DRCA Board Update: Tree Removal North of Discovery Ridge

Over the past weeks, the DRCA has continued to advocate on behalf of our special community and has been in contact with both Enmax and Alberta Transportation (AT) regarding their notices of tree removal in the Transportation Utility Corridor (TUC) as part of the West Calgary Ring Road Project (www.westringroad.ca). Specifically, we raised concerns with regard to the lack of time between the notices and work commencing, as well as attempting to seek some agreement that potentially all of the trees in the highlighted zones did not really need to be removed. Enmax, who was instructed to complete this work by AT, clarified for us that only a few trees would need to be removed from the highlighted area in their notice. AT, however, stated that all trees in the zone in their notice would need to be removed and refused to engage in any productive conversation with regard to this decision changing. We requested an on-site meeting and this too was refused.

We also reached out to our MLA Mike Ellis’ office and our Councillor Richard Pootmans’ office for assistance. They too received the same responses from Enmax and AT. Despite our request for further consultation on the issue, both Enmax and AT went ahead and removed the trees. 

Once the TUC work is completed, we intend to ask Enmax and AT for new tree planting in areas that will not risk any damage to underground utilities. We would like to thank residents who reached out to Enmax, AT, MLA Mike Ellis and Councillor Richard Pootmans to share their concerns. This assisted in ensuring the severity of our concerns were understood.

DRCA AGM – Thursday Feb 24

Please join us at the “Virtual” DRCA Annual General Meeting this Thursday Feb. 24th starting at 7pm. 

Come meet your Board and get a review of last year’s activities and upcoming issues your Board is working on.

We are always looking for new people to join the Board, join us at the AGM to find out more.

Note the AGM is open to all Discovery residents, however only paid DRCA members are entitled to vote for the election of executive directors.

Zoom Link information:

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
Please click this URL to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81948905872

Or join by phone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

Canada: +1 587 328 1099  or +1 647 374 4685  or +1 647 558 0588  or +1 778 907 2071  or +1 204 272 7920  or +1 438 809 7799
Webinar ID: 819 4890 5872

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kem8bzikrP

New Tsuut’ina Nation Fence

Information provided from the City of Calgary for the community of Discovery Ridge

Over the next several weeks our neighbours, the Tsuut’ina Nation, will construct fencing along a portion of the northern border of the Nation’s land extending from Rocky View County to Stoney Trail S.W. 

In preparation for fence construction, the Nation has been working closely with The City of Calgary, the Ward 6 Councillor office, and the Discovery Ridge Community Association to ensure minimal disturbance within the community and to local wildlife. 

Why is fencing needed? 

From the early-to mid-1900s, the Canadian Military used a portion of the Tsuut’ina Nation lands as a firing range as well as for training exercises, leaving behind unexploded ordnance or UXO (including bombs, bullets and shells). 

In the 1940s and 1950s, there were a number of incidences where these UXO were uncovered and went off resulting in serious injuries. UXO surfaced on Nation land after the 2013 floods and more have been uncovered as recently as last spring, demonstrating that the UXO still pose safety risks today. 

In order to prevent similar instances from happening again and noting that many people are not aware of the Tsuut’ina Nation boundary, the Nation is building the fence to prevent accidental trespassing and help keep people safe.  

Will the fence affect local wildlife?  

The fence will be constructed high enough that animals will not attempt to jump over and there is sufficient spacing to ensure nothing will get caught in the fence. Water crossings will still be available to wildlife moving through the area.

Could flooding create debris pileups along the fence? 

The Nation has managed this land for thousands of years and knows that the river can be unpredictable as it changes with the seasons. As a result, they will not build fencing in areas where there is a risk it could wash away and there won’t be any fencing in the majority of places where debris pileup may occur. The fence will be set back roughly 10 metres from the river’s edge and approximately 5 metres from banks of solid ground. 

What is the construction timeline?  

  • Brushing and hand clearing in the area will begin in mid-to late-January.
  • Fence construction is set to begin in early February. Construction will begin in the west by the Elbow Springs Golf Course and then move east toward Griffith Woods Park and then on to Stoney Trail S.W.  
  • Fence construction should be complete by the end of March. 

The Nation is working hard to ensure all work can be done from their property in the south as they do not want the construction work to disturb the Discovery Ridge community or users of Griffith Woods Park. Should any work need to be done in the community, the Nation is committed to keeping disturbance to a minimum.  

More info:

Please visit calgary.ca/GriffithWoods for project updates or contact 311. 

