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Vol 5, Issue 10, December - Inglewood Community Association

Volume 5 Issue 10

December 2010

Dates to Remember

ICA Meetings

All Meetings at 7 p.m. at Inglewood

Community Hall. 1740 24th Ave. S.E.

Redevelopment Dec. 1, Jan. 5

Board Meeting Dec. 2, Jan. 6

General Meeting Dec. 6, Jan. 10


Dec. 1 + 15. At Five Star Bingo, 4980 25th

Street SE. 10am to 3pm. Non-smoking.

Volunteers receive a free lunch. Upcoming

dates: Jan 5 + 19.

Christmas Craft Sale

Sunday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at ICA

Hall. First 100 people receive a small gift.

Bow Habitat Station Sequins and Scales

Dec. 11 Artisan Fair. 403-297-6561,

Children’s Christmas Party

Saturday, Dec. 18, 1-4 p.m. at ICA Hall. Visit

from Santa and light lunch. Volunteers

needed. Contact Monica Read, treasurer@

Lights, Camera, Mayhem!

Allstate Insurance filmed two new

commercials in our ’hood during the final

week of October. The high-budget tv ads

are part of the popular “Mayhem” series

(check them out on YouTube). The surreal

combination of fake snow drifts and powerful

crane lights made for a “once-in-a-blue-moon”

night-time photo opportunity.

—photos and comments by Miles Krowicki

Inglewood Outdoor Rink

Tuesdays + Thursdays: Kids Shinny (ages

7-11), 3-5 p.m.; Kids Shinny (ages 12-16),

5-7 p.m.

Saturdays: Womens Shinny (no age giving

required), 10 a.m. to noon; Family Shinny

(all ages welcome), noon to 2 p.m.

Sundays: Rink Maintenance, 9-11 a.m.;

Family Shinny (all ages welcome).

noon to 2 p.m.

Weekly Events at ICA Hall

(for info see

Bollywood Dance

Mondays, Sept. 20 to Dec. 13. 8-9 p.m.

Ashtanga Yoga

Wednesdays, Sept. 29 to Dec. 1,

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Before & After School Care

Sept. to June, 2010: Includes hot cooked

lunch option and FunDaze (full-day care

on Public Holidays and PD days). Call



Mondays, Sept. 13 to Dec. 13, 5:45 to 6:45

pm. Registered or drop-in. 403-264-3835.

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December 2010

Table of Contents

Inglewood Community Association

Board Member Updates : 4

Community Life : 10

Talk Back : 20

Be Well : 24

The Garden Path : 26

ArtBeat :28

Classified Ads : 30

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ICA Board of Directors,

Liaisons and Staff


Bill Bakelaar,

Vice President

Barbara Beard,


Karina Verhoeven,


Monica Read,

Membership Director

Adrienne Weare,

Redevelopment Director

Ray Spiteri,

Safety Director

Jeff Smith,

Social Director


Casino Director

Peter Abbott,

Bingo Director

Pat Abbott,

Environment Director

Miles Krowicki,

Sports Director

Wendy Krowicki,

Communications Director

Tobias Crichton,

Inglewood Design Initiative (I.D.I.)

L.J. Robertson,

BRZ Liaison

Jake Blumes,

Colonel Walker School Liaison

Paul Hewitt,

Garden Path Liaison

JoAnn Mulligan,

Community Hall Manager

Angie Lovegrove,

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ICA Board Member News

President’s Report

By Bill Bakelaar

Hello everyone. I’d like to take a

moment to introduce myself as the

new president of the Inglewood Community Association.

When I moved to Calgary, not even four years ago, I immediately set

out to find a neighbourhood where I would feel at home. After spending

an afternoon in Inglewood, I knew I had found just such a community.

Before even settling in, I had joined the community association, and

started working with the Inglewood Design Initiative (I.D.I.) team.

When I took on this new role as president I was told that I had big

shoes to fill, so my first job was to go out and purchase some really

thick socks. After seven years of hard work, outgoing president,

Gian-Carlo Carra has indeed left quite a legacy to build on. I feel

very fortunate that the outgoing board has left us in such a great

position to move forward with, and I wish to thank them for all of

their dedication and hard work.

I am honoured to have been elected for this position, and I am

looking forward to the excitement and challenges that lie ahead of

us. I am also energized at the opportunity to get to know you, the

community, even better.

Vice President’s Report

By Barbara Beard, ICA Vice President

Volunteer Graphic Designers Needed

The Inglewood Design Initiative committee is looking for

individuals with graphic skills who are interested in working on

our historic Inglewood document. We require digital photo and

graphic design expertise to be on our graphics team. If you are

interested or for more information please contact Barbara at

403-243-7291 or

Redevelopment Report

By Ray Spiteri

We had a discussion of the possible relocation of the disc golf

course to the Wildlands park due to the redevelopment of Saint

Patrick’s island. For more detail (see the disc-golf article by Miles

Krowicki, Page 22).

Perfect Fit Site — New Proposal We were presented with a new

proposal for this site. This is where the old warehouse currently

exists on 17th Street SE. If you recall the last concept included the

existing warehouse as a parkade which we had a major problem

with as it presented an unfriendly façade on the street and did not

resolve the existing road congestion problems. The new concept

does not include the warehouse. It has buildings fronting on the

street and most units have a front door. The new concept includes

four buildings at three stories each. The building at the south end

at 17th Avenue and 17th Street will be town houses on the first

two levels and apartment condos on the third level. The other

buildings will be three-storey, back-to-back town homes. The

garages will be accessed from the internal courtyard. The total

number of units will be 76 with a mix of one- and two-bedrooms

plus den, which is less density then what was proposed previously

(115 units). The parking provided will be slightly above what is

required at 90 stalls. This is a much better plan. When the DP

comes through we will review it in more detail.

DP2010-3805 — 2507 16A St. S.E. New single-detached

dwelling. Motion to support approval with some minor

suggestions. Carried.

DP2010-3846 — 816 20th St. S.E. New single detached

dwelling Motion to support approval. Carried

DP2010 - 4207 — 859 19th St. S.E. Temporary-Use Parking

Lot. This is for the Taylor Lands. It is for a temporary parking lot

so that the vacant land can be used while the other land-use issues

regarding the city lands at the Blackfoot Truck Stop are resolved.

We supported approval with a condition of a five-year time limit.

We also mentioned that this is not to be construed as a de-facto use.

DP2009-2652 — 2039 7th Ave. S.E. You may recall this

DP was for a three-storey semi-detached home, which the ICA

appealed, however the appeal was lost. So don’t too surprised if we

get more applications for three-storey buildings.

1302 10th Ave. SDAB hearing adjourned until Nov. 26.

Zoo Entrance Closure The south entrance of the zoo has been

closed for the winter as a cost-cutting measure. This upset some

residents as they could no longer walk to the zoo. Alderman Carra

was going to meet with zoo officials to see if they could work

something out for residents wanting to enter the zoo from the south.

