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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
EPS News: Report Crime Online and Station Closures
By host @ 4:06 PM :: 87 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: City of Edmonton News, Safety and Crime Prevention

The Edmonton Police Service has implemented a new online crime reporting system that  will help with some smaller crimes that shouldn't tie up emergency phone lines.  And they are also announcing station closures.   Read more for details.

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Friday, July 05, 2013
Proposed Residential Mixed Dwelling Zone going to Public Hearing July 15th
By host @ 4:16 PM :: 294 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News, Front Page
You have only a few days to get your feedback to Council concerning the proposed low density zone which encourages a range of dwelling types and densities including narrow single detached housing, semi-detached housing and row housing within the same street.   The proposed zone is intended to be applied to large areas, one hectare or more, in new or established neighbourhoods.    The zone is most likely to be used in new neighbourhoods, with Secord and Heritage neighbourhoods being some of the first. 
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Friday, July 05, 2013
Volunteer with EFCL at Heritage Days
By host @ 3:57 PM :: 212 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Front Page
Fun times at Heritage Days!  Volunteer with EFCL for a shift or two from August 2 -5 and get swag and food tickets!  Connect now with Nora.Begoray@efcl.org to guarantee a shift of your choice.

Pictured - Super volunteer Saba helps at last year's recharge center.
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Friday, July 05, 2013
Urban Systems Scouts 100th Anniversary Project Site
By host @ 3:33 PM :: 211 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Front Page

Pictured, Anniversary committee member, Rob Agostinis, Matt Sloan & Jennifer Jones of Urban Systems, and Nora Begoray, EFCL's new marketing director, discuss design improvements to the project site.

 

Through the month of June, Allan Bolstad, EFCL Executive Director, and the 100th Anniversary committee put in dozens of hours to assess the proposals we received for our Anniversary Project.  After much deliberation, Urban Systems was awarded the contract.

 

 

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Friday, July 05, 2013
Tuscan Sun Shines on EFCL Volunteers
By host @ 3:20 PM :: 198 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Front Page
Last night at the EFCL offices, staff  was led by Rob Agostinis to host an unforgettable Italian evening designed to spoil and delight our EFCL volunteers.  The nine course meal was fabulous and perfectly complemented with wine, aperitifs, and superb company.    

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Friday, July 05, 2013
EFCL Welcomes Nora Begoray, Marketing Director
By host @ 3:10 PM :: 199 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: EFCL News, Front Page
Nora brings a lot of Community League Fundraising and Events Coordination experience to the EFCL Team.  She will be a key person to work with the 100th Anniversary Committee for our legacy project at Hawrelak Park.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Local Arts and Heritage Grants Launches New & Improved Program
By host @ 10:48 AM :: 237 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Resources, Front Page
 The Edmonton Heritage Council, Edmonton Arts Council and Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues are changing the application process for the Living Local Neighborhood Arts and Heritage Project Grants.  The grants help celebrate the history and heritage of Edmonton’s diverse neighbourhoods by connecting community leagues with local artists and heritage practitioners and helping them to commission projects that will recognize the historical and artistic character of their neighborhood. 
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Friday, June 07, 2013
Leagues Disagree with City Administration on Body Rub Centre Locations
By Valerie @ 5:12 PM :: 360 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, Front Page
The results are in for the survey that EFCL conducted over the last 10 days on the Body Rub Centre Bylaw changes.  The vast majority of league leaders who responded to the survey believe that community halls and other recreation facilities should be separated from Body Rub Centres.   City Administration disagrees.  Read more about the results . . .
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Friday, June 07, 2013
Residential Mixed Dwelling Zone Raises Concerns
By Valerie @ 5:07 PM :: 356 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News, Front Page
EFCL organized a May 16th information and feedback session for leagues wanting to review the proposed new RMD Zone.   This zone is being proposed by a developer, and supported by City Administration.  It is a combination of low density zones which include small lot single detached housing zones, duplexes/semi-detached housing and row housing.  At least two types of housing would be developed on every street.  Developers could choose any one of these housing types, rather than having to rezone, in order to respond quickly to the market. 
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Monday, June 03, 2013
Amazing Volunteer David Gibbens Awarded for Outstanding Community Leadership
By Valerie @ 5:13 PM :: 752 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, EFCL News, League Showcase, Front Page

On Saturday, June 1, David Gibbens received an honorable mention at the Lieutenant Governor's Outstanding Community Leader Awards for his many years of work in so many capacities as a Community Leader.

pictured - David Gibbens receives the award from Lieutenant Governor Donald Ethel

