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					                                       JANUARY 2011




Happy New Year!


                              Ranchland Scouts
                               Needs Your Help

Ranchlands Winter Festival
February 5, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
At the Ranchlands Community Centre
THE RANCHLANDS ROUNDUP                                                                                JANUARY 2011                                                        3




                                     Executive
President..................................Terry Avramenko, 403-239-5655
Vice President..................................Anne Burke, 403-239-1285
Treasurer.....................................Elvin Dorscher, 403-239-4850
Secretary......................................Heather Mudd, 403-239-1197

Directors at Large (assigned)
Building..................................Mona Schoenfeld, 403-241-1551
Editor...........................................Wendy Barnes, 403-241-0335
Sports..........................................Wendy Barnes, 403-241-0335
Membership.......................................Jane Kelly, 403-239-2086
.............................................................Lynn Tait, 403-547-8352                          Meetings are held the first
RCA Casino.................................Wendy Barnes, 403-241-0335                                         Wednesday of the month at
Stampede Breakfast.............................Jane Kelly, 403-239-2086
Civic Affairs.....................................Anne Burke, 403-239-1285                                    7:00pm at the Ranchlands
Seniors.....................................Colleen Dorscher, 403-230-4850                                        Community Centre
Web Design..........................................................Stephanie Bell
Outdoor Recreation Surface................ Nick Tait, 403-208-3223                                          Next Meeting: January 5, 2010
Social...........................................James Dugan, 403-208-8285
Directors at Large (unassigned).............Bill Bell, 403-239-6967
......................................................................Dianne Dodsworth             Ranchlands Roundup is published 12 times a year by Suburban
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RCA Hall Rentals & Building Manager.............................................                   be directed to Wendy Barnes at barnesw@shaw.ca or 241-0335.
...............................................................Wendy Barnes, 403-241-0335          Questions regarding advertising should be directed to Suburban
Mom’s Group.............................................................................Vacant     Journals Publishing Ltd. at pam@suburbanjournals.ca or by calling
Community Relations................................................................Vacant          Pam at 880-1819.
RCA Soccer...........................................................................Ben Groot
RCA Fastball..............................................................................Vacant   Please note, the information and opinions in this newsletter are
Public School Chair..........................Veronica Crane, 403-452-2265                          subject to change, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of
Block Parent............................................Edita Keen, 403-383-3477                   the publisher or editor.
Block Watch...............................................R. Carroll, 403-241-2890
Youth Justice Committee.......................Anne Marie, 403-670-5412                             Disclaimer: Any advertisements, home businesses, babysitters &
Guiding.........................................Angy Carrobourg, 403-612-9611                      nannies, or other parties listed should not be interpreted as
Scouting..............................................Carol Schwartz, 403-208-9952                 recommendations or endorsements by the editor or the publisher.
Junior Forest Wardens..............................http://www.albertajfw.ca/
Ranchlands Community School...................................403-777-6350
Rhythmic Gymnastics...................Heather Pallmen, 403-288-7435
St. Rita School Rep..............................Tina Pettersen, 403-275-7555
Bow West Comm Resource Ctr ........................... 403-374-0448
Kel Soloway’s Dance Arts........................................... 403-241-7969
Kids Come First......................... Laura-Lee or Juli, 403-241-3052
Living Springs Christian Church.......Glen Switzer, 403-208-2332
Karate....................................................................Rob, 403-245-4927
Alderman............................................Gordon Lowe, 403-268-2438
MLA..............................................Lindsay Blackett, 403-216-5444
MP....................................................Diane Ablonczy, 403-282-7980
Senator......................................................Dan Hayes, 403-281-7167
Pubic School Trustee..........................Gordon Dirks, 403-547-2476
Calgary Police Service...................Geoff Wilson, 403-567-6743
Parks n’ Rec Representative.......Michael O’Reilly, 403-221-3979
Community Social Worker......... Jennifer DiMarzo, 403-974-1521
THE RANCHLANDS ROUNDUP                                              JANUARY 2011                          5


