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Post date: 2016/11/02 - 08:19


Hi Everyone,

It’s Remembrance Day this coming week, and also the 8th year of the Field of crosses along Memorial Drive. If you are interested in knowing more about the memorial, is a good place to get a lot of information.

There are also ceremonies being held at Chinook Centre, The Aero Space museum, Peace Park, Battalion Park, Central Memorial Park, Kerby Centre, The Military Museums, The Jubilee Auditorium, YYC Airport, and many Royal Canadian Legions. At 11 am on the 11th.

 Who and what are you remembering this year?

The Stamps will be hosting the western final this year on Sunday November 20th at 2:30pm, and CASS clients, staff, and associates have access to a reduced price for the tickets. If you are interested in ticket prices that range from $25-$50, please let me know and I will send you the details to get the reduced rate.



Nov 9 & 10: Winter Farmer’s Market @ Jamieson Place (302 4 Ave SW) 10am-2pm. Enjoy the farmer’s market environment-- even in November.

Nov 10: MardaFood + Fashion @ Various Locations around Marda Loop. 5-9pm. Fashion and Makeup workshops, shopping specials, and much more. All relevant info can be found at

Nov 11: Free swim and skate @ Various City of Calgary pools and arenas. Starts at 1pm. Please see for details, and a listing of participating facilities.

Nov 11: Annual Artisan’s Fair @ Fort Calgary (750 9 Ave SE). Free (w/ donation to the veteran’s food bank). This market begins with a remembrance ceremony at 11am, and the market begins at 11:30am  and runs until 5pm.

Nov 12: Group Art Society of Calgary Fall Show and Sale @ St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75 Ave SW) donations to the Calgary Food Bank are accepted. Lots of original paintings, a painting demo, and door prizes.



Oct 27-Jan 29: Pomp & Circumstance: celebrations of the Fire Department Kind @ Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) . For information on times, rates, etc. please visit  regular adult admission is $8.50

Nov 7-13: Calgary European Film Festival @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW). All movies will have English subtitles, and be played in their respective languages. A full Schedule of the films and trailers can be found at . Films are $12 each.

Nov 10: Bowling for Brains @ Shanks North (103 Crowfoot Terrace NW). $20. 6:30 pm. This is a fund raiser in support of the brain aneurysm foundation.Tickets can be purchased through this link:



Nov 10-13: Millarville Christmas Market @ MIllarville Racetrack. Thu &Fri Noon-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. Admission is $5. (free under 12 and over 65) Hayrides, photos with Santa, Glass blowing demonstrations, and reindeer. Please see for details. 


Post date: 2016/11/01 - 08:00

Don't miss this month's newsletter - client features an Art Share cartoon and a Speaker's Corner write up!


Post date: 2016/10/28 - 11:51

Calgary Alternative Support Services Inc. (CASS) is currently accepting proposals from vendors to supply, implement and maintain a Human Services Management System or similar solution with comparable capabilities that will allow agency staff to effectively administer, support and manage the delivery of services to clients.

Please see the attached Executive Summary for more detail and email the project co-leaders for the full Request for Proposal if you think your company can help.

Post date: 2016/10/27 - 11:56

Happy Halloween!

If the events and activities this week seem like a small list, it’s because it’s all in here!

Link to Halloween activities:

Link to Holiday markets:

CASS has received ticket vouchers for the Lunchbox Theatre again this year—and they all got claimed as I was writing this email! If you have missed out on this opportunity, never fear-- Lunchbox theatre is always looking for volunteers for front of house and usher duties, and when you volunteer you get the chance to see the production for free! See for the 2016/17 Season lineup, and please email  for more information about volunteering at lunchbox theatre.

A “Canadian Accessibility Act” is in development right now, and they want your input. Please visit to let the people developing the act know what you want from it.

The plain language report from the ACDS from the PDD standards consultations are out. It can be found here: and the full report is here:

 “Baby Boxes” are now undergoing a pilot project in Alberta. If you or someone that you know is expecting, or interested in mentoring new parents, go to to learn more about the boxes, the pilot project, and how you can get involved.



Nov 4: G. Willow Wilson & Ms. Marvel @ Mount Royal University. 7-9pm. The Co-creator and writer of Ms. Marvel will be in Calgary discussing how graphic novels deal effectively with modern societal tensions. Tickets are free, but need to be reserved online at



Nov. 2: Branford Marsalis @ Jack Singer Concert Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $20. Branford, of the Jazz-legendary Marsalis family, will be performing in Calgary as a part of the Fiesta! Latin American Festival.



