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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Calgary Fire Department reminds about dangers of icy waterways

The Calgary Fire Department reminds Calgarians to be cautious around ice covering bodies of water and the banks of Calgary waterways.

“To make sure you and your family are safe, you should always stay off ice that is covering a lake, pond, river or waterway because you cannot be sure of its depth or stability,” says Carol Henke, Public Information Officer, Calgary Fire Department.

“As the weather keeps changing, it's difficult to assess how thick ice might be or how much it has melted.

“It's best to stay safe and stay off.”

Accidentally falling through ice can happen very quickly and the danger of hypothermia or other injuries can be very serious.

Recent incidents were close calls for several Calgarians

At the end of March, a Calgary woman was rescued from the water after she followed her dogs into Elliston Lake, where they had fallen in. And this month, two boys were rescued after falling through ice covering a pond in Valleyview Park.

“If you see anyone who has fallen through the ice, please call 9-1-1 and do not attempt to go out into the water. Stay on shore and encourage them to kick and pull themselves on the ice until help arrives.”

Stay safely back and keep pets on a leash

The Calgary Fire Department also suggests keeping a safe distance from river banks and lake shores when you can see ice in the water or around shores and banks. When taking pets to parks or on walks close to waterways, keep them on a leash so they don’t fall through the ice.

Henke says if you do fall through ice into water, stay calm, control your breathing and keep your head out of the water. Call for help and try to pull yourself onto the ice on your stomach and roll towards the shore where the ice may be thicker. 

Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation launches its first inner-city development

Mayor Nenshi and Ward 7 Councillor Farrell officially launched Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation’s first inner-city development yesterday, unveiling the renderings and announcing that 25 attainable units will be available for eligible Calgarians.

From left to right: Kevin Harrison and Jeremy Sturgess (Sturgess Architecture), Paul Steckler (Lexington Development Management), 
Councillor Druh Farrell, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, David Watson (Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation)
Located at 1740 9 Street NW, it includes apartment condominiums and live/work townhouses between 338 and 847 square feet, currently priced between $193,350 and $324,990. When you include the five percent equity loan that eligible households receive through the Attainable Home Ownership Program, the mortgage amounts start from $182,000.

This is an artist’s rendering based on current development concepts.
Changes may be made to materials and build style during the course
of construction without notice.
The attainable units are being exclusively offered to a waitlist from Monday, April 21, and the remaining units will be released shortly to any qualifying households.

AHCC President and CEO, David Watson, said the project will change the way many people see attainable housing in the city.

“This is a smart design and it proves that attainable homes can be cutting edge, while still maintaining a price point that is achievable for households earning a moderate-income,” said Watson. “I would like to thank Lexington Development Management and The City of Calgary for enabling us to offer one of the first examples of laneway housing and one of few examples of live/work units to be built in Calgary.”

This is an artist’s rendering based on current development concepts. 
Changes may be made to materials and build style during the course 
of construction without notice.
The four-storey building revolves around an outdoor courtyard and puts front doors on the laneway, transforming the back alley into a new place of community. Combined with the well-connected Mount Pleasant location – close to shopping, parks, schools and services of all kinds – the development is a unique opportunity for individuals, couples and families interested in entering the property ladder in Calgary.

Mount Pleasant 1740 is currently under construction and possessions are anticipated in the first quarter of 2015.

About Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation
Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation (AHCC) is a non-profit organization and wholly owned subsidiary of The City of Calgary that connects developers, builders, lenders, lawyers and insurance companies to bring down the upfront costs of buying a home. It provides three key elements that help make the dream of homeownership a practical reality for moderate-income Calgarians: attractive home prices, forgivable equity loans, and a shared appreciation plan that provides homeowners with a financial stake in the equity of their new homes.

For more information, visit www.AttainYourHome.com

About the builder
Lexington Development Management Inc. is a Calgary-based consulting and development management company that specializes in multi-family residential projects.

For more information, please contact Lexington Development Management President, Paul Steckler, at 403-971-9122 or email paul@lexingtondevelopments.ca

About the architect
Sturgess Architecture is an award-winning, Calgary design firm, celebrating over 30 years of architecture and urban design. As a 15-person collaborative of architects, designers, technologists and assistants the firm operates as a studio office, where all members of the staff are aware of the phases and details of every project.

