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Post date: 2018/05/25 - 13:11

Happy Disability Pride Parade, everyone!

I can’t wait to see y’all out on Sunday June 3rd! Parade attendees will be meeting at 11 am at the Bankers Hall Galleria (315 8 Ave SW).  If you want to join the CASS group for the parade, you can find us near the white tree sculptures, with purple and yellow balloons.  If you want to be a part of the party but can’t take part in the parade, everyone will be partying at Olympic Plaza until 2pm. Please let the organizers know that you will be coming by going to and clicking on the “Register” button.

Did you know that there is a Community Response Team and Mobile Response Team for crisis support in Calgary? If you or someone you know needs crisis supports for mental health struggles, please access them by calling 1-800-563-6106, texting 587-315-5000, or using their live chat option VIA . This resource is meant for both imminent crises- to access timely assessments instead of waiting for hours at an ER, and for support before a crisis occurs. The lines are open to everyone, and provide:

  • 24/7 crisis phone support
  • Family visits (in-home or community)
  • Brief crisis supports (1-3 visits)
  • Timely, accessible, and flexible services
  • Suicide risk assessments
  • Ongoing phone supports for adults with mental health struggles or developmental delays


The Calgary Stampeders are hosting a training camp BBQ and mock game on Sunday May 27th @ McMahon Stadium. Everything kicks off at 3:30pm, and admission is free. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for $5, cash only.

MoMo Performance +Disability is having a community Day on June 9th. There will be free creative movement classes from 10am-2pm. at Inglewood Community Association (1740 24 Ave SE). From 10-11am, there will be a youth (12-17) class, then at 11am an adult class, followed by an ensemble presentation at Noon, and a free dance party with a light lunch buffet from 12:30-2pm. TO find out more about MoMo’s regular classes, please visit



May 25-Jun 9: The Suncor Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work @ Lunchbox Theatre (115 9 Ave SW) Fridays at Noon & 6pm, Saturdays at Noon. For more information about the works and the the schedule, go to

Jun 2: Pop-Up Comic Show @ Kerby Centre (1133 7 Ave SW) Starts at 10 am. Comic book vendors from around the city get together for you to check out all at once. 

Jun 2: Farmers and Makers Market @ cSPACE (1721 29 Ave SW). 10am-3pm. This is the first market, but it will be running every Saturday for the season. You ce get more info via

Jun 2: Community Cleanup @ Marlborough Park (6021 Madigan Dr NE) 9am-1pm. Recycle and dispose of Appliances, scrap metal, electronics, car batteries, tires, toys and household goods. No hazardous materials or large furniture, please.

Jun 3: Recycling and Clean up Event @ Calgary French and International School (700 77 St SW). There is no charge for admission, but you will need to bring a non-perishable food items for the food bank to get in. Car seats can be recycled for $5.

Jun 3: Lilac Festival @ 4st SW from Elbow Drive to 13 Ave.  10am-6pm. This yearly festival marks the start of spring, and a lot of allergies! There will be vendor booths, live music, activities, and a LOT of people.


Jun 2 & 3: Calgary Ukranian Festival @ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE) Starts at 11am. Tickets are $12 at the door (or $8 for seniors), and includes the after-hours event.

Jun 2 &3: Calgary Horror Con @ Clarion Hotel (2120 16 Ave NE) Admission runs from $20 to $30 All of the info about this festival of frightful fun can be found at


Post date: 2018/05/15 - 12:47

Hi Everyone, 


It’s time for CASS’ 3rd Annual Airways Park Cleanup! We will be meeting in the parking lot on the corner of 27 Ave & 16th St NE at 12:30pm, and cleaning until 2/2:30pm. Gloves, bags, and refreshments will be provided.

It’s coming closer…. The Disability Pride Parade! On Sunday June 3rd. The colours to wear this year are orange and teal (but you are welcome to wear whatever colours you like!) and we will be meeting at 11 am under the white trees at 315 8 Ave SW, then heading down Stephen Avenue towards Olympic Plaza, where we party until 2pm. The event is free, but you will want to register through to make sure that the organizers know to get enough food for everyone for the end of the parade!

There are a number of opportunities for artists in Calgary right now, through our Public Art Program. To see what’s happening right now, check out   

If you live in the greater forest lawn area, Enmax and Aspen are hosting a community conversation about challenges related to energy and utilities payments, and energy savings practices on Friday May 25, from 6-8pm. Transportation and childcare are available upon request, please let me know if you plan on going and I will send you the contact information. You will need to register by May 21.



