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Conversation on Crime and Safety with EPS

WATCH as Councillor Bev Esslinger invites EPS Police Chief Dale McFee and a panel of guests to address concerns about crime in Ward 2. Here is the full link for the video. https://www.facebook.com/bevesslingeryeg/videos/1443332129382726

This Facebook video was recorded on April 29, 2021. It addresses many of the ongoing issues we are seeing in Griesbach – yet are prevalent throughout the City. According to Chief McFee, the level of frustration in the community is quite high. He said Edmonton has been in the top 3 cities in Canada for the highest crime rates for over 10+ years, but last year the city witnessed its largest overall drop in crime in 15 years (a 17% reduction). McFee attributes this to new actions and strategies, vs. any correlation with the pandemic. He noted that some crimes such as domestic violence have unfortunately increased due to the social pressures related to Covid-19.

The panel addressed the concern of criminals checking unlocked car doors. Over the last year there has been a 43% reduction in this form of theft in Ward 2. Police Inspector Derek McIntyre said it is largely due to the fact people are listening to advice to always remove valuables, ensure the car is locked, and parking in garages when possible.

It was also shared that EPS recently apprehended key individuals who have been involved in the theft of catalytic converters. This is expected to significantly reduce this costly crime.

Panelists stressed that it is crucial for residents to report any crime. This ensures crime is not overlooked, so that police resources can be properly allocated. There is a helpful City of Edmonton resource called the Neighbourhood Response Guide. It explains which numbers to call to report various types of crime (also posted on the Neighbourhood Watch section the Griesbach Community League website).

The issue of personal safety was also addressed. The panelists said many people have a fear of their personal safety. Superintendent McIntyre said that Edmonton is an extremely safe city, particularly in public spaces. As in any big city must be aware of their surroundings and being vigilant in preventing crimes of opportunity. The police are involved in partnerships to address issues of concerns in certain areas of concern (eg. transit safety).

One interesting question posed to the panel was whether or not community social media channels can have the effect of stoking fear of crime by overemphasizing the impacts (26:04). Chief McFee said that Facebook groups provide a positive forum sharing awareness so residents can identify if there is a problem in their areas and take preventative action. He emphasized the importance of taking the step to actually report any crimes to police, and not just share on social media.

In some cases, he observed that lack of context and inaccurate reporting on social media can snowball. Speculation can unintentionally raise widespread fear. He cited a recent isolated incident involving a fight at a Ward 2 school as an example (28:02). Chief McFee took time to share the facts in the case and clear up some of the misconceptions around this incident and explain the role adults must play to avoid unnecessarily traumatizing our children.

We encourage you to watch the whole video to learn more. It covers a number of topics that are of great interest to Griesbach residents. We thank Councillor Esslinger for bringing the panel together.

Griesbach AGM Highlights

Griesbach Community League’s first virtual Annual General Meeting went off without a hitch. (Just a couple of adorable “video-bombs” of children giving their moms and dads goodnight hugs.)

It was a remarkable turnout. Over 40 community members gathered to learn how their league navigated the pandemic, and to learn about future development plans.

Election results

Half of the board positions were up for election. Carl Knowler, a founding board member, will take over as President. Carl is looking forward to helping the league return to its bustling, post-pandemic, highly-social self.

We’re ecstatic to welcome three first-time directors: Simon Chin (Sports Director), Doug Batchelder (Structures and Facilities) and Robert Lopetinsky (Parks and Gardens).

Existing directors played musical chairs to fill other open positions. Dave Neufeld moved from secretary to assume the Vice President role and Justin Laverty Harrington vacated Parks and Gardens to fill the Secretary position. Chelsea Rowland was re-elected as Membership Director, where she has done an amazing job. Shelby Corley finished her term as President and steps into the Past President role. Founding GCL President Brad Tilley stepped into a member at large role. For a full list of directors, click here.

If you have considered being on the board, but weren’t able to attend the AGM, it’s not too late. There are still a handful of positions that remain unfilled. If you are interested in any of the following positions, please contact us to learn more.

Unclaimed positions:

Volunteer Director • Programs Director • Neighbourhood Watch Director

2020 Review

Members were also updated on the activities and initiatives the board undertook last year. Highlights included an update of the pocket playground being built overlooking Roundel Lake, and a summary of our limited events due to Covid: which included the first ever Griesbach Pumpkin Walk. We are currently waiting to hear definitive news around upcoming spring baseball and soccer seasons. Plans are also underway for a modified version of the popular Easter Egg Hunt – a self-directed scavenger hunt format.

