New affordable housing opens in Calgary

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(L-R) Councillor Evan Wolley, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Minister Lori Sigurdson, MLA Deborah Drever and Sarah Woodgate celebrate the grand opening of the Wildwood affordable housing facility in Calgary.

Seniors and Housing Minister Lori Sigurdson participated in a grand opening ceremony and facility tour to celebrate the official opening of Wildwood affordable housing.

The province provided a $10.9-million grant to construct the new complex, which includes sustainability features such as high-efficiency windows, water heaters and Energy Star label appliances that reduce energy consumption and operational costs.

“Every Albertan has a right to a safe and affordable place to call home, regardless of their income. Our investment in the Wildwood project is helping Calgary individuals and families with low income by increasing access to affordable housing in their community.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“The City of Calgary is working hard to address the urgent need for affordable housing in all neighbourhoods. Our council contributed the land and allocated funds from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative to support this project. We’re working collaboratively with the province to help make the Wildwood community and Calgary stronger and more resilient.”

Naheed Nenshi, mayor, City of Calgary

“This development is an important step in our goal of increasing Calgary’s supply of homes for those struggling with housing costs. Currently, only 3.6 per cent of Calgary’s housing supply is non-market. The national average is six per cent. We have a long way to go in the city to get to average.”

Sarah Woodgate, director of Calgary Housing and president of Calgary Housing Company

Quick facts

  • The total budget for this project is $10.9 million.
  • Calgary Housing Company will operate the building in collaboration with the City of Calgary.
  • Construction is complete and nearly all of the families have moved in.

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Supporting students with Type 1 diabetes

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Minister Eggen, St. Albert MLA Marie Renaud, and Deanna and Nathalie Emberg announce Alberta’s new guidelines for supporting students with Type 1 Diabetes in schools.

The Guidelines for Supporting Students with Type 1 Diabetes in Schools are aimed at better accommodating the medical needs of students with diabetes. They complement existing policies, programs and resources provided by the Government of Alberta.  

“Children with Type 1 diabetes have unique medical needs and these guidelines are designed to help school authorities work with their health and community partners to address the medical needs of these students while they are at school. The guidelines will ensure greater consistency in how schools support students with this complex disease.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

Diabetes is a significant public health issue in Canada and around the world. There are roughly 2,300 children in Alberta with Type 1 diabetes. It is likely that one or more students require support managing this disease while at school.

“We’re pleased to see progress made in protecting students with Type 1 diabetes from potentially life-threatening situations. We’re proud to have advanced this important issue thanks to the dedication of our volunteer parent and health-care professional advocates. We look forward to our ongoing work with the Government of Alberta to ensure the guidelines are fully aligned with our recommendations.”

Scott McRae, regional director, Diabetes Canada

“I see these guidelines as a positive step forward. My sincere hope is that these guidelines will point school authorities, parents and school staff in the right direction. Accommodating the needs of students with Type 1 diabetes by placing the child’s well-being at the centre of a system of support will work for families, children and schools.”

Deanna Emberg, parent and diabetes advocate

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Fishing for better recreation on the Bow River

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Anglers and water recreation enthusiasts will benefit from the government’s Bow River Access Plan.

The province is investing $2 million in the recently released Bow River Access Plan to make it easier for people to enjoy the river downstream of Calgary. The plan creates a safe and user-friendly network of five access points along a 52-kilometre stretch of the river from Calgary’s Fish Creek Provincial Park downstream to Wyndam-Carseland Provincial Park.

“The Bow River is a world-famous fly fishing destination and a popular waterway for rafting, tubing, swimming and canoeing. I’m proud our government is supporting Calgary’s angling community by providing long-term, sustainable and enjoyable water-based recreation opportunities. This plan will increase tourism in what is already one of Alberta’s premier regional destinations.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

A number of upgrades have already been completed, including kiosks and signage, and a new washroom facility at McKinnon Flats. Additional enhancements include rebuilding the access road to McKinnon Flats, better parking at Johnson’s Island and working with the leaseholder to improve access at Legacy Island.

“This plan shows that the government recognizes the value of the Bow River and is prepared to invest in infrastructure to support its status as an angling destination. We’re very happy that the Bow River Access plan is moving forward and look forward to continuing the process toward improved river access.”

Nancy Storwick, president, Angling Outfitter & Guide Association of Alberta

The plan represents the government’s commitment to supporting recreation on the Bow River. Improvements will benefit local guiding and outfitting businesses as well as fish and tackle shops.

“People from all over the world travel to experience the world-class fishery of the Bow River. For this reason, we strongly feel that the access plan is a step forward in managing and protecting what the river has to offer. The Bow River Access Plan is a great opportunity to expand the offering to visitors and locals alike.”

Aaron Feltham, general manager, Bow River Troutfitters

“Investment in infrastructure on the Bow River has been overlooked for far too long. Calgary has a world-class fishery that deserves better access. The Bow River Access Plan is the first step in giving Albertans and tourists a more accessible way to utilize this exceptional resource, while also protecting our national treasure for future generations.”

Josh Nugent, owner, Out Fly Fishing Outfitters

“As a business that relies heavily on public access to the Bow River we are extremely happy to see the Bow River Access Plan be adopted. The Bow is one of the most unique trout fisheries on the planet and it is great to finally see some investment into its future. Let’s make sure the trout population stays healthy as well, and we will have a winning combination.”

David Blair, co-owner, Fish Tales Fly Shop

The plan balances recreation opportunities with environmental protection by including measures to ensure the health and sustainability of the Bow River fishery and ecosystems through invasive species monitoring and working with river users on the long-term stewardship of the Bow River. It also commits to exploring additional future access points along the river.

The Bow River Access Plan was developed in consultation with the public, First Nations, Métis and local recreation and conservation organizations. The plan complements the City of Calgary’s Bow River Access Strategy. To read the plan in full, visit Bow River Access Plan.

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