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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Interested in the Olympic Plebiscite?

November 13, 2018 is Vote Day for the Olympics. Photo source: Lyle Aspinall/PostMedia Network

November 13, 2018 is Vote Day for the Olympics. Photo source: Lyle Aspinall/PostMedia Network

Ward 9 2026 Olympic Bid Engagement Open House

There will be a 2026 Olympic Bid Engagement Open House in Ward 9

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE

The Open House will follow a similar format to the City’s Engage events. Everyone is free to move around at their leisure.

There will be city staff on hand to facilitate. They will answer questions and direct attendees to information boards which will have much of the material you can see on the online portal here: https://engage.calgary.ca/2026Games

The open houses are opportunities to provide hands-on feedback directly to staff. Usually there are forms with specific questions that attendees can complete and leave with staff. The five focus topics of the engagement are:

  • Community

  • Venues and facilities

  • Environment

  • Economy

  • Costs

All five are outlined in detail on the Engage portal in Step 2 (“Learn about the proposed bid”). The Engage Toolkit is a great resource as well.

Olympic Public Engagement and Information

Do you want more information to answers like:

  • Why is Calgary considering hosting the Games again?

  • What are some of the proposed Olympic and Paralympic numbers in the Draft Hosting Plan?

  • Will hosting the Games help or hinder Calgary’s future?

Then please have a look at the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid engagement toolkit.

Through to October 28, Calgarians have the opportunity to learn more about The City’s analysis of the Calgary 2026 Draft Hosting Plan Concept (see below).

In addition, the online engagement portal was launched today, giving citizens a chance to review materials and offer input at their convenience through to October 28.

The engage website is calgary.ca/2026Games

2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Engagement and Public Events

2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Engagement and Public Events

The engage website is calgary.ca/2026Games

The City of Calgary’s Secretariat was established to examine Calgary 2026’s Draft Hosting Plan Concept and provide advice to City Council and the Assessment Committee on opportunities, benefits, costs and risks associated with bidding and possibly hosting the Games. The Secretariat also ensures Council and the Assessment Committee have the information they need to make the decision on whether or not to bid.

The Secretariat has undertaken a thorough analysis of the draft hosting plan. It has worked with City of Calgary staff in all departments and external consultants with Games experience to determine and assess benefits and risks inherent in the draft hosting plan. It has also worked with other orders of government, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

There have been some external comments about how the information is being presented through the public engagement platform, specifically around categorizing potential benefits and risks associated with hosting the Games.

Should The City decide to submit a bid, and it is successful, the draft hosting plan would continue to evolve. The examples of benefits and risks listed in the engagement materials are provided to achieve a balanced approach. The examples are “potential” and not intended to be taken as exhaustive.

What are the next steps?

The City is engaging Calgarians to help City Council decide whether or not to submit a bid to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. City Council will consider a range of information before making its decision.

The City is engaging Calgarians to help City Council decide whether or not to submit a bid to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. City Council will consider a range of information before making its decision.

Mark your calendars - November 13, 2018 is vote day!

What’s on the ballot?

The question on the ballot will be:

Are you for or are you against Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?

__ I am for Calgary hosting
__ I am against Calgary hosting

Advance Vote

November 6 and 7 – Advance Vote 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (14 locations, one in each ward)

November 6 – Mount Royal University 11 a.m. - 5p.m.

November 7 – University of Calgary  11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Senior’s Accommodation Vote (November 6 & 7) – list of residences will be added to the website shortly

Special (Mail-in) Ballots

Applications are now open and can be made online, in person or over the phone until November 13, 2018 at noon.

Ballot packages must be received at the Elections Office by 4 pm on November 13, 2018. 

If the mail strike occurs arrangements have been made to deliver the packages to Calgary addresses via courier.


Voting on Vote Day

Time:  8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

160 locations across the City.

Voters must vote at their designated voting station.

Hospital Vote:  10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (rotating)  Foothills, Peter Lougheed, Rockyview, South Health Campus


Who is eligible to Vote

A Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age who has resided in Alberta for a least the last 6 months (since May 13, 2018) and lives in a Calgary Voting Subdivision on Vote Day. 


How to Vote

For the first time, Elections Calgary will be using vote tabulators to compile the results.  Voters will be provided a paper ballot and they will mark their choice on the ballot.  The ballot will then be run through the tabulator, if there are no errors, the ballot is accepted into the ballot box.  If the ballot has been marked improperly (e.g. too many choices) the ballot will be returned to the voter and the voter will be given an opportunity to correctly mark a ballot and have it accepted by the tabulator. 


