President’s Message – July 2021

At the writing of this report, the province is moving into Stage 2 of its reopening plan. While this allows some improvements to indoor activities it still restricts indoor social and group exercise programs. The province has set a target for moving to Stage-3, the removal of nearly all pandemic-related restrictions, to late June or early July. We will continue to monitor the health protocols and our ability to open the hall for our programs and rentals.  Updates will be provided on the website. We are accepting summer and fall rental inquiries and reservations, subject to COVID protocols, at CHCA_Hall@telus.net, or at 403-284-1175. We are anticipating a return to normal activities in the Community Hall by September. 

Another successful Cleanup was held on May 30 made possible by Bent Nielsen and his group of volunteers from both Cambrian Heights and Rosemont communities. This is the fifth year such a program has been undertaken except for the 2020 year where the City, due to the pandemic, cancelled all such programs.

The Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership is planning to create a “rain garden” beside the Community Hall, demonstrating plants that will flourish in southern Alberta under natural conditions. This program is designed to showcase plant species that will thrive under stormwater management. For more information, please access their website (www.alidp.org ). We are excited about this garden addition and will be providing updates through our website and community social media platforms. 

We continue to highlight the design and work being undertaken towards improving the Off-Leash Park as described in this newsletter and on the “digital brochure” accessible through the Cambrian Heights website. Comments on the design may continue to be provided through that website. Work has commenced and some 49 new trees planted by Calgary Parks at locations selected by the volunteer committee and illustrated in the design layout. We hope to be able to start the fundraising for other additions as the province moves to remove all pandemic-related gathering restrictions.

To celebrate a return to normal community activities we are discussing a September afternoon gathering with live music, non-alcoholic drinks and food. This will allow all community residents to gather at the hall and grounds to provide their input into promoting social and educational activities for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022. Like always, volunteers interested in community involvement are encouraged to come forward to assist in the planning and organization of this event and new programs for the future. If you are able to help out in any way please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com

From your Community Association Board, we wish everyone a happy and safe summer as we gradually return to normal after the challenges of the last 18 months. 

Stay Safe and Active,
Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

Triwood Farmers Market

Triwood Community Association proudly supports local businesses. Their goal is to connect consumers with local businesses and offer consumers a diverse selection of products. Consumers can be sure they are purchasing the highest quality goods from local sources. This also ensures that the majority of purchased goods help support the local economy.

Every Tuesday from June 1 – September 28

2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW

https://www.triwoodcommunity.com/farmers-market

John Laurie Blvd. N.W. Restoration

Construction is anticipated to start during the week of June 7. However, light on-site mobilization of the contractor’s equipment and lane closures are anticipated after June 2.

Construction will start at the John Laurie Blvd. N.W. and Brisebois Dr. intersection. This work is anticipated to be completed by early July. Access to the Nose Hill Park parking lot will be maintained during the majority of this time; however, access may be impeded due to construction. Full closure of the Many Owls Valley parking lot is planned for a few days and advance notification for this closure will be shared via project updates.

Early construction will include underground work at the John Laurie Blvd. N.W. and 19 St. intersection as well as the Charleswood Dr. intersection. Restoration work and paving will take place along John Laurie Blvd. N.W. during the majority of the construction period.

Throughout construction, there will be various temporary lane closures, lane shifts, and speed reductions; although, the project team will work hard to minimize the impacts to the commuters and travellers in the area as much as possible. Detours will be in place and we are asking the public to please follow all posted signage in the construction area including speed reductions and to expect some delays.

A project video is available on the web page at www.Calgary.ca/JohnLaurieBlvd to help the public better understand the scope, schedule and impacts of the project including alternate options for parking during the Many Owls Valley parking lot closure. Bold signs were posted through the project area earlier this year and installation of variable message boards is underway. Other promotional tactics include a social media marketing campaign.

Visit John Laurie Blvd. N.W. Restoration & Reconstruction Shaganappi Tr. to 14 St. Public can also sign up for the email newsletter.

