Ability and Community

Freedom is a Human Right

“The secret to happiness is freedom…And the secret to freedom is courage”- Thucydides (Greek Historian, 460 B.C-395 B.C.)

Human rights and freedoms have been around since humankind was established. Living in a democratic country such as Canada, we have the right to express how we live our lives to those in power to help shape our country.

One of the best freedoms I enjoy is the right to speak out to address, assemble, discuss, and peacefully raise awareness.

A society fueled by violence is not freedom. When we elect our officials by a fair system, it is comforting to know we have freedom!

In 2015, I participated in a training course to be a Human Rights Facilitator. It was one of the most eye opening courses I ever took! It was offered by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (www.jhcentre.org). We discussed human rights and freedoms throughout history, from the Magna Carta to present day. The Centre is a plethora of knowledge on these topics in a friendly, factual, educating way, and can teach us all about our freedom and rights. History cannot be re-written but education and knowledge can make us look at what works and what doesn’t.

In our beautiful country and community, freedom is not a luxury – it is a human right.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Mercury Opera’s La Traviata in McCauley – A scene from Mercury Opera’s production of La Traviata at one of the matinees at Studio 96 during March. The opera also played to sold-out audiences at Chez Pierre Cabaret. Cecilia Ferreyra

  • London Villas Hub Grand Opening – London Villas Hub’s grand opening on March 14 featured food, entertainment, and the chance to experience the new space for the first time. It is located in the former church at 9620 109 Avenue. Paula E. Kirman

  • New Mural in Chinatown – A new mural on 97 Street near 107 Avenue was unveiled in February. It was created by artist Kris Friesen with the full support of McCauley Revitalization/City of Edmonton. Paula E. Kirman

  • More Music from Musical Mamas – The Musical Mamas, a group of women singer/songwriters who meet and mostly live in or near the area, released their second volume of original music in March. Pictured is performer Sylvia Khoury. For more information visit musicalmamassociety.com. Shauna Specht

  • Welcoming the Year of the Dog – Lunar New Year celebrations took place in Chinatown on February 17, organized by the Chinatown and Area Business Association. Pictured with Lion Dancers, from left: Kerry Diotte (MP Edmonton Griesbach), Frankie Lee (Director with the Chinatown and Area Business Association); Brian Mason (MLA Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood; and Mayor Don Iveson. Paula E. Kirman

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