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Air Quality Precautions during Forest Fires

Important Notice Regarding Forest Fires and Air Quality Precautions

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Dear Residents,
 
Our province is currently facing a challenging situation with forest fires causing significant damage throughout Alberta. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by these destructive events.
 
While we have been fortunate to experience unseasonably warm weather recently, it is crucial to acknowledge the potential impact on air quality due to the ongoing fires. Today, we have witnessed how rapidly the air quality can change, emphasizing the need for vigilance and adaptability during this dynamic situation.
 
To ensure your safety and well-being, we kindly request that you follow the recommendations provided by Alberta Health Services:
  • Keep all windows and doors, including attached garage doors, closed as much as possible.
  • Turn down furnace thermostats and furnace fans to the minimum setting. Please note that you should not attempt to extinguish the pilot light.
  • If you have an air-conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from entering your home.
  • Avoid running fans, such as “whole-house fans” or “fresh air ventilation systems,” that may bring smoky outdoor air inside.
  • Ensure that all floor registers are switched to the closed position.
  • Close fireplace dampers on wood-burning fireplaces and refrain from using wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves, or any smoke-producing appliances or features, including candles.
  • If you possess room air cleaners with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, turn them on. Avoid using air cleaners that may produce ozone. Please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for filter replacement, device placement, and recommended room size.
  • If applicable, turn off your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) or put it into re-circulating mode while the air quality remains poor. Remember to turn on the HRV once the air quality improves in the coming days.
  • If you need to drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Utilize the re-circulate mode for car fans to prevent the intake of outdoor air. Please note that vehicles should not be used as a means of shelter.
  • Reduce levels of physical activity as necessary to minimize the inhalation of airborne pollutants.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to keep your nose and mouth moist.
In addition, we highly recommend signing up for air quality alerts at www.ecalertme.weather.gc.ca to stay informed about the latest developments.
 
For further information on protecting yourself and maintaining good health during Air Quality Advisories, we encourage you to visit the following resources:
Your safety is our utmost priority, and by taking these precautions, we can collectively help to ensure the well-being of our community during these challenging times. To help offer relief to those impacted by the crisis, we are collection donations for the Calgary Food Bank and have made a donation to the Alberta Fires Appeal managed by the Canadian Red Cross.  Donations for the Calgary Food Bank can be dropped off at our office during regular business hours.
 
 

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. has built a reputation for quality and effectiveness, making us one of the go-to property rental companies in Calgary. During our 50 years in operation, we have encountered many problems and developed many solutions ensuring we can put our years of service and hard work to use in your favour and that the management of your property is worry-free.

We are dedicated to providing top quality care and service to our clients, and believe that our continuing success as a property management company in Calgary showcases our commitment to both relationships.

 

Helping Project Warmth obtain 2022 Goal

 

Project Warmths’ goal is to ensure that less fortunate stay warm and dry over the harsh winter months.  Throughout the months of December 2022 to February 2023, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. is accepting blankets, gloves, scarves, parkas and other warm clothing for those in need.

By making a donation of warm clothing or a financial contribution, you can make an immediate difference for someone that is homeless and struggling to take care of themselves or they family.  Emerald’s goal is to collect 5 bins of warm items over the 3 months by engaging with its stakeholders, residents and contractors.

 

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. will be collecting on behalf of Project Warmth donations of both new and used:

  • warm clothing,
  • outerwear (jackets, coats, gloves, mitts, toques),
  • Boots and shoes,
  • sleeping bags, and
  • blankets.

Donations can be placed in bags or boxes and be left at the collection site during regular business hours at Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.’s head office located at: 1036 – 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB  T2R 1M4.  Please contact our team with any questions regarding this initiative at 403-237-8600.


It’s Moustache Season at Emerald

It’s year 7 and the Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. family is getting to GRO for moustache season! 

Stayed tuned to Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.s Facebook page and Instagram page for the announcement of THE “sign” that the season has officially begun, along with updates about what the #EmeraldMos are doing to do good and save lives by raising funds and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

If growing a moustache isn’t your thing, but you want to support the cause – just follow the link and make a donation on our page!

Have a peak at our TikTok Movember Memories created by Emerald’s MoBros and MoSisters in 2021:

 

May The Stache Be With You!


Celebrating 50 years for property management and service to the community, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. is a leading licensed property management brokerage of rental housing, mixed-use real estate assets and condominium corporations.  The Emerald family is engaged to foster a vibrant corporate culture that ensures equal opportunity and well-being for all team members in a dynamic and rewarding workplace.  To learn more about Emerald’s commitment to community, visit our Community Involvement page or contact us today!


