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COCShortDescription: I would like to take this opportunity to wish the residents of Ward 2 a Happy Thanksgiving.

COCDescription: <p>I would like to take this opportunity to wish the residents of Ward 2 a Happy Thanksgiving. I know for many Calgarians, this past year has been a tough one, particularly with continued economic challenges in our province. However, there is still lots to be grateful for at this time of year. I want to extend a thank you to every resident who has volunteered in their neighbourhood and who has emailed my office to express concerns or suggestions on how to improve our community.</p> <p>Transportation continues to be a top priority for me in Ward 2. As of September 3rd, there have been numerous enhancements to Calgary Transits service schedule in Ward 2. These include:</p> <ul> <li>Route 82 in Nolan Hill has added a new weekday 6:10pm trip from Brentwood Station and a new weekday 5:29pm trip from Nolan Hill toward Brentwood Station;</li> <li>Route 123 has added a new stop on Eastbound Sage Hill Gate at 37th Street NW;</li> <li>Route 124 weekday afternoon peak times have been adjusted to accommodate students; and</li> <li>The Red Line C-Train weekday peak trip times have been revised to improve service from the N.W.</li> </ul> <p>The Federal Government will be legalizing cannabis on October 17th. I have been working hard to ensure that the adverse effects of cannabis legalization are minimized in Calgary, such as, not allowing cannabis to be consumed in public locations where children may be present. Also, implementing a 30-metre separation between cannabis stores and places of worship, pawnshops and payday loan operators.</p> <p>Halloween night is fast approaching and I would just like to remind residents to take the necessary safety precautions to ensure a fun night for all. Parents, try to ensure your child’s costume is visible to drivers. Drivers, please slowdown in our communities and drive with extra care on Halloween.​</p>

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Back | October 03, 2018

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the residents of Ward 2 a Happy Thanksgiving. I know for many Calgarians, this past year has been a tough one, particularly with continued economic challenges in our province. However, there is still lots to be grateful for at this time of year. I want to extend a thank you to every resident who has volunteered in their neighbourhood and who has emailed my office to express concerns or suggestions on how to improve our community.

Transportation continues to be a top priority for me in Ward 2. As of September 3rd, there have been numerous enhancements to Calgary Transits service schedule in Ward 2. These include:

  • Route 82 in Nolan Hill has added a new weekday 6:10pm trip from Brentwood Station and a new weekday 5:29pm trip from Nolan Hill toward Brentwood Station;
  • Route 123 has added a new stop on Eastbound Sage Hill Gate at 37th Street NW;
  • Route 124 weekday afternoon peak times have been adjusted to accommodate students; and
  • The Red Line C-Train weekday peak trip times have been revised to improve service from the N.W.

The Federal Government will be legalizing cannabis on October 17th. I have been working hard to ensure that the adverse effects of cannabis legalization are minimized in Calgary, such as, not allowing cannabis to be consumed in public locations where children may be present. Also, implementing a 30-metre separation between cannabis stores and places of worship, pawnshops and payday loan operators.

Halloween night is fast approaching and I would just like to remind residents to take the necessary safety precautions to ensure a fun night for all. Parents, try to ensure your child’s costume is visible to drivers. Drivers, please slowdown in our communities and drive with extra care on Halloween.​

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Back | April 10, 2017

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Polar Plunge in Arbour Lake. Over $40,000 was raised for Special Olympics! Thanks also to the Arbour Lake Residents Association for hosting this great event.

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.

Winter is coming to an end and Calgary Snow Angels have been helping people get around their neighbourhood all season. Snow Angels help keep a neighbourhood safe to travel in while building community spirit. If you, or someone you know has been helped by a Snow Angel, call 311 or go on line to recognize them and nominate them for prizes. For more information visit calgary.ca/SnowAngels.

From April 7 to 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. 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.

Joe’s Tip

Please note that landfill hours have changed! Check the days/hours of City landfills at calgary.ca/yardwaste.

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Back | October 03, 2018

City Council has approved 14 new suburban communities to be built over the coming years, including four communities in Ward 2 within the Glacier Ridge Area Structure Plan. This includes the redevelopment of the Symons Valley Ranch, which will be moving forward very soon. The new market will support 140 vendors and provide over 220 jobs. There will also be opportunities in the Ag-Tech industry to establish new businesses. In total, there will be over 1300 jobs created within the full build out of the new Symons Valley Ranch and over 2400 construction jobs.

