All posts by Talea Medynski

Talea is the Rat Creek Press editor. She loves sharing the stories of our diverse neighbourhoods.

Municipal election brings few changes to area New school trustees in public and Catholic school board

Another municipal election has come and gone. Mayor Don Iveson has returned for a second term, claiming a landslide victory with 72.47 per cent of voters supporting him.

In Ward 2 and 7, Counc. Bev Esslinger and Counc. Tony Caterina kept their council seats.

Esslinger won by a good margin in Ward 2, garnering 53.71 per cent of support. Ali Haymour followed with 23.28 per cent of the vote. Continue reading Municipal election brings few changes to area New school trustees in public and Catholic school board

Study and pilot looking at public bathrooms City considering factors before building more bathrooms

When you gotta go, you gotta go, but you’re not always near a bathroom you can use when the need strikes.

In the RCP distribution area, public bathrooms exist in places like libraries, most local community leagues when open, Kingsway Mall, Safeway, and Borden Park.

Many businesses allow only paying customers to use their bathrooms. The Carrot Coffeehouse adopted this practice because of past experiences. Continue reading Study and pilot looking at public bathrooms City considering factors before building more bathrooms

Knowing when to report bars and restaurants Team helps businesses follow regulations and legislation

Notice a bar is serving alcohol to minors or someone is smoking in a bar or a restaurant? Or perhaps the fire exits are blocked? A multi-agency group called the Public Safety Compliance Team (PSCT) addresses these kinds of complaints. Continue reading Knowing when to report bars and restaurants Team helps businesses follow regulations and legislation

Property theft increasing throughout city Police offer tips to help create a safer community

Not too long ago, Carolina Astorga, an Alberta Avenue resident, woke up at 10 am after returning from a vacation and noticed the side door of her garage was open. She thought her husband had left it open after leaving for work that morning, but instead discovered thieves had forced their way through the locked door. Continue reading Property theft increasing throughout city Police offer tips to help create a safer community

Getting prepared for the Edmonton election Useful things to know before casting your ballot

With Oct. 16 fast approaching, voters will soon cast their ballot for a mayor, a ward councillor, and either an Edmonton Catholic or an Edmonton Public school board trustee.

While many candidates have already declared their intention to run in the municipal election, all of them must do so by Sept. 18. The day after, the city posts the candidates’ names online. Continue reading Getting prepared for the Edmonton election Useful things to know before casting your ballot

Take in an action-packed Kaleido Festival Local festival brings artistic treats to the Avenue

You’d think that after 12 years of running Kaleido Family Arts Festival, organizers would run out of new ideas, but happily there are plenty of new features to experience from Sept 15-17.

This year, the festival starts at 5 pm instead of 7 pm. Christy Morin, artistic director, describes it as a “soft start” and said food trucks will be on site. Continue reading Take in an action-packed Kaleido Festival Local festival brings artistic treats to the Avenue

Soil remediation in league parking lot Past service station contamination led to soil removal

If you’ve been curious about the pit in the Alberta Avenue Community League parking lot, the mystery is solved. Due to contamination from a former service station, the city hired Whissell Contracting to remove the soil. Shannon Brennan, a community recreation coordinator with the city, answered questions about the project. Continue reading Soil remediation in league parking lot Past service station contamination led to soil removal

Pilot program helps newcomer young women Global Girls provides a safe space for participants

Sherivan Ali, 18, has lived in Canada for over a year. She was 11 when the Syrian war started, and Ali and her family fled to Turkey.

“We were safe in Turkey, so I was grateful, but I wasn’t able to go to school (due to money), and missed my friends and family. I wanted to learn more and feel happy for my future,” she said. Continue reading Pilot program helps newcomer young women Global Girls provides a safe space for participants

The stories of our neighbourhood champions Local project showcases journeys of business owners

Everyone has a story. Lan Lim, creator of Lan’s Asian Grill, stitched coffin interiors when she first arrived in Edmonton. Her husband, Sunny, fled violence in Cambodia. Popular Bakery owners Maria and Olympio Soares moved from Portugal to Africa before settling in Edmonton. Continue reading The stories of our neighbourhood champions Local project showcases journeys of business owners