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By: Trevor Bacon On: June 02, 2017 In: General Comments: 0

AUGUST 2017

Dear Ward 4 Residents,

Fire pit regulations help create good neighbour relationships

When you ask Calgarians what they love about this city, the answer is often “the people”.  While most of us do our best to be good neighbours, sometimes we need a little guidance to do the right thing. That’s where the Community Standards Bylaw comes in.

Did you know that the Community Standards Bylaw lays out the requirements for using backyard wood-burning fire pits? The regulations for fire pits include:

  • Using a mesh screen or spark guard to reduce the spread of embers and sparks
  • Extinguishing the flame by midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends
  • Restricting the height of the flame to one metre
  • Building a fire pit within maximum size limits
  • Listing materials that cannot be burned
  • Ensuring the fire pit is at least two metres from other structures and is not under a tree or overhanging branches
  • Ensuring you have a means of extinguishing the fire on hand and that you put it out before you leave it unattended

Fines for unsafe fires and burning prohibited materials have recently been increased, so it pays to understand the bylaw. For more information, visit Calgary.ca/firepits. If you have a concern or complaint about fire pits, call 311.

2017 Election Ward Boundary Changes

In October, Calgarians will vote to elect their Mayor, Councillors and School Board Trustees. During the 2017 Municipal Election, new ward boundaries will come into effect, which could change who the candidates are on your ballot and your voting station location. A total of 58 communities were impacted by the ward boundary changes. If you are in a community that has changed wards, you will be voting in a different ward than the last municipal election. It is important that you check your ward so that you know what candidates are running in your ward and where to find your designated voting station. To check your ward, visit www.electionscalgary.ca, or call the Elections & Census Office at 403-476-4100 (Option 2).

Have an AweSome Summer!

Councillor Sean Chu

JULY 2017

Dear Ward 4 Residents,

Register the kids for a summer nature adventure

Looking for activities to keep the kids entertained this summer? Send them on a nature adventure!

The City of Calgary’s nature day camps will keep your little critters busy as bees exploring bugs, birds, buds and beyond. These week-long, action-packed adventures provide a perfect blend of fresh air and fun where campers will learn about the natural world and its many wonders.

Nature day camps are offered July through August at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Ralph Klein Park. Half-day camps are available for children four and five years old. These bite-sized adventures include daily nature walks, games and crafts. Full-day camps, designed for children six to 12, include in-depth investigations and outdoor explorations focused on specific themes, including wetlands, raptors and winged wonders.

Visit calgary.ca/parksguide or call 403-268-3800 to register.

Summer Programs

Have fun with us this summer! The City of Calgary has a wide variety of exciting programs and special events that cater to children, youth and families, all led by qualified City staff.  Join us all summer long and experience games, crafts, activities and more.

Find out what’s happening in your area, visit calgary.ca/CommunitySummerPrograms.

Youth Employment Centre

Do you know someone aged 15-24 who is looking for work? The City of Calgary’s Youth Employment Centre (YEC) offers year-round services and resources to help youth, aged 15-24, secure employment and take the first step in their career.

YEC offers a variety of services FREE of charge including employment counseling, career planning, networking assistance, resume assistance, industry training and mentorship opportunities.

Youth who need support with their job search or career development are encouraged to drop by the office at 315 – 10 Avenue S.E. or visit youthemploymentcentre.ca.

Have a great Summer!

Sean Chu

JUNE 2017

Hello Ward 4 Residents,

Register the kids for a summer nature adventure

Looking for activities to keep the kids entertained this summer? Send them on a nature adventure!

The City of Calgary’s nature day camps will keep your little critters busy as bees exploring bugs, birds, buds and beyond. These week-long, action-packed adventures provide a perfect blend of fresh air and fun where campers will learn about the natural world and its many wonders.

Nature day camps are offered July through August at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Ralph Klein Park. Half-day camps are available for children four and five years old. These bite-sized adventures include daily nature walks, games and crafts. Full-day camps, designed for children six to 12, include in-depth investigations and outdoor explorations focused on specific themes, including wetlands, raptors and winged wonders. Visit calgary.ca/parksguide or call 403-268-3800 to register.

Seniors’ Week

In 2017, The City of Calgary will celebrate Seniors’ Week from June 5 – 11 to acknowledge the contributions of seniors to our communities.

