Category: Get Involved

Re: Payday lenders down 25% under new law (Calgary Herald)

There is no doubt that new rules have significantly changed the payday loan industry in Alberta. The changes have increased the importance of alternative options for short-term credit, such as products now offered by ATB and First Calgary Financial. However, it is incorrect to assume that the supply of credit provided by these options needs to meet the demand for short-term credit prior to the… Read more

Be Local Awards – Vote for Momentum!

Hey friends, Momentum belongs to a non-profit association called REAP, which stands for Respect for the Earth and All People. REAP businesses like ours care about the community and the planet. Each year REAP’s Be Local Awards encourage Calgarians to vote for their favourite local businesses. Winners are recognized at REAP’s annual Be Local Awards Gala with a Be Local trophy. Voting is open August… Read more

Have your Say: Government of Alberta’s Proposed Consumer Protections

The Government of Alberta is looking for ways to better protect Alberta’s consumers—like you and I—and is needs your input! They recently launched a consumer protection survey to collect feedback on 14 different consumer issues, including: A consumer bill of rights Door-to-door sales The automotive sector Household moving Ticket sales Gift cards Truth in pricing Veterinary billing Fairness between consumers and businesses Cancellation rights Talent… Read more

The Difference One Ingredient Can Make

There are times in the life of any cook, in any kitchen, when a recipe you’ve been wanting to try for years is suddenly possible because one final ingredient is available at last. In this case, the key ingredient arrived in 2016 when Calgary Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) received an increase in funding from the Government of Alberta. This increase allowed FCSS to… Read more

Engaging in Determining Vision

Recently, Momentum connected with our community to begin the process of determining our strategic map to carry us forward. We are grateful to everyone that engaged with us in our strategic visioning process. The visions and actions created through your engagements will be used to develop Momentum’s new strategic directions. Together we worked to: Discover what factors are vital to Momentum’s current work and past… Read more

A Better Life, Episode 5: Self-Actualization

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To us, it’s more than just getting good jobs and starting businesses—it’s about building a place where people feel connected and are able to truly live their lives. It’s about Calgary and it’s about every one of us. Missed previous episodes of A Better Life? Watch them now: Circumstances Motivation Conviction Perseverance Or watch the compiled video: A Better Life

Enough For All: Raising Awareness of Poverty in Calgary

We generally think of Calgary as a prosperous city; but, did you know that Calgary has the highest level of income inequality of any city in Canada? More than 127,000 people live in poverty in Calgary. Enough For All is a commuity-led campaign with a goal to reduce this number 50% by 2023. We all need to work together to in order to ensure that… Read more

Alberta Announces Lower Fees for Payday Loans

Momentum has been working towards change in the payday lending industry by educating the provincial government and the City of Calgary on the real cost of payday lending. We have seen the results of people—hardworking people like Timothy Afolayan—getting stuck in a cycle of worsening debt because of payday loans. We were excited to have staff members in attendance when Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean… Read more

Alberta BoostR: CED in Action in Alberta

For the past 25 years, Momentum has been working to reduce poverty and build prosperity through community economic development initiatives. Both our programs and our community leadership activities are focused on the development of stronger and more sustainable local economies. One of the basic tenets of CED is that local businesses are vital for the health and resilience of the local economy. We support the… Read more

Vendors Wanted for New Market!

Thinking of opening a new business?  Have a business idea but want to test the concept with potential customers first?  Why not test the waters in the Greater Forest Lawn. We are looking for entrepreneurs to join us for an exciting new outdoor market in your local Forest Lawn neighborhood. This will be a unique market unlike any other market in the city—a fantastic opportunity… Read more