All posts by Constance Brissenden

Constance’s writing and editing career spans more than 40 years. She lives in Parkdale-Cromdale.

Comparing communities of two different cities Pinpointing the ways in which a community thrives

Travel is eye-opening. You’re in a new place and you can’t help comparing it to home.

When I went on a recent working trip to Havana, Cuba, it made me see our neighbourhoods in a new light. A better light. And it made me angry some people still think we live in a questionable part of town. Continue reading Comparing communities of two different cities Pinpointing the ways in which a community thrives

Northlands is home to horse racing until 2018 Victory and heartbreak mark last day of thoroughbred season

Horse racing will continue at Northlands until 2018. In November, Northlands and Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) reached an agreement to continue racing at the park until July 2018, when Century Mile, the new track outside the city, is ready.

Mat Monaco, executive director of The Horsemens Benevolent and Protective Association of Alberta (HBPA), said it’s a positive commitment.

Continue reading Northlands is home to horse racing until 2018 Victory and heartbreak mark last day of thoroughbred season

Finding comfort and closure by the river Traditional Cree ceremonies honour the departed

Night was approaching as I stood by the river, thinking of closure. The beauty of the water, a calm swath winding through low green banks, filled me with appreciation.

I was here because my partner, Larry Loyie, a proud Cree man, writer, and educator died three months before at 82 years old. He asked that his ashes be laid here by the river during the family’s annual gathering, in a traditional Cree way.

Continue reading Finding comfort and closure by the river Traditional Cree ceremonies honour the departed

Still no pool in Borden Park this season Pool was redesigned due to budget needs

Good news for swimmers: Borden Park pool is targeted to open in late summer of 2017.

Calgary-based New Perspective Pools will build the Natural Swimming Experience pool. Built in 1920, the original pool was in dire need of a new filtration system. Rather than invest in an aged facility, a series of open houses pinpointed the need for something new. Three years ago, the idea for the first natural swimming pool in Canada was approved with input from local residents. In 2014, the old pool was closed.

Continue reading Still no pool in Borden Park this season Pool was redesigned due to budget needs

See what happens when fun shapes art Artist Bernice Caligiuri is inspired by everyday objects

Ask Bernice Caligiuri about her art philosophy and you get a simple answer. “I just do it because I like it,” said the 70-year-old artist. “When I start a piece, it may be a wall hanging, a painting, or a sculpture. It’s so much fun that a whole day can go by in a flash while I’m creating it.”

Her exhibit, called What Bernice Sees and held at Bleeding Heart Art Space, confirms that fun shapes her art.

Continue reading See what happens when fun shapes art Artist Bernice Caligiuri is inspired by everyday objects

Still no pool in Borden Park this season Pool was redesigned due to budget needs

Good news for swimmers: Borden Park pool is targeted to open in late summer of 2017.

Calgary-based New Perspective Pools will build the Natural Swimming Experience pool. Built in 1920, the original pool was in dire need of a new filtration system. Rather than invest in an aged facility, a series of open houses pinpointed the need for something new. Three years ago, the idea for the first natural swimming pool in Canada was approved with input from local residents. In 2014, the old pool was closed.

Continue reading Still no pool in Borden Park this season Pool was redesigned due to budget needs

Cool off in pools and spray parks this summer Have fun with affordable entertainment

The City of Edmonton offers four outdoor pools and numerous spray parks for cooling down on hot summer days.

Two community leagues, Elmwood Park and Alberta Avenue, are diving in with memberships that provide free access to all outdoor pools. Local residents, as well as those living outside the community borders, are eligible for membership.

Continue reading Cool off in pools and spray parks this summer Have fun with affordable entertainment

A race to the finish Northlands racetrack slated to close after 2016 racing season

Outrider Larry Dagg, on his horse Rooster, is joined by Northlands Park racetrack announcer Matt Jukich (left) on March 7, the first day of thoroughbred training for the 2016 racing season.

Dagg, originally from Saskatchewan, is responsible for the general on-track safety of riders and horses. “I’ve worked with horses all my life,” he recalled. “My family raised ponies and raced wagons and chuck wagons. I first worked at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon.”

Continue reading A race to the finish Northlands racetrack slated to close after 2016 racing season

Borden Park is now open for visitors Local residents voice concerns in Bellevue Community League meetin

Borden Park’s upgrades are complete.

Improvements to the 20-hectare park include a pavilion with washrooms and vending machines, improved trails, and a band shell.

A new pool is slated for 2017. “We’ve moved into the design stage. The project is going ahead,” said Nicole Poirier, director of the city’s civic events and partnerships. The pool is the first in Canada to be chemical-free and use biological filtration.
Continue reading Borden Park is now open for visitors Local residents voice concerns in Bellevue Community League meetin