OCA launches Best Burb in the Southwest campaign
Following on the heels of CBC Radio’s Best of the ‘Burbs contest in May and June, which saw Oakridge selected as the best community in the southwest quadrant of Calgary, the Oakridge Community Association (OCA) is launching a campaign this summer to capitalize on the recognition.
Throughout the summer months, the (OCA) will be distributing “Best Burb in the Southwest” stickers to all neighbourhood businesses to proudly display in their windows and doorways.
As well, CBC Radio gift bags will be contested out to winners at community events throughout July and August, including the OCA’s Annual Stampede Breakfast on July 10th and the Oakridge Community Garden’s Open Garden on July 23rd, to name a few. These gift bags contain a variety of items, including CBC-branded t-shirts, water bottles, bandanas, stickers, buttons, portable fans, and sunglasses.
To enter the contest, Oakridge residents are asked to fill out postcards describing why they think Oakridge is the best community in southwest Calgary. Winning entries will be pushing on OCA social media channels throughout the summer months.
Calgary Food Bank City-Wide Food Drive takes place Sept. 17
The Food Bank’s annual food drive takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17th.
Watch for donation bags on your doorstep and plan to leave a donation for volunteers to pick up. For information on the City-Wide Food Drive and the most needed items, visit www.calgaryfoodbank.com
Oakridge AGM set for Sept. 12th
The Oakridge Community Association (OCA) will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, Sept. 12th at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Oakridge Community Centre.
All Oakridge residents are invited to attend the AGM.
Anyone wishing to participate in the discussion or be included on the agenda, as per OCA bylaws, must have a current OCA membership.
As well, the OCA is looking for residents to round out its volunteer board. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our president Brian Pedlar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society applying to become a “Nocturnal Preserve”
The Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society is applying to become a “Nocturnal Preserve.” This is a designation given by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) to areas where night-time light levels are low enough to support the nocturnal behaviours of local wildlife. This will protect the community’s enjoyment of the outdoors at night as well. The most recent nighttime light readings indicate that the park is on the threshold of the RASC’s night-time illumination level limit. We need the help of our “buffer zone” communities (Oakridge and Lakeview) to bring the “core zone” (the Weaselhead) below the illumination threshold and become Calgary’s first dark sky community.
Why is maintaining a dark sky so important? For the approximately 3.7 billion years life has existed on earth, composition of the atmosphere, global temperatures, and geological formations have changed dramatically, but earth’s daily cycle of light and darkness has remained constant. The introduction of artificial light at night (ALAN) is changing billions of years of adaptation, and we are just starting to understand how important these periods of darkness are to us and the species we share our illuminated spaces with.
In humans, even low levels of ALAN can disrupt our body’s ability to regulate the hormones and immune functions we need to stay healthy. This can lead to increased risk of developing cancer, autoimmune, and infectious diseases.1
As you might imagine, the impact of ALAN on wildlife can be harmful as well. Prey are not able to hide from predators as easily in illuminated spaces. Birds and insects that use the stars to navigate become disoriented and migration routes are altered. ALAN may also be a major contributor to the decline in moth populations, which are important nocturnal pollinators.2 The behaviours of our beloved robin are being disturbed, with birds singing earlier and louder resulting in changes to breeding behaviour and energy expenditure.3 Artificial light affects the behaviour of bats by delaying or preventing their evening emergence from roosts. Some bats will avoid hunting in illuminated areas (which attract insects) resulting in less food for bats, and more mosquitos for us!4 And it’s not just our urban wildlife that is affected by light pollution – city sky glow can be as bright as the full moon up to 100 km away.
How can you help? Go for a nighttime stroll and make some observations: How bright is the moon compared to your neighbourhood lighting? What wildlife do you see or hear? What feelings or memories does the night sky evoke for you? Consider the impact of your home’s lighting and what changes you could make. Some easy modifications include:
- Only have lights on when needed: consider installing a motion sensor or timer
- Direct light fixtures downwards instead of up or shield light to prevent it illuminating where not needed
- Change outdoor lights to bulbs that emit a warmer spectrum of light instead of blue/white light
Look for more DIY solutions to light abatement on our website and Facebook page. We hope to see you at our upcoming “night sky” events where you can learn about the wildlife that’s up and about while we’re asleep. We hope will join us to create Calgary’s first dark sky community and the first urban nocturnal preserve in Canada.
