All posts by Mimi Williams

Mimi is a writer who first moved to the Alberta Avenue area over 20 years ago. She has participated in a number of revitalization initiatives and continues to promote the Ave as one of the best areas to live, work and play in Edmonton.

Infill development frustrates residents Unfinished duplex on Alberta Avenue has been sitting for years

Bubbling under the surface of one of the prettiest blocks in Alberta Avenue is growing anger and frustration among neighbours forced to live near an infill development gone horribly wrong.

Continue reading Infill development frustrates residents Unfinished duplex on Alberta Avenue has been sitting for years

Province expanding child care program Affordable child care boosts economy and fights poverty

Just before Christmas, the province announced that it was expanding the $25/day child care program it launched last April.

An additional 78 early childhood centres will be added to the original 22, with 4,500 extra spaces to be created across Alberta, said the press release. This is great news for families, particularly those struggling with high child care fees, but it’s a drop in the bucket relative to the need for affordable, quality child care spaces, particularly in Edmonton. Continue reading Province expanding child care program Affordable child care boosts economy and fights poverty

Coliseum redevelopment comes at pivotal time The decision will have a huge impact on surrounding areas

When talks about building a new arena downtown got serious a decade or so ago, my first thought was, “What about the Coliseum?” A lot of memories were made in that building, but when Mayor Don Iveson pushed to demolish it last month, it wasn’t nostalgia I was feeling; it was frustration. Continue reading Coliseum redevelopment comes at pivotal time The decision will have a huge impact on surrounding areas

Do your homework before renting a property Investigating could save you grief in the long run

Last spring, I signed a lease to move into what I thought was a beautiful home, blissfully unaware of the nightmare that was about to unfold. Looking back, I have some tips to share on how others might avoid unintentionally placing themselves in a precarious housing situation. Continue reading Do your homework before renting a property Investigating could save you grief in the long run

The question of political correctness Why political correctness isn't about free speech

Has political correctness gone too far? Have we become a society so concerned about offending various minorities that we are impeding the free speech of individuals? Isn’t the real problem that people are too easily offended by words used by others? Shouldn’t those people just learn how to shrug it off? Apparently, most Canadians think so. I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with them. Continue reading The question of political correctness Why political correctness isn’t about free speech