Ward 12 Extreme Weather Information
- 425 day-time warming spaces are available at nine locations offering enhanced support and assistance, including the Seton Library.
- Comprehensive list: https://www.calgaryhomeless.com/ccewr-resource-list/
- Map of locations, including existing community locations: CCEWR locations
- The Salvation Army mobile warming location runs daily and offers a warm space, food, hot drinks and transportation to shelter at various LRT stations.
- Parachute for Pets offers day warming spaces for unhoused individuals and their pets. Additionally, they offer safe keeping for pets for individuals to access shelter and/or other services. Social workers are on staff to help connect individuals with services and resources.
- If you see someone who needs help, call the HELP Team at 403-998-7388. If someone is in serious distress or non-responsive, call 911.
- Consider donating to emergency shelters and outreach organizations and groups. Calgarians are encouraged to check these organizations’ social media to see what is needed and how to donate.
- Alpha House Wishlist on Amazon
- Calgary Drop In Wishlist on Amazon
- Salvation Army donations
- The Mustard Seed has a Winter Wish List campaign Winter Wish Lists 2023 | Mustard Seed (theseed.ca)
- Parachute for Pets is seeking donations to support people with their pets https://www.parachutesforpets.com/donate-today/
- For more details on the Coordinated Community Extreme Weather Response please visit https://www.calgaryhomeless.com/ccewr/
- Protect your water lines and meter from freezing:
Every winter, some Calgarians will experience freezing water pipes, service lines, water meters and water outages. This is a common occurrence and happens in many Canadian municipalities. Find out information about prevention and what to do if this happens to you.
- Check your furnace exhaust on the side of your home to make sure it's clear of snow and ice to prevent it from shutting off or having CO2 issues in your home (Carbon monoxide a silent threat worth paying attention to during cold snap | Globalnews.ca).
- Make sure outside pipes for gardening are closed.
- Check for local weather advisories and watch temperatures to make sure you are dressing appropriately for the weather. Include these warm items in your vehicle.
Any running, unattended vehicle can be a target, however, work vehicles (including delivery vehicles) and pickup trucks are among the most common vehicles stolen in Calgary.
This winter, Calgarians are reminded to:
- Use a remote starter or stay with your vehicle as it warms up
- Never leave your keys – neither your primary set nor a spare set – inside your vehicle
- Use a steering wheel lock
- Always keep your vehicle locked
It’s not just your car – it’s also what’s in it
The CPS is also reminding Calgarians to never leave children, pets, valuable items or sentimental items inside their vehicles.
Items you should never leave in your car include:
- Computers or tablets
- Cigarettes and lighters
- Shopping packages
- Garage door openers
- Documents with your address or personal information, such as driver’s licences, vehicle registration documents and proof of insurance
- Read more about Operation Cold Start for more tips.
Animal Services recommends the following safety tips for pet owners during the colder months:
- Limit outdoor exposure: minimize the time your pets spend outdoors during extremely cold weather. Shorten walks and outdoor activities to protect your pet from frostbite and hypothermia.
- Layer up: some breeds are more sensitive to the cold than others. Consider using pet-friendly sweaters or coats to provide additional warmth, especially for short-haired or smaller breeds.
- Protect paws: the salt and chemicals used to melt snow and ice on sidewalks can be harmful to your pet's paws. Consider investing in dog boots to provide an extra layer of protection. If boots aren't an option, make sure to wipe your pet's paws with a damp cloth after walks to remove any potential irritants.
In addition to these safety tips, Calgary Animal Services emphasizes the importance of licensing your pets. Licensing your pet is not only a legal requirement but also a crucial step in ensuring their quick and safe return if they happen to get lost. The cost for licensing a cat is $21/year and for a dog is $44/year.
Licensing your pet ensures your participation in our First Ride Home program. If your pet becomes lost, rather than incurring fees for both pet retrieval and lacking a license, your animal will be safely returned to you without any additional cost. Our peace officers will personally attempt to deliver your pet to your home using the information linked to their license. This eliminates the need for your pet to be brought to the Animal Services Centre, reducing the stress for both you and your pet, and the potential for added fees after the first day at the shelter.
For more information on pet safety, licensing, and other services provided by Calgary Animal Services, please visit calgary.ca/pets
Parachute for Pets offers day warming spaces for unhoused individuals and their pets. Additionally, they offer safekeeping for pets for individuals to access shelter and/or other services. Social workers are on staff to help connect individuals with services and resources.