- Roberts, Joan E. “Light and Dark and Human Health.” Environmental Impact of Light Pollution and Its Abatement, 2012, www.rasc.ca/lpa-special-issue.
- Macgregor, Calum J. “Pollination by Nocturnal Lepidoptera, and the Effects of Light Pollution: a Review.” Ecological Entomology, 2014.
- Miller, Mark W. “Apparent Effects of Light Pollution on Singing Behavior of American RobinsThe .” The Condor, 2006.
- “Threats to Bats – Lighting.” Bat Conservation Trust, www.bats.org.uk/about-bats/threats-to-bats/lighting.
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- Crime in Oakridge up 22% annually through the first half of 2022 July 29, 2022The number of crimes in Oakridge has increased 22% year-over-year through to the end of June, according to statistics from the Calgary Police Service (CPS).In June, Oakridge experienced 11 crimes, as compared to seven in May, and just four last June. On an annual basis, Oakridge experienced a total of 77 crimes as of June […]
- Calgary Food Bank City-Wide Food Drive takes place Sept. 17 July 29, 2022The Food Bank’s annual food drive takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17th. Watch for donation bags on your doorstep and plan to leave a donation for volunteers to pick up. For information on the City-Wide Food Drive and the most needed items, visit www.calgaryfoodbank.com
- Where Calgary magazine highlights Oakridge as one of Calgary's Summer Neighbourhoods July 8, 2022Local tourism magazine Where Calgary has listed Oakridge as one of the city’s Summer Neighbourhoods in its Summer issue, which appeared on free newsstands last week.Seven other communities are listed in the Summer Neighbourhoods feature, which includes Beltline, Bowness, Bridgeland, Downtown, Inglewood, Marda Loop, and Ramsay.The article states: “Located along the Glenmore Reservoir, Oakridge is […]
- Area Girl Guides meet & greet slated for Sept. 7th July 4, 2022The Silverbirch District of the Girl Guides of Canada, within which Oakridge resides, is hosting a meet and greet with its volunteer leaders on Wednesday, Sept. 7th. The event takes place at Woodcreek Community Centre at 1991 Woodview Drive S.W. from 6:30 to 8 p.m.Youth membership of Girl Guiding is open to all girls and […]
- Oakridge Community Garden hosts Open Garden on July 23rd July 4, 2022The Oakridge Community Garden (OCG) will host an Open Garden on Saturday, July 23rd. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Attendees can enjoy garden tours, speakers, kids’ crafts and science, food, demonstrations, and a bike parade.The OCG is located at 9504 Oakfield Drive S.W., just east of the Oakridge Community Centre. For […]
- OCA launches Best Burb in the Southwest campaign June 30, 2022Following on the heels of CBC Radio’s Best of the ‘Burbs contest in May and June, which saw Oakridge selected as the best community in the southwest quadrant of Calgary, the Oakridge Community Association (OCA) is launching a campaign this summer to capitalize on the recognition.Throughout the summer months, the (OCA) will be distributing “Best […]
- New ownership at Buzz Liquor celebrates with 10% off on Canada Day June 29, 2022Buzz Liquor was sold to a new owner on June 1st, who plans to immediately increase the supply in the store over the next couple of months.This is the third change of ownership at the location in the last two years, but the new owner promises some immediate changes, including adding a significant new supply […]
- Oakridge Community Association AGM set for Sept. 12th June 28, 2022The Oakridge Community Association (OCA) will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, Sept. 12th at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Oakridge Community Centre.All Oakridge residents are invited to attend the AGM.Anyone wishing to participate in the discussion or be included on the agenda, as per OCA bylaws, must have a current OCA membership.As […]
- City of Calgary planting nearly 50 trees in Oakridge parks this summer June 28, 2022The City of Calgary is embarking on an ambitious tree planting program in Oakridge this summer that will see nearly 50 trees planted in two community parks.The location of the future trees are identified by City of Calgary signage and orange pylons in two Oakridge parks – along the dog park pathway on the west […]
- Oakridge Dance Classe registration open June 23, 2022The Dance Compound is offering dance classes in the upper atrium for Oakridge residents.All ages are welcome for sessional classes in the fall, winter and spring on Mondays and Tuesdays.Please visit www.thedancecompound.com for more information.