Boyle Street Community League Update

A Time of Beginnings

Happy New Year and Gung Hay Fat Choy from your community league! The next few months will be a time of beginnings.

The League will be conducting our membership drive as we distribute copies of the new Boyle Street Walking Map. We’ll be offering you our famous membership deal: financially free, but with lots of opportunity to become involved.

Along with that, we’ll be constructing and premiering our updated website, and continuing to be available on our Facebook page. We are also looking to partner with local businesses to get our information (and the Walking Map) out into the community. So look for our logo on distribution points around Boyle Street.

Mondays are the beginning days of each week. On Mondays, afternoon sees Pui Yum bring Chinese karaoke and dance to the Willow Room, and evening our Native Drumming group is back in action in the Evergreen Room. We’ll feature other days of the week in upcoming updates, and look on our website and “Facebook“https://www.facebook.com/boylestreetcommunityleague for some program profiles in the upcoming months.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and this space for notices about a new family fun day, and in March, we’ll be able to share the details of our York Moments film premiere as part of a spring film event. We’ll also be partnering with Intercultural Dialogues on more than one event located in Boyle Street, so stay tuned for notices about that in March and April (hint: Mother’s Day may be featured…details to come!)

Last but not at all least, our casino comes up on February 23 and 24. If you are interested in volunteering, please leave us a message at (780) 422-5758 or (780) 426-9264, or e-mail info@boylestreetcl.com. You know how casinos work: two shifts, day and evening, and several roles. They’re fun, and you get fed during your shift. We need you!

And of course, if you have a program you want to see happening in Boyle Street, get in touch, and help us make it happen. Because the heart of Boyle Street is our people, and that means you too!

_ – Your BSCL Board_

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Our Net Zero Home

My husband and I have lived in the McCauley neighbourhood since 2005. Though our community has it’s challenges, when we decided to build a Net Zero (meaning it produces as much energy as it uses) Home we knew there was no other neighbourhood in Edmonton in which we would rather invest. Compared to other mature neighbourhoods, McCauley’s lots are much more affordable for infill, and we can still enjoy the awesome people, shops, walkability, and proximity to downtown.

We spent some time looking for the perfect spot. After months of searching, we stumbled on our future lot for sale while out walking our dog. After purchasing the lot in September 2017 (and meeting our new neighbours in the process) our dream project had begun.

It was important to us to build a sustainable home using as little energy as possible to operate. The house is heavily insulated (very different from our old McCauley home, built in 1912) and has energy efficient windows, doors and appliances for a total EnerGuide rating of 100. There is no gas used in our house (so we pay no carbon tax). Instead, our main heat source is an electric Mitsubishi heat pump, and as someone who is always cold I can attest that it warms our house nicely!

The entire south side of our roof (pictured) is covered in solar panels that can provide enough electricity to run our house. Since battery technology is not advanced enough to be affordable currently, we are connected to the power grid to sell the power we generate. In winter, when sunshine hours are short, that means we will buy some electricity. In summer, when days are longer, we will be selling to the power company because we will generate more power than we will use. In theory, this means that over the course of a year the cost of running our home should balance out to $0. There is further incentive to go green in the form of rebates: our solar system cost about $30,000 and we have received rebates from the Province of Alberta and the City of Edmonton totaling $9600. We have recouped nearly 1/3 of the cost already!

Though our house is not quite finished, we are enjoying our new digs while still being able to stay in our old neighbourhood. We plan to buy an electric car in the future to further cut down on monthly costs and take advantage of our Net Zero home.

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GALA ON MARCH 9

This is our last issue before our 40th Anniversary GALA!

We will be celebrating (and fund raising) at Santa Maria Goretti Banquet Centre on Saturday, March 9.

If you would like to attend our $100/plate dinner, buy raffle tickets for our trip for two to Italy, or donate a silent auction item, contact editor@bmcnews.org or leave a message at (780) 425-3475.

If you can volunteer any time to help, please contact us at that same email address and phone number.

It is an honour to be part of this wonderful organization that still has volunteers who organized the paper 40 years ago. Please join us if you can!

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Community Safety: From Ideas to Actions

2019 promises to be a year of increased action for the Safer McCauley initiative. In 2018, many of you attended a McCauley Community Safety Meeting or engaged with Safer McCauley online. By doing so, you contributed directly to the vibrancy and safety of our neighbourhood. We appreciate your contribution. We would appreciate your ongoing input and the input of others.

Interactive tools to collect community knowledge and ideas are added to safermccauley.ca on an ongoing basis, allowing stakeholders to actively contribute at their own convenience. One exercise asks you to identify your priority safety concerns and will take only moments to complete. Another allows you to define a safer McCauley by answering twelve basic Criteria for Safety questions. And, another quick exercise allows you to identify community assets and share your ideas for community-driven safety initiatives.

The website’s inclusive and democratic elements are a way for community members to influence outcomes. The knowledge and ideas collected are helping to determine how to focus resources. They are playing a central role in the development of community-driven solutions to safety concerns. In response to input so far, several initiatives are being activated or are under consideration. Some may address safety more directly; others may promote vibrancy and connectedness – and, in turn, safety.

The first Community Safety Meeting of 2019 will provide attendees an opportunity to prioritize proposed initiatives and discuss their mobilization. Subsequent meetings will include conversations focussing on Safe Consumption Services and Problem Properties. Look for a monthly Coffee with Cops – an opportunity for community members to sit down with EPS officers to discuss their concerns. Watch also for a safety signage campaign, designed to activate community members and direct traffic to safety resources. Plans are also underway for the development of positive street-level activities, walkabouts, community-connecting dinners, improved collective responses to garbage and stray needles, and increased EPS-youth engagement.

If you are reading this in time, join us on February 8 at Edmonton Intercultural Centre for Resource Connect 2019 – an annual event to connect McCauley service providers to one another, job-seekers, volunteers, and the community at large. Over 60 organizations are expected to attend to share information about their programs and services.
 
The best solutions to a community’s challenges come from within the community itself. Please consider getting involved in 2019. Attend a Community Safety Meeting. Visit safermccauley.ca and Safer McCauley on Facebook to share your thoughts, and connect with others who share your interest in creating a safer and more vibrant McCauley. And, don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me directly.

A connected community is a safer community.

_Mark is the REACH McCauley Community Convener. He can be contacted at mark.davis@reachedmonton.ca

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Intercultural Dialogues Heads Into 2019

Happy 2019, everybody! The Intercultural Dialogues Initiative is pumped for another year of sharing, learning, and fun!

We are excited to launch the year with a special film festival project for the community. Working with the Centre for Race and Culture, we are inviting participants to come out and make short films on anti-racism to be screened at their symposium in March, with audience-voted prizes to be won!

Folks interested will be offered skills-building on anti-racism and decolonization, digital storytelling, and professional editing help on their short film. Anyone with a recording device (that includes phones) can shoot a film!

Our first 2019 Intercultural Gathering on Sunday, January 27, featured anti-racism and decolonization workshops at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre (9538 – 107 Avenue). On Sunday, February 17, we will host workshops on Black History Month and Digital Storytelling at the same location.

All workshops will help provide tools for making films that will then be screened in March for Anti-Racism Day on March 21. Even if you’re not up for making a film, you are still welcome to come out to the January and February workshops! Childcare and snacks will be provided at the Intercultural Gatherings.

A big thank you to everyone that supported and came out this last December 8-9 for a special winter gathering – the Mekiwin Indigenous Arts & Crafts Market and Intercultural Gathering at the Boyle Street Plaza. Hundreds came out to buy local Indigenous and Ethnocultural crafts, were audience to incredible music and dance performances, and enjoyed what some said the best bannock burgers they’ve ever had in their lives.

Stay tuned for all the upcoming gatherings for 2019, including in April as we plan a children’s music festival with the Boyle Street Community League!

For folks that may have missed the last update: Intercultural Dialogues will now be expanding beyond the neighbourhood of McCauley to encompass central Edmonton. The Initiative will continue to bring monthly Intercultural Gatherings to inner city neighbourhoods and will be developing a toolkit to share with others interested in developing similar gatherings as a way to meet neighbours, overcome biases and misunderstandings, share stories, and have fun. We’re always open to working together and hearing your ideas on how we can support communities to be more inclusive, safe, and empowered.

May your year be full of health, happiness and love!

We are working on a website, but for updates please see https://www.facebook.com/interculturaldialogues or email Sheryle Carlson at ourmccauley@gmail.com.

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e4c February/March Updates

SIT Fall Term Completed – New Term Begins January 28
The School for Indigenous Teachings held a closing ceremony for the fall semester on December 17 at Alex Taylor School. Participants received certificates and gifts for their accomplishments from instructors, and a feast followed. The School for Indigenous Teachings (e4c/Wellness Network/ECALA) offers weekly classes in the inner city delivered by knowledge keepers and cultural leaders over the course of 8-10 weeks. The program and classes will repeat in accordance with ongoing interest and demand.

The next semester starts with the opening ceremony on January 28th. For information on classes and registration, visit @e4cwellness on Facebook, or contact Taro at (780) 424-2870 or thashimoto@e4calberta.org. Also visit @schoolforindigenousteachings on Facebook.

“Comfort and Joy” Winter Solstice Music Night Concert
Winter warmth was found with neighbours and friends enjoying music and treats! Studio 96 and e4c hosted a merry musical event including choirs, candlelight, and sing-a-longs! Friday, December 21, 2018 was an evening gathering of all things merry and musical at Studio 96 (10909 96 Street). See Kathryn’s article on page five.

For information regarding next year’s concert please contact: (780) 424-2870/Email: krambow@e4calberta.org

McCauley Apartments Mural Project – Production Workshops and Meetings
The spring/summer of 2019 just became more colourful! McCauley Apartments along with Capital Region Housing’s Education Department and SUCCEED Program have joined with McCauley Apartments tenants and neighbours to design and complete the McCauley Apartments Community Mural Project. Design workshops and initial production will occur during February and March. Stay tuned for more news as the mural develops! Please contact for information: thashimoto@e4calberta.org/(780) 424-2870.

McCauley Apartments Office Hours in 2019
The e4c Office at McCauley Apartments (9541- 108A Avenue) is a friendly gathering place for tenants and McCauley neighbours. We welcome you to stop by for a cup of coffee, or call for information on a range of community-based programs at (780) 424-2870. We are open weekly 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

Soccer, Snowboarding, and Streetprints

Sportsmanship Award
Last month, Joice Lakuo scooped up the Sportsmanship Award. Not only does she play with heart, skill, and competitiveness, but she cheers other players on with vigour as well as communicating effective strategy to her teammates! Joice has participated in several of our other programs as well including our soccer team with the Edmonton Sport and Social Club!

ESSC Soccer
Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program soccer team, known as the Boyle Street Football Club, started a new season of gym soccer in January. The team, which plays with the Edmonton Sport and Social Club, plays out of the Boyle Street Plaza YMCA. It took some time and a lot of patience, but we established a diverse co-ed team of soccer-loving community members who play with heart every game.

Animal Assisted Therapy
Chimo Animal Assisted Wellness & Learning Society started bringing a therapy dog to Boyle Street Community Services in February! Community members love the fun loving feeling of having a dog around the centre.

Pet Food Bank Needs Donations All Year Round
The generosity demonstrated by supporters during the holiday season warms the hearts of volunteers, staff, community members, and other supporters like no other time of the year. It’s really great to see people come together to support one another. One lesson we might receive in the wake of the festive season, is that these intentions to which we feel called to action over the holidays – compassion, selflessness, support, and realizing the very human story of populations facing homelessness and poverty in the inner city – are needed year round. The need exists all year long. It doesn’t take a break when the sun comes out in the summer, or when the temperature drops below -20 in January or February. Homelessness, poverty, and social isolation persist, and so does the need for pet food donations, monetary donations, clothing, personal hygiene materials, volunteering, advocacy, and all of the amazing contributions of Edmontonians. The need persists, the barriers persist – can the involvement also persist?

Snowboarding Success
During the month of January, Inner City Rec. took individuals from the Boyle Street Youth Unit to Snow Valley to experience downhill snow sports of skiing and snowboarding. This year we had a great turnout and some youth who never had the opportunity to access the lifts got to try their hand . . . err . . . legs at it!

Street Prints Calendars Available Now
January may be over, but it’s never too late to start planning the rest of your year with a beautiful Street Prints 2019 calendar. It is full of the work of local artists and printed locally by the fine folks at UR Signs. The calendar is now available at MINT Pharmacy (10631 96 Street) as well as online through facebook.com/streetprintscollective.

Rebecca Kaiser and Mike Siek are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.

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“Comfort & Joy” Concert gets everyone singing!

Studio 96 was aglow with candlelight and resonant with song on the evening of December 21, as community members and musicians gathered together to sing during “Comfort & Joy.” Not only did local performers sing, the whole audience joined in with carols and seasonal tunes, resulting in a festive “happening” created by everyone there that evening.

Four musical groups offered a diversity of music, starting with the drums and shared voices of the Chipay Ekwew Singers, an Indigenous women’s singing group. Fifteen-year-old Stella Johnson performed next, playing ukulele to accompany her expressive voice singing some dazzling original songs and a few covers.

Things really warmed up when the Rodas Sisters launched into a set of El Salvadoran and Latin influenced tunes. The audience was on its feet, clapping and swaying to intricate guitar rhythms and energetic vocals. Not to be outdone, Essence of Praise activated everyone in the building with their powerful gospel songs and sophisticated harmonies. In the end we were all part of the music making, belting out Christmas carols and clapping along to the gospel tunes.

This celebration of song was the first in a series of events and activities sponsored by e4c and the Wellness Network, to build community through the power of song. Stay tuned and warm up your vocal chords for future musical opportunities, including coffee houses and a regular Pop-Up Choir throughout 2019.

Thank you to e4c, the Wellness Network, and Studio 96 for their support in making this event happen.

For more information, contact krambow@e4calberta.org or look up @e4cwellness on Facebook.

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Mercury Opera presents Puccini’s La Boheme

February 27 - March 9

Mercury Opera, known for messing with the public’s perception of opera, returns to the notorious Chez Pierre Cabaret with their newest offering: La Boheme.

The opera that inspired RENT, this interpretation transplants Puccini’s beloved tale of youth, love, and despair to New York’s Alphabet City circa 1979, where disco and drag queens, painters, punk rockers, and poets converged. Wear your best version of this period’s fashions, join the party, and expect to be transported while being a part of the action.

All seats are $55 in advance plus applicable fees, or – $65 cash at the door. Standing room $30 subject to availability.

Information submitted by Mercury Opera.

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Clearing Sidewalks from Snow

Help prevent falls by clearing your sidewalks.

Lots of people walk on our sidewalks in our neighbourhood. This past couple of months have been a challenge to residents. Our recent freeze-thaw cycles have created a lot of icy sidewalks, alleys, and roads. We are the caretakers of whatever stretch of concrete is out front of our houses. For more information go to the City of Edmonton website (edmonton.ca) – search Sidewalks and Snow.

If we leave even a bit of snow on our walks and the sun melts it, it will freeze to a frozen puddle by morning. Some things can help and they are discussed below. Some are free to residents, while other products can be purchased to help, but some are expensive. Each is developed to help us with a certain weather condition.

Snow boots with metal cleats to prevent slipping: These help a lot, but on very hard ice when it’s very cold they still don’t keep a person from falling. I had boots with cleats on when I fell last month. Rubber ones are available that you slip over your normal boots – every little bit helps.

Sweeping snow works fine just after a light snowfall. But to be most effective, the broom has to have stiff bristles, and it doesn’t get all of the fallen loose snow.

Shovelling new snow: Deep snow is best shovelled onto your property – not onto the road. But if you have used salt on your walks, the salt still in the snow could damage your plants and lawn.

Sand and gravel: The City of Edmonton provides a free mixed box of sand and small gravel outside each participating Community League offices. Residents have to bring the containers and haul them home. This works well although water will cover the sand, while the gravel helps a bit longer. In our area, there is a sand dispensing station on 105 Avenue, north side, just east of 95 Street (by the City Central Engineering Yards.)

Winter salt or chemical mixes to buy: There are many types of these to purchase, and they have salt or different chemicals in them. You have to read the labels to figure out which is best for your sidewalk’s condition. Some are designed to be safe for pets, or for lawns and plants, but these are more expensive than the pure salt mixes. In desperate times I have sprinkled table salt on my sidewalk until I could get the good stuff. However, if you have new concrete you cannot use salt as it will harm the new concrete, so you have to get a special mix.

Snow shovels: Some people get “snow pushers” which cannot lift the snow – they just push it into piles. But they work for that purpose. If you need to lift the snow, you need a different kind of shovel – a more curved snow shovel which can lift a bunch of snow which you can dump or throw into a pile away from the sidewalk.

Blowing or shovelling snow? Some people have blowers that blow the fresh snow off the sidewalk. But this is only partially effective as any footprints in the new snow remain, and then they turn to ice later. Most of these blowers also make a high-pitched whine which can be heard for blocks.

There is a lot to know about moving snow before you can truly understand the snow and the weather we get here in Alberta. With a bit of knowledge, and a will to learn, you can use what you know to keep the sidewalks clear and safe. Of course, to add to the challenge, every winter is different! Those of us who walk around our neighbourhoods will thank you generously, as we walk safely and with gratitude for your efforts.

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A Grandmother’s Fall

In mid-December, I was walking very carefully down a dark icy sidewalk, and in a split second my feet suddenly slipped forward out from under me, and I fell back on the ice with a huge thud. I hit my hips, back, right elbow, and head on the concrete. I laid there stunned for a minute or two. I was embarrassed as my granddaughter tried to help me, and I didn’t want to pull her down too. So, I struggled to get up, with nothing to hang onto. I finally rolled over and pushed up on all four limbs, even though everything hurt. Immediately I noticed a huge egg-size bump on my right elbow which later became a huge bruise, making my right forearm black and blue. I was also dizzy, and could barely walk without feeling like I would fall again. I had boots with metal cleats on, but still I fell. When I got home, I found myself hanging onto the walls and furniture as I tried to walk through my house, with my head spinning.

