Winter has arrived and it’s time to be mindful of how the buildup of ice and snow on city sidewalks can post a risk of injury to Calgarians. Older adults, those with mobility issues or parents pushing strollers or walking with young children, may find it treacherous to venture out if neighbours are not diligent about clearing the ice and snow. All of us can help make walking in our communities safe for everyone if we work together and follow the regulations set out in Calgary’s Street Bylaw.
Property owners are responsible for clearing all sidewalks adjacent to their property. This means removing all snow and ice down to the bare concrete within 24 hours after the snow stops falling. If, as a property owner, you do not live at the residence, it is important to work with tenants or arrange for a contractor to clear the snow. It’s also important to note that if a property is being developed, the developer is often the owner responsible to clean sidewalks around a construction site or empty lot. The property owner is ultimately responsible for snow clearing under the bylaw. For any ice that is difficult to remove, a de-icing mixture is available at fire halls or Roads depots. Please bring your own container.
Remember that snow from private property cannot be put onto the road or boulevard. Large mounds of snow in the street can impede the flow of traffic, limit driver and pedestrian visibility and hinder Blue Cart and Black Bin collection.
Sidewalks also need to be clear of obstructions such as electrical cords. When plugging in your vehicle, make sure you don’t place an electrical cord on or over any portion of a street.
Have you considered being a Snow Angel? It can be a challenge for some residents to shovel and clear their sidewalks. The Snow Angel campaign, now in its 10th year in Calgary, encourages citizens to be good neighbours by helping older adults and others in need with their snow removal. All you have to do is adopt someone’s sidewalk this winter and keep it clear.
Let’s remember that snow, ice and obstructions on our sidewalks can result in serious injuries and can cause those with limited mobility to be confined indoors. Be a good neighbour and clear the snow.
To find out more about snow and ice removal in Calgary visit calgary.ca/snow or contact 311. For information on how to become a Snow Angel, visit Calgary.ca/snowangels.
Neighbours please be informed that early this morning 1:50am (Thursday, Sept. 26) at 14 Avenue & 24 Street SW, there was a break in. A resident's truck was broken into and the perpetrator was also seen in the neighbouring backyard. The neighbours noticed him and called 911. The police sent a helicopter and dogs to track him. As of the time of writing this, they haven't caught him yet. Doesn't look like they stole anything from the the residents who notified the police although the perpetrator does appear to have been in their shed and he dumped the stuff he stole in the reporting resident's backyard.
if you notice any criminal activity in our neighbourhood.
Online Crime Reporting
Did you know that you can report certain types of crimes to the Calgary Police Service online? When you use the CPS Citizen Online Report System, you can submit a report about a crime immediately and print a copy of the police report for free.
When you use the quick and easy online reporting system, it can help you by providing reports for your records. It also helps the police to identify and address crime trends in your area.
What can I report online?
The online reporting system currently takes reports about the following crimes, as long as their value is less than $5,000 (Canadian), there’s no known suspect, and the incident happened within Calgary’s city limits:
How do I report a crime online?
To report crime online, go to calgarypolice.ca, and click on “Citizen Online Report System.”
Follow the screen prompts to fill in the information and submit your report.
When you’re finished, you can print a copy of the police report to keep for your records. Police will review your case, and will contact you if needed.
Traffic Service Requests
A Traffic Service Request deals with persistent traffic violation(s) that are noted by the public in a specific area and that can be expected to re-occur when a responding Officer attends to the complaint. "One Off" complaints where a specific violator or license number can be identified may be referred to 403-266-1234 for appropriate dispatched response.
If contact information is not provided, and pertinent details are missing, there is no guarantee that action will be taken to address the concerns outlined.
A member of the Traffic Section will contact you about your request, to obtain any additional information required and a pre-post contact call from the assigned Officer will inform you of the action taken and results.
Link to Traffic Service Requests
The Federation of Calgary Communities has been working with the Community Associations that have been evacuated but as you might imagine the board members themselves have been evacuated and/or are also victims of the flood themselves. We are seeing some very devasted homes. Three of our community associations have suffered extensive damage. Elboya Community Association was completely flooded to its eaves. We had a pumper truck offered by Encana there for the past 24 hours pumping! Today, we found Elbow Park CA and Rideau/Roxboro CA are underwater as well - the communities are like war zones. The rest of the community associations are acting as hubs for community life...it is inspiring despite the wreckage.
This afternoon my staff went out to the various communities and while the need for volunteers to help individuals reclaim their homes and to clean streets of muck is still a priority, there is also a need for various supplies to enable the cleanup. Here is just a sample:
Bowness Community Association asks if you have a special skill to let them know. “If you have a strong back, let us know. If you can answer phones let us know! When are you available? Never fear – We will need YOU! If you have a truck/trailer to haul garbage away let us know.” They also need these items donated: Squeeges, Spray Bottles, Markers, Mops, Mr. Clean etc., Insect Repellent!, Flashlights, Containers w/lids, Garbage Bags, Work Gloves, Heavy duty rubber gloves, Rags, Old Garbage bins for mud, Shovels,Squeeges
East Village Community Association needs support for 1500 displaced & low income seniors. They want to create care packages for the seniors when they are able to return home in the coming days or week. They need:
- Prepaid debit/credit cards to purchase local supplies of items
- Gift cards (Safeway, Sobeys COOP, SuperStore, Wal-Mart or Canadian Tire)
- Cleaning Supplies (garbage bags, paper towels, gloves, masks, cleaning spray)
- Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissue, Q-Tips)
- Bottled Water
- Non Perishable food items
- Easy to prepare food
- Coffee & Tea
- Pet Care packages (dog & cat food)
- Granola bars
You can also help by writing letters, cards, paint pictures and drop a sweet little “hug” into the mail that we can give to our 1200+ East Village residents, many of whom are seniors, when they return. Let them know you’re thinking about them, sending them well wishes and that they are missed. Help impacted flood victims, have you children, your school, church & community groups, and friends & family from all over the world send our seniors some hugs. We will be collecting these cards and thoughtful notes and distributing them in our care packages when our residents are able to return to their homes.