The three other communities approved within Glacier Ridge are north of 144th Avenue. The approval of these communities will provide over $1 Billion of investment in Ward 2 and nearly $200 million of developer funded levees to support infrastructure in our communities. This includes the connection of 144th Avenue between Evanston and Symons Valley Road. These projects will also help advance my priority infrastructure projects - the 14th Street Interchange and twinning the Shaganappi Trail Interchange on Stoney Trail. I hope to be able to announce construction timelines of these projects this fall.

While Council continues to move forward with the potential Olympic Bid, I continue to be very concerned with the cost to taxpayers. On July 30th, I voted against spending an additional $5 million on the Bid. Furthermore, Councillors Chu, Farkas, and I put forward a motion to make the work of Calgary’s Olympic BidCo subject to the same freedom of information laws that apply to public bodies in the province. Unfortunately, Council did not support our motion for greater transparency on the Olympic Bid.

As our kids get back to school, please use extra caution on our roadways. Please also respect traffic and parking restrictions around schools so that our kids will be safe.

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Back | February 19, 2016

The Ward 2 2016 Annual Report​ includes:

  • a message from Councillor Joe Magliocca,
  • an update on major transportation projects in Ward 2, and
  • a review of 2016 projects and events in each community.

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Back | November 23, 2016

On September 25, 2016, an additional southbound lane was added onto the Shaganappi Trail Bridge over Stoney Trail. The purpose of the additional lane is to help with traffic congestion during the morning rush hour. So far, I have heard and observed that this enhancement has made a significant improvement in reducing traffic congestion. The City of Calgary has also adjusted the traffic light timing to allow for improved traffic flow on Shaganappi Trail south of the Stoney Trail interchange.

City of Calgary Crews are keeping an eye on the forecast all winter long, preparing roads with anti-icing solution before the snow falls, and maintaining City streets as soon as snowflakes hit the ground. Stay informed during every snowfall by following @yyctransport on Twitter and downloading the Road Conditions App for frequent updates. You can also see where crews are plowing on the live map at Calgary.ca/RoadConditions.

After each snowfall, Roads crews follow a priority clearing system called the Seven Day Plan:

  • Priority 1 routes, which carry more than 20,000 vehicles per day, are cleared to bare pavement within 24 hours after the snow stops falling.
  • Priority 2 routes, which carry between 5,000 and 19,000 vehicles per day, are cleared within 48 hours after snowfall has stopped.
  • Playground zones, designated hills, and residential streets on Residential roadways are cleared on Days 3-7. These roads are flat-bladed, which means snow is packed down so it is easier to drive on, and ruts are removed.
  • For more information on snow and ice control, including FAQs, snow route parking information, and free sand and gravel locations, visit Calgary.ca/snow.

Joe’s Tip:

Please take a moment on November 11th to remember the sacrifices made by our veterans for the freedom that we enjoy today.

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Back | March 07, 2017

On January 23 City Council approved $45 million in tax relief by limiting the 2017 non-residential municipal property tax increase to five per cent. I voted in favour of providing this tax relief as it will result in a substantial tax cut for many small businesses in Ward 2. While I continue to advocate for long term sustainable tax reductions for all Calgarians, this temporary tax relief program will provide immediate benefit and signal that Calgary is Open for Business. For more information on property taxes, please visit www.calgary.ca/ourfinances.

With spring just around the corner, The City’s annual Spring Clean-up is coming to neighbourhoods across Ward 2. This means that shortly, street sweeping will begin to remove sanding materials and debris that has accumulated on roads during the winter months. City crews will be sweeping on a compressed schedule, working 7 days per week. When you see street sweeping signs in your neighbourhood, please remove vehicles and carts from City roads. For more information on when sweeping will begin in your community please visit www.calgary.ca/sweep.

The civic census online will be open on April 1 for census submissions. In addition, this year Calgarians will also be able to complete their voter registration online. Calgarians will be mailed an access code in late March which can be used at www.calgary.ca/census to complete both their census and voter registration online. Door-to-door census collection will begin in late April if residents are unable to complete their census and voter registration online.

