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.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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NAIT’s new building draws students The college’s presence has a positive impact on nearby businesses and housing

It’s Canada’s largest apprenticeship trainer. It’s in our neighbourhood, and it just got bigger.

In September, NAIT opened its newest facility on the corner of 118 Ave and 106 Street. The five-storey Centre for Applied Technologies is NAIT’s largest building—roughly the same size as Kingsway Mall. It increases enrollment capacity by 1,700 students in four programs.

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Gallery curates creativity and conversation Bleeding Heart Art Space blends art and faith

Light streams through the windows of Bleeding Heart Art Space on 118 Avenue. Its bright interior fulfills the founders’ intent that there be a community gathering place for the arts, and by extension, for social dialogue.

“One thing that art does really well is give a voice to people who may not have a voice, and to issues that may not have a voice,” said Dave Von Bieker, Bleeding Heart’s artistic director.

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Finances a matter of family and community Money Mentors helps people get a handle on debt

People are often put off by the topic of money management. The Norwood Wesleyan Church helped parishioners get past their reluctance with a workshop.

Sound finances empowers people and communities, explained Phillip Telfer, Wesleyan pastor.

“Realizing money is a tool and using it well to help you and those around you. It means using your money to love people,” Telfer said.

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New task force targets problem properties Residents more enforcement and resolution is needed

Getting resolution to a problem property with issues ongoing for four years is itself a problem.

“There are people dealing drugs out of the house. I’m still calling things in,” said a McCauley resident about a neighbouring rental property. “You call 311 and are told it’s not their department. You spend half the day, who the blazes do you call?”

The Sept. 14 round table discussion focused on problem properties. The meeting was sponsored by Alberta Avenue Revitalization, McCauley Revitalization, Queen Mary Park/Central McDougall Revitalization and Jasper Place Revitalization.

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Tibetan colours to brighten Alberta Avenue Learn about Tibetan culture at annual Tibetan Bazaar

Every year, Gaden Samten Ling Society’s Tibetan Bazaar becomes more popular.

“It’s been growing year by year,” said Jeremy Berg, society board member, noting that attendees should anticipate a lot of music and colour.

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