All posts by Talea Medynski

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

Film project tells newcomers’ stories Local filmmaker explores what it means to be Edmontonian

Newcomers can have tumultuous experiences, as local filmmaker Jason Gondziola explores in the documentary series Becoming Edmonton.

The community film project features nine short films and took two years to complete. Gondziola collaborated with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Edmonton Multicultural Coalition, and Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and received funding from Edmonton Heritage Council and Edmonton Arts Council. Continue reading Film project tells newcomers’ stories Local filmmaker explores what it means to be Edmontonian

The Carrot offers all-ages Hip Hop Night New programming fills a niche in the community

The hip hop community and those curious about the art form now have a space to perform and learn at The Carrot on the second last Wednesday of every month.

Meaghan Underhill, The Carrot’s volunteer and events coordinator, explained the idea for an ongoing program began while programming events for Black History Month.

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The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet

Many community initiatives happen in our area, encompassing everything from small community projects to big festivals.

Wesley Andreas, creator of Animate the Avenue Alleys, is a great example of someone who developed a successful initiative. A few years ago, he needed to repaint his garage, but wanted something creative. He participated in an event called DIY City and painted a simple, bright cityscape and silhouettes of people. Continue reading The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet

Celebrate Black History Month This February, contribute to an important conversation

On Feb. 10-12, Edmontonians have the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and participate in important discussions regarding institutional racism.

Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta Residents (OSCAR) and Concordia University of Edmonton are organizing the Black History Month Celebration and the Social Justice Forum.

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Alberta bans door-to-door energy sales Numerous complaints and sales tactics led to decision

In the new year, expect fewer door-to-door salespeople to come knocking at your door.

The Alberta government has banned door-to-door sales of furnaces, water heaters, windows, energy contracts, air conditioners, and energy audits as of Jan. 1, 2017. Energy companies who continue with door-to-door sales could face a fine or possible charges under the Fair Trading Act.

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Clearing roads and sidewalks during winter Why it’s important to know roles and responsibilities

Winter brings cold weather along with snow and ice-covered roads and sidewalks.

With an approximate $60-million annual budget for winter roadway maintenance, the city is responsible for sanding and plowing the streets and takes different approaches to each.

According to the City of Edmonton, sanding is done when needed. However, residents can report icy streets or intersections and request more sand by calling 311 and reporting the location.

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The Santaland Diaries is here once again David Sedaris’ play takes a snarky look at the holidays

If you feel cranky about the holiday spirit, join others who feel the same by attending David Sedaris’ play The Santaland Diaries at this year’s Yule Ave.

This is the second year people have an opportunity to watch the play for the price of a donation. While The Santaland Diaries isn’t recommended for children, coordinator Frank Zotter explained he included the play as an offering for adults. Last year, it was such a success that he had to turn people away, and so he’s including the play again this year. Zotter, an actor, will also star in the play, which runs from Dec. 15-23 at Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts.

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Celebrate the holiday season locally Six community events to get you in the holiday spirit

This holiday season, enjoy festive events close to home. Throughout December, these events give you an opportunity to connect with friends, family, and neighbours. Need ideas for gifts? Jonesing to sing Christmas carols? Want to create precious holiday memories? Start here for some ideas.

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