Ward 9 Great Neighbourhoods Calgary – Gian-Carlo Carra

This is the official website for Gian-Carlo Carra, City Councillor for Ward 9 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Bridgeland-Riverside Water Main replacement at 7A Street NE

Hi Bridgeland-Riverside,

The Ward 9 Office received notice that there is water main work starting September 24. The work is estimated to take 2 weeks to complete and will effect the area in the picture below.

The City of Calgary will be replacing a water main on 7A Street NE, from Centre Ave NE to 1st Ave NE. The City has chosen to replace the water mains in this area given the past history of water main breaks and age of the infrastructure.

The City has chosen to replace the water mains in this area given the past history of water main breaks and age of the infrastructure.

The City has chosen to replace the water mains in this area given the past history of water main breaks and age of the infrastructure.

If you would like more information, please click the link for the notice that was sent by Water Resources on September 12 giving more information about the water main replacement program.

If you would like more information on the project, you may also contact North Star Contracting’s project manager, Michael Campese, at 403-370-4434.

Please let your neighbours know.

Thanks!

Your Team Ward 9

Clarification on supervised consumption site community mail outs

 
While the City of Calgary is a stakeholder in these discussions, the ultimate decision lies with the provincial government.

While the City of Calgary is a stakeholder in these discussions, the ultimate decision lies with the provincial government.

I want to give you a heads up that some of you in certain areas in your community will be receiving a mail out from HIV Community Link, the organization contracted by Alberta Health Services to provide advisory support to the development of supervised consumption services in Calgary, on behalf of the Province.

The card states that a supervised consumption site is coming to your community. This is not actually the case – one site is proposed for the east end of downtown while the other is proposed along 17 Avenue SE.

As part of their communications plan, HIV Community Link is mailing out post cards to postal codes whose boundaries intersect within a 1 km radius of the proposed location in the east end of downtown, and 2 km radius of the 17 Avenue SE proposed location.

While the City of Calgary is a stakeholder in these discussions, the ultimate decision lies with the provincial government.

If you are interested in learning more, contact HIV Community Link to register for one of their engagement sessions. You can contact them by visiting their website at www.calgaryscs.com, emailing them at supervisedconsumption@hivcl.org, or calling them at 587-393-4095.

As engaged communities, there is no shortage of items, ideas, and projects to be informed about and provide your feedback.

Please keep us in the loop when you provide your comments and submit your comments, we’re interested in hearing your feedback.

Thank you,

Gian-Carlo

 

Join us for the Ward 9 Traffic Safety Meeting

 
Join us for the annual ward 9 Traffic Safety Meeting. Photo source Lisa Wolansky.

Join us for the annual ward 9 Traffic Safety Meeting. Photo source Lisa Wolansky.

Did you know that The City of Calgary and Calgary Police Service host annual meetings about traffic safety in each ward?

On Monday, November 5 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Forest Lawn Community Association (4020 26 Avenue SE) the annual Ward 9 Traffic Safety Meeting will be taking place. 

The Community Traffic Safety meetings are a great opportunity to learn about traffic safety initiatives in your community and provide your input on how we all can improve traffic safety in our neighbourhoods.

Presentations by The City and Calgary Police Service highlight work being done, followed by an open discussion with various safety experts from The City of Calgary, Calgary Police Service, and Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra.

Please RSVP by sending an email to ward09@calgary.ca

 

Green Line Utility work near Pop Davies Park

 
There will be utility work being done near Pop Davies Park in Millican-Ogden in preparation for the Green Line LRT. Photo source: City of Calgary

There will be utility work being done near Pop Davies Park in Millican-Ogden in preparation for the Green Line LRT. Photo source: City of Calgary

Hello Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood,

I wanted to send you a note regarding some utilities work around Pop Davies Park in case you come across it and have questions or concerns.

With the Green Line coming to Millican-Ogden soon, Enmax will be doing some preparation work by conducting shallow utilities work along Ogden Road SE, in the area north of Pop Davies Park.

What’s being done?

Overhead wires will be lowered to underground ducts. The ducts will be directionally drilled. In order to do this, hydrovac work will occur with traffic accommodations with the road right-of-way to ensure that the drilling is successful. The work will also include removing abandoned poles along the west side of Ogden Road from the CN bridge south to just pas Millican Road.

