With spring comes an interesting renewal at Crossroads Salvation Army Church on the corner of 95 Street and 116 Avenue: the church has re-opened its doors.
Boards are gone from the windows and doors and new church service signs are posted. Workers are removing old carpeting and laying new flooring, painting the walls and replacing old plumbing and electrical. Repairs to the façade are also planned for this year.
Continue reading Salvation Army Church re-opens its doors Priority is healing relationship with community and focusing on local ministry
The number of men paying for sex has doubled in the last decade, with approximately one in seven paying for sexual contact at some point. Many men are not deterred when they discover women were trafficked, pimped, or coerced.
On a worldwide scale, approximately 12-18 million adults and two million children are forced into the sex trade. Many trafficked persons come from South America, Africa, East Asia, and Eastern Europe, ending up in North and Central America, Europe and the Middle East.
Continue reading Learning the facts and stories of sexual exploitation Cathy King’s presentation was eye-opening
On April 12, city councillors voted to extend the moratorium on using city money for non-market and affordable housing in five neighbourhoods.
The moratorium began in 2012 when the Alberta Avenue, Eastwood, Queen Mary Park, Central McDougall, and McCauley neighbourhoods protested over the amount of social housing in their neighbourhoods. After that, the city consulted with them to determine housing needs and opportunities.
Continue reading City councillors vote to extend moratorium Administration will once again consult with five neighbourhoods
Sebastian Barrera is a doer. Despite obstacles, he finds a way to make projects he has a vision for happen.
On April 21, he received the Courage to Innovate Award at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts for his work on the KinArt Ravine project, a series of more than 60 murals lining the Kinnaird Ravine trail.
Continue reading Recognizing art, courage and innovation Sebastian Barrera receives award for his work on KinArt Ravine project
It’s hard to talk about Delton Community League without introducing you to Walter (Wally) Gurba. Now 81, Gurba has been league president for 25 years. In the 70s, when the building went up at 88 Street and 123 Avenue, Gurba was there. He’s been there more than 40 years, working in the shop or flooding the ice with the league’s Zamboni.
That’s right, Delton has a Zamboni. Its origin is one of the many stories Gurba will tell you with a wry smile.
Continue reading Forming a vibrant and connected community Delton Community League has dedicated members
Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Dale Johnson from EPS’s vice unit took some time to talk about human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week runs from April 18-22.
All of Johnson’s answers address sexual human trafficking and focus on Edmonton’s situation.
Continue reading The realities of human trafficking Q & A with Staff Sergeant Dale Johnson
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.”
Continue reading A race to the finish Northlands racetrack slated to close after 2016 racing season
The teenage years are difficult for both parents and teens. Teens are searching for a self-identity and more independence. Discovering who you are and what you like requires exploration. Conflict often occurs. Adolescence is also a vulnerable and risky time because a teenager’s brain isn’t fully developed.
In a healthy family, parents provide guidance and boundaries through this volatile period. Unfortunately, many families are dysfunctional. Sometimes parents are simply unaware of the issues and emotions their teens are facing. Or worse, teens may have already been subjected to abuse, addiction, trauma, and poverty.
Continue reading Youth are vulnerable to sexual exploitation Prevention and intervention are key in stopping a life in the sex trade
The City of Edmonton and Edmonton Police Service hosted a “Connecting Community for Safety” event at Alberta Avenue in March. This event helped connect residents as well as encourage and empower them to take an active role in crime prevention.
Residents had an opportunity to share their stories, thoughts and ideas around crime and safety in small groups. Afterwards, Community Liaison Constable Jeff Thomsen and Community Safety Liaison Gurjeet Sangha encouraged a four-pronged approach to crime prevention: empower, connect, prevent, report.
Continue reading Tackling crime is a team effort Empowering residents to take an active role in crime prevention
Travel north from 118 Avenue on 75 Street and you will come across the Elmwood Park Community League. Situated by the Trans-Canada Highway to the north and surrounded by parkland, it’s an easy building to overlook. As league president Melanie Spitzer said, “we’re so tucked in, even the community hall is tucked into a corner of the community.”
Despite the location, league board members are making a difference in their community. “At our last few events, the awareness and participation has gone up,” said Spitzer, whose quiet enthusiasm for her task as president is obvious.
Continue reading Improving neighbourhood connections Elmwood Park is a tiny league making a big impact on the surrounding community