Fall 2017 Presidents message to Cloverdale.

President’s Message

Cloverdale Chronicle

Fall 2017

 

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who turned out for the Cloverdale Community League (CCL) Annual General Meeting on September 25, 2017.  Well over 60 CCL members and guests participated in a full evening of reports, discussions and decision-making.  Thanks to Culina at the Muttart Conservatory for once again providing appetizers for the evening!  Thanks also to Councillor Ben Henderson for attending and sharing his experience and insights on a couple of tough issues that Cloverdale will be addressing in the coming months.  I’d also like to recognize and thank Dan Healy and Chris Shea for stepping forward into their respective roles as Vice-President and Edmonton Ski Club liaison.  Welcome to all the other board and committee members who are continuing in their various roles.  Finally, thanks to Bonnie Powers, Shelley Brett and Chris Perl for their contributions to the community and best wishes as they take on new challenges and opportunities.

 

We received great input at the AGM on two emerging issues that are facing the community - addressing the impact of the ‘Accidental’ Beach on our neighbourhood and laying the foundation for a neighbourhood residential parking programme.  Eleven people signed up to serve on two separate ad hoc committees to work on resolutions to both issues.  A group met on October 25, 2017 for an organizational meeting to determine how to address both issues.  Stay tuned via “The Chronicle”, the CCL website and the CCL Facebook Page as we work through both of these items.

At its October meeting, the CCL board approved a decision to develop a strategic plan for the Cloverdale Community League.  Given what’s facing the community - from the impending launch of the LRT Valley Line in 2020, to the 20-year vision and development of Gallagher Park through the Gallagher Park Master Plan, the impacts of the ‘Accidental’ Beach and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival (EFMF) on the neighbourhood and the future of the rink facilities, it’s important that the CCL have meaningful, thoughtful conversations to identify the assets of our community and articulate the vision of what we’d like this neighbourhood to become for ourselves and for the next generation of residents and members of the CCL.  A strategic plan will help guide and inform decision making in the future.

 

Community Safety

As many of us are aware, recently there has been a rash of break and enters to a number of garages, vehicles and homes in Cloverdale.  Neighbours have been sharing information on these incidents and have reported the thefts to the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).  It’s important for us as neighbours to know one and other, recognize unusual behaviour and report incidents to the EPS.  Knowing our neighbours helps to create a sense of safety and empowerment.  Reporting incidents to the EPS helps them determine how to allocate resources to our neighbourhood.  Check out the City of Edmonton crime map to see the latest posted information (http://crimemapping.edmontonpolice.ca/) and to compare Cloverdale to other neighbourhoods.  The EPS website (http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/CrimePrevention/HomePropertySafety.aspx) also has tips to help with personal, home, garage and vehicle security.  Here are just a few of them:

  • Garages are a favourite target for criminals. Be sure windows are curtained so thieves can't look for items to steal or check to see if your car is there. The garage door should
  • swing inward, be solid core and have a deadbolt lock. Here are some other tips to help you keep your garage safe.

·         Keep your garage locked, even when you are at home

·         If the overhead garage door is roller and track operated, install a lock in the track to block the roller and disconnect your automatic garage door opener before you go on vacation

·         Secure your other garage doors with deadbolts

·         Install lights near your garage to keep the area lit

·         Leave your headlights on until you park in the garage

·         Have a remote control garage door opener installed. This will allow you to stay in your locked car until you're inside your locked garage. Be sure the overhead door closes completely after you drive into or out of your garage

·         Never leave your automatic garage door opener in a vehicle that is parked outside your home

Sustainable & Energy Efficient Hall Upgrades

In 2016, the CCL membership approved a capital plan of upgrades to the hall to improve its energy efficiency, reduce its carbon footprint and improve the comfort of occupants.  Since then there has been a flurry of grant writing.  Upgrades were done as funds and scheduling permitted.  In November 2016, the original three 1986-era low to mid efficiency furnaces were replaced with two high efficiency (96%) furnaces.  Draft-proofing was done in the attic and the crawl space to seal leaks in the building envelope.  As well, barriers were installed in the power receptacles to reduce drafts.  In the spring, the lights were converted to LED.

Since then, the capital projects committee has met with several contractors about installing triple-pane windows throughout the building.  These should be installed before the end of 20017 to replace windows with broken seals and don’t close properly anymore.  As well, the committee has met with the project manager and contractors about upgrades to the HVAC system, improvements to the ventilation in the concession area and upgraded insulation in the attic and crawlspace.

