Edmonton Food Bank Drive 2021

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This year the Edmonton Food Bank has been relied upon by many struggling Edmontonians. Food Bank demand hit a 40-year high in 2021, with more than 28,000 people a month relying on the organization’s services at one point. Between January and October, they purchased more than $1.2 million of essential food for hampers—up from $780,000 for the same period last year—and there’s no sign things are letting up. On an average day, they answer 361 phone calls—though it’s been as high as 644 in a single day in 2021.

The Southwest Area Council (SWAC) has partnered with AMA to raise non-persishable food donations. SWAC is encouraging a little friendly competition with neighbouring communities in Southwest Edmonton. The community that raises the most food, will be awarded a $100 Gift Card to Sobeys. See below for last year’s results.

CommunityPoundsKilograms
Aspen Gardens1,564710
Yellowbird1124510
Heritage Point1004455
Brookview930422
Bluequill482219
Duggan364165
Greenfield343156
Riverbend20995
Total6,0202732

On Sunday, Dec. 12, communities across Alberta will participate in AMA’s #StackToSackHunger Drive-Thru Food Drives. We’ve faced many challenges as a community this year, but one thing we know for sure is that Duggan & Rideau Park show up for each other. And the higher we stack those donation boxes, the better we can support our neighbours in need.

Duggan Community League will have a box set up in the main entrance of the Community Hall (Centre) 3728 106 Street NW. Please drop off your non perishable donations on the following days:

-Friday December 10 6:30-8:30pm

-Saturday December 11 5:00-9:00pm

-Sunday December 12 9:00am-5:00pm

Thanks for being great neighbours, and lets do our best to beat last year’s results! If you are unable to drop off donations on any of the posted days, you are more than welcome making a cash donation.

Duggan & Rideau Park Residents

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We were recently affected – some more directly than others – by a tragic and random event in our neighbourhood. We sympathize with the community. We ask that everyone provide support and space to those who were involved or affected. 

What happened does not reflect our community and neighbourhood. Duggan and Rideau Park have been known for active membership, inclusivity, diversity and resilience. What defines us and the broader community in Edmonton is bigger than these unforeseen circumstances. 

Now that we’ve endured this difficult experience, let’s take the opportunity to strengthen our connections. We’ve already progressed through the challenges of the pandemic by cleaning up our neighbourhood in the spring, hosting soccer programs and gathering at our ice rinks. Let’s take this time as a moment to reflect on how we can move forward and re-engage with one another. 

EPCOR Rebate! NOW IS THE TIME TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM FLOODING!

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Weather in Edmonton is unpredictable and summer storms can creep up on us very quickly. If you live in a neighbourhood that has experienced flooding or you have had your basement back up, then you know how quickly it can happen.

One way to protect your home from a sewer back up is to have a backwater valve installed. This valve is installed on the private sewer pipe and can be done from inside or outside of your home. The valve is designed to close if water moves back up the sewer pipe from the public sewer line preventing the water from entering your basement. It’s a small investment that can make a big impact in your home. Homes built in Edmonton before 1989 may not have a backwater valve on their private sewer line. At the time, it was not required by the building code to put one in. However, EPCOR has a subsidy program for homeowners who want to install a backwater valve and protect their basement.

The program offers $800 to Edmonton homeowners and there are three things you need to do in order to access the subsidy.

  1. Call the EPCOR Flood Prevention Team at 780-944-7777 to arrange for a backwater valve pre-approval consultation. After the consultation, the advisor will let you know if you are approved for the program. If you are, the installation of the backwater valve can proceed.
  2. Contact a professional plumber to arrange for the installation of the backwater valve.
  3. Submit the backwater valve subsidy application to EPCOR within six months of the consultation. You will be required to show proof of the installation and payment for the backwater valve. We will also require a copy/photo of the City of Edmonton Acceptable green sticker that includes the permit number for the installation.

Take action today to protect your basement and belongings. Call us at 780-944-7777 to book an appointment. You can access more information about the backwater valve subsidy on our website at epcor.com/floodprevention.

No Community League Swimming Currently

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To all Duggan and Rideau Park community league members:

Unfortunately, there is currently NO community league swimming at the YMCA or Confederation pool, as these pools are not open. These are the only pools that members may swim at once they have re-opened. Please do not register for community league swim times at other pools (like Bonnie Doon).

Thanks for your cooperation!

Free Drop In Play Rangers

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Didn’t get a chance to participate in the Green Shack program this summer? Play Rangers is a pilot program and an extension of the summer Green Shack Program that is hosted in different communities until December 2021. They visit sites once and Duggan will be visited on November 6 between 10:30am and noon.

Get to know your neighbours, make new friends and enjoy our abundant green space in Duggan/Rideau Park. Play Rangers focuses on building community and family participation with planned special outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by families or individuals. Children 6-12 years old are welcome to attend on their own. Starting location will always be the shack at the park and some activities may venture into the community.

Greenshack City of Edmonton