October 2023 Newsletter

I hope you've been soaking in the gorgeous fall season this year! We have a few exciting community updates, so keep reading! As we gear up for the colder months ahead, expect updates around safety and everything snow-related. Winter prep, here we come! 

This Month's Updates: 

  1. Truth and Reconciliation 
  2. Ward 8 Communities
  3. Your Housing Questions, Answered
  4. Seasonal Changes
  5. Upcoming Community Events
  6. Stories for You

Stay cozy,

Councillor Courtney Walcott

Truth and Reconciliation 

September 30th was the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. In 2021, the Government of Canada passed legislation to make September 30th a federal holiday. It's an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of Indian Residential Schools and to honour the survivors, their families, and communities.

Reconciliation is a continuous journey, so please take time and space to learn the truth. 

Learning Resouces: 

Ward 8 Communities 

9-Day Red Line LRT Closure  

Between Chinook and City Hall/Bow Valley College stations

Nov. 24 - Dec. 4

Red Line users traveling north can board replacement shuttles at the Chinook, 39th Avenue and Erlton/Stampede stations during the shutdown.

This closure is to accommodate the completion of the Victoria Park/Stampede Station rebuilding project.

To learn moreVictoria Park/Stampede Station Rebuild project prepares to switch to new station platform

West Elbow Local Area Planning (LAP) Working Group

Application deadline: October 24th

  • Help shape your community for you and future generations. 
  • Bring your lived-in community perspectives and viewpoints to the table. 

Sunalta Community Hub: Groundbreaking

After a decade of tireless work, the Sunalta Community Association broke ground on the Sunalta Community Hub Project. When fully built, the Hub will include a commercial community kitchen, coffee shop, expanded community gardens and a greenhouse, multi-sport hardscape, mini soccer pitch, and programming spaces. 

This project owes its success to the vision and dedication of countless volunteers and community members. Thank you for all that you do!

Sunalta’s Hub Project is the first of its kind to be undertaken by a Community Association in Calgary. This project is about much more than building a new community hall – it's about improving social inclusion, food security, providing opportunities for community economic development, and building an equitable community.

To learn moreSunalta Community Hub

Pixel Park is Open

Photo Credit Aaryn Toombs / LiveWire Calgary

Photo credit: Aaryn Toombs / LiveWire Calgary

Located next to Enoch Park at 12 Ave and Macleod Trail, Pixel Park is a fun and creative space with an off-leash dog park, pickleball courts, a basketball court, and a skatepark. 

Come and borrow a racquet or basketball from the C+E Player Hub. The park is open year-round daily from 9 AM to 9 PM, and the C+E Player Hub is open Friday – Sunday from 12 PM to 6 PM.

The park is also Downtown Calgary’s largest EV charging site—offering 24 stalls for eco-conscious park visitors. 

To learn morePixel Park

The Beltline Fridge is Open 

A new community fridge in Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhood at 221 12th Avenue S.W. is now open! 

The community fridge/pantry is a volunteer-led project that enables food to be shared within a community. Anyone can bring food or take food without limits or barriers.

To learn more: Beltline Fridge

Your Housing Questions, Answered 

Following our virtual discussion on housing last month, which delved into the City of Calgary's housing strategy, many community members raised additional questions. For a comprehensive breakdown of these inquiries, please check out my blog post with written responses.

To learn more: Your Housing Questions, Answered

Seasonal Changes

 Winter is coming 

No matter how you travel, the city is committed to keeping Calgarians moving. Whether you walk, wheel, drive or take transit, there is a dedicated team ready to tackle snow and ice.

Each year the city looks for improvements to the snow response, and this season they will continue to prioritize the removal of barriers of snow and ice along the priority routes.

Keep an eye out for a few changes:

  • Blue and amber lights will be installed on the back of snow-clearing units throughout the year.
  • Additional pathway kilometers will be cleared by city crews.

Winter preparation suggestions: 

  • When commuting, give yourself more time for travel. 
  • Dress appropriately and plan your routes.
  • If you’re driving, winterize your vehicle.
  • Stay safe while shoveling - ensure you are bundled up and take any necessary breaks.

To learn moreSnow services and information

Upcoming Community Events

West Elbow LAP Engagement Opportunity (online): 

Royal Sunalta Park Playground Opening Ceremonies

  • Join this celebration with the Scarboro Playground Committee!
  • Sunday, Oct 22, 3 PM, at Royal Sunalta Park Playground (302 Sharon Ave SW)

Spook the Loop 

  • A safe and spooktacular event for ghouls and goblins of all ages.
  • Saturday, Oct 28, all throughout the Marda Loop business district from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

17th Ave Business Improvement Area (BIA) Events


Stories for You 

Public transit safety strategy approved by city council

Source: CBC

Source: Engage: City of Calgary

At least $1 trillion needed to achieve housing affordability, CMHC says

Source: Financial Post

Posthaste: Record-high mortgage stress test puts homes out of reach for more Canadians

Source: Calgary Herald

Amid inflation, a housing crisis and conflict with Trudeau, Alberta adopted rent control — 48 years ago

Source: CBC

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February 2024 Newsletter

February 2024 Newsletter

As February unfolds, we're greeted with the vibrant energy of Black History Month. This annual celebration is a time to honour Black individuals' rich and diverse contributions throughout history and within our community. It's more than just a month of recognition; it's an opportunity for learning, reflection, and celebration of the resilience, creativity, and achievements of Black Canadians. As we commemorate this significant occasion, remember that education is at the heart of the festivities. We can't truly celebrate without first understanding and appreciating the stories, struggles, and triumphs that have shaped our collective history. So, let's embrace this month as a chance to deepen our understanding, foster inclusivity, and honour the diverse voices that enrich our city.

With appreciation, 

Councillor Courtney Walcott 



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
December 2023 Newsletter

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

November 2023 Newsletter

November 2023 Newsletter

With daylight savings adding an earlier hour of sun to our day, I hope you're all enjoying our beautiful city and Ward 8 communities! Please see below and stay involved with all the current engagement opportunities. Your opinions matter and need to be heard.

Stay connected, 

Councillor Courtney Walcott 

This Month's Updates:
  1. Calgary 311
  2. Ward 8 Communities 
  3. 2023 Budget Adjustments
  4. Snow & Ice Control
  5. Engagement Opportunities
  6. Upcoming Community Events
  7. Stories for You

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