Forming a vibrant and connected community Delton Community League has dedicated members

It’s hard to talk about Delton Community League without introducing you to Walter (Wally) Gurba. Now 81, Gurba has been league president for 25 years. In the 70s, when the building went up at 88 Street and 123 Avenue, Gurba was there. He’s been there more than 40 years, working in the shop or flooding the ice with the league’s Zamboni.

That’s right, Delton has a Zamboni. Its origin is one of the many stories Gurba will tell you with a wry smile.

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Meet the Kowalski Family Nathan, Stephanie, Anya, and Nina have been Westwood residents for 10 years

The Kowalski Family: Stephanie, Nathan, and their two daughters
“There are a lot of different dynamics in this neighbourhood. Being in a neighbourhood like this [means] the kids see downtown life. I think it’s good exposure for them, rather than being out where there isn’t as much diversity. It’s good for us, too.”

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The realities of human trafficking Q & A with Staff Sergeant Dale Johnson

Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Dale Johnson from EPS’s vice unit took some time to talk about human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week runs from April 18-22.

All of Johnson’s answers address sexual human trafficking and focus on Edmonton’s situation.

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A race to the finish Northlands racetrack slated to close after 2016 racing season

Outrider Larry Dagg, on his horse Rooster, is joined by Northlands Park racetrack announcer Matt Jukich (left) on March 7, the first day of thoroughbred training for the 2016 racing season.

Dagg, originally from Saskatchewan, is responsible for the general on-track safety of riders and horses. “I’ve worked with horses all my life,” he recalled. “My family raised ponies and raced wagons and chuck wagons. I first worked at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon.”

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Borden Park is now open for visitors Local residents voice concerns in Bellevue Community League meetin

Borden Park’s upgrades are complete.

Improvements to the 20-hectare park include a pavilion with washrooms and vending machines, improved trails, and a band shell.

A new pool is slated for 2017. “We’ve moved into the design stage. The project is going ahead,” said Nicole Poirier, director of the city’s civic events and partnerships. The pool is the first in Canada to be chemical-free and use biological filtration.
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Sharpening your job-hunting skills Accessing and using resources and support when looking for work

Been job hunting for awhile, with no luck? The truth is, there are a lot of people looking for work in this city.

According to Statistics Canada, as of January 2016 Edmonton is facing a 6.2 per cent unemployment rate, up from 4.4 per cent a year ago. This means the number of unemployed Edmontonians has risen from roughly 34,000 to 51,000. While these statistics may paint a grim picture of Edmonton’s employment landscape, there are resources available to support you in your search.
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Improving safety in school zones Successful pilot helped to create important upgrades to school zones

Child safety is crucial, which is why city council reintroduced school zones in 2014 with reduced speed limits. With many near misses, complaints to EPS, bylaw, and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), as well as some child pedestrian collisions, it was clear more needed to be done.
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Connecting local art to the community Nina Haggerty’s beautiful installation has a home at Alberta Ave Community League

Artists from the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts gifted Alberta Avenue Community League with a colourful multimedia art installation representing the community.

Created by six painters and 12 clay artists who work at the Nina, the installation depicts unique houses in the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood.

Paul Freeman, artistic director of the Nina Haggerty, said “the aim of the centre has always been to broadcast work in the public space and an opportunity for other people to see what the artists at the Nina can do.” He explained the artists “want to make a concrete contribution to the local reality,” and that “good art connects your experience to my experience.”
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Delicious and fresh from the oven Calico Baking Company offers locally-sourced baked goods

“We are all about stuff that’s just so good to eat, so good for you,” said Laurel Ferster, co-owner of The Calico Baking Company based in McCauley. Together with co-owner Zinovia Hardy, the partners believe their connection to the land makes their baked goods part of a bigger cycle.

They’ve had their share of challenges, like when the delivery driver dropped their oven off the back of the truck in 2014, significantly delaying when they opened their business, and putting extra financial pressure on them.
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Board games experiencing a resurgence Playing board games has become a popular way to socialize with friends

The time of board games is here. No longer forgotten and gathering dust on a shelf, board games have become a popular way for people to socialize.

At the Carrot Community Art Coffeehouse, the last Tuesday of every month is Board Games Night. According to Mary Ann Aquino, the Carrot’s operations manager, there’s always a good turnout.
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