SW BRT Project / ATCO's Natural Gas Pipelines Update

SW BRT Project / ATCO’s Natural Gas Pipelines Update

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on January 2017

In the coming weeks, ATCO Gas employees or contracted crews will be completing work in your neighbourhood relating to the installation of new low-pressure gas lines and relocating high-pressure natural gas lines away from residential areas to non-residential areas alongside ring roads (Transportation Utility Corridors). This project is part of ATCO’s Urban Pipeline Replacement Program and is necessary to improve Calgary’s natural gas distribution system and meet growing demands for safe and reliable natural gas service for Alberta’s largest centres. As with all municipal infrastructure construction projects, ATCO continues to work with the City of Calgary administration to coordinate construction[...]

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Charting Calgary's Future

Charting Calgary’s Future

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on October 2016

I am pleased to announce that the Government of Alberta, City of Calgary and City of Edmonton have been working collaboratively since 2014 to develop City Charters, which are special legislative agreements that will redefine the Province’s governing relationship with our two biggest cities – Calgary & Edmonton. Charters will provide city councils and citizens with more authority over local decisions so we can build local solutions to the challenges and opportunities we face now and in the future. Calgary’s and Edmonton’s City Charters will be developed through regulation under the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and the MGA will continue[...]

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Committee News in Brief - Community & Protective Services, September 7, 2016

Committee News in Brief – Community & Protective Services, September 7, 2016

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on September 2016

As Chair of the SPC of the Community & Protective Services Committee, I would like to provide you with a recap of the meeting which took place on September 7, 2016: Options for Sliding Scale Implementation The Committee approved this report for information. Administration concluded that a potential funding shortfall in 2017 for the sliding fare schedule for Transit’s Low Income Monthly Pass would not require additional funding at this early stage. Given the unknowns around the program, uptake at the various levels of subsidy, and the lack of existing comparable data, Administration will monitor the program demand, review data as[...]

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Donating My Salary Increase

Donating My Salary Increase

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on August 2016

My Councillor salary increase, effective January 2016, was .88%. This equates to $46.50 per pay period after federal and provincial tax is taken off.  This works out to approximately $93.00/month or $1116.00 annually. Earlier this year, I joined a small group of people at the Calgary Jewish Centre where we met to explore the possibility of us jointly sponsoring a Syrian refugee family.  In late April, the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary confirmed the approval of our application to sponsor a family for resettlement into Canada under the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. The application for permanent[...]

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2016 Storm Pond Assessment Program in Ward 13

2016 Storm Pond Assessment Program in Ward 13

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on August 2016

With the recent increase in rain and storm activity in our city, I wanted to pass along an important update directly from Water Resources regarding storm pond health and maintenance in Ward 13. Storm water is rain or snow melt from our roofs, lawns and roadways that enters the catch basins on our streets and eventually drains through pipes into our rivers. The maintenance of Calgary’s storm ponds plays an integral role in the health of our rivers. Storm ponds collect water from various sources such as those catch basins, ground water, rain / snow, and filters the sand, dirt, silt and other sediments[...]

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