Annual General Meeting 2021

Due to the ongoing health restrictions involving social gatherings and the requirements of our Bylaws, the Cambrian Heights Community Association Annual General Meeting will now be held virtually utilizing Zoom technology.

In order to attend the meeting and to identify voting requirements, we ask all those who wish to attend the meeting to register as indicated below.

Prior to the meeting, the financial statements for 2020 and a summary slide presentation will be available on our website. You will be provided with the Zoom link for the meeting on June 13.

We welcome your attendance and plan to host an Open House in the fall depending on health protocols in place at that time. If you have any questions or concerns please address them to president@cambrianheightscommunity.com

 


PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to attend the 2021 AGM, please submit the form below. Zoom details will be delivered via email two days before the meeting to all that have registered.

    Are you a current member of the CHCA?


    Cambrian Heights Community Association Annual General Meeting:

    Tuesday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM

    Virtual Meeting Utilizing Zoom Technology

    • 2020 Review
    • Financial Reports
    • Election of Directors
    • Community Development Updates

    Agenda

    1. Call to Order
    2. Approval of Agenda
    3. Approval of Minutes of the October 20, 2020 AGM
    4. Presidents Report 2020-21
    5. Treasurer’s Report
      • Audited Financial Statements for Fiscal Year ended December 31, 2020
      • Appointment of Auditor for Upcoming Fiscal Year
    6. Election of Directors and Officers for 2021-22 Term
    7. Other Business
    8. Adjournment

    Invited Guests

    • Jeremy Nixon, MLA Calgary-Klein
    • Sean Chu, Councillor Ward 4

    Nominations

    It is the intention of certain members of the current Board of Directors to stand for re-election and that Daryl Connolly will stand for election as President, Daniel Story as Treasurer and Ian McKinnon as Secretary.

    Community Residents Standing for Election: Daryl Beatty, Isabel Boisvert, Christine Breed, Susan Bromley, Lorna Brown, Andrew Connolly, Daryl Connolly, Jennifer Manns, Ian McKinnon, Barb Milne and Daniel Story.

     

    President’s Message -June 2021

    We continue to monitor the health protocols and our ability to open the hall for our programs and rentals. Updates will be provided on our website. We are accepting summer or fall rental inquiries and reservations, subject to COVID protocols, at CHCA_Hall@telus.net, or at 403-284-1175.

    Our weekly yoga and fitness programs will be continuing on-line until the end of June. We hope to resume these programs at the Community Hall in September. Please consult the website for updates.

    The Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership is planning to create a “rain garden” beside the Community Hall, demonstrating plants that will flourish in southern Alberta under natural conditions. This program is designed to showcase plant species that will thrive under storm water management. For more information, please access their website. We are excited about this garden addition and will be providing updates through our website and community social media platforms.

    Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for June 15 via Zoom. Included in the Newsletter is the notice and agenda for this meeting outlining the presentations and discussion items. Also shown are residents standing for first time or re-election to the Board of Directors. Residents considering involvement with the Association in any capacity should contact the undersigned or any existing director. We will be inviting our MLA, Jeremy Nixon, and our Ward 4 Councillor, Sean Chu, to review provincial and city issues relevant to community members.

    Stay Safe and Active,
    Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

    President’s Message – May 2021

    COVID-19 cases, as of the writing of this note, have been rising with the variant strains increasing dramatically causing hospitalizations. As a result, the province on April 7 tightened lockdown measures restricting all indoor social gatherings and that effectively eliminates normal usage of the Community Hall. We continue to monitor these developments and will remain focused on health and safety due to the children’s preparatory school’s usage of these facilities during the weekdays. Updates will be provided on our website. We are accepting summer or fall rental inquiries and reservations, subject to COVID protocols, at CHCA_Hall@telus.net or at 403-284-1175.

