Stop the Sprawl - Part 3: Update

Southeast Stoney Trail Overpass Government of Alberta

On Monday, October 19, the Priorities and Finance Committee heard 11 business cases for new development around the edges of Calgary that would add nearly 13,000 single or semi-detached homes and almost 7,000 multi-family dwellings. They heard that approving these developments would add $23 million in annual costs for the city, equivalent to a 1.5 per cent tax increase for every Calgarian.

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Stop the Sprawl, Part 2: How to Speak to Council

On October 19th, we are asking our members to speak to City Council to request that the City Council not approve the business cases for 11 new communities. Taking action on the climate crisis means investing in existing communities to create a more compact, resilient city, not wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on suburbs that aren't needed. To find out more about this issue, read our previous blog post and The City's explainer.

 

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Stop the Sprawl! Say 'No' to new communities on Oct 19

Michael Soron, Flikr Creative Commons

On Monday, October 19, City Council faces a decision about the kind of city we want, when some developers will ask Council to approve more subdivisions on the periphery of our city. Developers are submitting 11 business cases, which will result in work beginning in nine subdivisions, and add two new subdivisions to land available for development.

Image credit: Michael Soron, Flikr Creative Commons

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City Budget 2020: What You Should Know

Graphic with headline "City Budget 2020: Funding the city we want to live in." Illustration shows two heads circling a dollar sign, and a photograph of a hand writing numbers on a pad of paper next to a calculator.

If you think budgets are boring, think again. Budgets are where we discover what we truly value as a community. What services are cut, and which programs are kept? Do we spend money on building roads and pipes to new suburbs, or do we invest in transit-oriented development? It's exciting times at City Hall as Council prepares to adjust the budget in November. Here's what you should know. Next week, we'll look at what the Hub is suggesting.

If you would like to help out, contact volunteer@calgaryclimatehub.ca

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Climate Week 2020

Calgary skyline obscured by smoke with headline Clearly, we need to act and climate week 2020 logo depicting flames coming out of the globe

Bob Hawkesworth photo

This week, September 21-25, is Climate Week. With smoke choking Calgary last week, what better time to demand action?

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*Your* Climate Hub Fall DIGITAL Events!

Greetings Hubsters! *Lots* going on for Climate Hub digital events this fall!

‘A Climate Of Change’ Interviews

As you may know we launched our new season of ‘A Climate Of Change’ interviews on August 17th with Amber Bennet of the Alberta Narratives Project! You can watch it on via our Facebook Live event post or stay tuned to our social networks for the Youtube broadcast! https://www.facebook.com/calgaryclimatehub/videos/2614922085490193

Our next episode is this Thursday night LIVE at 705pm! Fighting for impactful climate action was tough enough for Calgary's heroic Fridays For Future youth before Covid hit. Next week is the the 'Global Day Of Climate Action' & we're proud to have a sit-down with our city's young advocates for an important chat about what's next for Climate in 2020! 

We have a few more *very* interesting guests lined up for the rest of 2020 and heading into 2021 so WATCH THIS SPACE!

You can RSVP for the Fridays for Future episode here: https://www.calgaryclimatehub.ca/west_hillhurst_digital_climate_conversation


The DIGITAL Community Climate Conversations

Also, we’re kicking off a covid-safe digital version of our popular Community Climate Conversations for the community of West Hillhurst on October 22nd and we have another lined up the following month for Mount Pleasant on November 24th. All are welcome to attend but we’re *very* interested in a solid turnout from the communities we visit! 

You can RSVP for the Oct 22nd West Hillhurst Climate Conversation here: https://www.calgaryclimatehub.ca/west_hillhurst_digital_climate_conversation

You can RSVP for the Nov 24th Mount Pleasant Climate Conversation here: https://www.calgaryclimatehub.ca/mount_pleasant_digital_climate_conversation



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New Volunteer Coordinator for the Calgary Climate Hub

The generous support of Calgary Foundation, through the partnership of the Climate Reality Project Canada have enabled the Calgary Climate Hub to hire a contractor for one year to run our Volunteer Program Enhancement Project. We reviewed over 125 applications, and were impressed with the high calibre of candidates.

We are pleased to announce that our new Volunteer Coordinator is Kurt Archer.

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Letter to the Economic Resilience Task Force

The City of Calgary has established a COVID-19 Economic Resilience Task Force (ERTF). Together with our partners at the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good and Sustainable Calgary, the Calgary Climate Hub wrote a letter outlining how environmental resilience can be the foundation for a more resilient economy. 

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ENMAX Campaign Launched!

The Calgary Climate Hub has launched our latest campaign! We are working to get Calgary’s electricity utility, ENMAX Corporation, to go net zero emissions by 2050.

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Input on Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan Review

Update: Comments submitted to Administration

The Calgary Climate Hub and Sustainable Calgary combined forces to submit comments. Download our letter outlining our priorities here.

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