Archive for September, 2020

Permanent Closure Notice: 7th Street SE – from 9 Ave S.E. to MacDonald Ave

September 11th, 2020

As we near completion of the 9 Ave. S.E. Bridge replacement project, this email is to confirm that 7 St. S.E. will remain permanently closed to vehicle traffic from 9 Ave S.E. to MacDonald Ave. S.E. after construction is complete. The west Elbow River Pathway along 7 St. S.E. will be re-opened for pedestrians and cyclists once our work in the area is done.

The decision to keep 7 St. S.E. permanently closed to vehicle traffic was based on an area review conducted by The City, including consideration of the Beltline Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and CMLC’s Rivers District Master Plan, which support enhancing the safety experience for those who walk and wheel in the area.

Community and business access for all modes of travel will continue to be available as outlined in this map (below).

Information notice (below) that will be delivered to businesses and residents in the Inglewood & Ramsay communities this month to advise of this permanent closure. I will also be reaching out to the community associations and stakeholder groups in the area.

If you have any questions, or would like to arrange a virtual meeting to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Evan Fer, M.Eng., P.Eng., PMP

Acting Manager, Bridges and Structures

The City of Calgary – Transportation Infrastructure





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Merchant of the Month – Tea Trader

September 9th, 2020

Merchant of the Month: Tea Trader

by Teresa Smith, RCA Memberships

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Tea Trader has been open in Inglewood for almost 30 years! They are currently offering pick-up at the door (1228A 9 Ave SE). Orders can be placed over the phone (403.264.0728) or online ( Tea Trader is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays from 12pm to 4pm.  They offer Ramsay and Inglewood Community Association Members 10% off all purchases.

How long have you been in the neighbourhood?

Ted and Colleen scouted out Calgary in early 1992 from Toronto, picking Inglewood right away during short visits. We moved to Calgary just before Stampede Week. We rented a house in Inglewood within a day and bought one six months later. Ramsay was the other neighbourhood we considered!

 What do you like about being a merchant here?

When we arrived, rents were low and a lot of shops shared space. We had antique shops, book shops, auctions and the National Hotel. Just like now, most businesses are independent and family owned and that gives us all a common interest to make the business district work. In the early years, Tea Trader received a lot of encouragement from more established businesses, notably Robinson’s Camera and Nostalgic Expressions, who we rented space from.

 What makes your business unique?

We were the first tea shop in Calgary. We were also one of the first online companies having a web page up in 1995. We still have quite a lot of those original customers in Canada and the US. The process of buying tea is just as important to us as the customer contact. Over the years, we have established relationships with suppliers who continue to find the tea we want. We spend the Spring and Summer tasting samples while learning about the growing conditions, availability and pricing of teas. Some teas come from large established gardens while others are from small farms with very limited production – all have their place. Later in the year, it gets cold in Calgary and that is when we sell it!

 What do you want customers to know about you and your business?

Tea is very important to all of us in the shop, we drink it every day. Every time we sell tea to a customer we know that the tea is as important to them as it is to us. There is no right way of preparing tea and we enjoy talking, and disagreeing, on the subject. We love our present location but at some point we will have to find somewhere with more space. Being located upstairs is also challenging for some of our customers and we will be looking for space that is accessible to all.

 Tea Trader stays in business because of its loyal staff, Kate, Joan and Julia – not forgetting the many early years of service given by Paulie, a resident of Ramsay.

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NEW Skills Park for RamsayRink!

September 3rd, 2020

NEW Skills Park for RamsayRink!

Hello Neighbours!

Great news to share…. This week the RCA approved a proposal to purchase some ramps for the creation of a small skills park (bike park) located in the Outdoor Ramsay Rink. The skills park is intended for community members of all ages, from a toddler balance bike to intermediate teen and adult riders on scooters or bikes. It is free of charge – but could also be rented exclusively for birthday parties with a rink rental! (Ideal given our new COVID world).

The photo shows a skills park created in another Calgary Community. Ours will be a bit smaller to start but as time (and interest) grows we will expand it. My son has loved going to this park. The confidence he has gained has been amazing and it inspired me to reach out to some local moms and put together a proposal. My deepest thanks to Julie Tschofen, Erin Joslin, Melody Rodger and the RCA for helping move this forward.

As with many things in the community this will be volunteer run. If you are interested in helping out contact me: Nicole Newton ( First volunteer call will be to paint the ramps to ensure some longevity.

If all goes according to plan we should be able to get the ramps in for Fall enjoyment before the ice is put in. Stay tuned to the Ramsay Community Association website for additional updates on project progress, volunteer call, user responsibilities and rental opportunities.

Ride on Ramsay!


Waste & Recycling Service Update – Starting October 1, remember to tag your extra garbage bags

September 1st, 2020

Starting October 1, remember to tag your extra garbage bags

Starting October 1, if you have an extra bag of garbage that won’t fit in your City black cart, you’ll need to buy a garbage tag. Tags are $3 each and available at participating convenience and grocery stores or online. See the full list at


How to use garbage tags:

  1. 1.     Fill your black cart first.
  2. 2.     Place extra garbage in a bag and wrap a tag around the knot on top of the bag.
  3. 3.     On collection day, set the bag 0.5 metres (2 feet) from your black cart.

We encourage everyone to look at what you are buying and throwing away to find ways to reduce waste. Sorting materials correctly helps maximize the use of all three carts (blue, green, black).


Learn more at


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