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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Calgary firefighter to receive Governor General’s Medal of Bravery

Firefighters have to be brave – they run into burning buildings and respond to emergencies that most of us would run away from. It is their job, after all. However, even when Calgary Firefighter Brian McRae, is off-duty, he remains courageous.

Brian McRae
And because of his off-duty courage, McRae is now on his way to Ottawa to receive one of 42 Medals of Bravery from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, for risking his life to save four people from drowning while vacationing in Cuba in 2011.

“We are very proud to see one of our own nationally recognized for showing such bravery,” said acting Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc.“Our firefighters show courage every time they respond to a fire or emergency, but it makes us that much prouder to see a fellow firefighter recognized for showing that same bravery and courage off the job, and in this case, on vacation!”

Firefighter spots swimmers in trouble

McRae performed his medal-worthy heroics while he was on holiday in Varadero, Cuba for a friend’s wedding.  Three years ago on April 6, McRae heard people yelling and noticed they were struggling to swim in the Caribbean Sea. He grabbed two swimmers, who were from Ontario, towing them to shore.

Later that day, he returned to the beach and noticed two more swimmers struggling in the waves and again, he went into the water and brought them to shallow water safely.

National recognition in Ottawa

The Calgary Fire Department recognized McRae for his bravery in July 2011. Tomorrow, he will be acknowledged nationally when the Governor General of Canada presents him with the prestigious Medal at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Congratulations Calgary Firefighter Brian McRae!

The Governor General awards the Medal of Bravery (M.B.) for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances. Find out more about the awards.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shaganappi Trail Corridor Study open house

Calgarians are invited to drop by an open house to review and provide feedback on the recommended long-term plan for Shaganappi Trail.

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 5 to 8 p.m. (Note: This is a drop-in session, attendees can come at any time)
Location: Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive N.W.)

The plan was developed following feedback received from community members at the 2012 open house, four community conversation sessions in 2013 and meetings with local residents and community associations. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about and provide feedback on the recommended plan before it’s finalized.

Attendees are encouraged to review the highlights and feedback received from the November 2012, April 2013 and November 2013 sessions posted on the project webpage at

Monday, April 21, 2014

Census deadline extended past April 22

Census data collection has been extended past the original deadline of April 22. This means that if you have not had a chance to provide census takers with your household information, you may still receive a knock on the door.

City identification badges are worn by all census takers; if it is not in plain view just ask to see it. If you’re not home, your census taker will leave a phone number where they can be reached to arrange the completion of your census. All information you provide is secure.

A big THANK YOU goes out all Calgarians that have opened their doors and called us back to make their answers count in this year’s census.

The civic census is the official count of dwelling units (ex. houses, condos, apartments) and the number of people living in these units. The City conducts the civic census every year to help us inform decisions on population-based City services, like transportation, roads, and police and fire services. Data from the census is also used by the public and separate school boards for enrolment predictions, decisions on future schools, and by the provincial government for determining grants, if they are available.

For more information on census collection, visit

Understanding Flooding - Interview with Water Resources Program Manager Rick Valdarchi

Water Resources Program Manager Rick Valdarchi reviews some of the different types of flooding that can occur and what The City does to prepare for the possibility of flooding each year.

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Weigh-in on The City’s digital strategy

Did you know that The City is currently working to develop a digital strategy for 2015-2018?

The digital strategy aims to foster Calgary’s digital economy, support digital literacy and improve digital access to City services. This strategy takes a cross-department view of The City’s administration and looks for ways to enhance those connections at a technological level.

The digital strategy will also be used to identify how we can better communicate and engage with Calgarians, being mindful of trends in digital and open government.

To ensure that this strategy reflects the needs of all Calgarians, we would like your input. Complete the survey by April 24 to weigh-in on what could enhance The City’s digital strategy. Your answers will be compiled and reviewed to assist in the direction we take.

Information on the progress of the digital strategy along with engagement results will be accessible on the engage! website. The webpage will provide key information on the decision-making process as well as background information needed to get involved.

Your participation in the planning process will help City employees write a digital strategy that is both collaborative and reflects the goals of all stakeholders.

This is only the beginning - Over the next five years, we will continue engaging citizens to continually improve our digital strategy’s initiatives.