Category Archives: Community News

Province expanding child care program Affordable child care boosts economy and fights poverty

Just before Christmas, the province announced that it was expanding the $25/day child care program it launched last April.

An additional 78 early childhood centres will be added to the original 22, with 4,500 extra spaces to be created across Alberta, said the press release. This is great news for families, particularly those struggling with high child care fees, but it’s a drop in the bucket relative to the need for affordable, quality child care spaces, particularly in Edmonton. Continue reading Province expanding child care program Affordable child care boosts economy and fights poverty

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

More programming for Alberta Avenue The league’s activities focus on building abundant community

Cabin fever can be a distant memory for Alberta Avenue league members with plenty of opportunities to participate in local programming this year. The league is expanding its programming with math tutoring, a collective kitchen, drop-in sports, and outdoor skating. Continue reading More programming for Alberta Avenue The league’s activities focus on building abundant community

Indigenous program empowers and educates I Am A Kind Man focuses on violence against women

A unique pilot project aims to educate and empower Indigenous men to recognize and speak out about violence against women.

I Am A Kind Man (Néya Napew Na Muton in Cree) is held at the Canadian Native Friendship Centre (CNFC) and originated at the Aboriginal Men’s Violence Program in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Del Anderson, the facilitator, speaks with enthusiasm about the program.   Continue reading Indigenous program empowers and educates I Am A Kind Man focuses on violence against women

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