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
TRAC Annual Run and Spring Fair this Sunday
By Valerie @ 12:34 PM :: 227 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: League Showcase
Everyone is welcome to the upcoming annual TRAC 10K, 5K, 3K Run/Walk and Spring Family Fun Fair, which will take place on Sunday morning, May 26, 2013, at Mother Margaret Mary Catholic High School in southwest Edmonton.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
City Discusses Undeveloped Building Sites
By Valerie @ 12:25 PM :: 349 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News
The City was asked  provide a summary of the civic interests that were considered during the City’s internal review of the building sites (on surplus school sites). This was part of a larger conversation discussing how the City came up with its initial preferred uses for the 11 sites.There was vigorous and thorough discussion at various levels of the organization over a two-year period regarding the best use of these building sites.
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Apply for Bursary to pay an Intern at Your League
By Valerie @ 2:04 PM :: 246 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Grants and Financial Resources
There are approximately 150 SCiP bursaries left until we reach our 750 bursary limit. If you are an intern, have an intern, or are planning on hiring an intern between now and July 31, 2013
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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Executive Director's May Board Meeting Notes
By Valerie @ 1:26 PM :: 170 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: EFCL News

~ Wind turbines    ~ Winter City  ~ Public School Board  ~ Anniversary Project & MORE

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Friday, May 03, 2013
Go Leagues, Go Green, Go Solar,
By Valerie @ 2:55 PM :: 200 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase, Green Activities

Seven Leagues are making the move to save money, do the right sustainable thing, and be once again an exemplary leader in Edmonton!  About the program  

 

View the ShawTV clip that airs today hourly
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Friday, May 03, 2013
Super Volunteers Go Above and Beyond in Vietnam
By Valerie @ 2:22 PM :: 186 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase, Front Page
Castledowns Recreation Society has completed their second playground installation abroad in Vietnam.  Not wanting to waste a perfectly good playground, they dismantled their old playground, packed it up and shipped it to Vietnam, paid their own way, and assembled it there - much to the joy of the locals!   Super story!  And great pictures . . .
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Friday, May 03, 2013
Terwillegar the Toast of the Town
By Valerie @ 1:37 PM :: 242 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities
The Terwillegar Riverbend Advisory Council (TRAC) has come up with a very palatable promotion with their own label of "Terwillegar" Malbec wine released this spring, and officially launching on June 8th.  They are the first League to enter such a marketing campaign where $5 from every sale goes to support TRAC projects.
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Friday, May 03, 2013
Rossdale Community League Takes On Solar
By Valerie @ 11:04 AM :: 687 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Front Page, Green Activities

Pictured,  Mikhail Ivnanchikov and Steven Murrell of Dandelion Renewables fixing the solar panels on the roof of Rossdale Community Hall.

 

Dandelion Renewables is very busy this week installing solar panel systems at Rossdale, Riverdale, West Jasper, Ritchie. This very important program is a move toward sustainability and again proves how Leagues are often leadersof change and solid community planning around our city.      

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Friday, May 03, 2013
Volunteers All Smiles and Appreciated on April 23
By Valerie @ 10:32 AM :: 326 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, EFCL News, League Showcase
Although we know an evening of appreciation is not enough of a gesture to thank the Community League Volunteers for all they do, an enjoyable time was had by all and a lot of people got caught up with their peers and neighbours.  Thanks for coming and look at these great photos of League volunteers and the projects they undertake.


League photo submissions of some recent highlights       Photos of the event

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Monday, April 29, 2013
EFCL Brings Solar Green to Spring
By Valerie @ 5:59 PM :: 626 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: EFCL News, Front Page, Green Activities
The EFCL’s main office is now drawing power from the Sun, thanks to a solar energy system installed by Evergreen and Gold early this week.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Volunteer Police Information Check Program
By Valerie @ 12:16 PM :: 165 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Resources
Volunteer appreciation is an on-going process from the beginning of a volunteer position to the end. Part of that is making sure the cost of a police information check doesn’t land at the feet of the volunteer.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
New Rules in Place for Low Density Residential Zones
By Valerie @ 3:02 PM :: 1128 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News

After significant input from leagues, on March 19, 2013, City Council approved multiple amendments to the regulations for low density housing. Virtually every neighbourhood is impacted. The new rules are now fully in effect.

In summary, the new rules make it much easier to build duplexes and semi-detached housing on every block in every neighbourhood. It is easier to build row housing, stacked row housing and apartments in the RF3 zone – the areas zoned for up to four unit residences. These housing types can be built on smaller, narrower sites, making it possible to build higher density housing on virtually every site . . .

