Pulled up by the bootstraps he made himself A story of perseverance and adventure

BETTYANN DOLATA

Gino is a wonderful friend who is passionate about travel, dancing, his family, and friends.

Gioachinno Gugliotta was born on Jan. 4, 1943 in Sicily. His hometown is Ficarazzi, Palermo. As a young boy, Gino would walk to his first job as a waiter in a prestigious restaurant on the beach. Continue reading Pulled up by the bootstraps he made himself A story of perseverance and adventure

Determination is crucial for success Inner City High students work towards a better life

Students at Inner City High School, a school for high-risk youth, are self-aware about personal responsibility.

“It’s all on you if you’re going to succeed,” stressed Kirkland, whose cousins suggested he attend the school after he was kicked out of his home in Maskwacis. “You’ve got to be determined. The negative experiences push you to succeed. Everybody has hardships. It’s how you deal with them.” Continue reading Determination is crucial for success Inner City High students work towards a better life

Local business struggles to stay afloat Bedouin Beats hopes to increase interest in belly dancing

“Anybody, any body” is the motto of Bedouin Beats co-owners Michelle Kaplan and Stacie Clarke.

“It doesn’t matter what body size or age or ability, belly dancing can work for you,” said Kaplan.

But that’s a tough sell these days. Clarke recently posted on their Facebook page: “With registration and sales at record lows, we are not sure how long we can sustain this business as we hoped we could. If you had been considering taking a class, now is definitely the time to register.” Continue reading Local business struggles to stay afloat Bedouin Beats hopes to increase interest in belly dancing

Bringing residents together in summer project Summer job and internship opportunities available for community engagement work

With 100 blocks and over 6,000 people living in the Alberta Avenue community, it is easy to become disconnected and not know those living in the neighbourhood. The Alberta Avenue Community League wishes to change that with its Neighbour Connect Project.

“We are hiring, at the moment, 12 positions this summer,” said Lenn Wheatley, neighbourhood connector with Alberta Avenue Community League. Continue reading Bringing residents together in summer project Summer job and internship opportunities available for community engagement work

Council discusses the Coliseum site’s fate Options are limited when re-developing the site

CADENCE BERGMAN

The debate over the Coliseum site’s future is ongoing, but the city’s executive committee supported Mayor Don Iveson’s motion to confirm the closure of the Coliseum. City council will vote on the motion on Feb. 27.

On Feb. 22, city administration presented a report about re-developing the site. Estimates for demolition costs are $15-20 million, and the yearly cost of maintaining the empty building is $1.5 million. Having the site sit empty is not ideal, but there are problems with immediately taking it to the market. Continue reading Council discusses the Coliseum site’s fate Options are limited when re-developing the site

SkirtsAfire celebrates female-centric work Annual festival brings audiences together to enjoy art

Actor Annette Loiselle has always intuitively known that women were at a disadvantage in the arts, but it took her some time to really pin it down.

“I don’t know if there was a specific point, because when I was in theatre school it didn’t even occur to me that things are stacked against us,” Loiselle said. “Even though, when I auditioned for the BFA program, one of their stipulations when they were putting together a class for that year [was] it had to be two-thirds men and one-third women.” Continue reading SkirtsAfire celebrates female-centric work Annual festival brings audiences together to enjoy art

Challenges and rewards of modern teaching Diversity in the classroom depends on a community of support

Increased diversity in classrooms brings a huge importance in encouraging inclusivity.

A participant in a 2014 study on inclusivity in Alberta schools expressed the experience of a contemporary classroom: “I find it more and more difficult to support these students as the needs of students increase, class sizes increase, the complexity of students increases, and the complexity of social situations becomes more dire.” Continue reading Challenges and rewards of modern teaching Diversity in the classroom depends on a community of support

Choosing where to send your child to school Decide what you want for your child’s school experience

My four-year-old son will be entering kindergarten next year and it’s got me thinking about which school he will attend and what I believe about schools.

Schools should act as community hubs, creating relationships between families that endure for years and contribute to neighbourhood resiliency. This is particularly important in inner city neighbourhoods like ours. Continue reading Choosing where to send your child to school Decide what you want for your child’s school experience

Sample contemporary and traditional flavours Babylon Restaurant shares Middle Eastern and Iraqi fare

Babylon Restaurant is new to 118 Avenue since the end of December. Located inside the Coliseum Inn, the restaurant delivers authentic Middle Eastern and Iraqi cuisine.

The restaurant blends contemporary and traditional flavours of the Middle East and offers a comprehensive menu selection. On the weekends, a buffet is available with different food each week for $25 per adult and $10 for kids. Continue reading Sample contemporary and traditional flavours Babylon Restaurant shares Middle Eastern and Iraqi fare

Roma Bistro serves up tasty Colombian food Local restaurant offers food and plenty of entertainment

True confession: it has been several years since my wife and I were last at Roma Bistro and it was because of dance lessons, not the food.

We had a few tortillas as appetizers, but did not explore their diverse and intriguing menu. In the meantime, friends kept encouraging us, “You have to go there. The sopa de mariscos is to die for.” Continue reading Roma Bistro serves up tasty Colombian food Local restaurant offers food and plenty of entertainment