May 23: Criminal Record Impacts on Employment @ Kahanoff Centre (Jim Hume room, 105 12 Ave SE) 11:30 am – 1pm. Learn more about record suspension (pardon process), Bonding, how to speak about your record with employers, Privacy legislation, the different types of information checks, human rights legislation, and how to deal with applications containing intrusive questions.

May 23-26: Calgary International Children’s Festival @ Olympic Plaza. The outdoor event are always free and fun, but check out to see some of the paid programming, as well.

May 25 - September 2: Summer Exhibitions Open @ Esker Foundation (4th floor 1011 9 Ave SE) Art by Vanessa Brown, Anna Torma, and Jolie Bird.

May 25: Folk Fest Teaser @ East Village Junction 4:30 – 6pm. Bring a blanket and enjoy the free concert by Altameda

May 26: Weaselhead Bio Blitz @ Weaselhead Park (37 St & 66 Ave SW) 9:30 am -1 pm “Learn about different species of flora and fauna in the park while collecting data on biodiversity for monitoring purposes” This months’ blitz is a flower count. June 23 will be about terrestrial beetles, and July 22 will be a bumblebee watch. These events occur throughout a 4-5km walk, over uneven terrain.

May 26: Community Garage Sale @ Deer Run (throughout the community, and at the community centre- 2223 146 Ave SE) 8am-2pm.

May 26: Parade of Garage Sales @ Throughout Inglewood, 8am-2pm.

May 26: Spruce up the Neighbourhood @ West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6 Ave NW) 10am-2pm. If you have electronics to recycle, kids sports equipment to donate, clothing, household goods, old tires, old paint or hazardous waste, you can get rid of it here. Yard and organic waste will incur a $5 charge, while car seat recycling will be $10.

May 26: Super Saturday @ Calgary Firefighters Museum (4144 11 St SE) Learn more about fire safety and take part in a craft, and check out our AMAZING firefighters museum.

May 26: Green Season @ MRU (4825 Royal Gate SW) Learn more about pollinators, renewable energy, gardening, conserving water, and more. Starts at 8:30am.

May 27: Perennial Plant Exchange @ North Mount Pleasant Art Centre (523 27 Ave NW) 10am-Noon. Bring a plant, leave a plant, and you can take a tour of the art facility while you’re there. has all of the info.


May 24: 3-Day Kung Fu Movie Marathon @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) Times Vary. Tickets are $10 for a single admission, $15 for the Thursday double feature, or $20 for the Sunday triple feature.  Films and info can be found here:

May 26: Panel One Comic Creator Festival @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320  5 Ave NW) 11am-7pm. Artist tables, Q&A Panels, and more, featuring local, internationally renowned, comic creators. Admission is $5.

May 26: East Town Get Down @ International Ave (26-61 streets, along 17th Ave SE) 6pm. $30 gets you a wristband, which gets you into 8 venues filled with live music from local icons, including Forbidden Dimension, Rae Spoon, Yolanda Sargeant, BLKFT, and so many more. Info and wristband purchases are here:

May 26& 27: Spring Calgary Reptile Expo @ Midsun Community Centre (50 Midpark Rise SE) Sat 10 am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Admission is $7, members get in for free.




Post date: 2018/05/08 - 12:56

Hi Everyone,

The 2018 Disability Pride Parade is coming closer! This year is going to be amazing, and in the lead up to the Parade we will have lots of opportunities for anyone who wants to participate to decorate signs, make art, and get ready to celebrate Disability Pride! The Parade itself will be on Sunday, June 3rd, so save that date on your calendars, and check this events listing next week for when we can make art together! Please make sure that you register to attend the event by going to so that the organizers can be prepared for the number of people coming!

Did you know that all Calgary Stampeders games have non-ticketed spots for people who use wheelchairs? If you call the Ticket office at (403) 289-0248 on the Monday Prior to any regular game, you can reserve a spot for yourself and an attendant for only $5. These spots go VERY fast, so call right when they open at 9! And don’t forget about Fanfest on May 12th! Free breakfast, live entertainment, and sports, sports, sports.

On May 8 & 10, ‘Good Grief: Nature Walking Through Grief and Loss’ will be starting up, meeting at Bow Valley Ranch, Fish Creek Provincial Park (15975 Bow Bottom Tr SE). These are the first of an 8-week series of walks, Tuesdays from 6:30-8 pm, or Thursdays 10-11:30 am. These gentle walks are meant to bring people together to move through shared experiences of loss. The cost for all 8 weeks is $25 and you will get a copy of “Calgary’s best walks” by local author Lori Beattie. has all of the details and how to register.



