- Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre's pool reopens (with COVID-appropriate adjustments) July 20, 2020
- Here is the schedule of aquatic programs for children & adults (register here)
- Here is the drop-in schedule (including Community Swims)...
- ... except there's no more "dropping in"; you must book a time before you arrive (online July 13)
- General info and closure notifications for the centre
It's a work in progress but here's what we've heard so far:
The Edmonotn Federation of COmmunity Leagues (EFCL) received a grant from Canadian Heritage in August 2019 to fund Tipi Teachings for Edmonton Community Leagues! This grant will also allow capacity building within the leadership of the EFCL to become familiar with Indigenous protocol, practice, and culture.
Come participate in a Tipi raising, learn from elders, meet First Nations people in your community, share food, and alleviate barriers by learning how to support First Nations people and beat prejudice in your community. Below is an invitation from EFCL to Bonnie Doon's 4 events on:
July 6, 1pm - 3pm
July 16, 1pm - 3pm
July 20, 1pm - 3pm
Ju;y 30, 1pm - 3pm
Registration is required for these free sessions. Please register here.
AANIIN HELLO / WELCOME :
Tipi Teachings is designed to reconnect First Nations people in urban communities back to the valuable teachings, culture and knowledge systems that were lost in residential schools in a good way. Tipi Teachings supports living a good life and being aware of one's identity as a First Nations person by making cultural programs available in Edmonton communities. Come participate in story-telling, make your own medicine wheel, learn teachings of the tipi and engage in sharing circles and learn more about the history of colonialism and how community programs can help reconcile some of Canada's difficult history. Also, these events help support non-indigenous community members building better relations with Indigenous community members and learning more about their role as neighbors and how to be good neighbors.
*** ALL EVENTS HELD OUTDOORS***
**Catered individually packed "powwow" specialty foods will be served by an indigenous caterer at some events.
**A family-friendly event for all ages. Bring your mom. Bring your kohkom too. We are doing everything COVID-friendly! (see below)
COVID PRECAUTIONS & PROCEDURES:
1. Hand Sanitizer Stations - these are available at this event. Please use them frequently.
2. Masks - please request a mask upon arrival. We have a certain amount we can distribute. **Preference will be given to elderly and young families so please bring your own mask to ensure you are protected.
3. Seating - this is an outdoor event. Bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket for you and your family.
4. Supplies - if you have your own markers and materials to supplement these activities bring them along. Some supplies will be provided but due to sanitization, it will be sanitized between uses and this takes time so to ensure ease of access bring materials such as markers and pens and a hard surface to write on for medicine wheels activity, etc.
5. Food - all food will be individually packed and prepared professionally by catering services to ensure safety for all, please sanitize hands frequently at these events to ensure your safety as much as possible
6. Social distancing - all persons will sit 2 meters apart from people outside their family or cohort (another family or families that only interacts with your family)
MIIGWETCH & REMEMBER TO CREATE A KIND & RESPECTFUL ATMOSPHERE WHILE AT THIS EVENT.
THIS EVENT HAS LIMITED SPACE - USE EVENTBRITE LINK FOR FREE TICKET. Have your ticket ready when you arrive at the event.
On Friday around 10am, the staff from Rutherford School will be holding an end of year drive-by parade through the greater Bonnie Doon area, to enable the students to see their teachers for the first time in over three months. Everyone is welcome to come out and wave! If you're driving in the neighbourhood at that time, try to let the line of cars stay together.
The image below shows the parade route. Below that see the 2020 Rutherford Staff perform "Count On Me" by Bruno Mars, as a parting gift to the students, put together by Rutherford’s music teacher (and Bonnie Doon resident) Carmen So. Carmen says "Most of my co-workers are self-proclaimed "non-singers" (I beg to differ!!). However, they stepped up with open hearts and demonstrated incredible vulnerability and commitment."
The Bonnie Doon Men's Shed meets Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00, weather permitting. We've been blessed with sun our first four meetings; because of COVID-19 we meet outdoors between the rink shack and the hall, 93240 93 Street.
The Shed is a place where men can come together to serve each other and our community. The conversation is wide ranging, reflecting the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our members. We may just ‘hang out’, talk each others ears off or get on with jobs we see that help our community.
In the past week, with realtor Sarah Leib’s help and three community gardeners we built a community garden at 92 Avenye and 96 Street. Come have a look.
The agenda is generally open, but we've invited an Edmonton leader Men’s Shed movement to join us for coffee and conversation at the June 6 meeting. We'll likely talk about building community. Bonnie Doon men are welcome.
Ritchie and Cloverdale (and maybe Hazeldean?!) have challenged Bonnie Doon to a bike mileage contest. Which neighbourhood will bike more in June? Two ways to track your "mileage"
Over 100 years ago, 3300 Albertans died of the Spanish Flu. Tom Monto wrote about the impact of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic on Bonnie Doon residents, on page 69 of 'Memories of Bonnie Doon, Our Stories, Our History'. The book committee have given permission for us to share the story here.
Here is a photo of Wilfred McAllister following the provincial soccer champions in 1913-1914 (Memories of Bonnie Doon book, page 58). Only four years later, Wilfred contracted the Spanish Flu and survived. Below you will see is a photo of Wilfred after he recovered.