Post date: 2016/10/19 - 17:31

Accessibility isn’t, we’ve learned, just about the physical environment, and discrimination isn’t just about negative attitudes. So much of what non-disabled people design is designed for people just like them. The problem is, people with disabilities are a growing demographic and already represent about 15% of our population - so designing systems, policies and environments that inadvertently create barriers just isn’t something we can afford as a society to ignore anymore. Whether we’re talking about access to education, employment or community spaces, the ‘design process’ must be universal if we are to become an inclusive society which affords dignity to all and benefits from the contributions of everyone.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Employment Equity Act, along with federal and provincial human rights acts, have been the primary legislative mechanisms which attempt to uphold the rights of - and create a ‘level playing field’ for - Canadians with disabilities. The overall intent of these legislative mechanisms has been to prevent discrimination with regard to access to goods, service and employment but their actual impact has been deemed insufficient by self-advocates and allies.

Despite the layers of current legislation, significant inequities remain. Canadians with disabilities still experience unemployment and poverty at disproportionate rates. Inadequate supports and housing remain a concern as do barriers to access and participation around education and transportation. It has been recognized that something new, something more proactive and impactful, something that doesn’t put the burden of proof on the marginalized is required.    

The Mandate Letter for the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough, from Prime Minister Trudeau has clearly outlined the development of new effective legislation as a top priority; “Lead an engagement process with provinces, territories, municipalities, and stakeholders that will lead to the passage of a Canadians with Disabilities Act.” The language has changed already with the focus on “accessibility” rather than “disability” (and some would argue that the word “inclusion” is a better choice still), nevertheless the mandate was a solid first step that deserves recognition – and it’s moving forward.

The engagement process has begun in earnest with a widely publicized Accessibility Consultation including public consultations in 17 Canadian Cities and online surveys. Minister Qualtrough and her staff have created an engagement process that to date appears very transparent, accountable and inclusive. A recent public consultation in Calgary included Minister Qualtrough as well as Minister of Veterans’ Affairs and National Defense, Kent Hehr along with accessibility advocate, Nabeel Ramji – all professionals with disabilities themselves. The delegation of more than 300 people included a wide variety of persons with disabilities, family members and allies. The often emotional commentary from dozens of participants was captured by consultation staff and volunteers. The consultation, impressively, served to elicit and record an abundance of ‘lived experience’ a crucial element to policy development.

The online Accessibility Survey  represents an important opportunity for stakeholders to voice their thoughts on policy change as well. The survey is a little difficult to find on the Government of Canada webpage but the links in the ‘blue box’ can be found with some scrutiny. The survey is relatively extensive and was clearly constructed to elicit the most feedback possible. As such, it may be worth writing out responses prior to visiting the site so that respondents can copy and paste their comments into the fields required. To this end, I’ve copied and pasted the more complex survey questions below.

Regardless of one’s connection to disability and inclusion, this is an important opportunity for participation in helping Canada to develop an informed policy around accessibility and inclusion. The clear prospect for Canada to become a nation that is more inclusive of citizens with disabilities cannot be reasonably ignored. All Canadians are affected by the current lost opportunities in human capital, community involvement, employment participation as well as by the costs of poverty and poor health and wellbeing. As it turns out, supporting accessibility and inclusion serves everyone.


Note: The United Nations Special Rapporteur outlined in August 2016 a variety of issues and considerations around disability-inclusive policy development which may be worth reviewing prior to completion of the following surveyClick here for the report.


Canadian Accessibility Online Consultation Questions

1.       How can the Government of Canada raise awareness of and change attitudes in relation to accessibility (in the short term and long term)?

2.       How can the Government of Canada show leadership in improving accessibility and removing barriers for Canadians with disabilities?

3.       Do you have examples of collaborative models that have led to the creation of shared expectations and sustained culture change within organizations in relation to accessibility?


The overall goal of the legislation is to increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians in society and promote equality of opportunity by improving accessibility and removing barriers in areas of federal jurisdiction.

4.       Do you have any input regarding this goal?

5.       How should the legislation define “accessibility” and/or “barrier”?

6.       Overall, which approach or approaches do you think would be best for federal accessibility legislation? (Prescriptive or outcomes-based). Are there other approaches that you would suggest?

7.       If a prescriptive-type approach were to be taken, do you have any input on how standards could be developed?

If an outcome-based approach were to be taken, do you have any input on how accessibility outcomes could be established?

