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Post date: 2019/03/29 - 11:33

Hi Everyone,

Throughout tax season we talk a lot about the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), and how it can help you to access tax savings, Registered Disability Savings Plans, and more.

The disability tax credit or DTC is a non-refundable tax credit intended to financially help people with disabilities. It is also designed to help supporters, such as parents, reduce the amount of income tax that they pay.

This year we have received reports about an increased number of advertisements, mostly on Facebook, for businesses indicating that they will help you apply for the Disability Tax Credit.

Please be aware that using one of these businesses could cost you up to 25% of the money that you will get from your Disability Tax Credit, costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

There are other, free options (please note: your doctor may need to charge you a fee to complete some paperwork required for application). Please contact if you want more information about free ways to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (excluding the cost of the paperwork required from your doctor), or if you have already used one of these services to apply for the DTC and want to stop them from being able to charge you in future tax years.

In our efforts to provide education around the DTC, we will be hosting an information session delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency Outreach on Wednesday May 8th from 1-2:30 pm. We invite all CASS clients, staff, and other supports to attend to learn more about this valuable tax credit, and how to combat misinformation around the application process.

For more information about the Disability Tax Credit please see this page from the Canada Revenue Agency:


Has it been getting hard to pay your utility bills?  CASS will be hosting an Energy Savings Workshop presented by EmpowerMe ( , on Monday April 1st, 2019 from 10-11:30am to help you reduce your energy bills. Whether you rent or own, if you bring a recent utility bill with your name on it, you will get a free energy savings kit valued around $90. You may also qualify for further benefits. The workshop has limited room in it, so please sign up ASAP by emailing, or calling (403) 283-0611.


Fun Drum Fridays (and Tuesdays) start their Spring sessions next week, and runs until June 28, from 10:30-Noon. For more information about this music therapy program, check out




Apr 2 & 9: Your vote matters workshop @ Momentum (#16 2936 Radcliffe Dr SE) Non-partisan voter information. Apr 2 @ 4:15 pm, Apr 9 @ Noon. Please register through

Apr 3: Easy Backyard Beekeeping @ Community Natural Foods (202 61 Ave SW) 7-8:30pm. Learn about how to be a good host to the mason bees in your yard.

April 4: FIRST Robotics Competition @ Nelson Mandela High School (45 Saddletowne Circle NE) 8:30am-6pm. Watch high school robotics team compete. The topic for the competition is DEEP SPACE.

Apr 5 & 6: Second Chance Art Sale @ St Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75 Ave SW) Fri 4-8pm, Sat 9am-4pm. This is a second-hand art sale in support of the Rotary Club of Calgary. The event is free to attend, but bring cash if you would like to buy some art. You can also donate art to this event by bringing it to any Michael’s craft store in Calgary until March 31.

Apr 6: Seniors housing information session @ Confederation park 55+ Activity Centre (2212 13 St NW) 9:30am – noon. Learn about the types of housing available for Calgary Seniors, and about healthy living options from information booths and speakers.

Apr 6: YYC Alternative Market @ Inglewood Community Association (1740 24 Ave SE) 10am-4pm.

Apr 6: Calgary Sketch Club Art Exhibition and Sale @ Dalhousie Community Centre (5432 Dalhart Rd NW) 10am-4pm.




Apr 5-7: Make It Calgary @ Deerfoot City (901-64 Ave NE) Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10 am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Admission is $5, to check out the work ot over 100 local makers.

Apr 6: Tibetan Spring Bazaar @ Westgate Community Association ((4943 8 Ave SW) 10 am -6pm. Admission is $2, to look through or buy Tibetan food, art, jewellery and more.

Apr 6: Pitch Night: Neighbour Grants @ New Central Library (800 3 St SE) 4-7pm. Admission is $10-15, and includes a pizza dinner. The Calgary foundation is looking to give out up to $50,000 in grants for community projects, and you get to be the judge. For tickets and information, check out

Apr 6: Calgary Swap Meet @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) 9 am-1pm. Admission is $5.


