2021 Summer Bees

Join Us in Whispering Woods and the Centennial Natureground!

SOCIAL STEWARDSHIP – Outside & 2 Metres Apart!

Following closely on the 2021 Earth Day theme of Restore our Earth, this year’s World Environment Day, June 5, will kick off the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration – all of which fits into Calgary’s own biodiversity initiatives and aspirations. And, it all comes together nicely under the 2021 theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity: We’re Part of the Solution. As we’re still all in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it seems like the perfect year to join in with communal stewardship right here in Brentwood – with plenty of space to keep 2 metres apart.

SUMMER TUESDAYS: Join us for Biodiversity Bees!

Yes, we’ll be at it again – even if physically distanced! If you live, work, attend school, play, shop, volunteer, or visit in Brentwood – or would like to – please join us this summer for another season of social stewardship through biodiversity conservation in the Centennial Natureground and Whispering Woods – tucked away in the NW corner of Brentwood. Again this year, due to the ongoing pandemic, each attendee will need to Bring Your Own Everything, such as gloves, tools, snacks, sunblock, insect repellent, small collection bucket [such as an ice cream pail], and your drinking water. Be sure to also bring your own mask and hand sanitizer, and follow all public health guidelines. The only things shared will be the larger collection container for litter and weeds, along with distanced and delightful conversation.

Please join us and become part of the unfolding stories of inspiring community building and care in our local natural areas – especially welcomed in these crazy times. We will be meeting on all 11 Tuesdays between the Solstice and Labour Day from June 22 to August 31st. We’ll start with six evenings [6:00-8:00 p.m.], taking advantage of the early summer’s lingering light, followed by five mornings [9:00-11:00 a.m.] in August. The final gathering will be also be our annual season ending Celebration, though instead of a Potluck, it will be a Bring Your Own Everything Picnic [11:00 a.m. onwards].


  9-11 a.m. 6-8 p.m. BYOE PICNIC
August 3 MORNING
31 MORNING 11:00 a.m. Onwards

Calgarians have repeatedly demonstrated delight in getting to know their neighbours through shared activities of all sorts. You are heartily encouraged to enjoy such camaraderie by joining these fun and festive Community Biodiversity Bees.

  • Bring your families; Bring your friends!
  • Make an outing of the occasion and enjoy the full opportunities provided by the area’s recreation, gardening, and gathering spaces.
  • Socialize. Learn. Help. No experience required!
  • Strengthen and Sustain your community through conversation, collaboration, and celebration.
  • Keep Your Distance throughout and BYOE!

Meet at the Prairie Amphitheatre in Whispering Woods, just off Brenner Drive NW, or in the adjacent Centennial Natureground on the west side of Dr. Coffin School, at 5615 Barrett Drive NW. Dress for the weather, and for gardening. We will be working in both Whispering Woods and the Centennial Natureground. Arrive and assist as you’re willing and able, and please remember to bring your own everything, as mentioned above.

Environmentally yours, Polly Lee Knowlton Cockett
Grassroutes Ethnoecological Association, naturegroundnews@gmail.com


Guidebook Updates & PUD Meeting May 5th, 2021

There have been some significant updates regarding the Guidebook for Great Communities.

  1. The new name is proposed to be the “Guide for Local Area Plans”, but since that has not been approved by Council, I will continue to refer to it as the “Guidebook”.
  2. The Guidebook is going to PUD (Planning and Urban Development) Committee on Wednesday, May 5th.
    You can find the Agenda here; item 7.1. https://pub-calgary.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=185bf4cf-1301-4697-8d7d-4d9983264ef9&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English&Item=20
  3. The above link includes 13 Attachments from City Administration with all the proposed changes and details. There were 62 amendments proposed, so there is a lot of detail to review.
  4. What the link does NOT include is the Public Submissions.  We are not aware of why they are not included.  Public Submissions are a vital part of the documents for any Council meeting and we have asked for clarifications as to why they are not included.
  5. Public Submissions were due on Wednesday, April 28th at noon.  On behalf of the Brentwood CA, we submitted a letter.
  6. The City Report (the above link) was not made public until Friday, April 30th.  This meant that we had to submit our letter to be included in the Public Submissions 2 days before we knew what was going to be in the report.
  7. There is a multi-community letter asking for a delay.  It has been signed by 35 Community Associations representing 47 communities in 10 wards (including Brentwood).  There has been little time to learn about the many proposed changes, let alone communicate them to our residents.  We need time to share and collaborate with our CA and our residents before this document goes any further.
  8. Communities have set up their own website for posting information and links.  See www.calgaryguidebook.ca to view some CA letters or other feedback.
  9. If you are interested in speaking at PUD on May 5th or still submitting a letter, you must register via this link:
  10. If you wish to watch the meeting, go to this link on the meeting date and there will be a link for a live stream.  https://www.calgary.ca/ca/city-clerks/legislative-services/agenda-minutes.html
  11. If you wish to send a letter directly, you may send an email to cityclerk@calgary.ca or to councillorweb@calgary.ca and ask that it be forwarded to all Councillors and the Mayor.

In summary, Council directed Administration to create a What We Heard Report based on 3 days’ worth of speakers at the Public Hearing from March 22 – 24, 2021.  The reports have been created but there has been no City-wide engagement on the proposed Guidebook amendments.