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
City Reviewing regulations for Eating and Drinking Establishments
By Valerie @ 2:50 PM :: 289 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News
This review is to address neighbourhood concerns. See the minutes of the April 15, 2013 Executive Committee meeting of Council to read Administration’s report. Public involvement plans will be announced soon.
The City is also working on a strategy to improve the Sidewalk Café application process and the Street Vendor application process. See the April 15th
Outdoor Patio report to Executive Committee.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
How close should Non-therapeutic Body Rub Centres be to Community Halls and Schools?
By Valerie @ 11:46 AM :: 732 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs

City Council will be grappling with this question and others at the June 10th Executive Committee of Council, and they could use your feedback to help them make a decision. 

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Monday, April 08, 2013
EFCL Partners With the Dynamic Sports International Group
By Valerie @ 3:13 PM :: 486 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Resources

EFCL is pleased to welcome Sports International to its Corporate Partnership team. For the next five years, Sports International will provide financial support to the EFCL, allowing the EFCL to continue to be the backbone of Edmonton’s 156 Community Leagues.

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Friday, March 22, 2013
How to Plan for an Amazing Neighbourhood
By Valerie @ 2:01 PM :: 320 Views :: 1 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Workshops, Resources, Green Activities
In these one day workshops, participants will learn about the framework for strategic sustainable development and how to design a fun and meaningful process to engage residents, businesses and other groups to create a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Executive Director's March Board Meeting Notes
By Valerie @ 12:28 PM :: 2515 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, Community Programs & Activities, EFCL News, City of Edmonton News, Grants and Financial Resources
Civic Engagement Strategy ~ Federation Protests STEP Grant Cut ~ Grants for Arts & Heritage Projects to be enhanced ~ Solar Panels Going on League Roofs ~ Bike Routes ~ Traffic Safety Award Nominations ~ Low Density Zone amendment report ~ & more
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Friday, March 08, 2013
STEPping up Cooperation in Response to STEP Budget Cuts
By @ 12:10 PM :: 603 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Grants and Financial Resources
Community Leagues work together to investigate options to ensure the continuing operation of summer programs
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Major Win for 100th Anniversary Project and Water Feature
By Allan @ 1:59 PM :: 868 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News, Resources, Green Activities
In case you haven’t caught the reports in the Edmonton media today, council’s community services committee voted 4-1 in favor of constructing the water play feature next to the playground in Hawrelak Park and connecting it to the EFCL’s 100th Anniversary Project.  100th Anniversary supporters urged to contact council and ask them to support the new location on next Wednesday.
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Friday, February 22, 2013
Lights Go On for League Communications and Social Media
By Valerie @ 1:51 PM :: 398 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Workshops, Resources
Although some of the attendees were voluntold to attend the February 21 Social Media Workshop they left excited about the potential and with some key knowledge to ramp up the communications exercise with their own League.  Pictured, Workshop attendees get the Social Media Bug
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Friday, February 22, 2013
Free Community Leadership Training Session
By Valerie @ 1:48 PM :: 345 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Workshops
Deal with building public relationships, recruiting volunteers and developing community leaders. “We believe that the solutions to community safety lie within the community. We want to empower community leaders by giving them the tools they need to be the change in their own neighbourhoods
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Tips to Diplomatically Eliminate Deadbeat Board Members Before Your Next Board Election
By Valerie @ 4:49 PM :: 306 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Workshops, Resources

Tips to Diplomatically Eliminate Deadbeat Board Members Before Your Next Board Election

I have two board members that I like and want to keep as supporters, but clearly they don’t have the time or don’t make the time to be good board members.  Elections will be here soon, should I just call them and tell them that it appears they don’t have time for the board and ask them not to run or do you have a better idea?  ~ linked to Katya's Non-Profit Marketing Blog - read more

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Tell Why Your League Should Win a Paid For Party
By Valerie @ 4:11 PM :: 315 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Resources, Grants and Financial Resources
Whose League is Best? WIN a K-Days Party  Northlands will sponsor a K-Days Party in your own community if you can answer . . .
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Executive Director's February Board Meeting Notes
By Valerie @ 11:26 AM :: 276 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: EFCL News

K Days Parties For League ~ EFCL Hosts Volunteer Recognition Night ~ EFCL Develops Civic Election Strategy ~ EFCL and Leagues Work Hard On Low Density Zone Amendments ~  & more

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Living Local Arts & Heritage Grants Awarded to Four Great Projects
By Valerie @ 11:18 AM :: 1063 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase, Front Page, Grants and Financial Resources
The Edmonton Heritage Council (EHC), Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) and Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013Living Local Neighbourhood Arts & Heritage project grants.  Bellevue will be creating biographies for historical people; Mill Woods will document stories of their historical figures; Garneau will create drawings of historical homes; and Strathcona will line 99 Street with flags.