Post date: 2019/03/22 - 13:31

 Hi Everyone, 
Cineplex Odeon Theatres are screening movies for $2.99 every day at 11am throughout the week for Spring Break. You can get more infoon the four movies being shown and participating theatres here: 
Momentum is running free workshops to help people navigate the upcoming provincial election. The workshops will be held March 28 (4:30pm), April 4 (4:15pm), and April 9 (noon) at the Momentum office (16-2936 Radcliffe Dr SE. Please register here: 
The Ability Hub has free information events and workshops related to Autism. Check out for a list of what they have coming up in 2019.
There will be a mindfulness group at Supported Lifestyles running on Thursdays from 1-2:30 pm from April 25-June 27, 2019.  This group will be free, but you will need to apply. Please see the attached forms for more info. The deadline to apply is March 29, 2019.  FREE: 
Mar 28: Rock-a-palooza gem & mineral show @ Spruce Meadows Congress Hall (18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW) Thurs-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm.   
Mar 28: Motorcycle maintenance workshop @ 2475 Pegasus Rd NE. 6-8pm. Learn how to do oil changes and perform other motorcycle maintenance. Register at 
Mar 28: Pruning basics @ Vivo (11950 Country Village Link NE) 6:15-7:45pm. Learn about pruning trees—why, when, how, and which tools to use. Please register at 
Mar 30: Lights out for Earth Hour @ St Patrick’s Island (Confluence Plaza, southeast end of the island) 6-8pm. Learn about Solar Power, compost, waste and recycling, and activities. This entire event is powered by bicycles and solar energy. 
Mar 28: Never skate alone charity hockey game @Saddledome, Doors @ 6:30 This hockey game is organized in support of the Canadian Mental Health Associaion.  
Mar 28-30: Art show and sale @ Alberta University of the Arts, Formerly ACAD, (1407 14 Ave NW) Admission for the opening on Thursday night (5-9pm) is $25 , while Fri and Sat (Noon-4pm)admission is by donation.  Check out student work from each department. has all of the details. 
Mar 28-Apr 10: Alchemy Festival of Student work @ Various Theatres, U of C (2500 University Dr NW) Times and ticket prices vary (Free-$13). Drama, staged readings, dance, music and more. Please see for more info 
Mar 30: The Iron Giant @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) 7pm. This film is a classic animated movie about giant metal friends from space. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through 
Mar 30: Pysanky Ukrainian Egg Workshop @ Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18 St NW) 2-5pm. Materials will cost $20, and you will get to make your own traditional Pysanky. 
Mar 30: Mary Poppins Sing a Long @ McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca St SE) 6-10:30pm. Admission is $10, movie starts at 7. For more info and tickets go to 


Post date: 2019/03/11 - 10:08

Hi Everyone,


Mar 17: Family Skate @ Carburn Park (67 Riverview Dr SE) 3-6pm. Free skate rentals.

Mar 19: World Water Day @ SAIT (Irene Lewis Atrium, 1301 16 Ave NW) Learn about some of the water solutions that youth in Calgary have been coming up with, and enjoy some snacks.

Mar 19: Pokemon Trading Card Game @ Autism Calgary (3639 26 St NE) 6:30-8:30pm. Register at

Mar 19: Facing Advanced Illness Together @ Sage Centre (1245 70 Ave SE) 6-8pm. This is a monthly group to help people get information about hospice and palliative care, and to access services and resources. Please register through

Mar 20: Community-based Art & Beautification Projects @ Bankview Community Association (2418 17 St SW) 6:30-9pm. Learn more about the mural, utility boxes and flagpole banner projects going on around town, and available funding sources for new projects.

Mar 20-23: The Coming Out Monologues YYC @ New Central Library (800 3 St SE) 8-10:30pm.  Tickets are $12.50 for a single show, up to $40 for the full 4 nights.