To date, the CCL has applied for and received confirmation of $190,695 in grant support from various municipal and provincial organizations.  Sadly, at this time, no federal funding is available for building retrofits such as ours.

In September, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) hosted a series of workshops called “Green Leagues” to increase awareness of energy transition strategies that may be undertaken by community leagues.  Topics included a context for undertaking energy efficiency upgrades,  an Introduction to Energy Efficiency, the Basics of Photovoltaic Solar Panels, and an exploration of Funding Options.  Several community leagues, including ours, are heading down the road of sustainable hall upgrades to cut costs, improve the comfort of the building and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.  The Queen Alexandra Community League has installed solar panels and upgraded their attic insulation to R-70.  Several have converted their rink lights to LED and cut power consumption at the rinks by approximately 65%.  The Riverdale Community League just completed construction on a photovoltaic solar panel gazebo next to their hall, and the Evansdale Community League doubled the capacity of its solar panel array.  The Cloverdale Community League is among a number of leagues that are finding creative ways to cut operating costs and remain sustainable.

Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) - Cloverdale

We’re fortunate to live in a great neighbourhood with great access to the river valley, amenities like bike and walking trails, the Muttart Conservatory and downtown Edmonton.  We’re also have close access to neighbours.  We look out for one another and we take care of the neighbourhood.  A number of streets celebrated Block Parties this summer and fall.  It was a great way to get out of the house, meet one another for conversation and for the kids to safely play in the street.  How often do they get a chance to do that?  I hope we have more opportunities to celebrate neighbourliness in Cloverdale in the coming months.  Here are a few more thoughts on the Benefits of Neighbours:

Inclusiveness - Fear of difference is often cited as a the primary reason for exclusion of labeled people. The block and the neighbourhood are natural places where people can humanize each other and overcome fears of difference about disabilities, culture, gender identity and more.

 

Inclusion – In a world of finely grained separation the neighbourhood provides a unique place in which people of different orientations, experiences and views can connect at a human level.

 

Health & Wellness - More and better relationships improve health. The neighbouring relationship is often overlooked as a unique and potent source of personal well-being.

 

Mental Health - Having access to consistent opportunities to build meaningful relationships opens the door for a troubled neighbour to connect with a supportive neighbour and benefit from human to human connection.

 

Spirituality – The deep formation of the heart and life are connected to “the land” and the people who inhabit it. Living life together in a place can be one of the most important dimensions of our lives. Our yards, blocks, parks, streets and sidewalks are sacred.

 

Social Care - Neighbourhoods are "the villages" that can reasonably and responsibly take on care beyond the family, looking out for children, seniors, marginalized, especially the most vulnerable.

 

Companionship – Belonging, engagement and connection are essential to human thriving. Friends and families are not always, or sometimes not ever, available. Neighbours can be company and companionship nearby.

 

Recreation - Mental and physical fitness are enhanced by local, easily accessible and often impromptu opportunities for play and social connection in leisure time.

 

Seniors Isolation - Connected “blocks” (e.g. block, cul-de-sac, apartment or condo building or floor) naturally look in on seniors and keep caregivers informed.

 

Youth Mentoring - Supportive mentoring relationships can naturally occur in the neighbourhood when neighbours of all ages get to know one another. Neighbours can feel empowered to intervene when children misbehave - sharing care of the young and creating ‘the village’ to raise our children.

 

Bylaw Enforcement - Neighbours in relationship with each other will be better able to  solve challenges and disagreements that come up between them, as well as encourage each other to meet high standards to invoke pride in the place they live.

 

Crime and Safety - A safe street is produced by ‘eyes on the street’. Neighbours find permission and organize to look out for the safety of one another. Safety follows from people being out and about taking responsibility for each other and the “commons”.

 

Disaster Preparedness - Neighbours helping neighbours is an important disaster preparedness strategy for municipalities.

Poverty Reduction - People in poverty need often complex services, many of which can be provided through kindness and generosity of neighbours. When people know their neighbours, they are more likely to share resources (yard equipment; car shares; babysitting; employment advice). In addition, neighbours are well positioned to be a “broker” or to connect neighbours in need to necessary services.

 

Environmental Sustainability - Localism is the cornerstone of the environmental movement as we move towards energy, food and water security within a changing climate. From community gardens to car and tool sharing, a strong neighbourhood has lots of potential for actualizing a sustainable future.