The Guidebook represents a major evolution to Planning that will directly impact every community, especially inner-City and Established Communities such as Brentwood.  In the Multi-Community letter, CAs have come together to ask for a delay:  Council needs to take the time needed to get this right.

Melanie Swailes
On behalf of the Development and Transportation Committee
Brentwood Community Association

Waste & Recycling Services Update – May/June 2021

This summer, leave grass clippings on the lawn

There’s nothing like the sound of a lawnmower to indicate the change of season! As we transition to summer, leaving grass clippings on the lawn is one way to make this seasonal practice easier for you and beneficial for your lawn.

Leaving grass clippings on the lawn, otherwise known as grass mulching, is the natural way of breaking down grass. Grass clippings are about 80-85% water and quickly break down, returning nutrients and moisture to the soil. Leaving clippings on the lawn can actually produce a healthier looking lawn.

Try these tips for how to leave grass clippings on the lawn:

  • Cut when the surface is dry
  • Keep mower blades sharp
  • Follow the 1/3 rule: mow your lawn often enough that no more than 1/3 of your grass is cut. You may need to raise the height of your mower.
  • You can use any mower: push, electric or gas. Using your existing mower, remove the bag and leave the clippings on the lawn.

To learn more visit calgary.ca/grassclippings


Ward 4 Information Update April 2021

Information from the Ward 4 Office of Councillor Sean Chu

Please CLICK HERE for Councillor Sean Chu’s Ward 4 Report.

Topics included in the report:

  1. Street Cleaning Program
  2. Spring Clean Ups and TLC Kits
  3. 311 Service Requests Statistics
  4. Brentwood Crime Activity Update
  5. John Laurie Blvd NW Restoration & Reconstruction Shaganappi Tr. to 14 St.
  6. Thank you to Citizens and Residents
  7. More COVID 19 Information Available


New Lights at Brentwood’s Outdoor Skating Rink !

Thanks to the Parks Foundation Calgary and the City of Calgary, Brentwood residents will notice a new bright spot in the community.

You might not notice it now however come winter you will notice it for sure!

After over 60 years of faithful service to the Brentwood Community the outdoor rink lights have had an upgrade.  Poles have been straightened and painted and the old fixtures have been replaced with brighter and more energy efficient LED fixtures.

Many of you may not know that the Outdoor Rink and Skate Shack were Brentwood’s original ‘arena’ prior to the opening of the Sportsplex in 1977.

Brentwood Community was awarded funding through the Embrace the Outdoors Grant Program and that funding was put towards this project.

The goal is to provide enhanced outdoor recreational opportunities for communities and their surrounding areas.

Outdoor recreation was one of the only choices we had this past winter to keep young and old alike active during this past winter and it showed with the amount of use the Outdoor Rink had.

The Brentwood Community Association wants to give a big “THANK YOU” to Parks Foundation Calgary and the City of Calgary for their support of this project.

 Twitter: @ParksFdnCalgary, @CityofCalgary
 Instagram: @ParksFdnCalgary, @CityofCalgary
 Facebook: Parks Foundation Calgary, The City of Calgary
 Website: www.parksfdn.com, www.calgary.ca

John Laurie Blvd. NW Restoration & Reconstruction – Shaganappi Tr. to 14 St. .. April 2021 Update

Update from the City of Calgary

Construction is set to start in mid-May 2021 and is anticipated to be substantially completed in October 2021. We have created a public information presentation video in order to help the public better understand the scope, the schedule and the impacts of the project. This video is posted on the project web page. Please note, there will be various lane closures and speed reductions throughout the construction limits for the duration of construction. The project team has worked hard to minimize the impacts to the commuters and travellers in the area as much as possible, however, delays will be expected. We are asking commuters to follow all posted signage in the construction area including speed reductions.

We plan to continue to provide you with updates as we reach closer to the start of construction.

As mentioned previously, regular project updates will be available at www.calgary.ca/johnlaurieblvd. You can also sign up for the email newsletter via the link on the webpage.

Waste & Recycling Services Update – April/May 2021

Dispose of pet waste the right way

With the warmer weather finally upon us, you may be cleaning up your yard or outside enjoying the sunshine with your pets. Help keep our city clean by disposing of pet waste properly.

  • You can put pet waste and kitty litter (all varieties) in your green cart for composting. For the safety of your collector, put pet waste in a certified compostable bag or paper bag and securely tie/roll closed.
  • Never put plastic bags or bags labelled biodegradable in your green cart. These bags do not break down and end up as small pieces of plastic that contaminate the finished compost.
  • If using conventional plastic bags to clean up pet waste, please double bag and securely tie closed before disposing of in the black cart.
  • Only dispose of pet waste in your own carts. If you want to use someone else’s bins, you need to have permission from the homeowner or occupant.
  • If you live in a multi-family complex like a condo or townhouse, check with your building owner or manager to see if your compost collection company accepts pet waste.

To see a list of acceptable compostable bags, visit calgary.ca/greencart.



Ward 7 Information Update

Information from the Ward 7 Office of Councillor Druh Farrell

Please CLICK HERE for Councillor Druh Farrell’s Ward 7 Report.

Topics included in the report:

  1. North Central Mobility & BRT Studies
  2. Plus 15 Wayfinding Improvements
  3. Explore your Street Survey
  4. Foothills and McMahon Concept Plan
  5. Balmoral Circus
  6. Hillhurst-Sunnyside Streetscape and Public Realm Improvements
  7. West Hillhurst Streetscape and Public Realm Improvements
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