News

Weekly News for June 15th to 21st

Annual General Meeting 2020

Thursday, June 25: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

For more information and to register click here.  

The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good will hold its Annual General Meeting June 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Zoom.  All members are welcome to attend, but we ask that each member organization send at least one delegate. We look forward to having this time of celebrating our accomplishments over the past year, reviewing our finances, electing our board and preparing for the year to come.  

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Support the Green Line

The Green Line is at a critical juncture. You can take action to make sure that it gets built. 

The Green Line barely passed the committee vote on June 1. Now it goes to Council on June 15, where they will decide if it goes ahead, or dies from indecision. Currently, there are 6 councilors who are committed to supporting the Green Line, we need to take action to ensure there are at least 8 councilors who vote in support of this project.

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Trauma Informed Care and Weekly News for June 8th

Trauma Informed Care Webinar: Thursday, June 11: 7-9 p.m.

Having a good understanding of Trauma-Informed Care, is now being recognized as one of the most important aspects in creating good mental health supports. 

Click here for more information and to register.

Trauma-Informed Care is about recognizing the prevalence and impact of trauma in our communities and then using this understanding to influence how we interact with people to create emotionally and physically safe environments.

Join us this Thursday, for a conversation with Agnes Chen and Vicki Park from CUPS Calgary on the importance of Trauma-Informed Care.

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News The Week of June 1st to 6th

Tomorrow: Monday, June 1: Green Line Calgary Alliance Action at City Hall

 We have asked for 50 people to come to City Hall at 9:30 am on Monday June 1st for a socially distanced action. Please go to our sign-up link below to see if we still need people, as we can only have 50 people to comply with health regulations. If you are coming you must register at: https://signup.com/go/GyvduSc .

Thursday: June 4 at 7-8:30p.m. (MST) Imagining a Better Tomorrow Webinar

"Join hundreds of leaders from unions, citizen organizations and congregations across Canada, the US and the Northwest to be inspired to work together to REIMAGINE the kind of community our faith and democratic traditions call us to create."

Register in advance for this meeting here:
https://iafnw.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrd-6spjIvG9Pk7SzEqhLFuFGPZ-d8uEQ1

AND, email Ryan at [email protected] to let him know that you have registered.

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COVID19 Volunteers Needed

How do we live out the best values of our traditions at this time?

How do we bring love, compassion, solidarity, Tikun Olam, and justice into our communities? 

 We are asking our members to consider taking one of three actions:

1. Join your organizations’ core team as they look after people within your institution.

2. Become a block captain and work with your neighbour to build a neighbourhood solidarity team where neighbours look after each other. 

3. Become a community helper – and offer up your time and skills to volunteer where it is most needed. 

 

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We are in the News! COVID-19 Media coverage

Our leaders were featured in several articles and news stories related to COVID-19. Here are some examples. 

The SPAWL wrote an article on how the Common Good is becoming are new common Sense

https://www.sprawlcalgary.com/common-sense-for-uncommon-times

 

Our Board Chair was featured in two articles about how we can respond during COVID-19. 

https://livewirecalgary.com/2020/03/17/free-calgary-transit-during-coronavirus-pandemic-councillor-suggests/

https://globalnews.ca/news/6687228/calgary-food-bank-closes-temporarily-to-shore-up-covid-19-procedures/

 

Our Lead Organizer wrote a piece on our need to respond to our fear by turning to each other: 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-covid-19-social-distancing-1.5499045

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Part-time Administrative Coordinator Position

The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good is hiring a part-time administrative coordinator. 

Time: 10hours/week (This may increase over time)

Wage: $20-$23/hour (plus 10% in leu of pension and benefits) 

Vacation: 3 Weeks vacation, 1 week sick leave per year.

Overtime: Taken as time in lieu. 

Accountability: Reports to Lead Organizer. Will meet regularly with the lead organizer to develop a work plan and prioritize items from the below list.  

Responsibilities:

The Administrative Coordinator will either carry out or work with volunteers/staff to support the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good in the following areas:

Coordinate Communications - Work with volunteers to do the following: 

  • Social media posts, editing, responding and formatting. 
  • Assist with/edit newsletter and email blasts
  • Send out press releases and media relations
  • Update website

Fundraising and Event Support

  • Support event planning and coordination.
  • Manage registrations.
  • Assist in managing individual donors.

Operations

  • Bookkeeping
  • Meeting planning and preparation
  • Manage events/meeting calendar
  • Invoicing and membership management
  • Data entry
  • Support for projects

Lead Organizer support

  • Email management
  • Calendar management
  • Document editing, preparation, and organizing
  • Expense reporting
  • Assist with proposal writing 

Skills required or willing to learn: 

  1. An ability to use Nation Builder website platform
  2. An ability to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media
  3. Editing and writing
  4. QuickBooks and basic bookkeeping
  5. Microsoft Office and Google suite programs
  6. Email and calendar management
  7. Organization and coordination of volunteers. 
  8. A basic understanding of community organizing 

Application: Please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. If you have any questions, please use the same email address.

Deadline: Please apply by March 15, 2020

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CUPE 1169 - Library Workers Join CACG

We are pleased to welcome the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1169 (CUPE 1169) which represents Calgary and Cochrane Library workers. They are excited to join in our shared work especially in the area of social isolation.  Librarians interact with a broad cross-section of our city daily.  Welcome!

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Events Centre: Net-zero

The Environment Team is looking at the possibility of focusing on making the new major civic building project be net-zero buildings. The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is asking Calgarians for our input on the design of the new Events Centre to replace the Saddledome. This is our chance to ask for a net-zero, water-wise building and grounds that will host zero-waste events.

  1. We are asking you to respond to the survey before March 27. To fill out the survey go to  https://www.calgarymlc.ca/ecengage and click on the red survey button. 
  2. Note that the survey does not ask about sustainability. You will need to fill in your thoughts on net-zero using the “Other” and open-ended question options. Some ideas of what you can add include:
  • “100% renewable power”
  • “Carbon-Capture composite concrete and other reused or renewable materials”
  • “return for deposit cups/zero-waste building”
  • “greenest building in Canada”
  • Zero waste events
  • Net-zero building
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Provincial Consultation on Public Education

One of the issues that have arisen from our mental health focus is the importance of early intervention and teaching positive mental health skills through the education system. Alberta Education is conducting a curriculum review process, and we want to make sure that our priorities are considered.

  1. We are asking you to fill out the survey, which can be found at: https://www.alberta.ca/vision-for-student-learning-engagement.aspx
  2. Fill out the survey as you choose, but on questions 14, 17 and/or 19 we are asking that you make two points (Please modify to put in your own words) these are:
    1. That the curriculum teaches about mental health, positive mental health skills, and that this is integrated throughout the curriculum.
    2. For there to be a positive learning environment and to overcome barriers to learning that each school has access to adequate psychological counseling services and family support workers. 
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