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Ward 1 - Sonya Sharp

April 2024 newsletter

Hi, Ward 1!

Happy April!

I hope you're enjoying the warmer weather and all the beautiful colours that come with it. It's great to see the snow finally melting away, as March was a very snowy month for us; in fact, it was the snowiest month in 16 years and ranked as the 8th snowiest month of all time! But with the arrival of spring, I have some exciting and important updates to share with you, including modifications to our winter maintenance policy and details about upcoming community clean-up events. I hope these updates help you stay informed about the latest news and events in Ward 1 and Calgary. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Ward 1 Office.

Best regards,
Sonya Sharp

Councillors Wyness, Sharp, and Wong celebrating Holi in Bowness Park
Councillors Wyness, Sharp, and Wong celebrating Holi in Bowness Park

News from City Council

Rezoning Public Hearing Meeting of Council April 22

Thank you to those who have taken the time to email the Ward 1 Office, attended the Ward 1 Rezoning Townhall, and who have signed-up to speak or submitted a comment for the Rezoning Public Hearing scheduled for April 22, 2024. Your active participation and valuable feedback are essential to make sure that the voices of the Ward 1 residents are heard and taken into account by all Councillors. Additionally, Councillor Sharp will be reviewing all submissions ahead of the Public Hearing to ensure that your concerns and opinions are reflected in the decision-making process. If you would like to view the Public Hearing live, visit

Winter Maintenance Policy update

At the Infrastructure Planning Committee meeting held on March 13, 2024, the new winter maintenance policy was approved. The most significant change that Calgarians will see is faster clearing of all major routes. Under the new policy, Priority 2 infrastructure, which includes major Transit routes and higher-volume community roads, will be cleared within 24 hours after snowfall stops, compared with 36 hours previously.

The new policy also adds new enforcement options for existing rules. While homeowners were already not allowed to shovel snow from their private property on to City roadways or bike lanes, the policy updates include the possibility of a fine for doing so. Moreover, Council is considering raising the winter maintenance reserve fund from $15 million to $22 million, which will provide greater flexibility during heavy snowfall years. The new policy will be presented to Council at the next Regular Meeting on April 30, 2024, and will take effect for the next season if approved.

Snow shovelling

Single-Use Items Bylaw repeal

On January 30, 2024, City Council started the process to review the present Single-Use Items Bylaw after considering several factors that affect the residents, businesses, and waste reduction efforts in the City. Due to legal requirements, final approval to repeal the Single-Use Items Bylaw will be discussed at the Public Hearing on May 7, 2024. Until the repeal process is complete, the current Single-Use Items Bylaw remains in effect, and businesses are expected to follow it as they would any other bylaw. For more information, visit

Community updates

Ward Boundary Commission engagement in Ward 1

The Calgary City Council has directed Administration to form a commission to review the effectiveness of the city's 14-ward system. A public engagement process will be conducted to gather feedback from Calgarians, which will be used by the commission to make recommendations to Council. In Ward 1, there is a public engagement opportunity on April 20, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Calgary Farmers' Market West located at 25 Greenbriar Drive N.W. For more information, visit

Community Clean-up in Ward 1

Several community associations in Ward 1 will host Community Cleanup event this year. These events are a free service provided by the City of Calgary to help residents dispose of items that do not fit in their waste carts or for those who do not have access to cart service.

Cleanup events occur on Saturdays and Sundays throughout Calgary.

The Spring season starts on the last weekend of April and ends on June 29, while the Fall session starts on September 7 and ends on September 28. The following communities in our ward have been selected for a Community Clean-up event:

  • Bowness CA on May 4
  • Varsity CA on July 6
  • Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak CA on August 18 
  • Scenic Acres CA on August 31
  • Tuscany RA on September 8
  • Cresmont CA on September 28

Please note that some Community Clean-up events will also be available over the summer with limited availability. For the full schedule, please visit


Truck unloading at landfill facility

Bowness Park wading pool construction

The Bowness Park wading pool is undergoing repairs from January to June. The pool is expected to reopen to the public on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16. However, timelines may change due to weather or construction delays. During the repairs, the park will remain open, but park users will see ongoing construction activity in the fenced-in area. Workers will be moving large equipment, and construction activity will take place in the pool area. To ensure safety, fencing will be secured around the wading pool area, and visitors are advised to watch for signs and avoid the immediate area. For more information on the reopening dates, please visit Wading pools, spray parks and outdoor pools or call 311.