I went to the doctor the next day, who listened to my story of what happened. After examining me, he did some tests, and confirmed that I have a concussion. He said, “This is a serious injury. The only way to overcome a concussion is to rest – no driving, no climbing ladders, no walking dogs.” With one week to go before Christmas, just resting was not easy, but I promised to “take it easy” and get as much rest as I could. I found that I could not drive far or go visit friends. There was a huge sense of anxiety whenever I thought of going even outside. My dogs could not understand why we did not go on our usual walks twice a day. It was like being a prisoner in my own house. Sadly, I missed most of the Christmas celebrations with my family and friends.

I now understand how serious a concussion can be – it is a brain injury which affects everything we do. We depend on our brains to make decisions and to gather the right information to do so. But for the past three weeks for me, after falling, all the messages seem skewed. I find myself standing in the middle of a room feeling completely confused. Besides that, the jarring affect of a fall on all the joints, causes long-lasting pain. It is very scary, and I do not wish this on anyone. I am some better now, but the concussion affects linger on. So please think of me as you clear your sidewalks of ice and snow.

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Keri’s Corner

Winter’s End: A Season of Rest

We are almost upon that time of year that I refer to as Winter’s End. It’s not really an end though. It never is and you are fooling yourself if you think so. The winter contains the bud of spring and seed of summer and so on and so forth. The truth is that as I write this, we are still in January more than a week into the new year and it’s cold outside today, baby! However, we had a sunshine-y day yesterday and I noticed that by 5 p.m. we were not yet shrouded in full dark. The fact that the days are getting longer is just a reason to celebrate for me. Confirmation of the consistent cycle of rest and renewal is comforting because there are days that seem like they will never end and yet they do and the morning next is all afresh.

This past season of rest has been very positive this year. Rest is not a concept I readily embrace. My busy brain thinks of something that must be addressed every moment. Circumstances in my life have allowed me to begin to let go of my notions of what productivity does and does not consist. Further than that, I have come to question whether the intended end result of productivity was worth the energy expended to achieve it. I have discovered that I put a lot of busy work in my path when I don’t want to deal with a thought or feeling. Yet the busy work does not dispel the uncomfortable thought or feeling, but puts it off to be dealt with later. So, the winter has been a good opportunity to examine how I expend my energy.

As a result, I’ve allowed myself to rest. I feel a little guilty saying that because we are so conditioned to being in a busy state, that being in any other state in socially unacceptable. Which is ridiculous in consideration of how deeply regenerative and restorative true rest is to our whole being. I’ve allowed myself to rest and it has been a good and positive thing for me.

In each extreme rests its polar opposite: dark and light, rest and motion, sleep and wake. Without one the other does not exist. So, I embrace this period of rest knowing that it is impermanent and will give way to a different state of being – just as the winter recedes and the air warms.

Keri lives and rests in Boyle Street.

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Heart of the City 2019 is Coming!

We’re officially in the thick of designing Heart of the City 2019! Add June 1 and 2 to your calendar, as we’re going to deliver a fantastic event full of family fun and community collectiveness! This year’s theme is still in the works. However, we can ensure you that maintaining the festival’s momentum and continual growth is at the forefront of our current planning.

To start, we’re already hosting a fundraiser on February 3 at The Tavern (10507 82 Avenue). Beginning at 7 p.m., everyone (including children until 8 p.m.) is welcome to attend to watch bands like The Conch and Heart of the City mainstays like Lutra Lutra. Another Heart and Boyle Street drop-in performer – Jim Kerr – will be hosting the event, pulling double duty as both a hip hop artist and stand-up comedian. Tickets are $15 at the door with all proceeds going to Heart of the City 2019. Come support the outstanding talent in your community with joining us in this event!

Lastly (and with great excitement), we are opening Main Stage applications on February 3. To apply to play, please go to www.heartcityfest.com. Thanks so much for your continued support, and we’re greatly looking forward to another great year!

Charity is the President of the Board of Heart of the City.

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Deeper than Colonialism

“The Elders understood the settler’s religion as something that came from a book whereas what they practised was a way of life.”1

This disconnect in understanding an issue that is at the heart of the spirituality of both First Peoples and people who call themselves Christians is more than tragic. First of all, what came to be known as “The Black Book,” or the Bible, is more than instructions on how to live as a follower of the Jesus way or as some choose to call themselves “Christians.” Christianity proposes a way of life, not merely following directions (following the letter of the law).

So why would First Peoples think the settler’s religion was from a book? Possibly because they frequently heard, “The Bible says…. The Bible says,” which may have been reinforced by someone pointing it out physically in the book. It seems to me some of the “Christian” settlers were proselytizing a lifestyle of rules rather than what Jesus taught to live a spiritual life: “I give you a new commandment that you love one another, just as I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”2

By extension, they were to love all people. So generally, many “Christian” settlers were “telling a lifestyle,” not living it, and not advocating relationship with the person on whom Christianity is founded. Apparently, First Peoples did not witness the settlers living the words they advocated from “the book.”

As a bi-cultural person practising traditional Métis Spirituality this has me thinking about several things. One is that Christians don’t seem to have changed much. You can still hear, “The Bible says” . . . “the Bible says,” without a corresponding Christian lifestyle. I am not interested in what people think the Bible says, what I want to know is, “Do you have an active relationship with Jesus Christ that results in a Christ-like lifestyle?” Someone put it this way: “If you were accused of being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?” An active relationship with Jesus Christ would, in my opinion, mean talking about Him and his teachings, not making references to a book even if it is the Bible.

Secondly, the Truth and Reconciliation 94 Calls To Action direct six calls to “the Church” and other faith groups: Settlement Agreement Parties and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples calls 48-49 and Church Apologies and Reconciliation, calls 58-61. There is no excuse not to know what to do in terms of Reconciliation or addressing colonial trauma and injustice. Is any of this being done by “the Church?”

Thirdly, what are Indigenous people doing to understand the settlers’ religion in light of the fact they aren’t going away and Canada will always be a colonized nation?

And fourthly, are Indigenous people collectively or individually living out traditional beliefs such as the Seven Grandfather Teachings: Wisdom, Bravery, Humility, Truth, Respect, Unconditional Love, and Honesty?

1 Quest For Respect, The Church and Indigenous Spirituality. Special Issue of Intotemak, www.commonword.ca/go/1089. Pg. 22.
2 John 13:34, 35

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McCauley Community League Update

Winter Fun in McCauley

Well, we’re midway through the coldest part of the year (hopefully) and McCauley has shown once again that it’s not afraid of a little snow or cold weather when it comes to getting out for some seasonal fun. Your community league held a couple notable events so far this season that celebrated the best of the season.

On December 9, in conjunction with Viva Italia’s horse-drawn carriage rides and tours of McCauley, the League occupied Studio 96 for an afternoon of holiday activities for the whole family. Locals and visitors alike were dropped off at the corner of 96 Street and 108 Avenue to take part in holiday crafts like ornament making, hosted by our very industrious Grace Kuipers. Tonia Kasdorf helped kids and grown-ups make custom cards, and new board member Chrissy Dowdell hosted a cookie decorating station. Some tasty treats and refreshments were available, and my wife Stephanie took family photos by a richly decorated tree so guests left with photos to share. Over the course of the four hours, we saw about 150 people come through. Responses were overwhelmingly positive as everyone seemed to enjoy the stop to share some warm indoor time as a family.

On December 28 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the McCauley Cup at the McCauley Rink. On hand were our new Chief of Police, Dale McFee; Ward 6 Councillor Scott McKeen; Cup founder Sgt. Dave. Kabyn; and even a surprise visit by Oilers’ centre Leon Draisaitl. Councillor McKeen Proclaimed December 28, 2019 McCauley Cup Day with a presentation of the proclamation from City Hall. Our very capable Master of Ceremonies and invaluable EPS Constable Andrew Melney presented the League with a framed commemorative McCauley Cup jersey.

For three hours, kids and cops took to the ice in some lighthearted shinny. The local media attended the event and shared the story of what a vibrant, engaged community looks like. More importantly, many neighbours and hockey fans of all ages got a day out to celebrate together what an amazing place McCauley is. The rink is a true success story and one we should all be proud of. Special thanks goes out to the tireless effort of the volunteers and partners that make the rink possible every year. Folks like Oilers alumnus Al Hamilton, Lyle (Sparky) Kulchisky, Dan Glugosh (cake master general), and Albert Kooy to name a few. Among all the hot dogs, Italian sandwiches, cake, hot chocolate, donations from Sport Central, Hot Dog Chefery by the Rotary Club of West Edmonton, and an overwhelming turnout by the EPS staff, it is our kids who benefit the most from having a free activity like skating available. I personally am very proud to be part of something so amazing, even in my minor capacity as League President.

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Winter in Little Italy

On December 2 and 9, 2018, people from all over the city flocked to McCauley for Winter in Little Italy. Organized by Viva Italia Edmonton, the event featured tours of the neighbourhood on horse-drawn wagons, roasted chestnuts, free hot chocolate, and seasonal family activities.

Photos by Paula E. Kirman

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Getting Older in the New Year

My older cousin George died late last year. He is among a group of people I’ve known who have suffered vehicular accidents. George took the impact of a collision on his head as a passenger while vacationing with his parents in California. The accident took place while he was in his mid-20s, more than 20 years ago. He has spent more or less half of his existence in a comatose state.

Another favorite cousin, Trevor, with whom I was very close when I was young, was in an early morning collision while on his way to work at a scrap metal yard. He was hit by the only other vehicle on the road at the time, a drunk driver who walked away from the scene. After three days they took Trevor off of life support. That was the spring after my son was born, 27 years ago. Trevor was only 22 at the time. I think about him nearly every day. I also have a still-living cousin who was in the absurd situation of being struck, while in his work vehicle, by a police officer running a red light. He successfully sued.

I have said before in this column that I don’t do any driving. I can wonder now if that has extended my life at all. I know I’ve been in the hands of truly bad drivers who are otherwise good people. These friends have never had to trust their safety to whatever skills I’ve never brought to the road.

The point is that I’m still alive and I’m closing in on a particular mark of 49 years this spring. I’m very healthy in many ways that I wasn’t twenty-odd years ago. Keri and I have gradually adapted points of exercise and diet that with time, has had noticeable and really desirable effects on my body and spirit. Apart from not driving or spending much time in traffic, this has assisted me as I get older. Keri is getting older too – it’s something we do together.

My son has taken up yoga but he drives to work down in Lethbridge. I have no idea of what local traffic is like in Lethbridge, and I haven’t been a passenger to his driving. He has eaten healthy food that we have fed him and happily done yoga practices with me and Keri. He will be 27 this February, as I mentioned.

At some point I will pass too. I could last as long as some great-aunts who have made it into their 90s. The great-aunts likely didn’t involve themselves in high-risk employment or lifestyle or much of anything stronger than coffee. That may sound pretty dull if you’re only 22 or thereabouts, but if you’re as old as I am these simple choices are helpful in achieving age and having the health and energy to enjoy it. That may sound strange to much younger people but they may someday hope to get older too.

Reinhardt lives in Boyle Street with his wife, Keri Breckenridge.

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McCauley Musings

Milestone Birthdays

Milestone birthdays – usually meaning those ending in a zero or a five – can accompany contemplation about the meaning of life, goals, and where one wants to be in another year’s time.

Boyle McCauley News celebrates a milestone birthday in 2019. As the paper turns 40, we look back upon the previous decades to see from where we have come, while at the same time looking towards the future.

I am currently working on a short documentary to celebrate the paper’s 40th birthday, and in doing so had the opportunity to speak with some of the paper’s founders. I knew many of these names from reading the mastheads in past issues, but most of them I have never before met in person. It was incredible to talk to them about their experiences developing and working on the paper. They reflected with wisdom and nostalgia on this part of their lives when they were in their 20s (or so).

I am privileged to be part of this history. In fact, our current staff team – Editor (me), Designer (Vikki Wiercinski), and Volunteer Coordinator (Colleen Chapman) – have all been a part of the paper for more than a quarter of its existence. Rosalie Gelderman, our Bookkeeper, celebrates 20 years with the paper this year. And, we have many volunteers who have been with the paper since the beginning (or close).

Boyle McCauley News: 40 Years – The Little Community Newspaper That Could will be premiering at our Gala on March 9. Afterwards, it will be available to view online. For now, you can learn more about the film and view the trailer at:
mccauleymoments.com/40years.

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Editor’s Notes

February 2019

We made it! This year, Boyle McCauley News officially turns 40.

We could not have made it this far without our many dedicated volunteers who write, photograph, proofread, deliver, serve on the board, and do a variety of other things that keep the paper going. This includes our loyal readers who have supported the paper for so long.

Speaking of supporting the paper, we have raffle tickets available for your chance to win a trip for two to Italy. Tickets are $10 each and there are only 2,500 printed. Contact me at editor@bmcnews.org for more information. You can also reach me there for information about volunteering with the paper.

We’re now on our new publication schedule, which means there are only eight papers this year, spaced six weeks apart. Our next issue will be published in mid-March. Those of you who are online should be sure to check out our website at bmcnews.org and follow us on social media, as we will be posting community-related items in between our print issues. We are on Instagram (@bmcviews), Facebook, and Twitter (@bmcnews in both places).

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Homemade Argan Oil Salad Dressing

This month, I’m highlighting an oil that many Canadians associate with hair products. However, this oil from Africa is commonly used for cooking and as a dressing. Argan oil comes from the argan tree. The production of argan oil and it’s known medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic properties pre-date colonization of the area. The argan forests in Morocco are currently on the U.N.E.S.C.O list as a biosphere reserve since 1998 (conservation, development, and logistic support).

Each fruit produces 1-3 nuts that have a hard shell, and within that shell are usually 1-3 kernels. From these kernels, argan oil is extracted. When it comes to consumption as a culinary food source, not all argan oil is equal. By far the best quality oil is made with hand harvested argan oil verses the oil that comes from the waste of goats. Argan oil has a nutty flavour that gives it the distinctive taste.

The following is an easy recipe for argan oil vinaigrette salad dressing and it goes great with dark green salad greens.

  • ½ cup Argan Oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt or coarse sea salt
  • ½ tsp of white pepper or regular black pepper
  • Juice from a quarter to half of a lemon

Combine argan oil and apple cider vinegar together first, then add the rest of the ingredients and whisk together. If you find apple cider vinegar to be too strong of a taste in any vinaigrette, use 1 part vinegar to 2 parts oil.

For the salad:

  • 4 cups dark greens (arugula, baby spinach, etc.)
  • ¼ cup of goat cheese (crumble or shredded)
  • ½ an apple
  • ½ onion sliced or diced
  • Handful of nuts (pecans or walnuts)

Another simple and quick salad dressing is mixing:

  • ¼ cup argan oil
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all four in a small bowl and whisk together, then add to a light salad such as a bean salad, couscous salad, or add to a cold chickpea salad.

Sources: unesco.org and www.coeur2nature.com/argan-oil.php

Yovella is a former resident of McCauley who still works and volunteers in the area.

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Bike Edmonton Community Workshop

Attention avid cyclists: The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters is now Bike Edmonton.

The change took place in September of 2018. “We felt the name better reflected what we did, such as with our youth programs that don’t really fit under the commuter banner,” says Coreen Shewfelt, Community Bike Shop Manager.

As a result, the shops operated by Bike Edmonton formerly known as BikeWorks, are now known as Bike Edmonton Community Workshops. The north location still operates at 9305 111 Avenue in the southwest corner of the building.

Other than the name, what the non-profit society does has changed very little. “Our main goal with Bike Edmonton Community Workshops is to teach people how to fix and maintain their bikes and have a place for them to do that at a reasonable cost,” Shewfelt explains.

The north location also recently underwent some serious renovations. Shewfelt says that the shop is making better use of the space, with more workstations, and the ability to keep more bikes and parts in stocks so people will be better serviced.

“The shop itself has been refreshed,” she says. “It’s a lot brighter and a lot more welcoming.”

For more information, visit bikeedmonton.ca.

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Chinatown Mall Demolition

On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, a small crowd gathered at the Chinatown Mall (9441 Jasper Avenue). Sarah Itani, Business Development Manager of the Calgary-based Cidex Group, announced to city officials, community leaders, and other invited guests that her company had acquired the abandoned and boarded up property and would begin demolition immediately.

Councillor Scott McKeen and Boyle Street Community League President Candas Jane Dorsey took turns climbing into a large excavator to take the first swipes at the condemned building. The noise of the crashing walls caused a whole flock of frightened pigeons to flee through the roof. Someone joked that perhaps they were the only ones to mind that the building was at its end.

In her remarks at the site, Itani said Cidex has a keen interest in the Quarters District and a commitment to the exciting future of this area. (Since last fall, Cidex has been making rapid progress with the Hat at Five Corners condo project across the avenue.)

“We are an Alberta-based company focused on the thoughtful development of communities,” Itani said. “The power of the development community is not only to build beautiful buildings. Rather, it is to breathe new life into each area it touches.”

McKeen said, “Edmonton has been accused of tearing down far too many of its heritage buildings, but the old Chinatown Mall was far past its useful life. So, its being torn down is addition by subtraction.”

Dorsey notes that at one point the Chinatown Mall was a vibrant business hub and its decline was unfortunate. However, the derelict condition of the site “posed a danger to our homeless neighbours who might seek safety there. The community welcomes community-minded development, and have been promised a voice in the envisioning of the next step for that piece of land.”

This popular site of the Mirama Dining Lounge and several small businesses began to decline rapidly in 2004 after suspected rival gang violence broke out at two wedding receptions and one man was killed.

Demolition is expected to take about two months. Cidex plans to unveil its plans for the property in 2019.

Anita Jenkins is a retired writer and editor who lives in Boyle Street.

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Boyle McCauley News Turns 40!

