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A Message from the Director of Neighbourhood Services, City of Edmonton

Keep Neighbouring Safely This Halloween!

We know that Halloween is one of the biggest neighbourhood celebrations of the year, providing an opportunity to decorate, dress up and open our streets and doors to trick-or-treaters. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we know that many neighbours and community groups are planning activities and events to mark this special time of year.  

This special edition of Keep Neighbouring includes information and reminders about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of getting sick to keep our communities safe. It is important to remember that Alberta Health Services has put the Edmonton region on an enhanced status and introduced additional voluntary public health measures. Not everyone in your neighbourhood will be willing or able to celebrate Halloween this year; it is important that we continue to show one another compassion and kindness as we move through this pandemic. 

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has published new Halloween during COVID-19 guidance. I strongly encourage everyone celebrating Halloween this year to review this document and take the time to speak with your children about precautions if you choose to participate in Halloween activities this year. While this information is current at the time of this newsletter, please check for updates or new restrictions before October 31. Be safe and have fun!

Chantile Shannon
Director of Neighbourhood Services

COVID-19 Safety Tips for Trick or Treating
 

AHS has created the following 5 guidelines for your little ‘ghosts and goblins’ to follow this year when trick-or-treating:]


  • Don't go trick-or-treating if feeling ill, even if symptoms are minor

  • Choose costumes that allow a non-medical mask to be worn underneath, and make sure you can see and breathe comfortably

  • Minimize contact with others: trick-or-treat with your family or cohort, remain within your community, and stay 2 metres apart

  • Avoid touching doorbells or railings: call "trick or treat" from 2 metres away, knock instead of using doorbells, use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces

  • Wash hands and disinfect packages before eating candy


Handing out Candy


AHS has created two printable posters that can be used to inform trick-or-treaters if you will be handing out treats this year (click on posters below to be redirected to AHS website):

   


AHS guidelines for those wanting to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters:

  • Don't hand out candy if feeling ill or isolating

  • Wear a non-medical mask that fully covers your nose and mouth

  • Ask trick-or-treaters to knock or call out instead of ringing the doorbell  

  • Use tongs to hand out pre-packaged candy to avoid handling treats
 

Find creative ways to maintain distance from trick-or-treaters:

  • Hand out treats from your driveway or front lawn, if weather permits

  • Set up a table or desk to help keep yourself distanced

  • Make candy bags and space them out on a table or blanket; don't leave out self-serve bowls of bulk candy

  • Build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, non-touch delivery methods


Here is a link to all AHS Halloween Guidance for 2020. 

March 17, 2020


Greetings MCL residents and membership,

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Alberta has implemented new regulations that the MCL and its board of directors are required to follow and are as such:
  • Effective immediately the MCL facilities are officially closed to the public. This includes the hall, shack, skating rink, and the volleyball, basketball and tennis courts.
  • The MCL AGM that was scheduled for Tuesday April 7 has been postponed until further notice.
  • We will update you when these facilities will reopen.

For more information, please go to the following AB Gov’t website:

On behalf of the MCL board of directors,

Sincerely,

MCL President
mcqueencommunityleagueedmonton@gmail.com
www.mcqueencommunity.com

Buy Your McQueen Community Membership at Servus Credit Union! 

 All Servus Credit Unions in the City of Edmonton are now selling community league memberships. Visit https://www.servus.ca for more information and to find the branch nearest you.

Planning a Block Party?

Check out the Neighbourhood Block Party Kit and Benefits on the City's website or see complimentary information at Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch or Call 311 for more information.

Seniors Home Supports Program

The Edmonton Seniors Home Supports Program is a referral service that gives seniors referrals to vetted service providers who offer snow removal, yard help, housekeeping and minor home repair services.


The Seniors Home Supports Program divides Edmonton into six districts. A seniors organization in each district acts as a community hub to coordinate the program in that area. For a list of organizations and more program information visit: http://www.seniorshomesupports.com/

Dogs Off Leash Information

Looking for a place to take your dog? Look no further! The following link has all the information you need including:
  • list of 41 locations set aside for off-leash use & interactive map
  • off-leash Ambassador Program
  • description of other locations where on-leash use is allowed (e.g. on trails)
  • description of where dog use is NOT allowed (e.g. within 10 meters of a playgrounds, spray decks, sports fields)
  • survey results from the recent public consultation
  • up to date notices

Visit www.edmonton.ca/offleash


Library Resources

The EPL goes to great lengths to meet the diverse needs of all Edmontonians. We use special services and adaptive technologies to support people with disabilities, home bound individuals and older adults, including our EPL @ Home Service and Assistive Materials.

Click here for more information about EPL's Assistive Services, contact your branch or call us at 780.496.7000.

Recreation & Wellness Directory for Older Adults

The Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults provides an overview of arts, fitness, technology, health and recreational activities for adults 55 in the Edmonton area. With more than 1200 group programs, clubs, courses and events listed, the directory is a valuable resource. The directory is produced by the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC) with contributions this year from 47 organizations.

Find the Directory at local seniors organizations, the ESCC, or visit their website:  http://www.seniorscouncil.net/programs

Constable's Corner

If you have any safety and/or crime questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our community constable:

West Division Community Crime Management Team

Public EPS website

Public EPS website where people can access things such as on-line reporting, community policing, crime mapping and other valuable information all from one easy spot.
http://www.edmontonpolice.ca


Help stop crime in McQueen!

  • Neighbours and community are the best defence against crime! Look out for one another. If you see anything suspicious, do not hesitate to call it in! 9-1-1 if you require immediate assistance, 780-423-4567 or #377 for non-immediate assistance.
  • Although our crime statistics (below) show that crime is down in the community, it could be that many crimes go without being reported. Police presence is directly related to crimes reported so it of utmost importance to REPORT EVERY CRIME, NO MATTER HOW SMALL. 
  • Record serial numbers of anything valuable that you'd like returned if it happens to be stolen. Etch phone numbers in your valuable items like tools. Pawn shops will call you if it turns up!
  • Research CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), & popcenter.org to reduce the risk of crime happening on your property. 
  • Police arrested and charged an individual with dozens of break and enters. It is known that this suspect was involved with break & enters in our neighbourhood, mainly through basement windows. Due to the large number and severity of the charges, the suspect will be in jail for a long length of time.
  • Do NOT keep valuables and/or identification in your vehicle.

Noxious Weeds


Not all flowers are friendly.

The City of Edmonton is on the hunt for noxious weeds on public and private property. These plants can:

  • Grow and spread quickly, invading crops and entire ecosystems
  • Out compete our native plants
  • Infest streams, riverbanks and waterways
  • Reduce native biodiversity

On-street parking complaints now go to the City of Edmonton’s 311 Contact Centre instead of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) non-emergency line. 

Visit edmonton.ca/bylaws for further information.