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25-May-2016
Development,Safety,Our Community

Aug
27
50th Avenue SW Corridor Study

Due to some technical issues The City is extending the deadline for online engagement on the 50 Avenue S.W. Corridor Study project to Monday, May 30th.

All four corridor concepts and example cross-sections are available on Calgary.ca/50AveStudy. I encourage you to take some time to review the concepts, cross-sections and provide them with your feedback. Your feedback will help them select a concept to further refine and bring back to the community at an open house in the fall. 

Thank you to everyone who has already provided their feedback.  

 

18-Oct-2016
Development,Our Community

Aug
27
Flanders Avenue Interchange Grand Opening

The new Flanders Interchange will soon open to traffic! On October 29th, the Currie Community invites you for a sneak preview to celebrate: http://www.currielife.ca/event/ for more information

12-May-2015

Aug
27
2015 Marda Loop Fireside Chat Series

The second annual Marda Loop Fireside Chat Series will feature two intimate panels of prominent, local artists and authors. Our moderator, Chima Nkemdirim, will explore what influences their unique creativity and how innovation is flourishing in our city.

Artists panel - Ralph Temple, Tobias Luttmer, and Deseré Pressey. Authors panel - Garry Ryan, Cheryl Foggo, and Laurie Hahnel.  Books and works of art will be on display and available for sale; authors will read short excerpts from their recent works. 

Enjoy an appetizer or a glass of wine before the presentation, and stay and mingle with our panelists afterwards. We hope you'll join us as we engage in these informed discussions on creativity and community.

Click here learn more and buy tickets.

19-Sep-2016
Development,Safety,Initiatives

Aug
27
50th Avenue S.W. Corridor Study Open House

50 Avenue S.W. Corridor Study Open House

We are now in Phase 3 of the study. Please join us at a public open house to help refine the preferred design concept for the future of 50 Avenue S.W., between Crowchild Trail and 14A Street.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Altadore Baptist Church

4304 16 Street S.W.

5 – 8 p.m. (drop-in format)

To view a summary of what we heard in Phase 2 of the study and for information other engagement opportunities, including community events and online activities, please visit www.calgary.ca/50AveStudy

1-Feb-2017
Development,Initiatives,Our Community

Aug
27
50th Avenue S.W. Corridor Study Update

50 Avenue S.W. Corridor Study Update

February 2017

The City of Calgary recently completed the transportation corridor study of 50 Avenue S.W., between Crowchild Trail and 14A Street S.W.

Visit www.calgary.ca/50AveStudy to view the final recommended plans, short-term recommendations and summaries of what we heard throughout the study.

The City of Calgary appreciates the community’s participation throughout this project and would like to thank everyone who shared ideas and feedback.

12-Jun-2015
Programs,Our Community

Aug
27
Celebrate Summer in the Loop - Pool Opens June 20th

Summer has officially arrived with the season’s opening of the South Calgary Outdoor Pool on June 20th.

Open to all during the summer months, it’s the place to be on a hot, sunny day. Learn to swim with private or group lessons, rent the pool for a private party, or simply enjoy a quick dip with the kids. Registrations are now open for adult and children’s swim lessons - book yours before they’re gone!

This month we’re celebrating our opening with a chance to win a free Family Season’s Pass, valued at $350. The lucky winner and their family will be able to visit the pool as many times as they’d like, all season long. 

To enter, visit us on Facebook or Twitter and "Like us" or retweet our swimming pool posts with the hashtag #swimmardaloop. Contest runs June 15-30th and the winner will be selected by July 2nd. Click here for full contest rules and regulations.

Join us at the South Calgary Outdoor Pool to celebrate Summer in the Loop! 

16-May-2015

Aug
27
Community Recycling Day - A Huge Success!

We'd like extend a big thank you to all the volunteers and community residents who participated in our Community Cleanup on Saturday May 16, despite the non-stop rain! We'd also like to thank the City of Calgary Waste and Recycling Services and all of the great recycling organizations who came out and helped our stuff find love again! 


We collected: 

- A cube truck full of clothing and household items for Women in Need

- 2 bags of mens clothing for the Mustard Seed

- 38 Bicycles for Bikes for Humanity

- 28 Car Seats to be recycled by KidSeat Recyclers

- A furniture delivery sized truck with electronic waste for the Electronic Recycling Association

- A massive trailer with scrap metal for Calgary Scrap Metal

- 69 tires for Liberty Tire / Kal Tire

- Three packer trucks full of household waste ( 9255kg) 

- Two packer trucks full of organic waste (2990kg) 


Our amounts were above average compared to communities who have been doing this for years - way to go Marda Loop! 

