Ward 6 - Richard Pootmans

October 2022 Newsletter


Hello Ward 6!

As we begin the season of thankfulness, reflection and giving, I am reminded of the amazing residents in Ward 6. This past year I have met some outstanding citizens and discovered how incredibly lucky we are to have the remarkable comradery in our communities which makes our Ward flourish. In this edition of the October newsletter, you will read about our Remembrance Day commemoration, winter recreation programs, and numbers you should know (and much more).

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Remembrance Day Commemoration

Please join the Ward 6 office and the King’s Own Calgary Regiment on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 10:45 AM for our annual Remembrance Day ceremony at Battalion Park. Originally named Camp Sarcee in 1915, Battalion Park commemorates the soldiers who trained in Calgary for the trench warfare of World War I. Your attendance at this notable ceremony is appreciated as we participate together in a community moment of silence to reflect on the sacrifices made by the brave Canadian Armed Forces.


Winter Recreation Program Registration Info Now Online

The registration dates for Winter program registration have been posted online at www.calgary.ca/register.

Swimming Lessons:

Winter swimming lessons will be posted on www.calgary.ca/liveandplay on October 25, 2022. Like other recent registration dates, swim lesson registration (individual, group & private) is split into several days based on geography to help manage the number of customers using our system at the same time.

Registration will begin on the following days:

Nov. 1 - Sir Winston Churchill, Foothills and Shouldice Aquatic Centres

Nov. 3 - Thornhill and Renfrew Aquatic Centres

Nov. 8 - Killarney, Glenmore and Inglewood Aquatic Centres

Nov. 10 - Canyon Meadows and Bob Bahan Aquatic Centres

Registration will open

  • Online - 6:00 a.m. (waiting room opens at 5:30 a.m.)
  • At any City-operated ​Aquatic & Recreation facility - during posted business hours
  • By calling 403-268-3800 ​(press option 1) - 8:30 a.m. – 4:00pm Monday to Friday

New certification courses like Bronze Cross, National Lifeguard and Lifesaving Instructor are being added frequently – check www.calgary.ca/liveandplay for the current offerings.


Non-swimming programs:

Winter programs will be posted on www.calgary.ca/liveandplay on November 24, 2022.

Registration for Winter programs will begin on November 29, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. online (waiting room opens at 8 a.m.), at any City-operated ​Aquatic & Recreation facility, or by calling 403-268-3800 (press option 1).


Recreation & Social Programs is hiring

The City of Calgary is hiring for positions in Recreation and Social Programs! The City has full-time, part-time and seasonal opportunities perfect for you or someone you know. Positions include:

  • Weight Room Monitor
  • Skate or Hockey Instructor
  • Swim Instructor
  • Recreation Labourer

This is a great chance to turn your passion into a career and make a difference in our community. For more information, visit www.calgary.ca/recjobs.   


COC & CSEC begin formal discussions on a new event centre

The City of Calgary and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) have agreed to begin formal discussions with a fresh start towards a new event centre. These discussions bring an opportunity to realize a modern and forward-looking sport, arts and entertainment venue for Calgary.

To read more click https://newsroom.calgary.ca/city-of-calgary-and-calgary-sports-and-entertainment-begin-formal-discussions-on-a-new-event-centre/


Fall Checklist

Protecting Calgary’s precious water resources is a shared responsibility among The City of Calgary, businesses and Calgarians. Here is a fall checklist to help you get ready for winter.


  • Check the Watering 101 Guide to find out when to stop watering plantsshrubs and trees.
  • Consult the YardSmart plant list to make any seasonal additions to your garden like bulbs.
  • Leave debris in plant beds over winter to provide habitat for pollinators.
  • Place mulch around perennial plants and trees to protect them from frost.
  • Prune your trees and shrubs.
  • Let your grass grow into dormancy – stop watering and stop cutting.
  • Turn off the outdoor water supply to avoid winter leaks.
  • Properly winterize and turn off your irrigation system to avoid leaks.
  • Clean debris out of your gutters.
  • Clean and repair downspouts, and direct stormwater away from your house, ideally towards your garden.
  • Clean and properly winterize your rain barrel.


  • Still have an old, high-flow toilet? Consider replacing it with a low-flow WaterSense approved model.
  • Check your sump pump to make sure it's working properly.
  • Clean out the backflow valve located in your basement.
  • Use your water meter to check for leaks inside your home every six months as part of regular home maintenance.
  • Check your toilets, taps, humidifier, hot water heater, water softener and other water using devices for leaks.
  • Service your hot water heater, water softener and humidifier.

