Category Archives: Community News

Edmonton Transit rolls out new subsidized pass Ride Transit program to help low-income residents

In July, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) launched a program to make city transit more accessible for low-income households.

Funded by the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta, the Ride Transit program is a 16-month pilot project that allows eligible Edmontonians to purchase youth and adult monthly transit passes for only $35, a reduction from regular rates of $73 for youth and $94.25 for adults. Continue reading Edmonton Transit rolls out new subsidized pass Ride Transit program to help low-income residents

Event celebrates entrepreneur and resident Larger than life tenors performing for memorial fund

For Ernesto Rizzi, owning his own business was not only a testament to his enterprising spirit, but also a celebration of his Italian roots.

“He was a lover of food, the band U2, and such a practical joker,” said Luisa Magnan, Rizzi’s sister. “He loved his Italian heritage.”

Rizzi owned the Dolce and Banana food truck and died unexpectedly last year at 37 years old. Magnan, who lives in Parkdale, is helping organize an evening of laughter and opera to raise money toward a fund in his name at the University of Alberta. Continue reading Event celebrates entrepreneur and resident Larger than life tenors performing for memorial fund

Soil remediation in league parking lot Past service station contamination led to soil removal

If you’ve been curious about the pit in the Alberta Avenue Community League parking lot, the mystery is solved. Due to contamination from a former service station, the city hired Whissell Contracting to remove the soil. Shannon Brennan, a community recreation coordinator with the city, answered questions about the project. Continue reading Soil remediation in league parking lot Past service station contamination led to soil removal

Alberta Avenue gets more feet on the beat Look for officers patrolling by bike and by foot

Edmonton Police Service (EPS) doubled its presence around 118 Avenue with the addition of six constables and a second sergeant to the beat in June.

Led by Sgt. Ashley Hayward, the extra officers will provide greater day and night coverage to Alberta Avenue and parts of Westwood, Spruce Avenue, Parkdale, Eastwood, and Elmwood Park. Continue reading Alberta Avenue gets more feet on the beat Look for officers patrolling by bike and by foot

Bring your dog to Eastwood’s favourite fest Muttstock has entertainment for dogs and owners

July heralds the return of Muttstock, a unique dog-centric event welcoming dogs, their owners, and dog lovers in general.

“Muttstock is a popular event because people love to get outside with their dogs,” said Jaz Rayne, vice president of Muttstock Alberta Rescue Benefit Society (MARBS). “Not many festivals for humans allow dogs to attend, so the option to bring your dog to an event geared towards dogs and their owners is fantastic.”

Rayne explained MARBS is presenting Muttstock this year. Newly created, MARBS allows organizers to work as non-profit charity. Continue reading Bring your dog to Eastwood’s favourite fest Muttstock has entertainment for dogs and owners

Giving children a head start for school Local program gets children ready for kindergarten

Sometimes children need a helping hand, and the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre’s Head Start program does just that.

“Head Start is a free, inclusive learn-through-play program for children three-and-a-half to five years old of qualifying families,” said Meagan Highet, program manager. Head Start aims to help children develop the skills needed for kindergarten. Interested families should contact Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre for more information and to see if they qualify. Continue reading Giving children a head start for school Local program gets children ready for kindergarten