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By: Trevor Bacon On: September 01, 2019 In: General Comments: 0

SEPTEMBER 2019

Hello Residents,

The Fall Checklist to prepare your home and yard for winter: visit Calgary.ca/waterguide.

Back to School Basics

As you plan for the new school year, be sure to plan for how you would reunite with your family if an emergency or disaster happened while everyone was at work or school.

“After a disaster, the faster children can reunite with the people they know and love, the better the outcomes will be,” says Chief Tom Sampson of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency. “Take the time to create an emergency action plan that includes phone numbers, emergency contacts and meeting places.”

It is important that children know the types of hazards in Calgary and understand what to do in an emergency. Create an emergency action plan as a family. Kids can help identify exit routes in the home, plan for pets and suggest meeting spots outside of the home. Once the plan is set, practice it! Planning and practicing helps bolster children’s confidence and reduces anxiety about disasters.

Emergencies can happened at any time, so make a plan for what to do if you are separated from your kids when an emergency occurs. In an ideal world, everyone would have phone numbers memorized, but since that is not always possible, create small contact cards for each member of the family, listing phone numbers and contact information.

Talk to childcare providers and your children’s school to learn about their emergency plan and share your emergency plan with them.

Visit calgary.ca/getready to download a fillable emergency plan and learn more about how you can prepare for the disasters or emergencies that are possible in Calgary.

It’s Time for Back to School with Calgary AfterSchool. Learn more at Calgary.ca/afterschool.

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4

 

AUGUST 2019

Hello Residents,

Keeping you on the move: Online map shows Calgary’s traffic information

Back to school time is just around the corner and that means Calgary’s roads will start getting busier again.  To help citizens as they return to their regular schedules after the summer, a map has been created to show the location of construction detours, traffic incidents and traffic cameras within Calgary.   This information in this map can help you plan your route and look for alternative routes if you need to.  It is located at

https://maps.calgary.ca/TrafficInformation

The mobile friendly map shows details about start and end times of construction detours, as well as traffic camera images of various intersections.  It shows information about traffic incidents, construction projects and road/lane closures.

Additional information about all-things related to The City of Calgary’s transportation network can be found on the Transportation page of the City’s website.

Last chance for Calgarians to avoid a trip to the landfill

If you missed a Community Clean Up event earlier in the spring, you’re not out of luck. There are still more than 25 clean up events scheduled between September 1 and early October.

These popular events are hosted by community associations with support from Calgary Community Standards and Waste & Recycling at The City. Calgarians can drop off their stuff at any community clean up location, regardless of where they live in the city. There is no charge for putting items in City Waste & Recycling trucks. Keep in mind, some community associations bring in additional recycling services that may require a fee.

Check calgary.ca/cleanup for the list of community associations hosting cleanup events and check the association web site or Facebook page for full details on the event in each community.

Please don’t bring:

  • Car batteries
  • Glass (e.g. window panes, glass table tops)
  • ?Household appliances with Freon (e.g. refrigerators, freezers)
  • Microwaves
  • Liquids (e.g. cooking oils)
  • Large metal items (e.g. lawnmowers, barbeques)
  • Rail way ties
  • Sod or dirt (other yard waste is OK)
  • Household hazardous waste (see here for drop-off locations)

Visit calgary.ca/whatgoeswhere for items that are recyclable.

Have a Great Summer to You!

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4

 

JULY 2019

Hello Residents,

A beautiful low-maintenance yard and conserving water go hand-in-hand.

During the summer, your water use can jump by 30 to 40 per cent because of outdoor watering activities. This increased demand places a strain on our rivers and treatment plants. Save water, money, and time by adopting a few simple water saving tips.

  • Watch your weather forecast to determine if you should water or not. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly and skip watering when it has rained or is forecast to rain.
  • The best time to water is early in the morning. Avoid watering in the heat of the day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
  • An easy way to water in the morning is to add a timer to your sprinkler or set your irrigation system.
  • Capture free rainwater in a rain barrel and use it on your trees, shrubs and flower beds.
  • Use the right watering tool for the job. Unlike sprinklers, tools such as a soaker hose, drip irrigation and a watering can, direct water where it is needed most – to the plant roots.
  • Reduce mowing and watering by keeping your lawn at least 2 or 3 inches high. Taller grass shades the soil, meaning it requires less water and stays healthier.