We also received $318.50 in cash donations which will allow us to hold an even bigger event next year - we're already looking forward to it! 



12-Feb-2015

Aug
27
Community Survey Results

A big thank you to the 283 community members who participated in the first MLCA community survey of 2015.  We appreciate your input, feedback and ideas!  The results of the survey have been compiled into a report and they have been, and will continue to be, used by our board and staff to inform our work on your behalf.  The results will also inform our recruitment of volunteers as events were a very popular suggestion (see highlights #5, 3 and 2!), and we will need lots of volunteers to make them happen (hint hint nudge nudge see highlight #1).  We know this will be difficult (see #4) but we were pleasantly surprised how many of you are interested in getting involved (as per #1).  Without further ado, here are 6 highlights from the results:

6. Marda Gras was the most well attended non-MLCA event in the community for our respondents, with 61% reporting that they attended.  This was followed by Stampede Breakfast with 54%, and Block Party with 23%.

5.  The Farmer’s Market was the most popular MLCA event for our respondents, attended by 66% of them.  This was followed by Indulge at 22%, and Peanuts Soccer and Swim Lessons tying at 19%.

4.  Community residents are very busy people, with 36% reporting that they do not attend more MLCA programs, events, and activities because they happen at inconvenient times, and the most common theme in the “other category” being that they were busy or had other priorities, as described by 25 people.

3.  The program, event, or activity that the most people wanted to see MORE of in 2015 was Special Events at 55%, followed by Children’s Programs at 43% and Adult Programs at 36%.

2.  When asked for SPECIFIC ideas for programs, events, or activities they would like to see the MLCA organize or sponsor in the future, the most common response was art classes at 26 mentions, followed by concerts at 15 mentions, and fireside chat or speakers at 8 mentions.

1.  102 respondents said that they wanted to volunteer for a committee or event!  Unfortunately not all of them gave us their name and contact info.  If that was you, please contact us!  Or if you did not volunteer on the survey, but really want to see those events happen, contact us!  Email our Director of Volunteers, Catherine Fraser, at volunteer@mardaloop.com

See our Community Survey Results here : SURVEY RESULTS



5-Sep-2015
Development,Safety,Our Community

Aug
27
Flanders Bridge Closure

Flanders Bridge will be demolished on the Labour Day long weekend to begin construction of the new Flanders Interchange.

The demolition means Crowchild Trail will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 7 p.m. on Friday, September 4 to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. Drivers are encouraged to avoid Crowchild Trail from 33 Avenue SW to 50 Avenue/Mount Royal Gate SW during the long weekend as lengthy delays are expected. Traffic on Crowchild will return to normal September 8 at 6 a.m.

The new bridge and Interchange roundabouts will open to traffic in fall 2016.

More information on detours and Interchange construction impacts:calgary.ca/flanders and flandersinterchange.ca.

23-Aug-2014
Initiatives

Aug
27
From Farm to Table – Introducing the Marda Loop Farmer’s Market

We're very excited to announce the opening of the Marda Loop Farmer’s Market on Saturday August 23rd. From August to October, the market will run every Saturday morning from 9am to noon. Located in the upper parking lot of our community hall, the market offers local fresh food and produce. Take the kids. Mingle with local artists, musicians and craftspeople. Our goal is to foster a community farm-to-table movement where healthy food is available within a walking distance of your front door.

Special thanks to Shawn McDonald and his committee of dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly this year to make this market a reality! Walk, cycle, or stroll, and Join us at the Marda Loop Farmer’s Market.

23-May-2015
Events

Aug
27
Indulge

Enjoy a wine and food affair in your backyard! Join us for a fantastic evening of culinary treats, wine and beer, all served up by local restaurants and merchants. Proceeds from Indulge support our ongoing operations and community recreational programs that bring children, youth, and adults together. You’ll never have a more noble reason to eat yourself silly!

Drink and Raffle Tickets are also available for purchase on-line. Thanks for your support!

Click here to buy tickets

21-Jun-2015
Events

Aug
27
Join Marda Loop's Group Ride to the Cycle Track Launch Party!

Attending the Cycle Track Network Launch Party is a great way to meet fellow cyclists and show your support for Calgary's new bike lanes. What better way to arrive than surrounded by your neighbours, friends, and family! 

Meet at the Marda Loop Community Centre at 10:00am with your bike, helmet, water bottle and weather appropriate clothing. The ride leader will go over safety items before the group departs at 10:30am. The group will ride at a leisurely pace into the cycle track network and on to Barb Scott Park (9th Street & 12th Ave SW) to take in the ribbon cutting, food trucks, live music, fun & games (croquet, bocce ball, foosball, ping pong), arts & crafts, a bike skill course, and more! The ride and party are family friendly and suitable for riders of all abilities. 