Environment Report

By Miles Krowicki

CP Rail Alyth Yard Update

It’s interesting how quickly a little media attention (CBC

and CTV on Nov. 3) can open the lines of communication

with certain mega-corporations. On Nov. 10, members of the

Inglewood Community Association and Alderman Gian-Carlo

Carra finally had a face-to-face meeting with Rick Poznikoff,

Manager Community Relations, CP Rail. This came after

literally months and hundreds of unsuccessful e-mail/phone calls

requesting an open dialogue.

First... some background. Inglewood residents (particularly on

the south side) are no doubt aware of the “rock-concert-level”

noise pollution that has steadily ramped up from the Alyth rail

yard this past year. Thanks to the tireless efforts (and sleepless

nights) of three particularly frustrated residents, Lara, Jen and

Sonja, we have learned that CP Rail have indeed increased

local operations by over 60% (CP Rail’s conservative estimate).

Hands down, the worst nerve-shattering activity is “engine

test,” or idling at full throttle (load testing) before and after

engines go in for repairs. This procedure can last for hours at a

time, day or night.

Inglewood residents have always understood that living in close

proximity to the rail yard meant accepting a certain amount

of railway noise defined as “reasonable”—something we’ve

demonstrated for more than a century. This mutual understanding


ICA Membership + Customer Club Report

By Liz Tompkins

We have several new merchants this

month (check out the growing list!)

Every participating merchant on 9th

Avenue now has a sticker on their doors

showing that they will accept your ICA

Membership card for a nice discount.

Please show your support of these fine

retailers and SHOP LOCAL!

We’ve had a number of merchants call

to inquire about the program but for

one reason or another they just couldn’t

make it work for their business. That’s

okay! Your effort is still appreciated and

maybe in the future we can come up

with some new ideas to make it work


Keep close tabs on this column in future

issues of the newsletter as we hope to

add more merchants all the time.

A special thanks to all these

merchants for their ongoing

support of our community

and their willingness to

participate in this program!

You’re all great.

If you are a merchant that would like

to participate but you need more

information please give me a call.

Liz Tompkins, ICA Customer Club


Adorn Boutique Save the GST on every purchase.

AMASWISS Diamond watches and jewelry 20% off all regular-priced


Bite Groceteria 10% off purchases over $25.

Boft Fine Rugs Gallery 15% off any purchase and

no GST on cleaning and repairs.


Circa Art Glass 10% off any purchase.


Citrus Laser & Advanced Esthetics 15% off services.

Civilized Adventures Complimentary travel backpack when booking a

Civilized Adventure.

Get Banged Salon 15% off services.

Kick Axe Guitars 10% off regular-priced merchandise.

Lullaby Lane Children & Maternity Consignment 10% off anything in the

store including sale merchandise.

Penelope Designs 10% off any purchase of $200 or more.

Perry Thompson Photography and Foxy Boudoir 10% off any portrait session.

Riff Raff Hair Salon 10% off product, 5% off services.

Riva’s The Eco Store 10% off clothing, shoes and housewares.


Savour Fine Foods and Kitchen Ware 10% off kitchen ware (some exceptions


Spolumbo’s Fine Foods and Deli Wholesale prices on sausages.

SuzieQ Beads 2 for 1 jewelry-making class. Bring a friend!

($30 value).


Ty Renolds Video Services 15% off all video-to-DVD transfers.

West Canadian Graphics 10% off services in digital print center.


Wilde Grainz Bakery 5% off any purchase over $10.

Mon-Sat 10:00am- 5pm

Sun 12 noon- 5pm

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was (pardon the pun) railroaded recently as noise levels have

rapidly increased to the point of unbearable, affecting nearby

resident’s quality of life. Jen and Sonja, whose house sits right

on the doorstep of the Alyth yard, recently borrowed a decibel

meter and took their own measurements as engines were running

full throttle. Based on Transport Canada’s “Proximity Guidelines

and Best Practices Recommended Noise Criteria - Appendix

1” they were shocked (although not entirely surprised) to find

noise readings far exceeding recommended levels: inside the

house 65-80 dB (recommended 35 dB), and outside the house

90-130 dB (recommended 55 dB). CP Rail never approached the

Inglewood Community Association to notify of their increased

operations and trying to pry answers from the notoriously aloof

company was exasperating. Since Spring 2010, many residents

have made literally hundreds of phone calls and e-mails to the CP

Rail Community Connect Hotline (1-800-766 7912 if you need to

voice a concern). Information was simply not forthcoming.

After the serendipitous media reporting of Nov. 3, however, CP

Rail finally scheduled a get together in their posh downtown

head office to discuss our community’s noise concerns. In a

nutshell this is what we learned: “Get used to it.” The Alyth

yard is a major Reliability Centre (or “diesel shop”) and with CP

Rail recently consolidating their seven national maintenance

locations into only three, the Alyth yard is now handling all

engine repair work from the west coast to Toronto. In other

words, we have a maintenance “super-hub” in our backyard,

and what’s done is done. Being the very busy company they are,

CP Rail Alyth Yard

this information somehow slipped through the cracks in terms

of communicating to the adjacent residents and businesses.

In case you’re wondering, the lovely “whistle tests” we’ve also

been hearing (about which CP did deliver a limited number

of notification letters to businesses only) are a one-off safety

regulation procedure and this whistle testing will be wrapped up

in December. The load tests, however, are here to stay.

CP Rail operates under federal jurisdiction (Transport Canada)

and municipalities have no jurisdiction whatsoever. There

are 1,100 other communities across Canada who “co-exist”

with CP Rail operations and Inglewood is not the only (nor

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even noisiest) situation their Community Relations people are

handling. We also learned there are no noise regulations when

it comes to these trains, other than their whistles. The decibel

guidelines mentioned earlier are exactly that—“best practice”

guidelines with no requirement for compliance or enforcement.

I would say they are “above the law” if only there was a law that

could be enforced.

So... these being the facts of CP Rail’s position, how are we to

live side by side? Rick Poznikoff has assured us that they will

try to address our concerns and that “cost neutral” changes will

likely be our best bet. He will take the next two weeks to work

with the yard people to see if they can move the engine load

testing to a piece of track on the west side of the repair buildings

creating a simple sound barrier. He will also look at whether they

can schedule to avoid having these tests done during evenings

and weekends. If this juggling is even allowed to occur, and does

not make a significant reduction in noise, then we may need

to look at more expensive solutions (ie. sound-containment

shelters, etc.). CP Rail, however, stresses they would not be

responsible for these costs and working with the City would

become imperative. Rick is going to set up an appointment

for us to tour the Alyth yard to see first hand what goes on

there. Vice versa, we’ve invited them to visit our backyards to

experience the insanity of the load testing from the community’s

perspective. The meeting was an important first step as we try

to figure out how to continue living amicably side-by-side. At

minimum we have established an open dialogue.

Enmax Bonnybrook Energy Centre Update

ENMAX Energy has proposed building a new 165-Megawatt natural

gas-fired power plant next door in Ogden on the current Canada

Malting site. The company has openly shared information in a

collaborative and responsive manner with local businesses and the

community. Having reviewed their documents, video and wellpublicized

open-house information sessions, this appears to be a very

positive project that is considerate of our environmental concerns.

Dennis Elias, Community Relations for Enmax, attended the ICA

General Meeting on Oct. 25 and this is what we learned.

