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Healthy Places: Focus on Healthcare

  When you think about health and health care, what do you see? It’s a more complicated question than it may seem on the surface, and the image that gets conjured up is different for everyone. Some of you may think of hospitals and pharmacies, or breathing easy as you take a stroll through your […]

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Time is on Our Side

My mother enjoys responding to certain situations by quoting pithy sayings that capture folk wisdom in neat little proverbs. There were few occasions she didn’t have one of these gems to send my way. Here are a few examples: *busting into my bedroom at 8 am on a Saturday morning – “wakey wakey! Remember, the […]

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The Active Neighbour Series: Episode 3 – Matt Heller

How do Calgarians get around, what barriers get in their way, and what opens the flood gates to let them explore? In this series you will meet fellow Calgarians and learn about their experiences using active transportation in our city. How do they get around – is it fun or infuriating? Easy or challenging? The […]

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The Active Neighbour Series – Episode 2: Deb Lee

How do Calgarians get around, what barriers get in their way, and what opens the flood gates to let them explore? In this series you will meet fellow Calgarians and learn about their experiences using active transportation in our city. How do they get around – is it fun or infuriating? Easy or challenging? The […]

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The Active Neighbour Series – Episode 1: Cal Schuler

How do Calgarians get around, what barriers get in their way, and what opens the flood gates to let them explore? In the Active Neighbour blog series you will meet fellow Calgarians and learn about their experiences using active transportation in our city. How do they get around – is it fun or infuriating? Easy […]

Five Fast Facts – How Active Transportation Contributes to Good Health

1. People are less likely to be injured in areas with calm traffic    Image retrieved from http://www.bikecalgary.org/node/3959 Pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and children are less likely to be injured when communities and roads are built with ways to calm traffic, including: speed bumps lower speed limits traffic circles raised medians And, as more people feel […]

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What is health equity?

WHAT IS HEALTH EQUITY?  I grew up in north-west Calgary, close enough to my elementary school to walk and bike there every day. Despite this, my community was a typical suburban Calgary development – no sidewalks, no reasonable transit access, and the closest grocery store was an hour walk away.  Not exactly walkable.  After I […]

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Co-Designing the Active City: Launching New Tools for Canadian Communities

Today, Active Neighbourhoods Canada Network (ANC), a partnership between the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC), Sustainable Calgary (SC) and the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), is launching its bilingual web platform urbanismeparticipatif.ca / participatoryplanning.ca Canadians are increasingly recognizing the importance of co-design, which meaningfully involves citizens in the planning of their communities. These innovative practices are transforming […]

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Activity Report

Happy Thursday, and Happy New Year! Sustainable Calgary is excited to be embarking on several new and re-newed projects in 2018.  To catch up on our past participatory design work with Active Neighbourhoods Canada, check out these links on High River, Marlborough, Acadia and Bridgeland-Riverside.  So far, three Alberta communities have either implemented proposed design projects, or […]