26-Nov-2014
Initiatives,Our Community

Aug
27
Mayor's 26th Annual Christmas Food Drive

We invite you to take part in the Mayor's 26th Annual Christmas Food Drive, supporting the Calgary Food Bank! 

Last year, 15 communities participated donating 2,195 pounds of food and $491 in cash for a grand total of over $4881 in food and funds. We challenge you all to step up and participate, and help us provide food for families in need this holiday season. 

Please bring your non-perishable food items to the Marda Loop Community Hall (3130 - 16 Street SW), weekdays from 8am-2pm, before December 22 2014. 

Items on this year's "Holiday Wish List" include soup, rice, pasta and sauce, peanut butter, fruit juice, and baby formula.

The food bank also accepts perishable items such as canned fruit, vegetables, fish, tomatoes and meat. Perishable items can be dropped off at the Food Bank's warehouse location, at 5000 - 11 Street SE, Warehouse door 3. 

For more information about the Calgary Food Bank, visit: www.calgaryfoodbank.com

Happy Holidays!

16-Jun-2015
Programs

Aug
27
MLCA Receives Provincial Funding for Preschool Space

The MLCA is thrilled to announce that we have received a grant through the Alberta Government’s Community Initiatives Program that will allow us to renovate and lease long-term space for our Preschool program

The MLCA Preschool Program was at risk of having to close due to lack of space to run the program. The Preschool program spent many years renting space at Altadore School, spent five years at St. James School, then moved back to Altadore School for the 2014/15 school year. We received notice in 2013 that due to higher enrollments the schools were no longer able to provide us space. The search for long-term space was launched and many options were assessed.

Through the tireless efforts of our Preschool Space Planning Committee, headed by Susan Vukadinovic, an opportunity to lease space long-term at the Calgary Community Reformed Church was identified as the most feasible option however the space would require renovations in the vicinity of $90,000 in order to support our Program. Grant money, sponsorship and board support would be required in order to make this plan a reality. 

And a reality it is. Our new Preschool space is ready for students for the September 2015 school year!

The MLCA is very thankful to the Government of Alberta for providing $53,916 to this project. By investing in this space, the MLCA is assured of space to operate the program well into the future. Our teachers and students will be able to return to the same environment each year and we will not be faced with the risk of having to secure new space each year or close the program. 

We also wish to thank our other sponsors for this project - New Century Designs, Urban Craft Homes and Caroline Abougoush, Barrister & Solicitor who all donated services in-kind. And thanks to our contractor, Katra Investments Inc. for completing the project on time and on budget!

29-Jul-2015
Initiatives,Our Community

Aug
27
MLCA Recipient of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Grant

The MLCA was delighted to welcome MP Joan Crockatt and other distinguished guests on Wednesday, July 29th at our Hall where MP Crockatt announced that the MLCA was one of the recipients of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program grant. 

The Marda Loop Communities Association is very grateful to the Government of Canada and Western Economic Diversification for providing funding to us through this Program. These funds, together with funding from the City of Calgary, will allow us to do much-needed repairs and upgrades to the MLCA Hall.

The upgrades included in our project are critical to maintaining the ongoing operations of the community Hall. This work was scheduled as part of our 2014/15 life cycle plan however due to the high costs involved, (estimated at $308,155) it has been very difficult for us to find the necessary funds.  Needless to say, we are very happy to be able to schedule this work to be done in 2016.

The work includes the replacement of the existing canopies over the front doors, as well as a major upgrade to the HVAC and electrical systems. 

By investing in these facility upgrades, the Hall can continue to operate for many years into the future and be a vibrant hub for the communities that we support. 

Thank you very much to Western Economic Diversification and the Government of Canada! 

As well, we thank all others who supported us in our bid for this grant – MP Joan Crockatt, MLA Greg Clark, Ward 8 Councilor Evan Woolley, Ward 11 Councilor Brian Pincott, and the City of Calgary.

Click here for the full press release.

5-Jun-2015
Programs,Events,Our Community

Aug
27
Neighbour Day 2015

On April 27, 2015, Mayor Nenshi declared the third Saturday in June “Neighbour Day”! Neighbour Day is a newly established annual celebration of community spirit, and will take place this year on June 20, 2015.  Neighbour Day was established last June to recognize and celebrate the great community strength and cooperation exhibited during the flood in 2013. 

It’s time to come together again. Make Saturday, June 20 the day you host a block party, a picnic at your local park or even introduce yourself to a neighbour and lend a helping hand.