Send donations and letters to:
East Village Hugs C/O Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
429 – 8th Ave. SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0G1
Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Association needs the following items: Large Rubbermaid containers, Crow bars, Shovels, Wet/Dry Vac, Fans, Flashlights, Dehumidifiers and Roasting trays. Please contact Lisa at 403-542-0007 or drop off at the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Association at 1320 5 Avenue NW
Erlton Community Association can use volunteer help. If you have a team to provide to Earlton Community Association, please contact Kirt van der Woude at 403) 585-9392 or email here. Also if any businesses or organizations are interested in making donations of gift cards, goods or services in kind, please let Kirt know.
If your community association or if individuals would like to help, please contact the specific community association and let me know. As well, please let us know so we can make sure to update the "Needs" and "Offers" list which is located here.
If you are strapped for time but would like to donate supplies, you can purchase a gift card from Home Depot or Walmart or if you make a cash donation to the Federation (we can't provide a tax receipt nor can we take a donation if your organization is a charity) my staff would be happy to pick up supplies and deliver them to a community of your choice.
Thank you in advance for what you can do....every little bit helps out.
P.S. We hope that in the coming days we will be able to also post larger volunteer projects that are more organized, however, right now if you want to volunteer go to the hard hit areas and BE PART OF IT! or check out YYChelps for specific projects (we have just posted 2 - one for Elbow Park and one for Rideau/Roxboro - they should be live by tomorrow). Calgarians affected by the flood need your support. Be safe and act responsibility. BEFORE YOU VOLUNTEER, read the City of Calgary’s Flood Awareness Booklet, namely pages 14 – 21 for some helpful advice.
Garages are a favourite target for burglars — they contain valuable items such as vehicles, garden tools and bicycles, and they’re often left open and unattended. The Calgary Police Service suggests these simple tips to help prevent thefts from garages:
- Protect your valuables: Put curtains or blinds up to cover any windows in the garage, so thieves can't look for items to steal, or see if your vehicle is there.
- Make it secure: The person-door between your house and attached garage should swing inward into the garage, be solid core, and have a deadbolt lock. The same goes for other exterior person-doors on your garage.
- Don’t give thieves an open invitation: Keep your overhead door closed and your other garage doors locked, even when you are at home — this includes the door between your home and an attached garage.
- Check your locks: Secure your person-doors with deadbolts (which need to be operated from the outside with a key).
- Make it bright: Install lights near your garage to keep the area around doors and windows lit: These can be motion sensor or photo (light) sensitive, so that they turn on automatically when someone walks past or when the sun sets.
- Put up a number: Put your house number on your garage, especially if it opens up into a back alley. This helps emergency personnel to identify which house is yours.
- Keep records: Catalogue your garage’s contents, including serial numbers of valuable items and vehicle identification numbers. Taking photographs, videos or digital recordings of contents can also help police and your insurance company if there’s a break-in, fire, or flood.
- Double-check: Never drive away without checking that your overhead garage door is down. Also check the operation of automatic doors once a month for safety (read your instruction booklet or contact the door’s manufacturer for details).
Everyone can help protect the contents of their homes from theft and make it easier for police to return stolen property to its rightful owner — it takes just a few precautions. The Calgary Police Service suggests the following easy tips:
- Identify your valuables: Mark your valuables with some kind of identification. An engraving pen is often the most effective way to do this, because it’s easily visible to police — this makes returning stolen property to its owner a lot faster. A note of caution, however: Never use your Social Insurance Number to mark valuables, because the thief can then use the number to steal your personal identity.
- Keep records: Record the serial number, make and model of all valuable items such as electronics.
- A picture is worth a thousand words: Make a visual record of your home’s contents — you can use photographs, videotapes or digital recordings of valuables and of entire rooms.
- Go off-site: Keep all of these records at a site away from your home, such as a safety deposit box. In case your home is broken into or there’s a disaster like a fire or flood, you’ll have excellent records to show police and your insurance company.
- Be discreet: When you buy big-ticket items such as electronics, take the cardboard boxes to the recycling depot — don’t put them out on garbage day, because they advertise that you’ve just purchased something new and valuable.
- Read the fine print: Check your insurance policy annually, to ensure that it covers the replacement cost of your home and its contents. Pay special attention to exclusions for higher-value items such as jewellery, computers and sports equipment. Talk to your insurance agent about additional coverages for these items if they are not included in your coverage.
- Protect your valuables: Keep your blinds or curtains closed at night so people can’t see what valuables are inside your house — otherwise, burglars can case your home and plan their crime.
- Stay alert: Guard against crimes of opportunity; don’t leave items where they could be easily stolen. Leaving a garage door open could be an open invitation for thieves to steal items such as bicycles, lawn mowers or even cars from inside.
For more tips about crime prevention at home, work and play, visit the Calgary Police Service website at www.calgarypolice.ca.