Joes Tip:

Mark June 17th on your calendar for this year’s “Neighbour Day”. This is a great opportunity for neighbours to come together to celebrate our strong community spirit in Calgary. For more information visit www.calgary.ca/NeighbourDay.

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Back | July 14, 2017

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of summer and was able to take in some of the many Canada Day celebrations throughout our City. A number of important decisions have been made by City Council over the past couple months that will impact you as a resident and as a taxpayer.

The Green Line LRT project was approved by Council on May 15th, 2017. I voted against this project because of the revised cost and the revised route. Originally, the Green Line was supposed to go from North Pointe all the way down to the South Health Campus. This would have served many residents of Northwest Calgary, including many in Ward 2. However, the revised plans presented to City Council was for a Green Line that only goes north to 16th Ave NW. I did not think it was a good use of your tax dollars - $4.7 Billion of your tax dollars - to pay for an LRT that essentially only serves the inner city.

Another major decision made by City Council was to approve a tax increase of up to 2% for 2018. I not only opposed the tax increase, I introduced a motion to lower property taxes by 2%. Unfortunately this motion did not pass as only three other councillors supported my motion for a tax decrease.

One very positive item for Ward 2 is that Council approved the purchase of the land for the missing link on Symons Valley Parkway between Symons Valley Road and Sage Hill Drive. Plans are being drawn up for the design of this road and I am currently working on getting funds allocated to get this road built.

Joes Tip:

Come out to our Ward 2 Stampede Barbeque at Loblaws City Market in Sage Hill on Saturday, July 15 between 11am – 2pm.

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Back | July 14, 2017

Crowchild Trail is an important skeletal roadway in Calgary's Transportation network, with over 100,000 vehicles per day crossing the Bow River. It not only plays an important role in the movement of goods and services throughout Calgary, but also is a primary roadway for commuters in Ward 2. That is why I was pleased to support a plan to significantly upgrade Crowchild Trail.

The short term improvements to Crowchild Trail which were approved by City Council on April 24, 2017 focus on upgrading the Crowchild Trail bridge over the Bow River. The existing Crowchild Trail bridge requires a major lifecycle rehabilitation, therefore it makes economic sense to upgrade this bridge while it is being rehabilitated. Upgrades include building an additional lane in both directions. This will be accomplished by widening the bridge across the Bow River, widening the bridge across Memorial Drive and ramp reconfiguration. Once complete, Crowchild Trail will have 3 through lanes in each direction over the Bow River which will help reduce congestion on this major roadway.

Longer-term plans for Crowchild Trail include building an interchange at 24th Avenue NW, 16th Avenue NW, 5th Avenue NW and Kensington Road NW. This will eliminate all traffic lights on Crowchild Trail and allow for free flow traffic between Stoney Trail and Glenmore Trail. More information on the upgrades to Crowchild Trail can be found online at Calgary.ca/crowchild.

The City of Calgary’s Youth Employment Centre (YEC) offers 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, resume assistance and more. For more info see youthemploymentcentre.ca.

Joes Tip:

Celebrate Neighbours Day on Saturday, June 17. Visit calgary.ca/NeighbourDay for ideas to help you celebrate.

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Back | March 07, 2017

Calgary Transit will be introducing service to Nolan Hill starting Monday, March 20th, 2017. The service will run every 30 minutes in peak hours. The focus of the service will be in the peak direction. This means that in the morning there will be six trips going into Brentwood Station and three trips going back to Nolan Hill. In the afternoon there will be six trips going to Nolan Hill and three trips going back to Brentwood Station.

The new Route 82 will connect Nolan Hill to Sage Hill Hub (Walmart), to Brentwood LRT Station, and to Beacon Hill shopping centre.

Calgary Transit will also be changing the name of Route 429 Sherwood to Route 129 Dalhousie – Sage Hill to better represent the high level of service provided and the connections available on the route.

Nolan H​ill Transit Service​

Nolan Hill Route 82 map 

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Back | May 27, 2017

Many residents in Ward 2 have shared their concerns and suggestions with me on how to improve our public transit network in northwest Calgary. I have been working with Calgary Transit to ensure that some of these suggestions will be implemented. One significant improvement that has been implemented is the new transit service to Nolan Hill, which is the new Route 82. The new Route 82 connects Nolan Hill to the Sage Hill Hub (Walmart), the Brentwood LRT Station and to the Beacon Hill shopping centre. This route also provides bus stops near the communities of Sage Hill, Sherwood and Kincora. Route 82 runs every 30 minutes during peak hours. For more information on the new Route 82, please visit www.calgarytransit.com.

