All posts by Talea Medynski

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

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

Long-standing business reveals new building Family continues tradition of investing in community

Some family traditions endure through generations, like using only quality materials for buildings.

On May 26, staff and family celebrated the grand opening of Remco Memorials’ new building. Remco Memorials is a long-standing business on 97 Street and 123 Avenue. Continue reading Long-standing business reveals new building Family continues tradition of investing in community

Dive into science fiction and fantasy Pure Speculation Festival finds a home on the Ave

Interested in learning the finer points of parasol dueling? Or perhaps you’d like to join other festival goers in eating cereal and watching cartoons? For those who love science fiction and fantasy, Pure Speculation Festival has a new home this year at Alberta Avenue Community League from July 28-29.

Brent Jans, festival chair, described the festival as “a small fan-organized speculative fiction science fiction fantasy event, but we will talk about anything the Hugo gives awards for: TV, movies, or graphic novels.” Continue reading Dive into science fiction and fantasy Pure Speculation Festival finds a home on the Ave