There was also mention that the police will be leaving the training facility, and talks are underway to find an organization willing to take over the facility and its operations (with the potential of subletting to GCL and other community groups).

Development news and teasers

After the formal meeting, we were joined by Kyle Braithwaite of Forum Properties and Marvin Neumann of Canada Lands, who provided development updates.

Braithwaite said plans are moving ahead in the commercial area. They’ve attracted several new businesses, with Co-op Liquor, Kumon Learning and Black Forest Barber opening soon. He hinted at an ice cream shop potentially  joining in time for summer (!!!) and possibly a fitness-related business.

Talks are underway between Sobeys and potential buyers for their 4.5 acre parcel. There are discussion around potentially relaxing the restrictive covenants – which currently prevent any food store, bakery or butcher from moving in. Forum will be developing two multi-family properties on the site and have plans for a 2-story medical professional building.

He said that businesses have been largely quite resilient in weathering the pandemic, and appreciate the support they’ve received from residents – keep up the support and don’t forget to check the Communibee app for discounts to many of the local businesses!

Neuman reported that Canada Lands delayed some development work last year, but expect to pick up speed in 2021. Most work continues to focus on the southwest stages of development, including new roads and utility service installation. Excavation is expected to begin on Maple Leaf Pond, and will be completed over a 2-3 year span. The maple leaf shaped lake will feature outdoor fitness equipment and a snowbank rink – with warming station, firepits and flooding equipment.

Thanks to everyone who attended!

Thanks for making our first (and hopefully last) virtual AGM a success. We’d like to thank Shelby Corley for her tireless work and dedication to the board and the community as President. Hopefully 2021 will allow us to go back to putting on the activities and events that help make Griesbach a spectacular place to live.

Documents for our AGM

Our virtual AGM is only a few days away: Wednesday, March 10, 2021. You can still RVSP to get the meeting Email our secretary to get on the list.

In the meantime, here are some documents we will be reviewing and useful links you may require. Agenda coming soon.

GCL Bylaws

GCL Board Position Descriptions

No Griesbach Remembrance Day Ceremony for 2020

Griesbach Community League has confirmed that there will not be a public Remembrance Day ceremony taking place in Griesbach this year, due to safety concerns around Covid-19. Unfortunately, the latest AHS guidelines limit public gatherings to 15 people, making it impossible for most traditional Remembrance ceremonies to take place across the city.

This event is normally hosted by the 3rd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Set in Patricia Park, in Griesbach, it has become a point of pride and an annual tradition for many residents – and one of our city’s largest memorial events. We are sad that we will not be able to gather to share our respects, yet are completely understanding of the extraordinary situation that has led to this decision.

That said, there are several ways to honour the fallen this November 11th:

  • Proudly wear a poppy, and support the Royal Canadian Legion and Canada’s veterans.
  • Participate in the traditional moment of silence at 11:00 am, wherever you may be.
  • Thank a soldier or veteran for their service.
  • Visit Griesbach’s many monuments that pay tribute to the soldiers, military branches and key battles – located throughout the community.
  • Each street in Griesbach has deep meaning behind its name. Read the plaques to learn the stories of valour and courage.
  • This year, a unique event has been created to honour the 1.7 million Commonwealth soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It’s called Shine On. On November 11th at 7pm you are encouraged to go outside and look at the stars in the night sky. Learn more about an initiative to name the stars after the fallen. This virtual event is hosted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Commercial Area Rezoning Public Hearing: July 7, 1:30 pm

An application has been made to change the zoning in the Griesbach Commercial area, at Gault Blvd and Griesbach Parade, to allow construction of a 6-story medium-rise, multi-unit apartment complex.

Griesbach residents are invited to attend  public hearing to share their opinions on the project. If you object, this is your opportunity to have your voice heard. With Covid-19 restrictions in place, the hearing will be conducted remotely. You can provide feedback either by requesting to speak or by submitting written comments in advance.

Register to speak remotely: Click Here to fill out the form

Written comments must be submitted to the City Clerk prior to 11:00 pm on July 6, 2020.

email: city.clerk@edmonton.ca
fax: 780.496.8175

The application has two components. The first is a rezoning: the applicant proposes to rezone the property from the Griesbach Village Centre Zone (GVC) to a proposed new zone, the Griesbach Medium Rise Apartment Zone (RA8g).

 

City Council Public Hearing Date:
Tuesday July 7, 2020, 1:30 pm
Reference File Number: LDA19-0486

Planner: Email Carla Semeniuk or call 780-496-1582 for more information

For details, we’ve attached the copy of the notice that was mailed to residents (links below).

