Through the Sinkunia Community Development Organization (SCDO), Issa Kamara has translated a passion for helping his community in Sierra Leone into helping his adopted community of Edmonton.
Everyone in Kamara’s rural hometown supported him as he completed his bachelor’s degree. In 2000, he moved to Canada and completed a master’s degree in social work. In 2008, Kumara started Sinkunia as a way to return the support he had been given throughout his life. His hometown now boasts wells, a community garden, and a community ranch through his efforts.
Continue reading Helping immigrants settle and integrate Organization helps African immigrant youth and families make Edmonton home
We all want glorious gardens where pests don’t pester. The unseasonably warm weather has meant our plants are starting to thrive. But healthy plants are attractive to insects and other pests, which can decimate a garden in no time.
Continue reading Pests, be gone! Creating a healthy garden How to keep destructive insects away from plants
Spring is here, and we want to see your bloomin’ great yards! The Front Yards in Bloom program is all about recognizing neighbours who make an effort to beautify their front yards.
Continue reading Edmonton’s Front Yards are in Bloom
AveFest is back for more community fun on the Canada Day long weekend, where festival goers will be treated to free food and entertainment such as lawn games, crafts, face painting, a watermelon eating contest and tug of war.
“This is going to be a community event that seeks to engage the community. The idea is that we’re able to bring together different parts of the community into a festival that is designed not just for observers but for participants,” explained Arthur Dyck, festival organizer.
Continue reading Bring your sunscreen and smiles for AveFest Free festival engages community and unites neighbours
Good news for swimmers: Borden Park pool is targeted to open in late summer of 2017.
Calgary-based New Perspective Pools will build the Natural Swimming Experience pool. Built in 1920, the original pool was in dire need of a new filtration system. Rather than invest in an aged facility, a series of open houses pinpointed the need for something new. Three years ago, the idea for the first natural swimming pool in Canada was approved with input from local residents. In 2014, the old pool was closed.
Continue reading Still no pool in Borden Park this season Pool was redesigned due to budget needs
The City of Edmonton offers four outdoor pools and numerous spray parks for cooling down on hot summer days.
Two community leagues, Elmwood Park and Alberta Avenue, are diving in with memberships that provide free access to all outdoor pools. Local residents, as well as those living outside the community borders, are eligible for membership.
Continue reading Cool off in pools and spray parks this summer Have fun with affordable entertainment
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
Wesley Andreas has set his mind on beautifying and connecting the communities that surround Alberta Avenue. He’s focusing on the alleys in particular.
“We thought maybe we could do something more colourful,” he said. Andreas is the founder of the Animate the Avenue Alley project. He started last year with a project on his own fence and garage. “We had been wanting to paint our garage anyway, so we used it as an opportunity to do something interesting with our garage painting, rather than just repainting it white.”
Continue reading Beautifying communities and alleys People needed for local Animate the Avenue Alleys project
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
Homeowners considering building a separate suite or needing to make essential home repairs can still access city housing grants.
Throughout 2016, funding is available from the city’s Cornerstones II grant program, which includes the Secondary Suites, the HOPE program, and Curb Appeal grant.
Continue reading Housing grants still available for homeowners Funding helps homeowners explore options and generate extra income