Southern Alberta Flood Response Program – Property Tax Relief
The City of Calgary, with support from the Government of Alberta, has established a Property Tax Relief Program for residential and non-residential property owners displaced by the 2013 June flood. To be eligible, complete an application and provide appropriate documentation to show that the property was uninhabitable for more than 90 days. Criteria, application process and application forms will be available March 3, 2014 at www.calgary.ca/taxrelief. Businesses – contact Business Licence Registration at 403-268-5311 to inquire about adjustments to Business Tax. For more information, visit www.calgary.ca/floodrecovery.
For more information visit www.Calgary.ca/taxrelief
Spring Yard Waste Landfill Drop-off
Between April 18 and June 1, all three City landfills will waive fees for residential loads of leaves, branches, plants and other yard and garden material (no sod or soil, please). The material will be composted at the sites, turning it back into a useful resource.
Please leave your material loose or put it in paper yard waste bags, which can be composted along with the yard waste. If loads are loose, make sure they are secure before transporting them. The service is intended for residents only. Charges may apply if the load contains other items.
Before leaving for the landfill, visit Calgary.ca/waste or contact 311 to confirm landfill hours, locations and other details.
2014 Civic Census collection begins April 1
The Civic Census is collected annually starting April 1. It is conducted at the same time every year, and the door-to-door canvassing continues for approximately three weeks.
The Civic Census is the official count of dwelling units and the population who are living in these units, by door-to-door physical collection and recording of data.
Census data is very important to The City of Calgary, for use in making informed and appropriate decisions on population-based City services, such as transportation, roads, transit, police and fire services, etc. This information is also used by the public and separate school boards for enrolment predictions, decisions on future schools, and by the provincial government for determining per capita grants, if they are available.
All Census Takers wear a photo identification badge issued by The City of Calgary. Participation in the Census is important and will only take a couple of minutes. If residents are not home at the time of visit, they are asked to call the Census Taker at the number provided on the notice to complete their census.
All Census information you provide is secure. Census data is released for geographic areas the size of a community or larger. This ensures that no individual or dwelling is identifiable. For more information on Census collection, please visit Calgary.ca/Census.
The City of Calgary Youth Hiring Fair
The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is hosting its 16th annual Youth Hiring Fair on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 1:30 – 6:00pm at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. Admission to the fair is free.
Over 5,000 jobs are available! Employers will be hiring for full-time, part-time, seasonal and career opportunities from a variety of industries. Youth ages 15 – 24 are encouraged to bring their resume, dress to impress and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.
For more information on the fair or to view a list of companies participating in the fair, visit nextsteps.org or call (403) 268-2490.
Make working at The City work for you
The City of Calgary is seeking dedicated, motivated professionals to join our team. With 27 business units delivering over 500 lines of business, The City requires a variety of talented individuals. Come work with us to build and sustain our beautiful city.
Learn about resume construction and interview preparation, and apply for a City job online. Join us on LinkedIn, follow ‘City of Calgary’.
On your bike!
Stay safe and stay healthy
Cycling is an excellent way to get outdoors and get active — and it’s a great family activity. To keep you and your family safe, just follow these easy tips from the Calgary Police Service.
Wear a helmet
Alberta law requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while operating a bicycle or riding in a bicycle seat. The Calgary Police Service recommends that everyone wear a helmet when engaged in activities such as cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading and the like. Parents are responsible for ensuring that anytime their children ride a bike, they are wearing a safety-approved cycling helmet that fits properly.
Follow the rules of the road
Cyclists must follow the same rules as drivers while riding on roadways, including obeying all traffic signs and signals. Make sure that you and your children follow these rules:
- Children under 14 are allowed to ride their bikes on the sidewalk in Calgary, but all other cyclists must ride single file along with traffic on the right-hand side of the road.
- Use the proper hand signals so that other vehicles will know where you’re going.
- Take extra caution near busy intersections and at the entrances of alleys and driveways.
- Red lights, stop signs and other traffic signs also apply to bicycles, so make sure that your children know what they mean.
- Pedestrians always have the right-of-way over bicycles, whether they're on the sidewalk, on a path or at an intersection.
- All bicycles are required by law to have a bell or horn to be used as a warning device: Always approach a pedestrian with caution and ring the bike's bell as a warning before passing.
- Bicycles should be in good working condition, with proper safety equipment such as lights and reflectors.
- Size your bike right: Your toes should touch the ground when you’re on the seat, and the bike should be easy to steer.
Enjoy Calgary’s pathways
Calgary’s pathways are open not only to cyclists, but are also for in-line skaters, pedestrians and runners — so it’s important to share the paths with everyone.
- When entering a pathway, yield to users on the path, then move over and ride on the right.
- Pass on the left and use an audible signal, such as a bell or horn, as a warning.
- Obey all posted signs and markings along the pathway.
For more tips to stay safe while riding on your wheels, including skateboards and in-line skates, visit www.calgarypolice.ca and click on Traffic Safety.
The Calgary Police Service has gone digital with community crime prevention messages.
The Service is expanding the Police and Community Awareness Program (PCAP) to include e-mail and text capabilities, and is being rebranded “The Hub”.
Calgarians who want information about crime and other activity in their community can sign up to receive voicemail, email or text alerts as part of The Hub, the new CPS information headquarters.
The system, originally known as the Police and Community Telephone (PACT), has sent approximately 2,700 voicemail messages to Calgarian’s since 1993.
The Hub will alert citizens to important situations such as criminal activity or requests for public assistance in cases such as missing persons. The Hub will also be used for proactive community information such as crime prevention advice, and promotion of community events.
The Hub is another way to connect Calgarians to their communities and to the Calgary Police Service, in our partnership in making Calgary a safer place for us all.
More than 64,000 households and nearly 6,500 businesses subscribed to PCAP. Current subscribers will be required to re-register with the new system in order to keep receiving alerts.
The Hub will also help deliver messages to Calgarians based on several factors including demographics and their geographic location.
To sign up, visit calgarypolice.ca and look for "The Hub".
The Hub is proudly sponsored by Encana.
Cst. Nick Wilsher #4584
Calgary Police Service
Community Resource Officer
District Two - Zone Two