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Promoting a learning culture by actively listening to our neighbours in Ward 12’s communities creates commonality where we can learn about and understand our unconscious biases and how to overcome them. Diversified communities encourage residents to interact respectfully and provide accessible and inclusive services to ensure quality of life is better for everyone who lives, plays, and works in them. For Ward 12 this includes, but is not limited to, our neighbours who are:
The Government of Canada recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides opportunity for public servants to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools.
While the Government of Alberta, disappointingly, chose not to recognize this new statutory holiday and its important purpose and meaning, the City of Calgary has and so have our public and separate school boards.
Not everyone will have the opportunity to take this day off to reflect and honour, but I hope everyone does take time to consider what it means to be a great neighbour, to help foster thriving neighbourhoods, to know the true history of Canada, and to understand the legacy of grief and pain many of our Indigenous neighbours carry with them. We all have a responsibility in a caring society to ensure every neighbour feels safe, secure, seen and included.
For our Indigenous neighbours, this means listening and bearing witness to their stories while laying the burden of learning at our own feet. There are hundreds of resources available to become informed and educated about residential schools, stories, the history of colonization, and the 94 Truth & Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. Please use this list as a starting point:Read more
Calgary, AB, September 27, 2021 — Evan Spencer is running for councillor in Ward 12. Spencer is the non-partisan candidate with cross-partisan popularity — setting him apart from other candidates in the ward. His forward-thinking, inclusive approach to municipal governance is resonating with many. Collaborating with others to champion local initiatives that create a thriving ward and city, for the betterment of all citizens, is what drives Spencer. His bootstrapped campaign is laser-focused on what elected municipal officials can influence through positive advocacy.
Spencer was one of the first municipal candidates in Alberta to sign the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Pledge — a voluntary candidate commitment to support democratic municipal elections by keeping local elections local, maintaining independence and non-partisanship, demonstrating transparency, and engaging in respectful behaviour. To date, Spencer is the only Ward 12 candidate to make this commitment.
These are trying times — economically, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Calgarians simply cannot afford an extended learning curve or discord among a mostly new City Council. Evan Spencer is ready to step into the role of Ward 12 councillor today. His leadership experience, hands-on City of Calgary knowledge, and community perspective make him Ward 12’s best choice for Councillor.Read more
Our infrastructure in Ward 12 is top notch! We have stellar facilities such as Seton YMCA and Calgary Public Library, South Health Campus, New Brighton Athletic Park, Resident and Homeowners Association buildings and amenities, proximity to major traffic arteries — the list goes on. We have a lot to enjoy. More can be done to ensure Ward 12 improves its livability year after year... but it will be hard to make a business case for big infrastructure projects. So, that means spending smarter going forward.
Keeping committed infrastructure costs on track will be a priority for me as your Ward 12 councillor. We know that delaying projects, as seen in the Green Line history, costs epic overruns which trickle down to you. We cannot have that anymore. Decisive commitment keeps costs lower now than they will be in the future on already engaged projects. However, this does not mean there won't be requirements to spend or money to do so... we must spend smarter and constituents have multiple small spend projects in mind that will be important over the next few years.
I am pleasantly surprised by how many people in Ward 12 have our trees or “urban canopy” as a priority. The comments range from the lack of care and watering to a strong desire to see more trees planted.
The City has been finding places to cut the budget and our trees have taken on some of that impact. For example, The City used to be more involved in paying for injections for our Elm trees that are fighting a common condition called European Elm scale. Elms can get a tiny parasite that feed on the sap of a tree and also rain down tiny droplets of the sap that can coat cars, sidewalks and even you when you are out for a walk. The treatments cost $150-200 dollars and that has some residents feeling abandoned if they are on a corner lot with 6-8 of these trees right around them.Read more
Ward 12 has seen pet owners devastated by the impacts of a recently deregulated weed called Foxtail Barley that is spreading rapidly in our southeast communities. Those who are the most impacted have had to pay local vets thousands of dollars for surgery with no guarantee that their beloved pup will recover.
As your City Councillor, I will work alongside The City, local developers, and community groups to address this important issue that is impacting the livability of Ward 12 residents. Short term strategies to head off the propagation of this plant before it goes to seed need to be a joint effort between all stakeholders.
Ultimately, Foxtail needs to be put back on the list of Provincially regulated weeds by bringing forward the appropriate information and impact studies through the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry ([email protected]) or a Notice of Motion needs to be brought forward through City Council for The City to regulate it locally and address the negative impacts this plant is having on so many Calgarians.