    Our weekly yoga and our fitness programs continue to be offered online. Both Lorene Hughes (fitness, scarybunnybefit@gmail.com) and Kyrsten Blair (yoga, kyrstenblair@icloud.com) will operate these programs. Please consult the advertisement posters in this issue or our website for further details. We hope to resume these programs at the Community Hall in September.

    McKnight Soccer is planning to run their programs for boys and girls ages 3-13 using the Cambrian Heights playing fields from April 27 to June 24. Further information is available on their website.

    Our Parks Committee continues to develop ideas to enhance the inclusivity, enjoyment and social gathering aspects of the Cambrian Heights Off-Leash Park. This issue contains a conceptual diagram of the development envisioned. We want to hear from residents in establishing priorities for this multi-year program. Your involvement is vital as the realization of these improvements will depend upon donations and volunteers. Please review the poster in the Newsletter for more details on how you may contribute our ideas and participate to ensure the best possible development of this recreational space.

    On another park like issue, the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership is planning this spring to create a “rain garden” beside the Community Hall, demonstrating plants that will flourish in southern Alberta under natural conditions. This program is designed to showcase plant species that will thrive under stormwater management. For more information, please access their website. We are excited about this garden addition and will be providing updates through our website and community social media platforms.

    I want to remind everyone that a Block Party subsidy of $100 is available to support such events in the community. This hopefully will provide stimulus for these valuable outdoor social gatherings as we come out of public gathering restrictions. Applications may be made to cambrianheights@gmail.com .

    The next meetings of the Board are scheduled for May 3 and June 7. With the pandemic protocols we have been holding these meetings online. If you wish to bring some issue forward to the Board, please contact us at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com in advance of any meeting. We may then make arrangements for you to attend in person or through video conferencing.

    We have scheduled our Annual General Meeting for June 15 in anticipation of such gatherings being permitted by provincial government health regulations. Included in the Newsletter is the notice and agenda for this meeting outlining the presentations and discussion items. Also shown are residents standing for first time or re-election to the Board of Directors. Residents considering involvement with the Association in any capacity should contact the undersigned or any existing director. At this point we are unsure of the COVID-19 protocols that may be in place, so we encourage everyone to monitor developments on our website. We will be inviting our MLA, Jeremy Nixon, and our Ward 4 Councillor, Sean Chu, to review provincial and city issues relevant to community members.

    Stay Safe But Remain Active.
    Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

    Annual Spring Clean Up

    Sunday May 30, 2021

    9:00 am – 1:30 pm

    Cambrian Heights Community Centre Parking Lot

    600 Northmount Drive N.W.

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    President’s Message – April 2021

    COVID-19 cases have been lowering and vaccination programs have advanced, such that on March 8 the Province announced an easing on COVID-19 restrictions, including the opening of all Calgary’s community halls.  Continuing capacity restrictions will continue to preclude event size consistent with the type of events generally hosted at our community hall. The earliest the next round of possible easing of COVID protocols is scheduled for March 22.  We will be monitoring this progress but will remain focused on health safety first due to the children’s preparatory school usage of these facilities during the weekdays. Updates will be provided on our website. We are however accepting limited rental inquiries and reservations, subject to COVID protocols, at CHCA_Hall@telus.net or at 403-284-1175.

    The end of March generally brings an end to the outdoor ice due to daytime temperatures. We sincerely thank Scott Jacobson and his crew of rink rats for their volunteer efforts this winter which was greatly appreciated and invaluable during this pandemic. A generally mild winter allowed both our ice sheets to be well enjoyed and helped provide valuable recreational opportunity for our residents and children during a difficult period. We will continue to maintain these ice rinks as long as possible.

    Our weekly Yoga Program and our Fitness Programs will continue to be offered online.  Both Lorene Hughes – Fitness (scarybunnybefit@gmail.com) and Kyrsten Blair – Yoga (kyrstenblair@icloud.com) will operate these programs. Please consult the advertisement posters in this issue or our website for further details. We plan to have these programs return to the Community Hall in September.