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Monday, February 11, 2013
McKernan Strikes it Rich
By Valerie @ 2:35 PM :: 348 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase, Grants and Financial Resources
McKernan Community League Building Chairperson Hilary Gray was the first to find the buried gold chocolates during the official sod turning ceremony for the league’s new hall extension on Sunday.
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Monday, February 11, 2013
Anyone Up For Ski Sledding?
By Valerie @ 2:22 PM :: 332 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Resources, Front Page
Councillor Ben Henderson and EFCL Greater Strathcona Board Member Lindsay Smith get ready to give Emily a ride on one of the city’s new ski sleds at the McKernan Winter Festival on Sunday.   The city now has a dozen of the new sleds in stock and is willing to lend them to community leagues for their winter events.   Interested leagues should contact their CRC.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013
McKernan Breaks Ground for New Hall with 600K in Grants Awarded
By host @ 1:55 PM :: 435 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase, Grants and Financial Resources
This Sunday, February 10 McKernan celebrate winter with the usual carnival events and bonfire but also will have a "ground breaking" ceremony and cheque presentation from the City of Edmonton.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Time to Read Low Density Workshop Notes Before Council Meeting
By Valerie @ 12:29 PM :: 719 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News
EFCL's Bev Zubot and the EFCL Planning Committee have worked hard to review and summarize material and notes gathered from the three workshops that EFCL hosted to gather input from interested citizens on the proposed Low Density Zone Amendments.  There is still time to express your views, send letters, or telephone council members
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Monday, February 04, 2013
"The Avenue" movie attains official selection status at Film Fest
By host @ 12:00 PM :: 524 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase, Safety and Crime Prevention

We all hear about the fantastic work being done on 118 Avenue.  People of the community have reclaimed the neighbourhood and transformed the area into a better and better place to live through cleanup and arts and engagement. Jaimie Clements, an Edmonton director has captured this community spirit in the local documentary 'The Avenue' to be screened at the Global Visions Film Festival.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Swim Booking Process Improves for 2013-2014
By Valerie @ 5:05 PM :: 333 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Sports Programs
Annual Community Swim Consultation Meeting:  Restructuring of league swim will help bring efficiency to community swim booking process.  Time to Book now!
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Friday, January 25, 2013
EFCL APPLAUDS EPSB DECISION FOR LOCAL STUDENTS OF VICTORIA SCHOOL
By Valerie @ 1:59 PM :: 326 Views :: 0 Comments ::

It was very good news to hear of today’s decision of the Edmonton Public School Board to ensure local kids get first crack at registration in their own neighbourhood.  We support this move 100% and firmly believe that keeping local schools open and available to children in the immediate community is fundamental to healthy strong communities.

We were pleased to see that the local citizens spoke up for their cause and that the EPSB listened.  This is a triumph for improving the quality of life in the downtown core, and in Edmonton in general.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
This Day in History - The EFCL was founded.
By host @ 4:29 PM :: 362 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: EFCL News
HAPPY BIRTHDAY EFCL!  Pictured, President Thomas Malone 1st president and key founder of the EFCL - EFCL Officially founded on January 24, 1921
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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Be Sure to Start the Year Right with Annual Planning
By Valerie @ 1:31 PM :: 387 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: EFCL News, Resources
Operational plans should establish the activities and budgets for your Community League for the next 1 – 3 years, and link the strategic plan with the activities the Community League will deliver & the resources required to deliver them.  At our January 30 General Meeting not only will EFCL discuss its plan, but will provide some guidance and discussion to assist Leagues moving forward. There are a couple key questions to ask your board . . .
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
EFCL Makes One Last Pitch to Change the Cell Tower Policy
By Valerie @ 3:45 PM :: 393 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News
On behalf of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, Fred Mitchell and Jamie Post made a presentation about a new "Policy for Siting Telecommunications Facilities" to Executive Committee of Council on January 14th.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Money to Make Youth Ideas Happen
By Valerie @ 4:18 PM :: 267 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Grants and Financial Resources

Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) has money dedicated to funding youth projects. If you know a group of 13 to 22 year olds who have an idea or a project they would like to get started tell them to apply. The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) supports activities that are initiated, led and organized by Edmonton and area youth.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Let’s Talk Trash
By Valerie @ 3:46 PM :: 426 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, City of Edmonton News, Workshops, Green Activities
The City of Edmonton Waste Management would love to meet with your community group (15 or more) and talk about how you can minimize what goes into our landfills. You’ll learn about recycling at home and at work, reusing, composting and grasscycling. We’ll talk about Eco Stations and Big Bin Events, the world-leading Edmonton Waste Management Centre and how we’re working on turning waste into biofuels.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Traffic Safety Update
By Valerie @ 2:18 PM :: 282 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: EFCL News, City of Edmonton News, Safety and Crime Prevention

Traffic Safety: Toward EFCL’s Vision of Zero Fatalities on Neighborhood Streets

Speed Watch Program

Pace Car Program

40 KM/hr Neighborhoods Speed Reduction Program

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
What's the Deal with Soccer Registration and League Membership
By Valerie @ 2:04 PM :: 656 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Sports Programs
Soccer season is coming up, with registrations starting this month and February.  Sometimes people are confused about community league membership requirements.
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Monday, January 14, 2013
Bellevue Shines at their Night of Nostalgia
By Valerie @ 5:40 PM :: 341 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: League Showcase

On December 1, 2012,Bellevue Community League hosted a night of Nostalgia at the Bellevue Community League, celebrating volunteers and the history of this historic Community League

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Killarney Will Drop the Puck for the Red Bull World Hockey Tournament?
By Valerie @ 2:00 PM :: 440 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Sports Programs
Red Bull Open Ice Pond Hockey Tournament has gone global with qualifying tournaments happening around the world in January and February 2013. Edmonton is the only Canadian stop with the winning team heading to Finland on February 20th to battle it out for the ultimate bragging rights in the Global Final against 31 other international teams.   Watch announcements on January 14 for the location of the Edmonton Game on February 9th.  Get more information or register your team at the Red Bull Open Ice Event Site Winners go to Finland! The roster is filling up fast so get your League Team on board!
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Friday, January 04, 2013
Low Density Zone Workshop an Eye Opener
By Valerie @ 1:34 PM :: 1275 Views :: 1 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News, Workshops, Front Page
Over 30 people showed up to learn about the vast amount of changes to zoning regulations for low density housing areas.  Be sure to attend the last workshop . . .
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Thursday, January 03, 2013
GetInvolved.ca : Engaging the Next Generation
By Valerie @ 6:22 PM :: 440 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Resources
There are more volunteers aged 18-24 than in any other age group in Canada! And they volunteer an average of 130 hours per year. We know there are lots of youth putting in volunteer hours, but given the demands of jobs, school, and extracurricular activities, it’s important to give these young volunteers great experiences so that they’ll continue volunteering in the future.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Double your Donations with the Community Spirit Grant
By Valerie @ 4:36 PM :: 297 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Resources

The Community Spirit Grant helps not-for-profits and charities increase the value of cash donations or charitable donations for tax credits.  The application process is now open with a 2012-13 budget of $15.5 million for the Community Spirit Program donation grant.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
No Excuse to Procroastinate Policy Revitalization
By Valerie @ 3:22 PM :: 417 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Resources, Grants and Financial Resources
One of those daunting and for some, very boring tasks is taking on policy review.  If you have a little money in your budget, the ability to apply for a STEP grant, this student placement program may be the very tool you need to get the task accomplished.  The Mount Royal College offers a Policy Studies Internship.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Six Innovative Art & History Projects in Contention for 2012 Grants
By Valerie @ 2:56 PM :: 560 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase
A total of six Leagues / Area Councils have submitted their grant applications to take advantage of the two thirds project funding available through the 2012 /2013 Living Local Arts & History Grant.  The projects vary from youth engagement to artist renderings to street flags to publications and are all making use of the creative resources in their very own neighbourhood.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Creating a New Year's Vision for Your League
By Valerie @ 2:15 PM :: 483 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Workshops, Resources, Front Page
Hildy Gottlieb has been called “the most innovative and practical thinker in our sector.” Recently, a few of us at EFCL took the opportunity to sit in on a webinar live conversation that included Hildy and took away very practical simple advice for regaining the momentum of any association.
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Monday, December 03, 2012
Arts & Heritage Project Nationally Recognized
By Valerie @ 3:41 PM :: 2008 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase, Front Page

The Governor General of Canada has announced its 2012 History Awards in Community Programming and has awarded The Ave We Had: A Living History Project as its "Honorable Mention".