Visit calgary.ca/waterguide for more programs, tips, and tools for creating a water efficient home and yard.

Free outdoor activities for everyone this summer!

If you’re looking for something to do with your family or friends, or a fun new activity for your child, check out the free events and programs happening in a community near you this summer!

  • Kids play programs, like Park n’ Play or Stay n’ Play and Mobile Adventure Playgrounds.
  • Leadership programs, like LEAD youth programs or Zone Up basketball leadership.
  • Sport programs, like skateboarding at Community Mobile Skateparks.
  • Arts and Culture programs, like Music in the Park or Lawn Chair Theatre.
  • Indoor and outdoor fitness programs, like Outdoor Pure Cycle.
  • Drop in nature programs, like Wetland Bug Safari and Wild for Water.

To find schedules and locations for these free programs and many, many more, visit calgary.ca/free.

Have a Wonderful Summer!

 

JUNE 2019

Hello Residents,

Thank you, Seniors!

Senior’s Week is a time to celebrate seniors and all that they do to make Calgary a great place to live. Whether it’s their time, talent or life experience, the contributions of seniors are at the heart of many community programs and charitable organizations. During the week of June 2-8, 2019, the City is offering a wide variety of free registered and drop-in fitness classes just for Seniors at many of our recreation facilities. Whether it’s Nordic Pole Walking, Tai Chi, Aquacize, Tea and Social, Yoga or one of many other classes, there’s bound to be an activity that suits you just right! Visit calgary.ca/seniorsweek to learn more.

Free outdoor events for everyone this spring

If you’re looking for something to do with your family or friends, check out the free events and activities happening all over the city. Get adventurous with Ultimate Obstacle Courses or Mobile Adventure Playgrounds. Check out ball hockey, racket sports and community mobile skateparks. Celebrate Migratory Bird Day at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary or try Outdoor Pure Cycle at South Glenmore Park. Visit calgary.ca/free for details and schedules.

Next 20: Making life better

Planning for Calgary’s next 20 years is underway. In February and March, Calgarians told us what qualities, features and attributes are important for a great city. In June, we’re continuing the conversation to explore trade-offs and what it’ll take to make Calgary better for more people.

We’re checking in on our long-range land use and transportation plans to see what’s working well and contributing to the quality of life many Calgarians enjoy, and what needs to be updated or changed to make this a reality for more Calgarians over the next 20 years.

Visit calgary.ca/Next20 to see how you can get involved.

The City of Calgary has new outdoor fitness programs!

Take a break from your traditional routine and try out our brand new outdoor fitness programs at New Brighton Athletic Park and South Glenmore Park. Led by expert City instructors, choose from sunrise boot camps, outdoor adventures, parent & baby classes and Nordic pole walking. Registered classes run for 5-8 weeks. Sign up at calgary.ca/register and try something different!

Sincerely,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4

 

APRIL 2019

Hello Residents,

Next20: Making life better for more people

Calgary is recognized as a great place to make a living and a great place to make a life, and was named the fourth most “livable city” in the world in 2018. Over the next 20 years, we want to make Calgary better for more people that call our city home.

This requires planning our city from the perspectives, experiences and needs of different genders, ages, and incomes, and those with diverse backgrounds and accessibility needs.

We’re checking in on our long-range land use and transportation plans to see what’s working well and contributing to the quality of life many Calgarians enjoy, and what needs to be updated or changed to make this a reality for more Calgarians over the next 20 years.

Over the next few months, we want your ideas on what it will take to get to our vision of Calgary in the next 20 years, and how we balance the needs and desires of all Calgarians.

Visit calgary.ca/Next20 to learn more and have your say.

City kicks off spring with annual community cleanup schedule

Community Cleanup events run from April through September to help keep our city clean and safe while also saving residents a trip to the landfill.

These popular events are hosted by community associations with support from Calgary Community Standards and Waste & Recycling at The City.

Check calgary.ca/cleanup for the list of community associations hosting cleanup events and check your association web site or Facebook page for full details on the event in your community.

Please don’t bring:

  • Car batteries
  • Glass (e.g. window panes, glass table tops)
  • Household appliances with Freon (e.g. refrigerators, freezers)
  • Microwaves
  • Liquids (e.g. cooking oils)
  • Large metal items (e.g. lawnmowers, barbeques)
  • Rail way ties
  • Sod or dirt (other yard waste is OK)
  • Household hazardous waste (see here for drop-off locations)
  • While there is no charge for putting items in City Waste & Recycling trucks, some events may include fee-based recycling services as well. Citizens can attend any event across Calgary.