Looking for information on The Games before you vote?


At the Voting Station, after the last voter leaves the station, the tabulator will generate results for the ballots received by it.  Those results will be posted for scrutineers to read.

The results will be available on the Calgary.ca/vote2018 website and City social media channels. The legislation prevents the results being released voting station by voting station on Vote Day.  When all results have been tabulated, which we are planning for at the latest 10 p.m., Elections Calgary will post on its social media channels that the results will be released in the next 15 minutes.

Public, Campaigns, and Media will all be encouraged to watch our Social Media Channels to ensure they are prepared.


Useful web links:

Who can vote

When & Where to vote

The Question

ID Requirements

Vote workers

For more information, visit www.calgary.ca/vote2018 or call 311.


Volunteering to Build Great Neighbourhoods

What are some of the ways you can make your Great Neighbourhood better? (Photo source: City of Calgary)

What are some of the ways you can make your Great Neighbourhood better? (Photo source: City of Calgary)

Date: September 1

Hello Ward 9!

I hope that you’ve all had a great summer and that the smoke, heat and hail didn’t impact your days too much. I had the continually-invigorating opportunity to speak with Calgarians at Neighbour Day, Stampede, community events and meeting folks from all neighbourhoods across Ward 9.

It was great to see how many people love their neighbourhoods. The most asked question I got from residents was “What’s the one thing I could do to improve my community?”.

Each time I would respond the same way: volunteer.

It’s a little known fact that it was my time as a volunteer with my community association that ‘primed the pump’ for me to enter city politics. I had a lot of opinions about how things should, could, and would be if I would be listened to. One day, a close friend of mine (who had heard just about all of my opinions) turned to me and asked: “Hey, before you complain, have you volunteered?”.

I hadn’t thought about it. I realized that I took it for granted how many people were working to make my neighbourhood better – people who may not have had a lot of time to volunteer, but who had the heart to improve the neighbourhood.

Many people were taking the time out of their lives –– to staff Traffic, Safety, and Re-Development Committees (among others) to make our neighbourhood the best it could be and it was unfair for me to be so critical of them when I wasn’t stepping up myself.

So I joined.

I was put to work quickly and greeted by thankful volunteers. I got to know my neighbourhood and the people in it better, learned how The City worked, and got to improve the neighbourhood. I met some great people that I am still close friends with today. It was a wonderful experience and I wish I had done it sooner.

It’s said that the number one reason people don’t volunteer is because they’re not asked; so I’m asking you. Here are the community associations in your neighbourhood:

Each of them have dedicated volunteers who could use your input and help. I’m asking each of you who have the heart to volunteer, to volunteer for your community association. Your ideas and skills will make your neighbourhood better when you’re working with like-minded people.

I look forward to supporting you. As a former community association volunteer, you have a champion that will always fight for you in achieving your neighbourhood’s best future.

Let’s continue building strong and Great Neighbourhoods together.

Yours truly,

Gian-Carlo Carra

P.S. Be sure to sign up for the Ward 9 newsletter to know what’s happening in your neighbourhood and share this newsletter with your friends, family, and neighbours in Ward 9 so they can stay on top of things as well. Thanks!


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


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.


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.  


Evraz-Navajo Metals and Lynnwood Ridge Update

There has been a lot of talk about Evraz-Navajo, Lynnwood Ridge and the issues of noise and explosions lately.

I want all residents of Lynnwood Ridge and Millican-Ogden to know that I have been working with The City, Lynnwood Ridge residents, the Millican-Ogden Community Association, and the leadership of Evraz-Navajo to find a solution to this issue since it was first brought to my attention when I was first elected to represent the amazing community of Ogden in 2010.

While things have gotten remarkably better since I’ve started working on this matter, there are still instances when the commercial practices of Evraz-Navajo conflict with the neighbourhood.

This tension between Evraz-Navajo and Lynnwood Ridge residents has been happening since 1992 and while I’m proud of the forward movement on this file and the improvements that have been made, things aren’t where they need to be and I will continue working to find a long-term solution for all parties.

Background and Timeline

For those who may not be familiar with this issue, Evraz-Navajo is a licensed scrap metal recycling salvage yard and auto wrecker that has been licensed since the 1960s.