The City of Calgary wants to make this as easy as possible by waiving the fee for block party permits, and park venue booking fees, and providing you planning and promotional tools to get started. Please note the deadline for block party permits and green space applications is May 29, 2015.

Please consider participating in Neighbour Day this year. Make new friends, have fun, build a stronger neighbourhood.

For more information about Neighbour Day, ideas for events, promotional ideas and information about permits and other logistical considerations visit Calgary.ca/neighbourday.

09-Nov-2014
Our Community

Aug
27
Our Garrison Woods Memorial Walk

On this hundredth anniversary of “the war to end all wars”, The Marda Loop Communities Association would like to remind the citizens of Calgary that the streets in the neighbourhood of Garrison Woods are named in commemoration of Canadian World War I battles. On August 4th 1914, Britain and Canada entered the World’s first mechanized war. The conflict would eventually lead to the death of over nine million combatants and more than seven million civilians.

In 2000, the Canada Lands Company placed a series of brass plaques on the streets of Garrison Woods that describe the battles after which these streets are named. Please take some quiet time to make the walk, and pay homage to the men and women who lost their lives fighting for the young nation of Canada.

The plaques of the Garrison Woods Legacy Walk read as follows:

St. Julien, April 24-25, 1915

In the spring of 1915, Canadian soldiers of the 10th Battalion, perpetuated by the Calgary Highlanders, proved their mettle in the face of heavy bombardment and the use of a deadly new weapon – chlorine gas. On April 22, 1915, a greenish-yellow cloud drifted over the Allied trenches at St. Julien, part of the Ypres salient, killing French and Algerian troops and creating a gap in the Allied lines. This was the first effective use of gas on the Western Front. The Canadian First Division, including the 10th Battalion, would be the next victims of this new weapon. In the early hours of April 24, a dense cloud of chlorine gas was released to drift over the Canadian lines. Badly outnumbered, and suffering the ravages of the gas, the Canadians were forced to withdraw to hold a new line. But they did not break, and the enemy advance stalled.

Flanders, May 3, 1915

Best known through Lt. Col. John McCrae’s immortal poem “In Flanders Fields”, this flat region straddling the French-Belgian border was the scene of horrific battles during the First World War. It was here that most of Canada’s soldiers fought during the conflict, in such battles as Passchendaele, Ypres, Messines and St. Eloi. The soil in the area, which receives rainfall almost daily, comprises impervious clay and has very poor drainage. After shelling, the resulting sticky mud made fighting in the region extremely difficult. Lt. Col. McCrae, a Canadian doctor, served in the Second Battle of Ypres in the spring of 1915. He wrote “In Flanders Fields” on May 3, 1915, after 17 days of treating the wounded. McCrae died of pneumonia in France in 1918.

Sorrel, June 2-13, 1916

Mount Sorrel, located southeast of Ypres in northwest Belgium, was the focus of a German attack on June 2, 1916, which involved three of the four Canadian divisions. As part of the 3rd Canadian Division, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) was responsible for the flank north of Mount Sorrel in an area called Sanctuary Wood.

The Germans captured Mount Sorrel and some of the woods nearby, but made very little gain from the Canadian defenders to the north. The PPCLI suffered 400 casualties, including 150 killed on the first day of the attack. The forces moved back and forth over the next several days of the battle. Finally on June 13, troops of the first Canadian Division recovered Mount Sorrel and the surrounding areas.

Somme, July 1 – November 19, 1916

The Somme offensive was the main Allied attack on the Western Front in 1916, and the bloodiest. The offensive took place along a 30-kilometre front north of the Somme River in the Picardy region of France. Between July 1 and November 19, 1916, at a staggering cost in human lives, the Allies gained only a few kilometres of territory. Of the 623,907 Allied casualties, more than 24,000 were Canadians or Newfoundlanders. The Germans suffered 670,000 casualties. During a September 1916 offensive at the Somme, Canadian soldiers were supported by tanks – the first use of such weapons on the Western Front.

Moreuil, March 30 – April 1, 1917

On March 30, 1917, the German army occupied Moreuil Wood on its push towards the major railway centre of Amiens. The Wood commanded the approach to this important French town, only 100 kilometres north of Paris. The Canadian Cavalry Brigade, which included the Lord Strathcona’s Horse, was sent to recapture the Wood on the same day. Lt. G.M. Flowerdew, who led the attack for ‘C’ Squadron of Lord Strathcona’s Horse, died from wounds received in the charge and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. The Germans recaptured the Wood on March 31, but the Canadian Cavalry Brigade re-entered and cleared the Wood the following day. Although the Germans recaptured Moreuil Wood and nearby Rifle Wood by April 5, the delaying action by the Canadians and their allies halted the Germans for several months and cost them thousands of irreplaceable casualties.