Post date: 2016/10/18 - 10:39

Hi Everyone,


CASS clients and direct support staff can access free admission to the  Calgary Gem and Mineral Show @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) Oct 28-30,Friday  1-9pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 10-5pm. I will need you to let me know that you plan on going by FRIDAY OCTOBER 21 so that I can give the organizer your name and the number of people going with you. Then, you just have to give your name at the door and you can get in.

Telus Spark Science Centre is hosting a Monster Mash Up this year.  On Saturday and Sunday October 29 & 30th activities and live demonstrations will be set up to fright and delight you. Costumes are encouraged (but not necessary). More information can be found here: . CASS has community connections passes available that can get you into this event for free. Please contact me if you would like to use one of the passes for this event. Otherwise regular admission rates apply (free for members). See you there!

The City of Calgary Fee assistance newsletter is out and features FREE events in the National Music Centre’s Drop-in Zone, Village Square, Southland, and affordable activities all over the city. The newsletter can be found at

More Halloween events can be found at



Oct 24-31: Great Pumpkin Celebration @ Bass Pro Shops (112-261055 Crossiron Blvd). 24-28th  6-8pm, 29&30th noon-5pm, 31st 4-8pm. Free 4x6 photo of yourself with Peanuts cutouts, and lots of spooky decoration and activities. Visit for more info and to print off ½ price voucher for more picture prints.

Oct 29: Calgary Artists’ Society Art Show & Sale @ Parkdale United Church (2919 8 Ave NW). 10am-4pm. Over 50 artist’s work to look at. There will be a free draw to win an original painting.

Oct 29-30: Mad About Art: Celebrating 35 Years @ Earl Grey Golf Course (6540 20 St SW) 10am-4pm. This show by the Federation of Canadian Artists also includes the chance to enter to win an original painting.


Oct 29: Truth and Reconciliation Summit @ Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (107 Tunnel Mountain Dr., Banff) 8:30-5pm. Learn about the 94 calls to action from TRC commissioners, and attend workshops facilitated by Banff Centre faculty. The cost for the event is $25. To register, email or call (888)255-6327

Oct 30: Salsa Sundays @ Free Spirit Dance (112 16 Ave NW) Lesson @ 7pm, dancing from 7:30-10pm. Admission is $5. 

Post date: 2016/10/14 - 09:44

Don't miss the events listed in the October newsletter!! LOTS of dates to mark on your calendars!


Post date: 2016/10/12 - 09:23

Momentum Calgary is hosting information sessions about the Disability Tax Credit & RDSPs. If you have heard of them before, but are unsure of whether you qualify, or what the process is to get these valuable resources, this is where to go to have your questions answered. Dates are Thursday November 17, 6-8 pm at Momentum (2936 Radcliff Drive SE), and Thursday November 24, 6-8pm at Vecova (3304 33 St NW).

Hockey season is upon us! There are numerous public skate and shinny hockey times throughout the city this season. Navigate to to find places and times that work for your schedule.

Halloween events are coming up everywhere, there is a great list available here: of all of the ways you can scare yourself silly, or simply enjoy this spooky season.



Oct 17-21: Riverview Artists Show @ Gulf Canada Square (401 – 9 Ave SW). This fine arts show will have at least one of the artists available to discuss the works from 9am-4pm daily. Please see for more info.

Oct 19: Disability Employment Awareness Month Film Festival @ Bow Valley College (345 6 Ave SE) 1-2:50 pm. “Films will highlight local and international perspectives on this important issue, with opportunities for discussion.” Please register by going to

Oct 20: New Conversations: Inclusive Communities: Visible & Invisible Disabilities @ Caffe Artigiano (5010 Richard Road SW) This DEAM event runs from 5-7 pm and features presenters from throughout the city discussing ‘Inclusive Community’. Please register for this event by going to

Oct 21: Calgary Fall Night Market @ Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) Market starts at 5pm. This is the only night market happening until next year. Local music, live entertainment, food trucks and more.

Oct 22-23: Calyx Art Exhibition and Sale @ Crescent Heights Community Centre. 10am-4pm. Each day will feature different artists. Visit for more information and an artist list.