Working with Calgary Business Licensing, further inquiries were made with the Calgary Fire Department and Calgary Police Service for calls for service histories.

From April of 2010 to June of 2014, Calgary Fire Department had responded to 22 calls for service to the Evraz-Navajo - 9 appear to be related to a call for a fire and 1 appears to be related to an explosion. Additionally, there were 7 calls for service noted as “No incident found on arrival at dispatch address” which may or may not be related to fire and/or explosions. The remaining 5 appear to be unrelated to The City’s investigation.

At the same time, from January 1, 2014, to July 2, 2014, Calgary Police Service responded to 15 calls for service to the property which included 7 noise complaints, 4 explosion complaints and 1 fire complaint, and 3 unrelated matters.

What’s been done

On January 20, 2015, your Team Ward 9, the Millican-Ogden Community Association President Rick Smith and I met with senior leadership at Evraz-Navajo to discuss the concerns of residents regarding the explosions they were experiencing.

At this meeting we learned that Evraz-Navajo was aware of the issues and were actively working to improve their operations. Some of those improvements included conducting a four-phase inspection procedure to minimize prohibited items from entering their systems (such as pressurized gas cylinders and fuel tanks).

During the meeting, Evraz-Navajo’s Manager of Technical and Environmental Services explained that the main reason for explosions were that pressurized gas cylinders were being hidden the items sold to them in order to increase the weight of the metal being sold for scrap. Evraz-Navajo’s records show that they are good, although not perfect, at removing all incendiary devices before the metal is entered into their feedstock. To be fair to Evraz-Navajo it is worth noting that 800 to 900 tonnes of scrap metal is being processed at this facility per day.

I am of the mind that they must continue and improve upon their efforts to increase quality control procedures.

After reviewing Evraz-Navajo’s records and procedures, the records of Bylaw, Licensing, Environmental & Safety Management (City of Calgary) and speaking with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, our office confirmed that Evraz-Navajo had reduced the number of noise-related incidents from 52 vehicle explosions in 2013 to a record low of 21 in 2014.   

Evraz-Navajo admitted that they would not be able to completely eliminate noise-related incidents as scrap yards are not quite commercial and industrial uses. In saying that, they were aware of, and sensitive to, the concerns of residents and agreed to work with residents and improve their internal quality control mechanisms.

Beginning December 17, 2014, Evraz-Navajo implemented new policies to seek to further reduce the occurrence of noise-related incidents. These new policies culminated in a revised and more stringent vehicle acceptance criteria which included:

  • The removal of the fuel tanks from the vehicle;
  • The removal of propane tanks from the vehicle; and
  • Removal of mercury switches and other potentially incendiary devices.

 While I was pleased with this meeting, I indicated to all parties that my role was to ensure that Evraz-Navajo got as close to 0 with their explosions as possible and commit to forming a much better relationship with the residents of Lynnwood Ridge and the community association.

While the trend line for the explosions have steadily been decreasing, they weren’t getting to where they needed to be, and apparently continued to interfere with the residents’ enjoyment of their homes.

On March 11, 2015, a ‘Notice of Hearing’ was served on the business. In May of 2015 after a pre-hearing meeting, Evraz-Navajo, through Counsel, committed to a number of items to improve safety for both the public and its employees. Additionally, the business committed to providing records and plans of equipment used, records of employee training, records of explosions, confirmation of fire suppression systems, a commitment to prevent smoke from leaving the site, and assessment of emissions from the site to evaluate odour and irritation concerns.

As a result of this meeting and commitment, the hearing was not convened.

Between June 2015 to March 2016, Compliance Services received allegations of 20 explosions from residents and adjacent businesses, with the business reporting 6 explosions during this time frame.

In 2016, an investigation was conducted following citizen complaints about excessive noise, explosions, fire hazards and contaminated air (pollution) originating from Evraz-Navajo Metals. The investigation involved Business Licensing, Bylaw Services, and the Calgary Fire Department.

As a result, The City issued mandatory conditions in a letter advising Evraz-Navajo Metals of conditions that had to be met in order to maintain their business license (The City is given this authority under the Business License Bylaw).

Next Steps

While complaints continue, to date Evraz-Navajo Metals has been found to be in compliance with municipal bylaws and provincial legislation.  All complaints are being diligently investigated by The City as they come in.

