All posts by Kate Wilson

Kate took up the reporter's pad and pen while living in northern Alberta. The writing bug stuck, and the next 20 years were spent covering everything from local politics to community happenings. She lives in Alberta Avenue with her daughter.

Getting to know your local fire hall Norwood Station No 5 is the third busiest in the city

The bright red pump truck waiting in the bay of Norwood Fire Station No 5 responded to over 4,000 calls last year. The ladder truck went out a further 1,300 times.

Those kind of statistics make the fire station the third busiest in Edmonton. Continue reading Getting to know your local fire hall Norwood Station No 5 is the third busiest in the city

Finding common ground between generations Intergenerational communication is key for success

Consider the following statement from a millennial-aged employee in her mid 20s or early 30s. We’ll call her Jane.

“I spend my days in work meetings, whether I am working remotely or in the office. Then they expect me to spend my evenings doing the actual work. My manager doesn’t understand. Nothing we start ever seems to get finished and more just gets piled on.” Continue reading Finding common ground between generations Intergenerational communication is key for success

Offset winter blues with positive strategies Seniors especially prone to seasonal depression

As winter approaches, we insulate windows and stow away garden implements. We take the car in for a tune up. But what can we do to prepare mentally for the short, cold days of winter?

“Self care is really, really important,” urged Franki Harrogate, a graduate student counselor and founder of Arclight Counselling Services. “Making sure you’re eating and sleeping right, anything to elevate your mood.” Continue reading Offset winter blues with positive strategies Seniors especially prone to seasonal depression

Big changes ahead for Northlands Northlands to continue focusing on agriculture industry

By Jan. 1, the City of Edmonton will have taken over management of the EXPO Centre and permanently closed the Coliseum.

In a merger that combines administration and marketing between the Shaw Conference Centre and EXPO Centre, the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), an entity wholly owned by the city, will begin managing the two venues on Jan. 1.

“Originally we wanted the two conference centres to cooperate and work together. It was in the city’s best interest to have them work together rather than be in competition,” said Coun. Tony Caterina. Continue reading Big changes ahead for Northlands Northlands to continue focusing on agriculture industry

School board candidates hit campaign trail Meet the candidates running for school board trustees

As students return to school, candidates hoping to represent them and their parents as school board trustees are hitting the campaign trail before the Oct. 16 election. Seats are available in Ward 73 of Edmonton Catholic School District and Ward D of Edmonton Public Schools.

Jeff Lee, a teacher and owner of a learning support centre, as well as a candidate for Ward 73, sees education as a cornerstone of social development. In his work with Treaty 8, he saw gaps in how government funding gets allocated. Continue reading School board candidates hit campaign trail Meet the candidates running for school board trustees

Infill is a matter of good neighbourliness City team responsible for inspections and complaints

Every worker at a residential infill site must keep it tidy and secure, among other requirements. When those rules aren’t being followed, residents can use the 311 complaint line and a new resource: the city’s infill compliance team.

“The team has authority to do proactive inspections on infill sites in older neighbourhoods, to ensure all types of issues can be addressed on site,” said Adrienne Hill, spokesperson with the city’s sustainable development. Continue reading Infill is a matter of good neighbourliness City team responsible for inspections and complaints

Linking affordable housing with community McCauley Apartments provides security and support

McCauley Apartments is a success story. The building, located in the heart of McCauley, provides affordable housing and support for people facing mental illness and disability as well as those in need.

“I love living here. I would not change a thing,” said Chris Leclair, a resident of McCauley Apartments.

He moved to the apartments from Meadow’s Place group home 17 years ago, and has since built relationships.

Continue reading Linking affordable housing with community McCauley Apartments provides security and support

Enjoy a special evening on the Ave Carrot by Moonlight offers wine, chocolate, and cheese

Would you like to sip wine, eat cheese, and have a chef on hand to teach you some finer aspects of chocolate cuisine? The Carrot has the answer.

On Feb. 11 during the Carrot by Moonlight event, organizers will transform the cafe into a little French bistro.

“We’ll be pairing wine and beer with different cheeses, as well as enjoying charcuterie platters,” said Karen McGale, arts administrator with Arts on the Ave. “We’ll learn how to create a chocolate ganache …and then we’ll create delectable chocolate tuxedo strawberries.”

Continue reading Enjoy a special evening on the Ave Carrot by Moonlight offers wine, chocolate, and cheese

Ten years of icy magic on Alberta Avenue Deep Freeze draws artists, youth and winter-fun seekers

Close the door behind you and step into a world of ice and snow art, costumes and street hockey. That’s the promise and follow through of Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival.

“We go to Deep Freeze every year. It’s been a family event,” said Maggie Glasgow, a resident of Alberta Avenue with her husband and young family since 2007.

Continue reading Ten years of icy magic on Alberta Avenue Deep Freeze draws artists, youth and winter-fun seekers

Outdoor community rinks holding firm Beating the odds relies on residents’ support

Watching new skaters test their steadiness through sheer persistence is a cheery experience come winter as outdoor rinks become available in the neighbourhood.

“I like making ice for the kids. I get a laugh out of watching them learn how to skate and the smile on their faces,” said Henry Stainthorp, rink manager at Spruce Avenue Community League (SACL), while flooding the league’s rink in November.

Continue reading Outdoor community rinks holding firm Beating the odds relies on residents’ support