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Monday, December 03, 2012
New Structure Proposed for Community Swim
By Valerie @ 12:33 PM :: 777 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Sports Programs, City of Edmonton News, Workshops

The EFCL and City of Edmonton is jointly hosting the annually community league swim consultation on January 23, 2013,  at 7 P.M., at St Anthony's Centre located at 10425-84 Avenue.

The City is proposing a new structure for community swim. Your league feedback and decision is required

Back ground: After issues raised by Area 17 regarding swim contract insurance, the Department has restructured the Area 17 Community Swim Program from a rental to a Department Program.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
ATCO Plans Upgrades to Replace Existing Gas Transport Lines
By Valerie @ 5:12 PM :: 457 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs
The current high pressure network was built in the 1950’s and 1960’sATCO Pipelines has developed a proactive solution to relocate its high-pressure natural gas pipelines into the Transportation Utility Corridor that surrounds the city.  Open House dates are scheduled between December 6 and 12.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Heard what the Area Councils Are Up to?
By Valerie @ 4:15 PM :: 334 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities
EFCL met with representatives from the Area Councils on November 22 to discuss what's going on with our Leagues within the Area Councils and to ratify a Memorandum of Understanding between EFCL and their organizations.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Shedding Light on a Shady Proposal
By Valerie @ 2:38 PM :: 497 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, Front Page

Low Density Residential Zones and the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay - Exposing the Secrets

By Brian Kropf, Planner & Community Member.  Views do not necessarily reflect the views of EFCL

Much public debate has occurred in the past three weeks about the City's proposal to change the Zoning rules for residential development.  The City justifies the changes by saying we need them to implement the 2009 Residential Infill Guidelines and we need them to allow a 50' wide side-by-side duplex let to be divided into 2 single family lots . . . so 2 houses replace 2 houses   
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Conference Attendees are Winners!
By Valerie @ 5:41 PM :: 617 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities

Andrea, Kris, and Bev draw names from the folks who took time to fill out the Leagues Alive survey.

 

Thanks to the 42 people who returned their surveys on the Leagues Alive Conference and Tradeshow. Your feedback will be very helpful as we plan for next year.  Our prize winners are:

 

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Monday, November 26, 2012
SURPRISE Proposed Changes to High Density Zones and More!
By Valerie @ 5:24 PM :: 537 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, Front Page
The November 19 City of Edmonton Executive Committee Meeting presented some "surprise" Zoning Bylaw Amendments to Achieve Density Targets and Address Other Issues.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Park Re-development to Include Less Costly Playgrounds
By Valerie @ 11:50 AM :: 428 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, Grants and Financial Resources
On Nov 19th, Executive Committee of Council discussed ways of reducing the time and money involved in creating community park playgrounds.  Check out the current manual for park redevelopment . . .
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Over 95% Agree Leagues Alive! was a Quality Conference
By Valerie @ 5:25 PM :: 637 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, EFCL News, Front Page, Board Development
"I really enjoyed learning more of my duties and information that is available.  This is especially good for new board members but I have been on the board for many years and I still learned stuff.  I highly recommended it to our board.  I really enjoyed the sessions and found them very informative.  Thank You!!" 
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Edmonton Launches First Energy-Efficient Residential Community
By Valerie @ 4:12 PM :: 315 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News, Green Activities
New subdivision in Oxford will showcase sustainable homebuilding

Imagine a neighbourhood where every house is built to a higher environmental standard and every homeowner knows their dream home is also reducing their impact on the environment. Welcome to Oxford, a new community in northwest Edmonton that will require all homebuilders meet eco-friendly guidelines for conservation and efficiency.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Homesteader Hall Improvements Funded with Grants
By Valerie @ 2:56 PM :: 377 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Front Page, Grants and Financial Resources

"We were at the point we almost needed to close the hall for the winter," says Marg Spafford, League President.  They had begun repairs with the funds they received from the Community League Infrastructure grant (CLIP) through the City when they received notice they were also recipients of the Federal Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Executive Director's November Board Meeting Notes
By Valerie @ 2:44 PM :: 389 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, Community Programs & Activities, EFCL News

Ever wonder what goes on at an EFCL board meeting?  League board members are welcome to attend.  Read these summary notes and the reports in board meeting agenda packages

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Community League People Honoured with QE Diamond Jubilee Medal
By Valerie @ 2:09 PM :: 506 Views :: 1 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities

Executive Director Allan Bolstad poses proudly with medal.