Mar 21: Enough For All 2.0 @ City of Calgary Municipal Complex Atrium (800 MacLeod Tr SE) 6:30-8:30pm. Be part of Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction plan. There is more information at

Mar 21: Métis Speaker Series: Daniel Voth @ Métis Local 87 (1539 43 St SE) 6-8pm. This free talk “centres the contributions of Métis women in historic and contemporary Métis politics”. Register at

Mar 22: Clothing Swap @ The Dandelion Café (1048 8 St SE) 5:30-7:30pm. There will be a presentation about water usage and textile manufacturing, followed by a clothing swap. Bring up to two large bags of CLEAN clothes, and trade them for some new ones. You do not need to bring anything to participate in the clothing swap.


Mar 16: Dive In Movie- Mary Poppins Returns @ Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Dr SW) 6:30-8:30pm.

Mar 21: Calgary Captured- Urban Wildlife on Film @ Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre (13931 Woodpath Rd SW) 7-8pm. Free for members of the Friends of Fish Creek Park, $10 for everyone else.

Mar 22: Dive In Movie- Brave @ Village Square Leisure Centre (2623 56 St NE) 6-8pm.

Mar 23: Comedy Workshop Grad Show @ Joyce on 4th (lower level, 506 24 Ave SW) 7pm. Hear from the new comedians in town, who have just finished off a workshop. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through

Mar 23: Grocery Store Tour @ Save-On-Foods (8855 MacLeod Tr SW) 7-9pm. Explore your options for eating with food sensitivities. $5. Register at




Post date: 2019/03/06 - 17:44

The CASS Senior Leadership Team held a three day strategic planning session in January where we identified five strategic objectives which we will focus our efforts on over the next year.

These strategic objectives were arrived at based on the input provided by various departments/programs, committees, staff, clients and other stakeholders. Your input was critical in the development of this plan and the achievement of these objectives will be reliant upon the continued input and participation of all of our stakeholders.

The CASS Senior Leadership Team has also further developed and ratified our Job Descriptions and Terms of Reference in order to better guide our governance model.

The CASS Senior Leadership Team is excited to share this developing work not just with everyone who works for CASS but with all of our many stakeholders. We look forward to working with you towards these objectives over the coming year.

We encourage you to review these documents and welcome any thoughts or comments that you might have. You can share your input by sending an email to

CASS 2019-2020 Strategic Plan (1272KB PDF)

CASS SLT Terms of Reference - V1.4 (586KB PDF)

CASS Job Description - Director - Senior Leadership Team Member - V1.0 (612KB PDF)

Post date: 2019/03/06 - 16:45

Hi everyone, 

The Festival of Animated Objects is running from March 13-17. Ticket prices vary, but there are a lot of great shows for everyone. Go to for details and to purchase tickets.


Mar 12: International Speech Contest @ Crowfoot Library (8665 Nose Hill Drive NW) Noon-1pm. Come watch people from toastmasters deliver 5-7 minute long humorous speeches. Register at

Mar 15: Houseplants! @ Village Square Library (2623 56 Street NE) Noon-1:30. Learn about the benefits of houseplants, and how to care for them.

Mar 15: Harm Reduction saved my life: overdose prevention, naloxone training, and safeworks update @ Sheldon Chumir Health Centre (Room 3102, 1213 4 St SW) 1-3pm. “Learn about overdose prevention, recognition, and response, how to obtain a naloxone kit, and how to register as a take home naloxone kit distribution site". Register at

Mar 16: Seedy Saturday @ Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association (4-9pm) 10am-3pm. This is a cash-only event where you can learn more about gardening, buy seeds to start while you are waiting for spring to come, and even trade seeds that you have saved from previous years. There is lots of info at

Mar 17: St Patrick’s Day @ Calgary Farmer’s Market (510 77 Ave SE) 9 am-1pm. Irish dancing, games, and fiddlers.

Mar 17-19: Earth Science for Society @ Stampede Park. Learn more about Earth processes in a fun, inclusive environment. Check out for more info.


Mar 12: $10 date night @ National Music Centre (850 4 St SE) 5-8pm. Bring a partner, or go on your own to check out the music centre for a reduced rate.

Mar 14: Alberta Election Deep Dive @Memorial Park Library (1221 2 St SW) 7-8:30pm. Admission is $10. With an election looming over the province, it’s a good time to learn what the issues are. Tickets are available at

Mar 14: Adults Only Night: Circus! After Dark @ Telus SPARK Science Centre (220 St George’s Dr NE) 6-10pm. Regular admission rates apply, or sign out on of CASS’ Community Connections passes to get up to 6 people in for free.

