Eleven sculptures installed in Borden Park Public art event showcased four women sculptors

On Aug. 24, over 40 people huddled under the shelter at Borden Park to wait out the storm that turned a balmy afternoon into a cold, wet gale. They were there to meet some of Edmonton’s most prolific women sculptors whose 11 pieces of artwork are installed in various locations of the park. Continue reading Eleven sculptures installed in Borden Park Public art event showcased four women sculptors

Taking in the variety of local public art Neighbourhood art inspires conversations and feelings

In our neighbourhoods, we have a variety of city-funded public art as well as neighbourhood art. People have strong feelings about this kind of art in their community, but whether you love it, hate it, or feel ambivalent about it, public and neighbourhood art makes a community stand out and inspires conversation. Continue reading Taking in the variety of local public art Neighbourhood art inspires conversations and feelings

Edmonton Transit rolls out new subsidized pass Ride Transit program to help low-income residents

In July, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) launched a program to make city transit more accessible for low-income households.

Funded by the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta, the Ride Transit program is a 16-month pilot project that allows eligible Edmontonians to purchase youth and adult monthly transit passes for only $35, a reduction from regular rates of $73 for youth and $94.25 for adults. Continue reading Edmonton Transit rolls out new subsidized pass Ride Transit program to help low-income residents

Event celebrates entrepreneur and resident Larger than life tenors performing for memorial fund

For Ernesto Rizzi, owning his own business was not only a testament to his enterprising spirit, but also a celebration of his Italian roots.

“He was a lover of food, the band U2, and such a practical joker,” said Luisa Magnan, Rizzi’s sister. “He loved his Italian heritage.”

Rizzi owned the Dolce and Banana food truck and died unexpectedly last year at 37 years old. Magnan, who lives in Parkdale, is helping organize an evening of laughter and opera to raise money toward a fund in his name at the University of Alberta. Continue reading Event celebrates entrepreneur and resident Larger than life tenors performing for memorial fund

Infill is a matter of good neighbourliness City team responsible for inspections and complaints

Every worker at a residential infill site must keep it tidy and secure, among other requirements. When those rules aren’t being followed, residents can use the 311 complaint line and a new resource: the city’s infill compliance team.

“The team has authority to do proactive inspections on infill sites in older neighbourhoods, to ensure all types of issues can be addressed on site,” said Adrienne Hill, spokesperson with the city’s sustainable development. Continue reading Infill is a matter of good neighbourliness City team responsible for inspections and complaints

Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned

“You were not created to live an average life. You were created to be a history maker.” – Unknown author

Sitting in the airplane coming to Canada, I meditated on this spiritual quote. I was 19 years old, a sponsored immigrant from Rwanda, and I didn’t speak English.

As a young African woman, I have a great desire to share my life experience with many people and use all my abilities to make a positive impact. As a Tutsi genocide survivor in Rwanda who is overcoming the tragedy of my past, I have a lot to share. Continue reading Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned

Turning city walls into fantastic murals Edmonton festival draws in artists from all over

The walls of the neighbourhood just became more alive with art. From July 21-31, Alberta Avenue was graced with two more murals, part of Rust Magic 2017, a festival of mural creation. Edmonton’s Justin Moose and Jade Jordan and Victoria’s Relfy created the artwork. Continue reading Turning city walls into fantastic murals Edmonton festival draws in artists from all over

When a tree fell, everybody heard it Community warmth shines on a dark and stormy night

Sensing a storm brewing, Alita Rickards stood at the front door of her Alberta Avenue home on June 26 to call her cat, Sally, in for the night. Fierce winds whipped down the street, and the feline fled into the house for safety. Continue reading When a tree fell, everybody heard it Community warmth shines on a dark and stormy night

Jovani Variety Store sells selection of goods Running and improving a store is rewarding and challenging

“It’s becoming the best place in Edmonton,” said Mustaf Nuur, owner of Jovani Variety Store on 118 Avenue and 93 Street. Sitting on chairs placed outside his shop, he visits with friends and customers while watching life unfold on the Avenue. Nuur has owned Jovani Variety Store for three years. “The neighbourhood is good,” he said. Continue reading Jovani Variety Store sells selection of goods Running and improving a store is rewarding and challenging

Soil remediation in league parking lot Past service station contamination led to soil removal

If you’ve been curious about the pit in the Alberta Avenue Community League parking lot, the mystery is solved. Due to contamination from a former service station, the city hired Whissell Contracting to remove the soil. Shannon Brennan, a community recreation coordinator with the city, answered questions about the project. Continue reading Soil remediation in league parking lot Past service station contamination led to soil removal