Bringing police presence to city schools Student Resource Officer helps youth and the community

Constable Price is often found patrolling the streets and back alleyways surrounding Spruce Avenue Junior High School and Rosslyn Junior High School, keeping an eye out for mischief that could find its way to the school yard.

Since September, Price has been the School Resource Officer (SRO) for both schools. She is part of the initiative program that began in September to bring SROs to junior high schools.

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Holiday market brings a season of connection Just One World offers ethically-sourced gifts to shoppers

Christmas shoppers hunting for ethically-sourced gifts have plenty of choice at Just One World, held Nov. 12-13.

Previously known as Just Christmas, organizers changed the name to more accurately reflect  the ethical and global market. The location has also changed. Alberta Avenue Community League hosted the event for the past 10 years, but now the Ital-Canadian Seniors Association is hosting the volunteer-run market.

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Embracing agriculture with Northlands’ events Celebrating another year of hosting Canadian Finals Rodeo

The middle of the city is probably the last place you’d look for 2,000 head of cattle. But once a year for the past 43 years, November in Edmonton meant hundreds of farmyard livestock making their way to Farmfair and the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) at Northlands. This year, your chance to connect with your inner cowboy or cowgirl comes Nov. 9-13.

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CORRECTION Re: "City Reviews Mature Neighbourhood Overlay"

The article, “City Reviews Mature Neighbourhood Overlay” printed on page two of our October 2016 issue erroneously stated that the “revised MNO will likely broaden the permissible uses of residential properties throughout the city and reduce the types of discretionary uses of these properties.”

The revised MNO will not change the current list of permitted or discretionary uses in any zone. Full details can be found at edmonton.ca/matureneighbourhoodoverlay.

Fixing Edmonton’s affordable housing problem The slow progress to creating better housing strategies

Through boom and bust, calls for action on affordable housing have prevailed for at least a generation. Despite countless announcements and interventions from various levels of governments over the past decade, the situation continues to get worse rather than better.

At the end of September, Mayor Don Iveson joined other big city mayors in Toronto to ask the federal government for a major infusion of money for affordable housing. Iveson has joined his counterparts across Canada in referring to the affordable housing situation as a “crisis”.

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Gallery curates creativity and conversation Bleeding Heart Art Space blends art and faith

Light streams through the windows of Bleeding Heart Art Space on 118 Avenue. Its bright interior fulfills the founders’ intent that there be a community gathering place for the arts, and by extension, for social dialogue.

“One thing that art does really well is give a voice to people who may not have a voice, and to issues that may not have a voice,” said Dave Von Bieker, Bleeding Heart’s artistic director.

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Finances a matter of family and community Money Mentors helps people get a handle on debt

People are often put off by the topic of money management. The Norwood Wesleyan Church helped parishioners get past their reluctance with a workshop.

Sound finances empowers people and communities, explained Phillip Telfer, Wesleyan pastor.

“Realizing money is a tool and using it well to help you and those around you. It means using your money to love people,” Telfer said.

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Finding the way out of the debt cycle New payday loan regulations aim to protect customers

You can’t watch television anymore without seeing multiple commercials for payday loan companies. They are as bright and jingly as fast food commercials. To hear the commercial personality speak, a payday loan is just another tool in your financial toolkit.

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Helping pregnant women tackle addictions Study participants use breathalyzers to track sobriety

The Institute of Health Economics and the University of Alberta are running a study from the summer of 2016 to 2018 that aims to find new ways of preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

In Alberta, 46,000 people currently live with FASD and approximately 700 to 1,900 babies are born with the disorder each year.

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Giving your budget some breathing room Calculating the financial cost of daily addictions

The effects of addictions are not isolated. Whether it is an addiction to cigarettes, coffee, or alcohol, the financial impact alone can be detrimental.

According to an MNP Debt survey, “fifty-eight percent of Albertans say they are now living within $200 a month of being unable to pay their bills and debt payments each month.”

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