Edmonton Transit Bus Network Redesign — Public Engagement

Edmonton’s bus routes are changing and the City wants your feedback!  The new network focuses on connecting people to places and to each other.

Why is it changing? Check out the City’s YouTube video: https://youtu.be/rvIS_VI1ioY

View the proposed route types and maps here:  https://www.edmonton.ca/projects_plans/transit/bus-network-redesign-maps-routes.aspx

For dates and times of upcoming workshops visit:   https://www.edmonton.ca/projects_plans/transit/bus-network-redesign-public-engagement.aspx.  Allow about 30 minutes to view maps and share your feedback. There will be videos, information boards, maps and table stations where you can share your opinions on the proposed network.

If you require interpretation, translation or visual supports, please contact 311 or email newbusroutes@edmonton.ca so the City can make arrangements for your participation.

A workshop will be held at Inglewood Community Hall on: Thursday, April 26 from 3-7 p.m.

Can’t make it to a workshop?  You can also take an online survey from April 12 – June 30.  Check out the City of Edmonton website for more details. https://www.edmonton.ca/projects_plans/transit/bus-network-redesign.aspx

Volunteers Needed for Next Casino

This coming August 27 and 28, Inglewood Community League will host its next casino. Monies raised in the past have been used to replace the playground, upgrade the hall kitchen to a commercial grade kitchen for use by the Neighbourhood Table program and purchase other valuable community resources and assets.

Volunteers are needed for multiple jobs for all shifts. If you are available to help out, please review the available jobs below and let Jaki know what position and when you are available to work:

There are two key areas within the casino that depend on volunteer workers:

  1. Cash Cage
  2. Count Room

The following positions at a casino event must be filled by volunteers:

  • general manager(s) and alternate
  • banker
  • cashier
  • count room supervisor
  • chip runner
  • count room staff:
  • sorter
  • counter
  • recorder
  • amalgamator

Only bona fide members of the licensed group, as defined by its bylaws, may work the positions of:

  • general manager(s) and alternate
  • banker
  • cashier
  • count room supervisor or advisor (where performed by a volunteer)

The group may recruit non-members on a volunteer basis to fill other positions as required.

General Requirements for Casino Volunteers

  • Possess picture identification at all times during the casino event;
  • Competent in handling money;
  • Able to hear, see, speak or have an attendant with these capabilities;
  • Alert and observant;
  • Able to manoeuvre in the casino facility for the duration of the shift;
  • Able to function in a noisy and possibly smoky environment;
  • Able to use CasinoTrack system for certain positions;
  • Able to pass a security clearance check; and
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Volunteer Attributes and Conduct

Volunteers MUST:

  1. Arrive on time for shift;
  2. Sign in at the start of shift and out at the end of shift;
  3. Work the position specified on the Casino Volunteer Schedule; and
  4. Wear a name tag while on duty showing the first or common name and position.

Volunteers MUST NOT:

  1. Be paid;
  2. Play casino games or gaming terminals during their group’s casino event;
  3. Consume liquor or illicit substances during their group’s casino event;
  4. Cash cheques or extend credit; or
  5. Possess gaming chips.

Volunteer Positions

Position: General Manager or Alternate General Manager

The role of the general manager is to supervise all aspects of the casino, ensuring the casino is conducted according to CTCOG.

The general manager works closely with the casino facility games manager, and alternate general manager who assumes duties in the absence of the general manager.

Operational Functions:

  1. Ensures a general manager or alternate, a banker and one cashier are at the facility a minimum of one (1) hour prior to casino opening;
  2. Ensures the remainder of the required volunteers are at the facility a minimum of one (1) hour prior to casino opening;
  3. Begins the casino event by entering the appropriate information from the licence into the CasinoTrack system;
  4. Witnesses interim and final pull of drop boxes;
  5. Fills in for other positions as required on a temporary basis;
  6. Assumes duties to enable a volunteer to take a break or to fill a position that becomes vacant;
  7. Ensures count room staff are present a minimum of 15 minutes prior to scheduled shift;
  8. Ensures designated staff are in place and that they signed in and out at the start and end of their shifts with system access cards on the CasinoTrack system;
  9. Assigns another volunteer to fill a vacant position for the duration of the licence period; and
  10. Signs all “Discrepancy Reports” in addition to the advisor or the games manager.