The new construction will eliminate Canada Malting’s existing

tailings pond, responsible for the occasional bad smells drifting

our way when the wind is right (or wrong). This alone is

great news. No new transmission lines will be built through

Visit this website to view an animated video rendering of the Bonnybrook

Energy Centre, including computer-modeled views of what we’ll be able to

see from Inglewood.

our community as the plant will tie directly into the existing

substation at Blackfoot Trail and Highfield Road. No new

natural gas lines will be excavated to feed the plant, as again,

they can source from the existing adjacent system. The 110-foot

stacks are shorter than the facilities already standing on location

and the stack plumes (primarily steam with trace SO2, NOX,

CO and PM2.5) are expected to fall well under emission and

dispersion regulations. Finally, noise levels (a big concern

of ours lately) are also expected to fall well under baseline

averages. Their “peak noise” modeling, which involves running

all plant equipment at once (considered highly unusual), would

contribute 10-12 dB—well under the current ambient average

noise level in Inglewood of 56 dB. It appears this will be a stateof-the-art

facility exceeding all environmental requirements for

such a centre.

ENMAX is now waiting for two approvals from the Alberta

Utilities Commission (AUC) and Alberta Environment before

going ahead with the construction phase.

Sports Report

By Wendy “Sporty Spice” Krowicki

Thank you to all the merchants and community members who

participated in the fantastic Christmas in Inglewood fundraiser

on Nov. 20. It was a great success! We had an awesome morning

playing ladies hockey in the Minh Chau parking lot. The money

raised will go directly to buying sports equipment and programs for

children that might not otherwise have an opportunity to enjoy

playing outside this winter.

As December and skating season have now begun, please look to

see if you have any outgrown equipment (helmets, sticks or skates)

that could be passed on to somebody else. You can drop them off

at the ICA skate shack concession on the weekends. We will find

them a good home with children and young adults who might not

otherwise have a chance to skate. We have some great volunteers

Tuesdays and Thursdays afterschool who will be playing hockey

with the children and teaching them new skills.

• Tuesdays + Thursdays: Kids Shinny (ages 7-11), 3-5 p.m.;

Kids Shinny (ages 12-16), 5-7 p.m.

• Saturdays: Womens Shinny (no age giving required), 10 a.m.

to noon; Family Shinny (all ages welcome), noon to 2 p.m.

• Sundays: Rink Maintenance, 9-11 a.m.; Family Shinny (all

ages welcome). noon to 2 p.m.

If you can spare a couple of weekend hours once a month, we

are looking for volunteers to help work in the skate shack.

You’d offer the children a safe, friendly and warm place to

get laced up and hot chocolate to warm their bones. In past

seasons we’ve had the skate shack open Saturdays and Sundays

from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Shifts are split into two-hour blocks

(1-3pm and 3-5pm). If you are able to volunteer, please contact

Suzanne at 403-265-4655.

A healthy body = A healthy mind

It can be hard to venture outside when it is so cold. but even a

short walk is good for you. Why not try a workout at Inglewood’s

local community pool? They have excellent programs during the


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week. Tuesdays and Thursdays they have a Keep Fit Class from

noon to 1 p.m. (cost $5). You don’t even have to get your hair wet!

Apparently, you get a better workout if you keep your shoulders out

of the water. How cool is that? Family swim on the weekends is only

a dollar (!!) from 1-3 p.m. They also host children’s birthday parties.

We are so lucky to have such great resources in our ’hood.

There is also a great gymnastics club on 8th Avenue for

children of all ages. Both of my daughters have gone and my

youngest continues to go. And the best part is I don’t have to

drive them—we can walk to most of these great facilities in our

neighbourhood. After all, who likes battling traffic for afterschool

activities? Here is the gymnastics info:

Flip Factory, 1423 8th Ave. S.E. (Cross Hall, attached to St.

John’s Church)

Adult badminton will continue all winter on Wednesday evenings

at Colonel Walker School from 8-9:30 p.m. Drop-in fee is $5 to

play with lots of other rusty adults who haven’t touched a racket

since they were in High School either!

Doing sports in the cold of winter uses up a lot of energy, and

there’s nothing better than a good hearty meal when coming

home from activities outside (or inside). Here is a quick and

easy recipe that your entire family will love. Serve with mashed

potato, rice or quinoa.

Winter Chicken

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

¼ teaspoon ground coriander

2 tbs, butter or oil

Four chicken breasts or other meat (beef is also good)

Lots of vegetables and/or lentils/can of chickpeas

(especially if you are vegetarian)

1 cup chopped onion

2 teaspoons of minced garlic

1 cup water

½ cup of orange juice

Pinch of salt

Combine all the spices in a small bowl. Cut up the meat

or vegetables to bite-size pieces. Melt the butter in a large

saucepan on med-high heat, stir and fry the meat in the

pan for about five minutes. Add the onion, garlic, spices,

orange juice, water, salt and stir up. Cover, turn down

the heat and simmer for 20-25 mins. If you are making a

vegetarian dish, stir-fry all the vegetables for 5 minutes,

add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 15-20 mins.

Thank you so much for supporting our great community with your

awesomeness! Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Love, Sporty Spice.

Josipa Petrunić

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Special Delivery

Murphy is a fine Inglewood dog, devoted to community service.

First Saturday morning of each month, this four-year-old golden

retriever can be seen trotting along 9th Avenue, saddlebags full of

ICA Newsletters for delivery to shops and stores (like the Inglewood

Beauty Bar, above right).

When he isn’t dropping off papers, his aim is to keep Inglewood

streets clean, harvesting loads of litter on his daily walks, and eating

most of it for good measure! Resistant to human training, Murphy is

just a naturally good dog, friendly to a fault.

—Submitted by Tony Pasternak

BRZ News

By Rebecca O’Brien, Executive Director Inglewood BRZ

The Inglewood BRZ Expansion request went to the Standing

Policy Committee at City Hall on Nov. 3. A big thanks to our

new alderman, Gian Carlo Carra, who came to the meeting fully

supportive of the BRZ, and initiated the motion to approve (it was

approved unanimously), and also to Lorelei Higgins and the staff

at Bylaw services who have been incredibly helpful throughout the

process. All ratepayers in the current BRZ should have received

a letter from Bill Bruce at Bylaw notifying them of the Standing

Policy Committee decision, the new boundaries, and also giving

the merchants the opportunity to present to City Council on the

expansion on Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. If you have not

received the letter and you are a ratepayer, please contact Bylaw

Services at 403 268 5569.

Christmas in Inglewood

Writing this in advance of both the Thursday night (Nov. 18) VIP

event and Saturday (Nov. 20) full day of Christmas in Inglewood,

I am just adjusting to CBC Radio’s weather report for the coming

week. It aint gonna be balmy! My theory is that there is no such

thing as bad weather, only bad clothing, so I am hoping that lots

of people will have enjoyed the events, regardless of the weather.

