Monday, March 2, 2015

Calgary Board of Education By-election

On April 13, 2015 a By-election will be held for a Calgary Board of Education Public School Trustee position in Wards 11 and 13. Interested candidates can get information books and nomination papers at the Election and Information Services office at 1103 – 55 Avenue NE between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Candidates interested in the Public School Trustee position must obtain 25 signatures from eligible public school electors living in Wards 11 or 13 and pay the required $100 deposit. Completed nomination papers must be filed on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Council Chambers, City Hall between 9 a.m. and noon. The list of official candidates will be available at noon on Tuesday, March 17.

Advance voting will be available on April 2, 7 and 8, 2015 for eligible electors. The list of advance vote and voting stations will be available in March online. For more information, call 403-476-4100 (option 1) or go to calgary.ca/election.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Historic Eamon’s Building Future is Uncertain

Calgary’s City Council will soon be deciding the fate of the Eamon’s Service Station building, and if Calgarians want the building to remain as part of our citys Calgary’s landscape, they need to act soon.

Eamon's Service Station Building
A Calgary Herald article outlines some of the history and previous uses of the Eamon’s building, including the filming of a music video by Canadian rocker Corey Hart.

The City has protected the building for potential redevelopment and prepped the site at the Park and Ride lot at the Tuscany LRT Station. However, no one has come forward with a privately funded plan to make the move a reality.

A decision will have to be made soon on the future of the building. City Council has suggested we find a private partner/investor to redevelop the building. The City has many competing priorities, and funding the restoration of the Eamon’s Building with public funds is unlikely.

If Calgarians want this historic building to survive and be back on the site, someone needs to come forward now to invest.

For more information, or to contact The City about the Eamon’s Building, you can get more details here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

1000 hours of discussion about Calgary’s main streets

Main streets are active urban areas that attract Calgarians to socialize, work, shop, dine, and celebrate local events. According to the Municipal Development Plan, there are currently 24 main streets across Calgary.



The Main Streets initiative is exploring meaningful growth for Calgary’s main streets in the future. The first step in this process is to gather local perspectives about main street issues, opportunities and outcomes.

Starting in November and continuing through to mid February, the Main Streets team started the discussion with main street users through a series of workshops across Calgary. The workshops provided Calgarians the opportunity to share their ideas and concerns about growth in these areas with City planners.



The number of people who participated and the quality of input collected is very impressive.

If you missed the workshops, join hundreds of fellow Calgarians who have shared, viewed, commented or voted on main street ideas on The City’s MindMixer account.

As a next step, information collected at the workshops will be followed-up with main street specific surveys, information sessions, and online engagement activities.

Subscribe at calgary.ca/mainstreets or follow #yycmainstreets to stay tuned for future events.

More Recognition for Calgary’s Airport Trail Tunnel

Project team members at 2015 Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Awards Program
TheAirport Trail Tunnel under the new runway at the Calgary International Airport continues to receive awards and recognition.

The most recent honour The City has received is the 2015 Award in Excellence in Project Management from the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA). Comments from the CEA judges reveal why the Airport Trail Tunnel continues to be recognized: “The complexity of managing and delivering the project on time and budget is impressive, particularly with the need to sequence the project with the building of the runway.”

Other honours for the Tunnel include the 2013 top project award in the Civil category (over $50 million) from Alberta Construction magazine, 2013 Award of Excellence from the American Concrete Institute (Alberta Chapter), and a finalist for Project of the Year at the Project Management Institute (Southern Alberta Chapter).

East end of Calgary's Airport Trail Tunnel
The City opened the 620-metre Airport Trail Tunnel to traffic on May 25, 2014. The tunnel extends Airport Trail from Barlow Trail to 36 Street N.E. as a six-lane roadway, and also included widening Airport Trail between Deerfoot Trail and Barlow Trail from four to six lanes.
  

The tunnel helps support economic development in the city by allowing for the efficient movement of workers and goods to and from the Airport. The most recent traffic counts show that 13,000 vehicles go through the tunnel each day.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Students learn safety at City Hall


Earlier this month, a group of Calgary grade 3 students had the opportunity to learn about the importance of building safety through a one-week session at City Hall School.

City Safety Code Officers Vanessa Gash, Luke Fuglestveit and Chas Van Maarion presented to the classrooms, teaching them about how the Alberta Building Code and the Alberta Fire Code work together to ensure safe construction practices and protect Calgarians from accidents and natural disasters.

The presentation ended in a group project, where students applied their new knowledge to the construction of buildings from paper plates, cups, chart paper and masking tape. They then competed to see which of their tiny buildings could stand up to the test of wind and weather (simulated by a hair dryer and fan).

“If we were to just stand there talking about the building code, it would get pretty boring,” says Gash. “We try to make it interactive and fun. The kids walk away with hands-on knowledge about why building requirements are essential to the safety of our city. It was a great experience for everyone involved.”

The students had the opportunity to see first-hand how their new building and fire code knowledge is applied to real-life structures, going for a tour of The Bow Building and other downtown landmarks. Additionally, Safety Code Officers showed students the Inspection and Permit Services office space in City Hall, where they could observe the East Village construction through the window. Students also got a close-up look of one of the City's weather stations, part of the weather warning system to builders.

Visit our website for more information about the City Hall School program, helping students in grades 3-12 become informed and engaged citizens.