How long will this take?

Work began on August 29, 2018 and will continue for approximately three weeks.

Will there be signage?

No signage will be posted for this work, though Enmax vehicles will be seen on-site. Please note that there are no direct impacts to private properties or private accesses during this construction.

What will the impacts be?

Traffic accommodations will be made from about September 5 to September 14 to ensure that traffic flows as smoothly as possible. There will also be two 15-30 minute windows of closure that will be coordinated with Roads to remove overhead wires will be necessary, though when they will happen hasn’t been decided and will be determined as the work progresses. One closing will be across Ogden Road south of the CN bridge, and the other will be across Millican Road along Ogden Road.

Also, I have been informed that no trees are being removed. There is an expectation that the smell of petrol from contaminated soil will be noticeable near the small excavations for drilling once the earth is opened up.

The Green Line team has indicated that the smell itself does not present a danger to humans and animals. The hydrovac truck will be operating in the area during the first 2-3 weeks and will be quite noisy but will only be operated during the work days, and not evenings and weekends and the excavations will be fenced off for general public safety according to best practices.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact 311. If you feel 311 isn’t appropriate, please contact my office and we will do the best to satisfy your concern.

Have a great weekend, and be sure to share this information with folks in the community who may have interest.

See you soon.

 

East Calgary Politicians Free Family Swim & Meet and Greet

 
East Calgary Politician Swim & Belly Flop Contest (gcc blog post).jpg

Come on out for the East Calgary politician swim and belly flop contest

Hello everyone! I'd like to invite you, your family and friends to come out and enjoy the last days of summer with your local politicians — Calgary-Fort and Calgary-East Members of the Legislative Assembly, Joe Ceci and Robyn Luff, along with myself.

This is a free family event and we'll have hot dogs and refreshments ready to be served. 

So come on by, meet your neighbours and come bend the ear of your local politician about the opportunities and challenges in our neighbourhoods or just come by to say hi! 

Hope to see you there and feel free to share this invitation with your friends and neighbours. 

 

Exploring public cannabis use in Inglewood, Ogden & Bridgeland-Riverside

 
From The City’s decision to prohibit public consumption of cannabis, it has put many Calgarians in a gray-zone and made it almost impossible for them to adhere to this bylaw and not to break the law.

From The City’s decision to prohibit public consumption of cannabis, it has put many Calgarians in a gray-zone and made it almost impossible for them to adhere to this bylaw and not to break the law.

In Calgary, public consumption rules for cannabis will be similar to those for public consumption of alcohol. Under the new Cannabis Consumption Bylaw, it will be illegal to consume cannabis in any form (smoking, vaping, or edibles) in public places, except for designated cannabis consumption areas, while its allowed to be used on private property.

The problem we have to solve

At this time, there are no smoking lounges, cafes or specialized bars in which cannabis may be used which creates a challenge that must be resolved. While according to provincial regulations, cannabis may be used in some public places, the Government of Alberta has given The City of Calgary the ability to further prohibit public consumption – and The City has done so primarily to protect underage public health.

Because landlord and tenant agreements, condo bylaws, and hotel rules may prohibit cannabis consumption (City of Calgary Bylaws do prohibit it), some citizens and visitors to Calgary may not have a legal place to legally use cannabis.  From The City’s decision to prohibit public consumption of cannabis, it has put many Calgarians in a gray-zone and made it almost impossible for them to adhere to this bylaw and not to break the law.  

This state of affairs is problematic and unfair to those Calgarians.

Under the new Cannabis Consumption Bylaw, it will be illegal to consume cannabis in any form (smoking, vaping, or edibles) in public places, except for designated cannabis consumption areas, while its allowed to be used on private property.

Taking a leadership role for Calgarians

While I am not an advocate for these public consumption areas, I support Council’s decision to explore these public use sites in theory. I’m of the opinion that if you have a legal substance but you bar its legal to use, that’s an oxymoron.

If there is nowhere to use cannabis for these Calgarians, we may reinforce and exacerbate activities that are present now. Staying this course could make the Bylaw and its enforcement challenging and proliferate public consumption of cannabis – something Calgarians have said they do not want.