Community News
President’s Message
This is the season to be giving, and I    activities will start at 10:00 a.m.
                                                                                     Cribbage Club
would like to thank everyone who has      and continue until 2:00 p.m. I have
given over the past year. Ranchlands is   been informed that the scouts will
blessed to have many people who give      be running activities for the day so
                                                                                      The Ranchlands
of themselves all year long. Ranchlands   there will be lots of activities to keep
is a very strong community due to the     everyone busy. When the tummy              Cribbage Club will
support we receive from the residents.    needs filling there will be Hot Dogs,
The board likes to give back to the       Hot Chocolate and Hot Coffee to                resume on
community as well, so once again the      keep the tummy warm. I have been
community association has sponsored
three families in Ranchlands. We would
                                          told that the ever sumptuous Beaver
                                          Tails will be in ample supply and we
                                                                                     Monday, January 10
like to thank Crowfoot Bank of Nova       will have the world famous cupcakes
Scotia for helping by donating $400.00    made by the local seniors. Come out           at 1:00 p.m.,
to help us support these families.        and enjoy yourself for the day.
                                                                                          after the
Our annual Winterfest will be held        On behalf of the board I would like to
on February 5, 2011. The event will       wish everyone a prosperous New Year!        Christmas break.
take place at the community centre
at 7713 Ranchview Dr N.W. The             Terry Avramenko
THE RANCHLANDS ROUNDUP                                            JANUARY 2011                                          7


Community News
 Municipal News
Ranchlands was annexed in 1961,          was $48,721; in 1991, it was $61,388.   required, reducing or eliminating them
however it did not develop until         In May 1991, the Alderman was           through community design.
1977, in the same year the Crowchild/    Sharon Fisk, the MLA Frank Bruseker,
Ranchlands Community Association         and M.P. Al Johnson.                    Who should pay for existing fences:
was founded. The Policy Plans were                                               only those who benefit from them or a
Crowchild Design Brief Phase I           From 4 units and 100% single family     whole community?
(1975) and II (1977).                    homes in 1976, by 1984, there were
                                         1450 at 51%; in 1992, 1465 and 49%.     There is a debate about unsafe or
Pre-school population jumped from                                                unsightly fences, which are, or were
none in 1974 to 873 (1981), 1094         City Administration will reconvene      always “intended” to be, on private
(1983), and 1209 (1984). Total           a discussion group of stakeholders,     property.
population was 5008 (1980), 6571         including interested Aldermen, to
                                         again look for a solution for ageing    Access is an issue and a fence may be
(1981), 7980 (1983), and 8125 (1984).
                                         screening fences.                       land-locked, without a gate. An entry
Overall, the bulk of residents were
                                                                                 order would be needed. Assessments
ages 25-44, 2300 (1980), 3036 (1981),
                                         There could be a retrofit program for   for Local Improvement Taxes on
3885 (1983), and 4015 (1984). In
                                         community fencing without timely        private property are “rare”.
1991, of residents aged 25-44, there
                                         repair or maintenance. Architectural
were 1800 males and 2000 females.                                                The City cannot compel the Resident
                                         controls are not enforceable after a
                                         developer leaves a community. In        or Homeowners’ Associations, who
Our average family income in 1986
                                         future, screening fences may not be     may opt out of fence maintenance at
                                                                                 any time or dissolve. The City will
                                                                                 become responsible for fences, if they
                                                                                 were removed from private title.

                                                                                 There is an annual fund of $100,000
                                                                                 in a capital fund to pay for the City
                                                                                 portion of fence repairs, only if a
                                                                                 local improvement proposal (initiated
                                                                                 by homeowners or The City) is
                                                                                 successful. This requires a petition
                                                                                 of either 67% in favour (or opposed).
                                                                                 The program was extended to
                                                                                 December 2014.

