De minimis non curat lex: The law does not concern itself with trifles.
This Latin expression has guided the proceedings of courts around the globe since antiquity. It means that the courts should not entertain trivial matters, and directs the court to allocate their resources to major matters of human consequence to maintain the public’s confidence in the administration of justice. Continue reading Enforcement agencies focus on trivialities Work on major issues for a better use of resources
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
For many of us, June is when we dust off the saddle and venture out on our bicycles. Whether that’s across town or into the river valley, it pays to do some mechanical checks and preparation first.
Continue reading Getting your bicycle ready for riding Tips to ensure your bike is safe for the road
Parking can quickly become a source of conflict between neighbours. But before you get angry with the guy who keeps parking his truck in front of your house, let’s review the rules.
First of all, you don’t own the parking spot in front of your house, the city does. Street parking is just that: on the street. The city sets the rules through traffic safety bylaw 5590. And as tempting as it may be to prevent other people from parking in front of your house by placing objects or signs on the road, keep in mind you can be charged for doing so. Continue reading The rules of public and private parking Knowing the bylaws can help you park properly
In our community, volunteers are the driving force behind many of our most beloved institutions. From our houses of worship and community league halls to Arts on the Ave and The Carrot, the spirit of volunteerism runs strong.
I sat down with two long-term volunteers in our community, John and Margaret Larsen. They’ve lived in Alberta Avenue for 16 years, and seem to be very busy in retirement. Continue reading Local volunteers are a boon to the community Margaret and John Larsen are long-time volunteers
Gérard Forget looks across the ice rink at his garden plot. One can imagine his mind is underneath the snow, working into the dirt with springtime dreams of peas, corn, and beans.
Forget coordinates the Alberta Avenue Community Garden-Jardin Communautaire Alberta Avenue. At this time of the year, he plans the garden and finds gardeners who want to share their passion with their neighbours.
Continue reading Gérard Forget is a man with many roles Local resident enriches community with his passions
There is ongoing concern in our communities about injection drug use in public spaces and discarded needles found in parks, alleys, and schoolyards.
In response to this concern, an interdisciplinary team called Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) has addressed public health issues surrounding injection drug use in the inner city.
Continue reading Supervised injection sites could be a boon This model could help drug users and communities
Big ideas for change has taken root on Norwood Boulevard.
Ahmed Abdulkadir, executive director of the Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta (OSCAR), operates a community centre on 111 Avenue. He’s also one of the partners of the Safety Summit, an alliance of aboriginal, Somali, and community groups who have partnered with Edmonton Police Services and the City of Edmonton.
Continue reading Ahmed Abdulkadir breaks down barriers Community advocate strives to create strong communities
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.
Continue reading Solutions for problem properties Ways to improve neighbourhood safety