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NEZ Baseball Season Cancelled

Baseball Alberta has announced that it will be cancelling the upcoming season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Below is the letter from Baseball Alberta, and their proposed refund policy.
“Baseball Alberta’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel ALL in-person Baseball Alberta sanctioned events and activities until September 1, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

With the current Provincial Health orders and restrictions in place, such as social distancing, gathering limits and limitations on non-essential travel along with numerous municipal closures, we deemed this to be the best course of action to ensure the safety of our membership. The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans was our main priority in arriving at this difficult decision.

This is a very fluid situation and is subject to change as new information becomes available. Baseball Alberta is currently developing return-to-train protocols to allow for the resumption of in-person baseball activities once it is deemed safe to do so.”

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On May 15 an update from the Government of Alberta included:

“The Government of Alberta has announced Alberta’s relaunch strategy, with Stage 1 providing some additional outdoor recreation opportunities. The City of Edmonton is following the Alberta Government’s Guidance for Outdoor Recreation which, among other points, notes the following:

  • Municipalities may choose to open fields, playgrounds and courts for public use, but league play is not permitted.
  • Activities in public spaces should not include the sharing of common equipment, unless the individuals are from the same household.

 Baseball diamonds and soccer fields in park spaces are open to the public for casual use in accordance with Alberta Health direction and guidelines whereby users must adhere to 2 metre physical distancing rules, ensuring gatherings are kept to 15 people or less, and should not include the sharing of common equipment unless the individuals are from the same household.”

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Unfortunately with this latest announcement Northeast Zone Baseball has no choice but to follow the guideline of our governing body and the guidelines of Alberta Health and the Province of Alberta.  We are now declaring the 2020 regular baseball season cancelled.  All participants who have paid a registration fee will be entitled to a full refund.

What we propose is that we do not actually refund your money but rather hold it as a credit for Fall Ball, Camps & Clinics or to use towards next years registration fee.  If we hold your funds and registration fees for next season increase we would accept your childs’ registration at this years registration rate.

Many of you paid online and the cost to Northeast Zone for Point of Sale fees is substantial.  If we refund online that cost to NEZ doubles so we have already decided to refund by cheque rather that POS.   If you prefer to have a refund now, please send an email to nezsports@telus.net.  Include your childs’ name and the name you would like the cheque made out to.  Please also include your mailing address.

If you opt to allow us to hold your funds and your child does not play next season with NEZ, you will still be entitled to a full refund.

Now for some more hopeful information…..

NEZ Baseball together with Technical Director John Sutherland and Performance Director Patrick Spzak are working on Alternative Summer Programming like the Padres Virtual Summer Performance Program.  Information on summer programing will be sent out as soon as plans are finalized.  Hopefully some “Sand Lot” style play will be possible as Baseball Alberta works with the provincial health authorities on a “Return to Train” proposal.  And we are planning to play Fall Ball and to host our regular Fall & High Performance Programs and Community Winter Camps as part of the “Return to Play” approval expected on or after September 1.

And remember the situation is very fluid.  Stay tuned, stay safe and have a great summer.

Franco Family French Bread

Submit your recipe for Victory Bites: The Griesbach Community Cookbook. Here is our first submission, courtesy of Kelsey Franco. For more information, read this article or click here to submit your recipe and photo.

Franco Family French Bread

This is one of our favorite and definitely most-utilized recipes.  We make fresh bread weekly – there’s nothing like it!  This recipe can easily be adapted to make hamburger, hot dog, torpedo, or smokies buns (which can come in handy during isolation when spontaneous ideas might arise during the weeks – especially when trying to limit shopping trips).  Just be sure to keep a close eye on them in the oven, cooking time can be reduced by up to half with smaller buns.

Big loaves make for great sandwich bread, garlic toasts, or even just enjoyed with a dash of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.

May your homes be filled with delicious aromas and flavors, and your bread baskets always full!

Ingredients:

  • 2 & ¼ C warm water
  • 2 Tbsp honey (try buying local, unpasteurized honey!
  • 1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast (can be made at home if experiencing local shortages – seek tutorials)
  • ¾ Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 5-6 C All purpose flour (can substitute whole wheat or blend half & half)

 

Directions:

Mix honey into warm water, and then add yeast.  Let stand and activate, about ten minutes, until foamy at the top, and then add Olive Oil & mix.

In a separate bowl, mix 3 C of flour with the salt, and then add yeast mixture.  Stir to combine, and then add the rest of the flour until the dough is firm and no longer too sticky to knead.  Knead 10 minutes or so.

