Film project tells newcomers’ stories Local filmmaker explores what it means to be Edmontonian

Newcomers can have tumultuous experiences, as local filmmaker Jason Gondziola explores in the documentary series Becoming Edmonton.

The community film project features nine short films and took two years to complete. Gondziola collaborated with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Edmonton Multicultural Coalition, and Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and received funding from Edmonton Heritage Council and Edmonton Arts Council. Continue reading Film project tells newcomers’ stories Local filmmaker explores what it means to be Edmontonian

New sergeant returns to her beat roots Sgt. Katie Davies takes over Alberta Avenue beat

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As the community bids farewell to Sgt.Curtis Hoople, a successor from across the river has stepped in to take his place, and she is happy to be patrolling a beat once again.

Sgt. Katie Davies joined Edmonton Police Service’s (EPS’) northwest division in January to lead the beat team covering Alberta Avenue and parts of the Eastwood, Elmwood Park, and Parkdale neighbourhoods. Continue reading New sergeant returns to her beat roots Sgt. Katie Davies takes over Alberta Avenue beat

Residents voice opinions at open house Stadium Station Redevelopment Plan progresses

Several dozens of residents attended the Stadium Station Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) open house on April 20, where city staff were present to offer information and clarify concerns.

The ARP complements work done on 2008’s Stadium Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan. In 2013, after a developer expressed interest in the Muttart site located just south of the LRT station, council asked city administration to reassess the TOD plan and identify options for mixed-use development on that site and on the city-owned park-and-ride lot. In December 2014, council allocated over $14 million for TOD-supportive infrastructure at Stadium station and, the following month, Brookfield Residential purchased the Muttart site. Continue reading Residents voice opinions at open house Stadium Station Redevelopment Plan progresses

Digging at the roots of a thousand faces Festival aims to connect us through root stories

“The inciting moment was when I got to see Star Wars with my buddies,” Mark Henderson, artistic director of Thousand Faces Festival, said of his love for epics.

It was another moment, years later, that sparked Henderson’s idea for the festival, when recalling how George Lucas spoke about re-reading Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces to finish the first Star Wars screenplay.

The festival has been going strong since 2011. “I decided I wanted to create a festival where we explored, shared, and celebrated the truly greatest stories that are at the roots of all different cultures,” Henderson said, “many of which share very similar patterns.” These stories are what he coins a “root story”.

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PiYo offers the best of pilates and yoga Spruce Avenue Community League offers free classes

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The Spruce Avenue Community League board couldn’t believe its luck when local resident Trisha Mitchell offered to teach a six week PiYo LIVE fitness class at the hall—for free.

Starting May 25, Mitchell will teach classes Thursdays from 7-8 pm until June 29. The series of classes are available for anyone who signs up for the six-week course, although Mitchell said she’d like for league members and community residents to try the class. Continue reading PiYo offers the best of pilates and yoga Spruce Avenue Community League offers free classes

Recognizing the importance of workers’ rights International Workers Day history led to labour laws

For centuries throughout the Northern Hemisphere, May Day has been a traditional day of festivities celebrating the arrival of spring. Towns and villages throughout Europe would hold gatherings. With seeding mostly completed, farmers would often give their labourers a day off. To this day, May Day is a national public holiday in several countries, many of which refer to it as Labour Day or International Workers Day.

In the late 19th century, the Socialists and Communists of the Second International May Day chose International Workers Day to commemorate the Haymarket Affair that took place in Chicago in 1886. What began as a peaceful labour protest ended with bloodshed and became an international symbol for workers’ rights. Continue reading Recognizing the importance of workers’ rights International Workers Day history led to labour laws

The rules of public and private parking Knowing the bylaws can help you park properly

Parking can quickly become a source of conflict between neighbours. But before you get angry with the guy who keeps parking his truck in front of your house, let’s review the rules.

First of all, you don’t own the parking spot in front of your house, the city does. Street parking is just that: on the street. The city sets the rules through traffic safety bylaw 5590. And as tempting as it may be to prevent other people from parking in front of your house by placing objects or signs on the road, keep in mind you can be charged for doing so. Continue reading The rules of public and private parking Knowing the bylaws can help you park properly

Dream up a community project for 100in1Day

Does your neighbourhood have an underused or ignored space (like an alleyway, a street corner, or a vacant lot) that could be improved? Consider giving it a temporary makeover as part of the 100in1Day festival! Now in its second year in Edmonton, 100in1Day is a community-led event encouraging hundreds of people to take one small action to spark positive change on the same day. Projects can include anything from chalk murals and pop-up parks to flash mobs or street parties—anything you can dream up! Visit makesomethingedmonton.ca/100in1day.

Header image: Cyclists make their way down stairs turned into pieces of poetry during the festival last year. | Make Something Edmonton