Ward 9 - Gian-Carlo Carra

April 2022 Newsletter

Hey Neighbour,

Did you know Calgary is home to the most extensive outdoor pathway and bikeway system in North America? With over 1,000km’s of pathway, there has never been a better time to get out and enjoy the sunny days ahead.

If you’re curious to learn more about this expansive network, our Ward 9 Dream Network Map highlights the amazing projects, infrastructure, and the big dreams we hope to see added that all work together to make our city GREAT!

You can view this map online or order a free hard copy through our website, discovering more of the active-modes magic that exists right here in our own backyard.

Happy Spring!



The Ward 9 team recently had the pleasure of visiting the Youth Culinary Arts Program (YCAP) Market in the Inglewood Opportunity Hub.

Located at 1008 14 Street SE, YCAP is a program run by Woods Homes and was created to help fill a gap in alternative employment programs for multi-barriered youth in Calgary. Through culinary arts education guided by Red Seal chefs, along with wrap-around counselling supports for mental health, housing, and employment training, YCAP is teaching valuable life skills to at-risk youth in our city.

YCAP Market operates as a social enterprise, selling prepared meals and grab-and-go food items prepared by clients in the program as a way to help financially support this cost-free social service.

Stop by and load up your freezer with made-from-scratch meals - frozen soups, stews, curries, savoury and sweet pies, desserts, bread, and sauces. Jams, pickles, olives, and a variety of pantry staples such as pastas and grains are also available.



Over the next four years, our team has big plans to create several new and informative Ward 9 Maps. (Previous maps have included: the W9 Recreation Map - illustrated by Adrienne Tollas and the W9 Dream Network - illustrated by Sam Hester)

We are looking to partner up with local artists to help make these maps happen!

If you are an artist living in or connected to Ward 9 that can help us create something unique and beautiful for one of our upcoming maps, please get in touch! This is a paid opportunity, and we are eager to share new and diverse artists for each of our various map projects. Click the link below to learn more and submit your application today.



ActivateYYC is a unique grant that focuses on tactical urbanism - small temporary low-cost initiatives that help change how people use and interact with spaces. Tactical urbanism initiatives spark neighbourly conversations which build community connection, increase the movement of residents in a community, and create safer streets. Many of the projects challenge city processes and some even lead to permanent changes.

ActivateYYC 2022 will have two funding streams: $1000 Walk, Play and Be Neighbourly and $3000 Bump-Outs & Pathways.

If your community has an area that could benefit from rethinking the way it currently functions, gather a few neighbours, dream up a plan, and apply for one of these community grants today.

To learn more or see some of the past ActivateYYC projects, visit the ActivateYYC website.



After being paused due to Covid, the 2022 Pathway and River Cleanup is back and taking place May 13-15, 2022. Now in its 55th year, the Calgary Parks Foundation needs our help to ensure this year’s cleanup is a huge success!


Volunteer registration for this event is open from now until April 13th, 2022.


During the cleanup, volunteers remove litter within their assigned location. The litter is collected in bags and placed beside pathways or in City garbage bins. City staff pick up the bags and transport them to a designated waste collection site where they are properly disposed of by Waste and Recycling Services.


The City of Calgary is pleased to announce the launch of a much-anticipated new program recognizing urban hens as licensed pets under the updated Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Bylaw. Beginning Monday, March 21, 2022, Calgarians will be able to apply for an urban livestock license to keep backyard hens in the city.

The program is aligned with national care guidelines and structured similar to other municipalities across Canada that have successfully implemented urban hen programs.

The program will accept 100 applicants in its first year, as directed by Calgary City Council in June 2021 when the updated RPO Bylaw was passed. Should demand exceed 100 applicants, a lottery system will randomize applications once the intake has closed, to ensure equity. The first 100 applications selected from the lottery will then be processed.

The urban livestock license lottery will open on Monday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Calgary.ca/pets, and will be open until Monday, April 18, 2022 at 11:59 p.m


The City of Calgary is creating a Master Plan that will guide the future development of a multi-use recreation hub for the Greater Forest Lawn area. The Master Plan will provide a redevelopment roadmap that will reflect the needs and desires of the community through an extensive public engagement, planning and design program.

Community engagement is a key component of the project to ensure a complete range of input and perspectives is captured and reflected in the Master Plan.

Complete an online survey at www.calgary.ca/myforestlawncentre

Or meet with the team in person and share your ideas at the following pop-up event - Forest Lawn Library: Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 12-2:30 p.m.
4807 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2A 4M1

If you are interested in participating, but unable to provide your feedback in the above formats, please email your requests to: forestlawncentre@calgary.ca.

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