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Will you expand your circle of giving this season?

Some people have reached out to our community league, asking if in what way they can help out those in need. What thoughtfulness during the holiday season–especially given the unforeseen collective challenges of this year!

One of the best ways to help is to volunteer your time or to donate money to already-established charities and organizations that better the community.

This list, though not exhaustive, includes organizations that are accepting help, as well as a list of resources for you or loved ones impacted–in a multitude of ways–by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Mental Health Resources: available to individuals who are seeking help or wanting to talk to someone:

Call 911 if in immediate danger

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Distress line: 780-482-HELP (4357)

Call 211 for information and referrals to connect to social, health and government services

Alberta Health Services Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642

Alberta Health Services – Addiction and Mental Health

Community Urgent Services and Stabilization Team: 780-342-7777

Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 780-427-4491

AHS Addictions Helpline: 1-866-332-2322

Visit Canadian Mental Health Association or AHS Help in Tough Times for additional resources.

Financial Aid Resources:

You Can Benefit is an online tool that provides citizens with easy web and mobile access to information on local, municipal, provincial and federal benefits. Check to see if you qualify for any of these benefits. To get started, visit youcanbenefit.edmonton.ca

You may also wish to sign up to receive information on financial resources and the latest updates on the current COVID-19 municipal, provincial and federal emergency support. To subscribe to the Earn Build and Save newsletter, visit edmonton.ca/financialempowerment.

Edmonton Financial Empowerment Collaborative provides information about resources and supports to help visitors to the site earn, save and build towards a stable and secure financial future.

https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/emergency_preparedness/edmonton-gives.aspx
Will connect you with local charities needing help or donations

For Those Wanting to Help (donating time or resources):

  • Edmonton Community Foundation
  • Edmonton Food Bank
  • Homeward Trust (the Mustard Seed, e4c, Boyle Street Community Services, Bissell Centre, YESS)
  • Meals on Wheels
  • United Way
  • Alberta Cares Connector (for volunteering)
  • Reach Edmonton (for financial donations)

Volunteer Connector – COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

Canada Helps: COVID-19 Charity List – A list of charities fighting COVID-19 across the world

Alberta Non-profit Network (ABNN) COVID-19 Resources – Advocacy and fundraising resources

ECVO COVID-19 Resource Portal – Advocacy and sharing resources

Canada Revenue Agency – Information on donating and charities

Alberta Bits and Pieces Program – equipment, manufacturing, or service provisions to support the public health response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

And in our own community, offering to run errands or pick up groceries for the time being while cohorts are not allowed.

Federal Resources:

Support for businesses, including non-profits, including wage subsidies and access to credit

CRA information for charities

Employment and Social Development Information

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) FAQ

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations

Provincial Resources:

211 Alberta –  List of COVID-19 Related Resources is a provincial directory of community, health, social and governmental organizations and services.

COVID-19 Information

Child care during COVID-19: Information on child care closures, and options for essential service workers and home-based child care providers.

Student Learning during COVID-19: Guidelines for continuing K to 12 student learning while in-school classes are cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Emergency funding for charities and not-for-profit organizations: emergency funding from the Alberta government as part of the COVID-19 response. 

Utility payment deferral: Individuals, families and businesses can defer utility payments until June 19, 2020, to lessen the financial burden associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provincial supports for employers – Includes information on funding and supportive measures for local businesses, employers and employees.

Consumer Protection: If you see prices for products or services in Alberta skyrocket because of COVID-19, you can report it through our Report-a-Ripoff submission form or by calling 1-877-427-4088.

Landlords and Tenants in Alberta: COVID-19 Information for Alberta Landlords and Tenants Rent Payment Plans

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.

Have Your Say on a new “Pocket Park” in Griesbach

A 2018 community-wide survey (Cultivating Community Spirit) showed that Griesbach residents would like more playgrounds.

The Griesbach Community League proposes building a “pocket park” on the North-West corner of Roundel Lake. No fundraising is necessary as the GCL has casino funds that it needs to spend soon before they would have to be returned to the AGLC.

By taking this brief survey, you can let us know how this park would best suit you and your family’s needs.

Party in the Park 2020 Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that we will have to cancel this year’s Party in the Park as we do not yet have confirmation that we will be able to host large outdoor events.

Keep your spirits up, though, for the next year’s Party in the Park scheduled for September 4th, 2021!

Become our Next Sports Director!

The Griesbach Community League is looking to fill the role of Sports Director, a vital role in the community and on the board. The candidate should have good organizational and interpersonal skills as one of their responsibilities is to communicate with parents and EMSA North.

The position works closely with the Volunteers Director, Communications Director, Treasurer and President with support for baseball through a Member at Large.
The term begins this fall and the successful candidate will be trained by the current Sports Director.

Description:
• Reviews and prepares policy and procedures related to sports programs
• Recruits coaches
• Delegates coaching responsibilities
• Organizes registration times.
• Recommends and collects sports programs fees
• Coordinates maintenance of GCL-owned equipment (soccer balls, jersies, nets, etc.)
• Attends zone and other city-wide related meetings

If this sounds like a good fit for you, please contact community league president Shelby Corley at president@griesbachcommunity.com

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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Neighbourhood Weeding Party #2!

When: Friday, June 26 at 2:00 pm
Where: Ad Astra monument at Roundel Lake
What: A pop-up party to attack those pop-up weeds
Bring: Your garden gloves and tools (GCL will bring garbage bags)
What else: Remember to maintain physical spacing

Kids are done school—send them over to dig up some thistles and say hi to some goose babies!

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.

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