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Neighbourhood Services News

Neighbourhood Event Applications

As public health restrictions start to ease, the City of Edmonton is reminding everyone that events on City of Edmonton parkland and roadways may require a licence to proceed. If the event is happening in a neighbourhood or district park, please complete a Neighbourhood Event Application.

For questions, please email neighbourhoodevents@edmonton.ca. If the event is happening elsewhere, including the river valley, please complete a Civic Event Application. For questions, please email civic.events@edmonton.ca.

Block Parties and Play Streets are Back!

As of July 1, the Block Party and Play Streets program is open for applications. A Block Party is an opportunity for residents living on the same street to build social connections between neighbours. It creates an opportunity to meet each other, build relationships and have fun. A Play Street brings neighbours together and allows use of a space within the neighbourhood that is not naturally inviting for celebration or play. The intention is to build neighbour connections, not to host public gatherings or events.

It is important that you involve your neighbours and start planning your event early. You must apply for a Block Party/Play Street at least 2 weeks before your event using the application form found on the City’s Block Party webpage. Please note that submitting the application form does not guarantee your event will be approved. Block Party hosts must be able to collect and return A-frame road closure signage and traffic cones to use at their event once approved. 

For more information email: blockpartyplaystreet@edmonton.ca

Neighbourhood Challenge - Summer Edition!

Neighbourhood Services is continuing the Neighbourhood Challenge throughout the summer and fall. We are challenging you to keep exploring your neighbourhood and safely connecting with those around you while adhering to all public health measures.

July challenge: Neighbourhood Pride

We challenge you to celebrate your neighbourhood! Thank or acknowledge a friendly neighbour, a community volunteer or a well-kept yard. Tell us why you are proud of your neighbourhood and the people in it. If you prefer to stay in, decorate your house and yard to show your neighbourhood pride.

August challenge: Environment

We challenge you to share what you have! If you have fruit-bearing trees or an abundance of veggies, offer your extras to your neighbours. Maybe you have items to upcycle or time to share by picking up litter in your neighbourhood. If you prefer to stay in, take a picture of yourself with your new waste bins or share a photo or story showing what you do to look after the environment.

There are several ways to enter:

  • Tag us using #GetNeighbouring in a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (make sure your post is public)

  • Fill out an online entry form with your photo and/or story

You will be entered into a prize draw for each tag or form completed. Multiple entries accepted! Click here for full contest details.

Awesome Block Awards

The City of Edmonton wants to celebrate all the caring, connected, and creative moments that happen on our blocks, building floors and cul-de-sacs. We are excited to announce the inaugural Awesome Block Awards! Tell us why your block, building floor or cul-de-sac is awesome. Submit a written story, slideshow or video by the deadline on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Visit edmonton.ca/awesomeblockawards for details.

 

Get Neighbouring with Abundant Community Edmonton!

Interested in getting more connected on your block, building floor or cul-de-sac? Join Neighbourhood Services for a workshop on creating a neighbourly vibe! The “Creating a Neighbourly Vibe” workshop is held twice per month. Check out our upcoming event dates here and register today!

Community Garden Workshop Coming Soon!

Are you interested in creating a new community garden in your neighbourhood? 

Community gardens nourish both plants and communities. In September, when many existing community gardens are cleaning up for the season, the Park and Facility Development Team is planning to host a “Community Garden Workshop.” This information session will outline the City’s process for establishing a community garden on City parkland. While open to everyone, the workshop will be targeted to community based organizations.

A well planned garden can be successful for years to come! Start the buzz this summer, and connect with other like minded people who want to be part of your community garden planning. Stay tuned for more information that will be posted in the next issue of Keep Neighbouring. In the meantime, submit your questions to parkandfaciltitydevelopment@edmonton.ca.

Community Connections

Rutherford School’s Happiness Fence Brings Joy to Bonnie Doon

A school in southeast Edmonton recently transformed the chain link fence along their school’s green space into an outdoor art gallery that has brought joy to both the school community and neighbourhood residents. Located in Bonnie Doon, the Rutherford School Happiness Fence project was initiated by parent council volunteers, and brought to life with the help of teachers, students and volunteers from the community’s Men’s Shed group. The project was supported by Neighbourhood Services, who provided a grant for the project and guidance from a Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator that assisted the group with gaining City approvals for installation of the artwork. 