 

Resident Retention - Generally, people stay in a neighbourhood when they are connected to their neighbours and their neighbourhood as a whole.

 

Business and Social Innovation - Neighbourhoods are one of the important environments for people of diverse ideas and imaginations to find one another in creative connection. Neighbours are able to drive local economies when shared demands are articulated (e.g. creation of a local coffeeshop/bakery/daycare)

 

Neighbourhood Engagement and readiness to participate in Public Engagement - A network of block-to-block point people is the most granular level of consultation  any municipality and its citizens could reasonably aspire to.

 

Inspired by the work of John McKnight & Peter Block in The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighbourhoods and the daily community building efforts of Neighbourhood Connectors, Block Connectors and their local support teams and community leagues in Edmonton.

 

Ad Hoc ‘Accidental’ Beach and Residential Neighbourhood Parking Programme

At its AGM on September 25, 2017, the CCL membership approved motions to set up two ad hoc committees to address the impact of the ‘Accidental’ Beach on the neighbourhood and to explore implementation of a residential neighbourhood parking programme in Cloverdale.  On October 25, 2017 a group gathered at the CCL hall to explore how to approach both tasks.

Three things quickly became apparent:

  • We care deeply about Cloverdale and want to champion ideas that are positive and support community values;
  • It is important to engage our neighbours to create a ‘community voice’ in response to both challenges;
  • Two themes emerged that serve as touchstones for our exploration:
    • The residential neighbourhood parking programme comes under a “Transportation” umbrella that includes speed limits on 98 Avenue, traffic lights at both 92 and 95 Street, speeding on Cloverdale Hill Road.
    • The ‘Accidental’ Beach comes under an umbrella of “Community Health” which includes neighbourhood safety, access, peace and quiet, engagement and inclusiveness.

City of Edmonton administration is scheduled to present a report on the ‘Accidental’ Beach to the Urban Planning Committee of City Council on November 29, 2017.  A copy of the report should be available on or about November 22nd at <  https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/council_committee_meetings/transportation-committee-agendas-minutes.aspx. >.   The CCL will be considering making a presentation at the meeting.  If you wish to make an individual presentation, please follow this link for the process to register as a speaker <http://coewebapps.edmonton.ca/forms/requesttospeak/default.aspx.>

NOTICE: Special Meeting November 5th @3pm

Notice of Motion - Special Meeting

Cloverdale Community League

3:00 PM on Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Cloverdale Community Hall

 

BACKGROUND

 

On October 11th, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Cloverdale Community League (CCL Board) met for its regular monthly meeting.

During the course of this meeting, the CCL Board exercised its discretion to call a special meeting on matters concerning the operation of the rink for the 2017/18 season.  This special meeting was called in accordance with Article 3 of the CCL bylaws.  The relevant section of our bylaws is provided below for your reference. 

Article 3 of the CCL bylaws states that a special resolution:

a. Means a resolution at any meeting for which 21 days notice has been provided, requiring a vote of three-quarters (3/4) majority. A special resolution will be required for all Bylaw revisions, significant financial matters outside the approved budget and over $5000.00, policy issues, or other major issues as specified in these Bylaws or at the discretion of the Board

Two motions concerning the operation of our community rink were put forward to the CCL Board.

(i)                 MOTION: ”If we do not have anyone volunteer as a rink manager, hire ice maker/managers and the COE rink shack contract by the end of November then we suspend the operation of the rink for one season”.

RESULT: Defeated

(ii)               MOTION: ”Motion to hold a special meeting to present the pros and cons regarding the operation of the rink and rink shack to reach a decision as to whether to operate the rink for the 2017/18 season”.

RESULT: Carried

The CCL Board viewed the decision to continue to operate the rink as a major issue for the community.

 

PURPOSE

 

1.       To discuss the pros and cons regarding the operation of the rink and rink shack to reach a decision as to whether to operate the rink for the 2017/18 season.

2.       To vote on a Special Resolution to suspend operations of the rink for the 2017/18 season.

Event on Infill and Candidate opinions. September 28th 2017


On September 28th we (The Infill Development in Edmonton Association) are hosting a City wide infill candidate forum! We understand that infill is a pressing topic in this year's election, so we wanted to give each Candidate an opportunity to share their opinions. 
We would like to invite you to come to the Hyatt Hotel Downtown between 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm to speak to your potential Councillors and Mayor about your infill questions. 

