All posts by Constance Brissenden

Constance’s writing and editing career spans more than 40 years. She lives in Parkdale-Cromdale.

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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Striving for the Olympic Games Parkdale resident and sabre fencer proves that dedication pays off

Nine years ago, Parkdale resident Marissa Ponich didn’t know much about sabres, a cavalry weapon used on horseback long ago.

Andrew Rusheleau, Ponich’s then-boyfriend (now husband) introduced her to sabre fencing when she was attending the University of Alberta. She came to love the sport under the guidance of coach Sergei Kazimirski, founder of Sergei’s Sabre Club.

Today she’s one of the top women’s sabre fencers in Canada.

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Northlands’ new vision Proposed changes are both innovative and risky

The clock is ticking to determine the future of the aging hockey arena and the entire Northlands site.

Northlands’ proposed Vision 2020 strategy for its 160-acre “campus” is a huge gamble. On one hand, it’s a $165-million-dollar “re-creation of recreation,” marked by massive changes to its three main venues. On the other is the spectre of a derelict site inspiring falling housing values and increased crime.

“We don’t want Vision 2020 to be an all-or-nothing strategy, but we also don’t want Northlands to be the next not-for-profit society that is $20-million-dollars in the hole and no way to pay it back,” President and CEO Tim Reid told community league members in February.

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