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Timothie Hill Hair here to stay on the Ave Hill plans to offer massage and spa services

HAMDI ISSAWI

Hair stylist Timothie Hill has returned to 118 Avenue, and this time with a spa. Hill operated a salon on 87 Street just off 115 Avenue in Parkdale for almost 10 years. During that time, he contributed hairstyle makeovers to the Rat Creek Press.

After spending a few years on the south coast of British Columbia, Hill returned to Edmonton in 2009 to spend time with family. In 2014, he set up shop on Jasper Avenue and 117 Street.

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City seeks input for future of river valley parks Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine plan enters phase two

HAMDI ISSAWI

The city kicked off the second phase of the Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan last month by asking citizens to share their vision for the future.

An open house held at Alex Taylor School on Jan. 17 invited residents to help craft a vision statement, vote on preferred features, and map out their ideal park to inform design concepts that will be presented in the next phase.

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Local organization boosts Spruce Ave School Donation helps school to purchase essential supplies

PATRICIA JESSOME

Spruce Avenue Jr. High School put a donation to good use for its students.

Recently, the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s (PSAC) Northern Alberta Women’s Committee donated $2,400 to the school to support students in reaching their academic goals.

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Rethinking supervised injection sites Sites should have been linked to broader city plans

CRIS BASUALDO

In December, a coalition called Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) proposed four supervised injection sites.

Supervised injection may decrease transmission of communicable diseases and provide better outcomes for people who overdose. As drug addiction affects a wide swath of society, regardless of socioeconomic status and geographic boundaries, supervised injection sites within hospitals or larger community health centres throughout our city (and province) seem reasonable. After all, hospitals or health centres are busy public places with onsite security, treatment beds, social workers, and natural surveillance.

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Seeking a safe place for supervised injections Possible supervised injection site draws mixed feelings

In the third-floor office of the Hull Block, a red brick Edwardian building on the edge of Chinatown, Georgina Fiddler keeps a photo album most people would find unsettling.

The images capture scenes she sees during walks around the southwest corner of McCauley: discarded syringes, empty vials, and people curled up on the concrete.

“I would have called 911 on that one because he wasn’t moving,” she said, lingering on one. “A needle with blood in it, people sleeping—this is every single day, and these are only a few of the pictures I have.”

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Advice to keep your relationships alive Ensuring your loved ones remain a priority

Lover, friendship, or family members: all of these connections take effort to maintain and blossom. Without attention, these important relationships will fall apart.

This February, Rat Creek Press contributors took the time to share what they do to keep their relationships going.

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Change to city sandbox program

Residents will not find the green boxes with free sand at their local community centre this winter. If you want access to free sand, you will have to travel to the nearest roadway maintenance yard to fill your bucket. By putting the boxes in front of the yards, the resources to fill them will be minimal and will save the City of Edmonton approximately $300,000 a year.

Find free sand near the entrance of the following maintenance yards:

Central: 10517 95 St

Northeast: 13003 56 St

Northwest: 14320 114 Ave

Southeast: 5409 59 Ave

Southwest: 14710 Ellerslie Road

Header image: Local community centres will no longer carry free sand.| Supplied

Coalition seeks to improve inner city safety Four new subcommittees formed to address concerns

HAMDI ISSAWI

A coalition of community groups trying to improve inner city safety at the grassroots level has announced the next step of its plan.

On Oct. 20, the Safety Summit Committee met at Alberta Avenue Community League to report its progress since June’s meeting. Among the developments was the introduction of four subcommittees: business, child and youth safety, social issues, and research.

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