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.

President’s Message – March 2021

At the writing of this message the Provincial government as of February 8 started to ease COVID-19 restrictions on a gradual basis with targeted hospitalization numbers. Restrictions are scheduled to be eased for Community Hall activities in Step-2, when COVID hospitalizations are sustained below 450 in Alberta. This will be no sooner than March 1. Step 3 proposes to ease restrictions on social gatherings when we sustain less than 300 hospitalizations, but again no sooner than March 22. The last phase, Step 4 occurs at less than 150 hospitalizations with a currently scheduled earliest date of April 12. At all stages we still anticipate some restrictions due to the slower than anticipated rollout of vaccinations across Canada. Based upon all these uncertainties we continue to remain in a hold pattern for social events until full clarity and protocols are published and understood.

We sympathize with the local businesses that had to shut down or restrict service during these pandemic times. We, like all communities in Calgary, value the contribution of such businesses to the well being of our neighborhoods and encourage support of these stores and facilities once restrictions are removed. We also continue to recognize the sacrifices of our health care workers and those continuing to provide essential services throughout this crisis.

At Cambrian Heights we will continue, subject to weather, to maintain our two ice rinks to support outdoor activity. We also encourage residents to utilize Confederation Park for sliding and walking during this winter season. If you are not aware, Nordic skiing is available at Confederation Golf Course thanks to volunteers from various organizations grooming trails. Nordic trails are also available at Bowness Park, Shaganappi Golf course and South Glenmore Park. As well we are fortunate to have Nose Hill Park for snow shoeing after fresh snow falls and walks on warmer winter days.

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, gaining from their experiences since COVID-19 forced this change in March. Please consult the advertisement posters in this issue or our website for further details. At this point it is unlikely these programs will return to the Community Hall before September.

In the past community newsletter issues we have reported on the efforts of the Parks Committee to advance the planning and fundraising to improve the Cambrian Heights Dog Park located at 10th Street and 32 Avenue next to Queen’s Park Cemetery. Published in this issue is a preliminary diagram of the development envisioned for the Dog Park. This concept was developed during 2020 by volunteer committee residents  from both Cambrian Heights and Rosemont communities. A team of Mount Royal students have joined us as we look to engage and encourage residents in both communities to get involved in this multi year project. Please see the Cambrian Heights Dog Park announcement in this newsletter for more details.

I want to remind everyone that we continue to support an award winning Edelweiss Preparatory School for Preschool, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students at the Community Hall. The Edelweiss School has served this Community for well over 30 years since its inception in 1988. Obviously parents concerns with COVID-19 has substantially reduced enrollment. However, Edelweiss re-opened in September 2020 with strict health safety protocols in place. We reference you to their website at epschool.ca to check on the program so many of us as parents have experienced. They are currently taking registrations for September 2021.

The next meetings of the Board are scheduled for March 1 and April 5 .  With the Hall closure mandate these meetings are being conducted online. If you wish to bring some issue forward to the Board please contact me in advance of any meeting. We can then make arrangements for you to attend  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

President’s Message – February 2021

At the writing of this message, the Provincial government has extended social restrictive measures in an attempt to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This announcement continues the closure of the Community Hall until at least January 21. We sympathize with the local businesses that had to shut down or restrict service during these pandemic times. Like all communities in Calgary, we value such businesses’ contribution to the well being of our neighbourhoods and encourage support of these stores and facilities once restrictions are removed. We also continue to recognize our health care workers’ sacrifices and those continuing to provide essential services throughout this crisis.

At Cambrian Heights, we will continue to provide our two ice rinks to support outdoor activity. If you are available to help out with the rink’s maintenance, please contact the team headed by Scott at scottcolleenj@gmail.com to offer some hours of worthwhile effort for the kids. We also encourage residents to utilize Confederation Park for sliding and walking during this winter season. If you are not aware, Nordic skiing is available at Confederation Golf Course, thanks to volunteers from various organizations grooming trails. Nordic trails are also available at Bowness Park, Shaganappi Golf course and South Glenmore Park. We are also fortunate to have Nose Hill Park for snowshoeing after fresh snowfalls and walks on warmer winter days.

