President’s Message – August 2016

This month’s report from The President (as published in the Hawk Eye)…

Tragedy in Hawkwood

As many of you have read or heard, there was an unfortunate pedestrian accident that happened in late July in Hawkwood.  A vehicle was backing out of a driveway and struck a pedestrian on the sidewalk, resulting in fatal injuries to the pedestrian.  This is not the first time that this has happened in Hawkwood and it is just the latest of many such incidents in Calgary this year.  Our condolences go out to the family and friends who lost a wife, mother and grandmother.

Ten Seconds

10SecsI rode around Hawkwood today on my bike and I was shocked at some of the behaviours and things I saw and I thought to myself, “Boy, it would take no time at all to do that right.”  And in conjunction with the above item, I came up with a short – and by no means complete – list of things would take virtually no time at all to do.  So, here is my list of “It would only take us no more than 10 seconds to”:

  • Pick up our dog’s poop and put it in a garbage receptacle.
  • Actually drive the speed limit and arrive imperceptibly later.
  • Come to a complete stop at a STOP sign.
  • Pull over when safe to do so, put the car in park and answer that urgent call or text.
  • Back our vehicle into our driveway or garage – it’s much safer!

Twice in the past five years, I have nearly T-boned a car that was turning left onto Hawkstone Drive from Hawkwood Drive as a result of someone either not stopping at the STOP sign or not looking for traffic AND talking on a cell phone!  Both times I had my kids in the vehicle, so they saw first-hand what NOT to do when driving (they were also unfortunately exposed to a profanity-laced lecture from their Dad to the other drivers!).  I have said this before, it is not up to the police and authorities to control what we do; rather it is up to us as parents, neighbours and community members to teach/guide/strongly suggest how to act and behave.  Remember the Golden Rule: treat others as you would have them treat you.  If you have any other 10-second suggestions, let me know at

Rogers Cell Tower in Hawkwood – Update

As of the time of this writing, there is nothing new to report on the proposed Rogers cell tower in Hawkwood Village.  As this is a project that is ultimately decided upon at the federal level of government, I wouldn’t expect a decision before year end.  So as I find out more I will communicate it out via the Hawk Eye and/or our website.