40 Years (and a Thousand Tears)

A lifetime of half measures brought me to this place
In recovery from illness, it seemed I wasn’t fit to keep up the pace

I arrived in here in McCauley with nothing to show
But soon found there were good people, ones worthwhile to know

And though I was exhausted and felt very out of place
Somehow here I was excluded from the whole rat race

These people who were not familiar and certainly not kin
Opened their arms in many ways and took me in

The core of this group of neighbours, and friends who lived close by
Volunteered with a paper, and writing they encouraged me to try

We stuck together, joked, laughed, wrote, and even sometimes cried
And we would gather close together when a community member died

The names of those who passed all mean so much to me
They are written on my heart and will stay until my soul is free

The main rally point for us is the Boyle McCauley News
And it gives every person here a chance to share their views

There were times when I summoned up the strength to write
And when I did so I spoke my views and was told I had no right

But our brave, outspoken editor stood by my side
Dear Paula, these past years have been quite a ride

I feel the paper makes my home Edmonton’s best community
It adds to our hope of always living happy, cared for, and free

For forty years now, our paper goes to McCauley and Boyle Street homes
And it reaches even those who spend their time here on Earth isolated and alone

This newspaper gives our residents a huge source of pride
Because with it we have one heart, one soul, one mind

The Boyle McCauley News is the glue that holds thousands together
And empowers us to face the world – even with our often lousy Edmonton weather

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Ability and Community

Family Day

“There is always in February some one day, at least, when one smells the yet distant, but surely coming, summer.”- Gertrude Jekyll (British Horticulturist, 1843-1932)

With the holiday season is behind us, we now look forward to spring. However, there is still a bit of winter around to enjoy. That is how I see the month of February.

And, of course, we celebrate Family Day on Monday, February 18.

Family Day had its beginnings in Alberta in 1990. It is a statutory holiday across our province – a chance to have a long weekend. There are many family orientated activities happening in Edmonton, including Silver Skate, free admission to the Art Gallery of Alberta, and several more. Listings can be found at the City of Edmonton website.

And don’t forget the Family Day skating party at the McCauley Rink! The community of Boyle Street/McCauley is close knit and supportive. I consider my neighbours and friends here my family! Any holiday/observance is a good time to reflect on appreciation that community brings.

From our family at the Boyle McCauley News to all friends and family, enjoy your day, today, and every day!

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BoyleBits

Happiness in Success

How many of you are following the Happiness Project? I’ll keep at it a little longer in the hopes of being able to offer up even one tip to improve the life of even one person.

This issue’s component towards leading a happier life is success. That’s pretty obvious, yes? I don’t necessarily mean only financial success. It could be making valuable contributions to society, expressing oneself through art, or having your own business.

So, if most of us would choose success if possible, why do we not all achieve it? The first reason is that many of us are afraid to dream of what our success would look like. The clearer and more detailed your picture of yourself as a successful person, the more likely you are to achieve it. Yet sometimes it is scary to strive for something if we have no idea how to get there. The subconscious mind is a very powerful instrument, more powerful than the biggest computer. You just have to know how to program it. When you have your picture of your ideal life, review it often for a week or so and then let it retire to the back of your mind, where it will take root.

We all have moments when we feel overwhelmed and upset. These emotions carry a great deal of power. Many people strike out in anger or feel helpless when faced with a situation that seems out of their control. In that moment, make a promise to yourself about what success you will have. This will lift you up and it will program your brain to work towards success. As an example, when I left my ex with nothing in my bank account I swore to myself that I would have a new place bought and paid for within five years. I cheerfully worked 15-18 hours a day, seven days a week for four and a half years until I achieved my goal. As soon as I did, the program in my head said it was time to rest. Today, I can barely put in a couple of hours a day before I become tired.

Another part of the road to success is to behave in a way that lets you feel worthy of good things. People who steal and lie know they don’t deserve happiness and will subconsciously sabotage themselves. We have all met people who seem to have incredibly bad luck, usually of their own making. So treat others as you would like to be treated. Program your brain and watch your subconscious map out a route to achieving what you strive for. Start with that picture of your best life and see where you go from there.

Manon is a resident of Boyle Street and an active volunteer in the community. This column contains her own opinions, and is not affiliated with the Boyle Street Community League.

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Safer McCauley - Online Resources

Safer McCauley website

Please visit our website. It contains interactive exercises that invite input from all community members. One exercise asks you to identify your Priority Safety Concerns, and will take only 2-3 minutes to complete. Another allows you to define your Criteria for Safety by answering twelve basic questions. These inclusive and democratic elements allow all stakeholders to actively contribute on their own time, in their own space. The summaries of the results are living documents, to be updated as your answers come in. The community knowledge collected will help determine how to focus resources and will play a central role in the development of community-driven solutions to safety concerns.

Safer McCauley on Facebook:

Please like our Facebook page. Share your thoughts – and connect with others who share your interest in creating a safer and more vibrant McCauley.

The Year to Come

2019 promises to be a year of increased action. In response to priorities identified by community members, ideas under consideration include: engagements with EPS; community safety signage; positive street-level activities; community conversations around Supervised Consumption Services and Problem Properties; increased collective responses to garbage and stray needles; walkabouts; and dinners. Watch also for Resource Connect 2019 on February 8 – an annual event to connect McCauley service providers to one another and to the community at large. We look forward to prioritizing and mobilizing actions with you at our next Community Safety Meeting.

The best solutions to a community’s challenges come from within the community itself. Don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me directly. And please visit Safer McCauley online to have your say.

Mark Davis is the McCauley Community Convener with REACH Edmonton.

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Win a Trip for Two to Italy: The Raffle is ON!

Help support the paper by buying tickets for our fundraising raffle.

Boyle Street McCauley Community Newspaper Society Raffle Rules

License #510631

Win a trip for two to anywhere in Italy. Prize value $5,000.

Prize must be awarded within a year of the date of the draw. Prize may be transferred to another person, i.e. as a gift to another person in the event the winner cannot travel.

Value is based on one week of accommodation and airfare. Prize winners may opt to stay longer at their own cost. Boyle McCauley News will pay for accommodation up to a value of $3,000. We will work with the prize winners to ensure the best value for the dollar amount. If accommodation is less than that amount, the winner will receive the balance in cash for the trip.

The draw will be at our Gala 40th Anniversary Dinner at the Santa Maria Goretti Banquet Centre, 11050 – 90 Street, Edmonton, on March 9, 2019.

Tickets may also be purchased from board members or staff, or designated businesses in the community.

Tickets are $10 each. Only 2,500 tickets will be printed.

You must be 18 or over to purchase a ticket.

Customer can also submit an order to purchase tickets by e-mail to editor@bmcnews.org. Orders must include name/address/telephone number. When order to purchase and payment match are verified, only then will a hard-copy paper raffle ticket be issued

1 copy – raffle ticket mailed/delivered to customer
1 copy – ticket stub retained for entry into draw

In the event we are unable to sell enough tickets by the draw date, we will request an extension to make the draw at Viva Italia Viva Edmonton in August of 2019.

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Boyle McCauley News Bites: December 2018

Vacant buildings to be transformed into arts hubs in The Quarters.

Thanks in part to a $1.5 million federal grant, two vacant buildings in The Quarters will be transformed into permanent arts hubs. One is the a 1962 two-storey building at 9604 101A Ave. which will become the home of the Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective, an Indigenous group which has operated since 2015 without a location. The other is a one-and-a-half-storey structure built in the mid-1950s at 9641 102A Avenue, which will be occupied by the Quarters Arts Society. Here is the full story from CBC.

Local musician records powerful song for social justice.

McCauley resident and acclaimed singer/songwriter Ann Vriend has recorded a song about social change – and got children from Sifton Elementary School involved with the recording and video. Here is the full story from CBC, including the video.

Proposed changes for the Stadium LRT station.

In late November, the City released a proposed redesign of the Stadium LRT station to improve safety and include ground level access. Some of the proposed changes include a new south platform, the elimination of the underground access, washrooms, security, escalators, and stairs. Check out the images, and more information, at Global News.

McCauley shares the title for the most nuisance property complaints in Edmonton.

McCauley and Alberta Avenue share the dubious distinction of the most nuisance property complaints in Edmonton over the past seven years, according to an analysis by Global News. Read more here.

- Compiled by Paula E. Kirman

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Holiday Sharing

  • Joanne’s sister’s children and grandchildren wearing aprons that Joanne made them a few years ago. Joanne McNeal

The holidays are a time to share food and memories with family and friends. Each family has its own traditions and ways of celebrating and remembering, often including special foods. We can also include and embrace new friends and share our own traditions with others.

When I was growing up, we had lots of special meals with various parts of our family. We had neighbours from Mexico and were invited to share some of the baking and meal preparations. It was fun to learn about the traditions of other families, and to share our own Christian traditions.

My father’s parents had their children and grandchildren over for a special meal together on Christmas Eve. My mother’s parents had their four children and many grandchildren over for Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. My grandparents had a huge table and it was my job to set it. The men all gathered by the Christmas tree to set up the electric train under it. The women were all in the kitchen stirring, mashing, and sharing stories. As a child, all I could see was their backs and their apron strings, and I could hear them talking and laughing.

My parents also took a Christmas service to a Mexican church too poor to afford a minister. So, my sister and I, with our mother, sang and played our violins, and we led the singing of hymns and carols. Our father read Scripture and gave a short sermon. We also brought lug boxes of oranges and apples, and the little church provided a piñata full of candies. After the service, we celebrated together with the Mexican families, sharing the piñata and fruit. I realize now that was a huge influence that helped me think about others besides myself. When we got older, we even took our violins and played and sang in several prisons.

When I married and had my own children, we created new traditions. We went caroling around the neighbourhood and to hospitals, just to bring happiness to others. On the big day of Christmas, our children always wanted to wake up early and tear open the presents under the tree. So to slow that down, we created a new tradition of working together to make a special breakfast. Only stockings could be opened before we all made breakfast together. We always chose something that created jobs for all members of the family, and we all shared setting the table. We still sing hymns and carols together – even when we visit my sister’s family. Now that my daughters have their own families, we celebrate with dinners all together with extended families, including friends that are visiting – lots of generations together.

One year when I was a student at the U of A, I invited some International students to share Christmas with our family. They each brought a dish traditionally made by their families in their home country. We listened to the stories of each one as we ate our international Christmas buffet dinner. What a wonderful shared meal that was – and it was a great way for all of us to learn about other cultural traditions. We are lucky that people from so many different countries and traditions live in our neighbourhood here in Edmonton – let’s share our holiday traditions together this year!

Joanne lives in McCauley.

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Alternatives to Demolition and Rebuilding

Preserving older neighbourhood homes.

I frequently hear people complaining about infill houses being ugly, too big, not fitting in, or just being an eyesore. Developers find them highly profitable and city planners like to increase population density so they keep getting built, usually on the site of derelict houses. As a builder, I have been looking for alternatives to demolition and rebuilding, with the idea of preserving older neighbourhoods in ways that allow people to live in their homes even if they can’t afford major renovations, and I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned in more than 30 years in the construction business.

Mainstream commercial construction methods waste an incredible amount of material and labour. It is not uncommon for a project to not use a third of the material purchased, and the 40 hour work week is often a big waste of time. A lot of money can be saved by saving and using scrap material, and working flexible hours based on factors like weather, availability of space and tools, and personal stamina. A tired, cold, wet, and miserable tradesman is not a productive worker, and is often found trying to look busy even though he’s out of nails and the plumber is working right where he wants to frame in a
window.

I recently built a new basement for less than half the next lowest estimate, and my crew worked only when they wanted to. Most of the guys were retired tradespeople from the neighbourhood, and I also hired a few good men through the Bissell Centre, who act as a temporary employment agency, but don’t take a cut of the worker’s wages. For highly specialized work like gas-fitting and wiring, I have friends who are between jobs who love to come get a day’s work in.

So, my crew wasn’t pretty. If you could build a house out of grey hair and wrinkles we wouldn’t have to go to Home Depot ever, and sometimes they like beer for breakfast, sometimes they argue, and sometimes they just get fed up and go home. But they do a good job, usually the first time, and they don’t inflate the budget with waste. The house we are restoring had fire and flood damage. The basement was made of brick in the 1920s and the top floor had a bedroom that burned, with damage to the interior, roof and wiring.

After the house was shored up and the bricks removed, we cleaned and stacked the bricks on pallets to be sold, the revenue going back to the client to mitigate the construction costs. Old brick is nicer to work with, and the variety of colour and texture has architectural merit. They were priced at less than half the cost of new brick, and sold on social media networks. We also saved all the shoring and forming lumber and hardware for the next job, and used mostly salvaged material for these things. Selling used construction material is a lot smarter than paying to have it hauled to the landfill. When I do have to haul junk, I call a buddy with a truck, rent a trailer ,and save a lot over bin rentals or Bagster fees. I do buy Bagster bags, but for storage, and keep the empty bags for the next job.

In the many years I’ve spent as a construction foreman, I have found that a loyal, well-motivated crew is a builder’s best asset. You don’t get that by making and enforcing a lot of rules, or yelling or rushing. Giving a tradesperson time and space to excel usually fosters excellence, and appreciating that excellence fosters more of the same. So some days I’d go get the guys coffee in the morning or beer in the afternoon. Sometimes I buy lunch. And I have a great crew.

Of course, we met a few challenges, like a thick concrete sidewalk buried under a foot of dirt that had to be removed and the mysterious disappearance of two wheelbarrows just when I really needed them, but we find a good solution to these and move on. Extra costs are normal, but some contractors specialize in maximizing these costs and swelling their profit margin with them. I do extra work for cost. That’s a much fairer and more honest way to work, and if fairness and honesty keep me from getting rich in this business I don’t mind. There are plenty of good builders around who feel the same way. You can recognize them by the rust on their trucks.

My client paid in installments as we went along, and I kept her informed of progress and problems so she knew what she was paying for. At the end of the first phase of this job she is happy with the work, and has more for us in the near future. I also got a few projects in the future from new clients who watched the job as we worked. I have never had to advertise, word of mouth being more than enough to keep me busy.

By working like this we can save older houses from the bulldozer and keep the integrity of our mature neighbourhoods intact while providing good low cost housing to our community. After building lots of big box stores and refineries I find this kind of work fulfilling and am happy doing it.

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Helping Refugees Get Settled

In the last few years after the Syrian Crisis, there was an urgent need to get Syrian refugees settled after they arrived in Canada. A local church adopted a Syrian family with three generations, including grandparents, adult children, and young grandchildren. The church paid to house them for a year, and at the end they held a huge concert fundraiser to get the family more settled, and ready to survive on their own.

Our volunteer orchestra was asked to play a concert for them as part of that fundraiser, and we gladly did that. The family sat in the front row and after we played several pieces. One of the sons who spoke the most English got up to explain to the audience how they had escaped and fled from their homeland. As he told the details, the grandmother put her head in her hands and her shoulders shook in sobs. It had to be very difficult for her to hear all the hardships over again.

When the son finished, and the audience got up to bid on silent auction items at the back of the church. The orchestra also got up and began putting their instruments away. The Syrian family sat there silently and nobody talked to them – of course, we couldn’t really communicate, as most of them did not yet speak English. I saw them sitting there, and just went over to the grandmother and hugged her and said, “Welcome, welcome.”

She hugged me back and then the whole family came around and we had a huge group hug. I was surprised but glad that I had not done something that would offend them. It was a very special moment that I will never forget. I wish I knew how they were doing now – they were so special. We can only imagine what hardships they have endured, but one thing we can do is to let them know they are welcome.

Joanne lives in McCauley.

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Gala Announcement

On March 9, 2019, in honour of the paper’s 40th anniversary, Boyle McCauley News will proudly host a Fundraising Gala at the Santa Maria Goretti Banquet facility (11050 90 Street).

Please share this with all businesses and organizations you know who would like to help us continue the 40 year tradition of being The Voice of the Community!

Tickets are $100/plate, or $750 for a table for 8.

Co-Chairs for the event are Ward 6 City Councillor Scott McKeen and Mr. Ron Wai, Director of Mint Health + Drugs.

Special guest speaker: Author and social media star, Marty Chan

and

Todd Janes as Master of Ceremonies.

For more information, Call Colleen at (780) 668-3194 or contact Paula at editor@bmcnews.org

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Raffle Update

As of press time, we have been notified that we will receive our Raffle License very soon! This is such an exciting opportunity for our readers and volunteers to get a chance to go to Italy.

We are particularly grateful for the generosity of Teresa Spinelli, President of the Italian Centre Shop, Ltd. for her donation of the airfare portion of the prize. The trip will be one week of accommodation plus airfare, for a prize value of over $5,000.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets ($10/each) you can write to Paula at editor@bmcnews.org and put your name on the growing waiting list. Or, call Colleen at (780) 668-3194.

We will sell only 2,500 tickets, so get on the list as soon as you can. We are set to do online purchases, as well as in person. There is no cost to put your name on the list, and you will be notified first of their availability prior to the start of cash sales.

Viva Italia!

The trip will be one week of accommodation plus airfare, for a prize value of over $5,000.

Boyle Street McCauley Community Newspaper Society Raffle Rules

License #510631

Win a trip for two to anywhere in Italy. Prize value $5,000.

Prize must be awarded within a year of the date of the draw. Prize may be transferred to another person, i.e. as a gift to another person in the event the winner cannot travel.

Value is based on one week of accommodation and airfare. Prize winners may opt to stay longer at their own cost. Boyle McCauley News will pay for accommodation up to a value of $3,000. We will work with the prize winners to ensure the best value for the dollar amount. If accommodation is less than that amount, the winner will receive the balance in cash for the trip.

The draw will be at our Gala 40th Anniversary Dinner at the Santa Maria Goretti Banquet Centre, 11050 – 90 Street, Edmonton, on March 9, 2019.

Tickets may also be purchased from board members or staff, or designated businesses in the community.

Tickets are $10 each. Only 2,500 tickets will be printed.

You must be 18 or over to purchase a ticket.

Customer can also submit an order to purchase tickets by e-mail to editor@bmcnews.org. Orders must include name/address/telephone number. When order to purchase and payment match are verified, only then will a hard-copy paper raffle ticket be issued

1 copy – raffle ticket mailed/delivered to customer
1 copy – ticket stub retained for entry into draw

In the event we are unable to sell enough tickets by the draw date, we will request an extension to make the draw at Viva Italia Viva Edmonton in August of 2019.