Bylaw has conducted an investigation into the noise violations and is currently reviewing the allegations with the Law Department. The City and the Ward 9 Office is committed to finding a win-win-win solution that respect and successfully balances the needs and operations of businesses with the right to residents to enjoy their homes.

The City and I take all citizen complaints seriously. While we continue to work with the residents and Evraz-Navajo towards a long-term solution, The City has imposed a number of conditions on the company in order to ensure that compliance continues from the business and they can continue their operations with clear and concise expectations from The City and to create a mechanism whereby residents can hold The City accountable on following up on their complaints. These conditions include:

  1. The Licensee, whether by principal or agent, shall comply with both the Alberta Fire Code and Safety Codes Act.
  2. The Licensee, whether by principal or agent, shall comply with the Community Standards Bylaw as it pertains to both noise and nuisance escaping the property.
  3. The Licensee shall ensure that no activity involving the crushing or shredding of material that is likely to, or has been demonstrated to cause an explosion and/or a noise that disturbs, occurs after 6 PM.
  4. The Licensee shall maintain a list of each and every explosion/fire incident that occurs and have that list available upon demand for inspection by a Police Officer, Safety Codes Officer or Licence Inspector.
  5. The Licensee shall immediately satisfy the direction of the Calgary Fire Department pertaining to the explosions occurring on site.
  6. The Licensee shall report any explosion/fire incident that occurs no later than 24 hours after such incident to the Calgary Fire Department and Calgary Compliance Service member(s) identified.
  7. The Licensee shall test, at its own expense, at point of origin including at the point where the private property borders adjacent properties, the smoke, dust or other airborne matter that has been shown to be escaping from the property and provide the results to the City of Calgary in order that this smoke, dust or other airborne matter may be shown to not have a deleterious effect on the Public at large.
  8. The Licensee shall provide confirmation of the installation of the fire suppression system for the motor room, being a record from a third party fire suppression system company.

The Licensee shall maintain annual maintenance records and provide the records to the Calgary Fire Department on demand.

I will continue to work with Evraz-Navajo, MOCA and the residents of Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood to encourage and help facilitate dialogue and create neighbourly relations.

As always, my office is available to speak with you, and address your concerns regarding this, or any other issue that you have.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me at ward09@calgary.ca or via telephone at 403-268-5330. If you’re on social media, I would encourage you to follow my online pages to get updates.


2018 Property and Business Assessments – What’s next?

(2 minute read)

As you probably know by now, The City of Calgary has mailed out more than 500,000 residential, non-residential, and business tax assessments in early January.

Hopefully, you have received yours by now. It is important that you take a look at your assessment.

Remember, assessment notices that you have received are NOT tax bills. Tax bills are mailed to business owners in February and to property owners in May.

These property and business tax assessments are an estimate of property and business market values as of July 1, 2017, which are used to determine you taxes.

While 56 per cent of Calgarians will see a tax decrease due to the revenue neutral tax system nature of our system, many single-family homes will see a higher tax bill.

For non-residential properties, The City of Calgary estimates that that approximately 61 per cent of these properties will stay between plus 10 per cent or minus 10 per cent of 2017 property taxes.

I am mindful of the continued difficulties faces by our business community, and it is one of the reasons I voted to extend the $45 million dollar Municipal Non-Residential Phased Tax program which caps those property taxes at five per cent from large shifts in market value that are a result of the massive decrease in market value of office buildings in the downtown core.  

Again, I encourage you to review your property tax assessment. If you do not agree with your assessment, you have the ability to file a complaint with the Assessment Review Board.

This complaint can ONLY be filed during the Customer Review Period which runs from the date you received your income tax assessment in January 2018 until March 12, 2018.

Before you file your complaint, if you have questions about your 2018 property or business assessment notices, please call the Assessment Business Unit at The City of Calgary at 403-268-2888 to talk to a tax assessor.

If the assessors aren’t able to answer your questions and your assessments are complicated, please contact me at ward09@calgary.ca and my office and I will do our best to clarify your matter and to find a solution prior to you looking into filing a complaint on your tax assessment.

It’s important that The City of Calgary get how we tax our citizens right and that when we get it wrong, you have a way to correct it.

In addition, here are some helpful online resources:


Don’t forget to connect with me on social media and online to stay informed and to keep our conversation on building Great Neighbourhoods moving forward.