Local News for November

Calgary is a very connected city and we receive a lot of information from the City and from various community-minded organizations. We thought it would be a good idea to post this information on our blog so locals can see what's going on, participate in various surveys and have one place to get all their community information. We will create a new story each month and update them as we receive more info - look forward to any feedback or comments:

Snow and Ice Information from the City of Calgary

Bylaws related to snow and ice:

  • The City enforces bylaws related to snow and ice control on sidewalks. It is your responsibility to remove all snow and ice from sidewalks and pathways in front of or on the side of your property. Sidewalks and pathway surfaces should be bare and completely clear of snow and ice.

Keeping sidewalks shovelled, ice-free and safe can be very challenging for older adults and other Calgarians who have limited mobility. Snow Angels is a campaign that encourages Calgarians to help neighbours in need with snow removal. Find out more here.

Safe snow shovelling techniques:

  • Space your hands on the shovel to increase leverage.
  • Stand with you feet apart, knees bent and back straight.
  • Place your front foot close to the shovel.
  • Put weight on your front foot. Step forward and use your legs to load a small amount of snow onto the shovel. Remember the wetter the snow, the heavier it is.
  • Lift with your legs; do not bend at the waist.
  • Keep the shovel close to your body.
  • Walk to where you want to dump the snow. Turn your feet in the direction you are
  • throwing the snow. Do not twist the waist.
  • Pace yourself. Take appropriate rest breaks.
  • Apply road salt/de-icer wherever necessary.

Calgary Board of Education: Public Feedback Invited

The CBE is committed to involving people in decisions that affect them. To do this more effectively, we are developing a new system-wide approach to public engagement. This approach will respect the diversity of our community and support the CBE in achieving its mission.

Parents and the public are invited to discuss their experiences with public engagement at the CBE, what's important to them and what they'd like to see in the future. Three sessions are planned:

  • November 18
  • November 24
  • December 3

All sessions will take place 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. See more information and RSVP for a session here.

Heritage Time-Out in McDougall United Church (no religious content/ non-denominational)

Artisans in quilting, knitting, crocheting, card making and cross-stitching meet to learn and practice their art in a community setting; no experience required: come and learn from instructors, obtain advice, but mostly enjoy the company of women across the ages, make friends and have a personal time-out!

  • Wednesday mornings 9-11 from January 6-Mar 23
  • Registration preferred, but drop-in availability; babysitting supplied

To find out more and register, contact Sarah by email here.

New Friends and Neighbourhood Groups

The New Friends and Neighbourhood Groups program offers immigrant women a place to build friendship and develop community support as well as:

  • Practice English conversation
  • Make new friends
  • Learn about resources in your neighbourhood
  • Share your experiences and stories

Free childcare provided (6 months - 6 years). For more information, see their schedule here, contact: Debra Colley on 403-444-1752  or email debrac@ciwa-online.com

Mount Royal University: Campus Master Plan Input Invited

Mount Royal University would like to invite all community members to find out more about their Campus Master Plan. The event will be held at Mount Royal University, East Gate Entrance, Nov. 25, 9am-8:30pm.

Find out more here.

CERT Training Summit: November 27-28, Ambrose University

After a disaster, people want to help.  Bridges of Love’s Community Emergency Response Team training, or CERT, assures a SAFE “Neighbours helping Neighbours” response. CERT is a grass roots strategy that is both practical and realistic strengthening community safety and preparedness through increased civic participation.

  • Key-Note Speaker: Friday Evening November 27, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Financial Preparedness: Sean Baylis, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
  • Saturday Modules: November 28, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Fire Safety & Utility Controls, Search and Rescue, Terrorism, and CERT Organization/ICS

Adults - $149 • Students - $99. Includes: Key-note Friday Session, 2 Saturday training modules (8), Food, Literature, Certificate & ID Card, CERT cap, and CERT kit.

Register here.

Project WinterSkin

This is a humanitarian project to send aid to displaced Syrian refugees in Jordan. They are collecting used and new winter wear, blankets and boots from Canadians to ship to Jordan for charitable distribution. They are an apolitical, non-governmental, secular, non-profit organization.

For more information please visit their website or call: (403) 714-9159 or (438) 825-9656.