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Boyle Street Community League Update

Get Walking Through Boyle Street

Every Monday morning, my neighbour Anita and I go for a walk. We started years ago, when she moved into the neighbourhood, and asked me to show her what was what in Boyle Street. I discovered that in showing her our pathways and byways, I learned so much myself. We discovered hidden treasures everywhere, ranging from great new places to eat and interesting back-alley ghost signs all the way to a range of wonderful people we met along the way.

Walking is a great way to meet our neighbours (and their children and dogs!) and get to know the landscape of our neighbourhood. Walking is healthy and immediate, and of course there is lunch at the end of our rambles. Later, I worked on the #artTourYEG map of the Quarters, located in our neighbourhood. It was great to discover even more about the place we enjoy and the public areas we have here. But as always it was a pleasure just ambling through our streets. There’s so much to see!

That’s why your BSCL board was delighted to hear that Walkable Edmonton will have our Boyle Street Walking Map to the printer by sometime in December. That means availability early in January!

This map of Boyle Street community shows attractions, restaurants, cultural sites, and gives people a chance to follow a few specific routes to see Boyle Street at our best. Because of the weird shape of our neighbourhood, you can see McCauley and Riverdale on the map, too – even more fun to extend your walk north or south!

Joelle Reiniger and Karen Jackson were both deeply involved with the good folks at Walkable Edmonton in coordinating the input of many many Boyle Street residents. Together, the team brought together a lovely addition to the list of walking tours of a many neighbourhood. We are very grateful to receive the support, as this map may be the last one before a hiatus, due to funding priorities. We thank the whole team for making it happen.

BSCL hopes to obtain enough of these maps to send to every household in the community. Please keep an eye out for the map in the new year, and use it to get to know your Boyle Street community. We hope you will find many surprises, meet many neighbours known and unknown, and revisit many favourite places as you use the Boyle Street Walking Map to discover our wonderfully walkable neighbourhood.

You can look up program schedules on the website or Facebook, and check out our special celebrations as they occur. Join us – the membership is free again this year! All the best of whatever holiday you celebrate in the next two months, from your Boyle Street Community League board.

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Winter Mekiwin Arts & Crafts Market and Intercultural Gathering

December 8th and 9th at Boyle Street Plaza.

Join us on the weekend of December 8th & 9th (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) at Boyle Street Plaza for an Indigenous and Ethnocultural arts and crafts market with food, music, dance, family activities, prizes, and holiday cheer!

Our McCauley/Intercultural Dialogues is partnering with Mekiwin Indigenous Arts & Crafts Market for this special monthly gathering. Mekiwin Market features and promotes local Indigenous entrepreneurs, artists, and craftspeople. Local artists and craftspeople from newcomer and settler communities will also be joining the market for a diverse and worldly array of arts.

Come to the market at 11 a.m. and participate in an Identity BINGO game to win a prize and learn about each other’s different cultural backgrounds! Come by for a lunch of stew and bannock on sale, and then take in music performances and dance. The Edmonton Native Friendship Centre will also be hosting craft activities for the kids.

For an updated schedule of performances and activities, please visit eventbrite.ca (search for Winter Mekiwin Arts & Crafts Market & Intercultural Gathering) or www.facebook.com/ourmccauley.

I’m also excited to share that the Our McCauley/Intercultural Dialogues Initiative has received funding from Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) for 2019. The Initiative’s working committee (representatives of Edmonton Indigenous and Newcomer organizations) is expanding the work beyond the McCauley borders to the surrounding area. We will continue to host and collaborate with the community in putting on monthly Intercultural Gatherings, and welcome your involvement in helping create inclusive spaces and build strong relationships across cultures!

What would you like to learn about, share, and experience through the 2019 monthly Intercultural Gatherings? Intercultural Gatherings are programmed according to participant involvement. Please share your ideas with me – email Sheryle Carlson at ourmccauley@gmail.com and I’m also happy to meet in person!

Looking forward to seeing you at the December Market and in the new year!

Sheryle is the Community Connector Programmer with Our McCauley.

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Dustin Bajer and Rylan Kafara Make Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40

  • Rylan Kafara (centre) with Trudy Callaghan (left) and Steven Sandor of Avenue Edmonton. Kaylyn Nadon

  • Dustin Bajer. Jessica Peverett

Dustin Bajer and Rylan Kafara have made the 2018 Top 40 Under 40 list published by Avenue Edmonton Magazine. This prestigious award honours young Edmontonians making a difference in the city.

Bajer, 35, is a McCauley resident and the owner of Forest City Plants, Beecentric Hive, and Public Ecology. He is also an Urban Agriculture High Program Coordinator with Sustainable Food Edmonton, a permaculture educator, and coordinates the Cultivate McCauley garden crawls (CultivateMcCauley.ca). Dustin was named a Top 40 for “cultivating community through sustainable living practices.”

Kafara, 35, is the Program Lead, Inner City Recreation and Wellness Program, Bissell Centre and Boyle Street Community Services. He is also a PhD student at the University of Alberta engaging in “qualitative research that examines the homeless community in the city and the challenges they navigate.” He is also an organizer with the Heart of the City Festival. Rylan is a Top 40 because “he’s providing opportunities for people to effect change in the community and make their voices heard.”

The award ceremony took place on November 7 at the Winspear Centre.

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McCauley Rink Season Grand Opening

The McCauley Rink opening for the 2018/2019 season on November 12 with a skating party. Around 80 eighty people came out for a family skate and shinny hockey, and to enjoy food courtesy of the City of Edmonton. Photos by Dan Glugosh.

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McCauley Community League Update

Winter is Almost Here

With the leaves long gone and the snow yet to arrive we’re almost in limbo. But fear not – there’s lots to look forward to.

We celebrated Halloween this year with fun for kids and families. Our ever-industrious Lily Mounma and Grace Kuipers put on a great afternoon of crafts and cooking for kids and parents alike on October 28. Kids carved pumpkins and Grace had them make tombstones to decorate the Friendship garden for Halloween night. About 40 kids and parents turned out to lend a hand and the results were amazing. On Halloween night, the Friendship Garden was most spooky and over 100 kids and their parents showed up for a little hot chocolate and a treat from the Great Pumpkin.

The last time I spoke with Dan Glugosh, he was flooding the ice at the rink and by the time this goes to press I’m sure the rink will have been open a few times, weather permitting. Remember to check the League Facebook page for closures, but the rink will be open weekdays from 4:00 p.m. til 8:30 p.m. Weekends see a Family Skate from 2-6 p.m. and Open Ice Shinny from 6-8 p.m. Remember, we have gear for all and it’s a great way to get some exercise and meet your neighbours. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the McCauley Cup (hockey game with EPS) which is scheduled to be held on December 28 at 1 p.m. Check the League’s Facebook page or the website for details. Suffice it to say, we’ll have something special in store for this year. And, on December 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. will be our third annual MCL New Year’s Eve Family Skating Party, with hot dogs, marshmallows, and hot chocolate.

On December 9th, in conjunction with Viva Italia, we’ll be hosting some activities for everyone, kids and adults alike. Details will be out and about before then, so keep your eyes out for posters and the usual social media sites.

I have to make mention to the amazing folks who make this League and tirelessly give their energies to the community. I was away for most of October and came back to find things like the Halloween events and tobogganing parties planned, and a general sense of enthusiasm for all things we undertake. I am proud to be a part of such an amazing community and feel honoured to be a part of it.

As always, we are looking for ideas for programming and things that concern you. So, reach out and drop us an email. I’m always happy to grab a coffee and chat. We are here for you – our neighbours and friends. And lastly, here’s hoping everyone has a fantastic holiday season. Stay warm, reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a while, stay in touch with friends and neighbours, and enjoy all the season has to offer.

Greg is the President of the McCauley Community League.

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Safer McCauley: A Year in Review

The past year has been very active for the movement to promote a safer McCauley.

McCauley Community Convener
In the fall of 2017, a McCauley Community Convener was hired by REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities. Operating under the principle that “A Connected Community is a Safer Community,” he meets with diverse stakeholders, encourages engagement, builds relationships, promotes information-sharing, and assists community members in connecting to the resources they seek.

McCauley Community Safety Meetings
Since the creation of the Convener position, eight McCauley Community Safety Meetings have taken place. The meetings are an inclusive mechanism for connection, engagement, sharing, learning, and empowerment. The meeting group is increasingly broad, comprising residents, businesses, service agencies, community groups, EPS, REACH, City of Edmonton, the Office of the Highlands-Norwood MLA, and invited resources. Through 2018, meetings have seen a dramatic increase in resident and service agency attendance.

Community Safety Meetings have showcased expert panels and connected community to information-sharers. Specific topics have included Licencing, Gaming and VLTs, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and Community Asset Mapping. A meeting in May 2018 hosted a Safe Consumption Services and Needle Clean Up panel and attracted 46 stakeholders.

Community Input
Community Safety Meetings are not only about connecting to resources. They have become a way for community members to influence outcomes. Through interactive exercises, stakeholders have participated in defining a safer McCauley, prioritizing community concerns, identifying community assets, and brainstorming community-driven crime prevention initiatives. Data collected will help determine how to focus resources and has the potential to benefit many parties, including EPS, the City of Edmonton, community groups, service agencies, and businesses.

Safermccauley.ca
Community Safety Meetings are an effective forum for the discussion of safety-related issues, but attending is not a commitment all community members can make. A website – safermccauley.ca – now allows everyone to stay connected to the process. The website contains information on past and future meetings and links to safety-related resources. Most significantly, it provides access to the exercises facilitated at meetings. This inclusive and democratic element allows all stakeholders to actively contribute on their own time, in their own space and at their own pace – regardless of circumstances. Visit safermccauley.ca to have your say.

Community Safety Meetings are not only about connecting to resources. They have become a way for community members to influence outcomes. Through interactive exercises, stakeholders have participated in defining a safer McCauley, prioritizing community concerns, identifying community assets, and brainstorming community-driven crime prevention initiatives.

The Year to Come
2019 promises to be a year of increased action. A community meeting group has been established. Connections to valuable allies and resources have been made. And, tools have been put in place to promote community interaction and participation. The pieces are in place for the development of community-driven initiatives to add to the work that EPS and the City do to promote safety in McCauley. Some initiatives may address safety more directly. Others may promote vibrancy and connectedness – and, in turn, safety. Ideas under consideration are a community walkabout, safety signage, engagements with EPS, community dinners, positive street-level activities, and participation in City programs such as “15 to Clean” and “Partners in Parks.” Watch also for updated Neighbourhood Response (“Who to Call”) documents from the City; community conversations focussing on Safe Consumption Services and Problem Properties; and, on February 8, Resource Connect 2019 – an annual event designed to connect McCauley service providers to one another and to the community at large.

Consider getting involved in 2019. Stay connected via safermccauley.ca. Attend a Community Safety Meeting. And, don’t hesitate to share your ideas with McCauley Community Convener, Mark Davis (mark.davis@reachedmonton.ca) or McCauley Safety Council Chair, Elisa Zenari (elisa.zenari@gmail.com). A connected community is a safer community.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Mark is the REACH McCauley Community Convener.

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Comfort and Joy

An evening of carols, community, and candlelight.

On Friday, December 21st at 7 p.m. at Studio 96, come in from the cold for some “Comfort and Joy.” Wrap your chilly fingers around a mug of hot cider and gather round for an evening of carols, community, and candlelight, sponsored by e4c, the Wellness Network, and Studio 96.

These days, where can we go to sing together? Yes, you can audition and join a choir or belt your heart out in the shower, but what about singing with friends and neighbours, accompanied by a piano or a guitar, just for the pure joy of it? Not too many places, until now.

At “Comfort and Joy,” you will take part in a musical happening! Bask in candlelight as musicians perform, then join in as everyone sings carols and seasonal songs together.

Singing together is a fabulous way of building community, of restoring our web of connection in a fragmented world. When we come together for the shared purpose of singing and making new friends through song, we build bridges of acceptance, compassion, and joy. Regardless of musical background, we can all join our voices in song and create magic together.

Besides, singing is good for you: choral singing calms the heart and boosts endorphin levels. It improves lung function. It increases pain thresholds and reduces the need for pain medication. It also seems to improve our outlook, boosting mood and self-esteem while alleviating feelings of stress and depression. Group singing is one of the most ancient and original “technologies of belonging” that humans have been using since the earliest times. Singing together is a powerful way to connect with others, and a great way to reduce the negative effects of loneliness and isolation that are often magnified at this time of year. Research has shown that this sense of connection happens on a biological level – that when people sing together in a group, “their heartbeats actually sync up“https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-23230411!

All are welcome at “Comfort and Joy.” Please join us to sing the chilly darkness away!

All event details available at www.facebook.com/e4cwellness or from krambow@e4calberta.org.

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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

Pets and Prints

  • Pet Food Bank Volunteer Stephanie P. at the Edmonton Humane Society. Rebecca Kaiser

‘Tis the season to share our abundance with our community! This time of year is one of breaking the freeze, playing in the great outdoor wonders of winter, and spending time with the people and pets we hold closest to our hearts. This is the reality of most Edmontonians. However, there are a large number of members of our community who face a very different Christmas story. It’s one of survival, isolation, oppression, and often loss. The difference in their winters is made by the people who reach out and, for some, the pets that keep them warm and feeling loved and needed, the companions that help give their lives meaning and purpose.

Consider donating to the Inner City Pet Food Bank this year. We help connect inner city residents who face barriers when caring for their furry companions with pet resources, such as food, and affordable veterinary care. You may ask, what do you they need most? Our Christmas Wish list in order of priority items goes as follows. Cat Food Wet/Dry, Cat Litter, and Dog Food Wet/Dry. These presents can be dropped off from 9 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at Boyle Street Community Services (10116 105 Avenue).

We recently celebrated another successful year of the Pet Food Bank with our fantastic volunteers! We went to the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) and learned how to create eco-friendly and inexpensive pet toys out of old t-shirts and blankets, as well as helped with the animal socialization process! Please consider bringing your loved ones to adopt from the EHS when choosing to gift someone the joy and responsibility of an animal companion. The Humane Society doesn’t allow adopting out animals as surprise gifts as having a pet requires resources, responsibility, and planned commitment.

It’s also the perfect time of year to buy some local artwork from the Street Prints Artist Collective! This year we have so many great gift ideas to choose from for your friends and family. We have greeting cards for $5, and we are creating calendars that feature our artists’ work, with a new artist featured each month. Of course, we also have our usual 8×10 prints, and t-shirts in a variety of sizes and colours too! If you would like to support local artists, and get some original artwork, join us at the Winter Mekiwin Market and Intercultural Gathering on Dec 8-9 (10-5 p.m.) at Boyle Street Plaza, (9538 103A Ave).

Rebecca Kaiser and Mike Siek are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.

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e4c December/January Updates

The annual Inner City Kids Safe Halloween Party was on the evening of October 31st, and ghouls and ghosts celebrated with families and volunteers in a safe place (Edmonton Intercultural Centre/McCauley School Building).Ten dedicated volunteers and a large collective of community donations (estimated value of over $1000) made it all happen. Thanks for support to: Italian Bakery, Boyle McCauley Health Clinic, e4c McCauley Apartments Tenants’ Association, City of Edmonton (Edmonton Intercultural Centre), Mike Siek Productions, Boyle McCauley News, and individual community members!

The e4c hosted School for Indigenous Teachings began with a Fall/Winter Semester opening day ceremony on October 22nd at Alex Taylor School. The program offers courses/classes delivered by knowledge keepers and cultural leaders and practitioners over the course of 8 weeks (October to December). The term’s closing ceremony will be on December 17th (Alex Taylor school Gymnasium).

The next semester for the school will be open for registrations in the new year, with the opening happening on January 21st. For information on classes and registration, contact thashimoto@e4calberta.org. Facebook: @schoolforindigenousteachings

“Comfort and Joy” Winter Solstice Music Night Concert – Friday, December 21st, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Winter warmth is found with neighbours and friends enjoying music and treats! Studio 96 and e4c McCauley Office are hosting a merry musical event including choirs, candlelight, and sing-a-longs! Friday, December 21st at 7 p.m. will be an evening gathering of all things merry and musical at Studio 96 (10909 96 Street). Call: (780) 424-2870 / Email: krambow@e4calberta.org

McCauley Apartments, along with Capital Region Housing’s SUCCEED Program and Education Department, have joined with e4c McCauley Apartments tenants and staff to develop more collaboration and partnership to design and complete the McCauley Apartments Community Mural Project. After a long year of waiting, it appears the mural, to which so many community members have contributed, is pushing forward with a mural design and planning workshop December 6th. The spring/summer of 2019 could just become more colourful!

Fabulous Holiday Wishes, New Years and Season’s Greetings To All from the McCauley Apartments Tenants’ Association and e4c McCauley Office staff. Please feel welcome to stop by for a cup of coffee and or call for information. We are open weekly 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (closed December 25 and 26).

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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Heart of the City AGM on January 20th

It’s time to look ahead, and what better way to help that vision then by joining a most keen organization. Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival is looking for new members to help make our 16th year amazing!

We are looking for individuals who want to bring their love of the arts and community building together. Last year was so special and we want to keep that positive momentum going strong!

Join us at Parkdale Community Hall (11335 85 Street) for our inclusive Annual General Meeting on January 20th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., to find out how to bring your thoughts forward! With good communities comes good food – there will be pizza, refreshments, and friendly faces!

Contact Charity Slobod at heartcitymusic@gmail.com for more info!

Charity is the president of the Board of Heart of the City.

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#HateFreeYeg: A Great Idea for Local Businesses

  • Organizer Bridget Stirling speaks at the launch of #HateFreeYEG on September 30 in Churchill Square. Paula E. Kirman

P9dropcap). Everyone deserves to live their life without the threat of hatred and discrimination. We believe people should feel safe in their communities, just as you believe people should feel safe and welcome at your shop or office. Together we can show the world that hate and intolerance has no home in Edmonton and is not wanted here!

If you administer a space or run a business in Edmonton, we’re asking you to commit to putting a #HateFreeYEG sticker on your door or window the same way you’d put up a Pride Flag. Your customers will know they will be safe within your space. This means that:

You deny entry to hate groups, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and any other group that would seek to cause harm to others on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.

