The West Nile virus worries me. Not because of the one in a million chance I might get infected, but because we don’t need another excuse to demonize the outdoors.
Ours is the first society that spends the majority of its time indoors. According to studies, the average North American spends less than two hours per day outside. Compared to our climate-controlled, sealed and sanitized homes, we have developed the attitude that nature is uncomfortable, disorderly, unsanitized and potentially dangerous. Possibly true.
Continue reading Reap the benefits of green communities Embracing the healing and restorative power of nature
OK, I am a little old-fashioned. When someone says community, I think of people coming together to communicate—you know, talking in that quaint face-to-face way. And when someone uses the word neighbourhood, I think of friendly people chatting or offering to mow the lawn or just being neighbourly. This obviously dates me to the pre-digital age.
Continue reading Recipes for a nurturing neighbourhood Fighting urban isolation to create a community
Although few of us have been to Bogotá, Colombia, it’s got a reputation. A bad one. Gun slinging. Drug dealing. A hub for cocaine trafficking from the mountain plantations of South America to the back alleys of North America. Not the place you put on the top of your vacation list.
Until recently. Over the last decade there has been something of a peaceful, quiet, people-friendly revolution in Bogotá, transforming it into one of the most attractive and safe cities in South America and positioning it on the list of vacation hot spots.
Continue reading Turning our city’s colour from grey to green Biophilic cities embrace the importance of nature
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.
Continue reading Transportation for interactive communities Edmonton’s roads are a battlefield between drivers and transit
“If you can dream it, it is possible.”
This is the vibe that I pick up from speaking with Keia Dreger, director and creator of Mythos, A Springtime Fair, which will be held April 21 at Alberta Avenue Community Centre.
Dreger created the festival out of a need for artists and artisans to “have an opportunity to learn, express, showcase themselves, network, create conscious community, gain exposure.” Dreger is also an artist. She works in a variety of mediums and has designed some dividers, which will be for sale at the fair.
Continue reading A new springtime event on the Ave Alberta Avenue welcomes Mythos, A Springtime Fair
If you have spent any time at Alberta Avenue festivals, you have probably been mesmerized by Sangea, a high energy, colourful, and talented African drum and dance troupe.
I bumped into them at the Carrot during Black History Month. Their commitment to their craft, vision and values triggered my interest in culturally diverse communities. I jumped at the opportunity to interview founders Reckie Llyod and Erini Perez Amezcua about immigration, music, and artist lifestyle.
Continue reading The importance of keeping your culture Local drum and dance troupe talk about their experience and vision
Kathryn Rambow is still dragging around that cold. There has been no time to recuperate. A refugee family—the first installment—arrives on the plane tomorrow.
Rambow, an Alberta Avenue resident, has been busy ensuring a two bedroom apartment is outfitted for a young family of four. Rambow is part of the Refugee Response Group, a few dozen people (some local) who connected to welcome Syrian refugees.
Continue reading Welcoming Syrian refugees How a group banded together to help a refugee family