We will continue to explore options for online programs focusing on informational and social activities. In this regard, we organized a Mealtime Cooking demonstration online for January 28 and have scheduled a three-part Community Waste Exploration for February 10, 17 and 24th. Details of this may be found in a poster within the Newsletter. If you have ideas for additional online activities, please feel free to contact us at CHCA_hall@telus.net.

While the COVID -19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of social events, our weekly drop-in Yoga Program and our general Fitness Programs will continue to be offered online into 2021. Both Lorene Hughes – Fitness (scarybunnybefit@gmail.com) and Kyrsten Blair – Yoga (kyrstenblair@icloud.com) will operate these programs, gaining from their experience when COVID-19 forced this change in March. Please consult the advertisement posters on this site for further details. A review will be made in the first quarter of 2021 towards returning to Community Hall sessions starting in April.

The Community Association continues to look for residents interested in volunteering to help develop programs and activities for adults and children living in Cambrian Heights. Of particular interest to many residents is the amount of development activity occurring within Cambrian Heights. There are also ongoing changes to regulation guidelines being proposed by City officials to encourage such development. Joining the Planning Committee for your Community will open up opportunities to impact such developmental changes on the ground floor. To get involved or for more information, please contact us at president@cambrianheightscommunity.com.

The Planning Committee continues to work on both near term responses to Development Permits and the longer-term issue involving such City projects as the Green Line LRT and the changes coming in development planning detailed in the updated Guidebook for Great Communities available on the City website (www.calgary.ca). As a recent City of Calgary initiative, we remind everyone that concerned residents may now view online proposed development permits after completing a Viewing Authorization form. Simply email PropertyResearch@calgary.ca to start the process. Previously, a resident had to view the downtown Municipal Building plans or by contacting the Community Association. Cambrian Heights will reference residents wishing henceforth to view such plans for this new online service.

A volunteer committee, made up of residents both in Cambrian Heights and Rosemont, is planning enhancements of the 32nd Avenue Dog Park space for residents and their dogs. We are currently working with Calgary Parks on this initiative, which has recently committed to planting some small trees in the space during 2021. We have also recently partnered with a Mount Royal student program to develop an effective resident communication platform and fundraising effort. You will hear more about that program in the near future. The Committee now expects to have a preliminary design concept and procedures for comments posted on a bulletin board at the 32nd Avenue Dog Park and on this site in February. It is imperative we have effective consultations before project initiation during the spring/summer of 2021. It is further expected that this will be a multi-year process as funds need to be raised for each stage of development. Critical to this process is that residents come forward and involve themselves with all design, fundraising, and implementation stages. It is hoped that this will be the first step in our program to enhance all the parks in the community to make them more useful as green spaces for community area residents. If you wish to be part of this process, working with other volunteers in a partnered effort, please contact us at cambrianheights@gmail.com.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for February 1.  With the Hall closure mandate, these meetings are being conducted online. If you wish to bring some issue forward to the Board, please contact me in advance of any meeting. We can then make arrangements for you to attend through video conferencing if necessary.

Stay Healthy and Safe.

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA

At A Glance Upcoming Events

Community halls can open for all activities, effective March 8th

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.  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 continuing children’s preparatory school usage of these facilities during the weekdays.
You can email questions to president@cambrianheightscommunity.com or call (403) 284-1175.

Community Waste Exploration Webinar Series

Vivo for healthier generations

7-8pm February 10, 17 & 24

Join us to learn about the ins and outs of waste, recycling and compost in Calgary. In this free continuous three-session webinar series, you will receive tools to help guide you towards a zero-waste lifestyle.

To register, please email Lora at chca_hall@telus.net

Want to make meal-times easier?

No Time to Waste? No Money to Waste?

Do you love to cook? Do you hate to cook?

Join us by Zoom Thursday January 28, 2021, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

We will do a complete meal prep – we should be eating in 45 minutes and you’ll receive all the recipes by e-mail. We can help you save time, save money, and (hopefully) keep everyone happy.

I’m just a home cook like you (and Tupperware representative). I have no time to waste and no money to waste. I have found a way to make meal prep and cooking so much easier and faster, and to stop food waste in my home. Let me show you some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned. 10% of any sales and $10 for every private party booked will be donated to the Cambrian Heights Community Association.

To register and get your Zoom link, please send an email to chca_hall@telus.net.

Any other questions, feel free to contact DEBLN@telus.net.

This is not your Mother’s TUPPERWARE!