Merchants in Inglewood have been enthusiastic about both of

the events, offering a plethora of promotions, and also lots of

snacks, hot chocolate, apple cider, wine, etc. This year we had a

Christmas In Inglewood Committee, as well as Kaya Konpnicki

from Engage Events and Kelly Doody from the Daily Ink (and

Saw Communications) helping out. The winner of the Great

Tree Find Quest (over $1,000 in prizes, including $500 from the

BRZ to spend in one store within the Inglewood BRZ!) will be

announced in February’s newsletter. What with the wagon rides,

Santa and his sidekick elf, the live performance from the Heebee

Geebees, the Tree Find, and all the gingerbread, goodies and hot

chocolate offered along 9th Avenue, this will be a super Thursday

and Saturday.

Regardless of whether you were able to join us in either or both of

these Christmas events, Inglewood is a fantastic place to shop for

that special gift; if it is a is quirky, one-of-a-kind item, a fantastic

meal, a great haircut or careful craftsmanship that you are looking

for, Inglewood has it all.

Also new this year is a fundraiser component to Christmas in

Inglewood, because ultimately Christmas is not about getting, it is

about giving. The BRZ chose this year’s recipient of the fundraiser

to be the ICA’s sports programs, specifically the programs that

ensure that all children in the ’hood have the opprtunity to

participate in programs offered through the ICA regardless of


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economic disadvantage. If you know of a child in Inglewood who

would like to play hockey at the ICA rink, but does not have the

equipment, or the skills, or whose parents/guardians are new to the

country and unsure about how to get their children involved in

the ICA sports programs, or if you would like to volunteer to help

out on the ice, please contact the ICA Sports Director Wendy

Krowicki at

Happy Christmas (and Festivus for the rest of us)!

The View From City Hall

By Gian-Carlo Carra, Ward 9 Alderman

I want to warmly thank Inglewood for the serious love

you gave me in the in the historic Oct. 18, 2010 Calgary

Municipal Election. The support I received from from my home

neighbourhoods was essential to the fairly tight win we pulled off.

I can’t really describe how honored I feel to be your Alderman and

I want to reaffirm my pledge to continue the work I’ve been doing

for the past decade, albeit now bolstered with more power but

tempered with broader responsibility. It is my intention to publish

an article in the Inglewood Newsletter every month discussing the

issues confronting the City, Ward 9, and specifically Inglewood

that I’ll be overseeing as your representative. This will be in

addition to monthly representation by me (or from my office) at

Community Association meetings, as well as dedicated work from

my Aldermanic Team (Executive Assistant Jacqueline Brown, and

Community Assistant Lindsay Luhnau). I am enthusiastic in my

conviction that circumstances (and the voters of Calgary) have

provided us with an amazing opportunity to achieve the changes

we all know are needed at City Hall; thank you for the opportunity

to be a significant part of this historic point in Calgary’s history.

As I’ve been getting my feet under me at City Hall I’ve also been

addressing a series of Inglewood-specific issues. Chief amongst these

is the CPR noise crisis that has thankfully received a lot of attention

from the media this month. Our new Environmental Director, Miles

Krowicki, has written a fairly comprehensive piece on the CPR

situation in this issue (see Board Member News section).

I’m happy to report that I was able to play a symbolic role in

finalizing the hard work of Rebecca O’Brien and our business

community by moving the approval of the expansion of the BRZ

at both Committee and Council.

Also on the agenda is the transformation of St. Patrick’s Island and

the need to find a new home for Inglewood’s Disc Golf once again

(Miles has delivered a great piece in this issue on that topic also).

In other news is the redevelopment of the Perfect Fit Warehouse,

the widening of 17th Street, and the fate of 14th Avenue and the

remnant triangular “park space” (where dogs run around guerrilla

art installations). Just today (Nov. 15) I brought the developers,

roads and parks together to discuss options and working together

more cohesively. I look forward to bringing some possible solutions

to the ICA redevelopment committee possibly as soon the

December meeting.


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Community Life

I will be meeting with the head of the Zoo by this week’s end

to discuss options for retaining south-side access for Inglewood

residents who show up on foot.

And in longer-term news I’ve met with the head of the approvals

department, Stan Schwartzenberger, to start envisioning a more

collaborative approach to development approvals that we’ll

probably be piloting in Inglewood. Also big for Inglewood will be

the decisions council makes in the early new year regarding the

timing of the Southeast LRT and the Central East BRT. Stand by

for more details on all accounts.

In the meantime, I wish everyone in Inglewood the very best

for the holiday season and I look forward to touching base when

we meet as neighbours on the street, in a local business, or at a

seasonal event. Thank you and please don’t hesitate to contact

me regarding any ideas or concerns you have about Inglewood, our

ward, or our City.

Halloween Party Heroes

By Monica Read

Spooky creatures of the night enjoyed games, food, costumes, door

prizes and cupcake decorating at the 2010 Kids’ Halloween Party.

The ICA would like to thank our sponsors for their generous

sponsorship for this spooktacular event: Blackfoot Truck Stop,

Spolumbo’s Fine Food, Olivier’s Candies, CheeCha Puffs and

20/20 Law Group.

We would like to thank all the people that dropped off bags of

candies and twisties.

The ICA would also like to thank our volunteers:

• Henry Roy & Krista Ellingson (Door Table)

• Angela Rankin & Tracie Revitt (Cupcake Girls)

• Collin Ellingson (Pizza Guy)

• Adrienne Weare, Karen Bray, and all the people that helped

with clean up.

• A special thank you to our youngest generation of volunteers:

Logan G, Bree Revitt-Lang, Denver L, Jordan B, Halla B,

Jordan B and Lisa K (You Guys Rock!)

Girl Guide News

By Kim Firmston

A Very Big Leaf Pile

The Girl Guides have been at it again, helping out and taking

part. In October they tackled the leaves surrounding the

Inglewood Community Centre, which provides the Sparks,

Brownies and Pathfinders a place to meet free of charge. The girls

set out to build the world’s biggest leaf pile. While it is unclear

whether they achieved this goal, they did make one heck of a pile

of leaves and filled around one hundred bags. And it wasn’t just

the girls, some neighborhood kids dropped by to take part as well

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Community Notes

With Jackie Hamilton

The City Sewer Siphon Project in the natural

on-leash park behind Inglewood Village

and Grove is finished at last! The original

completion date was the spring of 2009 so it’s

been a long time coming. The first of week of

November saw the landscaping crew come in

and plant 50-plus trees in groves around the

park and shrubs were planted on either side

of one of the cement structures. Mulch and

topsoil were brought in and the temporary

road has been dug up, filled in and seeded.

Regular watering has been taking place so in

the spring, this area will be even better than

it was before this lengthy project began three

summers ago.

It’s all in a Name – Bow Habitat Now that

the Bow Habitat Station is complete and

ready for visitors, marketing has begun. Name

recognition is a huge factor as most people

know this building as the Fish Hatchery. So

when you see references to events at Bow

Habitat Station in Pearce Estates Park – spread

the word that this is the fish hatchery.

The Calgary Zoo has closed their south

parking lot and south entrance until March 25,

2011 as a cost-cutting measure.

ATCO Gas will now be reading meters until 8

p.m. Monday to Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturdays

in the City of Calgary. ATCO Gas staff visiting

customers’ homes will wear photo identification

that includes the company logo. Questions?