Parent and grandparent volunteers arranged for 250 wooden panels to be cut, primed and ready for every student in the school (including virtual learners) to paint what makes them feel happy. During the three week period of at-home learning in May, school staff varnished all the completed panels, and the Bonnie Doon Community League’s Men’s Shed Group attached the paintings to the school fence. When the students returned to in-person learning, the Happiness Fence was complete! Students loved finding their artwork and showing their families. The reaction from the community has been fantastic, with a number of community members contacting the school principal to express their gratitude for the new artwork. Take a stroll around Rutherford School’s fence and enjoy the beautiful artwork in the Bonnie Doon community!

  

Kisâkihitin “I Love You” Mural at Callingwood District Skatepark 

Calling all skateboarders! A new, temporary mural is on display at the Callingwood District Skatepark (177 Street and 69 Avenue, Next to the Callingwood Arena). This project was an innovative collaboration between the City of Edmonton, Explore Edmonton, Canada Skateboard, and mobilize ᐊᐧᐢᑲᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ waskawewin

The mural was unveiled on National Indigenous Peoples Day and GO Skateboarding Day (June 21) and features artistic expression from four nehiyaw (Cree) artists. Diverse and intentionally interconnected, the artists share the space through a balance of four unique styles. The mural represents a small portion of the vast brilliance of authentic Indigenous art. The syllabic and Roman orthography version of “kisâkihitin” (I Love You) flows throughout the mural as a constant reminder of the first great law of the nehiyaw people - love one another. The intention of the mural is to bring love and energy to the Callingwood Skatepark community, amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton), and all the communities connected to the project as well as to promote skateboarding across Canada.

kisâkihitin - the name for the mural comes from teachings from my elders about spreading love and more energy into the world and how love heals. In the few days of painting we have been lucky to connect with the local youth/adults of the park and share the stories of the project, the purpose, and learn about their community. Youth have been voicing how they really like the mural so far and we have had the privilege to teach these youth about kisâkihitin and what that means and why we as artists do what we do.”  - Dusty LaGrande, owner and creative director of mobilize ᐊᐧᐢᑲᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ waskawewin

Featured mural artists:

ATTILO (instagram: @attilo_fs)

JCAT (instagram: @jcat.cardinal)

Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣ (instagram: @cheyennerainlegrande)

Dusty Legrande (instagram: @m.o.b.i.l.i.z.e)

Skate Canada and Mobilize are also coordinating a special digital contest for local skaters that runs from June 21- July 9. To enter, upload video of you skating the mural at Callingwood Park to Instagram and use hashtag #kisakihitinmuraldigitalcomp. Prizes include swag from Canada Skateboard, Mobilize, and custom painted skateboards by the mural artists.

Uncover Oliver Campaign

In 2017, following anti-racist protests after the white-supremacist events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Edmontonians began to analyze our namesake’s history. Community members in Oliver, named for Frank Oliver, approached the Oliver Community League (OCL) to take a stance on the name. Frank Oliver was instrumental in pushing Indigenous Peoples from modern-day Edmonton and enacting cultural and ability-based exclusionary immigration policy as a federal minister. Over the next three years, the OCL board took on the monumental task of evaluating, debating, and consulting on the prospect of leading the charge on the community’s name. 

In response to community feedback and unprecedented societal change, the OCL Board of Directors approved a motion in opposition to the community’s name of “Oliver” in June, 2020. As a result, the Oliver Community League, in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, initiated the #UncoverOliver campaign. Its goals include educating the community on who its namesake was, his recorded actions, and why the name came to be. The campaign garnered national attention and an overwhelmingly positive response. 

A City of Edmonton Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator provides support to OCL in navigating City processes throughout the project. Since July 2020, campaign leaders have partnered with numerous City of Edmonton departments. They recently launched a request for proposals to find an engagement consultant, a massive step forward in achieving the goal of a new community name. This consultant will complete the vast work needed to find a new name, including listening to Oliver residents, further partnering with Indigenous Peoples, and developing an equitable way to select a new name.
 

The OCL hopes to bring the community together through this engagement under the excitement of uncovering a new identity. For more information on the project, visit uncoveroliver.ca.

