City Continues to Marginalize McCauley

One of the most interesting, and certainly most contentious, issues I learned more about this month is the proposed medically-supervised injection services. Before the presentation started on March 6, speculation was voiced when someone asked if the presentation was only going to be in support of the sites or would another voice be heard.

Long story made short, two presentations in favour of the proposition were made, then 60 people broke into smaller groups and had discussion. Every table voiced some common proposals: one site in McCauley and the rest in other areas of the city – specifically Whyte Avenue, Jasper Place, Inglewood, and Fort Road. A multiple of sites will negatively impact the community, and the site area needs to be tightly controlled with a police presence.

So, will feedback from PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE AREA be sincerely considered, or will this be another “check-off-the-box community engagement done, let’s move on with our (City) plan.” I pray it will be the former.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • 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

  • 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

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