Local Favourites Offering Curbside Pick-up & Delivery
Some of Elbow Park's favourite restaurants are now offering curbside pick-up and meal delivery services to deal with the closure of their sit-down areas. If you need a break from meal prep and would like to support a local business, we encourage you to take a peek at this list of restaurants for a robust look at offerings. This coming Wednesday is national #TakeOutDay so a good opportunity to show your support for your favourite eatery!
With Governments offering up COVID-19 financial aid, people are vulnerable to predatory cyber scammers. People have been receiving text messages supposedly from the Federal government saying a $1,375 relief payment had been sent to them.
The message provided a legitimate-looking URL and warned that "data rates may apply". What those who clicked found was a website looking like a legitimate government site asking for personal information - including banking information- required to accept the deposit.
The Canadian Fraud Centre is warning people to be wary of communications requiring urgent action or payment and/or offering medical advice, financial relief or government assistance and compensation.
RCMP say that Albertans have reported being contacted regarding fake positive COVID test results, self assessment surveys, fraudulent donation campaigns and door-to-door decontamination services.
Anti Fraud Tips
• If you didn't initiate contact, you don't know whom you're communicating with
• Never respond or click on suspicious links and attachments
• Never give out your personal or financial details
• Don't be pressured into making donations
• Verify independently what charities are registered
• Check the "from" address by hovering over the name
• Be wary of high-priced or low-quality products purchased by bulk by consumers and resold for profit
• Be wary of questionable offers, such as miracle cures, herbal remedies, vaccinations, faster testing
• Be wary of fake and deceptive online ads, including cleaning products, hand sanitizers adnd other items in high demand
• Verify information sources
• Be wary of clicking on the links provided in emails unless you know it is coming from an official source
• Do not follow the link in a text message, but instead, go to the URL using a trusted search engine such as google to find official resources
• Be wary of links that look official. Links can be directed to any page on the internet, including the scammer's own site
• Be wary of advertisements for "N95 Masks in Stock" or COVID-19 Testing Kits
• Be wary of offers for Free and you pay the shipping fee
• Check the Canadian Anti Fraud Website for a list of reported scams
I hope you're having a wonderful Easter weekend with your families. As I know this is a day many of us would normally be gathering with our friends and extended family for a holiday meal, today may be a difficult one for many and I want to ensure everyone knows they're not alone in this amazing community.
At different times through this COVID journey, every one of us may need help, regardless of age or circumstance. EPRA is grateful to have a list of people willing to volunteer and we are able to provide support in a variety of ways. It is now time for people to provide those people with the opportunity to help. Use this Elbow Park Cares Link to fill out a form and a volunteer will contact you to provide assistance.
If someone doesn't take on the job of receiving, others are unable to give. And, this neighbourhood knows from experience that we are a group of people who like to give. How about we start to view the act of asking as a way of giving?
This is a time when each one of us is vulnerable. It is time for us to gracefully accept our vulnerability, clearly define what it is we need and then, ask for help.
This is a time to shed our stoicism and our belief that being overwhelmed or emotional is a weakness. Vulnerability forges connection and the circumstances we find ourselves in right now is a perfect time for us to connect through vulnerability, become communal beings and find the joys of community.
Asking for help is difficult because
Here are a few suggestions of what you might ask EPRA volunteers to assist you with:
Please reach out to ask for help at Elbow Park Cares Link or phone Jane at 403-680-9320. Any request is worthy, valued and treated with respect.
We've done this before Elbow Park. Let's Connect and do it again!
Residents of Elbow Park are able to send their comments regarding upcoming development permits through a new online system. Go to the Development Map and zoom into Elbow Park on the map, then click on the property you want to check (blue indicates DP application, green indicates Land Use Re-designation), click on the arrow next to the DP # to expand it, click on the Details (big red rectangle), you will see a red “Share your comments” button. You can only leave your comments during the review period, before the deadline. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DP2020-2159 3441 6th St SW Application for a Detached Garage with relaxation for driveway length. Comments due April 30.
DP2020-1389 313 40th Ave SW Application for Discretionary Single Detached Dwelling. Currently being reviewed by the review Committee. Concerns identified: the intent of the applicant is to subdivide this 75 ’ lot and build a second home on it. The current proposal only shows one tall, narrow house extending much closer to the riverbank than any of the neighbouring existing houses, which may negatively impact neighbours ’ properties to the west during floods. Please email email@example.com for more information or concerns.
DP2019-6420 3620 13A St SW Application for Discretional Single Family Dwelling. This one has an attached rear garage, but, EPRA has heard no concerns from neighbours. In advertising stage.