    We are continuing to develop our Parks Committee plans to design and fundraise to enhance the inclusivity, enjoyment and social gathering aspects of the Cambrian Heights Off Leash Park. Published in this issue is the conceptual diagram of the development envisioned for this Park included in the March community newsletter. This design concept will be finalized after consultations with residents from both Cambrian Heights and Rosemont communities. Several Mount Royal University students continue to coordinate this consultation process as we look to engage and encourage residents in both communities to get involved in this multi year project. Please see the Cambrian Heights Off Leash Park announcement in this newsletter for more details on how you may input your ideas, participation or donations to achieve the best possible development of this recreational park space.

    I want to remind everyone that a Block Party subsidy of $100 is available to support such events in the community. This hopefully will provide stimulus for these valuable social gatherings as we come out of outdoor public gathering restrictions. Applications may be made to cambrianheights@gmail.com.

    The next meetings of the Board are scheduled for April 5  and May 3.  With the pandemic protocols we have been holding these meetings online. If you wish to bring some issue forward to the Board please contact us at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com in advance of any meeting. We may then make arrangements for you to attend in person or through video conferencing if necessary.

    We have scheduled our Annual General Meeting for June 15 in anticipation of such gatherings being permitted by provincial government health regulations.

    Stay Safe But Remain Active.

    Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

    The future of single-family home communities is at stake

    The Guidebook for Great Communities is going to Council on March 22, 2021. 

    If you haven’t heard of the Guidebook to this point, it has the potential to significantly alter the nature of communities across Calgary, particularly as it relates to the future of single-family home communities.

    The Cambrian Heights Community Association (CHCA), like many other community associations across the City, has expressed concerns about some of the proposals in the Guidebook.  As highlighted in a Calgary Herald insert this morning:

    “The new policy for low-density residential development called “Neighbourhood Local” mixes housing forms (single detached, duplexes, semi-detached and row housing) which could lead to changes to existing density, height, setbacks, lot sizes and lot coverage and puts mature trees at risk.”

    While below you will find links to various materials about the Guidebook, the Brentwood Community Association (BCA), a close neighbour to Cambrian Heights, has produced a very informative document that summarizes their concerns. The CHCA shares these concerns. The BCA document can be found here:
    www.brentwoodcommunity.com/2021/03/12/guidebook-for-great-communities

    There are a variety of other sources for further information about the Guidebook as well; some are official City websites and some are private links.

    The City of Calgary’s Guidebook website is:
    https://www.calgary.ca/pda/pd/current-studies-and-ongoing-activities/guidebook-for-great-communities.html

    Other individuals and Community Associations have posted materials here:

    For those that are interested, there is still an opportunity to participate in a City of Calgary hosted Guidebook 101 session. The next session is on March 16th, and the details can be found here … https://guidebook101-mar16.eventbrite.ca

    If you would like to comment on the Guidebook:

    Contact Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu (Ward 4 includes Cambrian Heights)

    Contact The Mayor and City Council

    Submit written comments prior to the meeting via http://calgary.ca/publicsubmission

    • Comments must be received by March 15th at noon to be included in the Councillors’ package delivered by the end of the week

    Speak at the March 22nd Council meeting

    John Laurie Blvd Restoration and Reconstruction Project

    As part of The City’s life-cycle maintenance and major roads restoration program, we’re completing pavement reconstruction and restoration work on John Laurie Blvd. N.W. Improvements will include road restoration and rehabilitation of John Laurie Blvd. from Shaganappi Tr. to 14 St., as well as full intersection reconstruction at Brisebois Dr.

    This project will improve roadway operation, safety and surface characteristics of the roadway between Shaganappi Tr. and 14 St. and help to ensure the road continues to be safe, functional and in great condition for years to come.

    Work will commence in Spring 2021 and continue through Summer 2021, with scheduled completion in Fall 2021. Regular project updates will be available and a link to subscribe to the project newsletter is posted on www.calgary.ca/johnlaurieblvd.