Camp organizers seek a spark of funding Local theatre camp unsure of what the future holds

A theatre camp dedicated to providing affordable and accessible arts education to youth is uncertain of the future. Spark! ran the first two weeks of July with students ranging from ages 7-14.

Unable to secure grant funding, organizers were forced to rely on donations and charge a fee for each student. This meant the camp is difficult to justify for students coming from low-income families. Chris dela Cruz, founder of Spark!, explained, “These kids are not normally afforded opportunities to be exposed to performance art as it can be an expensive activity.”

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There is no golden rule for creativity Shima Aisha Robinson talks about art and poetry

The best poets throw out the rule book and speak plainly to you with electric words they pull from their veins of consciousness and then pour like lightning into the reader’s bones. Shima Aisha Robinson’s electric first book of poetry, Horn, will soon be available in a second printing. 

Few acts are more courageous and electric than truth. Autobiographical poetry, as Robinson defines her work, is thought and truth aloud on the page. “My book is about personal experience, friends and family, all the major themes, love and pain and [it also] explores politics. I tried to choose the most potent poems that communicated the issues.”

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Tales of a wartime photo: what happened here Men walk down Alberta Avenue supporting of the war effort

This 1942 photo of army recruits walking down 118 Avenue is a good representation of popular culture in Edmonton during the Second World War.

The Pearl Harbour attack had occurred on Dec. 7, 1941. Lesser known is the heavy loss of Canadian troops during the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong beginning Dec. 8, 1941. The brief but disastrous Dieppe raid on Aug. 19, 1942, was devastating. Of the 4,963 Canadians who left England for the operation, only 2,210 returned, with several wounded.

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Local resident’s garden is a labour of love Andrea Ruelling grows food and brings neighbours together

Every spring, Andrea Ruelling reads Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life for inspiration.

Her garden is inspirational as well. The front yard is divided into raised beds, two of which are self-watering. Peas and squash plants climb lattices, ripe strawberries tempt passersby, lettuce and carrots flourish. That’s but a sampling of the front yard, never mind a backyard full of potatoes, dill, tomatoes, sunflowers, raspberries, rhubarb and more.

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Enjoy local history by taking a walk East Norwood Boulevard is an untapped historical resource

Terry Protz is a lifelong resident of Norwood. Walking with me along Norwood Boulevard east of Norwood School, Protz provided fascinating details on local history.

Today these city blocks are victims of urban blight. “It used to be a good neighbourhood,” said Protz.

Norwood Boulevard was a lively mixed use area during the Second World War and the years following the war. This working class district contained several businesses, a church, and modest homes.

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Still no pool in Borden Park this season Pool was redesigned due to budget needs

Good news for swimmers: Borden Park pool is targeted to open in late summer of 2017.

Calgary-based New Perspective Pools will build the Natural Swimming Experience pool. Built in 1920, the original pool was in dire need of a new filtration system. Rather than invest in an aged facility, a series of open houses pinpointed the need for something new. Three years ago, the idea for the first natural swimming pool in Canada was approved with input from local residents. In 2014, the old pool was closed.

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Tackling invasive plants and common weeds Knowing the difference between harmful and useful plants makes a difference

Himalayan Balsam is a beautiful flower, but its seeds launch six meters and quickly overtakes other plants.

“Invasive plants don’t grow naturally here, they’re brought in intentionally or unintentionally,” said Daniel Laubhann, environmental technician with the city. “In a natural environment, other factors keep the plants in check.”

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Teaching good behaviour to man’s best friend Eastwood Community League offers six week dog training course

Eastwood Community League will soon be offering dog training.

The six week course will run once a week for an hour. No time or date has been finalized, but information will be available on the Eastwood Community League Facebook page.

The idea to host dog training classes stemmed from MuttStock, a dog-related festival held at Eastwood Community League.

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City launches Norwood Boulevard study Goal is to create a sustainable and vibrant streetscape

A public meeting held by city staff on June 22 discussed the future of Norwood Boulevard from 109 to 82 Street.

Urban planners have never holistically studied this area identified as needing revitalization because it is crossed by several ward, neighbourhood, and plan boundaries.

“Nobody’s ever looked at Norwood Boulevard, both sides of the street, in one shot,” said Robert Lipka, principal planner and project leader.

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Solutions for problem properties Ways to improve neighbourhood safety

Problem properties are found on nearly every block of our community. Some need bylaw attention for overgrown lawns, unshoveled sidewalks, or poorly maintained buildings. Others have yards collecting garbage, weeds, and car parts. More than a few have tenants getting frequent visits from police and emergency services.

In some of the worst cases, drug dealing and violence have caused considerable trauma to those communities.

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