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City of Calgary signs Modernized Housing Agreement with Government of Alberta

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Just two days before the 10thannual Coldest Night of the Year, a nation-wide campaign directed at combatting the effects of homelessness and housing insecurity across Canada, the City of Calgary has signed a new modernized housing agreement with the Government of Alberta. 

On February 18, 2021, the City of Calgary released a press release detailing their agreement with the Alberta Government, which lays out a 4-year, $34 million operating and capital funding agreement for the continued facilitation of affordable housing in Calgary. The agreement covers the continued maintenance of 1,048 existing affordable households throughout the city. Extending through 2024, this updated agreement will take the place of the original jointly funded housing agreements between The City and the provincial government.  

All homes are managed by Calgary Housing Company (CHC), a wholly owned subsidiary of The City, and the largest landlord in Calgary, currently managing more than 10,000 households with approximately 25,000 tenants. According to the release, 1 in 5 Calgary households currently struggle with housing costs and more than 100,000 Calgary households are forecast to be in housing need by 2025.

Comments from Calgary housing officials and Mayor Naheed Nenshi highlight the importance of affordable housing in ensuring the future success of all Calgarians and the continued prosperity of Alberta. According to Councillor Druh Farrell, the ability to contribute positively to society begins with access to safe, reliable and affordable shelter. “It’s important to remember that affordable housing is about people,” she says, “People in stable housing have greater chances to find and keep jobs, to learn and build skills and be active participants in their communities.” 

“Alberta’s government knows affordable housing is critical to create inclusive communities and to build economic prosperity for all Albertans,” continues Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon. 

In addition to the extended provision of 1,048 affordable households, the agreement enables the transition of all City-owned social housing to a social-housing mixed rent model, which in turn, will facilitate positive housing outcomes for tenants. This includes a focus on moving residents out of poverty and reducing reliance on government subsidies moving into the future. 

This agreement represents another important step in prioritizing affordable housing, which remains a key factor in reducing the impacts of homelessness and housing insecurity in Calgary and across Canada. According to the City of Calgary press release, “It actually costs less in tax-payer dollars to provide citizens experiencing homelessness with affordable housing. They will rely less on other public supports, such as shelters, healthcare and emergency services.” 

For more information on Calgary’s recent modernized housing agreement and ongoing affordable housing strategy, visit https://www.calgary.ca/cs/olsh/affordable-housing/affordable-housing.html?redirect=/affordablehousing

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Jacob Markstrom earns shutout as Flames blank Oilers 5-0 in Battle of Alberta

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CALGARY — Jacob Markstrom stopped all 17 shots he faced and the Calgary Flames put an end to their four-game losing skid with a commanding 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Johnny Gaudreau and captain Mark Giordano each had a goal and an assist, while Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm and Brett Ritchie also scored for Calgary (17-21-3). Sam Bennett and Mikael Backlund each tallied a pair of helpers.

The Flames improved to 3-5 against their provincial rivals this season.

Playing their fourth game in six nights, the Oilers (25-15-2) were blanked for only the third time this year. They dropped to third in the North Division — seven points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and one point behind the Winnipeg Jets.

Goalie Mike Smith stopped 27-of-32 shots in defeat, Edmonton’s second regulation loss in its last 11 outings.

A tentative first 20 minutes of play saw the teams withdraw to the dressing room with a 0-0 tie.

But the Calgary Flames exploded for four goals on 10 shots in the second period from four different shooters.

Monahan got the barrage going with his first since Mar. 13, snapping a 13-game goalless drought. Alone at the side of the net, he capitalized on a defensive mix-up from the Oilers and converted Andrew Mangiapane’s pass at 3:12.

Calgary gained in confidence as the period progressed. They kept the pressure on and it paid off at 10:43 when Gaudreau took a perfect pass across the crease from Noah Hanifin to beat Smith over the glove from a tight angle.

The Flames were again rewarded for good puck movement when Lindholm netted his 10th of the season, five-hole on Smith on the power play. The big-bodied Milan Lucic got the play started and later screened Smith in the crease.

The captain got in on the second period’s deluge of goals. Coming off the bench and storming into the offensive zone, Giordano called for a pass and fired from the right face-off dot, beating Smith between the pads.

Calgary limited Edmonton to very few high-danger chances. Connor McDavid ended the game with one shot.

The Oilers upped the pressure in the third period but could not solve Markstrom. Tyson Barrie came closest when he fired a puck off the post.

Ritchie padded the lead and made it 5-0 with 6:30 left in the game.

There was some confusion shortly after puck drop, possibly related to the Oilers’ lineup card, as Calgary coach Darryl Sutter chatted with officials from behind the bench.

The Flames are back in action in Toronto on Tuesday. The Oilers are off until Friday when they face the Canucks in Vancouver’s first game since their COVID-19 outbreak.

Notes: Edmonton held a ceremony to honour the late Colby Cave earlier Saturday. The 25-year-old Oilers forward died last April after doctors discovered a cyst in his brain. … Mangiapane and Bennett extended their point streaks to four games. … The Oilers placed 27-year-old centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (upper body) on the injured-reserve list earlier Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021.

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Edmonton Oilers place centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on injured list

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have placed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the injured-reserve list. 

The 27-year-old centre missed Edmonton’s game against the Ottawa Senators Thursday with an upper-body injury. 

Nugent-Hopkins is fifth on the team in scoring with 28 points (12 goals and 16 assists) in 40 games. 

Edmonton has recalled forwards Tyler Ennis and James Neal to the active roster. 

The Oilers (25-14-2) sit second in the North Division, five points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Edmonton is set to face the Flames in Calgary on Saturday. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 10, 2021. 

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