Sincerely,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4

 

JANUARY 2019

The City is hiring civic census takers!

The City’s civic census is conducted annually starting on April 1 and that means census taker recruitment is underway. The City needs flexible workers to help collect this information using mobile tablets.

Census takers are assigned an area to collect census information; areas vary in size, but are generally between 400 and 600 dwellings. Census takers have three weeks to complete the collection in their assigned area. They set their own schedule to get their work done and may be required to work in the evenings and weekends when most people are at home. Census takers need to be able to complete online training at home and be available for an in-person session in March.

Applications can be completed online by visiting calgary.ca/census, or be completed at The City of Calgary Elections and Census Office (1103 55th Ave. N.E.) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Elections and Census Office will be selecting applications between Jan. 21 to Feb. 8, 2019.

Drive safely this winter

Getting safely to your destination is easier with a bit of preparation. Have your antifreeze levels, battery and ignition system, brakes, heater and defroster checked on your vehicle. Install good winter tires for the best traction in slick conditions. Also, driving with your gas tank nearly full ensures that even if you are stranded that you will be able to keep warm until help arrives.

You will also want to have a vehicle emergency kit, with:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Ice scraper
  • Car cell phone charger
  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
  • Non-perishable food and water
  • Blankets, extra warm clothes and winter gloves
  • Small shovel

Safe driving, Calgary! For more information on winter emergency safety, and to learn more about how to prepare your family and your home for an emergency, visit calgary.ca/getready. Learn what the risks are in Calgary, how to build a 72 hour emergency kit and take the Calgary Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Calgary course.

Note: For information on water rates and reading your bill, visit calgary.ca/waterbill.

Happy Winter,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4

 

DECEMBER 2018

Dear Ward 4 Residents,

New Year’s Eve Family Fun with The City of Calgary and the New Central Library

The City of Calgary and the Calgary Public Library will host free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve fun at the new Central Library, Olympic Plaza and the Municipal Atrium at City Hall. There will be something for everyone including activities such skating, story time, children’s dance party, performances and much more! An early indoor countdown for the kids begins at 9 p.m. at the new Central Library. Annual fireworks display will be held at midnight. More information is available at calgary.ca/NYE.

Winter is coming …Winter can be a time for family fun, but what happens when it’s not? Knowing the risks ahead of time will help keep you and your family safe this winter.

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds. They can last a few hours or several days, knocking out heat, power and communication services.

Here are some ways to prepare for a winter storm ahead of time:

  • Know the risks. Include your kids in the discussion about emergencies, how you will communicate and how to evacuate the house, if needed.
  • Winterize your home. Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip a little to prevent pipes from freezing. Cover windows with plastic. If you’re using a space heater for added warmth, please be aware that they pose a fire hazard.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings from Environment Canada. Sign up for Alberta Emergency Alert or Alert Ready for notifications.
  • Gather supplies in case there is a power outage. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Create a 72-hour kit for your car: include jumper cables, sand, flashlight, blankets, water and non-perishable food. Make sure to always keep your gas tank full!

Want to be prepared for other emergencies? Visit calgary.ca/getready to learn more.

Warmest wishes,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4.

 

NOVEMBER 2018

Olympic Plebiscite

Calgarians have an important choice to make on November 13th. We get to choose whether Calgary continues with the bid process for the 2026 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games. I am not sure if this community newsletter will be in your mailbox before voting starts, but I want everyone to be aware of the facts before the vote, and no matter the outcome, what this means for Calgarians.

Advance Polls Voting take place November 6 and 7th. All details, poll locations, time of the vote, and what is needed to receive your ballot can be viewed here: http://www.calgary.ca/vote2018. Only Calgary residents over 18 years of age can vote.

BIDCO came out in September showing that an Olympic bid would cost $5.3B, $3.03B of which would come from taxpayers divided from the three levels of Government. This does not include an LRT connection to the Airport, or a new Arena.

With Calgary facing a financial future that may have to involve service cuts, and tax increases, any additional Olympic costs will have to be absorbed.

This is an important choice for Calgarians, and one that cannot be taken lightly. This decision will impact the direction our City will take over the next several decades, and will impact how our City directs services and capital projects. There are dozens of projects in our city that are critically needed, but are unfunded. Including the Green Line LRT that still desperately needs to head into our Ward 4.

