Enjoy a special evening on the Ave Carrot by Moonlight offers wine, chocolate, and cheese

Would you like to sip wine, eat cheese, and have a chef on hand to teach you some finer aspects of chocolate cuisine? The Carrot has the answer.

On Feb. 11 during the Carrot by Moonlight event, organizers will transform the cafe into a little French bistro.

“We’ll be pairing wine and beer with different cheeses, as well as enjoying charcuterie platters,” said Karen McGale, arts administrator with Arts on the Ave. “We’ll learn how to create a chocolate ganache …and then we’ll create delectable chocolate tuxedo strawberries.”

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Mesopotamian cuisine available off the Ave Zar Zor Restaurant offers an authentic palate of flavours

Fresh from opening, Zar Zor Restaurant, located on 121 Avenue and 90 Street, offers flavours drawing from long-ago Mesopotamia.

Mesopotamia is the ancient name for the land that once encapsulated large chunks of modern-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey as well as slices of Iran and Kuwait. Mesopotamia made up a significant portion of the “cradle of civilization,” known for its rich soils that fed the first cities of early civilization.

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

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.

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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.

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Seeking a safe place for supervised injections Possible supervised injection site draws mixed feelings

In the third-floor office of the Hull Block, a red brick Edwardian building on the edge of Chinatown, Georgina Fiddler keeps a photo album most people would find unsettling.

The images capture scenes she sees during walks around the southwest corner of McCauley: discarded syringes, empty vials, and people curled up on the concrete.

“I would have called 911 on that one because he wasn’t moving,” she said, lingering on one. “A needle with blood in it, people sleeping—this is every single day, and these are only a few of the pictures I have.”

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Advice to keep your relationships alive Ensuring your loved ones remain a priority

Lover, friendship, or family members: all of these connections take effort to maintain and blossom. Without attention, these important relationships will fall apart.

This February, Rat Creek Press contributors took the time to share what they do to keep their relationships going.

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The history of a well-loved local home The Grant house was home to a lawyer and his family

In January 2002, Patricia Dunnigan bought a house rich in history and now lives in the 1914 house with her husband, Aydan Dunnigan-Vickruck.

Throughout the years, past owners have done a lot of work on the house.

“The interior was quite beautiful, someone had done a lot of renovation in 1995,” Dunnigan said. “I can sit anywhere in the house and I can see a different view, a different angle,” she continued.

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City planners seek input on Norwood Boulevard Public meeting focuses on mobility and land use

City planning staff held a second public meeting on Nov. 30 about the future of Norwood Boulevard from 109 to 82 Street.

The first public meeting on June 22 provided city planners with feedback in areas which would enhance the quality of this neighbourhood slated for revitalization. Both meetings were well attended.

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Alberta bans door-to-door energy sales Numerous complaints and sales tactics led to decision

In the new year, expect fewer door-to-door salespeople to come knocking at your door.

The Alberta government has banned door-to-door sales of furnaces, water heaters, windows, energy contracts, air conditioners, and energy audits as of Jan. 1, 2017. Energy companies who continue with door-to-door sales could face a fine or possible charges under the Fair Trading Act.

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