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The NEW Crestmont Kids Council

2016 February 2

Crestmont Kids CouncilIt is time that the children of Crestmont had their own voice!  The CCA is looking to put together a Crestmont Kids Council (CKC) to be formed by volunteers in the community ages 13 to 17 years old.  This will be a working board and the president of the Kids Council will have a non-voting seat on the regular CCA board and attend our meetings to keep the communication between the CCA board and the CKC open and flowing.

 

The CKC will be expected to assemble their own, mission statement, bylaws, budget, board positions, and monthly meetings.  They will also be welcome to help plan and execute the kids-related events happening in Crestmont, including the Kids Day and Children’s Halloween Party.  They may also come up with some of their own events and initiatives for kids in the community.

This is a wonderful experience and character building opportunity for the bright and focused children of our great community.  This is a serious commitment and the CKC will be self-sustaining and independent.  It is not a playgroup or babysitting service, but a serious team who will be charged with making Crestmont even better for it’s younger residents.

Any Crestmont Residents in the 13 to 17 age range who are interested can contact the CCA President (or their parents can) via the email address info@crestmontcommunity.org.

 

Home Fire Safety Workshop

2016 February 1

Partners in Crime Prevention: Fire Safety Special

Date: Wednesday, February 10
Location: Marlborough Park Community Association – 6021 Madigan Drive NE
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Cost: FREE

Details: Do you sleep with your bedroom doors closed? Are there smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home? Do you and your family have a home fire escape plan including a meeting place?

If you answered ‘no’ to just one of these questions, this workshop is for you! Please join us and the Calgary Fire Department for an informative session on home fire safety. We will discuss such topics as fire extinguishers, home escape plans, fire prevention tips, fire detection requirements and more.  The Calgary Fire Department promotes safe living in all communities.

More information and registration can be found at https://calgarycommunities.com/events/partners-in-crime-prevention-workshop-fired-up-safety-special/

Stay Safe Online from Calgary Police Service

2016 February 1

Scam alert – fraudsters pose as Canada Revenue Agency

Nearly every day, the Calgary Police Service receives reports of scammers posing as agents of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or Immigration Canada (IC). Unfortunately, scammers have obtained thousands of dollars from several unsuspecting victims. So how does the scam work and how can you protect yourself?

The CRA scam, and many similar ones, usually follows the same pattern. Victims are contacted via phone by people pretending to be a CRA or IC employee. The fraudsters claim that the victim owes back taxes and that they need to pay money to correct the issue, or they will be arrested or deported. Sometimes, the scammers have valid personal information about victims and their families, such as names and birthdays, to try to legitimize the fraudulent claim.

The scammers can become very aggressive and may begin to threaten victims. Victims are then told to send money through a wire service or to purchase prepaid credit cards or gift cards. Once the money is gone, it is nearly impossible to trace.

You can help protect yourself from phone and email scams by following these tips:

  • Do not feel pressure to respond to a request until you have a chance to verify the story.
  • Never transfer money, or give out credit card or other financial information, until you can verify the person’s identity and the story, and determine whether it is legitimate.
  • The CRA will not ask for payment via prepaid credit cards or wire transfer.
  • Some scammers are using a technique called spoofing where the caller ID looks like the call is legitimately coming from the CRA or IC. Hang up and look up published numbers for the agency in the phone book or online and call them directly to confirm the legitimacy of the caller’s story before you take any action. Do not call numbers provided to you by the person who called you.
  • Don’t believe what you see. Business logos, websites and email addresses can easily be duplicated to look legitimate.
  • Watch for poor grammar and spelling.
  • Hover your mouse over links to check their true destination. If the URL doesn’t match the link, or seems suspicious, don’t click on it.
  • Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments from unknown senders.
  • Update your computer’s anti-virus software.
  • Ignore calls for immediate action or messages that create a sense of urgency.
  • Beware of phishing emails posing as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information, or links within an email re-directing to a fraudulent website that appears to represent the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA does not email Canadians and request personal information.
  • Never provide personal information such as SIN, bank account information or credit card numbers.

If you have been contacted by one of these scammers, but did not lose money, please report it online by visiting www.calgarypolice.ca. Victims of the scam are encouraged to contact the Calgary Police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234.

 

End Your Email Problems Forever!

2016 January 22

Well okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but today something very cool happened on the Internet.  The domain registrars have released a new top level domain called .family.