Updates on City services

Spring Clean-up

The City's Spring Clean-up (SCU) program, or street sweeping, removes debris and leftover materials from winter on the roadway. The program will begin April 15, 2024, and will run through until June, with community sweeping happening Mondays through Fridays, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Calgarians can stay notified by watching for signs in their community, using the address lookup, or signing up for the e-mail and/or text notifications. For more information, visit

Drought Readiness

The City of Calgary and the southern region of Alberta are currently facing drought conditions. As the snowpack is below normal and temperatures are expected to be above average this spring, we must be mindful of our water consumption to avoid putting excessive pressure on Calgary's water supply. At home, you can conserve water by doing laundry and using the dishwasher only when full, taking shorter showers, and turning off the tap while brushing your teeth. In the yard, consider using drought-tolerant seeds and plants, adding mulch to reduce evaporation, and using rain barrels to capture and use rainwater. Find areas of potential water savings at work or business, such as fixing leaks or installing water-efficient fixtures. To learn more tips on how to use water wisely, visit

Downtown infrastructure improvements

The City of Calgary is actively investing in its infrastructure to improve the quality of life for Calgarians. The 2024 construction program includes several projects to improve the City's transportation network, flood and climate resilience, wastewater collection services, and connectivity to the new downtown destinations. The City is investing $12.5 million to extend the lifespan of the 4 Avenue Flyover and rehabilitate the Mission Bridge by adding multi-use pathways for pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Additionally, the Sunnyside Flood Barrier and the Inglewood Sanctuary Trunk projects are underway to ensure flood and climate resilience and quality wastewater collection services. The Green Line and Event Centre projects also aim to connect Calgarians to downtown destinations. The City will provide yearly updates to help Calgarians get around during the construction programs. If you're traveling near construction projects in Calgary, expect delays and traffic congestion due to reduced lanes, lower speed limits, and detours. It is recommended to allow extra travel time, use alternate routes or modes of transportation, and carpool if possible. For the latest information on road closures and detours, visit

4 Avenue Flyover in summer

Housing Accelerator Fund

On March 17, 2023, the Government of Canada announced funding the Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF). This $4 billion fund is intended to help municipalities with new and transformative changes and aims to construct 100,000 homes in Canada by 2026. Under the Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF) Action Plan approved by Council, the City has received $228.5 million to support seven initiatives aimed at delivering 6,858 additional housing unities above their three-year average growth. Meeting the housing supply growth target is a requirement for receiving HAF funding, and the target to create a total of 41,858 units by October 27, 20206. Of these, 6,825 units will be incentivized under HAF, while the remaining units will be baseline at a rate of 11,200 units per year. 

Updates in brief

  • From April to October, green carts will now be collected every week. To ensure you never miss a collection day, you can download the Calgary Garbage Day app on your phone. With the app, you can easily view your collection schedule on the go and set up notifications to remind you of your blue, black, and green cart collection days. For more information, visit
  • Since 2010, the City of Calgary and Green Calgary have been working together to offer a Rain Barrel Sales program. Rain barrels collect rainwater for watering your plants and reduce untreated rainwater runoff into rivers and creeks. Information on where you can purchase rain barrels can be found at rain barrels.
  • The City of Calgary's Branching Out Free Tree Giveaway is scheduled to make a comeback late this spring. Stay tuned for updates and keep an eye out for more information at
  • The Customer Review period for property assessments has concluded and the 2024 Property Tax bills will be mailed in May. Visit or log into Assessment Search for more information or use the property tax calculator to understand your tax obligations beforehand.

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