Contact ATCO Gas at 403-245-7888.

No Cost Spay/Neuter Program As of

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low income Calgarians. The no cost program

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of homeless and unwanted cats and dogs that

end up in rescue organizations and shelters

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as a whole load of parents and leaders. After that the girls ended with a big

party and a well deserved play at the park. Thanks to everyone that came out

on that beautiful fall day.

In our units, we’ve also been busy. The Sparks just had their enrollment

and are now ready to do some program work. The Brownies are working on

learning about staying fit, eating healthy and keeping their bodies strong. They

went to the Police Interpretive Centre to learn how to protect themselves.

The Guides have already completed their Travelers and Outdoors in the City

badges. The Pathfinders are working on preparations for the Christmas dinner

and will be changing Christmas light bulbs for the Lions. And all the units

went on a very scary Inglewood Ghost tour for some Halloween fun. Come

January we will be going to camp and I’ve already heard rumors that some of

our girls are looking forward to doing some winter tenting again.

If you are interested in joining up, registration is on going and new leaders

are always welcome. Just call Kim Firmston 403-237-6837.

Scout News

By Scouter Rick Ryan

Here we are, two months into the year and slowly the Otters are coming

together. Twelve 5-7-year-olds can be a challenge! I was a teacher in my

first career and this gang is keeping me on my toes. All the same, we had

fun with the halloween party and they look sharp in their new uniforms.

Most of the parents haven’t sewed on badges before and I had to put down

one glue gun rebellion (and I wonder where the kids get it from!) This past

week they made a craft for Rememberance day and took it to the Cenotaph.

Next week they have a visit planned to the Aero Space Museum with the

Timberwolves. Their year is planned out until Christmas complete with a

trip to cut down Christmas trees and a visit to the chocolate shop to make

Christmas goodies.

The Timberwolves, our 8-10-year-old gang, has been making soapbox derby

carts and racing them up and down 8th Avenue. No one lost an eye but

there was a little road rash. They have also been busy earning badges. They

went to Battalion Ridge for their Rememberance service. If you haven’t

been there it is a great place for kids to celebrate the day and learn about

the horrors of war without having to stand for what seems like eternity at a

Cenotaph. They are off to camp in a week. The theme is “Indians” with all

kinds of crafts, games, native food, building tents and whatever else we can

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Avenue Wants to Hear about the ’Hood

What’s the difference between a great neighbourhood and

the BEST neighbourhood in Calgary? What factors make

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of the neighbours?

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Cut Off From The Zoo

This winter, from October to March, the zoo has decided

to close the West gate. By doing this they will save $30,000

they would have spent on snow removal and gate staffing

and instead putting the money into other things such as

infrastructure. They claim there was very little use of the

West gate during the fall and winter season and only a half

a percent of members live in the nearby communities.

My family and I are greatly impacted by this move. As a

family whose main mode of transportation is walking, this

cuts us off from the zoo. And while, yes, we could take the

bus downtown and then the train back up, it seems silly

to spend a half hour on transit when the zoo is only a ten

minute walk away. We’re not the only ones who are upset.

Our neighbor, who owns a car, has said that she would

never drive to the zoo and can no longer see the point of

owning a zoo membership if she can’t get in by walking.

I see the zoo’s point of saving money. If they really aren’t

having many people coming in by the West entrance in

the winter, then closing the gate makes sense. But is it just

during the week that there is a major slow down? And if so,

could the gate be opened for just the weekends? Only the

gate, mind you, people with cars could still drive to the other

side. Though this does cause the problem of getting back

from the zoo which is no straightforward matter either.

I suggested to the zoo that walkers with memberships be allowed

to access the zoo via the security gate. Unfortunately, due to

the driveway being designed for car traffic, as well as snow and

ice removal for pedestrians and the possible problem of people

trying to park in the already overfull administration parking lot,

the idea was shot down.

Access aside, I think the main issue I have with this closure is

the lack of respect the zoo has shown Inglewood and Ramsay by

not informing us of the gate closure. The zoo could have easily

put an article in the newsletter explaining what was happening

and why. Instead, my family and I found out by having our zoo

visit end before it started at the locked West gate.

So, what to do? The shoulder seasons and winter are our family’s

favorite time to visit the zoo. Do we give in and take transit?

Hike the over three kilometers to the main zoo entrance? Walk

over to Bridgeland station and pay to go one stop? Or do we

let our memberships expire and not renew them? I’ll miss the

zoo if I stop going but is the added hassle worth my time? I’m

still not sure what to do. In the meantime perhaps, if there is

enough people in the communities of Inglewood and Ramsay

who oppose the decision to close this gate, maybe some kind of

compromise can be made.

—Kim Firmston

Thank You from ACS

The Alexandra Centre Society would like to thank the

following organizations and individuals for helping to raise

over $9,000 at the Mixed Palettes event.

Belloy Engineering, Inglewood Family Health Centre,

Perry Thompson Photography, George Silas, The Read

Family, Calgary Civic Symphony, Wayne Cao MLA

Calgary Fort, Robinsons Camera, Calgary Zoo, Christine

Richards, M&M Meats, Charlane Rombough-Sun Life

Financial, Junktiques Limited, CIRCA Vintage Art Glass,

Sugo, Chantal Pegg, Jessica & Jim Tamblyn, Tail Blazers,

Tea Trader, Savour, The Deane House & Fort Calgary,

Browning Horrock Golf Design, Marilyn Horne, Adorn

Boutique, Beverley Waterbury, Kim’s Dry Cleaning

& Alterations, Inglewood Antiques, Hose & Hound

Neighbourhood Pub, Wildernest Dream Café, Spolumbos

Deli & Fine Foods, Village Cantina, Blackfoot Truck Stop


ARTISTS: Madeleine Wakefield, Joan Weiser, Charlene

Turner-Kroeger, Pam Dalsin, Fred Spina, Suzanne

Heathcote, Elizabeth Allen, David Foxcroft, Jesus Nunez,

Carole Bondaroff, Stan Phelps, Amy Quon Trewhitt,

Maureen Leitch, Kristin Boettger, Jackie Unger, Kien

Ly, Elizabeth Dunn, Elsie Stein, Red Davis, Angelique

Gillespie, Julia de Boer, Rhonda Word, Les Pinter, Thomas

Wong, Joyce Tiffin, Elizabeth Laishley.

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Happy Holidays From Servants Anonymous

The Holiday season is approaching and although preparations

may at times be hectic, it is a time of hope, peace and joy.

Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary (SAS) has many

reasons to be joyous this year. Since our beginning in 1989,

SAS has supported over 550 women and their children,

with graduates of the program going on to fulfilling careers,

post-secondary education or raising healthy and loving

families. We continue to fulfil our mission to provide long-term

programs, ongoing support, hope and wholeness to women age

16 and over, with or without children, who are victims of, or

are at risk of sexual exploitation. We do this through providing

supported housing to independent living, a recovery-oriented

life skills classroom, child care services, job training and work

experience and follow care services and support. One way that

we can provide these types of programs and services to the

women and children we serve is through our SAS Christmas

program, consisting of our Christmas fund, Adopt-a-Family

program, and Annual Christmas Reunion Celebration.