May 14: Search for life in space @ Cardel Theatre (180 Quarry Park Blvd) 7-8 pm. This presentation “takes us on a journey around the cosmos” via telescopes and rover data.

May 16: Enjoying the Night Sky from Your Backyard @ Cardel Theatre (180 Quarry Park Blvd SE) 7:30pm. The star man himself, Don Hladiuk, will give you the low down on the up above.


May 15: Embrace Gardening: Edible Gardening Fundamentals @ Sunalta Community Hall (1627 10 Avenue SW) 6:30-9pm. Admission is $10. Get solid, localized info for edible gardening in Calgary. Please register at

May 16: ASL interpreted- The Secret Garden @ Arts Commons, Max Bell Theatre  (205 8 Ave SE) 7:30-9:30 pm. Tickets for all performances can be found via

May 18-20: Otafest 2018 @ Telus Convention Centre (120 9 Ave SE) Calgary’s Premier Anime Festival is back! Tickets range from $25-45, or you can volunteer to help support the event in other ways if you can’t afford the tickets. has all of the schedules and information.

May 18-19: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14 Ave NW). The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing the movie of “the boy who lived”, to life for three performances. Tickets start at $25. For more info, visit

May 19-21: Opening Weekend @ Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Drive SW). Regular hours and rates apply. has all of the info.


Post date: 2018/05/08 - 08:50


Pre-Season Game against the BC Lions – Friday, June 1 – 7 pm

Home Opener against the Tiger Cats – Saturday, June 16 – 5 pm

Celebrate Canadian Football – Red Blacks – Thursday, June 28 – 7 pm

Fan Appreciation – Alouettes – Saturday, July 21 – 7 pm

Legacy Night – BC Lions – Saturday, August 4 – 7 pm

Family Day – Blue Bombers – Saturday, August 25 – 1:30 pm

Staff Draw – Labour Day Classic – Monday, September 3 – 1 pm

Light Up the Night! Fireworks included – Argonauts, Friday, September 28 – 7 pm

Pink Power – BC Lions – Saturday, October 13 – 6 pm

Rock & Red Night – Roughriders – Saturday, October 20 – 5 pm

Western Semi-Final or Final, Sunday, November 11th or 18th – time tba


Call reception at 403-283-0611 or drop by reception to enter any or all the draws for home games. The Labour Day Classic game on Monday, September 3 is reserved for staff to enter. There will be two draws for two tickets each. Draws will be held a week before the game and should be picked up at least two days prior to game day. If you win tickets to a game that you cannot attend, PLEASE let reception know as soon as possible, and we will draw again.


Post date: 2018/05/04 - 10:21

May 7 - 13th is Mental Health Week - check out this month's Health and Safety News!

Post date: 2018/05/02 - 13:02

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone who went to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo had a great time this year! There has been a lot of discussion since the Expo about the changes to the Expo Accessibility policies. If you noticed that the Expo was more difficult to attend/get the full experience from with these changes, you are welcome to look into a petition going around to ask the new Expo Organizers to consider changing their policies to ensure that the event can be more accessible for everybody. You can find the petition here:  , and more information about the situation at

While we are discussing accessibility, did you know about the Good Host Audience Accessibility and Inclusion Program? Inside Out Theatre has been doing incredible work making Calgary’s Theatre world more accessible, and are bringing a pay-what-you-can approach to their work. You can read the Announcement here: discusses an app called Click n’ Push, being developed in Edmonton to help wheelchair users navigate “how challenging the route they plan on taking is” in the city.

If any of these stories interest you, you want to make deeper connections, or just celebrate, don’t forget about Disability Pride Alberta on Sunday Jun 3, from 11am-2pm. You can find all of the info here:



May 7: Overdose prevention, naloxone training & Safeworks update @ Sheldon Chumir Health Centre (1213 4 St SW) 6-8pm. Personal and professional perspectives on harm reduction and the opioid crisis. Show up to this event, or go to to find out more about Naloxone kits, etc.

May 8: Father’s Autism Network Monthly meeting @ location to be determined (contact  for more info) whether you are a father on the spectrum, or you have children on the spectrum, this meeting is a time to connect and relax.  

May 10: Pizza party and STI screening for queer and trans youth (ages 24 and under) @ Sheldon Chumir Centre, 3rd Floor. 5-8pm. Get tested in a casual, accessible, low-stress and private setting.

May 11-13: CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale @ Calgary Curling Club (720 3 St SW) One of Calgary’s best book sales is coming up, Fri & Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am -2pm. Admission is free this year, and all proceeds from book sales goes towards Calgary Reads.