                                                                                 Cost sharing may make the City
                                                                                 responsible for any future liabilities.
                                                                                 Pre-2005 development agreements
                                                                                 required registration of restrictive
                                                                                 covenants. This means the City would
                                                                                 have to go to court for enforcement in
                                                                                 each instance.

                                                                                 The SPC on Land Use, Planning and
                                                                                 Transportation recommended that
                                                                                 Council direct Administration to
                                                                                 continue further engagement and
New electronic sign planned for Ranchlands                                                         Continued on next page
THE RANCHLANDS ROUNDUP                                              JANUARY 2011                                           9


 Community News
Municipal News continued                  Applicant: BRISSON, NANCY J,

report no later than the 2011 January
                                          Proposed use: deck Description:
                                          Relaxation: deck (existing) -
                                                                                       Ranchlands Scouts
Committee Meeting.                        projection into rear setback area LUD:
                                          R-C2                                         Need Your Help!
Application Date: 2010/09/13
DP2010-3629 Address: 7 RANGE                                                          Our Scouts do a great job making
                                          Application Date: 2010/08/23
WY NW Applicant: DOUGLAS                                                              Ranchlands a great place to live!
                                          DP2010-3354 Address: 40
SURVEYS Description: Relaxation:                                                      Our Scouts pick up trash around the
                                          RANCHRIDGE DR NW
deck (existing) – height Proposed                                                     community hall, mow the grass in the
                                          Applicant: BRISSON, NANCY J
Use: deck LUD R-C1                                                                    summer and shovel snow in the winter
                                          Description: Relaxation: Single
                                                                                      all around the community hall. Our
                                          Detached Dwelling (existing) -
Application Date: 2010/11/05                                                          Scouts look after the community sign
                                          building setback from side and rear
DP2010-4367 Address: 6924                                                             and update it as needed and they help
                                          property lines Proposed Use: Single
RANCHVIEW DR NW Applicant:                                                            at many community functions like the
                                          Detached Dwelling LUD: R-C1.
SINGH & PARTNERS Description:                                                         craft fair, winter fest and much more.
Relaxation: Single Detached Dwelling      Application Date: 2010/08/26
(existing) - building setback from side                                               You can show your support and thanks
                                          DP2010-3408 Address: 7750
property line LUD: R-C1                                                               to this valuable community group by
                                          RANCHVIEW DR NW Applicant:
                                                                                      supporting our Ranchlands Scouts
                                          AAB DESIGN LTD. Description:
Application Date: 2010/09/22                                                          Bottle Drive. Our Scouts bottle
                                          Change of Use: Service Organization
DP2010-3764 Address: 47                                                               drive will be held January 8 and
                                          LUD: C-C1.
RANCHRIDGE RD NW                                                                      your support will be greatly appreci-
Applicant: RICHARD L CRAGG                                                            ated. Thanks in advance!
                                          Anne Burke
PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION
Description: Relaxation: Single
Detached Dwelling (existing eave)
- projection into side setback area
                                           Plans Progress for Northwest
Proposed Use: Single Detached
Dwelling LUD: R-C2                         Recreation Centre
Application Date: 2010/11/05,             Progress is being made on the plans         ous financing options available to The
DP2010-4367 Address: 6924                 for a new recreation centre for north-      City for recreation service delivery.
RANCHVIEW DR NW Applicant:                west Calgary. The location at 11300         A full menu of options that include
SINGH & PARTNERS Description:             Rocky Ridge Road (Corner of Coun-           non-profit to private models will be
Relaxation: Single Detached Dwelling      try Hills Boulevard and Rocky Ridge         presented to City Council for review
(existing) - building setback from side   Road), has been secured and an agree-       early in the new year.
property line LUD: R-C1                   ment is currently being negotiated
                                          with the Province. Over the winter          While the new recreation centre will
Application Date: 2010/09/14              and spring of 2011, The City will be        not be up and running for some time
DP2010-3654 Address: 11                   conducting a detailed site assessment       yet, progress is being made, and the
RANCHRIDGE WY NW Applicant:               analysis that will collection informa-      Northwest Community Advisory
SMITH, LAURA Description:                 tion on the site to utilize during design   Group continues to work closely
Addition: Single Detached Dwelling        and construction (e.g. biophysical          with The City to ensure the needs
(rear attached garage) Proposed Use:      impact assessment, environmental site       of our area are being met. For more
Single Detached Dwelling LUD:             assessment, geotechnical analysis and       information and updates on the
R-C2                                      transportation impact assessments).         planning process please visit
                                                                                      www.calgary.ca/nwreccentre or con-
Application Date: 2010/08/23              Over the last several months, City ad-      tact Paul Sinclair, NW Community
DP2010-3352 Address: 79                   ministration has undertaken an exten-       Advisory Group President, at
RANCHRIDGE RD NW                          sive review and evaluation of numer-        northwestcag@gmail.com.
THE RANCHLANDS ROUNDUP                                             JANUARY 2011                                         11


