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Community Connections

Bannermania 2020: A Celebration of Community Spirit
Despite 2020’s unique challenges, the Bannerman Community League was undaunted as they thoughtfully executed their third annual Bannermania neighborhood celebration in September. The event has made its mark on the community in recent years and this year was no exception!

With support from local businesses including Telus and Belmont Sobeys, there was no shortage of opportunities for neighbours to safely connect in fun, meaningful ways--some even joyfully observing festivities from the comfort of their yard. Photographs of the event were captured by a local photographer as part of “A Community that Cares,” a Bannerman Community League initiative funded through the City of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Engagement Program.

To allow staggered participation at the event and avoid drawing any large crowds, community volunteers hosted stations that were spread throughout the neighbourhood, allowing 150+ residents to leisurely move between activities. This included a variety of food trucks, the Bannerman Community Ice Cream Cart, and entertainers such as stilt walkers, poets, and musicians; together, this added to the vibrancy of community spirit that is quickly becoming a hallmark of the Bannerman community.  

 

Virtual Remembrance Day Event marks 100th Anniversary of the Beverly Memorial Cenotaph
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Alberta's first cenotaph. The centennial celebration planning has been underway for the past few years, but organizers have had to adapt event plans to incorporate Covid-19 precautions and public health recommendations. 

Join the ceremony virtually by tuning in to the live-stream on Global News or on the Beverly Memorial Cenotaph facebook page. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11. The video will also be professionally filmed and edited by a local videographer to share the story of the Beverly Cenotaph and its significance with the broader community.


Did you know? A cenotaph is a monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. In this case, the Beverly Memorial Cenotaph honours military personnel who died overseas in one of several wars since 1914. For more history on this cenotaph, read the articles by Lawrence Herzog, Dane Ryksen, or the Beverly Historical Society

Black Owned Market Edmonton (BOM YEG) Holiday Edition: Saturday, November 28
BOM YEG is a pop-up style market for black-owned businesses and creatives in Edmonton to showcase their products and services to the community. Following their hugely successful first ever BOM held back in August, this iteration has moved indoors and is holiday-themed. Announcements and updates can be found at: Black Owned Market Edmonton - Holiday Edition Event

Supported in part by the Central McDougall and Queen Mary Park Neighbourhood Revitalization Program, it is yet another example of how businesses & residents in the area are working to support the diverse range of members living, playing, and working in their community.
 

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COVID-19 Relaunch Updates

Mandatory Limits to Social Gatherings Capped at 15 People
On Monday, October 26, 2020 the Chief Medical Officer of Health introduced CMOH Order 35-2020. This order limits all private social gatherings to a maximum of 15 people, regardless of whether the gathering is indoor or outdoor. This new order is mandatory and includes the following definition:

“Private social gatherings” is defined as any type of private social function or gathering at which a group of people come together and move freely around to associate, mix or interact with each other for social purposes, rather than remaining seated or stationary for the duration of the function or gathering. This may include events such as wedding and funeral receptions, parties and dinners.

These new limits do not apply to structured or organized events where socializing is not the purpose of the activity. This mandatory measure will be reassessed at the end of November 2020.

Please be sure to visit the new COVID-19 Edmonton Zone webpage for updates on measures and guidelines currently recommended by the Government of Alberta for the city of Edmonton. This page features links to current gathering limits, guidelines and prevention measures, and information on new and voluntary limitations regarding cohorts.

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Neighbourhood Services News

Ice Making Workshop 2020
Are you interested in building and maintaining your community ice rink? Please join us to learn how to make great ice and do routine maintenance of outdoor community rinks!

When: Wednesday November 18, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Where: The meeting this year will be a virtual meeting 

RSVP: Please email neighbourhoodevents@edmonton.ca 

A meeting invitation link will be sent to you. 

RSVP Deadline is November 16th. 

Cost: Free 

For more information please email shannon.murray@edmonton.ca

Click here for the event poster.

Creating a Neighbourly Vibe with Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE)
Looking to create a friendly and vibrant neighbourhood? Join Abundant Community Edmonton for one of our upcoming "Creating a Neighbourly Vibe with ACE" workshops on November 5 at 1 p.m. or November 23 at 6:30 p.m. This workshop is great for anyone who would like to know more about ACE, get to know their neighbours or be a leader in helping to build a safe, connected and vibrant community where they live. Please click here to register.