Whether it’s their time, talent or life experience, seniors’ contributions are at the heart of many Calgary communities improving the quality of life for many Calgarians. The City of Calgary supports seniors in many ways throughout the year; learn more at www.calgary.ca/SeniorsWeek.

Youth Employment Centre

Do you know someone aged 15-24 who is looking for work? The City of Calgary’s Youth Employment Centre (YEC) offers year-round services and resources to help youth, aged 15-24, secure employment and take the first step in their career.

YEC offers a variety of services FREE of charge including employment counseling, career planning, networking assistance, resume assistance, industry training and mentorship opportunities.

Youth who need support with their job search or career development are encouraged to drop by the office at 315 – 10 Avenue S.E. or visit youthemploymentcentre.ca.

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4

MAY – 2017

Hello Ward 4 Residents,

Save the date! Thursday, May 25th 2017

Ward 4 Traffic/Pedestrian Safety Meeting

As your Ward Councillor I am dedicated to keeping our streets safe for users of all modes of transportation. As such, I would like to invite you to the City of Calgary, and Calgary Police Service (CPS), annual Community Traffic/Pedestrian Safety meeting on:

Thursday, May 25th 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600, Centre Street North)

The meeting will give residents an opportunity to hear about the Calgary Safer Mobility Plan and learn how we are keeping Calgary’s roads safe for all users. At this event residents will also be given the chance to voice their ongoing concerns.

As a 21 year veteran of the Calgary Police Service, traffic safety is of paramount concern to me. This issue also consistently appears as a top concern in citizen satisfaction surveys so I also know it is of great importance to you. That is why the Traffic Safety meeting is open to all Ward 4 residents and will be a forum that fosters discussion, raises awareness, and leads to real solutions.

CPS who utilizes both education and enforcement to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians, rely heavily on traffic safety requests, as a key indicator of where targeted enforcement and education are needed, to address traffic concerns. So, based on your feedback at this meeting, CPS will be able to conduct additional enforcement in our Ward and report-back their findings. The City’s Transportation Department will then be able to research and recommend specific engineering measures that could be applied where issues other persist.

For more information about the sessions, visit Calgary.ca/trafficsafety or calgary.ca/ward4

Thank you,

Councillor Sean Chu

Ward04@calgary.ca

 

APRIL – 2017

Greetings Residents,

Census and voter registration 2017
Complete your census and voter registration at the same time! Watch the mail for your access code and visit calgary.ca/census from April 1 to 21 to complete your census and voter registration online.

The census data collected every year is used to ensure adequate programs and services are available to meet the needs of Calgarians.

If you are unable to complete your census online, door-to-door census and voter registration collection will begin April 22, 2017.

Spring programs

The City of Calgary offers a wide variety of fun and FREE drop-in programs and activities for children, youth and families.

From after school programs, to health and wellness classes, to leadership opportunities, we have something for everyone.
Find out what’s happening in your area, visit calgary.ca/CommunityPrograms.

Never say the words “I’m bored” again.

Calgary AfterSchool offers, fun, safe and FREE after school programs for children and youth. A collaborative effort between The City of Calgary and its community partners, Calgary AfterSchool drop-in programs run on school days and begin after school hours.

Calgary AfterSchool provides children and youth with supervised recreational, artistic, healthy living, leadership development and social activities in a safe and stimulating environment.

For more information, including a listing of all programs, visit calgary.ca/AfterSchool.

Spring Yard Waste landfill drop-off program

What’s old is new again when composting your yard waste. From April 7 – May 28, all three City landfills will waive fees for residential spring yard waste. Bring your leaves, branches, plants (no sod – it can’t be composted) and other yard waste to any City landfill for free composting.

Please use paper yard waste bags, leave the material loose or bring it in plastic bags (plastic bags must be emptied onsite). This program is only for residential customers and charges will apply if your load contains other items.

By composting your yard waste, this material is kept out of the landfill and given a second life as compost.

Free mulch is available for pick up at all City landfills for both residents and businesses. Bring your shovels as you are required to load your own vehicle.

Please note that landfill hours have changed! Check the days/hours of your nearest landfill and other program details at calgary.ca/yardwaste.

Thank you,

Councillor Sean Chu, WARD 4