Mark your calendar: Advance Vote is Tue, Nov 6th and Wed, Nov 7th. Vote day is Tue Nov 13th., and make sure you vote. This is too important not to.

Have a great November,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4.

 

OCTOBER 2018

Dear Ward 4 Residents,

Partners for Safety patrolling on Halloween night

Halloween should be spooky – not scary. The Calgary Partners for Safety have been patrolling the streets on Halloween night for more than 20 years to keep your little ghouls and goblins safe while they trick-or-treat! From 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. on October 31, more than 600 vehicles will be on Calgary’s streets providing high-visibility assistance for anyone enjoying Halloween fun.

Coordinated by Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Partners for Safety include the Calgary Police Service, Emergency Medical Services, Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Transit, Calgary Community Standards, Calgary Public Safety Communications (911), and Global Calgary. Any child experiencing a problem can go to any one of these partners for help.

Between regular emergency calls, the Calgary Police Service and Emergency Medical Services will have units patrolling residential neighborhoods. The Calgary Fire Department will also have vehicles on patrol, and fire stations will be open as a safe place for trick-or-treaters to ask for help if they need it.

Calgary Transit’s buses and CTrains are in the community day and night providing essential transit services. On Halloween, if trick-or-treaters need help, they can approach any transit vehicle they spot. Bus and CTrain operators have radios and can contact the appropriate emergency personnel if needed.

For more tips on having a fun and safe Halloween, visit calgary.ca/halloweensafety

Impaired driving is impaired driving, no matter the substance

Driving while impaired by cannabis is dangerous and against the law. Visit Calgary.ca and search ‘impaired driving’ for information about cannabis-impaired driving, including:

  • how impaired drivers are detected
  • criminal penalties for impaired drivers per blood concentration levels of cannabis or alcohol
  • what to do if you suspect a driver is impaired

Links for more cannabis information:

Calgary’s public consumption rules: calgary.ca/cannabis

Cannabis store location map; details on operating cannabis businesses in Calgary: calgary.ca/cannabisbusiness

Provincial rules including minimum age, online sales and possession limits: alberta.ca/cannabis

Federal matters including public health, medical cannabis and criminal offences: canada.ca/cannabis

Have a Wonderful October,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

Hello Residents,

Laycock Park – Construction Update 2018/2019

Laycock Park is going through some changes this summer. Starting July 16th, Water Services will begin work to build a maintenance access road to the recently installed oil grit separator and repaired outfall that are part of the Nose Creek sanitary sewer trunk project. The pedestrian pathway through the park will be closed and users will be detoured onto Blackthorne Road N.E. There will be an access point for users of the baseball diamond. This project will take three weeks to finish.

After this project is done, Calgary Parks will be life-cycling the pathway through the park as it is in poor shape. Calgary Parks will also be building a second playground with an ADA (American Disabilities Act) accessible surface and swing to compliment the playground built in 2016. Total of both projects will take 6 weeks.

Calgary Transportation will also be replacing the bridge that crosses Nose Creek. The old bridge was closed in 2013, and the new bridge will be able to withstand a 1 in 100-year flood, a level that exceeds the 2013 flows.

Finally, in 2019 the completion of the Nose Creek sanitary sewer trunk will be done, and repaving of the parking lot on the east side of Nose Creek, construction of a basketball court, and construction of the vanishing pond.

This is good news for all residents who enjoy this park, and the pathways often. Thank you to Calgary Transportation, Calgary Parks, and Water Services for the work they are doing to make our community better. For a map of the area, with more information click here – Calgary.ca/LaycockPark.

311 Calgary is your access to The City anytime, anywhere

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311 Citizen Services is your single point of contact for local government information and non-emergency services. Whether you’re a resident, a business owner, or a visitor, your connection to The City is at your finger tips. Whether you connect with us through a mobile application, website or by calling 311, we are ready to assist you 24 hours a day.

CALL 911 to report life threatening emergencies.

REPORT a power outage call ENMAX at 403-514-6100.

VERIFY the status of a current power outage visit ENMAX.

Call Calgary Parking Authority at 403-537-7000 or 1-888-544-4011 for all parking-related inquiries.

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4.

