Wednesday, May 25, 2016

City of Calgary Awarded 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

This morning Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Acting City Manager Brad Stevens announced Calgary’s official membership in an international group of cities in the The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Global Network Challenge. Watch the video below as Mayor Nenshi and Brad Stevens speak with the media about this great opportunity and what it means for Calgary.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Free dog recall training: Train your dog to come when called

A reliable recall, or the “come” command, is by far the most important thing to teach your dog and often the most difficult to train. Every spring and summer, we provide free dog recall training sessions from a certified professional dog trainer to help you and your dog.

Join Joyce Walkerdine, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, at Bowmont Off-Leash Park on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn helpful tips.

There are a limited number of spots so we recommend registering early for this free opportunity.  Registration for the event opens on Tuesday, May 24.

Total Recall

Whether in an on- or off-leash area, your dog needs to be under your control at all times. As a result of working together during the session and your practice outside of class, you and your dog will become more of a team in off-leash areas.

Training helps to improve the human/animal bond, it enforces positive interactions at dog parks, and helps owners by giving them the techniques they need to minimize undesirable dog behaviours and encourage appropriate behaviour.

The dog recall events also include: free nail trimming, dog behaviour coaching and pet first aid. Pet owners will also be able to renew their animal licence(s).

Off-Leash Ambassador Program

This event is being offered as part of our Off-Leash Ambassador program, a volunteer-led approach to help promote and educate people about responsible pet ownership.

For more information about responsible pet ownership, upcoming Off-Leash Ambassador events or how to register to become an Off-Leash Ambassador, visit You can also follow us on Facebook for updates.

Submitted by Dustin Rogers, Calgary Community Standards

Friday, May 20, 2016

Long weekend construction closures: May 20-23, 2016

Construction in full swing this long-weekend

Roads Construction work is an essential part in keeping Calgary’s roadways safe and in good condition. As construction zones are work spaces that often require lower speeds and narrowed lanes to maintain safety, motorists are reminded to slow down in construction zones or avoid these areas if possible.

While construction has been happening in our city for few months already, thanks to this year’s mild winter, the May long-weekend is officially the beginning of construction season.

In addition to some ongoing large infrastructure projects such as the Trans Canada Highway/ Bowfort Road N.W. Interchange, the Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road S.E. Interchange, Crowchild/Flanders Avenue Interchange , Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue S Interchange and the Government of Alberta’s Ivor Strong Bridge Rehabilitation on Deerfoot Trail S.E., there will be a number of smaller projects happening throughout Calgary this weekend that could have an impact on your commute.

  • The ramps from southbound 36 Street N.E. and Sunridge Way N.E. to westbound 16 Avenue N.E. will be closed for four hours starting at 10 p.m. this Saturday, May 21 for road construction.
  • The ramps from eastbound 16 Avenue N.E. to northbound and southbound 36 Street N.E. will be closed from 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 to 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 22 for road construction.
  • The left lane of both northbound and southbound Edmonton Trail N.E. are closed from 4 Avenue N.E. to 8 Avenue N.E. from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. A similar closure occurs from 8 Avenue to 16 Avenue N.E. from 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. These closures accommodates construction.
  • 13 Avenue N.W. will be closed at Centre Street N beginning at 8 p.m. tonight (May 20). During this closure, the southbound lanes of Centre Street N will be closed at 13 Avenue N.W. and a two-way setup will be in place in the northbound lanes. This closure remains in place until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 23 and accommodates construction.
  • 5 Avenue N.W. will be closed between Crowchild Trail N.W. and 23 Street N.W. beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. This closure remains in place until 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 and accommodates utility work.
  • 84 Street S.E. will be closed at 50 Avenue S.E. beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. This closure continues until 6 p.m. on Monday, May 23 and accommodates railway crossing work.
  • 3 Street S.E. will be closed between 6 Avenue and 9 Avenue S.E. beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. This closure continues until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 and accommodates Transit work.
  • 6 Avenue S.E. will be closed between 4 and 5 Streets S.E. beginning at 7 p.m. tonight (May 20). During this closure the right lane and adjacent sidewalk of northbound 4 Street S.E. will be closed at 6 Avenue S.E. This closure continues until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 and accommodates Transit work.
  • The right lane of eastbound 26 Avenue S.E. will be closed east of 11 Street S.E. beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. This closure continues to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 and accommodates construction.

