We’ve received official notice from the City of Calgary regarding the Occupy Calgary group located at Olympic Plaza downtown.
In the notice, it is stated that any unattended items and unoccupied tents will be removed from the premises, enforceable at 09:00 hrs MST. (see full notice below).
There is concern that some of the occupants will not be present as they will be at work; we are putting a call out to all citizens of Calgary and abroad to come down and stand in solidarity with us. We also spoke with bylaw officers on site asking very specific questions:
– What enforceable actions will take place? (Answer: “Come down tomorrow and see.” Direct quote.)
– If a tent is occupied or an item is attended, will it be removed? (Answer: None. Refused to answer)
– What are your names and badge numbers? (Answer: None. Refused to answer).
Please call all of the City of Calgary Aldermen and Mayor Naheed Nenshi to have your voice heard, including dialing 3-1-1 for contact with the City of Calgary (403-268-CITY (2489) if calling from outside Calgary).
Council of City Calgary contact information can be found on the City of Calgary website: http://www.calgary.ca/General/Pages/Calgary-City-Council.aspx.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi:
Office of the Mayor, The City of Calgary
P.O. Box 2100, Station M
Calgary, AB, T2P 2M5
Direct Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The full text of the public notice is as follows:
THE CITY OF CALGARY
ANIMAL & BYLAW SERVICES
The City of Calgary is committed to maintaining the integrity of its Parks and Pathways so they can truly be shared and enjoyed by all Calgarians.
For this reason, the Parks and Pathways Bylaw 20M2003 contains rules which must be followed in and on Parks and Pathways. Failure to follow these rules may constitute an offence which, upon conviction, is punishable with a fine and/or imprisonment. Fines under the Bylaw range from $25.00 to $1,000.00 for a first offence.
Calgary’s Olympic Plaza is a Park and its use is subject to the Park and Pathways Bylaw.
The City of Calgary recognizes the rights of Calgarians to engage in public expression and peaceful assembly.
The City will enforce the Parks and Pathways Bylaw in respect of Oympic Plaza to restore the use of Olympic Plaza for the benefit, use and enjoyment of all Calgarians and to avoid further damage being caused to Olympic Plaza.
As of 0900 hrs on 2011 November 15th, The City of Calgary will enforce the Parks and Pathways Bylaw with respect to Olympic Plaza.
Any unattended materials or unoccupied tents will be removed from Olympic Plaza.
For questions about responsibilities and obligations while in Olympic Plaza please visit www.calgary.ca and Search Parks Bylaws.
POSTED at Olympic Plaza on 2011 November 14th at 0900 hrs.
Animal & Bylaw Services