With that in mind, a potential middle-ground (in the absence of cannabis lounges) is being explored. The Cannabis Consumption Bylaw allows Council to approve designated areas where cannabis may be smoked, vaped, or otherwise consumed in specific public places. These designated cannabis consumption areas are to help alleviate the lack of access to a permissible place to consume cannabis once it’s legal.

Taking charge to strengthen our communities

Understanding the challenges above and the gap between policy and practicality, City Administration is exploring the idea of piloting designated cannabis consumption areas in Ward 9, where in theory it may make sense to have one location per community. This proposed pilot project is meant to be an exercise in being proactive and empowering you through strengthening local governance and directing the future of your neighbourhoods by enabling you to have a greater voice in mitigating potentially aggravating behaviours in the community. Please take advantage of it.

We must take charge to address this gap to avoid the negative repercussions discussed above and mitigating against social disorder that the bylaw and policy, as it currently stands, could exacerbate.  Once again, Ward 9 is at the forefront in finding a solution for the benefit of Calgary. Rather than doing nothing, thinking this problem will solve itself and go away, we must address this issue head on through thoughtful conversations, empathy and compassion for our neighbours, and the benefit of our communities.  

Potential areas are carefully considered as we need them to be a minimum distance from schools, playgrounds, off leash areas, safety hazards, and not within sensitive natural areas. Each potential designated cannabis consumption area will be confined to a defined radius and equipped with waste receptacles and tamper-proof ashtrays. If the areas are approved and up and running, the City of Calgary may suspend locations should there be safety or nuisance concerns.

Where can these proposed sites go?

The viability of potential designated cannabis consumption areas is measured through criteria which address the location’s accessibility, safety, and proximity to sensitive land uses. The potential designated areas would have the following separation distances:

  • 150 m from a school
  • 100 m from areas intensively used by children, including playgrounds, sport fields, spaces with play amenities, or family-friendly attractions
  • Not within off-leash areas
  • Not within a sensitive natural area
  • Not in an area where other site users must pass to access another part of the site (e.g. pathways or park entrance)
  • 30 m from any safety hazards
  • 30 m from residences

Proposed locations of potential cannabis use sites

Inglewood

11 Ave, between 11 and 12 St SE

  • This area is located behind Festival Hall, and if placed near the south side, would be over 40m from residents.

Wildlands Parking Lot

  • If placed in the southernmost parking lot, this location would be over 100m from residents. To protect the natural environment, the area should not extend south of the pathway around the parking lot.

Bridgeland-Riverside

Murdoch Park (Southern end of 7A Street NE)

  • If placed just south of the pathway this area would be 50m from any residences and nearby apartments.

Millican-Ogden (North of Shopping Centre at Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road)

  • This area is just north of a shopping centre that holds the Glenmore Inn and Convention Centre which may have tourists. If located on the south portion of the field it would be over 100m from any residences

Next steps in creating our future

I want to be clear that nothing is written in stone and no public consumption areas are set. The City and I need your feedback in order to help us navigate this challenge and as the people who know your communities best, we’re relying on you to guide us to make the best decision for the benefit of all Calgarians.

I am aware of the preliminary opposition to this idea and appreciate the voices of those who do not think public consumption spaces are a good idea. I am also aware of the public support for these public consumption spaces and I’m looking forward to seeing how the conversation between neighbours in communities develops as we speak with each other.

Have your ideas heard and counted

Public engagement for these potential designated cannabis consumption areas is slated to begin today on August 27 and would take place for two weeks, ending on September 7. You will be able to take part in this engagement process by visiting on-location sounding boards and filling out the feedback forms, or by visiting the Engage web page, where feedback may be left online. I encourage you to participate and provide rationale and potential solutions. While social media is a good place to share your ideas and thoughts, I implore you to have them officially recorded by using the Engage web page.

The results of these engagement efforts will be brought to a Public Meeting of Council on October 9, at which you may speak. This timeline is in place to address the potential of having areas ready for use by the federal legalization date of October 17, 2018.

I’m very proud to be the City Councillor for East Calgary and I’m happy to continue building Great Neighbourhoods with you.  

 

Calgary Transit bus schedule to change September 3

 
The Fall Service Changes will come into effect on  Monday, September 3 . Photo source James L. Bures

The Fall Service Changes will come into effect on Monday, September 3. Photo source James L. Bures

Four times a year, Calgary Transit looks at the bus routes and schedules to figure out what’s working and what could be improved. They consider several factors including feedback from their customers and drivers, ridership levels and changing traffic patterns.