For more information, please contact: abundantcommunity@edmonton.ca

Other City of Edmonton News

Remembrance Day - November 11, 2020
This year, due to the health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no formal public Remembrance Day ceremony in City Hall, and no public wreath laying outside at the Cenotaph on the City Hall Plaza.

To honour the contributions of military personnel, both past and present, who have served in times of war and peace, Edmontonians are encouraged to observe this important day in other meaningful ways. This can be done by observing a private moment of reflection, making poppies to hang in your window, or taking time to learn about Canada’s rich military history.

Poppies may be laid at a local Cenotaph, if this can be done safely in accordance with the social distancing guidelines provided by Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Click here for more information on City of Edmonton Remembrance Day initiatives.

Be a Good Neighbour All Winter Long
Snow and freeze/thaw cycles can result in hazardous conditions on walkways and sidewalks. These conditions are a safety concern for everyone — particularly for those with limited mobility, service providers and waste collectors. Property owners should remove snow and ice to the asphalt as soon as possible, especially during days of continuous snowfall and during freeze/thaw cycles. Free sand is available at participating community leagues and Roadway Maintenance Yards. For more information, visit edmonton.ca/safesidewalks

Stay tuned to the next edition of Keep Neighbouring for information about snow removal support for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Preparing our Pets for Winter
When winter settles in and temperatures start to dip, in addition to keeping ourselves safe and warm, there are also a number of things that we can do for our pets and animals in our neighbourhoods who spend their days outdoors.

  

  • Keep your pets inside - all animals are at risk for hypothermia and frostbite if they stay outside for too long.
  • Know their limits - if out for a walk with your dog, be prepared to adjust the length of time. If your puppy is raising its paws, it may be time to take it inside to warm up.

  • Protect paws from salt - the salt and ice melt used on sidewalks, roads and parking lots can cause damage to our pets paws. Be sure to thoroughly wipe down paws and bellies after being outside to remove any salt or chemicals.

  • Check your car before you drive - look between your tires and give the hood of your car a few taps before starting it to make sure that a cat has not hidden underneath or inside the engine for warmth.

  • Refrain from using antifreeze in areas accessible to cats. Keep it out of reach and clean up spills. Most antifreeze brands use ethylene glycol as the main ingredient, so you may wish to switch to a brand made with propylene glycol because it is less toxic. 

Front Yards in Bloom: Winterscapes January 18 - February 28, 2021
Edmonton’s winter may be cold, but it can be fun and beautiful too! The Front Yards in Bloom: Winterscapes photo contest gives people an opportunity to showcase their winter gardens, art projects and playful designs. A winterscape is a way of decorating a yard or landscape using snow, ice, natural objects, decorations and lights. You can create a winterscape in your front yard or next to a community hall, office/business building or school. Here is your chance to spread the winter cheer to your neighbours!

Fireworks Permits and Fees
There is currently some misinformation circulating regarding firework use in Edmonton, specifically around fees. To clarify, fees for firework events are as follows:

  • $147 for public events involving low-hazard fireworks
  • $181 for public events involving high-hazard fireworks (2 hours overtime may be necessary for the site inspection)

Beginning October 27, the City of Edmonton will resume issuing fireworks permits for public events. Event organizers are responsible for ensuring crowds are limited to 100 (200 if seated/audience type events) and all public health guidelines are followed. To stay updated on the latest status of fireworks permits due to changing public health orders, please visit edmonton.ca/FireworksSafety.

Questions? Contact cmsfpspecialevents@edmonton.ca or visit edmonton.ca/FireworksSafety to learn more about firework safety and permits in Edmonton.

Chappelle East Park Site
The City is currently in the planning phase for a new school community park site located in the Chappelle East neighbourhood in south Edmonton. The Chappelle East Park site will serve the needs of a new kindergarten to grade nine (K-9) school and the surrounding neighbourhoods.


