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A Toolkit for Grief: Support for You and Your Community

Every person, and every community, has experienced some type of loss since the pandemic began in early 2020. Grief is a natural human experience that we may be feeling. This toolkit is to help us think, act, and change through our grief stories, making them meaningful to us and our communities.

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Covid Bulletin

Our city and province are currently in an unprecedented third wave of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Medical staff, front-line workers and those contending with the pandemic are exhausted from managing this crisis.

Let's all do our part to work towards the common good by taking action:

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Victory - Mobile Response Teams & PACTS

April 16th, 2021. This week we had a victory for the city and the Calgary Alliance. The Calgary Police Service and AHS have agreed to expand the Police and Crisis Team (PACT) and Mobile Response Team (MRT).

What are PACT / MRT teams? The PACT teams consist of a mental health professional and a specially trained police officer. The mobile response teams are made up of mental health professionals. These teams respond to emergencies when having just a police officer simply does not make sense.

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Build the Green Line Now | The Alliance at City Hall

The Green Line Committee met last week - and we learned that construction of the line won't be starting until 2022.

We presented at City Council during the meeting. Jane Ebbern represented the team and you can listen in to her presentation below.

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Mental Health Strategy Passes

This morning, city council passed the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

Last week we took action by asking our city councillors to pass the Mental Health strategy at committee. Today it has now passed at council and will begin to be implemented across the city.

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TAKE ACTION: Mental Health & Addictions

Today city council published its proposed Mental Health and Addiction Strategy [PDF], and it's going to council on Tuesday.

This strategy is years in the making. Work that we have done during the #KeepCalgaryStrong Campaign, ongoing engagement with the city, the city's listening session with our members and our mental health advocacy, has all helped shaped this strategy and get it this far.

The next step is this push over the finish line to get council's endorsement.

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11 New Communities Voted Down

City Council Votes Against Plans to build 11 New Communities!

We did it! Our emails, tweets and messages to City Council paid off. Yesterday, Calgary City Council voted against the proposal to build 11 new suburban communities!

Read more about the City Council decision below:

CTV: Council Votes Down Plans for 11 New Communities

660 News: City Council Rejects Proposal for 11 New Developments

 

Thank you for working with us to keep our City Council accountable as we build a stronger Calgary together!

 

 

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Weekly News & Events November 9, 2020

Weekly News & Events: November 9-14

 

Foundations for Community Organizing: Online Monday's & Thursday's November 16-30

For more information or to register, click here.

Foundations Training begins next week and there has never been a more important time to sharpen your community organizing skills!

This training will help you enter the second year of Covid-19 and the recession ready to tackle the challenges that will be thrown at your organization, community and neighborhood.

The training is highly interactive, relational, and practical covering: 

  • Community Organizing introduction (and a refresher for old hands!).
  • Concepts of power, power-over vs power-with, power-analysis.
  • Relational Organizing:  individual relational meetings, listening, research, negotiation and action.
  • Strengthening our Organizations: building a culture that is relational, action-oriented and reflective/learning.
  • Using Relational Power in the public sphere to take collaborative action on the common issues of 2020 and 2021.

 

Grief and loss resulting from adverse events in life, including the current pandemic, can have multiple effects and impact mental health. When our worldview and sense of safety are altered existential and spiritual concerns often arise. Self-compassion and spirituality can play a key role in resilience and post-traumatic growth if facilitated. 

This webinar will be facilitated by Dr. Heather M. Boynton who is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at the University of Calgary, and a Registered Social Worker who has worked in mental health for over 30 years as a Child and Family Therapist, Mental Health Consultant, and a Manager in Adult Services.

Learn more and register here.

 

Ongoing Monthly Events

Research Action & Strategy Meetings generally meet monthly and are always open to members of the alliance.

