Last year, I saw the sign advertising Westwood’s Community League Day. Intrigued, I attended the pancake breakfast, met Bev Esslinger, city councillor in Ward 2, and purchased my membership without hesitation.
Since then, I have met several neighbours who felt the community league has provided many benefits. I learned more at the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL).
Continue reading The importance of community involvement Westwood Community League’s history informs its future
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) members and other Edmontonians put in 128 hours to pull over 30 bags of trash, seven coffee cans filled with sharps, three shopping carts, two bicycles and assorted parts, a workout bench and a large round table out of Edmonton’s river valley at a clean-up event and barbeque on Sunday, Aug. 21.
Continue reading Keeping our green spaces clean AUPE’s Environmental Committee hosts inaugural river valley clean up
Eastwood Community League will soon be offering dog training.
The six week course will run once a week for an hour. No time or date has been finalized, but information will be available on the Eastwood Community League Facebook page.
The idea to host dog training classes stemmed from MuttStock, a dog-related festival held at Eastwood Community League.
Continue reading Teaching good behaviour to man’s best friend Eastwood Community League offers six week dog training course
Problem properties are found on nearly every block of our community. Some need bylaw attention for overgrown lawns, unshoveled sidewalks, or poorly maintained buildings. Others have yards collecting garbage, weeds, and car parts. More than a few have tenants getting frequent visits from police and emergency services.
In some of the worst cases, drug dealing and violence have caused considerable trauma to those communities.
Continue reading Solutions for problem properties Ways to improve neighbourhood safety
It is recognized that youth who commit crimes should be treated differently from adults.
Intervention before adulthood is crucial in providing the skills and resources for youth to develop into productive, responsible adults. Youth should take responsibility for their actions and face meaningful consequences while receiving support to keep them from a life of crime.
Continue reading Alternative punishment for youth crime Restorative justice can help create a safe community
With spring comes an interesting renewal at Crossroads Salvation Army Church on the corner of 95 Street and 116 Avenue: the church has re-opened its doors.
Boards are gone from the windows and doors and new church service signs are posted. Workers are removing old carpeting and laying new flooring, painting the walls and replacing old plumbing and electrical. Repairs to the façade are also planned for this year.
Continue reading Salvation Army Church re-opens its doors Priority is healing relationship with community and focusing on local ministry
The number of men paying for sex has doubled in the last decade, with approximately one in seven paying for sexual contact at some point. Many men are not deterred when they discover women were trafficked, pimped, or coerced.
On a worldwide scale, approximately 12-18 million adults and two million children are forced into the sex trade. Many trafficked persons come from South America, Africa, East Asia, and Eastern Europe, ending up in North and Central America, Europe and the Middle East.
Continue reading Learning the facts and stories of sexual exploitation Cathy King’s presentation was eye-opening
On April 12, city councillors voted to extend the moratorium on using city money for non-market and affordable housing in five neighbourhoods.
The moratorium began in 2012 when the Alberta Avenue, Eastwood, Queen Mary Park, Central McDougall, and McCauley neighbourhoods protested over the amount of social housing in their neighbourhoods. After that, the city consulted with them to determine housing needs and opportunities.
Continue reading City councillors vote to extend moratorium Administration will once again consult with five neighbourhoods
Sebastian Barrera is a doer. Despite obstacles, he finds a way to make projects he has a vision for happen.
On April 21, he received the Courage to Innovate Award at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts for his work on the KinArt Ravine project, a series of more than 60 murals lining the Kinnaird Ravine trail.
Continue reading Recognizing art, courage and innovation Sebastian Barrera receives award for his work on KinArt Ravine project
It’s hard to talk about Delton Community League without introducing you to Walter (Wally) Gurba. Now 81, Gurba has been league president for 25 years. In the 70s, when the building went up at 88 Street and 123 Avenue, Gurba was there. He’s been there more than 40 years, working in the shop or flooding the ice with the league’s Zamboni.
That’s right, Delton has a Zamboni. Its origin is one of the many stories Gurba will tell you with a wry smile.
Continue reading Forming a vibrant and connected community Delton Community League has dedicated members