Getting to know your local fire hall Norwood Station No 5 is the third busiest in the city

The bright red pump truck waiting in the bay of Norwood Fire Station No 5 responded to over 4,000 calls last year. The ladder truck went out a further 1,300 times.

Those kind of statistics make the fire station the third busiest in Edmonton. Continue reading Getting to know your local fire hall Norwood Station No 5 is the third busiest in the city

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

Senior centres encourage levels of well-being Central Lions Seniors Association has plenty of options

“What am I doing here with all these seniors?”

The thought flashed through my mind the first time I walked into the Central Lions Seniors Association (CLSA). I admit it: I was still in denial that I, too, was a senior.

That was five years ago. Today, like many people over 55, I embrace all things senior at CLSA. If I want it, I can have it: fitness, workshops, courses, crafts, clubs, and special events.

I am also making new acquaintances, having new conversations, receiving new smiles. Continue reading Senior centres encourage levels of well-being Central Lions Seniors Association has plenty of options

Find your tribe with a new local group The Coffee Friendship Club helps people connect

Nobody expects to become a pariah when a major life change occurs. Yet that is exactly what two women shared at The Carrot’s new Coffee Friendship Club when discussing their experiences after divorce and becoming a widow.

In just three-and-a-half years, Bernadette Alseth’s mother, brother, sister-in-law, husband, and close neighbour died. To become a widow and a senior at the same time and also have her best friend distance herself was a shock.

“My closest girlfriend is so afraid of losing her husband she withdrew,” said Alseth. Continue reading Find your tribe with a new local group The Coffee Friendship Club helps people connect

Offset winter blues with positive strategies Seniors especially prone to seasonal depression

As winter approaches, we insulate windows and stow away garden implements. We take the car in for a tune up. But what can we do to prepare mentally for the short, cold days of winter?

“Self care is really, really important,” urged Franki Harrogate, a graduate student counselor and founder of Arclight Counselling Services. “Making sure you’re eating and sleeping right, anything to elevate your mood.” Continue reading Offset winter blues with positive strategies Seniors especially prone to seasonal depression

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

Expert advice to get ahead in your job hunt Tips to make your resume and cover letter stand out

Applying for jobs can be tedious, overwhelming, and draining, leaving people confused as to where to begin.

Mark Parsons, human services representative at MacEwan University, said, “The general rule of thumb is to make sure that your resume, cover letter, and any answers to pre-screening questions align with the job posting.” For example, if the job posting is looking for five years of experience, but you only have three, don’t apply. Continue reading Expert advice to get ahead in your job hunt Tips to make your resume and cover letter stand out

Honouring family and Remembrance Day My Father’s Cello brings popular wartime poem to life

One cello was destined to become a canvas when a 63-year-old musician with two cellos and an artist fresh out of high school regularly volunteered together at The Carrot. After all, Bernadette Alseth could not play both cellos simultaneously. During one of their conversations, Alseth asked the artist, Ariel Casapao Jr., to read John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields.

Some people question the lasting importance of the poem. Those questioners may not know that Nov. 11, while honouring veterans of all wars, is really about the First World War. It commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front. The armistice took effect on the 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour, and 11th minute of 1918. Continue reading Honouring family and Remembrance Day My Father’s Cello brings popular wartime poem to life

Enduring stories of challenges and triumphs Champions of Alberta Avenue project released in November

On Nov. 4, Arts on the Ave (AOTA) is debuting Champions of Alberta Avenue, a project celebrating stories of immigrant business owners along 118 Avenue.

The event will be held at Parkdale-Cromdale Community League and is part of AOTA’s Fall Pub Night Fundraiser. The project includes photography, a short film, and written profiles.

Continue to look here for condensed profiles of business owners, written by Shirley Serviss. Continue reading Enduring stories of challenges and triumphs Champions of Alberta Avenue project released in November