A Conversation about Safer Spaces

November is Family Violence Prevention Month. Those assisting victims in our city have reported that the number of people accessing help from domestic abuse has doubled since the start of the pandemic.

Prevention is the key word when it comes to domestic violence.

There are many things we can do to become aware of family violence and prevent it from continuing to occur.  Join Lauretta Enders, BA, CPM with Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. and Maggie MacKillop with HomeFront Calgary to discuss the Safer Spaces Act and the Safe Spaces Legislation — its impact on landlords and property managers, the opportunities it provides tenants seeking support, and how you can make a difference.

IMPORTANT: If you’re at risk of domestic violence, you don’t have to wait until you receive your certificate before moving out. Call 911 if you’re in immediate danger. Call 310-1818 for information on supports available to you.

“Nobody has to do this alone. Being a property manager or landlord, we don’t have to be the experts… If someone’s coming forward with this disclosure, it is important to believe them and do what we can on our level to help and support, or refer them on to the people who are the experts and can really help a family or individual at such a serious time of crisis.” 

– Lauretta Enders, BA, CPM, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.

Background to the Safer Spaces Legislation

Residential Tenancies (Safer Spaces for Victims of Domestic Violence) Amendment Act was passed in August 2016. This legislation, Termination of Tenancy (Domestic Violence) Regulation, and amendments to the RTA Ministerial Regulation, were proclaimed. These changes to the RTA allow victims of domestic violence to end a tenancy early and without financial penalty. This legislation applies in cases where: if the tenancy continues: the tenant’s safety is at risk, a dependant child’s safety is at risk; or a a protected adult’s safety is at risk.

How does someone obtain a Safer Spaces Certificate?

Either the victim, or someone acting on their behalf with their consent, must follow these steps to get a certificate.  As outlined on the Government of Alberta’s website:

Step 1: Get a supporting document

To request a certificate, you’ll need to provide one of the following documents:

1. An existing court order, such as:

  • Emergency Protection Order
  • Queen’s Bench Protection Order
  • Peace Bond
  • Restraining Order
  • Other relevant court order

OR

2. A Certified Professional Statement

This is a signed statement from a certified professional declaring the tenant is a victim of domestic violence. To obtain one:

  1. Download and fill out the certified professional statement 
  2. Then, get it signed by a certified professional. See the list of professionals who can sign it for you.

Step 2: Send in your document

Send your contact information and document by:

Step 3: After you send your request

Receiving your certificate

A certificate will be issued to you within 7 days, upon receipt of your request and supporting documentation. A Safer Spaces Advisor will contact you directly to discuss the delivery option that works best for you.

Giving notice

Once you receive the certificate, serve it to your landlord – along with a signed, written notice to vacate – in person or by registered mail.

Notice must be served at least 28 days before you move out, and within 90 days after the date on which the certificate was issued.

The landlord will then terminate your tenancy agreement on the date stated in the notice, without financial penalty.

About HomeFront Calgary

Since the inception of HomeFront in 2000, domestic violence re-offense rates in Calgary have been cut in half and victim engagement in the justice process has more than doubled. Victims are safer, offenders are being held accountable and families are being given their best chance at a future free from domestic violence. 

HomeFront’s mission is to create  safe community by eliminating domestic violence through direct client services, justice coordination and facilitated community action. 

HomeFront’s sign to help recognize the warning signs of domestic abuse

“There are several signs to be mindful of when interacting with residents and rental properties that may indicate abuse is occurring:

  • Repeated late payment of rent 
  • Noticeable injuries or signs of cover-up including sunglasses, makeup, or clothing 
  • Change in tenant’s behaviour 
  • Fewer visitors or going out less 
  • Expressions of fear 
  • Noise complaints or concerns expressed by other tenants 
  • Property damage, such as holes punched in walls

By being aware of this complex social problem and informed of the signs of domestic abuse, landlords and property managers can help provide an educated response to residents experiencing violence and refer to them all necessary avenues of support.

“We have a saying at HomeFront which is ‘never miss an opportunity to support a victim in their time of need because it may be the only time they reach out.’ You could be the difference between living a life of safety and health or continued impact by domestic violence. It takes everybody doing their part. It’s as simple as asking someone if they’re okay and listening. You don’t have to be the expert; there are many resources out there.”

– Maggie MacKillop, HomeFront”

For more information visit:  The Domestic Violence Toolkit for Landlords at: https://homefrontcalgary.com/safer-spaces-act/

 

 

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