Mar 14 & 15: Treaty People- Innaihtsiiyi Film Screening @ cSPACE King Edward (1721 29 Ave SW) 7pm. This is documentary showcasing conversations about the process behind the Making Treaty 7 production. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through

Mar 16: Demobilized: The Return of Great War Soldiers to Southern Alberta @ Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) 6:30-9pm. Learn more about the impact of war on Treaty 7 First Nations Peoples.



Post date: 2019/03/04 - 15:00

Check out the front page of the March CASS Report for a client cartoon!

Also, check out the update on a client business!


Post date: 2019/02/19 - 14:41

Hi Everyone,


Has it been getting hard to pay your utility bills?  CASS will be hosting an Energy Savings Workshop presented by EmpowerMe ( , on Monday April 1st, 2019 from 10-11:30am to help you reduce your energy bills. Whether you rent or own, if you bring a recent utility bill with your name on it, you will get a free energy savings kit valued around $90. You may also qualify for further benefits. The workshop has limited room in it, so please sign up ASAP by emailing, or calling (403) 283-0611

Once again, CASS is working with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) to prepare and file taxes for free for CASS clients. You can make an appointment, request a tax package, or get more information by emailing, or call (403) 283-0611.



Feb 25-March 4: Human Bonspiel @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE).  Come watch some corporate types get thrown down the ice on tubes in this more-than full sized curling event, each lunch hour from Feb 25-March 1, with the finals on March 4th.

Feb 25: Beekeeping information evening @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 7-9pm. Learn more about keeping bees from Ian Steppler.

Mar 2: North Hill Communities Tradeshow @ James Fowler High School (4004 4 St NW) 10am-2pm. If you live around the North Hill area along 16th Avenue N, you may have seen a lot of changes over the past few years, and it looks like it will continue for a while—find out more about the plans and give your input around affordable housing, growth planning and roads. has all of the info.

Mar 3: Artisan Market @ Bowness Community Association (7904 43 Ave NW) 10am-3pm. 80 handmade artisans, demonstrations, and snacks.

March 8-10: Calgary Concerto Competition @ Scarborough United Church (134 Scarboro Ave SW) 6:30-9pm.


Feb 28- Mar 3: Calgary Home & Garden Show @ BMO Centre (20 Roundup Way) Thurs/Fri Noon-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10 am-6pm. Tickets are $14, but we have a stack at the CASS office for free, first-come-first-served.

Mar 2-3: Calgary Maple Festival Des Sucres @ Heritage park (1900 Heritage Drive SW) Street Hockey, Maple Taffy and more!  Admission is $18.95 for adults.



Post date: 2019/02/13 - 14:40

Hi Everyone,

This coming week is supposed to be a bit more temperate, so make sure to get outside after Calgary’s longest cold snap in over two decades!

There will be free public swim and skate times at City of Calgary Facilities on Feb 18th for Family Day. For exact times and locations, please visit .

Block Heater, the Calgary Folk Festival’s winter music festival runs from Feb 21-23. Admission varies from Free concerts to weekend wristbands and single-show tickets. has all the info you need.



Feb 18: Ice Skating (with free skate rentals) @ Sheraton Eau Claire/Princes Island Park (255 Barclay Parade SW) 10am-2pm. The Sheraton Hotel is celebrating 20 years of business by renting out skates for free for the day, to use at the nearby skating rink under the bridge to Prince’s Island Park.

Feb 20: Something’s Gotta Give Movie screening @ The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW) 6:30pm. This free movie, starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves, is being presented by Science in the Cinema. after the movie there will be a discussion about cardiovascular disease.

Feb 21: Employment Preparation Event @ The Mustard Seed (102 11 Ave SE) 2-4pm. Complimentary hair cuts, interview clothing, resume assistance, etc. Register at

Feb 22: The Rivers District Master Plan: What’s in it for YYC Arts & Culture? @ Memorial Park Library (1221 12 Ave SW) 5-6:15pm. With all of the talk from politicians and the business sector about plans for the East Village/ Stampede Park, This event gives you a chance to look at the potential plans from an arts and culture perspective.