Calgary Transit has also changed the name of Route 429 Sherwood to Route 129 Dalhousie – Sage Hill to better represent the connections available on the route.

We are continuing to evaluate options for improvements to transit in the Evanston community so that there is a better connection to major destinations like the downtown. If you have any comments or suggestions on how to improve transit routes in your community, or to advocate for better transit services, please contact Calgary Transit at www.calgarytransit.com/sr or my office via webmail at www.joemagliocca.ca.

Held annually on the third Saturday of June, Neighbour Day is an opportunity for neighbours to come together in the form of a front yard barbecue, garden party, picnic, clean-up or afternoon tea in a local park to celebrate our strong community spirit in Calgary. The idea is to meet your neighbours, make new friends, have fun and maybe work together on a project that benefits the entire community. Mark Saturday, June 17 on your calendar and visit www.calgary.ca/NeighbourDay for ideas on celebrating Neighbour Day.

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Back | June 11, 2018

Please join me once again for our annual Ward 2 Stampede BBQ on Saturday, July 14th from 11am-2pm at Loblaws City Market in Sage Hill. This free BBQ will be a great opportunity for residents and businesses in Ward 2 to get to know each other and strengthen each other’s community connections.

There are new traffic lights being installed on Shaganappi Trail and Sherwood Gate as well as on Symons Valley Parkway and Sherwood Drive/Nolan Hill Drive. Thank you to the community for your advocacy on these important safety improvements that helped make this happen!

Neighbour Day will be held this month on Saturday, June 16th to celebrate Calgary’s strong community spirit. This event originated in 2014 to commemorate the incredible support and generosity demonstrated after the 2013 floods. I welcome Ward 2 residents to celebrate this day by attending and hosting neighbourhood events. This day is an opportunity for communities across the city to get together with your neighbours in the form of BBQs, block parties, cleanups and potlucks. Please email me your events at Joe.Magliocca@calgary.ca as I would love to take part in your celebration! Visit calgary.ca/NeighbourDay for more information.

City Council has approved a bylaw that will limit public consumption of cannabis once federal legalization has taken place. Public consumption rules for cannabis will be similar to those for public consumption of alcohol. Under the new Cannabis Consumption Bylaw, consumption of non-medical cannabis in any form (smoking, vaping, or edibles) will be prohibited in public places. A person may smoke, vape or otherwise consume cannabis on private property. An exemption to the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw will apply for medical cannabis, which may be smoked or vaped in the same areas that are allowed under the Smoking Bylaw, and prohibited in the same areas.

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Back | January 23, 2017

Happy New Year! I know for many residents of Ward 2, the past year has been very difficult. I am pleased to report that prior to the New Year, City Council unanimously approved Adjustments to the 2017 Budget which includes relief in taxes and fees to support Calgary home owners and businesses. This includes:

  • Property tax freeze for 2017;
  • Elimination of the Green Cart program fees for 2017; and
  • A sliding scale for Calgary Transit’s Low Income Monthly Pass based on income which will be implemented in the second quarter of 2017.

City Council also set aside $15 million from the Fiscal Stability Reserve to assist Calgary businesses facing challenges due to the economic downturn. Administration will report back to Council early in the New Year with options for Council to consider around utilizing the funds.

Over 11,000 Calgarians provided feedback on the proposed changes to the Community Standards Bylaw, of which City Council has approved. The bylaw regulates neighbourhood nuisances, safety and liveability issues. The approved amendments address citizen concerns related to outdoor concert bass sound levels, wood-burning fire pits, upkeep of properties and delivery of unwanted items.

Council has also given approval of amendments to the Livery Transport Bylaw. These amendments will provide Calgarians with more transportation choices while maintaining public safety.

I’m very glad to see that 144th Avenue NW was opened to traffic between 14th Street NW and Centre Street. Although this is not the final alignment, I am really pleased to see that this section is open as it provides another exit out of Evanston.

Joes Tip:

Stay informed about parking bans this winter by subscribing to email alerts at Calgary.ca/snow, following @yyctransport on Twitter, calling 311 and watching local news or listening to the radio.

