Editor’s Notes

April 2017

Sustainable Living is our theme for April, which seemed an appropriate topic for the spring when some people start to tend to their garden. However, as I look out the window while writing this (in mid-March, around the time of our editorial deadline), and as several contributors noted when sending in their work, it looks like anything else but spring out there! That being said, hopefully by the time this issue hits the streets (and our website), the temperatures will be warmer and most of the snow will be gone.

Here is some news about BMC News: Grace Kuipers began handling the distribution of the paper with the last issue. She makes sure that the paper gets mailed to Boyle Street and that the block carriers in McCauley receive their papers. It’s a huge job, and we are so grateful that she can help us. Many thanks to Colleen Chapman who was handling distribution, as well as Heather Van Boom, who was assisting her.

We have a casino coming up this summer, which helps fund the paper. If you would like to volunteer to help at the casino, please send me a note at editor@bmcnews.org and I’ll pass you along to Colleen, who is organizing things.

Have a great April! See you next time!

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Shake-Up Festival Celebrates Winter in Boyle Street – The Shake-Up Festival was a free family event on February 18 in The Armature area (96 Street & Jasper Avenue) featuring entertainment, food trucks, wagon rides, hot chocolate, and more, from Winter Cities Edmonton. The event also featured axe-throwing demonstrations. Paula E. Kirman

  • Shake-Up Festival Celebrates Winter in Boyle Street – The Shake-Up Festival was a free family event on February 18 in The Armature area (96 Street & Jasper Avenue) featuring entertainment, food trucks, wagon rides, hot chocolate, and more, from Winter Cities Edmonton. Here are some of the Indigenous drummers and dancers who took part warm up by one of the fires. Bottom: The event also featured axe-throwing demonstrations. Paula E. Kirman

  • Bissell Centre Hosts Memorial – The Bissell Centre drop-in hosts a memorial several times a year to honour the lives and memory of some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable people. The March service was presided over by Rev. Rick Chapman, Chaplain at the Bissell. Os- kapewis (Cree for “helper”) Lloyd Cardinal shared some words and songs with his large drum, and members of the community were invited to speak as well. The ceremony also included a smudge. Sharon Pasula

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Volunteer With Us!

We are always looking for new writers and photographers, as well as ideas for future stories. We also regularly need block carriers to help with the delivery and distribution of the paper. Email Paula with your submissions, feedback, ideas, and availability. We also ask that contributors read our Editorial Guidelines and that all volunteers read and agree to our Code of Conduct.

Upcoming Themes

Our September issue will focus on “Self-Care.” How do you keep your body, mind, and soul healthy? What are your suggestions on how to recharge your batteries, relax, or keep calm? How do you take time for yourself? Articles should be no longer than 500 words and accompanied by photos whenever possible. Send your work to: editor@bmcnews.org.