 

AUGUST 2018

Hi Ward 4 Residents,

Calgary Community Standards is conducting a project to research and analyze the current state of Short Term Rentals (STRs) in Calgary and preparing recommendations and a scoping report to be presented to Council. The project charter was signed off at the end of February, 2018.

The key issues that will be explored as part of the project include: Effects on housing supply, Health and Safety, Licensing, permitting and registration, Neighbourhood disruption, Taxation, levies and fees, Market fairness, Support for small business, Alternative accommodation options; and Liability.

The City wants to look further into a few key areas such as affordable housing, safety issues, sharing economy, revenue collection, neighbourhood disruption, and at what point does a dwelling unit become a business. Council should have the final recommendation by the end of 2018.

Issues with STR – What can be done:

88% of STR’s operating are booked on AirBnB, and they have a reporting tool for those that are having an issue https://www.airbnb.ca/neighbours

For reporting specific issues:

  • Criminal activity or nuisance issues related to loud parties should be reported to the Calgary Police Service on the non-emergency number at 403.266.1234 (unless it is an emergency);
  • Nuisance issues such as unsightly property (i.e. overflowing waste bins, accumulation of cigarette butts) should be reported to 311 for a General Bylaw Officer to attend;
  • Signage on the property indicating it is an STR, should be reported to 311 as a sign on private property concern;
  • Parking concerns should be reported to the Calgary Parking Authority at 403.537.7000
  • Tenants subletting for STRs, landlords are welcome to contact the Calgary Residential Rental Association (CRRA) and they may be able to assist;
  • Public health concerns need to be reported to Alberta Health Services’ Calgary office for Environment Public Health at 403-943-2295

Please keep in mind that a Bed and Breakfast is different from a STR as the guest is served breakfast by the proprietor, and guest use is limited to the room and dining area, whereas an AirBnB is for the entire property.

Have a great Summer!

Councillor Sean Chu

 

JULY 2018

Dear Ward 4 Residents,

Fire pit regulations help create good neighbour relationships

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.

The regulations for backyard wood-burning 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 leaving it unattended.

The bylaw includes fines for unsafe fires and burning prohibited materials, so it pays to understand the bylaw.

Visit calgary.ca/firepits. If you have a concern or complaint about fire pits, call 311.

Be yard smart

During the summer, your water use can jump by 50 per cent because of outdoor watering activities. This increased demand places a strain on our rivers and treatment plants. Save water, money and time by adopting a few simple water saving tips.

  • Watch your weather forecast to determine if you should water or not. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly and skip watering when it has rained or is forecast to rain.
  • The best time to water is early in the morning. Avoid watering in the heat of the day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
  • An easy way to water in the morning is to add a timer to your sprinkler or set your irrigation system.
  • Capture rain water in a rain barrel and use it on your trees, shrubs and flower beds.
  • Use the right watering tool for the job. Keep water low and slow to ensure water reaches the plant roots and does not just evaporate.
  • Reduce mowing and watering by keeping your lawn at least two or three inches high. Taller grass shades the soil, so it requires less water and stays healthier.

Visit calgary.ca/yardsmart

Happy Summer!

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4

 

JUNE 2018

Dear Ward 4 Residents,

Be Part of The City’s Annual Canada Day Celebrations

Canada Day 2018 will be better than ever with a range of free, family-friendly activities across the downtown area and Confederation Park. Check calgary.ca/CanadaDay for updates on performers, events and activities.

Cannabis stores in the community

When The City reviews a Development Permit application for a cannabis-related business, a copy of the application is sent to the local Community Association for comments and feedback. If you’re interested in knowing about cannabis-related applications in your community, please contact your Community Association or visit The City’s website at www.Calgary.ca/pdmap to view the Planning & Development Map which shows all recent applications.

Swing into summer with golf and Calgary Recreation

This summer, The City of Calgary is offering fun, affordable golf opportunities for you and your family to get more active, more often. From beginner event nights for those looking to try out golf in a non-competitive, friendly environment to family nights which are a perfect night out for healthy, quality family time, we have something for all ages and skill levels. In addition, we offer registered golf programs for those who have never picked up a golf club to those looking to further develop their skills – all taught by our award winning, expertly trained Golf Pros. With eight courses and three driving ranges conveniently located throughout the city, we’re closer than you think. Visit Calgary.ca/golf to learn more and let The City of Calgary help you swing into summer

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4

Visit Sean’s website for all the latest news: www.seanchu.ca

 

APRIL 2018

Greetings Ward 4 Residents,

Schools out for Spring Break and plan for Summer day camps

Not sure what your kids will get up to when school’s out for the summer? Let The City of Calgary help your kids beat summertime boredom with one of our quality instructed day camp programs. From visual and performing arts based programs at our Arts Centres to sailing, golf and swim & fun recreational programs, The City of Calgary can help you keep your kids happy and active during the summer months. Offering a variety of fun, physically active and educational day camp programs at dozens of locations, The City of Calgary offers something for all interests and abilities, at very affordable rates, close to home. To see which program may be right for your child, visit Calgary.ca/daycamps.

