Category Archives: Social Issues

Anti-gay leaflets posted along the Ave Local reverend says those responsible are misinformed

Steven Townsend was walking his dog along 118 Avenue when he saw the first one: ”Repent! The sin of homosexuality will destroy Canada.”

It was a leaflet posted at a bus shelter, filled with anti-LGBTQ rhetoric backed up with selective Bible verses. Continue reading Anti-gay leaflets posted along the Ave Local reverend says those responsible are misinformed

Organization promotes safety of citizens Goal is to provide safe homes throughout city

Where do you go when you’re scared, lost, or sick? We teach our children to be wary of strangers, but what happens when children are away from home and need help? Thanks to the Edmonton Safe Parents Association, help is only a skunk away!

Spunky the Skunk is the mascot in the window sign of the Edmonton Safe Parent Association. It’s a red, white, and black sign of a skunk holding a child’s hand. Approved and screened volunteers (Safe Parents) display this sign in their windows when they are home and available to help. Continue reading Organization promotes safety of citizens Goal is to provide safe homes throughout city

Healing stories of Truth and Reconciliation Local installation prompts us to share and listen

A traditional Métis story used to teach values of honesty and sharing is being shared once again for Truth and Reconciliation during Medicine Stories/Maskihkîy Âcimowin.

The installation, which runs May 27 to June 21, features a 12-foot steel tree based on The Giving Tree story. The tree, placed in the 118 Avenue and 92 Street grassy space, will be used for Truth and Reconciliation through storytelling, songs, and art. Continue reading Healing stories of Truth and Reconciliation Local installation prompts us to share and listen

Teaching youth to be safe while online The importance of boundaries, respect and safety

Parents teach their children to look both ways to safely cross roadways, but it’s equally important to teach them to navigate Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media.

Craig Krieger, Crown prosecutor, Techology and Internet Crimes, spoke at the April 25 Internet and Technology Safety for Children and Youth event during the Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness. Continue reading Teaching youth to be safe while online The importance of boundaries, respect and safety

The importance of fathers in a child’s life Fathers are important to a child’s development

Father’s Day brings to mind a father’s role in child development and how a father is an important role model who affects a child’s future relationships.

I am the product of a traditional 1950s marriage. As the major breadwinner, my dad was often away from home. He made sincere efforts to be a good father despite the situation. Continue reading The importance of fathers in a child’s life Fathers are important to a child’s development

Linking affordable housing with community McCauley Apartments provides security and support

McCauley Apartments is a success story. The building, located in the heart of McCauley, provides affordable housing and support for people facing mental illness and disability as well as those in need.

“I love living here. I would not change a thing,” said Chris Leclair, a resident of McCauley Apartments.

He moved to the apartments from Meadow’s Place group home 17 years ago, and has since built relationships.

Continue reading Linking affordable housing with community McCauley Apartments provides security and support

Community leaders of revitalization Stepping up to make your neighbourhood better

Hundreds of people have given their time to share their vision for and frustration with their neighbourhood over the years. Some of them took it further and joined a committee or worked on a project. Many residents sitting at community meetings today are the same as 11 years ago when the Avenue Initiative Revitalization started. That speaks of the commitment those residents have to making their community a better place to live, work, and play. Continue reading Community leaders of revitalization Stepping up to make your neighbourhood better

Choosing to stand up and be bold for change Solidarity is a choice on International Women’s Day

The wave of political populism currently sweeping the West is increasingly beckoning a response, especially when moral values are challenged.

Though many struggle with appropriate responses, solidarity has proven to be an accessible and powerful one. Solidarity refuses to normalize actions with which we disagree and generates momentum behind a cause. Continue reading Choosing to stand up and be bold for change Solidarity is a choice on International Women’s Day

Rethinking supervised injection sites Sites should have been linked to broader city plans

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In December, a coalition called Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) proposed four supervised injection sites.

Supervised injection may decrease transmission of communicable diseases and provide better outcomes for people who overdose. As drug addiction affects a wide swath of society, regardless of socioeconomic status and geographic boundaries, supervised injection sites within hospitals or larger community health centres throughout our city (and province) seem reasonable. After all, hospitals or health centres are busy public places with onsite security, treatment beds, social workers, and natural surveillance.

Continue reading Rethinking supervised injection sites Sites should have been linked to broader city plans

Supervised injection sites could be a boon This model could help drug users and communities

There is ongoing concern in our communities about injection drug use in public spaces and discarded needles found in parks, alleys, and schoolyards.

In response to this concern, an interdisciplinary team called Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) has addressed public health issues surrounding injection drug use in the inner city.

Continue reading Supervised injection sites could be a boon This model could help drug users and communities