Alberta Government Telephones operators in High River wore compulsory masks during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic. From left to right: Gladys Stephenson, Cora Stephenson, Addie McDonald and Annie Grisdale / GLENBOW ARCHIVES
The following article is from this Edmonton Journal article.
The first recorded case of Spanish flu in North America was an American soldier at a Kansas military base in March 1918. The virus arrived in Canada the following September. The Edmonton Journal’s first headline about the epidemic came Sept. 24, 1918: “Spanish Influenza Taking Many Lives in the East. Epidemic Still Spreading.”
On Oct. 4, Alberta Health Minister A.G. MacKay warned that 30-40 per cent of the population would likely catch the virus (MacKay himself later died of complications from the illness.)
Spanish flu tended to kill the young and fit. The real killer was often pneumonia, which typically set in a few days after the virus.
“There are all kinds of stories about people who were strong, healthy people and then they were dead,” said Lowe.
The first confirmed Alberta cases were in Drumheller. By mid-October, Edmonton was on edge.
City theatres purchased a full-page ad in the Journal, declaring they were “leaving no stone unturned to make our Theatres thoroughly safe and sanitary places for public attendance.”
They were forced to close anyway on Oct. 18, when the Edmonton Board of Health banned public gatherings and ordered schools and churches to shut their doors. Gauze masks became mandatory — the Journal even printed instructions for how to make one out of cheesecloth.
Reports began to roll in of local flu cases. On Oct. 19, the Journal reported 41 cases under quarantine, including a group of soldiers who had travelled on a troop train. Four days later, there were 1,035 cases in Alberta, 70 of them in Edmonton.
News of Edmonton’s first deaths came Oct. 24. Schools and hospitals were crowded with the sick — some 2,000 by that point. The University of Alberta converted Pembina Hall into a hospital.
Businesses struggled to stay open. The government forced stores and offices to remain closed until 1 p.m., historian Tom Monto wrote in Old Strathcona Before the Great Depression, to give employees time to help in “stamping out the flu epidemic” in their communities.
Suzanna Wagner, a history masters student at the U of A, studied Edmonton’s response to the flu for a project on its 100th anniversary. What struck her most was the grassroots response to the pandemic.
“There was a tremendous volunteer network set up,” she said.
One innovation was the relief districts. During the crisis, Edmonton’s mayor and local clergy divided the city into more than a dozen districts centred on an (empty) neighbourhood school.
“They used the schools as a headquarters,” Wagner said. An army of volunteers — many of them young, unmarried women — provided services for the sick, including nursing, child care, laundry, cooking and food delivery. Many of the relief workers themselves fell ill. “This was dangerous work,” said Wager. Most wore only a cheesecloth mask — changed every few hours — and a standard nursing smock. There were, like today, debates about the efficacy of mask wearing. Rubber gloves did exist, but it’s unclear if local health providers used them. Wagner notably found no evidence of hoarding during the 1918 outbreak.
By November 5, 1918, there were 9,206 Spanish flu cases in Alberta. Six days later, Armistice in the First World War was declared, and officials could not contain the jubilation. Photographs of local victory parades show revellers wearing flu masks, but they weren’t enough contain the spread. Three days later, there were 58 new cases in Edmonton.
Wagner said the flu eventually petered out. On November 30, the government lifted bans on public gatherings. The flu flared up once social isolation measures came to an end, but by May 1919, there were no cases in Edmonton, Wagner says. The illness returned the following two winters, but she said those were much smaller outbreaks with minimal societal disruption. In the end, 7,914 Edmontonians were treated for the flu. A total of 615 died.
A victory parade on Jasper Avenue and 101 Street following the allied victory over Germany in World War I. Originally published in the Edmonton Journal on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1918. JOHN LUCAS (COPY SHOT)/City of Edmonton Archives
We don't have an official response from the city about our application for a Pop Up Garden, but yesterday we noticed these planters by the rink:
Let's assume those are for Bonnie Doon. The city will move them onto the parking lot (north side) and fill them with soil. The city will remove the planters in the fall. We have 15 planters but 25 people on our list. We'll offer the planters to those people in the order they contacted us, asking to join our effort to create a community garden.
We will apply to the city for a permanent garden. This takes about two years (although rumour has it that Strathearn CL was approved in one year!). If you are interested in helping us build a permanent garden, write to Mark at email@example.com.
Marie-Danielle has created 2 more I Spy sheets for Bonnie Doon families to enjoy:
The city has released details for Pop Up Gardens (PUGs) for the 2020 growing season (don't blink! 😀). BDCL will apply for some of these planters, to be located at Bonnie Doon Park.
You can read the city's announcement and the PUG web page. Long story, short, if our application is successful:
If you want to commit to growing produce in PUGS, please write to Mark, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will submit our PUG application Monday, May 18.
BDCL needs your your thoughts on what programs, events, activities, etc we should support, either after the pandemic has passed (?!) or once it is safe enough for us to do things as a (small) group.
It would really help if you could fill out a short survey. Please submit a separate response for each member of the family!
You can comment directly to Mark, email@example.com
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