The word Christmas has a very special meaning to us at

Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary. Christmas is

a time when we gather as a community for our Annual

Christmas Reunion Celebration, and have the opportunity

to catch up with one another on what has happened in our

lives over the past year, and to talk about what our plans are

for the following year. It is a time to celebrate new births,

to share good news about our children and new jobs and to

reconnect with friends. It is also a time when we remember

the loved ones we have lost and celebrate their lives. When

we come together as a community at Christmas, it is a very

joyful time, filled with love and laughter, but it is also a

time when those in our community who are in need ask for

our support.

The Christmas season for many of our community members

can add additional stress to their lives, as their budgets

are limited, but like the rest of us, they want to fill their

children’s “wish lists” to Santa. They want to provide

their families with an extra special holiday meal and

build traditions that they may not have had growing up.

They want to spend time with their children and their

own family and friends but also need to balance their

hectic work schedules. It is for these reasons that we ask

our donors to support the women and children we serve

by participating in the Servants Anonymous Society of

Calgary’s Christmas program.

As mentioned above the Servants Anonymous Society

of Calgary’s Christmas program includes our Christmas

fund, Adopt-a-family program, and Annual Christmas

Reunion Celebration. The Christmas fund is our annual

campaign that provides us with funding for general support

to continue to provide safe housing, child care, the life

skills program, work experience and follow care support for

our Participants. Our Adopt-a-Family program provides

Participants and Alumnae the additional supports they

need over the holiday season. Lastly our Annual Christmas

Reunion Celebration is a community event held the week

before Christmas where we provide a Christmas meal for

all the families in our community and where Santa and his

elves come to visit all the children in our community and

brings them a holiday treat.

We cannot fully emphasize the importance of our

donors. Through the generous support of individuals

and organizations, on average we fundraise between

65-70% of our required expenses annually. Your gift has

tremendous impact in the work that we do. We thank

you for your consideration, and are happy to answer

any questions you have about this giving program. You

can contact myself at 403-205-5529 or via e-mail at with your inquiries. Your

generosity supports the continued success in the lives of

our young women and their families.

From all of us at Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary

we would like to wish you and your family all of the things

that are found within our community over the Christmas

season filled... love, laughter, hope, peace and joy.

—Sieuwke Kozielski, Donor

Relations Manager, Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary

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Can Disc Golf Find a Home In Inglewood?

By Miles Krowicki

With this article I am planting a seed, an

acorn from which I hope a mighty tree

may grow. Two previous such trees were

unceremoniously chopped down before

reaching maturity. If you’re wondering

what heck I’m talking about, let me address

your burning questions.

What is Disc Golf?

It’s a beautifully simple sport played by

throwing a disc (a modern update of the

old-fashioned Frisbee) towards a distant

target in hopes of “sinking it” in the least

amount of throws—much like hitting a golf

ball into a hole. The two main differences

are: the “hole” is a hanging chain basket on

a pole intended to catch the disc, and the

entire course exists in a natural state quite

unlike the pampered, manicured grooming

of traditional golf courses.

Oh yeah... and it’s free. Free? That doesn’t

sound like normal golf?

No, it’s not. Disc Golf is a growing sport

enjoyed by all ages and tax brackets.

It plays like a recreational family walk

through the park just as easily as it does

a competitive professional tournament.

Look no further than the Centenary

Park Disc Golf Course on St. Patrick’s Island for an example of

the many benefits a course can bring. This often-dubious park

hasn’t been better utilized, cleaner or safer in many a decade

thanks to the “eyes-on-the-ground” patrol-effect the players

bring. Wildlife flourishes in the natural setting, and enthusiasts

from all corners of the city come to enjoy the park—a model of

multi-use recreational space (dog-walkers, cyclists, bird watchers,

picnickers and disc golfers). A great deal of positive resource

material exists based on public surveys and historical case studies

if you are further interested.

Doesn’t Inglewood have a Disc Golf course in Pearce Estate Park?

No. We HAD one from 1989-2000, however, it was never granted

official status by the City of Calgary. When the interpretive

Wetlands Park was conceived and built, no place for Disc Golf was

included and the course was removed.

Where else can the public play Disc Golf in Calgary?

Forest Lawn has an established 18-hole course and Centenary

Park has a 9-hole course (which is increasingly sounding like

it’s going to be removed)... and that’s it. Parkland (SW Calgary)

has a private community course but it’s not open to the public.

Canmore has two public courses one hour away and there are

another 16-disc golf courses scattered around Alberta. By contrast,

Calgary alone has eight municipal and another 40 public or

private “regular golf” courses.

What’s happening to Disc Golf at Centenary Park

Community Life

Ward 9 Alderman Gian-Carlo Carra is a huge supporter and advocate for disc golf in any community.

(St. Patrick’s Island)?

Calgary City Council has initiated a multi-million dollar

redevelopment of St. Patrick’s Island through the Calgary

Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) – a wholly-owned

subsidiary of the City of Calgary. Over the summer the CMLC

conducted a series of public engagement events and activities

expressly designed to gather feedback, ideas and inspiration

from all Calgarians about their future wishes for Centenary

Park. Over 5,000 Calgarians responded. Although the Disc

Golf community have voiced their strong desire to keep the

course as part of development plans for St. Patrick’s Island,

the CMLC have been forthcoming in indicating that disc

golf was not mentioned as a “top wish list” by the majority of

respondents. A new development plan will not be finalized by

the Advisory Committee (acting as a “voice for Calgarians”)

for some time, however, it’s becoming clear that the disc golf

course will not likely be keeping its home in Centenary Park on

St. Patrick’s Island.

Just like that?

Yup, sounds like it. Fortunately the CMLC and the City of

Calgary have publicly stated that they have no intention of

removing Disc Golf (displacing a substantial user group) from the

island until an equally suitable or better location has been found.

Is there another possible location in Inglewood?

Perhaps. One idea that has been proposed is the Inglewood

Wildlands Park—34 hectares of land undergoing a slow

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a natural wildland. It will take several generations for the

earth to properly heal there as a result of the toxic pollutants

dumped by the former refinery inhabitant. The Wildlands

Park (still owned by Suncor but leased by the City of Calgary)

could potentially be an excellent location for relocated disc

golf while maintaining—and even contributing—to the park’s

“green-ification.” City of Calgary Parks Department have said

they would support the move if all stakeholders approved, and

we could potentially see more trees and plants added to the

park to assist its reclamation as a natural area.

Who are the other stakeholders?

The Inglewood Wildlands Society is a non-profit organization

created to oversee development of the park in partnership with

Suncor (who still owns the land), the Calgary Rotary Club

(whose efforts were instrumental in converting the polluted

land into greenspace), The City of Calgary, Ducks Unlimited,

and the Inglewood Community Association. These stakeholders

would all need to approve the land’s use as a suitable space

before any further steps could be taken. Without question,

IWS acceptance of disc golf and the many added benefits it

could bring would be elemental in pursuing such a progressive

developmental approach.

What happens next?

As initially stated, this represents only the planting of a seed.