Here is a link to the event: https://www.picatic.com/event15043051506957

CIVIC ELECTION DEBATE September 27th 7-9pm

Edmonton Wards 6 and 8 all-candidates civic election debate on the future of downtown river valley development.

Wednesday, September 27, 7 – 9 p.m.

Cloverdale Hall: 9411 97 Ave.

 

Hosted by the Cloverdale, Riverdale and Rossdale Community Leagues.

Moderators: Paul Bunner (Cloverdale), Jodine Chase (Riverdale), Lynn Parish (Rossdale).

 

All candidates who are officially registered at the close of nominations on September 18 will be invited to participate in the debate.

 

Format and questions for debate:

1.   Welcome and introductions by Paul Bunner.

2.   All participating candidates will have 3 minute opening statements. The order of speakers will be based on a random draw. The order will shift forward by one for each of the subsequent questions. The time allotted for opening statements and answers has been calculated to fit the debate into two hours. However, depending how many candidates participate, it may go longer.

3.   All candidates will have two minutes to respond to each of the following questions:

·       General development question (Bunner): Cloverdale Beach was the story of the summer of 2017 in the downtown river valley. Does it mark a change in how Edmontonians, and the City government and administration, view the recreational development potential of the valley?

·       Rossdale-specific development question (Parish): What is your vision for the future of West Rossdale within the whole concept of the River Crossing concept and how do you foresee bringing it to fruition? Do you think it is important that it is brought to fruition?

·       Riverdale-specfic development question (Chase): How will you involve our communities into any plans and decisions made regarding the future of the downtown river valley? We want to be involved robustly (i.e., with a real say, not only information) from the outset. How will you ensure that this happens?

·       Cloverdale-specific development question (Bunner): Do you support integrated planning and development of recreational, commercial and cultural amenities that will be accessible by LRT at the Muttart Station?

 

4.   The remainder of the debate (roughly 40 minutes) will be dedicated to questions from the floor. Each candidate will have one minute to respond to each of the questions.

5.   Wrap up and thank you. (Bunner)

 

Addendum:

The following questions were assembled by the organizers as reflective of top-of-mind issues for residents of the valley communities. We offered them to the candidates for consideration as questions that may be asked from the floor, or as issues they may wish to address in their opening remarks.

 

1.   What measures do you support to deal with random camping, littering and vandalism in the valley parklands?

2.   Do you think Mill Creek daylighting should proceed and if so, which design option?

3.   What future do you see for Rafters Landing and the Edmonton Queen?

4.   Do you support the development of riverbank private commercial amenities such as restaurants and cafes?

5.   What do you hope to see come out of the Gallagher Park Master Plan, including the Edmonton Ski Club redevelopment?

6.   What kinds of future development do you see happening in McKinney Park?

7.   What is your view of high-density top-of-bank residential development such as the Aldritt Tower?

8.   Under the North Saskatchewn River Valley Bylaw major developments in the river valley have to be found to be essential by Council in order to proceed, yet there is very little definition of what is “essential” on any given day. Do you think the bylaw should be amended to provide more certainty for river valley communities?

9.   Do you think there is a balance to be achieved in representing residential communities close to downtown, and the downtown area? How would you propose to manage that balance?

10.  Do you support a bus service that travels in a circular route around the inner city, inlcuding river valley communities?

11.  In the 1980's Council had a vision for Villages in the Valley for the areas of Rossdale, Riverdale and Cloverdale. Arguably the concept has been watered down as time has gone on. What obligation do you feel a council has to maintain plans that residents have relied upon?

12.    What is your vision for the downtown river valley? How do you prioritize between conservation (i.e., preservation and restauration), access, programming and infrastructure? What, for you, would be examples of programming or infrastructure?

13.    Edmonton's Ribbon of Green plan has been focusing on acquiring and protecting river valley land at the fringes of the city, where new development is occurring or will occur (at the ends of the ribbon). Will you push for an additional Ribbon of Green priority of protecting the river valley downtown (in the middle of the ribbon), and how?

Neighbourhood Connector Wanted!

JOB OPPORTUNITY IN CLOVERDALE

 

Cloverdale Community League is currently seeking a resident of our neighbourhood for the role of Neighbourhood Connector. This is a paid, part time position with an expected contribution of 10 hours per week, and is expected to last for 6 months, based on currently available grant funding.