To stay up to date on changes to the routes you use, download the Calgary Transit app and follow them on Twitter.

The Fall Service Changes below will come into effect on Monday, September 3.

Click this link to see which Calgary Transit routes have been adjusted.  

 

Ogden, need money for a cool idea?

 
A micro grant in Bridgeland-Riverside helped the community and great volunteers run a pilot project in order to calm traffic and make streets safer for pedestrians. Photo source:  Elan LaMontagne

A micro grant in Bridgeland-Riverside helped the community and great volunteers run a pilot project in order to calm traffic and make streets safer for pedestrians. Photo source: Elan LaMontagne

Author: Rob Dickinson, robert.dickinson@calgary.ca

Date: August 17, 2018

Hi, everyone!

Do you have a great idea for the community, but could use a bit of help to initiate it? 

The micro grant opportunity through This Is My Neighbourhood might be just the thing.

Please take a look at the grant application and if yourself, or someone you know, would be interested in initiating a project and feel it fits the goal of the micro grant program then let’s work together to make it happen.

Feel free to share this with the folks in your community where you feel appropriate, and I am available to answer questions and discuss options.

This program is similar to the ActivateYYC program that you might be familiar with. If not, check out some of the stories from that micro grant program here: https://calgarycommunities.com/activateyyc/stories/.

Let's see some great ideas! 

Rob Dickinson

 

 

Illegal Encampments and the Joint Encampment Team

 
The Joint Encampment Team (JET) project was created in response to a rise in reported resident concerns of the illegal camps since the economic downturn in 2014. Photo Source: CBC/Dave Gilson.

The Joint Encampment Team (JET) project was created in response to a rise in reported resident concerns of the illegal camps since the economic downturn in 2014. Photo Source: CBC/Dave Gilson.

Date: August 14, 2018

As you know I believe that great neighbourhoods make a great city. One of the hallmarks of a great neighbourhood is the ability of its residents to identify issues, find thoughtful and compassionate consensus for solutions and work with their City Councillor and City Administration to move those solutions from ideas to action. The Joint Encampment Team pilot project is a great example of that.

The Joint Encampment Team (JET) pilot project was created in response to a rise in reported resident concerns of the illegal camps since the economic downturn in 2014. The Ward 9 Office and I have been instrumental in ensuring that this matter was addressed quickly and resourced appropriately.

Based on the feedback of concerned residents, my office and the City of Calgary, we came up with the proposed benefits and goals of the JET pilot project. 

Goals and Benefits of the Joint Encampment Team

  1. Decreasing duplicate and multiple calls for service for the same encampment from residents.

  2. Clearing encampments quicker so camps don’t have a chance to grow.

  3. Increasing community perception of safety.

  4. Decreasing the negative environmental impact of illegal camps as they cleaned up quicker.

  5. Training staff and contractors about vulnerable populations and unique hazards to encampments.

  6. Creating a City-wide service request pilot project for illegal encampments.

  7. Creating a standard operating procedure for addressing illegal encampments.

  8. Obtaining and keeping track of the costs of addressing illegal encampments from each City department and providing them to the JET on a quarterly basis

  9. Creating a City-wide service agreement to address illegal encampments on City-owned property.

  10. Piloting illegal encampment site remediation strategies to assess future encampment prevention.

  11. Ensuring that data is centralized and analyzed to help to paint an accurate picture of encampments in Calgary to ensure appropriate resources are allocated.

Partner Agency Liaison (PAL) Team

As you may know, in the past, the City of Calgary’s Partner Agency Liaison (PAL) team would address these camps (approximately 1000-2000) with very limited resources. This two Bylaw Officer team would approach homeless encampments and connect its users to social services like shelters, affordable housing, mental health services, or other services that could help them.

The PAL Team was created in April 2010 to address illegal encampments and act as a form of outreach for persons who may not have or want access to the various housing and agency resources available, and are the only consistent resource that addresses illegal encampments on both public and private properties City-wide.

As cleaning up one site could cost up to $4,000 and pose significant health risks to the public (depending on the user of the site) the Ward 9 Office worked with Community Services to create the JET pilot project that would make identifying and helping the rough sleepers of the illegal encampments easier and facilitate quick and efficient clean ups of the sites.

