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
If you walk west on 118 Avenue and look up to the second storey of the building on 94 Street, you will see a new mural. It is called the Create YouR Awesome Community Mural Project and is part of the recent changes to the Qi Creative building.
Qi Creative works with special needs children and their families “in home and school environments to celebrate their talents and strengths in overcoming challenges,” said Jonathan “Jon Jon” Rivero, the chief energy officer, chief executive officer, and founder. Continue reading Qi Creative features new renovations Local company has grown since opening five years ago
Not every family can work together, but the Strides have had a lot of practice through owning and operating Plaza Bowling Co. for 58 years.
Now after 40 years, Terry Stride has handed the keys to his son Trevor. “I think it’s fabulous,” the senior Stride said. “I have to, probably at times, just force myself to step back and let him do what he wants to do—the same thing that my dad did.” Continue reading Plaza Bowling rolls into a new era New owner brings changes, but keeps retro decor
Karen Gunn is intimately acquainted with death. She lost her mother when she was six years old.
“I lived my whole life with people being sad for me,” Gunn said.
Continue reading Terminally ill have options with new business A Long Kiss Goodbye has end of life concierge services
Next month, the building that housed Natalia’s Hair Salon will re-open as Jasmine Belle Cafe, a French-Vietnamese eatery and coffee shop.
Located on the northwest corner of 87 Street and Alberta Avenue, across from Handy Bakery, the cafe will serve breakfast and lunch with fare from both cultures, said owner and operator Joanna Nguyen-Savoie.
Continue reading French-Vietnamese eatery to open on the Ave Jasmine Belle Cafe to offer bubble tea and more
Ed Donszelmann is thrilled with how well opening Otto has come together. Despite delays with permits, all licensing was in place by Dec. 12, and the doors to this family-friendly community café in Norwood are now open.
Continue reading Comfort food and camaraderie in Norwood Owner hopes Otto becomes a community meeting place
Long before the Alberta Avenue Revitalization Initiative was launched, area residents have been the driving force behind efforts to improve 118 Avenue and surrounding communities.
Continue reading The transformation of Alberta Avenue Area residents have always sought to improve the area
It’s Canada’s largest apprenticeship trainer. It’s in our neighbourhood, and it just got bigger.
In September, NAIT opened its newest facility on the corner of 118 Ave and 106 Street. The five-storey Centre for Applied Technologies is NAIT’s largest building—roughly the same size as Kingsway Mall. It increases enrollment capacity by 1,700 students in four programs.
Continue reading NAIT’s new building draws students The college’s presence has a positive impact on nearby businesses and housing
People are often put off by the topic of money management. The Norwood Wesleyan Church helped parishioners get past their reluctance with a workshop.
Sound finances empowers people and communities, explained Phillip Telfer, Wesleyan pastor.
“Realizing money is a tool and using it well to help you and those around you. It means using your money to love people,” Telfer said.
Continue reading Finances a matter of family and community Money Mentors helps people get a handle on debt
You can’t watch television anymore without seeing multiple commercials for payday loan companies. They are as bright and jingly as fast food commercials. To hear the commercial personality speak, a payday loan is just another tool in your financial toolkit.
Here on Alberta Avenue alone, there are more than a dozen of these companies, some strictly dealing with short-term credit, while others have a pawn shop as an added service. If coming into a store is not appealing or easy, a loan can be as far away as the click of a mouse. Continue reading Finding the way out of the debt cycle New payday loan regulations aim to protect customers