  1. Ensures secure handling and storage of chips and cash at all times during the casino event;
  2. Enforces access provisions to restricted areas;
  3. Keeps the safe combination confidential, or maintains possession of safe keys (if applicable); and
  4. Ensures adequate security personnel are on duty.

Position: Banker

The role of the banker is to supervise the cash cage. This includes documenting all cash cage transactions, ensuring the security of the chips and cash in the cash cage, and holding the cashiers accountable for the chips and cash they manage while on duty. The banker reports to the general manager and is responsible for cashiers and chip runners.

Banker Duties:

  1. Receives and counts opening chip inventory and cash bankroll with general manager; records and maintains a running inventory of both;
  2. Issues opening inventory of chips to games where required;
  3. Documents transactions as required and maintains security and control of chips/coin inventory during shift;
  4. Supplies games with chips/coin as requested on CasinoTrack system;
  5. Receives excess chips/coin from games as requested CasinoTrack system;
  6. Verifies opening inventories on CasinoTrack system each day;
  7. Issues opening cash fill and subsequent cash fills to cashiers;
  8. Obtains cash transfers from count room supervisor as required;
  9. Receives inventory of chips/cash from cashiers;
  10. Counts, amalgamates and records all chips and cash in cash cage at the end of the day;
  11. Transfers chips to custody of general manager;
  12. Prepares bank deposits; and
  13. Transfers cash to general manager for secure overnight storage or deposit.

Position: Cashier

The cashier’s role is similar to a bank teller’s. The cashier interacts directly with casino players. Any transactions over $200 must be witnessed by the general manager, banker or cash cage advisor. The cashier reports to the banker and works with the general manager, banker, financial control supervisor, advisor, and casino players.

Cashier Duties:

  1. Receives and counts opening cash fill from banker;
  2. Maintains security of chips and cash;
  3. Retains personal control at all times of cash and chips for which they are responsible while on duty in the cash cage;
  4. Redeems players’ chips for cash; must not sell chips;
  5. Ensures the general manager, banker, or advisor witnesses all player cashouts over $200;
  6. Ensures trays are put in cash drawers and drawers are locked when leaving cash cage; and
  7. Accounts for and transfers all chips and cash for which they were responsible to the banker at the end of a shift.

Position: Chip Runner

The chip runner opens and closes tables, delivers chip fills from the banker to game tables, delivers credits from game tables to the banker and may assist the general manager with other duties. The chip runner reports to the banker and works with the general manager and gaming table personnel.

Chip Runner Duties:

  1. Participates in the opening and closing of games with facility personnel;
  2. Transfers fills from the banker to games tables and credits from games tables to the banker;
  3. Verifies accuracy of these transactions;
  4. Witnesses chip count, and verifies on the CasinoTrack system at closing each day; and
  5. May assist the general manager during the pull of drop boxes.

Position: Count Room Supervisor

The count room supervisor is responsible for all count room staff and procedures. The count room supervisor reports to the general manager, and works with the general manager and banker. This position is responsible for the sorters, counters and amalgamator.

Count Room Supervisor Duties:

  1. Ensures the count room is secured;
  2. Records the number of bills, coins and chips (if any) counted by the amalgamator, on the CasinoTrack system;
  3. Verifies the information entered by the recorder;
  4. Supplies cash to the banker as required;
  5. Ensures that rake boxes are counted first and chips are transferred to the banker before continuing the count; prepares the float and bank deposits; and
  6. Generates “Master Revenue Report ”and “Count Room Drop Box Verification” on the CasinoTrack system.