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Back | May 03, 2018

City Council has directed administration to implement a transition plan for waste management which will move from a flat rate fee financing model to a new fee for service model. With these changes, there will be a monthly charge for the black cart of $6.75, green cart at $9 and a charge of $8.50 for the blue cart. However, $20 million that is currently garnished from property taxes to pay for waste management will no longer be needed. I will be working to ensure that every dollar will be returned to taxpayers. This transition plan also facilitates further discussion regarding variable cart sizes as many residents do not produce a full cart of waste. I have for many years been advocating for residents to only be charged by the amount of waste produced, not the current standard flat rate.

Furthermore, Council directed administration to implement every-other-week green cart collection over the winter months starting in November 2018. Adjusting the green cart collection frequency will realize cost savings in areas such as labour and fuel of approximately $2 million annually. I will be advocating for these savings to be returned to taxpayers through lower taxes and fees.

City Council voted unanimously to maintain the seven-minute fire response time standard while requiring that new suburban communities include a plan to incrementally achieve the city’s standard as they are built out. We are fortunate in Ward 2 to have response times throughout most of our communities that are well below the 7 minute target. We are also fortunate to have two new fire halls recently built in our Ward in Sage Hill and in Royal Vista.

Join me once again for our annual Ward 2 Stampede BBQ on Saturday, July 14th from 11am-2pm at Loblaws City Market in Sage Hill.

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Back | July 04, 2018

The annual Ward 2 Stampede BBQ is quickly approaching! Please join me on Saturday, July 14th from 11am-2pm at Loblaws City Market in Sage Hill. This free BBQ will be a great opportunity for residents and businesses in Ward 2 to get to know each other and strengthen our community connections.

City Council has voted to continue exploring the opportunity for a 2026 Olympic Bid and has approved a public engagement approach which includes a plebiscite. I voted against both the continuation of the Olympic Bid and the public engagement approach as I continue to have concerns with the significant cost to Calgary taxpayers. I do not want to see a significant long term increase in your property taxes to pay for a two-week party. That is why I put my name forward to sit on the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Council Committee. This committee will be meeting regularly to provide guidance on The City’s potential participation in bidding and hosting the 2026 Olympics. This committee will also be advising on a City of Calgary plebiscite, including approving the parameters for the development of the plebiscite question for Council approval. While I have consistently voted against the Olympic Bid, I believe that it is important that your voice is represented at the Olympics decision making table. I will be sitting on this committee with an open mind, and will continue to look out for your tax dollars and the best interests of our city.

The City’s summer Youth Passport is available from July 1 to August 31 to anyone between the ages of 12 and 17. The passport is for unlimited swimming, skating and gym activities for less than $1 a day at all City of Calgary pools and leisure centres. Visit calgary.ca/youthpassport for more information.

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Back | October 12, 2016

I would like to take this opportunity to wish residents of Ward 2 a Happy Thanksgiving. In spite of the economic challenges we face in both our city and province, as Calgarians we still have much to be grateful for.

This year’s construction season is wrapping up and despite the many delays due to our wet summer, many infrastructure enhancements and community improvements were complete throughout the communities in Ward 2. Some of these improvements include:

  • Stoney Trail / Sarcee Trail NW Interchange upgrade – to be completed by year end.
  • Twinning of 112 Ave west of Sarcee Trail NW – to be completed by year end.
  • Crowfoot Way NW Enhanced Crosswalk Markings & Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB).
  • RRFB for Crosswalk at Arbour Lake Road NW & Arbour Crest Drive NW.
  • Re-development of the pathway under Symons Valley Parkway NW.
  • New pathway at Robert Thirsk High School.
  • For Sage Hill and area transit riders Route 429 has been extended from the current terminus in Sherwood to the Sage Hill transit hub just north of the Sage Hill Walmart. This change will provide a new connection from the Sage Hill and Kincora area to the northwest LRT, as well as provide connections to Route 425 and the north central area of the city. It will also help connect the newly emerging shopping centre to surrounding communities.

Joe’s Tip:

Halloween is coming up and with children excited and in costumes, please remember to slow down and be especially cautious in residential neighborhoods and around playground zones.