May 12: Wastewater Treatment Tour @ Glenmore Reservoir. 10am-12pm or 1-3pm. Tours are capped at 30 people so register ASAP. For more information and to register, visit The next public tour will be on Saturday September 8th.

May 12: DogFest Spring Fling @ Triwood Arena (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW) 10am-4pm. has all of the info on this vendor event. You don’t have to buy anything to go and enjoy the pup-filled event, though.

May 12: Calgary Stampeders Fan Fest @ McMahon Stadium (1817 Crowchild Trail NW) The event runs from 9am to 4pm, music and free pancake breakfast at 9am, then a field full of festivities starts at 10am.  

May 12: Science Rendezvouz @ SAIT (Aldred Centre, 1301 16 Ave NW) Come check out what’s going on in robotics, chemistry, film and video.

May 12: Community Street Market @ New Brighton Residents Association (2 New brighton Drive SE) 9am-3pm. Loads of deals, people, and food trucks.

May 12-13: Horde at the Hive @ Chinook Honey Company (386087 16 St W Okotoks, AB) 10 am-5pm both days. Live-action battle re-enactments, artisan market, Viking-style food and, of course, mead. You can find all of the info at

May 12-13: Calgary Spring Fibre Festival @ Crossroads Market (1235 26 Ave SE) Wander through and look at all of the wool, yarn, and finished textiles.

May 12: YYC Alternative Market @ Inglewood Community Association (1740 24 Ave SE) 10am-4pm. This local market is presented by X92.9fm.


May 10: Adults only Night: Suspended Reality @ TELUS Spark Science Centre (220 St George’s Dr NE). This month’s Adults-only night will have you taking on a new identity, meeting strange people, and trying strange things, in the end sorting out an evening-long mystery. Regular Admission rates apply, but you can always sign out one of CASS’s community passes to get 6 people in for free.



Post date: 2018/04/27 - 09:14

Our office closures are a little bit different this year. Please see the list below for details.

General (Statuatory) Holidays & Non-General (Statuatory) Holidays


Stat Holiday – New Year’s Day – Monday January 1, 2018

Stat Holiday – Family Day – Monday February 19, 2018

Stat Holiday – Easter Friday – Friday March 28, 2018

Office Closure – Easter Monday – Monday April 2, 2018

Stat Holiday – Victoria Day – Monday May 21, 2018

Stat Holiday – Canada Day – Monday July 2, 2018

[As per Alberta Labour Standards:]

Canada Day is on July 1 every year except when it falls on a Sunday, then it’s on July 2.

Office Closure – Heritage Day – Monday August 6, 2018

Stat Holiday – Labour Day – Monday September 3, 2018

Stat Holiday – Thanksgiving – Monday October 8, 2018

Stat Holiday – Remembrance Day – Sunday November 11, 2018

Office Closure – Monday November 12, 2018

Stat Holiday – Christmas Day – Tuesday December 25, 2018

Office Closure – Boxing Day – Wednesday December 26, 2018

Office Closure – New Year’s Eve – Monday December 31, 2018

Stat Holiday – New Year’s Day – Tuesday January 1, 2019

Post date: 2018/04/24 - 11:57

Hi Everyone,

Tax Season is over, but if you missed your chance to get your taxes done for free, don’t worry, the CASS CVITP runs year-round, Contact the Resource Facilitator at (403)283-0611 to make an appointment. If you have any questions about phone calls, emails, texts, etc., that say that they are from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), please call 1-800-959-8281 to ask about your taxes. There are a lot of scams going on this tax season, always go to the source, and don’t give any information to anyone before you contact to someone you trust, and the CRA.



Apr 30: RESP Sign Up Event @ Momentum (16, 2936 Radcliffe Dr SE). 4pm. If you have kids and want to find out how to put some money aside for their post-secondary schooling, this free event can help you access $2,000 in government bonds for your kid’s education even if you can’t afford to pay into the RESP. You will need to bring ID, including SIN’s for yourself and your kid(s). You can find out more about Momentum and the event through

May 1: Pokemon Trading Card Game @ Autism Calgary (3639 26 St NE) 6:30-8:30pm. This event happens every first and third Tuesday evening.

May 2: Book Drive & Sale @ Crossroads Market (1235 26 Ave SE). This is the 16th annual book drive and sale in support of Servants Anonymous/RESET Society of Calgary.

May 4: Bike to Work Day @ Eau Claire Market. Starting at 6am, stop by Eau Claire Market on your bicycle, heading to work/school/etc. for some fun!