Vimy, April 9-12, 1917

Of all World War I Battles in which Canadian soldiers fought, Vimy Ridge stands unparalleled in its impact on the national consciousness. British and French troops had already tried and failed to capture the tactically important ridge in northern France. On April 9, 1917, all four Canadian divisions of the Canadian Corps attacked together for the first time in the war. Among those involved were the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and the 10th and 50th Battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, later perpetuated by the Calgary Highlanders and The King’s Own Regiment. In a matter of days, the Canadian Corps achieved a stunning victory, securing not only Vimy Ridge, but also a source of enduring national pride. Like the battlefield itself, the price was steep: Canadian casualties reached 10,602, including 3,598 fatalities.

Four Canadians won the Victoria Cross at Vimy, including John G. Pattison of the 50th Battalion. Maj. Gen. Arthur Currie, after whom Currie Barracks were subsequently named, was knighted on the battlefield.

Ypres, April 1915 – November 1917

To the soldiers of the day it was simply “Wipers”, an ancient walled city in a little corner of Belgium known as Flanders. Time and again, Canadian Battalions returned to battle in defence of the salient around the city to stop the relentless German attacks. Despite the heavy shelling that reduced the city to rubble, Ypres never fell into enemy hands. The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was almost destroyed on May 8, 1915 at Frezenberg, holding the line a few kilometres from Ypres. Both the 10th and 50th Battalions, perpetuated by the Calgary Highlanders and The King’s Own Regiment, served in the water-filled trenches of the Ypres salient. All three Regiments were awarded the Battle Honour “Ypres”.

Passchendaele, October 26 – November 15, 1917

Passchendaele Ridge was a key location in the Allies’ plan to take Flanders and open the way to the Belgian coast ports. Late in 1917, all four divisions of the Canadian Corps took part in attacks that became known as the Second Battle of Passchendaele. Among those who fought in the battle were Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and the 10th and 50th Battalions, which are perpetuated by the Calgary Highlanders and The King’s Own Calgary Regiment. Of the nine Victoria Crosses awarded to Canadian veterans of Passchendaele, one went to PPCLI’s Sergeant George H. Mullin. Canadian troops occupied the ruins of Passchendaele village and captured most of Passchendaele Ridge.

At a cost of 15,654 Canadian casualties, the offensive gained only seven kilometres of mud, which the Germans soon took back again.

Cambrai, November 20, 1917

The eastern French town of Cambrai was the site of the first effective tank attack in history. On November 20, 1917, 380 Allied tanks rolled toward the Hindenburg Line and captured a great deal of enemy territory. The Hindenburg Line was a defensive barrier of barbed wire, deep trenches and pillboxes located a few miles behind the front lines. It was constructed in 1916-17 to counteract the Allies’ superior numbers and firepower. As part of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade, the Lord Strathcona’s Horse provided infantry during the German counter-attacks. Although the German army soon reclaimed the Allied gains, the place of the army tank in the military arsenal was assured. These weapons were used successfully for the duration of the war.

St. Quentin, November 1917 – March 1918

St. Quentin and St. Quentin Canal are located in eastern France, 80 kilometres east of Amiens on the Somme River. The Canal formed part of the Hindenburg Line, a defensive barrier with barbed wire, deep trenches and pillboxes armed with machine guns. Located a few miles behind the front lines, the Hindenburg Line was constructed in 1916-17 to counterbalance the Allies’ superior numbers and firepower.

On November 20, 1917, the Canadian Cavalry Brigade attempted to cross and secure the canal and capture the town of Cambrai. During the next several days the Canadians, including the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), held off German counter-attacks, suffering more than 50 casualties on December 1, 1917. 

During the German offensive of 1918, the Canadian Cavalry Brigade, again including the Lord Strathcona’s Horse, fought alongside the British west of St. Quentin. For three days in March 1918, the Canadians covered the British retreat west towards Amiens. 

Amiens, August 8-13, 1918

In August 1918, the Canadian Corps (all four Canadian Divisions) and the Canadian Cavalry Brigade played a leading role in what German General Eric Ludendorf later termed “the black day of the German army”. Named for nearby Amiens, an important transportation and communication centre in eastern France, the Battle of Amiens proved a significant Allied victory and heralded Germany’s final retreat along the western front. Both the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) took part in the Amiens offensive, as did the 10th and 50th Battalions, perpetuated by the Calgary Highlanders and The King’s Own Regiment.

Among the 11,822 Canadian casualties was Sergeant Robert Spall of the PPCLI, who received the Victoria Cross posthumously for holding off a German counter-attack on August 13, 1918. 