 Community News                                                                     In Our City
 Varsity Acres School                                                                Crowfoot Library
Greetings from the staff and school       parents to attend our meetings and        • Stitch and Chat: Tue. Jan. 4 –
council of Varsity Acres School.          find out how our school is consis-          Apr. 26, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(‘Stretching for Success’ – ‘Toujours     tently looking for ways to help enrich      No registration required.
plus haut’). Wow have we had a busy       our children’s learning. We also          • Drop-In Career Coaching: Sat.
December month!                           have a fundraising group, and pres-         Jan. 8 – Apr. 30, 10:15 a.m. –
                                          ently looking for a Director and Vice       12:15 p.m. No registration required.
We received an excellent collection       Director and Secretary – so if you        • Toastmasters International: Tue.
of end of November for our Jacket         are interested in giving up about 2         Jan. 4 – Apr. 26, 12:00 p.m. –
Racket. December was filled with          hours a month to help raise money for       1:00 p.m. No registration required.
lots of great activities; skiing for GR   our many school activities and other      • Law at Your Library; Wills and
4-6. GR 1-3 performing in a Christ-       areas, please contact someone in our        Estates: Jan. 3, 7:00 p.m. –
mas musical along with some Grade         school council.                             8:30 p.m.
6 playing strings. GR 3 making                                                      • Teach Yourself Knitting Using the
hundreds of sandwiches for Mustard        Please contact our School Council           Internet: Jan. 10, 7:00 p.m. –
Seed and visiting the Mustard Seed        Chair for information on our council.       8:30 p.m.
location. GR 2 visiting Glenbow           We encourage all parents to come to       • Fractured Faces; The World of
Museum.                                   our council meetings. Our next meet-        Picasso: Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m. –
                                          ing is Tuesday January 18 (7:00 p.m. -      8:30 p.m.
Our school is accepting kindergarten      8.30 p.m.). Please let everyone know.     • Homework Help: Mon. Jan. 31 –
registrations for 2011/2012 - open                                                    Mar. 21 (no program Feb. 21)
house January 6 at 7:00 p.m. Kin-         We look forward to seeing you at Var-       7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
dergarten will be going to Petland in     sity Acres School. Our school web-
January.                                  site is: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b238/   Visit www.calgarypubliclibrary.com
                                          and please also read our school and       for more information on these
We have a great group of parent           council monthly newsletter on http://     programs. Registration is required for
volunteers that help run our School       schools.cbe.ab.ca/b238/news.htm.          all programs unless otherwise noted.
Council and always looking for more

                                                                                     Women and
 New Horizons                                                                        Politics—How
 Seniors Club                                                                        We Rank
                                                                                     According to data compiled by
Come join us at Ranchland Com-                                                       the Inter-Parliamentary Union,
munity hall every Tuesday from 1:00                                                  Canada ranks 51 in the world for
p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to meet new people.                                                the number of women it has in
                                                                                     Parliament.
We play cards and games, have
speakers come in, go for lunch, have                                                 As of the fall of 2010, the three
coffee and snacks, and lots of laughs                                                countries topping the list for women
and visiting.                                                                        representatives were Rwanda,
                                                                                     Sweden and South Africa. Canada
Come and join us to see if you like                                                  ranked higher than the United States
what we do and then join us and be                                                   which placed 73.
part of our family!
THE RANCHLANDS ROUNDUP                                              JANUARY 2011                                         13