May 4-July 1: Crescent Heights Village Days @ various locations. There are loads of fun, free events going on in the neighbourhood. See for all of the info.

May 5: Calgary Area Hippie Gardeners Plant Sale @ Dalhousie Community Association (5432 Dalhart Road NW). Starts at 10am. All types of plants, grown without herbicides or pesticides.  If you want to buy plants, they accept cash only.

May 5: Art Gallery Hop @ Various galleries 11am-5pm. 8 downtown galleries will be free to visit and hear artist talks throughout the day. Please see for more information and a schedule of events, whether you want to be a part of the large group, or avoid the large group.

May 6: Mother’s Day Spring Festival @ Hellenic Community of Calgary (1 Tamarac Cres SW) 10 am-5:30pm. Lots of local artists and makers will be showing their stuff! For more information, check out

May 6: Weaselhead Pathways and River Cleanup @ NW corner of Weaselhead parking lot (66 Ave & 37 St SW). Meet at 10 am, and they will provide everything you need to spring clean the park. Please bring a hat and wear close-toed shoes.  


May 4-5: Calgary International Beerfest @ BMO Centre Fri 3-10pm, Sat 2-10pm. Tickets start at $20, check out for all of the details.

May 4-6: Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club’s Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show @ VIVO (11950 Country Village Link NE) Tickets are $7, and there will be demonstrations, rocks, demos, prizes, and even free sapphire mining for kids. Details can be found here:

May 5: Calgary Bike Swap @ City Centre Parkade. 8-4pm, admission is $2. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or both, come check it out! has all of the info.

May 6: Wings for Life App Run Calgary @ Sidewalk Citizen Bakery (618 Confluence Way SE) Meet up at the bakery at 5 am and walk or wheel your way around a 5 km river pathway, with free breakfast at the end back at the Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. Registration Fees Apply, all money raised will go toward spinal cord research. There is more info available at:

May 6: Hike for Hospice @ Sikome Lake. Registration for this 5km walk is $12. The walk begins at 10am, but the party starts at 9am. Pets are welcome. has all of the info that you need to register.

May 6: Calgary Music Collector’s Show @ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE) Admission is $5 from 11am-4pm, or you can play $10 and beat the crowds between 9:30-11am. has all of the info.

May 6: Etsy: Made in Canada @ Ross Glen Hall, Mount Royal University. 10am-5pm. Admission is $3 at the door, parking is free. There will be tons of vendors selling handmade and vintage items, food trucks, and fun.


Post date: 2018/04/17 - 13:40

Hi Everyone,

Spring is on its way, I hear, and CASS will be hosting another Clean-up Day at Airways Park, a few blocks South West of the office. On Wednesday May 23, we will be getting our bags, gloves, and some refreshments together, and meeting in the parking lot at 27 Ave & 16 St NE to go through and help clean up a park that we use throughout the year. We will use supplies provided by “The Litter Kit” (TLC), . Come down, bring some friends, and have a great time. Please make sure you are wearing closed-toed shoes, have adequate gear for the weather, and read the “Tips for a successful day” provided in the link above.



Apr 26: Downtown Throwdown @ Stephen Avenue. 3 tonnes of snow are being brought to the city, and freestyle snowboarders will be showing off their skills.

April 27: Parade Of Wonders @ Stephen Avenue (starts at 8 St & 8 Ave SW) 10:30am. This cosplay parade is part of the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. You can show  up to watch, or register to be in the parade through



April 26-29: Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Stampede Park. Thurs 4-8:30pm, Fri Noon-7:30, Sat 10am-6:30pm, Sun 10am-4:30pm. Ticket prices vary, starting at $25 for a one-day pass. Artists, Writers, Cosplayers, Gamers, Re-enactors, etc. unite! has all of the info.

April 27-29: Market Collective @ Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) Fri 4-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. Admission is $5 for the weekend.

April 27- May 6: YYC Taco Fiesta @ Various restaurants. Individual tacos will sell for $4 -$6 and 15% of the sales will go toward charity partners. For all info, check out

April 28: Acadia Vintage Retro and Antiques Show @ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE)  Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Admission is $6. There are lots of antiques to view or buy, and an identification clinic will be set up if you want to get an assessment.


Post date: 2018/04/13 - 12:19

CONGRATULATIONS, to CASS client Kevin A. Check out this month's article on his achievements!

And, don't forget, submissions for the CASS Report are welcome from all CASS Clients and staff. Let us know your achievements, tell us about a book you have recently read, or give us a movie review. Submissions are due the 15th of the month and can be emailed to or dropped off at the office with reception.