DP2019-5600 337 40th Ave SW Application for a deck. Was initially approved, but then appealed because of concerns that it was in the flood zone. Application has been refused, but the partially built deck has not been demolished yet.
Contact Information & COVID-19 Resources
The province of Alberta has launched emergency isolation funding, utility payment deferral and student loan repayment deferral. https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx
The Federal Government has implemented some assistance through employment Insurance and Emergency Care Benefits https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html
403-266-HELP (4357) for 24 hour support.
403-266-1234 or online
Alberta Health Services (AHS)
Staying Connected - Zoom Zoom!
Video conferencing is a great way to stay connected with your usual social groups or form some new ones. Some neighbours are taking advantage of ZOOM in order to host virtual Book Club, Wine Tastings, Coffee and visits with friends and family.
If you would like some assistance figuring out how to get Zoom loaded onto your computers, iPad or phone, send in a request form to EPRA and we will find a volunteer to phone you and assist.
Tips for Zoom
Getting food to your door
Calgary Co-op is delivering free care packages to those under Covid-19 quarantine until April 15. The packages feature non-perishable food essentials and are available while supplies last. calgarycoop.com
Sunterra delivers groceries for $8 with a minimum order of $50. In addition to everyday groceries, you can also have Sunterra’s daily features delivered as well as its Friday Night Feast, a three-course meal for just $18.99. Voila, dinner is served. sunterramarket.com
Hello Fresh is a meal delivery service that delivers perfectly portioned meals to your doorstep once a week. All you have to do is cook them. Choose meals for 2 or 4 people and order from 3-7 meals per week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like a free trial or $40 off coupon. https://www.hellofresh.ca/
Costco members can take advantage of the store’s two-day delivery service, which is available on weekdays for household items, non-perishable food and specifically marked products. And if you spend $75 or more, there’s no delivery fee. costco.ca
Grocery Link is a local grocery delivery service that allows you to place an order at one of eight grocery stores (including Superstore, Save-On-Foods and M&M Food Market), then delivers it within a two hour span on weekdays. The base rate for regular delivery service is $19.99, plus there are discounted programs for seniors and those with limited access. thegrocerylink.com
In-a-buggy allows you to order from multiple big-name stores, which currently include Walmart, Costco, PetSmart, Rexall Pharma Plus, Safeway and M&M Food Market. The delivery fee is $19.98 and there’s an additional fee of $9.99 per store if there are multiple stops. inabuggy.com
Insta-cart offers delivery from a wide range of stores, including BulkBarn, Staples, Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore and more. Plan ahead by placing an order in advance (maximum six days) or get a last-minute delivery within two hours. The service uses your delivery time and order size to determine the delivery fee. instacart.com
Parcel Pal is a Canadian-based app that will deliver "anything you want". Along with restaurant and alcohol delivery, you can order groceries from Sunterra Market and five downtown Corner Store locations. Grocery delivery is $9.99. parcelpal.com
Save on Foods Delivery fees range between $7 to $10. Through your account, you can create and save shopping lists and add notes to specific items like if you want a ripe avocado or a green banana. saveonfoods.com
Healthy Chef Deliver Healthy Chef Delivery provides delicious fresh, whole food prepared meals delivered to your home or office weekly. We work with local Calgary area and Alberta farmers for organic and natural ingredients that are chemical, GMO and antibiotic free. https://www.healthychefdelivery.com/
The Council meeting that was going to be held by video and phone-in participation on April 27 has been postponed thanks to the efforts of the letters written by Community Association Coalition including Elbow Park. This is a significant win for our neighbourhood! The City was attempting to push this document through without proper engagement with you, our residents and that was unfair. We are pleased that we now have more time to prepare for the Council meeting to be scheduled when social distancing mandates have been lifted. We will keep you informed as to when the meeting will be held.
We have heard that the Multi-Community Local Area Plan engagement meetings have been postponed. The application process, however, continues. An extension of the deadline to April 16 was given. We encourage our residents to apply to be on the working group. Click here to do so. We are surprised that the City administration would choose to continue with this process given what all Calgarians are facing during these uncertain and challenging times.
Thank you to Jeromy Farkas for his unwavering support in this matter.
In the meantime, continue to become informed about the Guidebook, Apply online to be a community rep on the working committee and get your letters prepared to take to the Council meeting when it is rescheduled.
We thought we'd share the most recent compilation of crime statistics for Elbow Park, as well as a reminder to report any suspicious activity immediately to the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. As we continue to hear reports about car break-ins and package thefts from porches, we encourage you to report any of these incidents as it helps CPS prioritize which neighbourhoods to patrol more regularly.
