All posts by Talea Medynski

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

Embracing the Sabrina Butterfly effect Local designer opens new store in Montrose

Sabrina O’Donnell, creator of Sabrina Butterfly Designs and a Parkdale-Cromdale resident, has been selling her clothing for 20 years. It’s a favourite of Folk Fest attendees, Premier Rachel Notley, professionals, mothers, daughters, and anyone who favours comfortable yet classic clothing. Continue reading Embracing the Sabrina Butterfly effect Local designer opens new store in Montrose

History provided playwright with inspiration The Romeo Initiative tells a tale of deceit and love

A spy agency psychologically profiles a West German secretary and delivers her perfect man to embark on a romantic relationship with her to elicit confidential information.

Sounds fictional, right? But this actually happened during the Cold War and Trina Davies, a playwright who lived for years in Edmonton, found inspiration in history. Continue reading History provided playwright with inspiration The Romeo Initiative tells a tale of deceit and love

Volunteer coordinator elected to RCP board Alita Rickards brings plenty of ideas to the position

The Rat Creek Press’ newest volunteer coordinator has a fascinating history.

Alita Rickards travelled extensively for 15 years throughout Taiwan, India, and the Czech Republic and lived for 10 years in Taiwan. She was a journalist for the Taipei Times, a voice recorder for the International Community Radio Taipei, a teacher, and a performer in a cabaret troupe. Continue reading Volunteer coordinator elected to RCP board Alita Rickards brings plenty of ideas to the position

City resources help vulnerable individuals Who to call if you see someone publicly intoxicated

Winter is a chilly time to be intoxicated in public, with the city and season bringing unique dangers.

Const. Cam Buffalo, a member of one of Edmonton Police Service’s northwest division’s beat teams, said people who are intoxicated outdoors could catch hypothermia. Continue reading City resources help vulnerable individuals Who to call if you see someone publicly intoxicated

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