  • Eastbound 10 Avenue S.W. will be closed with a two-way setup in the westbound lanes between 7 Street and 8 Street S.W. beginning at 9 a.m. tonight (May 20). This closure accommodates Water Services work and remains in place until 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.
  • 10 Avenue S.W. will be closed between 5 Street S.W. and 6 Street S.W. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 for utility work.
  • Northbound 11 Street S.W. will be closed and the southbound lanes reduced to a single lane between 8 Avenue and 9 Avenue S.W. starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. During this closure, the two left lanes of 9 Avenue S.W. will be closed at 11 Street S.W. This closure remains in place until 7 p.m. on Monday, May 23 and accommodates utility work.
For more information or to see all the road/lane closures happening this weekend, visit

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Planning for change within Calgary's hidden gem, Millican-Ogden

Tucked away above the Bow River in southeast Calgary, Millican-Ogden is one of Calgary's oldest communities. It was originally built to house Canadian Pacific Rail workers. Over time, Millican-Ogden developed into the established residential community that it is today, with a rich variety of housing types, commercial developments, and park spaces. For many, Millican-Ogden is a "hidden gem" within the city, and interestingly, in some ways that's how residents want to keep it.

The Green Line will be coming to Millican-Ogden with two LRT stations to be located within the community. These new stations will bring the area lots of attention. It is inevitable that people traveling through the community will start to see the unique amenities it offers and its enviable location. This will no doubt spur significant redevelopment interest in the community.

To get ahead of development pressures and to plan for change, my team and I are leading the development of the new Millican-Ogden Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP). It is a document that will outline a vision for the future of the community and include policies to guide redevelopment to achieve this vision.

Last year, community members got together for a series of workshops. They mapped out ideas and a vision of the future of the area. My job is to continue that work with community members, City departments, landowners and others to develop a plan to implement these ideas and to identify local improvements that can be made to the area to benefit existing and future residents. The new ARP we are developing will include up to date policies to facilitate transit-oriented development that is sensitive to the local neighborhood.

What has struck me most while talking to Millican-Ogden residents is the commitment and passion they have for their community. Many of them have lived in the community for decades and it is common for children who grew up in the neighborhood to move back to Millican-Ogden to start their own families. The community offers so many unique resources and supports for its residents and is inclusive and welcoming of people of all ages and incomes.

Like many communities of its age, Millican-Ogden could benefit from new investment and residents are excited about the Green Line and the opportunities it will bring with it. When a “hidden gem” such as this is discovered by so many people, it can be both good and bad for the community. They will recognize its many positive attributes and want to become part of it too. My job is to make sure that redevelopment in the Millican-Ogden enhances and contributes to the community's unique character and facilitates positive change in the lives of residents who have called Millican-Ogden home for generations.

The post is written by Jill Sonego, Lead Planner for Millican-Ogden station area planning. To learn more about the ARP, the public is invited to attend an open house on June 22 from 5-8 p.m. at Banting and Best School (1819 66 Avenue S.E.), or visit

Tuesday, May 17, 2016’s paving page gets a makeover

The City is launching a new online tool to help Calgarians learn where and when paving is being done.

The new map will help citizens easily identify paving work.

This year, those who are interested in finding out where crews will be paving will notice a new user experience on – an interactive map highlighting Contracted and City Pavement Rehabilitation locations and micro surfacing projects.

As part of The City’s commitment to improving our user experience, the map was developed with the hope of improving transparency and helping to highlight The City of Calgary Roads Construction Division’s 2016 paving projects. The system pulls information from The City’s geographic information system and displays it on an easy–to-read map.

The City of Calgary has over 127 paving jobs planned for 2016, covering 271 lane kilometres. 70 per cent of the work will take place on major roads with the other 30 per cent in residential areas. In some areas, work has already begun on concrete repairs prior to paving.

The City of Calgary and its contracted partners are currently scheduling these projects between now until the end of October. Residents are reminded that the rehabilitation of a roadway involves several different steps, and can take up to eight weeks to complete.

Prior to road work, citizens will be required to remove their cars and will be notified via signs placed on the road at least 12 hours prior to paving. The street will be milled, manholes will be levelled and the road will then be paved.

For a detailed description of this work, see our paving steps brochure

Please keep in mind that every effort is made to adhere to construction schedules, however complications due to weather and equipment can sometimes cause delays.

For information on The City of Calgary’s 2016 paving projects, and to see the new paving map in action, visit

For information on The City of Calgary’s concrete programs, visit

For information on The City of Calgary’s micro surfacing program, visit