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COVID-19 Updates

Mask Update

At this time the province has required that riders on public transit, taxis and ride share must continue to wear masks when using those services.

At City of Edmonton facilities, wearing a mask or face covering is a reasonable precaution but is not required of patrons. City staff will continue to wear masks until August 1 as part of our ongoing health and safety efforts. Where possible, keep two metres of distance between yourself and others, and please use hand sanitizers provided and cover your coughs/sneezes.

Some City services and facilities are still operating at reduced or adjusted levels and available staff during reopening.

Please visit edmonton.ca/covid-19 for more information.

For more information on the Government of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan please visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

Other City of Edmonton News

Green Shack Programs Return to Edmonton Neighbourhoods July 12

Program leaders will be hosting a variety of games, challenges and activities that are sure to get kids active and having fun! Click here to learn more and find a Green Shack program location near you. Programs run July 12 - August 27, 2021.

City Arts Centre Summer Program Registration Now Open

Expand your imagination, get creative and explore the wonderful world of art this summer! The City Arts Centre has in-person summer programs for children, youth and adults. Programs will be offered at the City Arts Centre, Terwillegar Recreation Centre and Jasper Place Leisure Centre. A sample of courses can be found in the Summer Brochure. Register now at edmonton.ca/cityarts or by calling 311.

Edmonton Schools and Youth Help The City Stay Beautiful

Since 2015, Edmonton schools and their students have helped to keep Edmonton clean and beautiful. Over 8,800 students from 57 schools across Edmonton participated in this year’s Capital City Clean-Up School Yard Litter Program.

Ensuring that each school adhered to COVID safety protocol, the City provided each school with gloves, bags, and safety information. Each school was in charge of creating, hosting and supervising the schoolyard clean-ups and provided feedback to the Capital City Clean Up staff on their progress.

Upon notifying the City of their schoolyard cleanup, the Capital City Cleanup staff entered their name into a draw where ten lucky schools were awarded prize packs.

The 2021 Capital City Clean Up School Yard Winners:

  • Bishop Greschuk School - Lago Lindo 

  • St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School - Duggan 

  • St. Benedict Catholic School - Belmead 

  • St. Leo Catholic School - Montrose 

  • Katherine Therrien Catholic School - Caernarvon 

  • John Paul I Catholic School - Hillview 

  • Father Michael Mireau Elementary/Junior High School - Summerside 

  • Caernarvon School - Caernarvon 

  • Roberta MacAdams School - Cashman 

  • Greenview Elementary School- Greenview 

The City of Edmonton would like to thank every school for their participation in helping to keep Edmonton beautiful. Citizens young and old participate every year in our Capital City Clean Up Program and we would like to thank all volunteers for their hard work and dedication to their City. For more information about the schoolyard clean-up program, visit schoolyardcleanup/edmonton.ca.

Big Bin Events and Eco Station Visits

Ever wonder what to do with items that can’t be picked up by collection? Whether it’s too hazardous or too big to go in your carts, the Eco Stations’ free drop-off weekends and Big Bin events provide you with the opportunity to safely dispose of a wide range of items for free. 

Free drop-off weekends at Eco Stations and Big Bin events help provide residents who may have a hard time paying for drop-off services, get rid of large or hazardous waste for free. They will also be helpful for residents who are adjusting to the new Cart Rollout program and occasionally find themselves with a bit of extra garbage.

Big Bin Events will be held in different locations across the city this year from June to September. Residents will be able to dispose of household furniture, appliances, electronics, tires, scrap metal and yard waste free of charge. You can find one near you by visiting edmonton.ca/bigbinevents

Eco Stations will also hold free drop-off weekends for residential waste. If you are planning to drop off any items listed above outside of Big Bin events or free Eco Station drop-off weekends, please check the City of Edmonton’s Eco Station website for pricing.

Outside of these weekends, there are some items that are free to drop off at Eco Stations all year round. Household hazardous waste, such as batteries, chemicals, cleaners and paints, appliances, electronics, yard waste and scrap metal are all accepted at the Eco Station free of charge. You can also bring in two clear bags of excess garbage to the Eco Station for free anytime during the year. So if you occasionally have extra garbage that can’t fit in your cart, don’t stress! Visit edmonton.ca/ecostations for a full list of accepted items.

