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
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
“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
“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
Thanks to the hard work of several Alberta Avenue stakeholders, graffiti vandalism has seen a reduction from 22 new tags a week to just four. Continue reading Keeping our city vandalism-free together Collaboration and education reduces graffiti on the Ave
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
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
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.
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If there’s one thing Edmontonians love during the summer, it’s a great patio or a delicious cool treat. Check out these local places and enjoy the warm weather. Continue reading Indulge in the best of summer’s pleasures Beat the heat with local patios and cool treats
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