Position: Count Room

Count room volunteers take on one of four possible jobs:

  1. Sorter: Sorts all cash or chips by denomination
    1. Empties contents of the drop box, and shows open box to camera to ensure that it is empty;
    2. Sorts cash or chips into denominations and places them into money bin with a “Box ID Card,” and passes the bin to the counter;
    3. Witnesses the count by the counter;
    4. May witness table chip count, if required, at the close.
  2. Counter: Counts the sorted cash or chips, by denomination
    1. Counts the contents of money bin using money counting machine;
    2. Places contents of the drop box back into the money bin along with the “Box ID Card” and passes bin to the amalgamator;
    3. Assists sorting of chips and cash as needed.
  3. Recorder: Records the number of bills, coins, and chips counted
    1. Enters the table number from the “Box ID card” into the CasinoTrack system; and
    2. Enters the number of bills, coins, and chips (if any) counted by the counter into the CasinoTrack system.
  4. Amalgamator: Verifies the cash or chips counted and groups them into bundles and summarizes the cash and chips with the count room supervisor
    1. Receives cash or chips from counter in money bin;
    2. Verifies that all bills are of the same denomination;
    3. Uses a counting machine to verify contents of the money bin and advises count room supervisor of the amount by denomination;
    4. Amalgamates all cash or chips in count room by denomination into bundles of one hundred after receiving confirmation from the count room supervisor that the totals from both counts match.

Building Great Neighbourhoods Visioning Meeting

Inglewood is getting ready for its neighbourhood renewal project, scheduled for 2019-2021. Renewal is a 3-year project to upgrade streets, sidewalks, and streetlights throughout older neighbourhoods in Edmonton.

More recently, the City renamed renewal to “Building Great Neighbourhoods.” The “Building Great Neighbourhoods” program can help a community address local needs and reinforce its character and identity. Additional projects can include city-owned lands and improvements.


Great NeighbourhoodsOn March 13, community groups  including the Inglewood Community League were invited to a “Stakeholder Outreach” workshop. This was the first step in the neighbourhood planning for our community.

On arrival, participants were asked to come up with 3 words that they thought expressed the idea of “A Great Neighbourhood.”

In smaller groups, participants were asked to brainstorm on their ideas for what Inglewood needs to be a great neighbourhood. The group came up with a wide range of ideas:

  • More crosswalks across major streets (111 Ave. and 124 St.)  and walkability
  • Safety and crime prevention
  • More usable and versatile park space; not just green space but purposeful pocket parks (or parklets)
  • Emphasizing the historic nature of the neighbourhood
  • A more inclusive community that encourages people of different backgrounds and demographics to mingle and connect with each other
  • More common, public spaces in which people can congregate
  • Recycling the old trolley turnaround at 112 Ave. and 124 St. into some sort of useable public space–perhaps a plaza or “pop-up” business location
  • An opportunity to celebrate and affirm the First Nations history within the community. Many First Nations people settled in this neighbourhood due to the fact that the Charles Camsell Hospital was here.
  • Traffic routing needs to be considered, especially if the Camsell lands ever get redeveloped.

From this large list, groups tried to find three or four themes that they could affirm. These included:

  1. A need for common spaces such as event “plazas”, purposeful parkland, and public art;
  2. An affirmation of Inglewood’s history, including First Nations history; and
  3. A walkable, safe community and possibly more benches, table space, and seating.

At the end of the evening, Gilbert, the City’s contracted landscape architect turned the concepts and values that the groups had come up with into a visual representation of the emerging vision:

Vision drawings

The next step in the process will include a draft vision statement and other elements. Community workshops are scheduled for April 21 and 25, 2018. These are identical sessions and community members are encouraged to attend either of them.

Pay attention to www.inglewoodcl.com for upcoming events and news or visit www.edmonton.ca/BuildingInglewood.

Try Drumming with the Inglewood Drum Circle

All adults are welcome to the non-facilitated drum circle at Inglewood Community Hall, 12512-116 Avenue on the first and third Fridays of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm.

Inglewood Drum CircleThe cost is $7.00/session.

Bring your own drum.

Participants say:

 “Find your rhythm and drum your stress away”

“Drumming in a group is a great experience – make rhythm together”