Taking the time to properly dispose of your waste at a Big Bin event and Eco Station not only helps you declutter your home but also helps divert waste from landfill. Thank you to all Edmontonians who take the time to drop off items, you’re doing the earth and your community a favour.

Keeping you safe

Wearing a mask or face covering is a reasonable precaution for some, but is not required of patrons at Big Bin Events. Where possible, keep two metres of distance between yourself and others. We require that you unload your own vehicles. Expect longer wait times as a result

Summer Fire Safety Information

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, the province of Alberta will lift all indoor and outdoor gathering restrictions set in place by the COVID-19 pandemic. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services asks all Edmontonians to keep fire safety top of mind as we reunite into the summer months.

Click here for tips on firepit, campfire, and barbeque safety or visit edmonton.ca/summerfiresafety to learn more.

Click here for information on smudging ceremonies and fire safety.

Funding News

Anti-racism Grants

In 2019, City Council established the Anti-racism Advisory Committee and approved funding of $300,000 for an Anti-racism Grants Program. The grant program has three outcomes:

  1. Edmontonians are more aware of racism and its impact and have a greater understanding of how to take action to address it.

  2. Edmontonians will be knowledgeable of the community organizations that are working to dismantle individual, systemic and structural racism.

  3. Edmontonians will work together to build a diverse, inclusive and equitable city.

Non-profits, youth and grassroots organizations are eligible to apply. There are 4 funding streams available with $500 awards available for individual youth initiatives and $10K-$25K accessible for organizations. Application Deadline: July 16, 2021

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Newly Launched! Canada Community Revitalization Fund 

In June, 2021, the Government of Canada launched the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) to help organizations improve key community gathering spaces to help bring Canadians back together and support economic recovery. 

Applicants in Western Canada may be eligible to receive non-repayable contributions of up to $750,000 to help revitalize main streets or downtown cores, improve or reinvent outdoor spaces, create environmental benefits and green impacts, and increase accessibility to public spaces once public measures have eased. Application Deadline: July 23, 2021.

Jumpstart Sport Relief

$12 million from Canadian Tire Corporation to Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund continues to provide much needed financial support to sport organizations to help build back sport and play through 2021. Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund has two funding streams: Operational and Program. Qualified organizations may apply for either stream or both. Application Deadline: July 16, 2021 (for programs starting between Sep 1 and Dec 31, 2021).

Community Facility Enhancement and Community Initiatives Programs

Does your organization need financial assistance for a public use community facility, project, operational costs, or a major cultural or sport event? The Community Facility Enhancement  Program (CFEP) and Community Initiatives Program (CIP) are available through the Government of Alberta to support your organization. Organizations can submit one application for a capital project per year through either CFEP or CIP.  The deadline for both the Small Stream CFEP funding and CIP applications is September 15, 2021.

Resources, Events and Learning Opportunities

Alberta Board Member Essentials (ABME)

ABME is a multi-part training program that combines online learning with live workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board.

For new board members, ABME helps build the foundational layer of learning in order to be an effective board member. For developing board members, ABME supports your growth in understanding non-profits – not just from the lens of your organization but how you and your organization play a role in the larger social sector ecosystem.

The full program consists of three on-demand courses and five live virtual sessions. Live sessions take place on July 20 (4:00 - 5:00 p.m.), Aug 30 (6:30 - 9:30 p.m.), Sept 1 (6:30 - 9:30 p.m.).

Click here to learn more and to register. Registration deadline is July 16, 2021.

Board Development Webinars - Government of Alberta Community Development Unit

Are you a board member? Thinking of becoming one? Get professional development for board governance and operations in these free board development webinars from The Alberta Community Development Unit:

Grant Writing 101: July 15, August 5 & 24 (1:30-3:30 p.m.) 
For many non-profit volunteers and staff, grant writing can seem like a time-consuming task in creative writing with the payoff being luck of the draw. The truth is, with steep competition for limited grant dollars, a well-written grant is only part of the success formula. This 2-hour webinar covers core proposal and grant writing skills, how to avoid common pitfalls, understanding what funders look for, and tips on how to maintain good relationships with your funders.

Click here for more information and to register. Space is limited so register early!

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