Celebrate Black History Month This February, contribute to an important conversation

On Feb. 10-12, Edmontonians have the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and participate in important discussions regarding institutional racism.

Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta Residents (OSCAR) and Concordia University of Edmonton are organizing the Black History Month Celebration and the Social Justice Forum.

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Timothie Hill Hair here to stay on the Ave Hill plans to offer massage and spa services

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Hair stylist Timothie Hill has returned to 118 Avenue, and this time with a spa. Hill operated a salon on 87 Street just off 115 Avenue in Parkdale for almost 10 years. During that time, he contributed hairstyle makeovers to the Rat Creek Press.

After spending a few years on the south coast of British Columbia, Hill returned to Edmonton in 2009 to spend time with family. In 2014, he set up shop on Jasper Avenue and 117 Street.

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French-Vietnamese eatery to open on the Ave Jasmine Belle Cafe to offer bubble tea and more

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Next month, the building that housed Natalia’s Hair Salon will re-open as Jasmine Belle Cafe, a French-Vietnamese eatery and coffee shop.

Located on the northwest corner of 87 Street and Alberta Avenue, across from Handy Bakery, the cafe will serve breakfast and lunch with fare from both cultures, said owner and operator Joanna Nguyen-Savoie.

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City seeks input for future of river valley parks Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine plan enters phase two

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The city kicked off the second phase of the Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan last month by asking citizens to share their vision for the future.

An open house held at Alex Taylor School on Jan. 17 invited residents to help craft a vision statement, vote on preferred features, and map out their ideal park to inform design concepts that will be presented in the next phase.

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Local organization boosts Spruce Ave School Donation helps school to purchase essential supplies

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Spruce Avenue Jr. High School put a donation to good use for its students.

Recently, the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s (PSAC) Northern Alberta Women’s Committee donated $2,400 to the school to support students in reaching their academic goals.

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Enjoy a special evening on the Ave Carrot by Moonlight offers wine, chocolate, and cheese

Would you like to sip wine, eat cheese, and have a chef on hand to teach you some finer aspects of chocolate cuisine? The Carrot has the answer.

On Feb. 11 during the Carrot by Moonlight event, organizers will transform the cafe into a little French bistro.

“We’ll be pairing wine and beer with different cheeses, as well as enjoying charcuterie platters,” said Karen McGale, arts administrator with Arts on the Ave. “We’ll learn how to create a chocolate ganache …and then we’ll create delectable chocolate tuxedo strawberries.”

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Mesopotamian cuisine available off the Ave Zar Zor Restaurant offers an authentic palate of flavours

Fresh from opening, Zar Zor Restaurant, located on 121 Avenue and 90 Street, offers flavours drawing from long-ago Mesopotamia.

Mesopotamia is the ancient name for the land that once encapsulated large chunks of modern-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey as well as slices of Iran and Kuwait. Mesopotamia made up a significant portion of the “cradle of civilization,” known for its rich soils that fed the first cities of early civilization.

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Rethinking supervised injection sites Sites should have been linked to broader city plans

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In December, a coalition called Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) proposed four supervised injection sites.

Supervised injection may decrease transmission of communicable diseases and provide better outcomes for people who overdose. As drug addiction affects a wide swath of society, regardless of socioeconomic status and geographic boundaries, supervised injection sites within hospitals or larger community health centres throughout our city (and province) seem reasonable. After all, hospitals or health centres are busy public places with onsite security, treatment beds, social workers, and natural surveillance.

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Supervised injection sites could be a boon This model could help drug users and communities

There is ongoing concern in our communities about injection drug use in public spaces and discarded needles found in parks, alleys, and schoolyards.

In response to this concern, an interdisciplinary team called Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) has addressed public health issues surrounding injection drug use in the inner city.

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