For those of you who are not that tech savy I will give you a very brief background…

Since the internet was born every computer that could be contacted had to have an IP address which consisted of four sets of numbers between 0 and 255.  Various numbers actually mean something, for example 127.0.0.1 is an “internal” address that always identifies your own computer FROM your own computer.  I won’t get into it here, but eventually the internet ran out of IP addresses and it is slowly converting over to a new numbering system.

Regardless, human beings are not good at remembering strings of numbers so a domain registration system was born where you could register a unique domain name and when someone used the domain name the registry would translate it for your computer so it would know what IP address to go to.

In the beginning the “top level” domains were .com, .org, .net and some others.  Fairly recently the domain registries have  expanded to allow for some new and more meaningful ones like .photography, .contractors, .guru or one of the more recent .sucks!   Now if you want to put up a website or secure an email address you have plenty of options.

The purpose of this post is to enlighten people about having a personal domain for their family.  Right now you probably have an email address like something@telus.com, something@shaw.ca, something@hotmail.com or something@gmail.com.  Or perhaps something even more obscure.  Well now today you can register your own family name as a domain.  For example, if your last name is Smith you can register smith.family and have john@smith.family and jane@smith.family.  Think about it, you can create an email address for everyone in your entire family tree and because you own the domain it will never ever change for the rest of time (well, as long as we have the Internet and need email anyways).  You can point your new domain to any email provider you want.  I use GMail under their Google Apps program, because their mail interface is slick and easy to use and manage.  However, you can use any email provider that allows you to point your domain at them.  Depending on where you register your domain, you can usually add email as an option when you register.  I use Rebel.ca as my domain service provider and I have been quite happy with them.   Regardless who you use for your email, if you ever need to you can change it by pointing your domain to the new provider.  Your email address will always stay the same.

Good luck, I am sure a lot of common last names are going to disappear fast!!!  Registering your own domain costs anywhere from $10 / year to $30 / year unless you get one that is in very high demand in which case they can charge a lot more.

Cheers,

Al

 

 

 

Important Message from The City of Calgary

2016 January 14

City of Calgary LogoClearing Snow and Ice from Sidewalks

Clear and safe sidewalks are essential for many Calgarians, especially those with disabilities, older adults, and children who walk to and from school. Under the Street Bylaw 20M88, the owner(s) and/or occupant(s) of a private property are required to clear snow and ice from sidewalks in the front or to the side of their property within 24 hours of a snowfall. If the sidewalk is not cleared within that time, The City may have the snow and ice removed from the sidewalk at the property owner’s expense. If you own a rental property, you are responsible for ensuring that adjacent sidewalks and pathways are cleared.

Snow Angels

Keeping sidewalks shoveled, ice-free and safe can be very challenging for older adults and other Calgarians who have limited mobility. The Snow Angels campaign encourages citizens to clear snow and ice from the sidewalks of their neighbours who may be less able to do it themselves. Watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use help removing snow and ice and lend them a hand. For more information please visit www.calgary.ca/snowangels.

Tips for Shoveling Snow and Ice

  • Stretch before you begin to shovel;
  • Keep warm and wear layered clothing;
  • Use an ergonomic shaped snow shovel to help reduce back pain and make shoveling easier;
  • Space your hands on the shovel to increase leverage;
  • Lift with your knees, not your back;
  • Clearing snow soon after it falls can prevent snow and ice from building up on your sidewalk;
  • After removing the snow, you can apply road salt/de-icer wherever necessary. This makes it easier for pedestrians to walk past your house;

 

Adults 20+ Try or Re-Try Sports

2015 November 4

Calling All Adults! Ages 20+

Have you ever thought it might be fun to try a sport or activity you’ve never tried before? Or maybe a sport you used to play, but haven’t in years? Do you want to be happier and healthier (and recognize that regular exercise is a great way to get there)? Maybe you feel anxious about going to a fitness facility, gym or arena? What if you could try out an activity or visit fitness facilities with other people who feel the same way you do? Not experts – just regular people who want to try out a new sport, or rediscover an old one. And what if all this fun was 100% FREE?

All Sport One City is an initiative of Sport Calgary in partnership with The City of Calgary to provide an opportunity for adults to come and discover one or two activities at various facilities throughout the city, absolutely free of charge. These activities will be taking place during the day or evenings of November 16 to 20 and all day Saturday, November 21, (RBC Sports Day in Canada).