For more information, please visit www.sturgessarchitecture.com

Easter 2014 hours of operation for City of Calgary facilities

Image courtesy of
Jeroen van Oostrom/FreeDigitalPhotos.net
The City of Calgary is adjusting its hours of operation for services and facilities on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 and Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Calgary Transit
Calgary Transit will provide a Sunday level of service on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 and Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Barlow/Max Bell Station will be closed from April 18 to April 20 for four-car platform extension work. Shuttle service will be in place to connect customers to their destination.  Visit calgarytransit.com for details on the closure and shuttle service.

For information and schedules, please visit calgarytransit.com, call Teleride at 403-974-4000, or
Calgary Transit Customer Service at 403-262-1000.

Recreation
Arenas
All arenas (with the exception of Village Square Leisure Centre) and athletic parks will be closed on Good Friday, April 18, and Easter Sunday, April 20, except for any advanced bookings.

Fitness and Aquatic Centres
All Aquatic and Fitness Centres will be closed on Good Friday, April 18.

The following Aquatic and Fitness Centres are open for Free Swim (1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) on Easter Sunday, April, 20.

Acadia Aquatic & Fitness CentreFoothills Aquatic Centre
Inglewood Aquatic Centre
Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre
Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre

Village Square Leisure Centre
Good Friday, April 18 – OPEN 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 20 – OPEN 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Public Skate – 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Southland Leisure Centre
Good Friday, April 18- OPEN 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 20 – CLOSED
No Public Skate or Shinny hockey available

Art Centres
The Wildflower Arts Centre will be closed from Friday, April 18 through Monday, April 21.
The North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre will be closed from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20.

City of Calgary Parks
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Park hours: The sanctuary's trails are currently closed, and will remain closed throughout 2014, due to flood damage.

The Nature Centre is closed Mondays and statutory holidays including Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Devonian Gardens
Devonian Gardens will be open 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Other Facilities

Fort Calgary
Fort Calgary is closed on Good Friday and reopens on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Please visit our Events Page for more info.

Calgary Zoo
Gates open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, (Zoo closes at 6 p.m.)
Due to construction, the southwest gate is closed until June 15, 2014.

Heritage Park
Cars of the Big & Small Screen – Special Exhibit closes end of day April 21, 2014
Gasoline Alley Museum – Open every day 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Residential Garbage & Recycling Collection
Residents with Friday service will still have their blue and black carts picked up on Good Friday, April 18.

Landfills
All City landfills are open regular hours (7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on Good Friday, April 18, and Easter Sunday, April 20.

Community Recycling Depots
Collection at Community Recycling Depots is not affected on Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

Animal Services Centre
2201 Portland Street S.E.

Thursday, April 17: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, April 18: CLOSED/Statutory Holiday – Good Friday
Saturday, April 19: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 20: CLOSED/Statutory Holiday – Easter Sunday
Monday, April 21: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

City Administrative Offices
Administrative offices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

City of Calgary launches new commuter information portal

Getting around Calgary just got easier! The City of Calgary is launching a new commuter information portal on Calgary.ca. The portal, called Getting Around Calgary, is dedicated to providing quick and easy travel information for Calgary commuters.

Inside commuters will find how to get to and from their destination with information, tools and resources about the various travel options available within Calgary. Whether you choose to walk, ride your bike, take transit , carpool or carshare, Getting Around Calgary will have you on your way allowing you to choose the most convenient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable way to travel.

Calgary commuters will also find links to up-to-date road reports, pathway and bikeway maps and transit route and schedules so you can avoid congestion and get to your destination safely and conveniently.

Interested in reducing the environmental footprint of your commute? Getting around Calgary also provides information about work options like telework for reducing and even eliminating peak hour commutes. You can even take part in various programs and partnerships and track the benefit your alternative commute has on the environment while reducing congestion for all Calgarians.

To find out just how easy getting around Calgary can be, visit Calgary.ca/gettingaroundcalgary.

Mayor Proclaims April 13-19 as Public Safety Telecommunications Week


Before the police, firefighters or paramedics arrive, The City of Calgary’s emergency communications officers (ECOs) are there.

Each year, Public Safety Communications (PSC) personnel evaluate and dispatch required resources for nearly one million 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls for the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department and Alberta Health Services.

As the ‘first’ of the first responders, ECOs serve as the critical link between citizens and the emergency help they require.

Mayor Nenshi's proclamation 

In honour of the important work these individuals do and in celebration of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has proclaimed April 13-19 as Public Safety Telecommunications Week.


Public Safety Communications was established in 2006, integrating emergency communications officers from the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department and Calgary Emergency Medical Services. The unique model sees more than 300 trained ECOs connecting citizens with The City’s nearly 3,500 firefighters, police officers and paramedics.

For more information on Public Safety Communications visit http://calgary.ca/911.