February – Councillor Sean Chu’s Report

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Greetings Ward 4 Residents,

Interested in doing a job that counts?

The City’s civic census is conducted annually starting on April 1 and that means census taker recruitment is underway. The City needs flexible workers to help collect this information using mobile tablets. This year marks the 60th year of consecutive Census collection.

Census takers are assigned an area to collect census information; areas vary in size, but are generally between 400 to 600 dwellings. Census takers have three weeks to complete the collection in their assigned area. They set their own schedule to get their work done and may be required to work in the evenings and weekends when most people are at home. Census takers need to be able to complete online training at home and be available for an in-person session in March.

Applications can be downloaded online and are accepted in person, at The City of Calgary Election and Census office, 1103 55 Ave NE, between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. In addition to completing an application form, there is a written skills assessment test that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

If you or anyone you know would be a good fit as a census taker, be sure to send them to calgary.ca/census to fill out an application. The Elections and Census Office will be selecting applications between Jan. 22 to Feb. 9, 2017.

Storm ponds – Stay safe & stay off the ice

Storm ponds are important City infrastructure that help to improve the water quality in our rivers, and protect homes and businesses in our communities. When stormwater (rain, snowmelt and excess water from irrigation) flow down the streets and sidewalks, it picks up dirt and pollutants such as pet waste, fertilizers and pesticides from lawns, garbage, oil, chemicals, and salt from driveways and the road. This water then enters a storm drain on your street and underground pipes direct this water to a nearby storm pond.

Storm ponds protect our rivers by slowing the flow of stormwater and allowing time for sediment and pollutants to settle to the bottom, before cleaner water flows back to rivers and streams through more underground pipes. Storm ponds also increase the stormwater holding capacity in Calgary, storing rainfall and excess surface run-off from our streets.

Visit calgary.ca/stormpond for more information.

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu

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