Multi-sport facilities in Calgary are offering a wide variety of free introductory activities on Saturday, and numerous single sport facilities offering opportunities to try an activity Monday through Friday.

There are tons of activities, and you are certain to find something that appeals to you! Remember, all ages 20 and above are welcome, and there are many activities that will appeal as well to the 55+ crowd. (Some facilities even offer child care while you go play!) Go to AllSportOneCity.ca for a full list of activities and locations, and register to attend sessions in one easy step.

The possibilities are endless and we invite you to register for a few activities of your choice to be active during the week of November 16 to 21. Who knows? Maybe you will have so much fun you will want to keep coming back!

http://register.allsportonecity.ca/

 

Southwest Calgary Ring Road Information Sessions

2015 October 22

On Nov. 18, City Administration is bringing a report to Council’s Transportation and Transit Committee on the southwest portion of the Ring Road. The report is expected to include the recommendations resulting from the Council-directed Traffic Review and an overall project update.

Prior to that Committee date, The City will be hosting three public information sessions in late October and early November. The information sessions will provide an update on The City’s work as it relates to the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR):
– Updates on the design progress for the connections from Calgary’s roads
– Recommendations for any changes to the neighboring streets and intersections based on the Council-directed Traffic Review
The Government of Alberta is also attending all three information sessions to address questions and comments about the SWCRR itself. Here are some more details about the events and what you’ll see:

Info Session #1
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m.
Southland Leisure Centre (second floor pool viewing area), 2000 Southland Dr. SW
What you’ll also see:
– An update on the Southwest Transitway project (planning phase)
– An update on the ENMAX work as it relates to the SWCRR (construction phase)

Info Session #2
Thursday, Oct. 29, 5-8 p.m.
Bethany Chapel (front foyer area), 3333 Richardson Way SW
What you’ll also see:
– An update on the Southwest Transitway project (planning phase)
– Information on the 37 Street S.W. storm trunk project (construction phase)

Info Session #3
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6-9 p.m.
Bishop O-Byrne High School common area, 333 Shawville Blvd SE
What you’ll also see:
– Information on the future Providence Development (planning phase)

If you are unable to attend these events, the information will be provided online at www.calgary.ca/swrr during the week of October 26.

Updated our Membership Application page

2015 October 12

Due to a major system upgrade of one of our service providers we lost our membership application functionality back in May 2015. After pursuing a number of options we have come up with an interim solution that should get things back on track for memberships.

If your membership is due, please visit our “Become A Member” page and fill out the form. The online payment feature using PayPal is still the same, however it is now disconnected from the membership form.

If you have any problems or questions, please do not hesitate to Contact Us for assistance.

Thanks,
Your friendly Crestmont Community Association

 

Annual Crestmont Kids Day THIS Sunday

2015 September 11

Hey all you kids… GET ON OUR LAWN!!!  

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The 4th annual Crestmont Community Association’s Kid’s Day is this Sunday from 11am to 2:30pm

Check out all the action!!!

There will be:

Here are some of the photos from last year

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Calgary Signal Hill All Candidates Debate

2015 September 11

For Immediate Release

The Calgary Leadership Forum Announces its All Candidates Debate for
Calgary Signal Hill Sunday Sept 20
th, 12:30pm to 3:00pm

You’re Invited to attend Calgary Signal Hill All Candidates Debate
Sunday, Sept 20th, 1:00pm -3:00pm
Meet and Greet     12:30pm – 1:00pm

Where

Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Assoc 277 Strathcona Dr SW

Candidates include;

Conservative – Ron Liepert
Green   – Taryn Knorren

Liberal – Kerry Cundal
Libertarian – Tim Moen

NDP     – Khalis Ahmed

Hosted by The Calgary Leadership Forum

 

Calgary Signal Hill includes the communities of:
Aspen Woods, Bowness, Christie Park, Cougar Ridge, Crestmont, Discovery Ridge, Glamorgan,
Glenbrook, Glendale, Patterson, Rosscarrock, Signal Hill, Springbank Hill, Spruce Cliff, Strathcona Park,
The Slopes, Valley Ridge, Westgate, West Springs & Wildwood

For more Information Contact Brian Lee 403.607.7444
empowerpeople@hotmail.com