Learning the facts and stories of sexual exploitation Cathy King’s presentation was eye-opening

The number of men paying for sex has doubled in the last decade, with approximately one in seven paying for sexual contact at some point. Many men are not deterred when they discover women were trafficked, pimped, or coerced.

On a worldwide scale, approximately 12-18 million adults and two million children are forced into the sex trade. Many trafficked persons come from South America, Africa, East Asia, and Eastern Europe, ending up in North and Central America, Europe and the Middle East.

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Beautifying communities and alleys People needed for local Animate the Avenue Alleys project

Wesley Andreas has set his mind on beautifying and connecting the communities that surround Alberta Avenue. He’s focusing on the alleys in particular.

“We thought maybe we could do something more colourful,” he said. Andreas is the founder of the Animate the Avenue Alley project. He started last year with a project on his own fence and garage. “We had been wanting to paint our garage anyway, so we used it as an opportunity to do something interesting with our garage painting, rather than just repainting it white.”

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City councillors vote to extend moratorium Administration will once again consult with five neighbourhoods

On April 12, city councillors voted to extend the moratorium on using city money for non-market and affordable housing in five neighbourhoods.

The moratorium began in 2012 when the Alberta Avenue, Eastwood, Queen Mary Park, Central McDougall, and McCauley neighbourhoods protested over the amount of social housing in their neighbourhoods. After that, the city consulted with them to determine housing needs and opportunities.

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Housing grants still available for homeowners Funding helps homeowners explore options and generate extra income

Homeowners considering building a separate suite or needing to make essential home repairs can still access city housing grants.

Throughout 2016, funding is available from the city’s Cornerstones II grant program, which includes the Secondary Suites, the HOPE program, and Curb Appeal grant.

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Seva Food Truck brings meals and mentorship Sikh principles of selfless service and food help local students

A buzz of excitement spreads through the halls of Spruce Avenue School as Jessy Nerval rushes by. “Is it hot lunch day?” someone asks. And like the pied piper, students follow him to the gym.

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Recognizing art, courage and innovation Sebastian Barrera receives award for his work on KinArt Ravine project

Sebastian Barrera is a doer. Despite obstacles, he finds a way to make projects he has a vision for happen.

On April 21, he received the Courage to Innovate Award at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts for his work on the KinArt Ravine project, a series of more than 60 murals lining the Kinnaird Ravine trail.

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Alberta Avenue offers Nordic walking lessons Explore your neighbourhood, learn a new sport, and get fit

Community residents have the opportunity to try out urban poling this summer and fall.

Urban poling, also known as Nordic walking, utilizes ergonomic walking poles. According to Valerie Parr, the organizer, “urban poling combines the upper body technique of cross-country skiing with the lower body technique of walking.” The exercise provides a cardiovascular workout and helps improve posture.

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Transportation for interactive communities Edmonton's roads are a battlefield between drivers and transit

These days, one gets the impression that the city’s planning council is filming a Western shoot-em-up inside city hall, with one angry hombre sauntering up to another and pronouncing, “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.”

Motorists against Edmonton Transit System, private against public transportation.

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Celebrate Cameroon’s culture on May 21 Enjoy a day of dancing, soccer, and food

“Every single Cameroonian knows two things. First thing: how to dance. The second thing is how to play soccer,” says Raymond Kampoer, beaming with pride.

Kampoer moved into Parkdale two years ago with his wife Micheline and two children. During the upcoming Cameroon Day celebrations, his rich, diverse culture will be on display in Edmonton.

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