Without water, sunlight and loving care this tree will never

grow. They say the best time to plant an oak tree was 50

years ago. The second best time is today. As a representative

of the disc golf community (and the Environment Director

of the Inglewood Community Association) I look forward

to communicating with each of the stakeholders in an effort

to demonstrate that we have the park’s very best interests

at heart. We are devout supporters of natural habitats and

environments. We stand for enjoyment of the land by

multiple user groups, walking the terrain and hopefully adding

considerable new vegetation to the park. And we will keep

the area safe, the one unanimous benefit that more than 3,000

disc-golf courses have realized time and time again across

North America.

There is a long gestation process involved with such an idea,

and many people will need to communicate before we even

consider the possibility. If you have any questions, concerns,

thoughts or ideas, or if you represent one of the stakeholders

in the Wildlands Park, please contact me (environment@ so that we can discuss possible next steps. Thank

you sincerely.

Christmas Worship Services:

Sunday, 19 th December

6.00 p.m. - Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight.

Friday, 24 th December, Christmas Eve

6.00 p.m.- Family Mass with Carols.

10.00 p.m. - Procession & Solemn Midnight Mass (with Choir)

Saturday, 25 th December, Christmas Day

10.30 a.m. - Solemn Mass.

Thursday, 6 th January, Epiphany

7.00 p.m. - Procession & Solemn Mass.

~ Expanded Weekly Worship Services ~

~ Sunday Masses at 8.30 am & 10.30 am ~

All services Book of Common Prayer/Anglican Missal

For daily Mass times and Divine Office times

please call 403-764-6827 or visit us on our website

Need parking in Inglewood? Parking area is lit and individually

identified. Short or long term stalls are available at competitive rates.

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Be Well

Manifesting Your Christmas Wish

By Lizzie Prost

If Oprah’s recent favourite things show is any indication, people are

way more excited about getting a pile of extravagant free stuff than

manifesting their desires through meditation. Most folks don’t know

how to meditate. Like most activities that are new and challenging, it

requires instruction and practice.

Meditation is a complex subject which requires more than one column

to cover. My intention is to devote a three-part series on meditation in

this space. This first part will be an introduction into the practice itself

and some tools to help you get through the holidays. Future columns

will delve into an exploration of theory and the “how to” component.

I personally have been deeply influenced by the teachings of Deepak

Chopra and Eckhart Tolle. When I feel stressed, anxious or muddled I

bring up a 10-minute You-tube video of my old friend Deepak to guide

me through an easy meditation. Then, when I feel confident with the

procedure, I practice it on my own. I can say with great clarity, that

meditating for 10-15 minutes per day can go a long way to getting you

through the hectic holiday season.

Meditation is simply the beginning of awareness. It can be as simple

as observing your own breath, the natural act of breathing in and

breathing out. This is a wonderful place to start. Begin by sitting

comfortably in a chair or on the floor with your spine long and your

feet planted. If you are on the floor, sit on a foam block or blanket to

elevate your hips and lengthen the spine. Gently place your hands on

your thighs with your palms facing upward. Close your eyes and begin

by listening to your breath. Try saying to yourself: “breathe in, breathe

out” for about five minutes. Notice what happens to your body. Your

shoulders may begin to lower, your breath may deepen and you will feel

an overall sense of calm. Your mind may revert back to incessant chatter

but don’t worry, this is normal. Just gently go back to your breath.

Now focus your attention to your heart. Breathe into your heart centre

for a few minutes, then see if you can feel your heart beat through your

finger tips. Without even knowing it, you just diverted blood flow to

your finger tips and just completed a 10-minute meditation. Well done.

Now go back to your heart centre and ask a simple question: “What do I

want for Christmas?” Listen for the answers. Pay attention and be aware

of what it is that you really want. It may not have anything to do with

presents and the answers may not come to you right away. Be patient.

Words and clues will come to you. Let them flow through you. Do this

for about five minutes and then let it all go. The universe will provide, if

you pay attention to the moments of synchronicity along the way. Try

this easy 10-15 minute meditation everyday and see what happens. You

have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

(A version of this meditation is guided by Deepak Chopra in a ten

minute video at the following link:

Be well and happy this holiday season!

Lizzie Prost is owner of Core Yoga+Pilates in Inglewood, and has been

a yoga/health/fitness enthusiast and writer for the past 12 years. Contact

her at 403-835-4540 or read her blog at

What is Gluten Intolerance?

By Janet Wong Ken

Many years ago, someone discovered how

to combine eggs, sugar, butter, and flour to

make delicious sweets. As time went by,

flavorings and other extras like chocolate

chips were added for variety.

Population growth meant more mouths

to feed as well as a lack of time to prepare

meals and a concern about how to lengthen

the shelf life of food. Solutions came in

the form of processed food, chemical

enhancements for taste and preservation as

well as many more innovative ideas on how

to make eating less time consuming and

cheaper. After many years of consumption

of these enhanced foods, we are now faced

with a large growth in health problems.

Though it is still unclear exactly what

causes gluten intolerance, the prominence

of processed foods, as well as the reliance

on gluten for nutrition and convenience

are all believed to be contributing factors.

Gluten exists in grasslike grains such as barley,

rye, spelt and wheat. We rely on gluten as an

important nutritional protein that stabilizes

and thickens food products like ice cream,

ketchup and baked goods, though it can also

be found in cosmetic products such as lip

balms and lipsticks. However, recent studies

indicate that our bodies may not tolerate and

digest gluten as well as was once thought.

Gluten intolerance can be broken up into

three distinct categories: Celiac disease,

non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat

allergy. As a whole, gluten intolerance

affects approximately 1 in 133 people in

Canada. As a result, many people are on a

gluten-free diet.

With the increasing demand for delicious

gluten-free sweets, products made with a

variety of bases such as egg whites, almond

meal, gluten-free flour mix or no base at

all allow those with gluten intolerance an

opportunity to enjoy eating treats again.

Janet Wong Ken is the owner of Cookie Mama

in Inglewood. Contact her at 403-266-5431.


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The Garden Path

Community Garden Closes Out

Another Successful Year

By Bert Einsiedel and Sharon Dedio

Calgary had less-than-ideal weather during the 2010 growing

season. In spite of it, the Garden Path Society community garden

had another busy and productive year. Here are some highlights.

There were scores of gardeners who rented plots in the Shire and

helped grow Cornucopia’s diverse collection of organic vegetables.

They volunteered hundreds of hours to produce a bountiful

harvest of food, a portion of which was shared with a number of

community organizations. We have continued to develop our

produce donation program and in 2010 partnered with the YWCA

Sheriff King Home, Spinz-A-Round, and Children’s Cottage

Society Crisis Nursery to provide weekly donations of produce

from July through to the end of October. In addition, volunteers

also planted, dried, and bagged catnip for the Meow Foundation

just as in previous years.

There were a number of construction projects, notably the

Cornucopia compost bins and the drip irrigation system, which is

still work-in-progress. We also planted native trees, shrubs, and


The joys of vegetable gardening were shared with the public

during recreational harvesting days on Wednesdays beginning in

July until the end of September.