City crews ready for spring street sweeping program

Spring is just around the corner! That means the City’s street cleaning crews are coming to our neighbourhoods to remove debris and gravel off the roads.

Street sweeping removes the sanding material and debris that has accumulated on our roads and along major sidewalks and boulevards during the winter months. The program, which improves safety and mobility for Calgary motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, kicks off at the beginning of April. But you might see crews out there working hard beforehand, pre-sweeping along major roads and boulevards.

This year, street sweeping will wrap-up in June. In order to make this happen, crews will be sweeping streets on a compressed schedule, working 7 days per week.

Keeping Calgary clean is a collaborative effort

We are asking all Calgarians to help us make the city beautiful and roads safe by removing vehicles and carts from the street when you see road-sweeping signs in your community.

You can visit Calgary.ca/sweep to:

  • Enter your address to confirm their street sweeping date
  • Find answers to all of your questions on our FAQ
  • Visit a live map to track sweeper progress across the city

Make sure to visit the website to learn more about street sweeping, and don’t forget to watch for signs in your neighbourhood starting this month.

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu

 

MARCH 2018

Greetings Ward 4 Residents,

Meeting your fitness goals is closer than you think

With thousands of affordable, quality programs, meeting your fitness goals this year is closer than you think. Looking for more of an adventure? Catch a wave at one of our two Leisure Centres. Visit Calgary.ca/recreation or call 311 to find a facility near you.

 Getting Children and Youth active with Calgary AfterSchool

This year the fun starts after the bell. After school programs are offered by The City of Calgary for FREE or low cost. Youth are provided positive, fun and supervised after school programs in schools, recreation buildings and community facilities across Calgary. Children and youth grades 1-12 can drop into a weekday program in their community and take part in a variety of activities from 3-6 p.m. Activities may include basketball, swimming, arts, leadership, skating, sports and much more. At Calgary AfterSchool, it’s more than just getting children and youth active. These programs are designed to stay productive, increase self-esteem and teach them skills that will follow them throughout their life. Learn more at calgary.ca/afterschool.

Calgary Recreation’s Spring & Summer Recreation Program Guide!

Say goodbye to winter with The City of Calgary’s Spring & Summer Recreation Program Guide, on-stands February 21. The City of Calgary offers hundreds of fun and affordable recreational opportunities to get you and your family more active, more often this spring and summer. Registered programs include sailing, golf, dance, swimming, summer day camps and more! With dozens of facilities located throughout the city, there are many convenient locations for you and your family to take part in a variety of activities, practically right in your own backyard! Registration opens February 26. To learn more and find a program that’s right for you, visit Calgary.ca/register.

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu

 

FEBRUARY 2018

Greetings Ward 4 Residents,

Interested in doing a job that counts?

The City’s civic census is conducted annually starting on April 1 and that means census taker recruitment is underway. The City needs flexible workers to help collect this information using mobile tablets. This year marks the 60th year of consecutive Census collection.

Census takers are assigned an area to collect census information; areas vary in size, but are generally between 400 to 600 dwellings. Census takers have three weeks to complete the collection in their assigned area. They set their own schedule to get their work done and may be required to work in the evenings and weekends when most people are at home. Census takers need to be able to complete online training at home and be available for an in-person session in March.

Applications can be downloaded online and are accepted in person, at The City of Calgary Election and Census office, 1103 55 Ave NE, between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. In addition to completing an application form, there is a written skills assessment test that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

If you or anyone you know would be a good fit as a census taker, be sure to send them to calgary.ca/census to fill out an application. The Elections and Census Office will be selecting applications between Jan. 22 to Feb. 9, 2017.