Prior to this project, there was no citywide protocol for dealing with camps which led to some resident frustration. Each city department would deal with illegal encampments in its own way with a different person taking the lead, and clean up could take a long time depending on where it was located, and depending on whether the camp was on property maintained by Calgary Parks, Calgary Roads or Real Estate & Development Services.

This was unacceptable.  

This inefficiency and lack of coordination was a large source of frustration. My office continues to work with City Administration to ensure that all City departments, and our partners, such as the Calgary Police Service, the DOAP Team, and Calgary Fire are all on the same page so residents can call one number and get the appropriate services and resources allocated to rough sleepers and the sites they occupied quickly.

Your feedback is instrumental in ensuring that this program works and gets the appropriate and adequate funding it needs to get quality and substantive results.

What to do if you see an encampment

  1. Contact 311 by telephone or via mobile phone app. If reporting through 311 on your mobile phone, you can give GPS coordinates to the exact site (the 311 app will automatically do this for you).

  2. Ensure that in the details you mention “Illegal Encampment” and “Joint Encampment Team” to ensure it gets to the right group (a 311 Task will be added in September 2018, in the meantime, use the appropriate 'Task' now).

  3. Encampments should be called in to 311 unless a crime is in progress (then call 911).

  4.  Do your best to be patient. Before illegal camps can be cleaned up and removed, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) or Calgary Community Standards (Bylaw) must place a 72-hour trespass notice on the site before clearing out the area. 

  5. NEVER enter an encampment as they could be very dangerous - call 311! 

Thank you

We want to thank all Ward 9 residents and Calgarians who remained engaged with my office to make this pilot project come to fruition. We could not have done it without you and we are proud to have some of the most thoughtful, engaged and compassionate people in Calgary living in Ward 9.

Please be sure to pass this on to your friends and family across Calgary so we can spread the word and ensure that we can reach out to these vulnerable Calgarians in these illegal camps while ensuring the usability and beauty of our parks and wooded area.

 

We're Inviting You to the Forest Lawn and Forest Heights Community Objectives Workshop!

 
RSVP for the Forest Lawn and Forest Heights Community Objectives Workshop with your City Councillor and your Team Ward 9. (Photo source: Hope Mission)

RSVP for the Forest Lawn and Forest Heights Community Objectives Workshop with your City Councillor and your Team Ward 9. (Photo source: Hope Mission)

Join Your Forest Lawn and Forest Heights Neighbours & Team Ward 9!

In 2016, your Team Ward 9 began running a series of Community Objectives Workshops (lovingly known as COWs) in every one of our great neighbourhoods.

This was an opportunity for our Ward 9 neighbours - including residents, community associations, businesses, service providers and community institutions - to come out and tell us what they love about their community, how we can improve their quality of life and how they can help drive the change they want to see in the future. 

From this work we were able to come together and develop a game plan on tackling important issues in each neighbourhood. We recorded all the data collected and distilled this information into the Ward 9 Strategic Report 2013-2017

With the ward boundaries changing after the October 2017 Municipal Election, Forest Lawn and Forest Heights are new Ward 9 communities and we're inviting our Ward 9 neighbours in Forest Lawn and Forest Heights to join us for our first Forest Lawn and Forest Heights COW!

During this Community Objectives Workshop, we'll be looking for your voice on issues like:

  • The future of Forest Heights and Forest Lawn communities
  • Social programs and youth projects in the neighbourhoods
  • 17 Avenue SE Bus Rapid Transit project
  • 36 Street SE challenges and opportunities
  • Planning and Development in Forest Lawn and Forest Heights
  • Main Streets planning for 17 Avenue SE (International Avenue)
  • Crime & Public Safety
  • Transportation & Traffic Safety
  • And everything and anything you can think of!

We are looking to evaluate and review our priorities  and identify new issues and concerns from Forest Lawn and Forest Heights residents, businesses, and community institutions!

Please note that space is limited and we ask that you click the link here or below to RSVP.

What: Forest Lawn and Forest Heights Community Objectives Workshop

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time: 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Where: Hope Mission - 4869 Hubalta Rd SE, Calgary, AB

Refreshments and Lunch will be provided

All are welcome!

RSVP NOW and help drive the work being done by your Team Ward 9.