Municipal election brings few changes to area New school trustees in public and Catholic school board

Another municipal election has come and gone. Mayor Don Iveson has returned for a second term, claiming a landslide victory with 72.47 per cent of voters supporting him.

In Ward 2 and 7, Counc. Bev Esslinger and Counc. Tony Caterina kept their council seats.

Esslinger won by a good margin in Ward 2, garnering 53.71 per cent of support. Ali Haymour followed with 23.28 per cent of the vote. Continue reading Municipal election brings few changes to area New school trustees in public and Catholic school board

Parent councils play crucial role Council fundraising helps with important projects

Parents from other Catholic schools have stepped in to help St. Alphonsus Catholic School undertake fundraising for a new playground.

Due to zoning regulations, land use, and funding allocation, there isn’t enough money to build a playground, and the school can’t access city funds. The school hasn’t had a parent council for over 10 years, which has impacted the ability to fundraise. Many parents don’t have the time or energy to join or create a parent council as they work two or three jobs. Continue reading Parent councils play crucial role Council fundraising helps with important projects

RCP is seeking board members Join us at our November 30 Annual General Meeting

The Rat Creek Press Association is recruiting new board members to join our dedicated team! We are seeking a Volunteer Coordinator, a Fundraising Coordinator, and a Vice Chair. Residents of Alberta Avenue, Parkdale-Cromdale, Delton, Eastwood, Elmwood Park, Spruce Avenue, and Westwood are eligible to join our board. We welcome diverse applicants and individuals who are new to the neighbourhood. Continue reading RCP is seeking board members Join us at our November 30 Annual General Meeting

Students learn financial literacy with program Junior ATB gives students an opportunity to run a bank

A hands-on program gives young students a unique opportunity to learn about financial literacy and acquire useful life skills.

“What most people think of when they think of financial literacy is someone in a suit at a school talking about saving your money,” said Robert Ryks, branch manager of the 118 Avenue ATB Financial. It’s a world away from the experience that the young people who participate in the Junior ATB program have. Continue reading Students learn financial literacy with program Junior ATB gives students an opportunity to run a bank

Knowing the signs of domestic violence Resources exist to help break the complex cycle

Bruises aren’t the only signs of domestic violence. Other signs can be subtle, but equally telling.

Signs might include someone who can never stay after or be involved in anything outside of work, only goes out with his or her partner, or has no money, phone, or vehicle of their own. Being deprived of personal things most people normally have can be a form of domestic violence.

Const. Sheila Dow, domestic violence coordinator of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) northwest division, said, “Isolation, control, and intimidation are surprisingly common. If you suspect domestic violence, call the police.” Continue reading Knowing the signs of domestic violence Resources exist to help break the complex cycle

Getting to know your local fire hall Norwood Station No 5 is the third busiest in the city

The bright red pump truck waiting in the bay of Norwood Fire Station No 5 responded to over 4,000 calls last year. The ladder truck went out a further 1,300 times.

Those kind of statistics make the fire station the third busiest in Edmonton. Continue reading Getting to know your local fire hall Norwood Station No 5 is the third busiest in the city

Finding common ground between generations Intergenerational communication is key for success

Consider the following statement from a millennial-aged employee in her mid 20s or early 30s. We’ll call her Jane.

“I spend my days in work meetings, whether I am working remotely or in the office. Then they expect me to spend my evenings doing the actual work. My manager doesn’t understand. Nothing we start ever seems to get finished and more just gets piled on.” Continue reading Finding common ground between generations Intergenerational communication is key for success

Passing the buck on problem properties Authorities not effectively addressing major issue in core neighbourhoods

Many of us were shaken this September by a string of news stories that emerged from our neighbourhood. The world briefly peered into our backyards to see an alleged terrorist slam his car into a police officer at a football game, and then rampage down Jasper Avenue in a cube van.

But for many of us, this was not the most violent or troubling incident of the weekend, but a cornerstone to a news cycle that included three bodies recovered from problem properties in a week. Continue reading Passing the buck on problem properties Authorities not effectively addressing major issue in core neighbourhoods

Senior centres encourage levels of well-being Central Lions Seniors Association has plenty of options

“What am I doing here with all these seniors?”

The thought flashed through my mind the first time I walked into the Central Lions Seniors Association (CLSA). I admit it: I was still in denial that I, too, was a senior.

That was five years ago. Today, like many people over 55, I embrace all things senior at CLSA. If I want it, I can have it: fitness, workshops, courses, crafts, clubs, and special events.

I am also making new acquaintances, having new conversations, receiving new smiles. Continue reading Senior centres encourage levels of well-being Central Lions Seniors Association has plenty of options

Find your tribe with a new local group The Coffee Friendship Club helps people connect

Nobody expects to become a pariah when a major life change occurs. Yet that is exactly what two women shared at The Carrot’s new Coffee Friendship Club when discussing their experiences after divorce and becoming a widow.

In just three-and-a-half years, Bernadette Alseth’s mother, brother, sister-in-law, husband, and close neighbour died. To become a widow and a senior at the same time and also have her best friend distance herself was a shock.

“My closest girlfriend is so afraid of losing her husband she withdrew,” said Alseth. Continue reading Find your tribe with a new local group The Coffee Friendship Club helps people connect