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Back | December 02, 2016

This holiday season let us take time out of our busy schedule to assist those of us who are less fortunate in our community. Many of our city food banks and charities have seen demand for their services increase dramatically over the last year. Let’s ensure Calgary remains Canada’s most generous city by supporting the many important charitable organizations in our city.

Another way to support our neighbours is to become a snow angel. Keeping sidewalks free of ice and snow can be very challenging for older adults and people with limited mobility. Through Snow Angels, you are encouraged to be good neighbours by clearing snow for those who need assistance. For more information, or to recognize your Snow Angel, please contact 311 or visit calgary.ca/SnowAngels.

I would like to wish Ward 2 and all Calgarians a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and all the best in the New Year.

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Back | March 07, 2017

At the start of 2017, all Calgary City Councillors took a 2.49% wage roll back. I am very supportive of this decision as I believe that The City needs to be responsible with spending so that we can prevent taxes and fees from increasing.

The City’s snow removal crews have been busy this winter ensuring our roads are in a safe and reasonable winter driving condition. One method that they use on residential streets is “flat-blading,” which flattens the snow to a hard pack so that it’s easier to drive on. One result of flat-blading is the build-up of snow along the side of a roadway, also known as windrow. Plow operators make every attempt to keep driveways clear, or keep windrows as small as possible, but any snow buildup on driveways that does occur is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to remove, much like sidewalk shovelling.

The Calgary Awards is one of the largest citizen recognition programs in our city which recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions made by Calgarians in the previous year. Each year, individuals, corporations, community groups and organizations are nominated in five major award categories, for a total of 13 awards. The Calgary Awards are for Calgarians. Individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, community groups and other organizations can all be nominated. For specific eligibility requirements, how to nominate someone in your community and for more information visit: calgary.ca/calgaryawards. Nominations close on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Joes Tip:

Stay informed about parking bans this winter by subscribing to email alerts at Calgary.ca/snow, following @yyctransport on Twitter, calling 311 and listening to the automated message, and watching local news or listening to the radio.

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Back | August 28, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of our annual Ward 2 Stampede BBQ on July 14th at Loblaws City Market in Sage Hill. It was a great show of our strong community spirit and I’m very thankful to all the volunteers who put in their time and effort to make it such a wonderful event!

The City of Calgary has made it easier to complete home improvement projects with a convenient to use online application process. Homeowners can now apply and pay for all home improvement projects online at calgary.ca/myhome and even book inspections using the 311 app. The online service allows homeowners to manage and coordinate all their home improvement projects online 24/7. There’s even an online chat feature to help answer your questions and guide you through the application process, should a permit be required.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and is taking the time to explore parts of Ward 2 and the City of Calgary. The city is offering free, fun activities to keep you and the kids active this summer. From mobile skateparks and adventure playgrounds to music in the park and Park n’ Play and Stay n’ Play programs, you can see the schedules and learn more at calgary.ca/free

The Calgary Fire Department wants me to remind everyone of the risks on Calgary’s waterways. When you’re out enjoying Calgary’s rivers and lakes, remember to always wear a lifejacket, keep kids safe around water, eliminate the consumption and transportation of alcohol and drugs, bring the right supplies such as a paddle and cell phone and to call 9-1-1 if there’s an emergency on the water. If you would like to find out more, please visit calgary.ca/watersafety for additional details.

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Back | January 04, 2018

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year! Over the past month, many residents have contacted me with their concerns with the 2018 Budget Adjustments passed by Council. While there were some good things in the budget, I voted against it because I did not support the property tax increase and I would have liked to see more efficiencies found. The highlights of the 2018 Budget include:

  • Municipal property tax rate increase of 3.8 per cent. This equates to approximately $5.70 per month for the average homeowner.
  • 55 new members and body-worn cameras for the Calgary Police Service (CPS).
  • $4 million in funding from reserves to continue funding the low income transit pass.
  • $4 million in additional funding for Calgary Transit.
  • $3 million in funding from reserves for safe communities, youth and low income programs, and crime prevention.
  • $23.7 million to fund Green Line financing costs.
  • $1.7 billion capital investment in Calgary infrastructure.

I will note that much of this tax increase is due to the provincial and federal governments downloading costs and responsibilities to The City. With the federal government planning to legalize marijuana, CPS requested a significant funding increase to deal with the adverse effects of this federal policy. Furthermore, there has been an increase in crime throughout the City. I supported the additional funding for CPS as it is important to me that we do what we can to keep our communities safe.

