Ability and Community

Celebrating Canada This Summer

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Oh, the long-awaited summer. In actuality, it was not that long, but when you are anticipating something it seems to take longer to arrive.

The summer of 2017 will be a historical one as our nation celebrates its 150th birthday! And, our community and country know how to celebrate!

Here is a list (in both official languages) of a few events in our area: www.edmonton.ca/attractions_events/canada-150-celebrations.aspx. I imagine the celebrations will be plentiful!

As with every summer, we come alive. It is this year where National Pride will be in abundance, to show how thankful we are to live in a free, safe, accepting land – whether you were born here or have adopted Canada as your home, you are a Canadian!

So celebrate as you wish. Greet everyone on July 1 with a “Happy Canada Day!” and relish in the acceptance, diversity, and grand mosaic we have all helped form!

And, check out farmers markets! Summer to me is when I see fresh, glorious tomatoes for sale!

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Annual Homeless Memorial – Gary Moostoos places a flower at the Homeless Memorial sculpture during the Edmonton Homeless Memorial on June 2, organized by the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH). ECOHH identified 106 deaths in 2016 due to homelessness, with a total of 599 deaths documented since the first memorial service 12 years ago. Paula E. Kirman

  • Hallelujah Garage Sale – The Hallelujah Garage Sale on June 17 featured tables of goods for sale in front of many of the churches along Church Street, as well as in the McCauley Rink. The event was supported by McCauley Revitalization. Dan Glugosh

  • Cecily Mills Receives Public Interest Award – Boyle Street resident and Boyle McCauley News contributor Cicely Mills received the 2017 Public Interest Award at the Public Interest Alberta (PIA) AGM on June 19. From left: Larry Booi (PIA Board President), Joel French (PIA Executive Director), Cicely, and John Wodak (Chair of the Seniors’ Action Liaison Team - SALT). Cicely was nominated for the award by SALT. Each year the Public Interest Awards are awarded to individuals and/or organizations who are working to strengthen Alberta’s public sphere and public interest. Public Interest Alberta

  • Pride Parade 2017 – The 2017 Pride Parade took place on June 10. This year’s Grand Marshalls were Edmonton’s two-spirit community. Paula E. Kirman  

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