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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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CORRECTION Re: "City Reviews Mature Neighbourhood Overlay"

The article, “City Reviews Mature Neighbourhood Overlay” printed on page two of our October 2016 issue erroneously stated that the “revised MNO will likely broaden the permissible uses of residential properties throughout the city and reduce the types of discretionary uses of these properties.”

The revised MNO will not change the current list of permitted or discretionary uses in any zone. Full details can be found at edmonton.ca/matureneighbourhoodoverlay.

Letter Re: Army recruits photo in August issue

In the photo where the men walk down Alberta Avenue supporting the war effort, the two ladies rolling up the awning in front of Smith Bakery are Selina Smith, Francis Smith’s wife, and Ruth Smith, his daughter. His daughter Ethel Smith and niece Edna Ore were also working in the bake shop.
Information provided by Francis Smith’s granddaughters Barbara and Frances.

Keeping our green spaces clean AUPE’s Environmental Committee hosts inaugural river valley clean up

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) members and other Edmontonians put in 128 hours to pull over 30 bags of trash, seven coffee cans filled with sharps, three shopping carts, two bicycles and assorted parts, a workout bench and a large round table out of Edmonton’s river valley at a clean-up event and barbeque on Sunday, Aug. 21.

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Creeping bellflower spotted everywhere This pretty purple flower is actually a noxious weed

Letter to the Editor:

On many walks through my neighbourhood (Alberta Avenue), I see an abundance of the creeping bellflower plant, either in clumps in back alleys, or displayed with pride in people’s front yard gardens.

The City of Edmonton has designated this plant as a noxious weed.

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