Your space maintains a no-service policy for people and groups of people who engage in hate and discrimination.

Most importantly, we ask that you adopt a zero tolerance policy towards:

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Transphobia
  • Ageism
  • Ableism
  • Body-shaming

This non-profit and non-political campaign is being initiated by Abdul Malik and Bridget Stirling in cooperation with the Edmonton and District Labour Council. Go to the following website for more information, to sign up, or to receive a sticker: www.hatefreeyeg.com.

Information provided by #HateFreeYEG.

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Opinion: Overcoming Hate

  • Organizer Bridget Stirling speaks at the launch of #HateFreeYEG on September 30 in Churchill Square. Paula E. Kirman

Hate is all around us today. We hear it on the news every day. Yet historically, our “new world’ was founded on the ideal of democracy, equality, and freedom for all. Hate is the opposite – it is arrogant, elitist, oppressive, and ugly. Why do people put down groups of people that are different? Do we think we are better than others? We are not – we are all human, we all make mistakes, and we are responsible for our actions, faults, and mistakes. How can we get back to the original ideal of equality for all? We have just celebrated Remembrance Day where we honour our troops that have fought and died to defend our freedom and democracy. Why do we forget these ideals, when so many soldiers have given their lives for our freedom?

We must acknowledge history and remember the ideals of our forefathers. As North America was being “discovered” and developed, the underlying premise of the first settlers was to create democracy and equality, and yet it was not really equal for all. The men who wrote the constitution of the USA still held slaves. The conquerors from Europe took over much of the so-called uninhabited lands, and the rights of the First Peoples were denied. Other groups were also enslaved or denied their rights. Why does this still happen?

Lately, hate seems to have developed for anyone who is not a descendant of the European Aristocracy or ruling class. We cannot afford to bear that arrogance any longer. Now, we must listen to others, in order to overcome and correct this part of our history before we can move forward. I believe that there is no room for hate in a democracy. We must ALL work together to fight for democracy – or freedom and equality for all people, no matter the colour of our skin, or how we worship.

We must look into our own souls and work diligently to expunge this ugly hate from our hearts. We are the only ones who can change our own beliefs and behaviour. We must take time to really think and listen to each other, to hear how other people understand and experience our world. Talk with someone who is not from your background, who comes from another part of our world. Ask questions and listen to how they view the world – what are their challenges in daily life? We all experience life differently, and we have various challenges to making a living, getting an education, or creating a home. We are individuals living in Canada, where we are free to live, love, and worship as we choose- how lucky we are! There is no room or reason for hate here in Edmonton. Let’s make freedom, love, and equality a wonderful reality in all our lives.

Joanne lives in McCauley.

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Opinion: What’s Happened to Objective Reporting?

I stopped watching CTV because of their consistent bias. When they call their “newscast” a show, that is exactly what it is – a show, not news. Recently, I decided to try finding a relatively objective newscast and watched several channels briefly and ended up hearing the same story told in different ways. This was very helpful in determining which channels give an objective report.

The story in question was about Terri-Lynne McClintic.* CTV, CityNews, and at least one other reported, “child killer McClintic . . . ” Each time it was said with emphasis which amounts to sensationalizing the story for network gain, in my opinion. Only Global News said, “McClintic . . .” without an adjective. It was actually startling, the difference in the presentation of the story.

Granted, there are times when adjectives are needed like when police are searching for a suspect, for example, “a Caucasian male, 5 foot 10 was seen fleeing the crime scene . . .” Or, in some news reports I have heard “Somalian,” and my personal pet peeve, “Native.”

When people are charged with a crime, do we really need to know their ethnic or cultural background? Does that not contribute to discrimination? In my opinion, it should be all or nothing. In every news report, label the ethnic or cultural background, or not at all – be consistent.

My main point is to listen carefully to words, especially what is being reported by media. What words do you use? Do you maintain the status quo and say what everyone else is saying, or are you a thinker and choose your words carefully?

**Editor’s Note:* Terri-Lynne McClintic is currently serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of eight – year-old Tori Stafford.

Sharon Pasula is an Indigenous spiritual and cultural resource person who lives in Boyle Street.

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Bill 26 Announced in Boyle Street

If passed, the bill will result in increases for AISH, Income Support, and other benefits.

  • Ian Young speaking at the podium next to Premier Rachel Notley, on November 8. Janis Irwin

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”- Mahatma Gandhi

On Thursday, November 8 right here in our community at the Boyle Street Plaza, a very important announcement was made. Bill 26 was announced and later that day had its first reading in the Alberta Legislature.

According to the Government of Alberta website:

If Bill 26 passes, the following changes would come into effect on Jan. 1, 2019:

  • Core and supplementary benefit rates would increase for people who receive: 0 Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH). 0 Income Support. 0 Alberta Seniors Benefit and related special needs assistance program. 0 Minimum monthly disposable income while living in lodges, long-term care, and designated supportive living.
  • Benefit rate would go up each year to keep up with inflation – as measured by Alberta’s Consumer Price Index – to help people manage rising costs of living.
  • Increase the amount of savings or assets a person could have when determining eligibility for: 0 AISH child allowance 0 AISH supplementary personal benefits 0 Income Support

This is a much-needed announcement, and a lot of time and consulting went into this. I was proud to be able to be a part of a portion of this through roundtable discussions with other AISH recipients, disability advocates, and Minister Irfan Sabir. It was a responsibility and challenge I accepted, as I care about my community.

I was honoured when asked to speak alongside Premier Rachel Notley; Minister of Community and Social Services Irfan Sabir; MLA for Edmonton-Centre David Shepherd; and former City Councillor, adjunct professor, Chair of the University of Alberta Board of Governors, advocate, and humanitarian Michael Phair.

I expressed the importance of not seeking a handout, but rather a hand up. Bill 26 will help thousands of Albertans. Having your concerns heard is one thing – having them addressed is gratifying.

Ian Young is a proud member of the Boyle Street and McCauley communities and a columnist and board member with Boyle McCauley News_. He is a member of Advocacy Groups such as Voice of Albertans with Disabilities and The Canadian Council of Persons with Disabilities, and is a past board member with Friends of Medicare. Ian was honoured to speak to the people of Alberta alongside the Premier Rachel Notley, and will keep advocating and educating decision-makers of the needs persons with disabilities deserve._

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Bob McKeon Receives Garry Spotowski Volunteer Appreciation Award

  • From left: Rosalie Gelderman, Bob McKeon, Editor Paula Kirman, Volunteer Coordinator Colleen Chapman, and Kate Quinn. Rosalie and Kate were last year’s inaugural recipients of the Garry Spotowski Volunteer Appreciation Award. Bob received the award on November 5. Leif Gregersen

Bob McKeon was this year’s recipient of the Garry Spotowski Volunteer Appreciation Award, awarded on November 5.

Bob is a familiar face to many as he has been involved in our communities for over 40 years. He is a community builder, a Professor Emeritus at St. Joseph’s College, and a community member who raised his children in a home across the street from McCauley School. Bob is a founder of Inn Roads Housing Co-operative and has been involved with Boyle McCauley News as a block carrier and contributor since the paper’s early days.

The list of his volunteering accomplishments is very long. He has been involved with the Sacred Heart Parish and many of its initiatives, the Boyle McCauley Health Centre, the McCauley Community League, and it can be assumed he has done even more than HE can remember.

Bob is one of the finest examples of the people who populate Boyle Street and McCauley. He is humble, kind, generous, and smart. We are all fortunate that the young McKeon family chose our community in which to raise their family.

Thank you Bob. The impact of your life on others, too numerous to count, has been infinitely compassionate and positive.

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Member of Parliament Kerry Diotte Threatens to Sue Twitter Critics

  • Bashir Mohamed speaks at an anti-racism rally in August of 2017. Paula E. Kirman

Kerry Diotte, Conservative MP for Edmonton-Griesbach, is threatening a defamation suit against several people who have posted or re-posted tweets criticizing Diotte for appearing in photographs on social media with Faith Goldy, who is widely viewed as a white nationalist and recently ran unsuccessfully as a mayoral candidate in Toronto.

Last week, Bashir Mohamed, a 23 year old anti-racism activist, blogger, and former Edmonton-Griesbach constituent, received a letter from Arthur Hamilton, Diotte’s lawyer who has strong ties with the Conservative Party of Canada. The letter demanded an immediate retraction of Mohamed’s tweet by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7.

Mohamed’s response was to retain his own lawyer, who issued a letter indicating that Mohamed’s tweets “represent fair comment and matters in the public interest” and that Mohamed will not be taking down or retracting his tweets.

The letter from Hamilton and response from Mohamed’s lawyer were posted on Twitter on Thursday in this Twitter thread.

At least three other people have come forward who have received similar letters from Hamilton, for re-tweeting Mohamed’s posts or posting similar tweets of their own.

Diotte was a Sun Media journalist and member of Edmonton City Council prior to being elected as a Conservative MP in 2015. He has been criticized in the past for remarks described as “racist” and “insensitive” according to this story in The Gateway (the University of Albert Student Newspaper). The Gateway story includes a screen capture of a tweet by Mohamed in which he explicitly calls Diotte a “racist who openly associates with white supremacists such as Faith Goldy.”

“You know such statements are inflammatory and untrue,” said the letter to Mohamed from Diotte’s lawyer.

Goldy attracted 3.4 percent of the vote in her run for mayor of Toronto. Her views are widely characterized as “far-right” and “white nationalist.” She was fired from right-wing Rebel Media for being too far right, even for them, after giving an interview to a neo-Nazi website.

The riding of Edmonton-Griesbach includes the Boyle Street and McCauley neighbourhoods.

As of the time this article is being posted, Mohamed has not heard from Diotte’s lawyer again, despite it being past the November 7 deadline. In addition, Conservative Party of Canada (the federal Official Opposition) leader Andrew Scheer has not publicly commented on whether he thinks Diotte’s actions are appropriate.

Boyle McCauley News reached out to Kerry Diotte for comment, but did not receive a response.

Last updated: November 19, 2018

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Halloween with the McCauley Community League

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The McCauley Community League organized two fun Halloween events for children in the area. On October 28, kids had a chance to carve pumpkins, decorate headstones, and make pizza at the Intercultural Centre. On October 31 at the Friendship Garden in the northeast corner of Giovanni Caboto Park, the MCL had a fire pit and hot chocolate for trick-or-treaters to warm up, as well as full-sized chocolate bars.

Photos by Adam Snider.

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Keri’s Corner

This Too Shall Pass

The honest truth is that the holiday season has sucked since my mom died a half dozen years ago. Growing up, Mom had boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations, did days of baking throughout December, and actually drew up lists of presents to get people. Some Christmas mornings she would sneak into my room and play the Twisting Santa, a Santa figure that danced and played The Twist, jerking me out of sleep. I hated that Santa. He sits in my closet now, sans batteries, unanimated. I can’t throw him out, although there were times I almost splintered him to pieces.

The last Christmas I spent with her it was just her, me, and Reinhardt, so I mentioned that we should just grab a deli pizza and spend the time with cards and coffee. Imagine my surprise when she acquiesced. It was a quiet, cold December night. By that time, the cancer that was to ultimately take her was already rooted. I remember how tired she was that last Christmas. I also remember her sense of contentment. Cards, coffee, pizza, and loved ones. Twisting Santa sat peacefully in one corner.

Since Mom’s been gone, the rest of the family has been somewhat estranged from each other. We can’t seem to communicate between all our fear and hurt feelings. Mom would be pretty fed up with us if she was still around.

Most Christmases have been something to get through – not necessarily a time of celebration but a trial. However, beyond Christmas is the New Year and spring and the promise of new life. Although I still feel the gaps in my life where my relationship with my mom was, I also know the richness her presence brought into my life. Who knows what hopes and joys will cross our paths by this time next year.

Keri lives in Boyle Street.

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The Beatles for Christmas

Coming through November towards Christmas, my old-timey thoughts bring me to memories of the late 80s in high school choir and listening to the Beatles. Thirty-one years ago the works of The Beatles were issued on compact disc when audio was just entering that new medium of sound. I managed to get The White Album on loan from a friend of my father’s. At the time any connection to the album was through my reading of Vincent Buglioso’s novel Helter Skelter which was about the Manson Family murders. The story gave the album a touch of notoriety in contrast to the Beatles early mop-top image, which offended my choirboy sensibilities.

Late period Beatles was good and proper English classic rock, I suppose. I did know a church deacon, long ago, who admitted to liking the British Invasion, even The Beatles, but did not enjoy their later, art-y material. The deacon said that once The Beatles used marijuana they were under demonic influences.

Back in high school, some church kids with whom I was friends would pick up a stray TV signal of HBO/Cinemax. In the fall/winter of 1987 the channel was running A Hard Day’s Night and Help!. The kids then rummaged through their parents’ old records. Oddly enough, this resulted in a lot of Creedence Clearwater Revival fans since that band was featured in many parents’ record collections.

I listened to a taped copy of The White Album going around town raising money for the high school choir to make a trip into Winnipeg to perform at a Christmas concert at the Capitol. We were to perform under the dome of the Capitol, which made for a wonderful sound. It was a good time all around as our choir was quite busy and had enough of a reputation to appear at these events. I was selling chocolate covered almonds listening to what I still believe to be a creative high point of any era, 60s or otherwise.

On that choir trip I picked up a copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on vinyl. I picked up another copy for a friend. Another friend requested a copy of Abbey Road if I was doing Christmas shopping anyway.

I have done that over Christmases since – giving people music by The Beatles. Keri’s nephew got a copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band many years ago and he has recently remarked that The Beatles are good cheer-up music for him.

November 29 is the date that George Harrison passed in 2001. John Lennon was assassinated on December 8, 1980. The music and memories of The Beatles are together in my head with memories of singing “Holy Night” and “Jingle Bell Rock” all those years ago.

Reinhardt lives in Boyle Street with his wife, Keri Breckenridge.

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BSCL President Wears Many Hats

  • Candas Jane Dorsey. Supplied

The “BSCL Update” in the November issue of Boyle McCauley News includes this statement: “Our president, Candas Jane Dorsey, has lived in Boyle Street for 16 years. She makes her living as a writer, editor, and teacher of writing and communications courses, but finds time to be active as a community advocate.”

This short bio provides a good overview of Dorsey’s talents and abilities. But there is more – much more – to know about this remarkable person.

There are small things to tell about, such as her habit of chatting amiably with everyone she meets in the ‘hood. Some work in the small local businesses where she tries to be a loyal customer. Some are people she thinks might be potential board members and/or community volunteers. Others are residents of the several places in Boyle Street that serve people who are facing adversity or challenges. For Dorsey, they are all the same. They are all just people.

There are also big things. Dorsey is a published, award-winning writer of novels, short fiction, poetry, essays, articles, and reviews. She received the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Golden Pen award in 2017 and was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association Hall of Fame in October of 2018. ICE, her just-released book of short stories was reviewed positively in The Guardian. (The book launch was held at Audrey’s Books on November 16.)

For more than 40 years Dorsey has been an active member of the literary and other arts communities in Edmonton and beyond. She has been a creative writing teacher, writer in residence, mentor and board member. Her fingerprints are on innumerable arts and literary initiatives and groups – local and international, high art and pop culture, journalism and creative writing. She has been extensively involved with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Edmonton Arts Council, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, to name a few.

Dorsey is a founding partner of Wooden Door and Associates, a professional communications company established in 1991. She co-founded an Edmonton-based publishing company, The Books Collective, which released over 100 titles in 14 years.

She currently serves on the boards of the Edmonton Social Planning Council and the Edmonton Heritage Council. It is not surprising, therefore, that Candas often writes on the themes of equality, rights, good manners, and social justice. “Making art can sometimes make the biggest difference,” she says.

Anita Jenkins is a retired writer and editor who lives in Boyle Street.

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Reminiscing About Recipes

I just finished delivering and reading my October issue of Boyle McCauley News. The Ration Cake reminded me of an advertisement which I bought a few years ago at The Wild Rose Antique Sale. The ad was for Magic Baking Powder and came from a wartime Canadian magazine (it might have been Chatelaine). There is a recipe for Gold Cake which includes a recipe for Sugarless Icing.

The Ration Cake also reminded me of a story my Mother liked to tell. She baked an Upside Down Peach Cake and used up a good many ration coupons. As she was taking it out of the oven she dropped it on the floor. People asked, “What did you do?” She replied, “We had it for supper.” She was not going to let a few germs eat up her ration coupons.

She also told the terrible story about being in a grocery store in Montreal during WWII and I was about two years old. Somehow, I got hold of an egg carton and dropped it on the floor breaking, every egg. My mother had to pay for the broken eggs and use up valuable ration coupons. My mother also said people could not buy bananas during the War. I guess the ships were too busy doing other things.

GOLD CAKE
3 tbs. butter
Yolks of 3 eggs
1 tsp flavouring extract
1 ½ cups of flour
3 tsp. Magic Baking Powder
½ cup of milk

Cream butter; add sugar slowly; add egg yolks which have been beaten until thick; add flavouring. Sift together flour and baking powder; add alternately with milk to first mixture. Bake in two 7” greased layer-cake pans in moderate oven at 375 F.

SUGARLESS ICING

BOILED CHOCOLATE FROSTING:

1 egg white
½ cup maple syrup
1/8 tsp. salt
¼ cup cocoa
½ tsp vanilla

Put egg white, maple syrup and salt in top of double boiler over boiling water and beat with rotary beater for 9 minutes. Remove from heat and fold in cocoa gradually and carefully. Blend completely. Add vanilla and spread over cake.

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Easy Apple-Cranberry Crisp

The winter holiday season is always a great time for food and beverages. It’s one of the few times during the cold months where we indulge in making and consuming decadent foods. With each passing year, I try to make desserts that are less time-consuming and more affordable. The less time you spend in the kitchen, the more time you can spend with others. Compared to making homemade pies, I find fruit crisps to be easier and quicker.

This is a recipe I adapted from Canadian Living. Any type of apple will work with this recipe; however, I recommend using apples such as Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Fuji.