 

The purpose of this role is to support the implementation of the Abundant Community Program in our neighbourhood, an Asset Based Community Development program intended to develop and promote a vibrant neighbourhood life, while reducing social isolation. The Neighbourhood Connector is responsible for identifying, mobilizing, encouraging and supporting the Block Connectors. For more information on this program, please click on the following link: https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/for_communities/abundant-community-edmonton.aspx.


 

Responsibilities of the Neighbourhood Connector may include:

·  Various initiation and start up tasks, such as creating a block map for our neighbourhood and working with the neighbourhood support team to implement a database.

·  Attending citywide neighbourhood connector gatherings

·  Revising the Block Connector Introduction Letter and the Neighbourhood Conversation Guide for your Neighbourhood

·  Identifying and orienting new Block Connectors and accompanying them on their first neighbourhood conversations

·  Providing ongoing support and encouragement to the Block Connectors

·  Ensuring regular and accurate data entry into the selected database

·  Supporting the creation of  new activity groups of shared interest

·  Reporting to the neighbourhood leadership team


 

As a potential Neighbourhood Connector, you have:

·  Existing relationships within the neighbourhood; you are viewed as a local leader and connector

·  Confidence and passion to seek out and enlist a Block Connector from each block in the neighbourhood

·  Leadership ability to direct and motivate Block Connectors to connect with their whole block

·  Tenacity and sufficient organizational skills to engage the entire neighbourhood

·  Boldness and social skills to engage any neighbour

·  Hospitality to convene the Block Connectors for encouragement and “team support”

·  Teaching ability to guide the Block Connectors to competence in initiating conversations

·  Interest in the information collected in conversations, to ensure collection and relevant follow-up action

·  Care, grace and patience to work with all levels of ability and commitment among Block Connectors

·  Communication skills to correspond with Block Connectors, the Support Team and the neighbourhood leadership.


Please email resumes to president@cloverdalecommunity.com.   Closing date for applications is October 10, 2017. Cloverdale Community League would sincerely like to thank all applicants for their interest. Together we can turn strangers into neighbours.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY IN CLOVERDALE

 

Cloverdale Community League is currently seeking a resident of our neighbourhood for the role of Neighbourhood Connector. This is a paid, part time position with an expected contribution of 10 hours per week, and is expected to last for 6 months, based on currently available grant funding.


 

The purpose of this role is to support the implementation of the Abundant Community Program in our neighbourhood, an Asset Based Community Development program intended to develop and promote a vibrant neighbourhood life, while reducing social isolation. The Neighbourhood Connector is responsible for identifying, mobilizing, encouraging and supporting the Block Connectors. For more information on this program, please click on the following link: https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/for_communities/abundant-community-edmonton.aspx.


 

Responsibilities of the Neighbourhood Connector may include:

·  Various initiation and start up tasks, such as creating a block map for our neighbourhood and working with the neighbourhood support team to implement a database.

·  Attending citywide neighbourhood connector gatherings

·  Revising the Block Connector Introduction Letter and the Neighbourhood Conversation Guide for your Neighbourhood

·  Identifying and orienting new Block Connectors and accompanying them on their first neighbourhood conversations

·  Providing ongoing support and encouragement to the Block Connectors

·  Ensuring regular and accurate data entry into the selected database

·  Supporting the creation of  new activity groups of shared interest

·  Reporting to the neighbourhood leadership team


 

As a potential Neighbourhood Connector, you have:

·  Existing relationships within the neighbourhood; you are viewed as a local leader and connector

·  Confidence and passion to seek out and enlist a Block Connector from each block in the neighbourhood

·  Leadership ability to direct and motivate Block Connectors to connect with their whole block

·  Tenacity and sufficient organizational skills to engage the entire neighbourhood

·  Boldness and social skills to engage any neighbour

·  Hospitality to convene the Block Connectors for encouragement and “team support”

·  Teaching ability to guide the Block Connectors to competence in initiating conversations

·  Interest in the information collected in conversations, to ensure collection and relevant follow-up action

·  Care, grace and patience to work with all levels of ability and commitment among Block Connectors

·  Communication skills to correspond with Block Connectors, the Support Team and the neighbourhood leadership.


Please email resumes to president@cloverdalecommunity.com.   Closing date for applications is October 10, 2017. Cloverdale Community League would sincerely like to thank all applicants for their interest. Together we can turn strangers into neighbours.