The City also informed me that the Provincial Carbon Tax is costing the City of Calgary $8 million in higher fuel and heating costs. This provincial tax on The City has resulted in 0.5 per cent property tax increase. I will continue to do what I can to keep taxes low and find savings and efficiencies within The City.

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Back | February 08, 2018

The Calgary Awards is one of the largest citizen recognition programs in our city to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions made by Calgarians in the previous year. Each year, individuals, corporations, community groups and organizations are nominated in five major award categories, for a total of 13 awards. Please look to your neighbours, colleagues, community leaders, local organizations and businesses and consider nominating them for the Calgary Awards. For specific eligibility requirements, how to nominate someone in your community and for more information visit: calgary.ca/calgaryawards. Nominations close on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

The City of Calgary has mailed over half a million property and business assessment notices. Property and business owners are advised to carefully review their assessment. If you have any questions, please contact Assessment during the Customer Review Period (Jan. 4 to March 12, 2018). Changes to a 2018 assessment can only be made if an inquiry is received during the 2018 Customer Review Period.

I have received a lot of emails on the potential 2026 Calgary Olympic Bid, with over 90% of comments being against spending millions on the bid and billions to host the Olympics. I agree with these concerns and have been advocating for The City to pull out of the Olympic Bid altogether. Many other countries have decided not to pursue the Olympic Bid, for a wide variety of good reasons.

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Back | August 31, 2017

City Council continues to be busy over the summer months making important decisions that will impact Calgarians for many years to come. One of these major decisions has been the approval of the Green Line LRT. On June 26, 2017 Council approved the recommended alignment and station locations for the Green Line LRT from 160th Avenue in the North to Seton in the South. However, with the revised plan to only build the Green Line LRT to 16th Avenue in the North, I voted against this alignment. I would have liked Council to look at alternatives that could have been less costly so that the Green Line LRT could be built further North to at least North Pointe where it could serve the communities of Ward 2.

Council also approved a motion to direct city administration to complete a risk assessment and to evaluate the merits of testing autonomous vehicles on Calgary’s roadways. As technology advances in this area, I want to ensure that our roadways are safe for all drivers and pedestrians.

Fines for unsafe fire pits and burning prohibited materials have recently been increased. 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
  • 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

For more information and the full list of rules and regulations, visit Calgary.ca/firepits. If you have a concern or complaint about fire pits, call 311.

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Back | February 28, 2018

Council has been busy this winter and I appreciate all the feedback that residents of Ward 2 have given me on the issues they are concerned about in our community. Snow removal and sidewalk safety has been a major issue which is why I was pleased to support a Motion at City Council to have City Administration look for solutions to ensure clearer sidewalks in the winter. It is important, especially for seniors and people with mobility challenges, that our sidewalks and crosswalks are kept clear during the winter months.

I proposed a Motion for democratic reform at City Hall. The Motion would have introduced term limits for Mayor and Council of 3 terms, which is 12 years. I felt 12 years gives any Councillor a lot of time to get things done for their community and to make a difference in our City. Just like boards and commissions have term limits to bring fresh ideas and faces to the table, I believe that there would be a benefit for the same to be had at City Hall. I also proposed looking into the option of Recall to help ensure greater accountability of Council. Unfortunately, both of these ideas were voted down in Council.

I was pleased to support a Motion by my colleagues Councillor Davison and Councillor Farkas to limit the number of Councillors going to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference in Halifax. These conferences cost taxpayers approximately $2500 per Councillor to attend. I believe that fewer Councillors should attend these conferences and report back to the rest of Council on what they learned and accomplished at the conference. This Motion is a good start to ensuring greater fiscal responsibility amongst City Councillors and I was very pleased to see it passed.

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Back | December 21, 2017

I would like to thank residents of Ward 2 for once again putting their trust in me to serve as your City Councillor. I will continue to keep our community informed through this newsletter and through my various social media channels. It is important to me that all residents are kept informed and as always, please contact me if you have any concerns or suggestions on how to make our community even better.

The new Rocky Ridge recreation centre recently reached a key milestone and was handed over to the Calgary YMCA. The new facility, Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, officially opens to the public on January 15, 2018. This centre will serve all of northwest Calgary for many years to come providing us with a wide range of indoor and outdoor recreation amenities.