Easy Apple-Cranberry Crisp

3/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter melted
4 cups peeled apples, chopped or sliced
1/4 cup white sugar
 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
3/4 cups chopped walnuts or pecans or crushed almonds
Zest of 1 orange (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking dish. In a bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour, and butter. Mix until it has the consistency of bread crumbs. In another bowl mix the apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberries, zest, and nuts. Mix until well-coated. Place half of the crumb mixture in the baking dish. Then evenly spread the coated apples/cranberry mixture over the crumb mixture. Then cover with the remaining crumb mixture. Bake 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.

Yovella is a former resident of McCauley who still works and volunteers in the area.

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Boyle Street’s Penitentiary and Garment Factory

The northernmost road in eastern Boyle Street, 106A Avenue, is now lined with numerous multi-family dwellings and a few small businesses. This area was not densely populated until quite recently. But it was once the site of two notable Edmonton landmarks: a federal penitentiary in the early 20th century and a large blue jean factory after World War II. All traces of both have vanished completely.

Alberta Penitentiary
From 1906 to 1920, people from Alberta and Saskatchewan convicted of serious crimes served their sentences in a federal penitentiary at 90 Street on 106A Avenue. A two-storey building housed close to 100 prisoners. They grew vegetables on federal land between the prison and the riverbank, mined coal underground in the riverbank area and did various other kinds of work, including bread baking.

Matthew McCauley, the namesake of the McCauley neighbourhood, was the prison warden from 1906 to 1911. McCauley lived in a warden’s residence, a large three-storey brick building located at 92 Street and 106A Avenue.

In the early 1920s Big 4 Moving and Storage took over the penitentiary building, and in the 1930s the warden’s residence became a children’s home/orphanage that continued to operate until the late 1960s.

GWG Factory
The Great Western Garment Company (GWG), a clothing company best known for making blue jeans, was founded in 1911 by Charles A. Graham and Alexander Cameron Rutherford (the first Premier of Alberta). It began operations on 97 Street but in 1953 Edmonton’s rapidly growing post-war economy allowed the company to build a large new factory at 85 Street and 106A Avenue (where the Edgewater II four-storey apartment buildings are now). A further major addition to the plant was built in 1957.

At its height, GWG employed 1,600 people and produced 13,000 units per day. The employees were primarily immigrant women, with many living nearby in Boyle Street and McCauley. The plant closed in 2004 – designer jeans had overtaken the market, and many factory jobs were moving offshore.

Edmonton historian Catherine Cole has written a book about this remarkable local story, Piece by Piece (Goose Lane Editions, 2012). One of the many interesting photos in the book is of a teenager modelling a pair of GWG jeans for The Bay. The model was a hockey player by who had just recently arrived in the city – by the name of Wayne Gretzky. The new downtown Royal Alberta Museum has a “GWG room,” where many Edmontonians will probably learn for the first time about this major contributor to the city’s economy.

If you are walking on 106A Avenue today, you might well sense some ghosts. On this spot, prisoners worked, orphans were sheltered and immigrant women laboured every day at sewing machines in a large factory.

Note: Much of the information in this article is from McCauley Then & Now by Gary Garrison and Sara Coumantarakis (McCauley Revitalization & City of Edmonton, 2013), available in PDF format at bmcnews.org/pamphlets.

Anita Jenkins is a retired writer and editor who lives in Boyle Street.

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Little Yellow House Documents Stories of Inner City Life

  • Carissa Halton (left) in conversation with podcaster and Edmonton School Board Trustee Trisha Estabrooks at the launch of Little Yellow House on September 14 at the Alberta Avenue Community Hall. Naomi Pahl

Life in the inner city inspires writer Carissa Halton. Her book Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood is a collection of what she describes as “literary Polaroids: snapshots in time of either a character, or a scene, or the streets.”

Halton, who lives in Alberta Avenue with her family, says that she “wanted to capture the neighbourhood and the people who lived in it at that time and place . . . [to] explore the tension and contrasts that I realized that were there between people’s perceptions and my lived experienced of what life there would be like, which has been lots of really complex and beautiful experiences that were nuanced, but in many ways brought us real quality of life and richness.”

Each chapter in Little Yellow House stands alone as a vignette of a unique person or of challenging situations like dealing with drug houses and being surrounded by the sex trade, but also the ins and outs of raising a growing family in a mature neighbourhood.

While the book focuses on Alberta Avenue, there is also a strong McCauley connection. Halton used to work at The Mustard Seed, and one chapter is about her work there and the conflict that can happen between agencies and community residents. Another chapter focuses on the sex trade surrounding McCauley School in the 80s and the early work of McCauley resident Kate Quinn, before the establishment of the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) where she is now the Executive Director.

Halton moved into Alberta Avenue in 2004 about a decade before she began writing the book, which went into a second printing after it launched in September of 2018 at the Kaleido Festival. She was not strict about the boundaries of Alberta Avenue, and believes that other communities can learn a lot from the scenarios she describes in the book.

“I was curious about the tensions and contrasts that exist in all communities. Communities like McCauley and Alberta Avenue – because they are older and have more extremes in terms of economic disparity and infrastructure being old – because of those extremes I think communities like ours have a lot to offer all communities throughout North America,” Halton explains.

“A lot of communities are wrestling with who they are going to be in 20 years, and these decisions are often left to market forces. I think Alberta Avenue and Revitalization efforts show interesting intervention that this city is trying to do, and it’s not perfect but I also wanted to explore how cities develop and grow and age in a healthy way.”

Little Yellow House is published by Gutteridge Books (an imprint of the University of Alberta Press) and is available at The Carrot Coffeehouse, Mandolin Books, Audrey’s Books, and Chapters.

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Nativity on 95A Street

  • A collage of the larger-than-life Nativity figures, taken in 2017. Paula E. Kirman

Last year, some of McCauley and Boyle Street’s neighbours in Norwood just over on 95A Street near 112 Avenue set up a gigantic Nativity Scene for the holidays. They will be doing it again this year, adding more lighting and animals.

Gillian Kerr, a resident of 95A Street and friend of the artist who created these figures, was instrumental in making this happen. “The Nativity of 95A Street is a perfect community project for our block,” she explains.

“When my friend Vicki Martin sold her house, she needed a new home for this larger-than-life display. I knew my little yard was too small to host a full set of 8 to 12 foot creatures, but a collective of yards could do it. Vicki, always creative, built these majestic and almost intimidating figures. Now, we (the neighbours of 95A) are going to make them part of our holiday tradition.”

The display should be set up in early December.

Updated December 12, 2018: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the display will not be up this year. Here’s looking forward to 2019!

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Editor’s Notes

December 2018/January 2019

This is our last issue of 2018. We are just months away from celebrating our 40th anniversary. The upcoming new year is sure to bring excitement and definitely some changes.

As we explain on page three, in 2019 we are only going to be publishing eight print issues of the paper. Our online presence will continue to increase in importance, as it has been over the past while. It is where we will be publishing news, photos, and event information on a regular basis in between issues. Be sure to check out our website at bmcnews.org and follow us on social media. We are on Instagram (@bmcviews), Facebook, and Twitter (@bmcnews in both places).

Volunteers are still at the heart of what we do here at Boyle McCauley News. Writers and photographers are always welcome. For more information, please contact me at editor@bmcnews.org. You can also reach me there if you would like to be put on a waiting list for a delivery route as a block carrier.

Have a wonderful holiday season. See you in the new year!

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McCauley Musings

Safer Cities and Spaces

p(dropcap. I was honoured to be invited as a delegate to the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Leaders’ Forum, a UN Women global flagship initiative, which was held at the Shaw Conference Centre from October 16-19. This was the fourth such forum, and the first time it was held in a Canadian city.

The forum focused on the safety of women and girls in public spaces. People from around the world discussed initiatives in their cities to keep women and girls safe from violence in public places. Some of the specific topics included safety policies and programs, youth activism, and engaging men in the prevention of violence. There was an entire day dedicated to issues surrounding the safety of women on public transportation.

We came from different places and sometimes had to speak through translators, but all of us were there for the same reason: to exchange information in the process of working towards a safer world for women and girls. A moment that really stood out for me was when two boys in their early teens from Mozambique spoke about being peer leaders in trying to protect the girls in their schools and communities.

It made me think about how, no matter where we come from, we all have common issues with which we struggle in our lives and in society, and how we need to look out for each other. This is a key step in building a safer world for women, and all of us.

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Dining Out

Addictive Fun and Flavours

  • My personalized bowl of soup. Paula E. Kirman

Noodleholic
9658 107A Avenue
(587) 881-1105

My name is Paula, and I am a noodleholic.

Fortunately, I have found the perfect place to enable my culinary habit. Noodleholic is the latest restaurant to take over the space at 9658 107A Avenue, after several failed noodle soup and Middle Eastern eateries. The interior has changed very little since last I was in the space, when it was still a Vietnamese pho restaurant some years ago. It’s small but spacious, clean, and bright.

Noodleholic specializes in noodle soup (no surprise, given the name). The menu is actually a lot of fun. For $12.95, you pick the broth, type of noodle, and two toppings from a very extensive list of choices (more toppings can be added for an additional charge). There are a also a few “set” noodle soups on the menu, with the broth, noodles, and toppings already chosen, also $12.95. You can also get side dishes like spring rolls and green onion cakes, all of which are under $7. If you order a noodle soup, you can add a beverage for an additional dollar.

For my broth, I chose the non-spicy “Little Sheep.” I had to ask my very friendly and helpful server what that meant. She explained that it is a vegetable broth, with its name taken from the company that makes it. I picked a thick rice noodle, mulling over the choices that include egg noodle, ramen, instant noodle, and udon, to name just a few. For my toppings, I had the marinated chicken and sliced brisket.

Within a few minutes I was brought a steaming bowl of soup. The vegetable broth did not have a lot of depth of flavour, but went well with the noodles and toppings. The noodles were plentiful, and these thick rice noodles had the look and texture almost of spaghetti. There was also a good amount of my chosen toppings. The marinated chicken was chewy in texture but had a good flavour, while the slicked brisket was the star of the bowl. It had the perfect ratio of fat to meat, was tender, and tasted as though it had been cooked slowly with seasonings.

I also could not resist trying a green onion cake. It was crispy, slightly greasy (in a good way), and tasted great. For my drink, I stuck with the green tea I was served when I was seated.

For less than $20 (before the tip), I had a very satisfying and filling lunch. I definitely see myself coming here on a regular basis during the upcoming winter months.

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Boyle McCauley News: 2019 Publishing Schedule

Boyle McCauley News is facing challenging times as we head into our 40th year. We are currently engaged in important fundraising efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of the paper, hence our raffles (speaking of which – have you reserved your tickets for the trip for two to Italy? Contact editor@bmcnews.org for more information).

We have also implemented a change to our publishing schedule in 2019. We are going to be producing eight print issues (down from 10) which will be spaced six weeks apart. This means that for four issues, the deadlines will be as they currently are (the 12th of the month) with distribution around the 1st of the month, and the other four will be deadlines around the 20th of the month, with distribution happening mid-month.

A detailed publication calendar is below. The issue names will not be by month, but by volume and number. This calendar includes deadlines for editorial and advertising, as well as the distributions dates. We hope this information will be useful to people wishing to volunteer with the paper as contributors or block carriers, as well as to advertisers.

We are also going to be putting an extra emphasis on our website and social media, through publishing more web exclusives, e-newsletters, Instagram stories, and Facebook/Twitter posts in addition to our print issues. You can sign up for our e-newsletters at our website: bmcnews.org.

*Boyle McCauley News*
2019 Publishing Calendar

Volume 40, Issue 1
Distributed by February 1
Editorial Deadline: January 12
Advertising Deadline: January 15

Volume 40, Issue 2
Distributed by March 15
Editorial Deadline: February 20
Advertising Deadline: February 23

Volume 40, Issue 3
Distributed by May 1
Editorial Deadline: April 12
Advertising Deadline: April 15

Volume 40, Issue 4
Distributed by June 15
Editorial Deadline: May 22
Advertising Deadline: May 25

Volume 40, Issue 5
Distributed by August 1
Editorial Deadline: July 12
Advertising Deadline: July 15

Volume 40, Issue 6
Distributed by September 15
Editorial Deadline: August 22
Advertising Deadline: August 25

Volume 40, Issue 7
Distributed by November 1
Editorial Deadline: October 12
Advertising Deadline: October 15

Volume 40, Issue 8
Distributed by December 15
Editorial Deadline: November 22
Advertising Deadline: November 25

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BoyleBits

Mastering Happiness

There is a third component of the Happiness Project, which is an effort to improve our community by helping individuals become more satisfied with their lives.

Mastery is an often forgotten ingredient in a happy person’s life. People who are good at video games take great pleasure in playing. That’s because doing what we are good at makes us happy. While we can’t be naturally good at everything, applying oneself and practicing really can make perfect. The payoff not only includes avoiding unpleasant situations and frustrations, but actively improving our lives.

I remember being in Subway when there was a long lineup. The fellow making the sandwiches couldn’t care less, moved at a snail’s pace, and everyone had to repeat themselves. By the time our food was done, we were all in a fairly impatient mood and somewhat curt to this employee.

By contrast, I have vivid memories of a little Italian restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The waiter was the owner’s son. He greeted you in a low-key, friendly way, took your order, and you never saw him again until it was time to settle the bill. Yet your food magically appeared in front of you, and your wine glass was always full. I asked him if people appreciated his work. He told me he made $70,000 a year in tips. Back in those days you could buy a new brick bungalow for $30,000. His tips were a huge amount of money, equivalent to $350,000 today. And, he genuinely enjoyed his work.

So, a little effort and lots of practice can make us masters of our work and play time and, most importantly, masters of our destinies. Being able to do something well helps us feel that we are in control of our lives. This sense of control brings people great satisfaction and contentment – in other words, happiness. My challenge this month is for us all to practice one work and one play activity to improve our mastery of it. What part of your universe will you be master of?

Manon is a resident of Boyle Street and an active volunteer in the community. This column contains her own opinions, and is not affiliated with the Boyle Street Community League.

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Mission House Update (Web Exclusive)

The Mission House at 10548 96 Street and the Mission Hall building next door to the south are operated by the Refuge Mission Foundation. At present the hall is being renovated, but the Mission House is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. People can come in and prepare a snack and listen to a gospel message every evening. Renovations on the Mission Hall are expected to completed by late December. The Refuge Mission Foundation is not connected in any way with the House of Refuge Mission.

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An Ode to Age

We look at our seniors and sometimes laugh
Without realizing our own better days will one day pass

Somehow it seems our youth will never pass us by
But it can’t be stopped no matter how hard we try

We see our neighbourhood and neighbours change
Slowly we change too until everything seems strange

We love and lose, we fight and try to pass the torch
But one day grow tired of fighting and just sit upon our porch

Gone are the days of hard work and harder play
And we stop much more often to contemplate and pray

And still there is no way to stop the march of time
Or to stem our growing fears of hatred and crime

As the years slip past we think of family now gone
And never dare to reminisce or sing sad songs

The words we spoke to loved ones past are just too strong
And no matter who we are, we must always move on

A simple sign with worn lettering reminds us of the day
When love and ambition lit the path we chose to take

Those ancient dreams of building wealth and security
Seem so wasted now that we don’t have a family

But you must hold onto the wisdom that comes with age
We need to have our elders to guide the way

No day goes by that I don’t have questions for my dad
He’s been through thick and thin, and good and bad

And there are many in this neighbourhood who mean a lot to me
So please honour all of our elders in Boyle Street and McCauley

_Leif lives in McCauley. His books can be found at the Edmonton Public Library or at Mint Health + Drugs on 96 Street. You can visit his website at www.edmontonwriter.com

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Boyle Street Community League Update

Come Join Us!

Our biggest message for this month is “Come join us!” We are planning a membership drive and a search for new board members. If you are interested, don’t wait to be discovered – please let us know! Not only that, if you have a great idea for a community program, come see us and help us make it happen! Whether it’s arts, cultural, sports, recreation, or community-building, we’re eager to have your participation. Remember, membership in the BSCL is free again this year!

While we’re waiting for your call, we thought we’d tell you a little bit about our board and key volunteers. Our president, Candas Jane Dorsey, has lived in Boyle Street for 16 years. She makes her living as a writer, editor, and teacher of writing and communications courses, but finds time to be active as a community advocate. Vice-president Hijal de Sarkar is relatively new to the neighbourhood, but loves it. His busy day job is as a political organizer gives him lots of experience with volunteers, and he finds time to speak up for Boyle Street at consultations and community meetings.

Treasurer Jordan Reiniger is the longest-serving of our current board members, and this year took on the hard work of sitting at the planning table with the City and the YMCA to work on our building situation. That’s on top of his busy day job at Boyle Street Community Services (in neighbouring Central McDougall) and his busy all-the-time job as a parent! His wife Joelle is also an active community-builder, volunteering on our civics and development files when she’s not busy with her job at EPL and with family. The Reinigers chose our neighbourhood to raise their family, and are always here to speak up for the now-and-future family-friendliness of our community.

Sharon Ruyter, who has just taken on the job of board secretary, is also familiar with volunteerism through her job at Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, so she’s all about getting our membership beefed up and increasing our active volunteers. Ron Allen, who serves as member-at-large and guy-across-the-street-from-the-office, is Executive Director of Edmonton People in Need Shelter Society, which has enriched Boyle Street neighbourhood along 103 Avenue for over 30 years. This is a big year for EPINSS as they complete their new Bridgeway 2 building on 103A Avenue, and Ron is also a long-time rugby guy active in the Edmonton Rugby Union. Finally, we have a communications committee of volunteers, which includes Anita Jenkins, a retired editor and writer who loves to walk through Boyle Street and write about what she sees and who she meets.

You note a common theme: our board members are busy people, but we believe so passionately in this community that we still find time for our community league. But at the moment, we need YOU! We want to thank Alex Iseghohi, Martina Iseghohi, and Debra Thompson who served on this year’s board but have had to resign due to other obligations. Their absence made us sad to lose them – and more eager to find new board members to step into their roles. We also want to expand our programs and our ability to run community events, so even if boards aren’t your thing, we’d love for you to be a volunteer. Whether you do one thing a year or many things a month, we value your participation.