Scarpe, August 26-28, 1918

For three days in August 1918, Canadian soldiers fought southward from the canalized Scarpe River in eastern France against desperate German defenders. During that period the 3rd Canadian Division engaged, and almost annihilated, two complete German divisions and part of a third. After bitter fighting, the Canadians had succeeded in driving back the enemy eight kilometres, capturing 3,300 prisoners and large stocks of weapons. The Battle of the Scarpe cost 5,801 Canadian casualties, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry losing almost 200 of that number.

Arras, August 26 – September 3, 1918

Arras, the capital of the Pas-de-Calais region in northern France, lies 170 kilometres north of Paris. In August of 1918, Arras was one of several key towns held by the German army. The region was the source of bitter fighting that would see the Canadian Corps suffer its worst casualties of the “Last Hundred Days of the War”.

The Canadian Corps’ objective was to break the major defences surrounding Arras. Well-constructed German positions involved a series of deep trench systems, strategically placed and protected by belts of barbed wire. The Canadians attacked on August 26 and amongst those at the forefront of the battle were Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and the 10th and 50th Battalions, perpetuated by the Calgary Highlanders and The King’s Own Calgary Regiment. On the morning of September 3, after more than a week of heavy fighting, patrols sent out at dawn found no trace of the Germans. At the cost of 11,000 casualties, the battle was won.

Mons, November 11, 1918

Two major First World War battles took place at Mons, a Belgian town on the border with France. British and French troops lost the first battle of Mons in August 1914 when the German attackers swept into France. The second battle, which began on November 2, 1918, involved the Canadian Corps under the leadership of General Sir Arthur Currie. Among the Canadians who liberated Mons on November 10th were members of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. The next morning, sentries remained alert as raw mist hung over the ground; infantry cleaned their weapons, the artillery was packed, and the advance was ready to resume. However, instead of the expected order to advance, troops received word of a cease-fire. General Currie made his first official entry into Mons on November 11, 1918, the day the armistice was signed. After four years of bloodshed, the war was over.

08-Aug-2014
Safety,Initiatives

Aug
27
Pace Car Program

Safe drivers wanted for Pace Car Program.

We're all concerned when motorist speed through our neighbourhood, take illegal shortcuts, or roll through stop signs. In response, the Marda Loop Communities Association has adopted a simple and effective traffic awareness program, first conceived by Parachute, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

The concept is simple and effective. Place a yellow PACE CAR decal on the bumper of your vehicle and lead by example. By adhering to posted speed limits and following the rules of the road, you set the pace for the motorists who follow behind. Pick up a decal and join the team. Posters for our PACE CAR awareness campaign can be found on neighbourhood fences, construction sites, and freeway overpasses throughout Marda Loop. A special shout out to Tony Norman and his mobility committee for putting wheels on this campaign. Thanks Tony.

04-Aug-2015
Programs,Events

Aug
27
Preschool Grand Opening - Celebrate a Beautiful Beginning

Relocating to 1638 30 Ave.—the MLCA Preschool's permanent home—has been a project many years in the making. Please come out on Saturday, September 19 to celebrate our grand opening. Everyone is welcome to celebrate a wonderful addition to our community and to hear from some of our community's leaders. 

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
MLCA Preschool, 1638 30 Ave. S.W.
10 a.m. to noon

Entice your kids with: the promise of treats, special guests and a bouncy castle! 

We are grateful to the major sponsors who donated to this project:

  • The Government of Alberta, with a Community Investments Program grant
  • Shawn Jensen, with New Century Designs, for the architectural drawings
  • Susan Vukadinovic, for overseeing this project from beginning to end
  • Matt Wilson, with Urban Craft Homes, for skilled project management
  • Caroline Abougoush, Barrister & Solicitor with Schinnour Matkin Baxter & Pichette, for legal work
  • You, the members of our community, for supporting a strong, vibrant community association, which makes projects like this possible
30-Nov-2015

Aug
27
River Park, Sandy Beach and Britannia Slopes Improvement: Project Update

Construction of Phase II is beginning!


The following article was submitted to Marda Loop's December newsletter by Ward 11 Councillor, Brian Pincott.


Dear Marda Loop Source,


As you are most likely aware, River Park, Sandy Beach and Britannia Slopes are currently undergoing a major improvement project. Phase I is now completed and Phase II is slated to begin. In recent years it became apparent that the area was in need of a large-scale improvement. Since 2009, the City has been working with residents via a public engagement process to develop a management and design development plan. In 2014, crews began working on Phase I which was made up of improvements that were immediately necessary, such as, trail restoration and improvements, changes to off-leash area boundaries, and the installa- tion of fencing for the protection and restoration of the park’s natural areas.


