 January 2021 at 5:35 pm

    In an extraordinary year, extraordinary Calgarians made a difference. Through their exceptional achievements and contributions, many Calgarians made life better.Today marks the start of the nomination period for The 27th Annual Calgary Awards. Nominations close Feb. 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.This is an opportunity to recognize deserving individuals, businesses and organizations who have improved the quality of life in our community.Each year nominations are received in 13 award categories:The Community Achievement AwardsGrant MacEwan Lifetime AchievementCitizen of the YearArtsCommerceCommunity Advocate (individual and organization)EducationHeritageYouthThe Environmental Achievement AwardThe International Achievement AwardThe Award for AccessibilityThe City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize (deadline was December 31, 2020)The City of Calgary encourages all Calgarians to look to their neighbours, colleagues, community leaders and local organizations and businesses for those who could qualify as recipients of The Calgary Awards.For more information on each award category, eligibility criteria, and previous award recipients, visit calgary.ca/calgaryawards.-30-

  • Nomination period open for Calgary Municipal Election 2021
    on 4 January 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Nomination period is now open for candidates running in the next general election on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Individuals can run as a candidate for mayor, councillor or school board trustee (public or separate).Nomination papers must be filed with Elections Calgary between Jan. 4 and Sept. 20, 2021, at noon. All candidates must provide Form 4, Form 5 and the Candidate Contact Information Consent Form completed in full and the appropriate deposit to Elections Calgary.Nomination submission optionsThere are three options for submitting nomination papers.1. In-person by appointmentCandidates can call 403-476-4100 or visit electionscalgary.ca to book an appointment. Completed forms and candidate deposit can be dropped off at the Elections Calgary office (reception, 2nd floor, 2340 22nd Street N.E.). Note: Elections Calgary is no longer located at 1103 55th Avenue N.E.2. By mail or courierSend completed forms and candidate deposit to Elections Calgary. Do not send cash deposits via mail or courier. Certified cheques and money order will be accepted, payable to “The City of Calgary.”3. By secure 24-hour drop boxCompleted forms and deposits can also be dropped off at the City of Calgary Municipal Building secure drop box at 801 - 3rd Street S.E. (east entrance facing the Central Library). Do not include cash deposits. Certified cheques and money order will be accepted, payable to “The City of Calgary.”COVID-19 safety measuresFor any appointments at the Elections Calgary office, please ensure you are symptom free. A limit of two people will be allowed to attend an appointment - the candidate and one other person. All individuals attending must wear a mask. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available for use.A list of candidates will be posted online once their nomination forms are verified. Please visit electionscalgary.ca or contact 311 for more information.- 30 -Media [email protected] [email protected]

  • Calgary Fire Department's Fortnight of Gratitude
    on 31 December 2020 at 8:18 pm

    This evening, New Year’s Eve, brings to a close the Calgary Fire Department’s Fortnight of Gratitude initiative.Each evening at 7 p.m., for the past two weeks, crews from the Calgary Fire Department have been paying tribute to staff at the Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, South Health Campus and Alberta Children’s Hospital, by driving by these facilities with lights and sirens on.The intent behind the initiative is to show solidarity, support and empathy for hospital workers and to remind Calgarians about everything these individuals have gone through, and continue to go through, to look after us during these especially challenging times.“This past spring, in the early days of COVID-19 in Calgary, healthcare workers were frequently thanked and celebrated by citizens. With the onset of fall’s cooler weather and the second wave of the pandemic, recognition has dropped off. The Calgary Fire Department chose the last two weeks of 2020 to reassure healthcare workers that we still support them, now more than ever. We also thought this initiative might, in some small way, help bring some joy and support, to both staff and patients, this holiday season,” says Chief Steve Dongworth, Calgary Fire Department.When possible, Fire crews are joined by members of the Calgary Police Service and Alberta Health Services EMS.-30-

  • City of Calgary update on COVID-19 enforcement and safety measures
    on 30 December 2020 at 9:31 pm

    City of Calgary Community Peace Officers and the Calgary Police Service (CPS) continue to work together, along with Alberta Health Services (AHS), to ensure enforcement of all bylaws and public health orders.The Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw came into effect August 1, 2020. On Monday, December 11 Calgary City Council extended the temporary bylaw through December 2021 and increased penalties for failure to wear a face covering and repeat violations within a 12-month period.Enforcement of the temporary bylaw has resulted in:67 violation tickets for failure to wear a face covering where required since August 1, 2020Of those, 6 violation tickets have been issued since December 23, 2020One ticket has been issued for failure to display prescribed signage in an entryway of a public indoor space. This is the only ticket issued of this nature since August 1, 2020The total number of tickets issued under the Public Health Act (PHA) since the State of Local Emergency was declared is:69 violation tickets since November 24, 202022 of those violation tickets were issued since December 23, 2020Calgary police and peace officers actively patrolled and monitored crowd situations at shopping malls in Calgary throughout the Boxing Day weekend. Overall, compliance was high with the capacity restrictions and safety protocols implemented by mall management. Officers also responded to citizen concerns over the holidays and the vast majority of Calgarians were viewed to be complying with the restrictions and enforcement was not required in most cases.The City of Calgary’s top priority remains the health and safety of Calgarians and the current limits are in place to ensure everyone can have an enjoyable and safe outdoor experience.“Park spaces and ice rinks were monitored in locations where distancing at entry points of these locations can be a concern,” said Susan Wall, Duty Inspector, Calgary Community Standards. “We are observing that with the current nice weather, busy periods of use on popular ice rinks is typically between 1 to 5 p.m. and in an effort to enhance safety, we would like to ask Calgarians to consider going at alternate times so that physical distancing can be maintained.”A popular Calgary skating location, Bowness Lagoon, is not a skating rink in the traditional sense as it is a much larger, outdoor Parks area that is used for various recreational purposes including skating. All participants at Bowness Park must follow the Provincial Health Orders and maintain 2 metres from anyone outside of their household and wear a face covering if distancing is not possible.“Due to safety concerns, face coverings or masks will now be a recommended when tying skates in bench areas or using fire pits, and remain a requirement when you cannot maintain 2 metres from anyone outside of your household,” says Justin Brown, Zone Superintendent, Calgary Parks. “We ask that everyone spread out while putting on their skates and that they do so as quickly as possible, so others may use the benches and avoid crowding.”Over the coming week, additional signage will be put up in City of Calgary skating areas to help guide Calgarians on these new measures.When at skating rinks or areas that are at capacity, skaters must wait in line and skating times may be limited.The City of Calgary requires Calgarians to stay off any and all frozen storm ponds. Even in winter, water levels and flows change rapidly, making skating or other activities extremely dangerous and strictly prohibited.The City reminds Calgarians that if you arrive at any outdoor location and it appears to be crowded, please come back at a quieter time or go to a different outdoor space.Calgarians or businesses can submit questions, concerns or report complaints to Alberta Health Services online or by calling 1-833-415-9179, or to The City by contacting 311, or the CPS non-emergency at 403-266-1234 where violations are suspected.More information is available on Calgary.ca/covid19.-30-

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