Link to the project: www.calgary.ca/csps/parks/locations/sw-parks/griffith-woods/tsuut-ina-nation-fence.html

Important notice: 

The Tsuut’ina Nation is the sovereign owner of the land (including the Elbow River) beyond the Tsuut’ina/City of Calgary boundary line. Exploring any further than this line, including along the riverbanks and into the river, is trespassing on Nation property. Please help respect our neighbours and do not try to cross the fence/boundary line into Nation lands. 

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Crime Prevention Starts with US

On December 15th, the DRCA held an online Crime Prevention session with our Calgary Police Service community resource officer. We had over 50 residents attend the session and had some very good questions. We encourage all residents to watch the edited  one hour video and nightly implement the 9 pm home routine as posted on our website to help prevent crime.
https://youtu.be/Kap9VkSQlbk

Online Session with CPS

Given recent crime activity in the community, the DRCA has organized an online session with our Calgary Police Service.

Please join us online on this Wednesday Dec. 15th from 6:30-8:00pm where we will be joined by our Community Resource Officer to discuss Crime Prevention.

This webcast will be taped and the link posted on the DRCA website if you cannot attend. 

Please register for the event through Eventbrite with details:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-discovery-ridge-crime-prevention-open-house-tickets-226132256667

Prior to December 15, please complete the form below regarding the perception of crime and safety in the community.  Results will be shared at the meeting:

https://forms.gle/ASW7AoJQ9WSK5ywe9

Beaver Monitoring in our Community

The DRCA has been in communication with City officials with regards to recent beaver activity within our community:

Calgary Parks are monitoring the situation on a daily basis.

Dams and lodges have remained in place in order to assess the number of animals and their behaviour.

Residents should avoid touching dams or other structures as this can result in a change in the behavior of the animals

Please do not interfere with monitoring equipment put in place by City employees or contractors.

There may be some notching of the dam prior to this weekend to allow water flow.

Ward 6 Civic Election Debate

SAVE THE DATE!

ALL CANDIDATES DEBATE
Tuesday October 12, 2021
7 – 8:30 pm

Learn about the Ward 6 candidates for City Council during a virtual debate being hosted online at Facebook Live.

Ward 6 consists of the following communities; Aspen Woods, Christie Park, Coach Hill, Cougar Ridge, Discovery Ridge, Glamorgan, Glenbrook, Glendale, Medicine Hill, Patterson, Signal Hill, Springbank Hill, Spruce Cliff, Strathcona Park, West Springs, and Westgate, Wildwood.

Residents are encouraged to register for the Facebook Live event at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/397254045355944/?ref=newsfeed

Residents have until October 8th to submit a question for the candidates here:  https://tinyurl.com/8uwc2udt  

Food Trucks are Back

By popular demand! Please join us for the 4th installment of DRCA Food Trucks on Sunday September 19th from 4 pm to 7 pm at the green space in front of the DRCA Rec Facility. Please walk down to the event and enjoy the sunshine with your family and friends.

Reminders:
– There will be limited parking in the parking lot
– Please abide by all provincial outdoor Covid-19 protocols

Food Trucks participating include:
Smoke N BBQ – brisket, chicken, sausage, cornbread and fries
The Curryer – samosas, naanwiches, butter chicken, and other good stuff
Waffles & Chix – waffles, fried chicken, fries
Family Dogs – hots dogs, fries, and poutine
Canadian Bear Balls – mini-donuts, poutines, sugar and cinnamon balls
Family Squeezed Lemonade  – all natural traditional lemonade
Family Dough  – cookie dough, cotton candy, gourmet ice pops, ice cream, drinks

For gluten friendly options please check the menu board at each truck.

Enmax Update

As you may be aware, ENMAX Power Corporation (ENMAX) has been directed by Alberta Transportation to relocate the existing single circuit 138kV ENMAX 7.82L transmission line to accommodate construction of the West Calgary Ring Road project. Stakeholder engagement commenced in March 2019 with open houses held in March and June 2019. In April 2020, the Alberta Utilities Commission approved the _south-central_ route for the alignment. Please be advised that construction is scheduled to commence on September 6, 2021 and will continue for approximately seven weeks. This work will involve ENMAX crews and contractors installing new steel transmission poles within the Transportation Utility Corridor (TUC), north of Discovery Ridge. Residents directly adjacent to the work zone will receive a physical copy of the construction notice by courier. For more details you can visit www.enmax.com/highway8 to view additional project information.