If you live between 97 Street and 84 Street and south of the LRT tracks, and you like the idea of helping us with new programs, community-building, and community events, please join us! Because we don’t have anyone in the office regularly at the moment, please leave messages and await a call-back, whether on Facebook, the website, or the voicemail (780-422-5857). We will get back to you as soon as we can.

- Your BSCL Board

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Help Define a Safer McCauley

Safermccauley.ca online tools invite input from all community members.

McCauley Community Safety Meetings are a great way for community members to come together to discuss the creation of a safer neighbourhood for all. They are a means for engagement, connection, sharing, learning ,and empowerment. They have connected attendees to one another – and to useful information and resources. However, attending meetings is not a commitment that all community members can make.

The process of creating a safer McCauley should be inclusive and accessible to all, regardless of circumstances. With this in mind, a McCauley-specific website – safermccauley.ca – has been developed to allow all stakeholders to stay connected to the process and to contribute on their own time, in their own space and at their own pace. The website serves as a hub for all things related to Community Safety Meetings, including information on past and future meetings and links to safety-related resources.

The best solutions to a community’s challenges often come from within the community itself. As such, safermccauley.ca now contains interactive exercises that invite input from all community members. These exercises are designed to collect community knowledge that can play a central role in the development of community-driven solutions to safety concerns.

One exercise, for example, is designed to identify community members’ Priority Safety Concerns. And another allows community members to define their Criteria for Safety by answering twelve basic questions, like:

“Which geographic areas in McCauley do we need to focus on the most?”
“Who are the people we are making McCauley safer for?”
“What values are most important in a safer neighbourhood?”
“Who should we be working with to help us make McCauley safer?”

The data collected will help determine how to focus resources and has the potential to be a benefit to many parties, including EPS, the City of Edmonton, community groups, service agencies, and businesses.

Visit safermccauley.ca to have your say. The summaries of the results are living documents and will be updated as your answers come in. And, if you have any safety resources that you would like to share via the website, please let us know.

Do you have an idea for a community initiative to add to the work that EPS and the City do to promote safety in McCauley? A community-connecting event? A positive street-level activity? A community walkabout? A dog walking group? A litter clean up crew? Don’t hesitate to share your ideas with McCauley Safety Council Chair, Elisa Zenari (elisa.zenari@gmail.com) or REACH Edmonton McCauley Community Convener, Mark Davis (mark.davis@reachedmonton.ca).

Attend a Community Safety Meeting or visit safermcauley.ca. A connected community is a safer community.

Mark is the REACH McCauley Community Convener.

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Concussion Theory

If my brain is my most precious part,
the piece of me that thinks and makes art,
why is it so delicate, like an egg
that gets scrambled when I trip a leg
and short-circuits some of my trillion synapses
when I hit my head and consciousness lapses?
If I were, in fact, intelligently designed,
my anatomy would be better aligned.
My jelly-like brain would be near the ground,
say in my calves, so if I fall down
on concrete when I slip on ice or snow,
my brain doesn’t have so far to go.

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Rhubarb Multiplication

When I dug it up,
the clump of rhubarb root
was a tangle of orange ponytails and crumbling wood
as big as a basketball.
It crunched and crackled
when I pulled it apart.

I made nine plants out of one.
If it had been bread and fish
and I’d had a hundred years,
I could have fed thousands,
just like Jesus did.
And so can you.

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Irwin Acclaimed As NDP Candidate

Janis Irwin was acclaimed as the NDP candidate for the Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood constituency at the nomination meeting on October 23 at the Alberta Avenue Community Hall. No other candidate put their name forward prior to the deadline of October 2. Irwin is a resident of the constituency and a community volunteer, including being a contributor to Boyle McCauley News.

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Thanks, From iHuman

Re: “iHuman: A Welcoming Place for Young People” (October, 2018)

I greatly appreciate your you and your team’s work putting this together. In fact, I’ve already had a couple of folks reach out because of it.

Christopher Weiss
Community Engagement Manager
iHuman Youth Society

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A Villanelle* Through Time

We fight a war with time that never ends
Death will find us all and send us on our way
Anyone believing they are immortal just pretends

In our youth we cling to lovers and to friends
Our lives seem to be filled with joy, laughter and play
We fight a war with time that never ends

We think by being wise, good, and noble time extends
But as our time goes past we can truly only pray
Anyone believing they are immortal just pretends

Growing older we often find ourselves victims of the trends
We fear to challenge the insolence of youth and simply walk away
We fight a war with time that never ends

In our desperate final years, we take what God and fate to us sends
Infirmity and weakness allow us nothing but what comes our way
Anyone believing they are immortal just pretends

And I say to you my true love as I try to make amends
I can’t open my heart to you and still neglect to say
We fight a war with time that never ends
Anyone believing they are immortal just pretends

_Leif lives in McCauley. His books can be found at the Edmonton Public Library or at Mint Health + Drugs on 96 Street. You can visit his website at www.edmontonwriter.com

*A vilanelle is a 19-line poem with two rhymes, five tercets, and a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet recurring alternately at the end of the other tercets and both are repeated at the close of the concluding quatrain.

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From Edmonton to the Supreme Court

It’s a community story, an Edmonton story, a national story. This story continues to raise outrage, increase awareness, clarify language terms, and question legal actions. The story contributes to the national dialogue around challenges facing Indigenous girls and women in their lives, in their deaths, and in the court room.

Cindy Gladue and her children lived in our core communities. They were neighbours. Her children attended local schools. Their lives became front page news when Ms. Gladue died in an Edmonton motel in 2011. The family endured the trial of Bradley Barton, The Alberta Court Appeal, and now the Supreme Court Appeal.

This Appeal was heard on October 11, 2018 with 16 Intervenors. Edmonton was well represented at the Appeal, through Dino Bottos for the Defence and Joanne Dartana, Director, Appeals, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. The IAAW (Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women), based in Edmonton, partnered with LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund).

CEASE was privileged to be part of the Women’s Coalition for Equality and Liberty along with EVE (formerly Exploited Voices now Educating), the Vancouver Rape Relief Society, Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, Asian Women for Equality Society, and LaCles (La Concertation de Luttes Contre L’exploitation Sexuelle).

Trisha Baptie, with EVE said, “Men are not buying consent, but compliance. (Women) will do what the money in his pocket is demanding, but they do not consent because they would rather be anywhere else . . . Ms. Gladue gave no consent to live in poverty, no consent to suffer the effects of colonization. Why do we think she consented to being a prostituted woman?”

IAAW and LEAF stated: “The trial judge’s failure to apply the rape shield law (s. 276) allowed prejudice to infect the trial proceedings, raising discriminatory myths and racist stereotypes about Indigenous women. In addition, the trial judge’s instructions did not clearly inform the jury that Canadian law requires a careful analysis of whether there was agreement to engage in every sexual act performed.”

Indigenous voices were also represented through The Women of the Métis Nation, the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Aboriginal Legal Services, and Assembly of First Nations.

Jean Teillet, great-grand-daughter of Louis Riel, pleaded with the judges to speak up for Indigenous women. “We are asking you today to raise your voice on how the criminal justice system treats Indigenous women. We ask you to make sure no other Indigenous woman is dismembered.”

While the Supreme Court must rule on the technical points brought forward by the Defence, it is the ringing challenges from advocates in the Indigenous community and front-line organizations that will have long-term impact.

Note: The Supreme Court will announce its decision in several months.

Kate Quinn is the Executive Director of the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE).

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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

Giving Thanks

  • Graham Fry. Rebecca Kaiser

The Inner City Recreation and Wellness Program team wants to express our gratitude for the many offerings our collaborating agencies contribute to our programming on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The quality and reach of the services we offer our community would not be the same without the commitment, skills, and support they dedicate to our community members and our programs.

We want to publicly recognize the following collaborators for their hard work and dedication and support for our inner city community and the movement toward a more inclusive world: E4C, Boyle Street Community League, Boys & Girls Club, Edmonton Sport and Social Club, The George Spady Society, Heart of the City Festival, the University of Alberta, Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association, Equinox Therapeutic Services, the YMCA, The City of Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council (EAC), McCauley Revitalization, Edmonton Lutheran Mixed Slo-Pitch League, Lady Flower Gardens, Edmonton’s Food Bank, and Pet Food Bank helpers, which includes:

  • Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society (GEARS)
  • Hope Lives Here Animal Rescue Society (HLH)
  • Companion Animal Welfare Society (CAWS)
  • Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society
  • A Pet’s Pantry Society
  • Barrhead Animal Rescue Society (BARS)
  • Safe Team – Alberta Helping Animals Society
  • Education Not Euthanization
  • Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS)
  • Little Paws Inn
  • Barclay’s Hope
  • B.J. Wolf
  • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)
  • ARTS Senior Animal Rescue
  • Misfits of Alberta Animal Rescue and More!

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.

Hockey / Sportsmanship Award
The October the sportsmanship award went to Graham Fry. Graham has been attending programming for several years. He has always acted as a mentor to players experiencing challenges coping with life events or working toward developing their skills, and has been welcoming to new participants. Due to Graham’s lived experience in his youth, he is able to communicate with others from a place of understanding and first-hand knowledge.

Rylan Kafara is the Program Lead, Inner City Recreation and Wellness Program. Mike Siek and Rebecca Kaiser are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.

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Alberta Joins the UN International Day of Older Persons

  • Joanne (left) and Wilma Bernhardt outside Zocalo after talking over a coffee. Wilma is an Indigenous Elder from the Inuvik region, and Joanne arranged for her to talk about her experience in residential school so staff and students at the U of A could hear about it from someone with first-hand experience. Photo by Ruth Wright, herself a Gwich’in Elder from Inuvik. Ruth Wright

Alberta officially joined the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, which is celebrated annually on October 1. The Seniors Task Force advocates for the human rights of seniors and universal health care. The celebrations bring attention to the many challenges faced by older persons.

Many of us don’t realize what it’s like to be a senior until we get there. There are now about half a billion people over 60 in our world, and the group is growing as people live longer. We have many seniors living in our neighbourhood. When young, a person is busy working and raising a family, and they have daily contact with many others. Once retired, however, especially after a spouse passes on, many seniors live alone, which can bring depression and loneliness. Having a pet helps, but visits from family and friends are very important to keep seniors healthy.

Recent research has shown that many seniors suffer from depression after they retire. They feel disconnected from others and family, like nobody cares. And yet they hold the key to community and family history and memories, which are valuable resources. Learning from seniors about their lives, challenges, and strengths helps us understand the wisdom they gained through hard work. This can enrich all of our lives. Seniors can also play a valuable role in our communities, cities, provinces, our country, and the world.

What can we do to help seniors? A neighbour of mine in her 80s asks me to take her to the bank or shopping, because she doesn’t drive or read English or numbers. This takes maybe an hour once a month, but we enjoy each other’s company. She has worked hard all her life, and her husband passed away a few years ago. She is involved in her church, but she is still lonely. Her children and grandchildren are now grown up, but they do visit, and their visits help keep her healthy.

I feel this way too at times. After a busy life of focussing on others – school and marriage, then raising two daughters as a single parent, working as many as four jobs at once, earning three university degrees, then teaching many students at the college level – now I live alone. It was a shock! Some days I don’t see or hear from a single other human being. It feels lonely if I stay home, so I sing in a chorus, play violin in an orchestra, create artwork, sew, and write, besides being involved in our community, like the Leaf a Legacy garden contest. I also serve on committees and attend workshops to stay healthy. My daughter and grandchildren live across town, and my other daughter visits often. I have many good friends, some on e-mail, and others who meet me for lunch occasionally. All those things help me feel valued and connected to others, which makes life less lonely.

Another shock for many seniors, including me, is suddenly having a much lower income. It is hard to afford the basic things needed only on a pension, like food, clothes, utilities, and home maintenance. I am learning to budget very carefully, but I am grateful to have a small house and yard of my own, and a car, plus pets.

So, if you know a senior who lives alone, stop by or call, and ask if they’d like a visit, or to go somewhere. It helps them stay in touch with others, and feel valued as a person. Besides, learning their life journey will enrich your own life, as well as theirs. So let’s celebrate the seniors in our community not only on the UN Day of Older Persons, but every day. We are all connected. We ARE our neighbour’s keepers!

Joanne lives in McCauley.

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Win a Trip to Italy!

Raffle Update

As of our press deadline fo the November issue, we are still waiting to receive our license for our next raffle: a trip for two to Italy, with air fare donated by Teresa Spinelli! Our sponsors really support our neighbourhoods, so please support them.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets ($10/each) you can write to Paula at editor@bmcnews.org and put your name on the growing waiting list. We will sell only 2,500 tickets, so get on the list as soon as you can. We are set to do online purchases, as well as in person. There is no cost to put your name on the list, and you will be notified first of their availability prior to the start of cash sales. Viva Italia!

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e4c November Updates

e4c Alberta is happy to welcome the Wellness Network “Peer Navigators” to the head offices at Alex Taylor School building. Wellness Network Peer Navigators are individuals with “lived experience” or family members of those with “lived experience.” They are available to support you on your personal journey of wellness by helping you navigate available resources.

Wellness Workshops are a great way to explore the aspects of our lives which affect our overall well-being. e4c is working in the community to develop workshops and support facilitators to bring community members opportunities to focus on individual aspects of wellness in fun and engaging ways. Examples include: Writing for Recovery with Leif Gregersen, Financial Empowerment with Jo Neville, and Beading for Spirit with Donna Robillard to name a few. Inquiries and information can be sought through our McCauley Office (780) 424-2870 or email: thashimoto@e4calberta.org.

e4c is the proud host/supporter for the School for Indigenous Teachings. Our Fall/Winter Semester opening day ceremony happened on October 22 at Alex Taylor School. The program offers courses/classes delivered by knowledge keepers and cultural leaders and practitioners over the course of the next 8 weeks until mid-December. For information on classes and registration, contact thashimoto@e4calberta.org.

Listings of our programs can be found on page 15 in the e4c box, as well as on the Boyle McCauley News website: bmcnews.org.

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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Streetprints at SNAP: City Skies/Nuit Blanche

  • Artist Sherien working on her print. Mike Siek

On September 29, our very own Streetprints Artist Collective presented their take on the City Skies theme for the annual SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists) woodblock fundraising event. Streetprints consists of inner city artists from diverse backgrounds working together towards the creation, promotion, planning, and sale of their artwork. The program is supported in various capacities by several organizations including Boyle Street Community Services, Bissell Centre, E4C, Heart of the City Festival, SNAP, MacEwan University, and the 124 Street Grand Market.

Using industrial street steamrollers on the iconic Jasper Avenue, and large presses where needed, SNAP printed copies of works from organizations (i.e. Nina Haggerty, iHuman, etc.), groups, and individual artists. Each print reflected the interpretation by artists of the theme “City Skies.” The large scale woodblock prints varied from 2 by 3 feet all the way up to 8 feet by 4 feet wide. Several prints were sold sharing in the proceeds towards programming costs. The event was a successful part of the Nuit Blanche Edmonton events which occurred across the city.

Jo Neville is an active member/artist of Streetprints and a community volunteer from McCauley Apartments. Taro Hashimoto is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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An Unexpected Visit to the RAM

  • The Manitou Stone. Sharon Pasula

You may have heard the saying, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” But what happens when obedience becomes sacrifice?

In this instance I believe it was a double blessing. On October 3, I walked past the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) on the way to a meeting. I noticed a lot of activity including television cameras. I decided I wasn’t interested and kept going. A couple of hours later on the way back however, the spirit pulled me there. My feet were causing me enough discomfort that I just wanted to get home (I have gout).

I was given a complimentary red mammoth sticker and went in. It was well into the afternoon and having missed lunch I decided to splurge and buy lunch in the café (besides rest my feet). The coffee was excellent and the bison chili was delicious. I appreciated them using eco-friendly containers.

Having limited time before closing I wanted to check out the Indigenous section. Ancestral Lands is the area I wanted. Pleasantly surprised at the size of the area, I walked quickly to get a scope of it and immediately knew I would have to come back. There were a couple of things I thought were controversial so I’ll have to give those some thought. The centre circular display had a multimedia presentation. The drum song at the end, the words of which I did not understand, moved my spirit. I wept. As I prayed and pondered why I was weeping, it came to me: this is a respectful and excellent way to showcase Indigenous ways. I believe Creator is happy with this.

Fifteen minutes before closing, I still had to see the Manitou Stone. I was informed it is close to the entrance on the second floor. I already knew that it would be viewable without paying for entry into the museum, so this would be my last stop. You don’t have to pay to see this object that is sacred to Indigenous peoples. It has an appropriate grand entrance. There were three people sitting on the side when I went in. The gentleman started to inform me about the history of the stone and the environment it is in now. He introduced the Indigenous woman beside him as Dr. Paulina Johnson, Acting Head, Community Engagement, RAM. She continued to give me information and we chatted. An important piece of information she gave was that Indigenous people only have to self-identify at the admission desk to gain entry to the museum. “We worked hard for that,” she said. Hallelujah. Edmonton joins the ranks of the Museum Of Anthropology, UBC, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix for respecting First Peoples.

Two more things I appreciated were how RAM informed about the territory with a puzzle-like configuration in many Indigenous languages and the rotating digital welcome sign also in several Indigenous languages. Even though my feet were still a bit uncomfortable, it was well worth the obedience because my spirit was filled with gratitude and humility. Thank you, Creator, for the myriad blessings.

Sharon Pasula is an Indigenous spiritual and cultural resource person who lives in Boyle Street.

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MCHB Co-op Celebrates 20 Years

Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative continues to help bridge the gaps for newcomers.

  • Photo taken at the Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative’s 20th Anniversary celebration on June 4, 2018. RawGie Photography

Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op (MCHB Co-op) began in the 90s as a three-year demonstration project of the local public health department. It was a major initiative in terms of the recruitment and training of women leaders from the top six newcomer communities at that time to take on the work of promoting maternal and infant health. The overall goal was to enhance the health and well-being of culturally diverse families, and to foster their efforts at building community so they could thrive and actively contribute to society.