Feb 23: Black History Month Celebration @ Marlborough Mall (433 Marlborough Way NE) 1-4pm. Live Music, Dance & a fashion show in the upper food court area.

Feb 23: A Celebration of Caribbean Black History Month @ Evergreen Community Spaces (1709 8 Ave NE) 5-8pm. Performances, interactive booths from each island’s association, food, and black history presentations.

Feb 25-March 4: Human Bonspiel @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE).  Come watch some corporate types get thrown down the ice on innertubes, in this more-than full-sized curling event, each lunch hour from Feb 25-March 1, with the finals on March 4th.


Feb 18: Family Day with Fred Penner @ National Music Centre (850 4 St SE) For a nostalgia-fuelled family day, check out this performance. Performances will be at 11am and 2 pm. Regular admission rates apply.

Feb 21: Alberta Views Live: Election Deep Dive @ Memorial Park Library (1221 2 St SW) 7pm. $10 admission. Find out more about the inevitable, upcoming, provincial election

Feb 23: 2-for-1 admission for National Aviation Day @ The Hangar Flight Museum (4629 McCall Way NE) 10-4pm.

Feb 23: Ethnik Art Exhibition & Fashion Show @ cSPACE King Edward (1721 29 Ave SW) 6-8pm. Diverse and Inclusive fashion and art. Tickets are $25 with a portion of the proceeds going towards Studio C and the InDefinite Arts Centre.


Post date: 2019/02/07 - 13:27

Hi Everyone, 

If you or someone in your family/chosen family are affected by mental health struggles or addiction, check out the Recovery College at to see what FREE programs are out there to build skills, celebrate culture, and connect with yourself and others. Many of the courses are only 2-4 sessions long, and some don’t even require you to register before you go.

Calgary has been building a resilience plan, and the city is looking for your input into four focus areas: Economic, Infrastructure, Environmental, and Inclusive leadership & decision making. Please take the time to be a part of the plan by connecting with them here:

The Alberta Government is building the next budget, and are looking for input. GO to until February 10 at midnight to let them know where your priorities lie. There is only one question to answer, so if you have been intimidated by feedback forms in the past, this might be a good one to try.



Feb 14-18: Glow Winter Light Festival @ various locations downtown. 5-11pm. There are three main locations for this festival, and a number of one-night-only activities as well, including a live music night at Olympic Plaza on February 17. has all of the info.

Feb 14-24: Watch Glass Blowing @ Fuse 33 Makerspace (1720 Radisson Dr SE) Thurs 14th 5-9pm, Sat 16th, Sun 17th, Sat 23rd & Sun 24th 11am-6pm. Classes will be free to watch. If you would like to participate in the classes, they start at $99, and you can register through

Feb 16: Beltline Bonspiel @ Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) 11 am-4pm. Curling, live music, free curling, firepits, and fun.

Feb 16-18: Family Fishing Weekend Alberta @ Alberta water bodies with open fishing seasons, not in national parks. This is a twice-yearly weekend where people can try out fishing without a license.


Feb 14: 4x the Love @ Calgary Farmer’s Market (510 77 Ave SW) 10am-2pm. $5 donation at the door is recommended. There will be a photo kissing booth, chocolate and wine samples, donut decorating and live music.

Feb 14: Toys in the Waterpark @ Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Drive SW) 7-9pm. This recurring Thursday night event lets you get into an inflatable ball and walk around on the water. Regular admission rates apply.

Feb 16: FISHtival @ Bow Habitat Station (1440 17a St SE)   10am-4pm. Admission is $5. Learn about Alberta’s fish, wildlife, and winter recreation.


Post date: 2019/01/31 - 11:35

Check out February's SPEAK UP page for favourite planets and the animals people would be if they could! Be sure to check out Speak Up Interactive Questions at the office, and have your say!

The forum will meet on February 13th and 27th this month.