Learning to cook food across cultures Global Cooking is a social and learning opportunity

The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) has discovered food is the ultimate ice breaker.

The organization, which helps new immigrants integrate and settle in Canada, offers a Global Cooking Class on Mondays at Alberta Avenue Community League.

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Ahmed Abdulkadir breaks down barriers Community advocate strives to create strong communities

Big ideas for change has taken root on Norwood Boulevard.

Ahmed Abdulkadir, executive director of the Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta (OSCAR), operates a community centre on 111 Avenue. He’s also one of the partners of the Safety Summit, an alliance of aboriginal, Somali, and community groups who have partnered with Edmonton Police Services and the City of Edmonton.

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Understanding the meaning and origin of Yule Celebrating the season by looking into familiar symbols

Yule or the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and Pagans celebrate it around the same time as Christmas. In fact, Yule is the precursor to Christmas. When Christianity was being spread throughout Europe, many of the same symbols and traditions were assimilated into Christianity as a means to ease the recently converted Pagans into the faith.

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Bringing police presence to city schools Student Resource Officer helps youth and the community

Constable Price is often found patrolling the streets and back alleyways surrounding Spruce Avenue Junior High School and Rosslyn Junior High School, keeping an eye out for mischief that could find its way to the school yard.

Since September, Price has been the School Resource Officer (SRO) for both schools. She is part of the initiative program that began in September to bring SROs to junior high schools.

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Holiday market brings a season of connection Just One World offers ethically-sourced gifts to shoppers

Christmas shoppers hunting for ethically-sourced gifts have plenty of choice at Just One World, held Nov. 12-13.

Previously known as Just Christmas, organizers changed the name to more accurately reflect  the ethical and global market. The location has also changed. Alberta Avenue Community League hosted the event for the past 10 years, but now the Ital-Canadian Seniors Association is hosting the volunteer-run market.

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Embracing agriculture with Northlands’ events Celebrating another year of hosting Canadian Finals Rodeo

The middle of the city is probably the last place you’d look for 2,000 head of cattle. But once a year for the past 43 years, November in Edmonton meant hundreds of farmyard livestock making their way to Farmfair and the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) at Northlands. This year, your chance to connect with your inner cowboy or cowgirl comes Nov. 9-13.

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CORRECTION Re: "City Reviews Mature Neighbourhood Overlay"

The article, “City Reviews Mature Neighbourhood Overlay” printed on page two of our October 2016 issue erroneously stated that the “revised MNO will likely broaden the permissible uses of residential properties throughout the city and reduce the types of discretionary uses of these properties.”

The revised MNO will not change the current list of permitted or discretionary uses in any zone. Full details can be found at edmonton.ca/matureneighbourhoodoverlay.

Fixing Edmonton’s affordable housing problem The slow progress to creating better housing strategies

Through boom and bust, calls for action on affordable housing have prevailed for at least a generation. Despite countless announcements and interventions from various levels of governments over the past decade, the situation continues to get worse rather than better.

At the end of September, Mayor Don Iveson joined other big city mayors in Toronto to ask the federal government for a major infusion of money for affordable housing. Iveson has joined his counterparts across Canada in referring to the affordable housing situation as a “crisis”.

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Gallery curates creativity and conversation Bleeding Heart Art Space blends art and faith

Light streams through the windows of Bleeding Heart Art Space on 118 Avenue. Its bright interior fulfills the founders’ intent that there be a community gathering place for the arts, and by extension, for social dialogue.

“One thing that art does really well is give a voice to people who may not have a voice, and to issues that may not have a voice,” said Dave Von Bieker, Bleeding Heart’s artistic director.

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