The park development will consist of site grading, drainage, sportsfield development for baseball/softball and soccer fields for a variety of younger age groups, share-use pathways and tree planting. The Chappelle East Park design also provides a  placeholder for future shared level development amenities as per the Urban Parks Management Plan (UPMP). It is anticipated construction will begin in spring 2021 and will be completed in fall 2021 to coincide with the opening of the school. However, this schedule may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties it brings. Click here for more information on the project. 

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Pitch Your Project: Winter Doesn't Mean We Have to Hibernate!
COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of strong neighbourhood connections. Neighbours are often the most able to respond quickly, to reach out to ask what is needed, and to come together to address any local needs.

Neighbourhood Services invites your group or organization to consider initiatives that can connect neighbours together and create a stronger, more resilient community. Funding of up to $500 is available for projects, events or programs that help build new connections between neighbours or groups. The project must be completed in 2020 and adhere to current public health requirements regarding COVID-19 and public gatherings.


Ineligible for funding:

  • Initiatives that are deemed to be exclusive (i.e. members only)

  • Infrastructure or maintenance costs

  • For-profit events

  • Alcohol, gift cards, staffing costs

  • Initiatives that receive other City of Edmonton funds (edmonton.ca/grants)

  • Initiatives that do not follow public health safety requirements or risk mitigation strategies regarding COVID-19

How it works:

  • Submit your project idea to your Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator (NRC) at least 10 days before your initiative begins

  • The NRC will review the idea and, if necessary, offer suggestions to ensure it meets qualifications

  • If approved, you can begin your project. Keep all expense receipts or invoices

  • Submit expense receipts to NRC

  • Once the NRC receives documentation of expenses, a reimbursement cheque will be issued to the organization

Contact 311 to connect with the Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator for your neighbourhood.

Training, Workshops & Webinars

Free Board Development Webinars
Are you a current non-profit board member or thinking of becoming one? Get professional development for board governance and operations in these free board development webinars! The Alberta Community Development Unit is offering 19 free webinars between November 4 and December 16, 2020. Topics are presented from 1:30-3 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. so you can choose the best time for you. Space is limited so register now. Click here for more information or to register. 

Wide Angle Lens: Empowering Community Heritage Practices
The Edmonton Heritage Council has teamed up with internationally recognized heritage consultant and course instructor Catherine C. Cole to present a new series of virtual workshops. Get the full picture of what it takes to plan and deliver community heritage projects with Wide Angle Lens: Empowering Community Heritage Practices.

As an expansive look at what goes into the preparation and implementation of successful and engaging projects, this series will cover topics including Edmonton Stories (November 19, 2020), 10 Steps in Project Planning (December 10, 2020), Working ‘With’ and ‘In’ Communities (January 14, 2021), Research (February 11, 2021), and The Final Product (March 11, 2021).

Those who register for all five 90-minute sessions, offered one Thursday per month (with 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. options) between November 2020 and March 2021, will have the opportunity to take part in assignments and feedback from Cole reflecting her decades of experience in the field. Alternatively, participants may choose to audit one or more sessions at no cost. A limited number of tickets are available for both the full course and the individual classes, and registration is required.

Learn more and register for the complete program or for select sessions at: www.eventbrite.ca/o/edmonton-heritage-council-27317760055 

2020 Vital Signs Annual Report: Millennials in Edmonton
Edmonton Vital Signs® are annual reports focused on specific topics related to community needs and are a valuable resource for organizations and community groups. This year’s report focuses on millennials--a group that now makes up one-quarter of Edmonton’s population. In the report, you will find information on trends to keep in mind when encouraging millennials to participate and support community based initiatives. For example, millennials’ interest in “garden-tainment” and supporting authentic causes where they can donate on-line. Click here to view the full report and/or watch the online presentation for more information.

Covid-19 Information for Edmonton Seniors
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council has created a resource page for Edmonton seniors and their families. It contains up-to-date information about senior centre operations and closures, services for seniors, and activities that seniors can do from home when social distancing.

Click here to learn more

Neighbourhood Services strives to provide programs and services that will help citizens and communities build and maintain a connecting, safe environment. 'Keep Neighbouring' is a biweekly newsletter that brings the most current community news and City updates to our citizens, communities, and partners.
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