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.

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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Community volunteers are leagues ahead Edmonton has a long history of creating community leagues

A bird’s eye view of Edmonton at the turn of the last century would show an urban core on either side of the river, with outlying subdivisions separated by bush and a few connecting roads. Meanwhile, the surging commercial and population growth meant the city was hard-pressed to keep up with services and infrastructure.

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Gaden Samten Ling Society continues to grow Book spurs health clinic in remote Himalayan valley

A smile lights Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe’s face as he queries a young guest at the Alberta Centre for Peace and Meditation, on the corner of 101 Street and 114 Avenue.

Fondly known as Kushok, the spiritual director of Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society has been offering teachings and meditation practice to Edmontonians for 16 years. But his journey here was not always so bright.

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Supporting inner-city youth for 23 years Crystal Kids has results with mentoring and harm reduction

A basketball game is starting in the Crystal Kids Youth Centre’s gym and a staff member is designating positions with six boys.

The focused and friendly energy highlights a core premise of Crystal Kids: to provide positive mentoring and individual engagement with youth. The centre’s approach is flexible within a programmed structure.

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Organization builds bridges between cultures Offering dialogue and an open door to communities

At a recent intercultural event, a woman approached Ibrahim Cin and told him his people and his culture were not wanted here. They should return to their homeland. Cin, a practicing Muslim, is originally from Turkey.

He politely acknowledged her opinion and was going to leave it at that.

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