Now, construction of Phase II is beginning! This phase of the project includes a broader scope of work, including:


  • Turf management and restoration work
  • Changes to river access for dog
  • Replacing the parking lot
  • Dedicated watercraft access to the river
  • Planting and implementation of living fences
  • Amenities upgrades including:
    • Signage
    • Washrooms that meet current environmental and accessibility standards
    • Upgrades to Sandy Beach playground
    • Picnic areas redesigned to accommodate more groups
    • Repairs to benches
  • Management improvements to park including:
    • More frequent waste removal
    • Additional waste bins screened to minimize visual impact
    • Higher level of turf management
    • Enhanced bylaw and education strategies in off- leash areas
    • Development of coordinated plan with stewardship organizations

To improve citizen awareness, signs will be posted throughout the park describing the work being done. Phase II is expected to be completed by end of 2016. We will continue to update my website and my Facebook page as often as we get new information, so be sure to stop by regularly to see what’s coming next. Of course, you’re always welcome to contact my office with any questions you might have.


Sincerely,
Brian Pincott
Councillor, Ward 11
The City of Calgary
Phone: 403-268-5056
Email: ward11@calgary.ca


To sign up for regular updates from the Ward 11 office regarding city related issues and community events, please visit the Ward 11 website.

11-Nov-2014
Our Community

Aug
27
Sandy Beach Bridge Re-Opening

This just in from the City of Calgary - The Sandy Beach pedestrian bridge is re-opening on November 23, 2014. 

United in our efforts to rebuild after the flood of 2013, the City of Calgary has replaced the three pedestrian bridges damaged beyond repair. Sandy Beach Bridge is the first to re-open. Come celebrate the opening of the newly rebuilt Sandy Beach Bridge and be one of the first to cross. 

Ceremonial opening of the bridge will feature a First Nations Blessing and speeches by Mayor Nenshi and Councillor Pincott. Enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee and entertainment.

We encourage those to walk, jog or bike to the event. Public parking will be very limited. Click here for full event details and construction photos.

Date: Sunday, November 23

Time: 12:00 pm Ribbon cutting and ceremony

Location: Sandy Beach Bridge
Enter at west side of Sandy Beach Park (50th Ave. and 14 A St. SW).

6-May-2015

Aug
27
Secondary Suites Bylaw Update

On Monday, May 11th, City Council will vote on a bylaw allowing secondary suites in Wards 7, 8, 9 and 11.  For more information about the proposed bylaw, please visit the City of Calgary's website at calgary.ca/suites.  

If you would like to share your comments on this initiative directly with your representative, please email Councillor Woolley at Ward08@calgary.ca or Councillor Pincott at Ward11@calgary.ca.

2-Feb-2015
Events

Aug
27
Volunteers Needed

Looking to get involved in your community? We are on the hunt for some volunteers to help support two popular MLCA events. Please contact Catherine at volunteer@mardaloop.com if you're interested in getting involved!

Wine Night Chairperson:

The role of the Wine Night Chairperson is to coordinate with MLCA staff and volunteers in organizing the monthly Wine Night event, held at the MLCA community hall. This is a great opportunity to support 

Stampede Breakfast Planning Committee Members: 

We are also looking for 5-6 interested people to form our planning committee for our Annual MLCA Stampede Breakfast. 


16-May-2017
Our Community

Aug
27
We're hiring... Facility Services

About the MLCA

The Marda Loop Communities Association (MLCA) is a non-profit community association located in the Marda Loop area of Calgary. As one of the largest, most active community associations in the City, we serve the residents of South Calgary, Altadore, Garrison Woods and River Park. The MLCA offers a wide range of recreational and educational programs for all ages. We operate various facilities including a hall, outdoor pool, skating rinks, volley ball courts and tennis courts. The MLCA is supported by full-time and part-time staff and a dedicated group of community volunteers.

Job Description: Facility Services

The Facility Services position is responsible for renting the MLCA upper and lower halls and adjacent kitchens, multipurpose room, volleyball courts and ice rink in accordance with the defined facility rental processes. In addition to renting the facilities, Facility Services will either directly provide, or oversee the provision of rental services to clients. The position is responsible for maintaining a clean and safe environment for hall renters and other facility clients, delivering hall rental services for external or internal clients who require setup, tear down, cleaning or other event services for their event and supporting the MLCA’s own programming and event requirements.

