Howdy Ward 14!
My column at this time last year was, frankly, a bit somber. The province was going through a tough time, and my message was to take the month to celebrate in a way only Calgary knows how—by Stampeding!
While there is no doubt some of our neighbours are still feeling the effects of the downturn in our economy, the view over the horizon is starting to look a little brighter. The Conference Board of Canada is predicting Calgary’s economy will grow for the first time in three years! It hopefully means new jobs, and that is another great reason to celebrate…
Take a look at calgarystampede.com. There are many new and exciting things planned for the Stampede this year.
Stampede Parade – route reversal
As I mentioned last month the Stampede parade route has been reversed this year. If you are planning to attend, you should probably plan accordingly. For more information, you should visit parade.calgarystampede.com.
I want to tip my hat to all the patrons of Counciltalk in this and previous years. It never ceases to amaze me how the great people of Ward 14 respond when I call on them to exercise their right to free speech. Listening to you is the most important part of my job, and I am so grateful to everyone who shows up to tell me what is important to them.
If you aren’t sure what Counciltalk is, I encourage you to visit calgary.ca/counciltalk to learn more. I will return with more Counciltalk dates as soon as possible. Visit calgary.ca/ward14connect to get email reminders of upcoming Counciltalk dates.
Ward 14 Communities BBQ
There is still time, and lots of planning to be done before September 16, but the Ward 14 Communities BBQ—as it has for six years now—is gradually coming closer.
For those who are unaware, the Ward 14 Communities BBQ is my membership drive for Ward 14 community associations. I round up money from generous sponsors to pay for the cost of the event and to financially support the community. We raise a lot of money and they add a lot of members. Those facts have not changed over the six years.
But there are a few new things for this year, like some great new food, and some new sponsors. To start, Spolumbo’s is the newest food sponsor. Instead of the traditional burger, you can have one of their delicious burgers on a bun.
I also want to introduce Pacific Developments as the newest financial sponsor. They join United Communities, Mattamy Homes, and Genstar on the list at this early point.
Thank you to all of them, and Southcentre for the venue!
Of course, there will be all sorts of entertainment, and exhibitors to see. Stay tuned for more details to come.
As I mentioned, this year the BBQ will be on September 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Southcentre Mall. Mark it in your calendar because you are welcome to join. We will have a lot of fun. Visit www.calgary.ca/ward14bbq for more info.
That is all for now. Have fun stampeding, and a great July!
Happy trails to you, until we meet again!
Councillor Peter Demong