 

Boyle Street Community League President, Thim Choy and EFCL Executive Director, Allan Bolstad are both recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal of Honour.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Twin Brooks Community Garden Featured on Shaw
By Valerie @ 1:37 PM :: 396 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase, Green Activities

EFCL roving reporter Nancy Rempel took the cameras to the grand opening of the Twin Brooks Community Garden. 

Get your great project covered by  Nancy.Rempel@efcl.org    Watch the video on YouTube

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Jasper Park Champions First Outdoor Ice this Season
By Valerie @ 11:40 AM :: 548 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase, Front Page
Jasper Park was the first to notify EFCL that their ice is not only open but beautiful!  Eager skaters have been calling EFCL to find out where they can get lace up and have some winter fun.  Please let us know what your rink operation times are and we will post them on our map.  Email to communications@efcl.org
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Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Leagues Alive! Inspires Community Leaders
By Valerie @ 9:50 AM :: 382 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Workshops, Front Page
At last weekends Leagues Alive! Conference and Trade Show The buzz in the trade show hall was fervent every time a round of sessions let out.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Fraser Wins the Servus Contest and $500
By Valerie @ 5:26 PM :: 317 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, E-News - Currents & Updates
Our great supporter, Servus Credit Union, held a contest on Community League Day and Fraser came away a winner.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
City Council Hears League Concerns and Open House is Planned
By Valerie @ 4:33 PM :: 409 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News

Learn about zoning changes which could reshape your Neighbourhood!  Proposed Changes to Low Density Zone and Mature Neighbourhood Overlay to be discussed at the OPEN HOUSE, November  20, 2012 at City Hall , 4 pm – 7:30 pm

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Speak up for your Mature Neighbourhood
By Valerie @ 2:07 PM :: 1097 Views :: 1 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News
EFCL has been receiving a lot of communications about changes to the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay.  We offer an additional summary of changes and read more to find links to the City documents.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
Leagues Be Wary of Hall Renters Hosting "Parties"
By Valerie @ 2:23 PM :: 312 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Safety and Crime Prevention
Prevent hall destruction and violence during hall rentals with a few precautions.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
Community League Day Gives Great Prizes to Winners in Glenwood, Callingwood Lymburn, Twin Brooks, and Inglewood
By Valerie @ 12:06 PM :: 517 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase

Thanks to the Leagues who sent in prize winner pictures from their Community League Day event prize draw.

Pictured left - Liam, Brayden, Vivian, and Jamie enjoy their eco prizes and bike bells from the office of environment - City of Edmonton, and United Cycle respectively.

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Friday, October 12, 2012
Bellevue Documents their History on Video
By Valerie @ 10:58 AM :: 433 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: League Showcase
There is no historical record of the Bellevue CL and this video and the black and white photo montage will recognize the volunteers who build the CL and will highlight the history of the Hall .
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Monday, October 01, 2012
EFCL President Extends Official RGM Invitation
By host @ 1:34 PM :: 471 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: EFCL News, Resources

As you can see from the attached agenda, we have a number of interesting topics to go over.

These include an update on our Leagues Alive Conference and Trade Show (Nov. 3, Mayfield Inn), our 100th Anniversary Project in Hawrelak Park, our Living Local Arts and Heritage Program and our Rink Roof initiative.  We will also have some breaking news about our plans to link with Edmonton Minor Hockey to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Minor Hockey Week (Jan. 11-22, 2013).

 


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Friday, September 28, 2012
Rink Proposals Attractive for Outdoor Rinks
By Valerie @ 3:35 PM :: 318 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Grants and Financial Resources
Six leagues took in the information session on Tuesday night, September 27 and looked over rink roof proposals from three different suppliers
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Friday, September 28, 2012
Board Orientation Workshop Receives Rave Reviews
By Valerie @ 2:34 PM :: 520 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: EFCL News, Workshops, Board Development
Our board development director, Andrea Sage, has been visiting Leagues and assessing their needs and Thursday September 27, 2012 her presentation on board orientation strategies was an attention getter, very interactive, full of information sharing and great ideas.  The attendees are going to promote the Leagues Alive! Conference and Trade Show on November 3!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Executive Director Notes from the September Board Meeting
By Valerie @ 4:24 PM :: 330 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: EFCL News
Ever wonder what our EFCL board gets up to? Come to a meeting or read our notes, compliments of Allan Bolstad, EFCL Executive Director.
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Monday, September 17, 2012
Limits to Concentration of Subsidized and Low-Cost Housing to be considered by Council
By Valerie @ 11:37 AM :: 417 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News
City Administration is proposing a number of “congregate living” regulations to limit the concentration of subsidized and low-cost housing, as requested by the Leagues of stressed neighbourhoods and Council.  
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Monday, September 17, 2012
New Rules for Seniors and Supportive Housing
By Valerie @ 11:35 AM :: 447 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News
Council’s August 27th decision to approve the new “Supportive Community Provisions” will decrease the opportunities for Leagues to be notified of, and consulted on Senior Housing projects and other housing projects . . .
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Monday, September 17, 2012
Mature Neighbourhoods Threatened by Proposed Bylaw Changes
By Valerie @ 11:29 AM :: 689 Views :: 1 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News
City Administration is proposing numerous changes to low density housing zones, and the Mature Neighbourhoods Overlay - the special regulations originally created to preserve the character of neighbourhoods.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
WoW EFCL! Look at this Fantastic Fall Newsletter
By Valerie @ 6:55 PM :: 600 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, Community Programs & Activities, EFCL News, City of Edmonton News, Workshops, League Showcase, Resources, Grants and Financial Resources, Board Development

