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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Finances a matter of family and community Money Mentors helps people get a handle on debt

People are often put off by the topic of money management. The Norwood Wesleyan Church helped parishioners get past their reluctance with a workshop.

Sound finances empowers people and communities, explained Phillip Telfer, Wesleyan pastor.

“Realizing money is a tool and using it well to help you and those around you. It means using your money to love people,” Telfer said.

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Finding the way out of the debt cycle New payday loan regulations aim to protect customers

You can’t watch television anymore without seeing multiple commercials for payday loan companies. They are as bright and jingly as fast food commercials. To hear the commercial personality speak, a payday loan is just another tool in your financial toolkit.

Here on Alberta Avenue alone, there are more than a dozen of these companies, some strictly dealing with short-term credit, while others have a pawn shop as an added service. If coming into a store is not appealing or easy, a loan can be as far away as the click of a mouse. Continue reading Finding the way out of the debt cycle New payday loan regulations aim to protect customers

Helping pregnant women tackle addictions Study participants use breathalyzers to track sobriety

The Institute of Health Economics and the University of Alberta are running a study from the summer of 2016 to 2018 that aims to find new ways of preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

In Alberta, 46,000 people currently live with FASD and approximately 700 to 1,900 babies are born with the disorder each year.

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Giving your budget some breathing room Calculating the financial cost of daily addictions

The effects of addictions are not isolated. Whether it is an addiction to cigarettes, coffee, or alcohol, the financial impact alone can be detrimental.

According to an MNP Debt survey, “fifty-eight percent of Albertans say they are now living within $200 a month of being unable to pay their bills and debt payments each month.”

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Helping people navigate the justice system Organization gives legal advice to those with low-income

Those living with low-income and in need of legal advice can seek help at Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC).

“There are all kinds of factors that make it difficult to hire a lawyer or navigate the justice system,” said Debbie Klein, executive director of ECLC.

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Modern meaning in Remembrance Day Why we should look beyond the traditional to remain relevant

Growing up as a post-war baby boomer, I’ve often thought the Second World War cast a shadow over my childhood and youth. My father lived through occupied France between the ages of eight and 13. My close friend’s father was a veteran who had marched north up the Italian peninsula with the Canadian Army. My grandmother would speak sadly of her older brother, who was lost when his plane went down while serving in the air force. War left a strong impression on these people which took a long time to process, not only touching them but also those close to them.

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Letter Re: Army recruits photo in August issue

In the photo where the men walk down Alberta Avenue supporting the war effort, the two ladies rolling up the awning in front of Smith Bakery are Selina Smith, Francis Smith’s wife, and Ruth Smith, his daughter. His daughter Ethel Smith and niece Edna Ore were also working in the bake shop.
Information provided by Francis Smith’s granddaughters Barbara and Frances.

What it means to start over in a new country Learning a complicated language takes time and exposure

Imagine moving to a new country. The stress of finding a new home, a new job, a new school for your kids, and new friends. Now imagine not being able to speak your new country’s language.

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