Hours of Work:

This is a full-time role based on 37.5 hours per week. The work schedule will be a combination of fixed daytime hours Monday to Friday as well as variable weekend and evening hours as necessary to meet renter needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Completing the facility rental processes for the MLCA upper and lower halls and adjacent kitchens, multipurpose room, volleyball courts and ice rink in accordance with the defined facility rental processes
  • Maintaining relationship and providing oversight of third party services in providing a clean and safe environment
  • Providing facility services in support of the MLCA’s own programming and event requirements
  • Responding to customer inquiries, conduct hall viewings, explain rental terms and conditions, complete Hall Rental Agreements and process payments
  • Provide efficient, enthusiastic, and courteous service to internal and external customers
  • Assisting in administrative duties, as directed by the General Manager (e.g. entry of Membership applications, responding to community member inquiries)
  • Comply with all MLCA policies and procedures in regard to financial management, expense authorization and contracting

We are looking for an individual that:

  • Is available and willing to work weekday, evening and weekend hours
  • Can lift and move tables, chairs and other facility equipment
  • Has excellent customer service, organizational, time management and communication skills
  • Who can work independently to exceed customer expectations
  • Will optimize hall rental availability and revenue
  • Has good computer skills
  • Has a current first aid/CPR certificate and will undergo a police clearance with vulnerable sector check

Applications should be submitted via email to jobs@mardaloop.com.

Deadline for submission is June 9th 2017.

While we appreciate all the submitted applications, we will only contact the candidates being considered for this position. Thank you for your interest.

16-May-2017
Our Community

Aug
27
We're hiring... General Manager

About the MLCA

The Marda Loop Communities Association (MLCA) is a non-profit community association located in the Marda Loop area of Calgary. As one of the largest, most active community associations in the City, we serve the residents of South Calgary, Altadore, Garrison Woods and River Park. The MLCA offers a wide range of recreational and educational programs for all ages. We operate various facilities including a hall, outdoor pool, skating rinks, volley ball courts and tennis courts. The MLCA is supported by full-time and part-time staff and a dedicated group of community volunteers.

Job Description: General Manager

The General Manager is responsible for the successful operations and overall management of the Marda Loop Communities Association (MLCA) staff, facilities and programs. The incumbent provides support to the MLCA Board for events and initiatives as defined in the annual strategic plan for the organization. The General Manager is the liaison between the Board, staff and community members.

Reporting:

The General Manager is an employee of the Marda Loop Communities Association. The position reports directly to the MLCA Executive and acts with direction from the President as authorized by the MLCA Board. The General Manager performs job responsibilities with minimal supervision.

Hours of Work:

This is a full-time role with a core working schedule anticipated to be Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the balance of the work hours being flexible. Variable weekend and evening hours required as necessary.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and administer the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the MLCA facilities and staff
  • Ensure that the operation of the MLCA meets the expectations of its members, Board and the City
  • Plan, promote, organize and run existing MLCA programs; maintain program and event information in the online registration system
  • Recruit, hire and oversee program delivery staff
  • Provide oversight of the pool during the summer season in conjunction with COSPA and the Pool Manager
  • Participate in operational planning to guide the Associations activities for the year
  • Develop the annual program and facility budget; work within the program and facility budget as approved by the MLCA board
  • Work alongside the MLCA bookkeeper to review monthly cash flow of the organization and budget to actual comparison
  • Assist in researching possible grant funding and prepare and submit grant applications on behalf of the MLCA, as approved by the Board
  • Respond to community members’ concerns and questions, being either in person walk-in, by email or by telephone, in a timely manner
  • Work with the MLCA Marketing Committee to update website and social media
  • Working with the Director of Facility, provide oversight of the Facility Lifecycle Plan and advise the Board on priority items for improvement
  • Manage the upkeep of the facility equipment including fridges, freezers, gas ovens, HVAC and electrical, bringing in service, repair and maintenance as required
  • Oversee upkeep of office equipment including photocopier, computers, printers and computer software updates as appropriate
  • Aid in establishing a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations

We are looking for an individual with:

Education & Experience:

  • University Degree in a related field; or a combination of education and relevant experience
  • 5 or more years of progressive management experience in a voluntary sector organization or community based organization
  • Sports and recreation-related degree or equivalent experience
  • Current first aid/CPR certificate
  • Must undergo a police clearance with vulnerable sector check

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of human resources management, financial management, facility and operational management principles as they relate to non-profit/voluntary organizations
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation applicable to voluntary sector organizations including: employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, CPP, EI, health coverage and more
  • Proficiency in the use of computers for Word processing, desktop publishing, Excel spreadsheets, Email and internet 

Applications should be submitted via email to jobs@MardaLoop.com.

Deadline for application is June 9th 2017.

While we appreciate all the submitted applications, we will only contact the candidates being considered for this position. Thank you for your interest.