 

Mental Health Research Action:

 November 9 at 7p.m. (First Monday of every month except for when the first Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the meeting will be the second Monday.)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/514039038

 

Truth & Reconciliation Research Action:

November 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Second Tuesday of every month)

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/97914196873

 

 

Environment Research Action:

November 17 at 7:30 p.m. (third Tuesday of every month)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/95829768477

 

Social Isolation Research Action:

November 24 at 7 p.m. (Fourth Tuesday of every month)

Please note: the Zoom link for this meeting has changed to: https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/94788195372

 

Strategy Team Meeting: 

November 26 at 10:15 a.m. (Fourth Thursday of every Month)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/379841066?pwd=MkpEVnhNUWpxS1FLODBHN0NheTgyZz09

 

Basic Income Team Meeting: 

December 1 at 7:00 p.m. (First Tuesday of every Month)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://iafnw.zoom.us/j/99825236545

 

News & Upcoming Events from our Member Organizations

 

 

 

Consumer Debt Negotiation Project

One of Calgary Alliance's board members and partners at the public law clinic at U of C is launching a service in partnership with Vibrant Communities Calgary to help people who might be facing foreclosure or eviction. Please see the links below for more details.

https://www.cplea.ca/help-with-debt-alberta/

https://law.ucalgary.ca/clinics/public-interest-law/ongoing-projects/consumer-debt-negotiation-project

www.albertadebtorsupport.ca

 

 

The Canadian Poverty Institute is partnering with Vibrant Communities Calgary to conduct an evaluation of the formal and informal emergency food assistance system. The purpose of the project is to develop recommendations that will improve the capacity of Calgary’s emergency food assistance system to effectively deliver food assistance in an emergency, especially during COVID-19. Please see the flyer below for more information and click here to take the survey.

Agile Leadership Training

The new Agile Leadership Training at St. Mary's University is designed to equip leaders with cutting-edge skills, an Agile mindset, and the knowledge to achieve sustainable agility in their organizations. Check it out here.

 

Become a Friend of the Alliance today:

As a part of our Fundraising Campaign, please consider becoming a monthly donor to support our work. Information detailing how to make a donation can be found at: https://www.calgarycommongood.org/donate.

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Help us build a stronger Calgary

2020 FUNDRAISING DRIVE


With your help, we will continue to build a just and compassionate Calgary. We are committed to raising $100,000 to ensure we can continue on our strong advocacy. That may sound like a great deal of money but it can be raised if people like you make a monthly gift. With just 1,000 people donating $10, $25 or $50 a month, this goal is achievable. A modest, regular gift can ensure that the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good is able to continue its important work. In a world that is fixated on what we can’t do, we are focused on what is possible. 


Here are few of our recent success stories:

• Preserved $70M in City services to our most vulnerable populations with the #KeepCalgaryStrong Campaign.
• Advocated for the completion of the Green Line. The result was a 14-1 majority City Council vote in favour. This will create 20k jobs, eliminate 30k of GHG emissions per year and deliver better access to transit for all.
• Saved the low-income transit pass from being cut. This impacts 60,000 low-income Calgarians. • Developed positive working relationships with civic leaders.
• Participated in an Indigenous Elder-Led reconciliation process, unique in Canada.

A short one minute video of Our Board Chair Anna Greenwood Lee and Rev David Pickett talk about the importance of the campaign and how you can make a difference here:

 

New Possibilities with Your Support:


There is much work to be done beyond our five current campaigns. We need more resources and we believe our best resource is people power. Currently, we employ one full-time organizer. A second organizer could focus on:

• Expanding our member organizations.
• Making sure our diversity reflects our city.
• Connecting more effectively with the economically and socially marginalised.
• Strengthening our connections with more Indigenous partners.
• Training our membership and communities to counter racism.
• Increasing effective communications to keep our members dynamic during and after the pandemic.


How can I give?


A tax-deductible gift can be made through the Industrial Areas Foundation Canada. The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good is a member of the Industrial Areas Foundation Canada (IAFC). The IAFC unites similar broad-based community organizing alliance and supports their leadership development and research work. Donations can be made online through:

www.calgarycommongood.org/donate.  (Follow the link to Canada Helps and select The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good Fund.)


Cheques can be made out to the Industrial Areas Foundation Canada, with CACG in the memo line and sent to:

Industrial Areas Foundation Canada
PO Box 20094 RPO Fairview
Vancouver BC, V5Z 0C1

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