In Our City
 Calgary Connection
The Strengths in ADHD research             Hills Community Association, 520-78       nities to take part in community work.
study is recruiting children 8-11 years    Ave. N.W. For both men and women.         For more information contact Alicia
of age either with or without ADHD.        $5 drop-in fee, includes coffee and       Morgan at 403-241-0963.
Our goal is to learn more about the        cookies. Three bonspiels will be held
strengths and supportive influences        over the winter. Please contact Dick at   January is Alzheimer Awareness
that can promote overall success           403-274-8587 for more information.        Month: The Alzheimer Society of
among children. Participants will                                                    Calgary will be hosting two public
receive free parking, refreshments, and    Bishop Carroll High School; Excel-        events in order to promote awareness
a $25 family-based gift certificate and    lence in Self-Directed Learning:          about Alzheimer’s disease and related
a special toy. Please contact us at 403-   Information Nights: Thu. Jan. 13 at       dementias. January 15: Dementia:
210-6726 or adhdkids@ucalgary.ca, or       7:00 p.m. in the gym. Open House:         Stories of Hope, A Community Gath-
visit www.ucalgary.ca/adhdkids.            Thu. Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. &    ering. Free. Jan. 5, 10:00 a.m. –
                                           6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 4624 Richard       12:00 p.m. at Fort Calgary (750, 9
Blood Donor Clinic: Sat. Jan. 22,          Rd. S.W. For more information call        Ave. S.E.). January 28: Forgetful Not
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Foothills            403-500-2056 or visit www.cssd.ab.ca/     Forgotten Movie Screening. Admis-
Alliance Church, 333 Edgepark              bishopcarroll.                            sion by donation. Limited seating;
Blvd. N.W. in the auditorium. Call                                                   tickets required. Jan. 28, 6:00 p.m.
1-888-2-DONATE to book your ap-            604 Air Cadet Squadron Open               – 9:00 p.m. at Cardel Theatre (180
pointment today. Give Blood and            House: January 18, 6:30 p.m. at the       Quarry Park Blvd. S.E.) For more info
Save Lives.                                Mewata Armoury, 801-11th St. S.W.         visit www.AlzheimerCalgary.com. To
                                           For more than 50 years 604 “Moose”        reserve tickets, contact 403-290-0110
Theatre Classes For Kids: Look-            Squadron has provided youth aged 12       or info@AlzheimerCalgary.com.
ing for something fun and active to        to 19 with the opportunity to develop
keep you busy during the cold winter       attributes in leadership, citizenship,    Religion in Life Program for Scouts
months? Calgary Young People’s             and physical fitness. Opportunities       and Girl Guides: Kids will have fun
Theatre offers a variety of unique and     exist in the Squadron’s award winning     while they learn about their faith, and
exciting drama classes for kids ages       military band, airplane modeling club,    receive their stage 1, 2 or 3 Religion
4-17. Check out www.cypt.ca or email       drill team and public speaking pro-       in Life emblems. All Scouts Canada
ad@cypt.ca or call 403-230-2664 for        gram. Visit www.604moose.ca or call       or Girl Guides members who are
more information.                          403 263-0300 for more inforrmation.       affiliated with the United Church of
                                                                                     Canada are welcome. Classes will
Little Warriors: 1 in 3 girls and 1 in     Canadian Federation Of University         run Sundays, Jan. 16 to Feb. 13 from
6 boys will experience an unthink-         Women: We are a non-profit organiza-      12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (except Feb.
able act before their 18th birthday.       tion dedicated to promoting women’s       6 will start at 11:30 a.m.). At the St.
Little Warriors, a Canadian charitable     issues and education. We meet every       Thomas United Church, 100 Hawk-
organization, is offering Darkness to      third Thursday of the month at Hope       wood Boulevard N.W. Bring a peanut
Light’s Stewards of Children Program,      Lutheran Church, 3527 Boulton Road,       free lunch. Call 403-241-0366 or
a revolutionary child sexual abuse pre-    N.W. New members are heartily             email stthomas@shaw.ca to register by
vention program that educates adults       welcomed. We have many exciting           January 10.
about how to help prevent, recognize       interest groups, speakers and opportu-
and react responsibility to child sexual
abuse. Register today by visiting,
www.littlewarriors.ca or call toll free,
1-888-440-1343.