Storm ponds – Stay safe & stay off the ice

Storm ponds are important City infrastructure that help to improve the water quality in our rivers, and protect homes and businesses in our communities. When stormwater (rain, snowmelt and excess water from irrigation) flow down the streets and sidewalks, it picks up dirt and pollutants such as pet waste, fertilizers and pesticides from lawns, garbage, oil, chemicals, and salt from driveways and the road. This water then enters a storm drain on your street and underground pipes direct this water to a nearby storm pond.

Storm ponds protect our rivers by slowing the flow of stormwater and allowing time for sediment and pollutants to settle to the bottom, before cleaner water flows back to rivers and streams through more underground pipes. Storm ponds also increase the stormwater holding capacity in Calgary, storing rainfall and excess surface run-off from our streets.

Visit calgary.ca/stormpond for more information.

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu

OCTOBER 2017

Dear Ward 4 Residents,

Cleaning up the yard is easier with your green cart

This fall, enjoy the convenience of using your green cart as you get your yard and garden ready for winter.  Leaves, pine cones, branches (up to 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length), old annuals and pumpkins can all go in the green cart for weekly collection and will be turned into nutrient rich compost.

Three step checklist for fall yard waste

1. Fill your green cart first. Yard waste can go directly inside the cart; there’s no need to bag it first.

2. If your cart is full, simply use paper yard waste bags and roll down the top. Home and garden or grocery stores sell paper yard waste bags. They’re usually sold in packs of five. Please don’t use plastic garbage bags. These bags will not be collected since they contaminate the compost.

3. Place the bags approx. one foot away from the cart for collection, so you can walk between the cart and the bag. Bags should be easily lifted (max. 20 kg).

During busy fall periods, to ensure our crews stay on schedule we may not be able to collect all of your extra yard waste bags right away. Please leave them out and we’ll pick them up as soon as possible.

Other options for disposing of yard waste are available at calgary.ca/yardwaste.


What to do about unwelcome junk mail

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. Updated at the end of 2016, the bylaw promotes good neighbour relationships and addresses community concerns by regulating noise, fire pit use, untidy properties, weeds and grass, graffiti—and nuisances such as flyers.

One of the areas updated in the 2016 review refers to flyers, including non-commercial flyers. If you have a ‘no flyer’ sign visibly posted at your home, it’s a violation of the bylaw to deliver flyers to your door. With the municipal election just around the corner, you should be aware that election advertising is exempt from this bylaw along with newspaper subscriptions, community newsletters and information provided by government and elected officials.

For more information, visit Calgary.ca and enter Community Standards Bylaw in the search bar. If you do continue to receive flyers despite having a ‘no flyer’ sign at your home, you can call 311 or submit a service request using our 311 app or on The City’s web site.

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu

SEPTEMBER 2017

Dear Ward 4 Residents,

Make a difference, one straw at a time

Did you know?

Plastic straws and cutlery can’t be recycled in the blue cart. These small plastic items are too small to be sorted at the recycling facility and end up contaminating the proper recyclables instead.

Here are a few tips to follow:

  • Refuse. Unless you actually need a plastic straw or cutlery don’t take one.
  • Reuse. Wash and reuse plastic straws and cutlery a few times before disposing in the garbage.
  • Keep reusable cutlery on hand so you’ll always have something to use.

If you’re not sure what to do with an item, find the answer on the online search tool at calgary.ca/whatgoeswhere.

New for 2017

New ward boundaries will be going into effect during the 2017 Election. Checking your ward will ensure that you know which candidates are running in your area. Candidate profiles will be available online after 12 noon on September 19, 2017. Visit www.electionscalgary.ca to check your ward and see candidate profiles.

Voting is an important responsibility for every Canadian. It is how we shape our communities and choose which leaders will represent us. Voting connects citizens with the political process and with each other. When you take part in an election and express your view, you make democracy work. For more information on the 2017 Municipal Election visit www.electionscalgary.ca or call the Elections & Census Office at (403) 476-4100 (option 2).

2017 Municipal Election: Vote for your Mayor, Councillor, and School Board Trustee


This Fall Calgarians will vote for their Mayor, Councillors, and School Board Trustees in the 2017 Municipal Election. Voters can choose to cast their ballot during the Advance Vote from October 4 – 11, excluding October 9 (Thanksgiving) or on Election Day, October 16. There are many ways to vote, so be sure to check the website www.electionscalgary.ca for a complete list of voting options. Voting station locations will be available online after September 19, 2017, or you can watch the mail for your official Election Guide.

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu

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