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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Upcoming closure of the Calgary Zoo's West Gate

 
Calgary Zoo’s West Gate will be closed effective Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Photo Source: Global News

Calgary Zoo’s West Gate will be closed effective Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Photo Source: Global News

Hi Inglewood and Ramsay residents! The Ward 9 Office has received word from the Calgary Zoo that the West Gate will be closed effective Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

However, eligible Calgary Zoo members who live in Inglewood and Ramsay are able to pass through the Calgary Zoo’s Security entrance with their valid zoo membership and special Ward 9 Community Pedestrian Pass.

Please confirm your eligibility for the pass by contacting ward09@calgary.ca and include a photo of your valid zoo membership and proof of address.

A few reminders for how members gain special access to the zoo when the West Gate is closed

Valid only for Day Admissions – Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (during West Gate closure only)

  • Inglewood and Ramsay residents who are valid zoo members must contact the Ward 9 Office to receive a Ward 9 Community Pedestrian Pass.

  • To gain access through the Security entrance, members must present both a valid membership card along with a valid Community Pedestrian Pass.

  • If a membership has expired, unfortunately access will not be granted.  The Security Team is not able to renew memberships; this can be done at the north gate, online or over the phone.

  • Access applies to pedestrians only; there is no public parking available.

  • Members entering at the Security gate are not able to bring guests who are non-members as Security does not have the capability to capture payment or complete transactions.

  • As the Security Team does not have the capability to capture payment or complete transactions, there will be no special access for evening events including ZOOLIGHTS.

The West Gate will re-open in the spring of 2019. Please visit www.calgaryzoo.com for more details

 

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

 

Bioengineering Demonstration and Education Project Update (Inglewood and Ramsay)

Hello, Neighbours.

The Bioengineering Demonstration and Education Project is nearing its construction phase scheduled for early March through to December of 2018. Though the project will have a large net benefit to the environment and every effort has been made to save as many trees as possible, 42 trees need to be removed for the project to be completed. The trees that require removal were flagged on February 5, 2018 and will remain flagged for at least two weeks prior to their removal. The removed trees will be compensated for with a 3 to 1 ratio and much of the removed tree material will be used in the design itself to create habitat for wildlife.

This project has been presented at several open houses in the Inglewood and Ramsay communities over the last year and was featured in the July/August Inglewood Community Newsletter. Community engagement on this project will continue up to and through construction and will include door knocking and mail drops to nearby homes prior to construction.

Background

The City of Calgary and Alberta Environment and Parks are working together to improve fish habitat and improve slope stability between Pearce Estate Park and the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, two much loved amenities in Inglewood. When complete, the techniques used here to re-establish the area after the 2013 Flood, will be used across Calgary and the Province to create fish and wildlife habitat, stabilize steep slopes and improve area aesthetics.

What’s Next?

During this time work continues to bring this project to completion.

  • Steep areas will be graded into stable terraced riverbanks, which will include the removal of 42 trees, however, much of the plant material being removed will be re-used in the project creating habitat for fish and wildlife.
  • The trees and a number of shrubs will be removed in late February in order to prevent issues with nesting birds.
  • The majority of the trees that are being removed are ornamental and not native to southern Alberta.
  • Over 150 new native trees and thousands of native shrubs will be planted to restore a natural vegetated corridor and healthy riparian zone.
  • There will be a temporary closure of the current regional pathway during construction, to be replaced by a new and improved regional pathway and a new nature trail.
  • Temporary impacts during construction will be mitigated with erosion and sediment control plans, and Environmental Construction Operations plans.
  • After project completion, fish and wildlife habitat will be improved, and the naturalized corridor will provide enhanced opportunities to experience nature along the Bow River.

My office and I will continue to monitor the progress of this work and remain open to, and encourage, citizen and resident feedback during this construction phase. 

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

Gian-Carlo Carra

P.S. 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 about everything that impacts your community, Ward 9, and The City of Calgary.

P.P.S. Have you given any thought of joining and participating in the Inglewood Community Association and Ramsay Community Association? They are a solid group of neighbourhood volunteers who our office relies on to give us insight into the concerns and issues of the community. It’s been shown that there is a direct correlation between the number of residents who volunteer with their community association and the quality of life of the neighbourhood. Check them out and let’s continue to build our #GreatNeighbourhoods.