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Green Cart and Yard Waste Updates

Green cart collection will be changing from weekly collection to every-other-week on November 1. Citizens can see the new schedule through their Garbage Day app or at Calgary.ca/collection.

Why do we change to every-other-week collection for green cart this time of year?

Waste & Recycling Services has set up the cart programs and collection frequencies based on the volumes we receive through the cart programs during different times of year. Remaining on a weekly collection frequency throughout winter would also require additional trucks and employees which would impact the rates Calgarians pay for this service.

Our cart capacity studies (performed 4 times per year for the past 10 years) indicate that our current collection frequency is meeting the needs of the vast majority of Calgarians while also balancing operational needs and our budget.

Fall Yard Waste Drop-off

Residents can bring yard waste to a City landfill for free until Saturday, November 5, 2022.

This is useful for residential households that would like to dispose of extra material quicker or for yard waste that is too large for your green cart:

  • Loads should only have leaves, branches, plants and grass clippings.
  • We do not accept sod or food scraps. Put these items in your green cart.
  • Shake the soil off plants and roots.
  • Any loads containing garbage or sod will be subject to regular landfill fees.
  • Composting for sod is not available at City landfills. If you take sod to the landfill, you will be charged the basic sanitary rate.
  • Commercial customers with yard waste will be subject to regular landfill fees.
  • Commercial loads are not accepted at Shepard.

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Calgary Traffic Camera

Did you know that you can view up-to-the-minute traffic camera images of current road conditions on major routes as well as other key intersection? To know before you go visit /content/www/en/home/roads/conditions/traffic-cameras.html

If you want to inquire about traffic signal timing and how to report a traffic signal in need of repair, you can do so at Traffic Signals (calgary.ca)


Know your numbers: who to call

Whether you're a resident, a business owner, or a visitor, your connection to The City is at your fingertips. You can connect with The City via our calgary.ca/311Online website, Calgary 311 mobile app or by calling 311. 


​ For City information or to request a service within Calgary city limits


(403) 268-CITY

(403) 268-2489 

For accessing 311 services from outside Calgary city limits






For emergencies related to health, safety or property




For information about community or social resources available in Calgary




For directory information about businesses and residences across Canada




For health advice and health information services provided by a registered nurse 24/7


You can also visit Alberta Health Service's 811 Health Link page.



Ward 6 Community Association Events

Coach Hill/Patterson Heights- https://www.chph.ca/

CHPH just launched a Holiday fundraiser with Devry greenhouses. We are selling poinsettia's, outdoor and indoor greenery and wreaths. Orders need to be in by November 19th. Orders will be available for pickup or delivery on Saturday December 03rd 1-2:30pm in Coach Hill Fields 6840 Coach Hill Rd SW. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the CHPH Community Association.


Glendale/Glendale Meadows - 4500 25 Avenue SW, www.myglendale.ca

  • Halloween Parade- Saturday October 29, Community Outdoor Rink starting at 3 pm. Get the kids dressed up to show off their Halloween costumes and take home a goodie bag.

SCA Community Association- 277 Strathcona Dr SW, https://scacalgary.ca/

  • Halloween Movie Night – Friday, October 28, 7 pm Join us for this fun family event featuring the movie Hotel Transylvania! Kids are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes and can join us in the Hula Hoop Challenge! Doors will open at 6:15 pm.  Hula Hoop Challenge will begin at 6:30 pm and the movie will begin at 7 pm. Snacks will be served.  Hope to see you there! This event is free for all SCA members.  You can purchase your $20 family membership at the event.  All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Broxburn Vegetable Farm Stand- Visit Broxburn Vegetables at the SCA on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 pm. The City of Calgary has partnered with local farms, food growers and food distributors to operate pop-up farm stands at community hubs around Calgary. Please check the schedule for dates and times at: Calgary.ca/localfood

Springbank Hill- https://springbankhill.org/

  • 3rd annual SBHCA Pumpkin Festival Saturday, October 29th from 1-3pm. We will have face painting, balloons, hot chocolate, crafts, and candy. Children are encouraged to come in costume. One pumpkin per household will be available for SBHCA members. (Rain date Sunday, October 30th 1-3pm).

Glamorgan - 4207-41 Ave SW, www.myglamorgan.ca



Do you have a community event that you would like us to help promote? Please send information to clward6@calgary.ca


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Ward 6 Office Contact
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Booking Meetings

Lori Gardner, Executive Assistant


Community Concerns

Ralph Smith, Community Assistant   



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Categories: Event Centre, Fall , Green Cart, Numbers you should know, Remembrance Day, Traffic camera, Winter Rec Programs, Yard waste