All posts by Mimi Williams

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

Recognizing the importance of workers’ rights International Workers Day history led to labour laws

For centuries throughout the Northern Hemisphere, May Day has been a traditional day of festivities celebrating the arrival of spring. Towns and villages throughout Europe would hold gatherings. With seeding mostly completed, farmers would often give their labourers a day off. To this day, May Day is a national public holiday in several countries, many of which refer to it as Labour Day or International Workers Day.

In the late 19th century, the Socialists and Communists of the Second International May Day chose International Workers Day to commemorate the Haymarket Affair that took place in Chicago in 1886. What began as a peaceful labour protest ended with bloodshed and became an international symbol for workers’ rights. Continue reading Recognizing the importance of workers’ rights International Workers Day history led to labour laws

Residents debate safe injection site proposal Community meeting addresses the potential impacts

About 60 residents gathered in the basement of Sacred Heart Church on March 6 to hear from members of Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) about their proposal to open four safe injection sites in the city’s core.

The meeting, organized by the McCauley Community League executive committee, was intended to address residents’ concerns about possible impacts the sites may have on their neighbourhoods. Continue reading Residents debate safe injection site proposal Community meeting addresses the potential impacts

Fixing Edmonton’s affordable housing problem The slow progress to creating better housing strategies

Through boom and bust, calls for action on affordable housing have prevailed for at least a generation. Despite countless announcements and interventions from various levels of governments over the past decade, the situation continues to get worse rather than better.

At the end of September, Mayor Don Iveson joined other big city mayors in Toronto to ask the federal government for a major infusion of money for affordable housing. Iveson has joined his counterparts across Canada in referring to the affordable housing situation as a “crisis”.

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Asking for public dollars Shareholders profit while Albertans foot the bill

The only thing climbing higher than Alberta’s unemployment rate is the audacity of the corporations responsible for the layoffs.

A group of those corporations gathered last month and commanded a full mainstream media news cycle, demanding that Premier Rachel Notley shift course and adopt the failed policies of the previous Progressive Conservative (PC) government. It is true that 80,000 Albertans have lost work since the New Democratic Party (NDP) was elected last May. However, the party has nothing to do with the inability or refusal of the oil industry or the previous PC provincial government to prepare for the inevitable downturn in oil prices.
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