All posts by Mimi Williams

Province expanding child care program Affordable child care boosts economy and fights poverty

Just before Christmas, the province announced that it was expanding the $25/day child care program it launched last April.

An additional 78 early childhood centres will be added to the original 22, with 4,500 extra spaces to be created across Alberta, said the press release. This is great news for families, particularly those struggling with high child care fees, but it’s a drop in the bucket relative to the need for affordable, quality child care spaces, particularly in Edmonton. Continue reading Province expanding child care program Affordable child care boosts economy and fights poverty

Coliseum redevelopment comes at pivotal time The decision will have a huge impact on surrounding areas

When talks about building a new arena downtown got serious a decade or so ago, my first thought was, “What about the Coliseum?” A lot of memories were made in that building, but when Mayor Don Iveson pushed to demolish it last month, it wasn’t nostalgia I was feeling; it was frustration. Continue reading Coliseum redevelopment comes at pivotal time The decision will have a huge impact on surrounding areas

Do your homework before renting a property Investigating could save you grief in the long run

Last spring, I signed a lease to move into what I thought was a beautiful home, blissfully unaware of the nightmare that was about to unfold. Looking back, I have some tips to share on how others might avoid unintentionally placing themselves in a precarious housing situation. Continue reading Do your homework before renting a property Investigating could save you grief in the long run

The question of political correctness Why political correctness isn't about free speech

Has political correctness gone too far? Have we become a society so concerned about offending various minorities that we are impeding the free speech of individuals? Isn’t the real problem that people are too easily offended by words used by others? Shouldn’t those people just learn how to shrug it off? Apparently, most Canadians think so. I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with them. Continue reading The question of political correctness Why political correctness isn’t about free speech

Celebrate Canada Day with perspective Remember our history when celebrating our nation

Dominion Day was my favourite holiday as a child. My parents would load the family into the station wagon and we would drive off to watch the fireworks. That we were celebrating the founding of our nation didn’t factor into my jubilation. My joy was rooted in school being over for another year. That we were celebrating the founding of a nation that relied on a strategy of cultural genocide certainly didn’t cross my min Continue reading Celebrate Canada Day with perspective Remember our history when celebrating our nation

Learn Cree with free language programs Preserving indigenous languages is crucial

Did you know that Amiskwaskahikan is the Nehiyaw (Cree) word for Edmonton? Or that what we think of as the Cree language is actually a continuum of eleven dialects that differ across the country? It’s important to remember our country was inhabited for far longer than 150 years by people who spoke languages that were neither French nor English. Continue reading Learn Cree with free language programs Preserving indigenous languages is crucial

Elder in residence available at the library Learn indigenous culture and find spiritual support

After a month on the job, the only complaint Elder Wilson Bearhead has is that he’s not as busy as he’d like. As Edmonton Public Library’s (EPL’s) first elder in residence, Bearhead is available twice a week for anyone who wants to learn about indigenous culture or to receive spiritual support. Continue reading Elder in residence available at the library Learn indigenous culture and find spiritual support

Residents voice opinions at open house Stadium Station Redevelopment Plan progresses

Several dozens of residents attended the Stadium Station Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) open house on April 20, where city staff were present to offer information and clarify concerns.

The ARP complements work done on 2008’s Stadium Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan. In 2013, after a developer expressed interest in the Muttart site located just south of the LRT station, council asked city administration to reassess the TOD plan and identify options for mixed-use development on that site and on the city-owned park-and-ride lot. In December 2014, council allocated over $14 million for TOD-supportive infrastructure at Stadium station and, the following month, Brookfield Residential purchased the Muttart site. Continue reading Residents voice opinions at open house Stadium Station Redevelopment Plan progresses