December 2023 Newsletter

The holidays are approaching and festive lights are beginning to shine through our neighbourhood streets. As the thermostat dips and we enter this festive season, let us reflect on the importance of generosity and kindness towards one another. Wherever we are able, let us reach out to the excluded and vulnerable, ensuring that no one is left behind.

Stay warm, 

Councillor Courtney Walcott 

This Month's Updates:
  1. Budget Update
  2. Ward 8 Communities 
  3. Engagement Opportunities
  4. Upcoming Community Events
  5. Supporting Fellow Calgarians
  6. Stories for You

Photo: #ShopLocalYYC visit at Meadowlark Toys in Marda Loop

Budget Update


Over the past year, Calgarians have been very clear that they expect more from their city. Top issues have included homelessness, poverty and affordable housing, infrastructure, traffic and roads, as well as crime, safety and policing. 

Council approved budget adjustments that will fund the Housing Strategy, the Public Transit Safety Strategy, the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, along with investments in 5A mobility and public transit. 

Ward 8 Communities

Calgary Awarded Asphalt Art Initiative Funding

The Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP) Festival, with the City of Calgary and Sustainable Calgary, has been selected as one of 25 North American cities to receive funding to help create or enhance safe pedestrian space. Read more!

Where We Build Matters

A new report examines the sources of greenhouse gas emissions associated with building new homes. 

The study notes that from 2011-2021, Calgary has lost 920 hectares of cropland, 90 hectares of grassland, 18 hectares of forest and 10 hectares of wetland to accommodate 91,895 dwellings.

Building within our existing footprint wherever possible avoids the loss of land and avoids substantial CO2 emissions. 

Community Profiles

Calgary’s ward and community profiles have recently been updated with data from the 2021 Census of Canada, so Calgarians can learn more about the communities that make up our city. There are 206 communities, up from 197 in 2016.

Housing Accelerator Fund

Photo credit: Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

The Government of Canada and The City of Calgary announced that they have reached an agreement to fast track more than 6,800 housing units over the next three years. This work will help spur the construction of more than 35,000 homes over the next decade.

The agreement under the Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF) will provide over $228 million in funding to support initiatives that accelerate approvals, get more homes built, and support inclusive and affordable housing development. Read more!

Traffic Changes to 33rd Ave SW

Two-way traffic will return to 33 Ave S.W. in early December, and this configuration will remain in place until next year's construction season. 

Street Lights and Reporting Outages

If you know the location of your street light outage, visit the Street Light Outage Reporting map. Enter the address or navigate the map to the location of the desired street light. When you’ve located your desired light, click on it, and select the outage type (light out, on during daytime, flickering). If you are unsure of the exact streetlight, you can indicate this in the street light location selection on the map.
  • If you would like to receive updates on your street light outage report, you can sign into the Street Light Outage Map using your myID account.
  • The maintenance provider tasked with street light repairs is making progress clearing a backlog of requests and responding to new reported outages.
  • In ideal conditions (without complex wiring or equipment changes required), servicing a street light should occur within 30 days of reporting. 
  • You can also report or escalate street light outages by calling 311.

Engagement Opportunities

City Building

Public engagement is open until Dec 3, 2023

As our city’s population approaches two million, The City of Calgary must prepare to support this growth. The City Building program will produce the Calgary Plan, Zoning Bylaw, and Street Manual. All three of these documents will work together seamlessly to create a clear, concise and central 30-year vision and 10-year action plan for Calgary’s future.

Public engagement for Phase 2 is open until December 11, 2023

Working together, we'll create a local area plan to guide the evolution of the Chinook Communities over the next 30 years. 

Subscribe to receive updates about upcoming opportunities to get involved and to learn what was heard through engagement in Phase 1: ENVISION (which took place in the spring of 2023).

Online feedback is open until December 15, 2023

We know that not every secondary suite in Calgary is registered with the city. It is important to register secondary suites to ensure they are safe, for homeowners and renters. There are a variety of reasons why someone may choose not to register their secondary suite and we want to identify and understand them.

By participating in the survey, people who own secondary suites (registered and unregistered) will help us gain a better understanding of the barriers and challenges to registering a secondary suite.

  • Your feedback is strictly confidential and cannot be attributed to you or your property: Provide your input

Public engagement is open until Dec 18, 2023

Elboya residents may be interested in providing feedback, as this study will create a plan to improve transportation connections in the area to meet future mobility and growth needs.

Public engagement is open until Dec 31, 2023

The City of Calgary and the University of Calgary are collaborating on a multi-year study of Calgary's short-term rental (STR) market through the Urban Alliance partnership. Their goals are to gain an in-depth understanding of Calgary’s STR market and the challenges and opportunities it presents, and public engagement is a key component of this research. 

Public engagement for Phase 2 will launch in Winter 2024

Working together, we'll create a local area plan to guide the evolution of the West Elbow Communities over the next 30 years. 

Subscribe to receive updates about upcoming opportunities to get involved and to learn what was heard through engagement in Phase 1: ENVISION (which took place in the Fall 2023).

Upcoming Community Events

Annual Sunalta Winter Greens Fundraiser with horticulturist Janet Melrose - December 8, 2023

Support the Women's Centre of Calgary: Marda Loop 2023 Toy Drive - until December 8, 2023

Santa Comes to Lougheed House! December 9, 2023, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Spirit of the Loop with Marda Loop BIA - December 9, 2023, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Longest Night of the Year: December 21, 2023

  • A memorial service to remember those who've lost their lives to homelessness in Calgary.
  • Evening visit to the Homeless Memorial at 111 12 Ave SE
  • Visit for details.

Killarney-Glengarry Community Association's Last Minute Market - December 21, 2023 from 3 PM - 8 PM.

Supporting Fellow Calgarians

There are many ways you can support your fellow Calgarians this holiday season. A few options:

Alpha House provides services, supplies, and support for vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness in Calgary.

The Calgary Drop-In Centre provides shelter, food, health services, and housing support to our city's most vulnerable people.

Inn from the Cold provides essential programs to transform the lives of families who are or may become homeless. 

The Alex tackles tough health and social issues, helping people in crisis through challenges. 

The Beltline Fridge at 221 12th Ave SW is in need of food donations. You can also contribute funds to [email protected].

The Rosscarrock Fridge is another great place to donate and get involved. 

Stories for You

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This Month's Updates:
  1. Ward 8 Event - You're Invited!
  2. Ward 8 Communities 
  3. Engagement Opportunities
  4. Upcoming Community Events
  5. Supporting Fellow Calgarians
  6. Stories for You

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