Oct 18-29: One-Man Star Wars Trilogy & One-Man Lord of the Rings Trilogy @ Pumphouse Theatre. This solo show re-telling the classic trilogy has been all over the world and is in Calgary now. Tickets start at $30. For more information go to

Oct 21-23: Bearspaw Fall and Christmas Market @ Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre (253220 Bearspaw Rd.) Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Noon-5pm. Admission is $3. This market is in its 34th year and has more than 85 vendors selling handmade goods.

Oct 21-23: New & Used Ski Sale @ Max Bell Centre. Fri 9-5, Sat 10-3, Sun 10-3. Admission is $8. If you are looking for ski gear for the upcoming winter, this is a great chance to find some deals. All info can be found through .


Post date: 2016/10/04 - 10:31

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) and CASS has been quite involved in organizing the DEAM activities which will occur over the next few weeks. This work is being done in partnership with the Calgary Employment First Network (CEFN) - a collective of 10 employment service agencies all serving people with disabilities in the Calgary region.

It all starts today at the City Hall Atrium at 3pm. CASS employment program staff (CAES), and Mayor Nenshi will be kicking off DEAM officially. This event is open to the public so please join us if you can. Celebrating the contributions of workers with disabilities and the Calgary employers who are championing inclusive workplaces is the focus. Please note there will be a DEAM Film Festival at Bow Valley College on October 19th from 10 - 3.

Most of the 2016 DEAM events can be found on the CEFN website at

Updates to events and activities can be viewed here:

CEFN on Facebook:

CAES on Facebook:

CASS on Facebook:

Post date: 2016/10/03 - 10:10

`Tis the Season…. Autumn and Winter Holiday Markets are starting to pop up around town this week. Pick your favourites from the huge selection on the events list below.

Did you know that all of these emails are also posted to the CASS website? If you need a lot of ideas fast, just navigate to and scroll down as far as you need to get ideas for activities.

The Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival at the Calgary Zoo is coming to a close this weekend. From 7-10 pm you can check out this exciting display based on the 4 seasons and 4 plants that symbolize those seasons.  There are also featured stage shows and other activities. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit



Oct 14& 15: Ujamaa Grandmas Bags, Babies & Beyond Market @ Marda Loop Community Association. This yearly sale of beautiful handcrafted items benefits the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The market runs from 2-8pm on Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday.

Oct 15: Calgary Stampede Community Fall Fair @ Stampede Park. 10am-2pm. Free pumpkin spice pancake breakfast, entertainment, pumpkin decorating, outdoor Jenga, and many more exciting autumn activities. Information is available at

Oct 15: A Golden Acre Autumn @ Golden Acre Garden Centre (620 Goddard Ave NE). 8am-3pm. revel in the season with a free pancake breakfast, music, pumpkin decorating, a photo booth and more. You can find information via facebook here:

October 15 & 16: Market Tree Arts & Crafts Fair @ Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE). Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. This gigantic market has lots of free parking and over 70 Vendors. See for more info.  

Oct 15 & 16: Bee Kingdom Fall Open House @ Bee Kingdom Glass (427 22 Ave NW) Glass blowing demonstration and market. Noon-5pm.  Visit for details.

Oct 16: SAIT turns 100 @ SAIT (1301 16 Ave NW). Free BBQ Lunch for the first 2500 people, a car, truck and helicopter show, and a free concert with Dan Mangan, all topped off with fireworks! Although parking is difficult in the area, SAIT is conveniently located on the C-train line. All info can be found at




Oct 13: Hack Blood: Adults Only Night @ Telus SPARK.  Tickets can be purchased here: for the bloodiest Adults Only Night of the year.

Oct 13-29: Fluid Festival @ Various Locations. Ticket Prices vary.  To find out more about this yearly dance-curious festival please go to

Oct 14&15, 21&22: New Craft Coalition Market@ Festival Hall (1215 10 Ave SE) Admission is $2 to this unique array of Canadian craft work. To get a feel for the work that will be at the market, please visit  . The market will run from 4-9pm on Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday.

Oct 14 & 15: The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents ‘Dancing Queen: The Music of ABBA’ @ Jack Singer Concert Hall. 8pm. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased through

Oct 14& 15, 21&22, 27-31: Scream Fest @ Stampede Park Grandstand Building 7pm until midnight. Thursday, October 27 is an adults-only event. With multiple haunted houses to explore and lots of entertainment and activities, this may be the most horrifyingly haunted event of the season. Tickets start at $25. For full pricing details, check out but beware, even the website is nightmare inducing!

Oct 15: The Fibre Shindig @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association 10am-5pm. Admission is $5 for the season’s woolliest market. For vendor information please see