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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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Learning lessons in community decision making Norwood Grade 3 students participate in Norwood Square Park project

Two Norwood School Grade 3 classes worked with Rocky Pilisko, one of the city’s community recreation coordinators, in a project aimed at redeveloping Norwood Square Park. The students shared what they learned about the decision-making process used to make changes within a community park.  

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No diversity in women’s day article Letter to the editor

I love reading the Rat Creek Press. In general, I find the paper to be inclusive and community-minded.

I want to bring to your attention an omission in the March 2016 edition. The article “Celebrating Women” includes a timeline on women’s right to vote. I was dismayed to see that this timeline does not inform readers that Aboriginal women did not have the right to vote until 1960.

I also noticed that the overwhelming majority of the trailblazers are white women.

I was disappointed by the racial bias in this piece. International Women’s Day is for all women and this article did not communicate that.

Kimberly Mccall