With winter upon us, City of Calgary Crews are keeping an eye on the forecast all winter long, preparing roads with anti-icing solution before the snow falls, and maintaining City streets as soon as snowflakes hit the ground. Stay informed during every snowfall by following @yyctransport on Twitter and downloading the Road Conditions App for frequent updates. You can also see where crews are plowing on the live map at Calgary.ca/RoadConditions.

After each snowfall, Roads crews follow a priority clearing system called the Seven Day Plan:

  • Priority 1 routes, which carry more than 20,000 vehicles per day, are cleared to bare pavement within 24 hours after the snow stops falling.
  • Priority 2 routes, which carry between 5,000 and 19,000 vehicles per day, are cleared within 48 hours after the snow stops falling.
  • Collector routes, playground zones, designated hills and pathways are cleared on Days 3-7.

I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and all the best in the New Year.

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Back | August 31, 2017

As our kids get back to school, please pay extra attention when driving, especially around schools and playgrounds. At our last council meeting in July, I re-introduced a motion to have administration look into requiring school buses to use their flashing lights when picking up and dropping off children. This is the norm in most other jurisdictions and can be achieved at zero cost to taxpayers because buses are already equipped with these safety features. I thank council for voting 12-1 in favour of this motion.

Another important vote in council was on the issue of an Olympic Bid Plebiscite. I supported Councillor Sean Chu’s Motion for a plebiscite because I believed that a decision of this magnitude, both financially and culturally, should be made directly by Calgarians. I also believed that by October, voters could have had sufficient information to make an informed decision on this matter. Unfortunately, the majority of City Council voted against a plebiscite. As exciting as an Olympic Bid may be, I do not want to see the kind of costs downloaded on Calgary taxpayers that have been prevalent in many other cities that have hosted Olympic events.

Construction of the new “Shane Homes YMCA” on Country Hills Boulevard in Rocky Ridge is in its final stages and is scheduled to be complete at the end of this year and opened to the public in early 2018. When opened, this facility will contain an 8 lane competition pool, Leisure pool with a wave system and water slides, multi-purpose ice rink, 3 full gymnasiums, Fitness centre, Library, 300 seat theatre and many more amenities. I would like to thank Shane Homes for their $3.5 Million investment in the new recreation centre that will serve all of northwest Calgary for many years to come.

I was pleased to open the upgraded Sarcee Trail/Stoney Trail interchange and twinned 112 Avenue. This new interchange should help to alleviate the heavy truck traffic on Shaganappi Trail and Symons Valley Road, which has been a concern to many residents along these routes. The upgraded interchange was specifically designed to better accommodate trucks by providing a new ramp for trucks traveling southbound on Sarcee Trail to eastbound Stoney Trail. These improvements will also help alleviate congestion at this interchange which will allow for better traffic flow and improved safety for all vehicles.

Visit the new Starter Library in the Sage Hill Shopping Centre (behind London Drugs).T here is over 5,000 items available as well as access to the Library’s online catalogue. I look forward to see ground broke on the new permanent library on the land north of the Wal-Mart that will serve all of our northwest communities.​

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Back | May 03, 2018

On March 19th, 2018, Calgary Transit introduced four new bus routes in Ward 2: Route 115 – Symons Valley Parkway, Route 138 - Citadel, Route 123 – Sage Hill/North Pointe, and Route 124 - Evanston. These new routes provide improved connections to shopping centres, the Sage Hill Hub, Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, North Pointe bus terminal and Red Line LRT stations. Transit service coverage also expanded in the communities of Evanston and Sherwood, and the realignment of service between Evanston and North Pointe will result in significant travel time savings to the downtown core. The new transit routes also align with two other major City of Calgary initiatives - the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and the future Sage Hill Civic Centre. These facilities will have convenient transit connections with their surrounding communities, as well as each other. The design of the new routes in this area was informed by ongoing feedback received from the public on the current bus route network. I would appreciate any feedback that you have on our new transit routes, and on any other route that need to be improved.

Spring is finally here! That means the City’s street cleaning crews are coming to our neighbourhoods to remove debris and gravel off the roads. The program, which improves safety and mobility for Calgarians, kicks off at the beginning of April. 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. 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 confirm your streets sweeping date and to track sweeper progress across the city.

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