A bird’s eye view of Edmonton at the turn of the last century would show an urban core on either side of the river, with outlying subdivisions separated by bush and a few connecting roads. Meanwhile, the surging commercial and population growth meant the city was hard-pressed to keep up with services and infrastructure.
For over 20 years, Spruce Avenue Community League has held a Harvest Festival in September.
“It started off with a very low attendance,” said Verna Stainthorp, secretary and treasurer of the league. Since then, the festival has grown in popularity, with around 150 people expected to attend this year. “It’s been well-received by people. It’s a time for people to get together,” said Stainthorp.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.