Our Fall newsletter is hot off the press and full of cooking articles and snappy photos:

Leagus Alive! Conference & Trade Show ~ Solar & Energy Savings Program ~ 100th Anniversary Update ~Mature Neighbourhoods ~ Tricycle Tour d 'Edmonton ~ GRANTS & RESOURCES & MORE

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Leagues Attracting the Dog Friendly Folks
By Valerie @ 10:16 AM :: 700 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities
Leagues are now opening their doors to our furry friends citywide.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
Duggan is a role model for including new immigrants to Canada
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Pictured, the Bhutanese members of Duggan Community League Welcome Minister Kenney

 

 

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Mushrooming Naturalists Visit Twin Brooks Nature Park
By Valerie @ 9:38 AM :: 699 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase

If you enjoy the outdoors, you might want to head to Twin Brooks Community League to celebrate community league day early. On September 9th, the league is hosting a parks appreciation day including nature-themed activities along with the ceremonial planting of a native trembling aspen tree.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Ghost Rail Sculpture Placed in Hazeldean Greenway
By @ 8:01 PM :: 677 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: League Showcase
Hazeldean held an early Community League Day BBG on September 8 and held an official opening to show off their new Ghost Rail Sculpture
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Get Fit with Fun Dance and Sport at a League Near You
By @ 5:11 PM :: 517 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, League Showcase

If you want to get fit or stay in shape, look no further than your local community league.  Leagues all over the city are offering something for every fitness taste.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Leagues Express Concerns Over School Site Rezoning
By Bev @ 4:47 PM :: 485 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News
Leagues met with city staff on September 5th to prepare for the October 15th Public Hearing at which City Council will consider zoning eight surplus school sites as apartments for seniors, if Provincial funding is obtained. 
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Real Men Ride Pink Tricycles
By Valerie @ 11:20 AM :: 400 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities

As seen in the Edmonton Journal September 13, 2012

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Everyone Wins at Tricycle Tour d'Edmonton
By Valerie @ 5:45 PM :: 543 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, EFCL News
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Clear the Track: Snow Busters is Back
By Valerie @ 6:28 PM :: 481 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, Resources, Seniors
The EFCL is pleased to report that the Snow Busters Program offered by the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) is back on track, now that some liability issues have been resolved with our insurance provider, Foster Park Basket.
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
City Grant Program Fully Subscribed
By Allan @ 4:17 PM :: 347 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: City of Edmonton News, Resources, Grants and Financial Resources

Leagues Dash For the Cash:  Thirty five Edmonton community leagues quickly took advantage of this year’s Community League Infrastructure Grant Program, which was fully funded for the first time by Edmonton City Council.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Help your Board Members Succeed with an Orientation
By Valerie @ 3:58 PM :: 420 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Resources, Board Development
Board orientation is a key element to the board development process. As new directors are recruited, board orientation assists them with understanding their purpose and the organization. Seasoned board members appreciate the orientation process as an opportunity to refresh their knowledge of the organization.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Way We Green Update
By Valerie @ 5:27 PM :: 432 Views :: 4 Comments :: :: City of Edmonton News, Green Activities
· Green Building Policy and Plan
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The Way We Green Implementation Plan
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The Way We Green Website
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The Way We Green Speakers Series
· Community Outreach
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Let City Council know Leagues want to be consulted about Seniors & Supportive Housing
By Valerie @ 3:33 PM :: 596 Views :: 1 Comments :: :: Planning Matters - Civic Affairs, City of Edmonton News

City Council is considering streamlining the development process for Seniors Housing and other supportive housing, and in so doing, eliminating some opportunities for community consultation.   

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