If you feel threatened or witness a crime in progress, call 911.
A few days before the Christmas holidays, collection of the garbage from our bins in the Clubhouse park ceased.
Upon further investigation, we were informed by the City that the garbage bins located on our LOC (License of Operation, the park land we lease from the City) had been "donated" to our community association in 2016. This was the first I had heard of that.
Since 2016, somebody was collecting our garbage. I suspect that it was the contractor working for the City who was unaware that the City was no longer going to collect our garbage on the LOC. This contractor had been collecting our garbage for years and probably assumed that it would be strange for the City to stop collecting the garbage from the bins in the SAME park.
A few days before Christmas 2019, we experienced FULL bins. This was the first indication that it was EPRA responsibility to collect the garbage. The City has collected the garbage in our LOC Park for over 50 years. It took us by surprise that they would stop providing this service.
I asked the City to collect the overflowing garbage from the bins prior to Christmas, and they obliged. Since I have been unsuccessful in resolving the issue since Christmas, the bins are overflowing once again.
My attempts have been:
Contacting the Contractor who collects the garbage container at the playground adjacent to our LOC, however, they are unable to assist because it would be a "breach of contract".
I contacted the Contractor that the City used previously, however, they no longer work in the area and it is not financially lucrative to come to this area of the City.
I have contacted smaller companies that collect garbage, however, I've been told that they are unable to collect garbage that contains "animal products" (dog waste). Regulation stipulates that no animal products can be disposed in the landfills. Given that our containers are 80% dog waste, these companies are not an option.
I've gone back to the City to request their assistance. They offered to collect our garbage for $50 each time, however, will only do this for two garbage cans and when we get our new cans, bringing the total to 4, they will not be able to accommodate that many.
We are now investigating the possibility of moving the garbage bins onto the City owned land. The City will pick up at these locations without charge. One can be moved to the corner of 8th and 34th near the toboggan hill. I am waiting to hear where the other can be moved to.
As for the donation that Valentine Volvo made to purchase us 4 new garbage cans and 1 recycle container; we will wait to see if we can move forward with this or not??
I will keep you informed as I hear more from the City. In the meantime, please use the garbage can near the playground to deposit your dog waste. This one is on City land and will have collection services.
Thursday, February 27th6:30PM-8:00PM
Elbow Park Clubhouse
As you may recall from our email earlier this week, the City is adopting a new "Guidebook for Great Communities" which will direct how our communities will evolve and grow. The Guidebook will be the tool (statutory policy) that sets out guidance about how developments contribute to a "great community" and will be the guide for developing the Local Area Planning (LAP).
As part of this process, the City is combining several communities together into "Multi-Community Plans”. Elbow Park has been assigned to a Multi-Community Local Area Plan that includes 16 other communities. A working group consisting of community association reps, some residents and builders, developers, business representatives, will prepare a Local Area Plan.
“Guidebook for Great Communities” will go to a PUD meeting (Standing Committee for Planning and Urban Development) on March 4th for review and will go for final approval by City Council at the end of April.
As time appears to be short, we wanted to share the information we have at hand and invite you to engage on the matter so the collective voice of Elbow Park may be heard. We encourage you to join us for this EPRA hosted meeting to learn more.
VALENTINE VOLVO DONATES FUNDS FOR NEW PARK GARBAGE CONTAINERS
Thank you to yet another generous sponsorship from Valentine Volvo, EPRA is now able to make a purchase of FOUR new garbage containers and one Recycle Container for our "Clubhouse" park.
Two of the garbage containers will replace the one that sits at the corner of 7th St & 32nd Ave and one near the Clubhouse on 34th Ave. A third "extra" garbage container will be placed on the corner of 7th Street and 34th Ave near the mailbox. The fourth garbage container and new recycle bin will be placed near the basketball courts. Now that our courts are being used so frequently in the warmer months, this addition will help keep that area nice and tidy.
We are so fortunate to have a partnership with Valentine Volvo who continues to support our community!
We'd also like to thank Rick Simonton for his generous donation that allowed us to purchase four hockey nets for our outdoor rinks. As a little kid Rick spent many hours enjoying the Elbow Park rinks and this was his way of giving back. Score a goal for Rick, kids!
Want to make a difference in your community?
There are two additional resources we're in need of within the Clubhouse and would like to ask for donations to make the following purchases:
EPRA would like to purchase a projector for the Clubhouse in order to facilitate our meetings and engagement sessions. We would rather not use paper when we need to share something with a large group and it would facilitate the process if we had a projector.
We are currently using stovetop kettles and we would like to purchase an electric kettle in order to decrease the risk of the open flame.
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