Category Archives: Social Issues

Enforcement agencies focus on trivialities Work on major issues for a better use of resources

De minimis non curat lex: The law does not concern itself with trifles.

This Latin expression has guided the proceedings of courts around the globe since antiquity. It means that the courts should not entertain trivial matters, and directs the court to allocate their resources to major matters of human consequence to maintain the public’s confidence in the administration of justice. Continue reading Enforcement agencies focus on trivialities Work on major issues for a better use of resources

Why you should remember your community concerns Following up on issues identified during the municipal election

The municipal election has come and gone, but we still have the lingering issues identified during the campaign.

These issues are important to community members and come up during an election for good reasons. It’s important we don’t forget about these issues. After all, we have an opportunity to keep advocating for our concerns and ensure city council and public school trustees find solutions. Continue reading Why you should remember your community concerns Following up on issues identified during the municipal election

City resources help vulnerable individuals Who to call if you see someone publicly intoxicated

Winter is a chilly time to be intoxicated in public, with the city and season bringing unique dangers.

Const. Cam Buffalo, a member of one of Edmonton Police Service’s northwest division’s beat teams, said people who are intoxicated outdoors could catch hypothermia. Continue reading City resources help vulnerable individuals Who to call if you see someone publicly intoxicated

Knowing the signs of domestic violence Resources exist to help break the complex cycle

Bruises aren’t the only signs of domestic violence. Other signs can be subtle, but equally telling.

Signs might include someone who can never stay after or be involved in anything outside of work, only goes out with his or her partner, or has no money, phone, or vehicle of their own. Being deprived of personal things most people normally have can be a form of domestic violence.

Const. Sheila Dow, domestic violence coordinator of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) northwest division, said, “Isolation, control, and intimidation are surprisingly common. If you suspect domestic violence, call the police.” Continue reading Knowing the signs of domestic violence Resources exist to help break the complex cycle

Finding common ground between generations Intergenerational communication is key for success

Consider the following statement from a millennial-aged employee in her mid 20s or early 30s. We’ll call her Jane.

“I spend my days in work meetings, whether I am working remotely or in the office. Then they expect me to spend my evenings doing the actual work. My manager doesn’t understand. Nothing we start ever seems to get finished and more just gets piled on.” Continue reading Finding common ground between generations Intergenerational communication is key for success

Passing the buck on problem properties Authorities not effectively addressing major issue in core neighbourhoods

Many of us were shaken this September by a string of news stories that emerged from our neighbourhood. The world briefly peered into our backyards to see an alleged terrorist slam his car into a police officer at a football game, and then rampage down Jasper Avenue in a cube van.

But for many of us, this was not the most violent or troubling incident of the weekend, but a cornerstone to a news cycle that included three bodies recovered from problem properties in a week. Continue reading Passing the buck on problem properties Authorities not effectively addressing major issue in core neighbourhoods

Study and pilot looking at public bathrooms City considering factors before building more bathrooms

When you gotta go, you gotta go, but you’re not always near a bathroom you can use when the need strikes.

In the RCP distribution area, public bathrooms exist in places like libraries, most local community leagues when open, Kingsway Mall, Safeway, and Borden Park.

Many businesses allow only paying customers to use their bathrooms. The Carrot Coffeehouse adopted this practice because of past experiences. Continue reading Study and pilot looking at public bathrooms City considering factors before building more bathrooms

The question of political correctness Why political correctness isn't about free speech

Has political correctness gone too far? Have we become a society so concerned about offending various minorities that we are impeding the free speech of individuals? Isn’t the real problem that people are too easily offended by words used by others? Shouldn’t those people just learn how to shrug it off? Apparently, most Canadians think so. I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with them. Continue reading The question of political correctness Why political correctness isn’t about free speech

Realities of living near a problem property Bonding with neighbours and confronting issues helps

The house is vacant, a different scene from recently when six police cars and two fire rescue trucks lined the street while a man, possibly high, stood on the peak of the roof taunting and hurling abuse to onlookers below. Continue reading Realities of living near a problem property Bonding with neighbours and confronting issues helps