Senior Drop in Curling Club: Wed.
and Fri. at 9:00 a.m. at the Huntington
THE RANCHLANDS ROUNDUP                                                 JANUARY 2011                                               15


In Our City
 Cold Weather Reminders for Pet Owners
Just because they have natural fur            your vehicle and consider using
coats doesn’t mean cats and dogs              products that contain propylene gly-
are immune to the hazards of winter           col rather than ethylene glycol.
weather. As Calgarians wrap up to
keep warm, it is important that pet          • Wipe your dog's legs and stomach
owners also think of their pets’ safety        thoroughly when he comes in out of
during the winter months.                      the cold. Dogs can ingest salt, anti-
                                               freeze or other potentially dangerous
• Leaving dogs and cats in vehicles            chemicals if they lick their paws.
  is prohibited under the Responsible          Also, paw pads bleed when cut by
  Pet Ownership Bylaw (23M2006)                snow or encrusted ice.
  if weather conditions jeopardize the
  animals’ safety. A pet left in a vehicle   • When you take your dog outside,
  during cold weather can suffer from          stay out with your pet. If you're cold,
  frostbite, hypothermia or potentially        it is probably too cold for the pet to
  freeze to death. Please leave your           stay out much longer as well.
  pet safely at home.                                                                    please call 3-1-1 or visit calgary.ca/
                                             For more information about winter           animalservices.
• Your cat or dog’s licence is his ticket    safety, the Responsible Pet Ownership
  home. During the winter months, it         Bylaw or to report a bylaw infraction,      Animal & Bylaw Services
  is even more important that your pet
  wear his licence. If your pet were
  to become lost, a licence tag indi-
  cates to others that the pet is owned       Shoveling for Safety
  and not a stray. This increases the
  chance that he will be turned into         The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw          the flow of traffic, block the vision of
  Animal Services.                           Services would like to remind Cal-          drivers and hinder the collection of
                                             garians that under the Street Bylaw         Blue Cart recycling bins and Black
• We strongly recommend that you             (20M88) snow from private sidewalks         Cart garbage bins.
  always keep your cat inside, espe-         cannot be shovelled on to the street.
  cially during the winter months. The       Snow must be piled on the homeown-          To access the Street Bylaw, report a
  Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw            er’s property. Piling snow from pri-        bylaw infraction, or for more infor-
  states that cats must remain on their      vate property onto city streets creates     mation about snow and ice removal,
  owners’ property. By keeping your          numerous safety hazards. Children           please call 3-1-1 or visit calgary.ca/
  cat inside, you reduce the chance that     may see these snow piles as fun places      animalservices.
  he may wander off your property and        to play, increasing the risk that they
  suffer the adverse affects of winter.      may slip and fall into traffic. Addi-       Animal & Bylaw Services
                                             tionally, these snow piles can impede
• If you lose your pet during the winter
  months, do not delay. Call 3-1-1 to
  see if Animal Services has picked up
  your pet. If not, file a lost pet report
                                              "The most prolific period of pessimism comes at
  with Animal Services.                       twenty-one, or thereabouts, when the first attempt
                                              is made to translate dreams into reality."
• Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal
  poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to                                                                      Heywood Broun
  thoroughly clean up any spills from

				
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