Cover a large bowl with (olive-oiled) saran wrap and let dough rise inside, in a warm spot in your house (on a vent, in a sunny window,  or in a barely-warmed oven) at least 1 Hr.

Divide the dough in half.  Pat or roll each section into a rectangle (9×13” or so).  Roll up the rectangle lengthwise and pinch edges to seal.  Place roll seam-side-down on baking sheet (we always line with parchment paper, and usually fit both loaves onto one sheet).  This is the time to lash with a sharp thin knife on top, before covering with the same saran wrap, and letting rise again until doubled (this will give you those perfect tops!).

Preheat oven to 375°.  Bake 25-30 minutes, or until crust is perfectly golden.  Top with butter upon removal, et voila!

Optional: If you like a firm crust like a traditional french loaf, when putting the loaves in to bake, immediately throw in a few ice cubes into the bottom of the oven for humidity.

 

** CAUTION: If trying this, please take caution to clean out water residue upon cooling and always always always consider manufacturer recommendations for your own oven model

 

 

Contribute to “VICTORY BITES” – the Griesbach Community Cookbook

Is being cooped up leaving you hungry to do something fun with your neighbours, while social distancing? Griesbach Community League is excited to introduce a tasty social community-building initiative: Griesbach’s first ever Community Cookbook!

Please share your favourite recipe and feel free to include:

  • A photo of yourselves in your kitchens
  • What this dish means to you, or why this dish has had the power to lift your spirits during this time
  • What foods best accompany the dish
  • Any music/beverage you like to enjoy while making this recipe
  • Your full (or partial) name
  • We’d also like anecdotes of how your life has changed since the pandemic was declared.

The recipes will be shared virtually as soon as they are received and once we have assembled a complete collection, we can work towards publication and distribution.

Click Here To Email Your Submission

Here’s to you, to each other, and here’s to Griesbach’s Victory Bites: Recipes for Building Community.

Griesbach Minis Registration

UPDATE: There are a limited number of spaces left for the 2019-20 minis season. Please email Joe: jsalaysay@hotmail.com to reserve a spot. You can bring the registration form and payment to the first session on Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 6 p.m.

 

You still have time to sign your kids up for the award-winning Griesbach Minis program – for children aged 3 to 5. A final registration has been scheduled for Monday, September 30, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Major General Griesbach School.

The program takes place once a week in the Major General Griesbach School gym on Thursday evenings from October 17 til Feb 20th. Volunteer coaches focus on gross motor skills, sportsmanship and fun. This is a parented program, meaning parents must remain in the gym and are encouraged to play with their kids.

It provides a great chance for kids to run off some energy during the cooler fall and winter months. And its an opportunity to meet other children from our community.

TO REGISTER:

1. Download this form and fill out. Bring to the registration session. Registration forms will also be available at the sign up

2. Attend the registration on Monday, September 30th. Or email Joe Salasay (click here)  if you can’t attend.

3. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to purchase a valid community league membership ($25/household). Available at the registration or online in advance.

4. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

5. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

6. If you wish to volunteer as a coach for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

It is a fun, affordable activity for wee ones. Don’t miss out!

Two Fall Soccer & Minis Registration Dates

Registration nights are:

Wed. Sept 4, 6-8pm MGG School

Sat. Sept.7, noon – 3 pm, Party at the Park

If your kid loved playing outdoor soccer this season, it’s time to start thinking about indoor soccer.

The indoor season starts in mid-October and runs until mid-February (pending Cities and Provincials). Practice days are set by the coach. The majority of the games are on Saturdays or Sundays at one of the soccer centers, based on the age categories.

Note: Before attending the Griesbach registration session you must first register online at emsanorth.com and bring all applicable documents to one of the above registration nights. For a more detailed outline of the registration process, fees, etc., please visit:
griesbachcommunity.com/2019-soccer-reg

Griesbach Minis

This award-winning sports program for preschool-aged kids, will be back for the 2019/2020 season.

The program takes place once a week in the Major General Griesbach School gym on Thursday evenings from October 17 til Feb 20th. Volunteer coaches focus on gross motor skills, sportsmanship and fun. This is a parented program, meaning parents must remain in the gym and are encouraged to play with their kids.

Register for minis along with regular soccer registration on Sept. 4 or Sept. 7.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO REGISTER FOR MINIS:

1. Download this form and fill out. Bring to the registration session.

2. Attend one of the registration dates, either Sept. 4 OR Sept. 7. Or email Joe: jsalaysay@hotmail.com, for late registration.

3. Purchase a valid community league membership. Available at the registration or online in advance.

4. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

5. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

6. If you wish to volunteer as a coach for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

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