The Garden Path Society also sponsored a number of outreach

learning events, including the viewing of DIRT! The Movie and

panel discussion, a compost bin building workshop, a Permaculture

Walk ’n’ Talk session, and several public presentations on the

Garden Path at the Calgary Public Library. Young gardeners from

the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Summer Nature Program and the

YMCA Kids in Motion summer program also participated in

hands-on garden-based learning activities.

Members also manned a booth at Inglewood Sunfest, and attended

Society special events such as the AGM, Planting Day potluck,

Friends of the Garden Path Appreciation event, and Volunteer

Appreciation event.

The Garden Path Society participates in various media requests

which include public presentations and interviews for print, radio,

and website articles. On a very positive note, public awareness

of the Garden Path Society and Cornucopia has increased to a

point where the Cornucopia garden has been referred to in media

articles without our prior knowledge.

We recommend that you visit our website (

to learn more about our community garden. Better

yet, come to the garden in the spring and share the community

gardening experience with friends and neighbours.

Finally, if you’re interested in food systems and the social, political,

and economic issues that surround them, we also recommend

that you read some food-related books during the winter months.

Among these are Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s

Manifesto, Raj Patel’s Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the

World Food System, Thomas F. Pawlick’s The End of Food and, with

the same title, Paul Roberts’ The End of Food.

Happy holidays from the members of Garden Path Society!


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Art Beat

On Art Collecting

By Graham Page

It’s often felt that the purchasing of art requires a fairly

substantial income level and that most works shown

in commercial galleries are very expensive. That is not

necessarily so, especially when applied to works on paper

such as prints and drawings. A recent opportunity for the

interested buyer was at the Triangle Gallery located next to

city hall. The gallery has an annual show that features works

by early career and established artists with art works available

at very good prices. Half of the sale price of each piece goes

toward the gallery operating expenses and the remainder to

the artist. Also, as I have mentioned in a previous article,

both the University of Calgary and the Alberta College of

Art + Design have annual shows of art work by students both

undergraduate and graduate levels.

One asset that can enable one to asses the quality of an art

piece is “The Eye”—that is, to develop a sense of what elements

contained in a work make it special. Unfortunately, developing

an eye for an art work of quality is not a fast process; the best

approach is to commit to seeing as much art as possible in a

variety of media. The obvious starting point is at the local

museums and commercial galleries as well as with valuable

library sources that have large video collections on a wide range

of art subjects. Apart from the above suggestions, an excellent

idea is to enroll in a art history survey course—ancient to

modern. In taking such a course the various schools and

stylistic developments of art are put into perspective.

To illustrate what it means to really develop “The Eye” I have

always been struck by the New York couple Dorothy and Herb

Vogel, she a New York City librarian, he a postal worker, both

on limited incomes. Both are now in advanced years and have

put together an amazing collection of art over their lifetimes.

In 1962, when the couple married, they decided to live on

Dorothy’s salary and to spend Herb’s on art. The 1950s through

the ’60s were dynamic times in the New York City art world and

Herb and Dorothy were able to buy art works from early career

artists at very modest prices, artists that were later to become

world famous. After a lifetime of collecting, the Vogels decided

that their small apartment was just not big enough to house the

works they had collected and decided to gift the entire collection

to 50 state museums. The endeavour was called Fifty Works for

Fifty States, with each museum receiving fifty works each (2,500

works of art in total).

I think these following statements from Dorothy and Herb really

some up what art collecting art is about.

If you’re rich, it’s easy to start a collection. But if you need your

paycheck to pay the rent and the phone bill, and you want to collect,

you’ve got to depend on instinct. What you feel in your head and

heart. Wits and guts. —Herbert Vogel, 1992.

I think knowing the a=rtists adds another dimension because you

really get to know the work a lot better, and you see things through

their eyes. —Dorothy Vogel, 1994.


Alexandra Centre Society


Help a family in need in our community.

Donations gratefully accepted.

We are taking referrals for Christmas


Packing & organising volunteers


Christmas Wine & Cheese

Dec 15, 6:30PM

Volunteer for and evening of hamper

prep. and share some Christmas cheer

with neighbours and friends

RSVP Colleen (403)269-5588

Our first fundraiser was a resounding success.

Approximately $9300.00 was raised for Jack

Long Park. The event was a collaborative

community effort. Our guests were treated to

some wonderful refreshments donated by local

restaurateurs, auction items & door prizes

donated by local retailers & businesses. The

evening was hosted by Darrell Janz, Art Auction

run by Doug Levis, and everyone enjoyed the

vocals of Viviane Martin accompanied by her

husband Dan Martin. Art and silent auction items

were donated by local artists and area businesses.

See Alexandra Centre’s ad in this issue for our

list of donors.

In addition to our donors the following

volunteers were instrumental in making Mixed

Palettes a success; a very special thanks to our

organising committee Pat Abbott, Patricia

Cranwell & Neil McMullen and especially

Marilyn Horne for her work on the art auction.

Thank you also to the following event

volunteers: Peter Abbott, Debbie Bennett, Ria

Buur, Cheryl Christmas, Luke Couper, Molly

Cropper, Mary Dobkins, Shelagh Fleming,

Colleen Fluke, Debi Hoekstra, Waltraud Jacob-

Rhynold, Laura Reuben-Spear, Ken Robertson,

Gary Spear, Jessica Tamblyn, Jim Tamblyn,

Madeline Wakefield and Anke Wiechel.



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Calling All Artists

Submitted by Barbara Beard

The Inglewood Hall needs art. We would like to invite our brilliant local artists to

showcase their art on our hall walls. The art would be available for sale (without

commission) and you would receive exposure at hall events on an on-going basis.

It’s a win win idea… you gain exposure and we gain lovely art on our walls! For

information contact Barbara at 403-243-7291 or




1139 11th St. S.E.


Dec. 3-25, opening Friday,

Dec. 3, 5-9 p.m. Main Gallery:

Alison Phillpotts acrylic paintings

Upstairs Salon: “Theartproject.”

Red Gallery: Krystyna Laycraft

“Physicist” mixed media.

Jan. 7-29, opening Friday Jan. 7,

5-9 p.m. Main & Red Galleries:

Shannon Kelly, painted landscape

works. Upstairs Salon:

Artpoint group exhibition


1312A 9th Ave. S.E. 403-264-6627,

Until Dec. 24: “Turning the Table,”

The Calgary Clay Arts Association

presents original handbuilt and

turned table and dinnerware by

Association Members.

My office can assist Calgary East residents with:

Government Grants and Programs:

for small business owners, families, individuals,

job retraining, and organizations.

Citizenship and Immigration:

• Passports

• Citizenship

• Immigration

Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC):

• Employment Insurance Benefits (regular, sickness, maternity)

• Canada Pension Plan (retirement, disability)

• Old Age Security (OAS)

• Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)

Information on the Economic Action Plan:

• Job Creation and Economic Stimulus

• Investments in Knowledge, Skills and Training

• Tax Relief for Families and Small Business

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA):

• Income tax

• Goods and Services Tax (GST) Credit

• Child Tax Benefit

Deepak Obhrai, MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Radisson Centre

Suite 225, 525-28 St. SE.

Calgary, AB T2A 6W9

Ph: (403) 207-3030



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