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The gift of rescuing each other’s fruit Harvest season is fruitful in more ways than one

As a resident of our mature neighbourhoods, I don’t have to go far to find people with more backyard fruit than they can use. I have access to raspberries, sour cherries, apples, and more. I spend the better part of August and September in a flurry of canning, juicing, freezing, and dehydrating. Continue reading The gift of rescuing each other’s fruit Harvest season is fruitful in more ways than one

Taking in the variety of local public art Neighbourhood art inspires conversations and feelings

In our neighbourhoods, we have a variety of city-funded public art as well as neighbourhood art. People have strong feelings about this kind of art in their community, but whether you love it, hate it, or feel ambivalent about it, public and neighbourhood art makes a community stand out and inspires conversation. Continue reading Taking in the variety of local public art Neighbourhood art inspires conversations and feelings

Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned

“You were not created to live an average life. You were created to be a history maker.” – Unknown author

Sitting in the airplane coming to Canada, I meditated on this spiritual quote. I was 19 years old, a sponsored immigrant from Rwanda, and I didn’t speak English.

As a young African woman, I have a great desire to share my life experience with many people and use all my abilities to make a positive impact. As a Tutsi genocide survivor in Rwanda who is overcoming the tragedy of my past, I have a lot to share. Continue reading Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned

Successfully weathering a major disaster Be self sufficient, informed, and use common sense

“In a major emergency, people assume that fire, police, and ambulance responders will show up and take care of things. They will come as soon as they can, but that might not be right away. So people need to be prepared to fend for themselves for a while.” Continue reading Successfully weathering a major disaster Be self sufficient, informed, and use common sense

Learn about herbal plants with new programming Community herbalist is connecting people and plants

Some herbalists grow herbs, some see clients, and some teach. I connect plants and people. More and more, urbanites want to learn about the plants around them and connect with them for food and wellness. Continue reading Learn about herbal plants with new programming Community herbalist is connecting people and plants

Blowing out Canada’s birthday candles Recognizing mistakes and victories for our future

AARON PAQUETTE

Canada has had a long and terrible history with indigenous peoples.

Let’s state that from the start. If we can’t look at things as they are, we can never hope to make them better.

And we need to make them better. Continue reading Blowing out Canada’s birthday candles Recognizing mistakes and victories for our future

The hopes and dreams from Red Chair Ave Revealing thoughts about our community and country

On June 3, Wesley Andreas, organizer of Red Chair Ave, placed red muskoka chairs in small neighbourhood parks and invited people to sit down and share their thoughts about Canada, Edmonton, and their neighbourhood.

These word clouds are a visual representation of those conversations. Read them and discover a little about people’s hopes, dreams, and thoughts.

A beginner’s guide to creating compost Making compost to use in your garden is easy

RANDI LETENDRE

Did you know the City of Edmonton creates compost out of your organic garbage? Your taxes pay for pick up, hauling, and processing, and then you can buy it back from the city. But you can also create your own, higher quality compost. Continue reading A beginner’s guide to creating compost Making compost to use in your garden is easy