This year, MCHB Co-op is turning 20 as a unique workers co-operative. It has currently 90 passionate and skilled “cultural brokers” (multilingual community workers) from 25 immigrant and refugee communities. Many of them know first-hand the social, economic, and language difficulties that immigrants and refugees face in their settlement and integration journey. Over the years, MCHB Co-op has become an important relationship bridge between newcomer families and the formal systems of health, early learning and education, and children’s services in Edmonton.

MCHB Co-op began calling McCauley home in the early 2000s. Originally operating out of a house on 97 Street and 109 Avenue, it became a partner/tenant of Edmonton Intercultural Centre (McCauley School site) four years ago. We have since enjoyed being active participants in or initiator of community enriching events and activities, such as the “pop-up” teahouses, Burst – Multicultural Bazaar, and Heart of the City.

Being a workers co-operative, MCHB Co-op actively pursues or supports social enterprises of different sizes. Earlier this year, the team at MCHB was awarded a grant from Alberta Status of Women for a partnership with CUP (Commuting University Partnership) and the U of A Alumni. The goal of this partnership is to support immigrant and refugee women in pursuing micro enterprises.

MCHB Co-op itself operates two social enterprises:

1. Equi-tea Multicultural Catering, which is an excellent choice for ordering tasty multi-ethnic dishes at a great price for office or community events for the coming holiday season.

2. Intercultural Competence Training program, which will be presenting a public workshop series of three topics per month in November and December: Foundations for Intercultural Practice, Pre-migration Context Role Changes and the Influence of Culture on Refugee Families, and PTSD, Trauma, and Strategies to work with affected Newcomer Individuals and Families. For more information about the ICTP, or to book a training session, please contact: mchb.ictp@gmail.com. You can also follow our Public Workshop Series on Facebook MCHB Intercultural Competency Training Workshops.

For more information about the MCHB Co-op, we invite you to visit “www.mchb.org”:https://www.mchb.org

Article provided by the MCHB Co-op.

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BoyleBits

Happiness Is Contagious

I don’t know if anyone is on board with me for the Happiness Project, but I strongly believe that supporting individuals to work towards happiness can transform our community into the best that it can be.

We already have an advantage in the sense that we walk more here than in other communities. That means we have more human contact. Talking to more people gives us a chance pay others heartfelt compliments. While we bask in the warm relationships we have with our friends, why not get the feels for quick interchanges with strangers? Just noticing a fun pair of shoes or a beautiful head of hair or someone’s great smile and paying that person a compliment boosts our oxytocin.

The Harvard Business Review says that positive comments and conversations produce a chemical reaction that spurs the production of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that elevates our ability to communicate, collaborate, and trust others by activating networks in our prefrontal cortex. And, of course, the person receiving the compliment gets a hormone boost too. Getting a compliment activates the oxytocin system and causes your brain to release endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine while reducing cortisol, the stress hormone. It also helps you sleep better and just feels good.

I often find that while I’m in a grocery store line up I can strike up a conversation with another shopper and the ensuing exchange leaves me feeling uplifted. Let’s not forget those who are regular fixtures in our lives. We often grow complacent and take our friends and family for granted. A few well-placed compliments can awaken both of our hearts to positive feelings for each other. So, I’m challenging myself and you to give one stranger and one friend or family member a heartfelt compliment every day for the next month. I’m looking forward to seeing where that takes us. I hope that the good feelings become contagious.

Manon is a resident of Boyle Street and an active volunteer in the community. This column contains her own opinions, and is not affiliated with the Boyle Street Community League.

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Rescue Mission at the Brighton Block

  • The exterior of the Brighton Block. Supplied by PRIMAVERA

  • Construction at the Brighton Block. Supplied by PRIMAVERA

Two historic buildings on Jasper Avenue east of 97 Street were covered in white “shrink wrap” for well over a year. One of them, the Brighton Block at 9666 Jasper Avenue, was unwrapped in early 2018 and a rescue mission of the almost derelict structure undertaken. Progress has been good: there is now a sign on the front of the site advertising future commercial rental opportunities.

In 2017, the Primavera Development Group bought the building, a 1912 landmark also known as the Ernest Brown building (see sidebar). It is a three-storey brick and stone structure that has municipal protected heritage status. However, neglect and a broken roof had left the interior rotted away, so that only the exterior walls were still intact.

The Primavera website states, “While the interior of the structure is currently in a state of disrepair, [we are] planning to restore the building to its original state of prominence as a vibrant mixed use retail and office development.” The plan is to keep the historic façade and add three new levels of brick and glass office space above and behind it.

When asked why he does this, Primavera President Ken Cantor laughs and says, “I don’t know. As I told Paula Simons (Edmonton Journal columnist, now a senator), I am a glutton for punishment.”

Still, it is clear that Cantor has a passion for Edmonton and its heritage buildings. “We don’t value them early enough and often enough,” he says. “Sometimes there is an opportunity to tilt the balance. It is more than just financial; there are social and personal returns as well.” The Alberta Association of Architects has recognized Cantor’s commitment to the artistic side of construction, designating him an honorary member three years ago.

Cantor notes that people can be unfairly critical of developers. “Every single one of our heritage buildings was created by developers,” he says. “The problem is our interim actions. We talk about the value of the Brighton Block now because it is 106 years old, but we didn’t do that during its first 80 years.”

Ernest Brown History

Ernest Brown, who built the Brighton Block, was an early Edmonton photographer, artist and historian. The building housed his studio and historic photographic collections. Lettering on the exterior, still partially visible, states, “Everything Photographic. Ernest Brown Block 1912.”

The business collapsed in 1914 when one of Edmonton’s “boom” periods ended. Brown was forced to vacate the premises in 1920. He and his assistant Gladys Reeves produced thousands of images that now make a significant contribution to the city’s (and province’s) archives.

Anita Jenkins is a retired writer and editor who lives in Boyle Street.

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Gary Garrison Launches New Book

  • Gary Garrison reads to the audience at his book launch on October 9. Paula E. Kirman

McCauley resident Gary Garrison launched his latest book, Raising Grandkids: Inside skipped generation families at Audrey’s Books on Tuesday, October 9.

Host Alice Major, Edmonton’s first poet laureate, spoke about how important this book is. She said that increasingly large numbers of grandparents are finding themselves caring for grandchildren because their sons and/or daughters are not able to take on a parenting role. This phenomenon is “invisible to most of the population,” she said.

The book has met with great success. The first chapter has been published in Canadian magazine The Walrus, and articles and reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly and the Globe and Mail. A review in the Librarians’ Quarterly resulted in orders for 1,000 books. Garrison was interviewed on CBC Radio by 15 afternoon hosts all across Canada. Originally published in August, the book has already had a second printing.

One of the book’s themes is the difficult relationship that caregiving guardians often have with government and social agencies. Garrison said that although most social workers are highly committed to serving in a helping profession, the system often requires them to respond like “the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz before he gets a heart.” The result is a struggle between treating people as human beings and dealing with them as another object to be fitted into the structure.

Another theme is the challenges and rewards of parenting all over again in what Garrison describes as “the second time around.” The rewards are self-evident for the grandparents involved, as illustrated in the poem he wrote about it and read at the end of the evening. Entitled, “Do the Math,” it ends with the line, “Two plus two is the opposite of dead.” But the challenges are enormous and ongoing: battles for custody, pressures from caseworkers, navigating their own health and financial issues, guilt and resentment towards their missing son or daughter, and much more.

To protect the children involved, almost all of the names used in the book are pseudonyms. As well, Garrison sometimes created composites instead of individual personal stories. The concern about privacy affects Garrison directly. The idea for the book arose out of his own experience as a step-grandfather helping his partner to raise her grandchildren.

The intensive interviews the couple had with the part of government called Kinship Care made Garrison begin to think, “There must be a book in this.” And there was!

The publishing process went smoothly – not the usual story told by writers. Garrison had previously published Human on the Inside with the University of Regina Press, and they were eager to take on this second title.

Gary Garrison: Bio
Gary Garrison worked for the Mennonite Central Committee for almost a decade. A major part of the work was coordinating a visiting program at a maximum security prison. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Alberta, and is a poet/songwriter and the former editor of Alberta Hansard.

Anita Jenkins is a retired writer and editor who lives in Boyle Street.

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Signing up your child for the Canada Learning Bond just got easier!

On November 19 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Bissell Centre will host a Canada Learning Bond event where eligible parents can open Registered Education Savings Accounts for their kids on the spot.

Banks will be at the event to ensure that those in need of a bank account or direct deposit can get one set up. Service Canada will also be at the event to provide SIN numbers to parents and their dependents.

Keep an eye on your mailbox for a letter from Economic and Social Development Canada for more details! If you do not receive a letter, but would like to know if you are eligible, please call the contact information below. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Details:
Monday November 19, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bissell Centre East
10527-96 Street

For more information, contact Winnie Nalwadda: (780) 423-2285 ext. 146

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Why Total Strangers Don’t Want You To Smoke

For a long time, I didn’t think the day would come when pot would be legalized. I am not against marijuana and I support harm reduction. However, taking an honest look at smoking in general, marijuana always seemed to be more powerful than tobacco.

However, it is only fair to mention that marijuana has beneficial effects. I have heard about cannabinoid oils easing pain, lowering effects of Multiple Sclerosis and other ailments. But as a person living with a mental illness, I caution people, especially as I give the researched presentations developed by Psychiatrists for the Schizophrenia Society, that a young, chronic user increases the possibility of developing psychosis, (a state of severe separation from reality), by as much as 40% by using THC products.

In places such as bars, restaurants, and public buildings of any kind there has been no smoking for years. Some businesses are having problems not only enforcing these rules, but also in not having people “camp out” in smoking areas. The litter, noise, and smoke drive away customers.

So, legally, where does the individual stand when it comes to smoking in their own home? Simply stated, if you own your own house, you can smoke in it. If you are renting, you can legally be told to butt out in any part of the property or face eviction. Condos and housing co-ops are also going towards being non-smoking, as boards change they bylaws. In a McCauley residence near me, there were at least two people I know of evicted over smoking. It seemed very unfair, legal or not.

However, to speak from the landlord’s viewpoint, I do think it is valid to state that the risk of fires drops greatly when smoking is banned. The cost of cleaning suites after smokers move out is another factor. Non-smoking simply makes good business sense, not even mentioning the horrendous expense and foul odour of tobacco. Then there are the psychotropic effects of even second-hand marijuana smoke.

I want to mention that not only am I an ex-smoker, but also that I literally watched a family member die in my arms from a smoking-related illness, and I saw another family member destroy their health and sanity by excessive marijuana use. So, I would simply like those who differ in opinion with me to keep in consideration the fact that their own lives and their own mental health are as important as anyone’s, and that as you fight for your right to smoke and toke, please remember that others are fighting for you to quit, because they care.

_Leif lives in McCauley. His books can be found at the Edmonton Public Library or at Mint Health + Drugs on 96 Street. You can visit his website at www.edmontonwriter.com

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Greyhound: Thank You and Goodbye

The Greyhound bus service expired in the Prairies this past summer. It was once a regular, normal part of life growing up in southwestern Manitoba. When I was elementary school-aged, my mother, sister, and I would travel as far as Vancouver by Greyhound. More often, we would travel to Swift Current, where both sets of grandparents lived. Other people would also travel to see my family. We would meet them at a Greyhound connection, of which there were two nearby.

The Greyhound bus is as much a childhood memory in my Prairie experience as the classic pre-Christmas Sears catalogue (another recent extinction). Greyhound provided simple, affordable travel as a teenager between the towns of Elkhorn and Virden, Manitoba, where I grew up. This travel route would extend to Winnipeg as part of my high school and post-high school social orbit. Even back then, I was the anomaly as the teenaged non-driver. I would have thought there would be other people within that small demographic of non-vehicle driving youth moving about between small towns. However, that was a small number within the even smaller number of overall service users in the Prairies, a population that continues to shrink.

Keri and I have discussed the passing of things that caused us to meet. Keri worked at the Redwater video store, which was also the town Greyhound stop. The Greyhound also handled freight from the job I worked at the time. I would visit the video store as an employee of a business using the freight service and also to transport myself to Edmonton. I would rent movies and talk to Keri about them. As well, I paid my rent there since the video store was owned by my then-landlord. This was more than 20 years ago now.

So many things can change in that amount of time. My history with my lovely wife begins with Greyhound and movie rentals. Video rentals have also gone to the past and the Greyhound bus service, older than even VHS movies, has gone that way too.

Reinhardt lives in Boyle Street with his wife, Keri Breckenridge.

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McCauley Community League Update

Rink Time is Coming!

There’s snow on the ground as I write this month’s column, so it seems appropriate to be sharing some of the McCauley Community League’s plans for the winter.

As you may know, the annual Fall Fiesta was cancelled this year, due to poor weather. It was a difficult decision to make but, after postponing it for a week in hope of better weather, we ultimately decided it wasn’t going to be feasible this year. The combination of cold and rain, two Saturdays in a row, meant few people would be in attendance and those who did show up might not have much fun.

At the time, we promised an alternative event to make up for the cancellation. Instead of just one event, we’re hosting several. The first was the Halloween warm-up in the friendship garden next to the Boys and Girls Club. I’m sure parents accompanying our neighbourhood’s littlest trick-or-treaters appreciated the opportunity to warm up by the fire as they made their way around the community.

“Warming up” might well be the theme of the events we’ll be hosting throughout the winter months.

Throughout the winter, we’ll be heading to the tobogganing hills just west of Commonwealth Stadium with hot chocolate and other goodies for kids and families out for a sled. These events will be weather dependent, but we’re hoping to have volunteers out for a couple of hours most Saturdays in December and January. We’re also planning to have at least one big tobogganing party on the hills this winter; stay tuned for more information.

Of course, these winter-warmer events aren’t all the league has going on during the winter. November means the start of rink season, which many in McCauley look forward to all year long. Weather permitting, the rink will be open every day until late March, with the exception of holidays. The rink closes if the temperature reaches -25 or colder (including windchill), if there is a snowstorm, or if warm weather creates poor ice conditions.

The rink is available to anyone in the community, free of charge, and there are skates and helmets you can borrow at no cost. If you’re new to the neighbourhood, or if you’ve never visited the rink, we really encourage you to check it out. If Giovanni Caboto Park is the heart of McCauley in the summer, the rink fills that role during the winter. We hope to see you there!

Adam is the Secretary of the McCauley Community League.

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McCauley Musings

Relevance In Changing Times

I always enjoy getting comments and feedback from readers of Boyle McCauley News who reside in other places of the city. We have a loyal following who keep up with the paper through our website and social media. Like most media outlets, our online presence has expanded over the years, opening us up a new readership.

But even the print issue proves to have a far reach. I recall receiving a phone call from someone in Spruce Grove, who happened upon a paper and had a question about something pertaining to one of the articles. A former volunteer who moved to another part of the city contacted me recently, excited to have seen a copy of the paper someone had left behind in a fast food restaurant in the west end.

Community newspapers are more important than ever. With many media companies cutting staff down to barely a skeleton crew, there ends up with limited coverage from limited perspectives. A publication that is hyperlocal – specific to a limited geographic area – is still relevant to people who seek to get to know the city and all of its hidden gems.

While the means by which many people get their news is digital, there is still a demand to hold a printed publication and flipping through its contents. We will continue to adapt to changing times while respecting the printed word. After all, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Editor’s Notes

November 2018

Welcome to November’s issue! As I write this, we’re having an unseasonably early snowfall. Again.

While we can’t control the weather, we can update our website! We now have all of our web exclusive features in one convenient section, and have upgraded our archives to include our PDF downloads of every issue. Our “Neighbourhood Views” gallery of photos has also been upgraded. If you haven’t visited us recently (and even if you have!) check us out at bmcnews.org.

Those of you who use social media should also follow us for news and updates that come between our print issues. We are on Instagram (@bmcviews), Facebook, and Twitter (@bmcnews in both places).

Want to volunteer with the paper? If you enjoy taking photos or writing, and and would like to share your work in print or online, please contact me at editor@bmcnews.org. You can also reach me there if you would like to be a block carrier. All of our routes are currently taken, but we do have a waiting list.

See you next month!

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Keri’s Corner

Walking It Off

Having had a lot of time to myself this past summer, I spent much of it walking around our city. It’s not an unusual pastime for me. I’ve tread many city streets as an enthusiastic pedestrian and in effort to actually get somewhere. I’ve recently taken a different perspective on my walks. Instead of sightseeing or getting somewhere, I’ve undertaken walking as a form of meditation.

While I do meditate in the more standard form of sitting, I’m really bad at it. My legs get stiff, my back aches, and, if I’m at home, I can think of a million things I could do instead of sitting still trying to do nothing. I can think of a million more things to worry about and I can think of another million things to be angry about. Before I know it, I’m just sitting there, a bigger ball of anxiety than when I started.

It wasn’t a deliberate choice to meditate while walking about. It just kind of happened. I’d ramble on home after whatever errands were attended to, look up, and be home while not having a strong recollection of the journey back. I did momentarily suspect alien abduction, and while that would explain many things, it didn’t explain the deep relaxation and relief I would feel upon my return home.

I suppose the rhythm of walking and breathing naturally lends itself to a meditative state. The summer sunshine and greenery certainly help too. Once I realized what I was unconsciously doing and how good it felt, I went about walking mediation in a deliberate manner. Quiet residential streets and sunny days are the preference, but any day I can get my feet under me will do. I keep this in mind as we move into winter where walking becomes a hazard with icy sidewalks and cold temperatures. Given the benefits I have derived from all my journeys over the summer, I’m encouraged to try to continue over the winter. Given the shorter days and colder weather, I may be more in need of some meditative walking.

Keri lives and walks in Boyle Street.

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Ability and Community

Volunteers Are Priceless

“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.” Terri Guillemets (American Writer)

On September 26, 2018, Boyle McCauley News held our semiannual volunteer appreciation party to thank and recognize our volunteers who keep our paper running.

This event makes me very happy and proud.

Those in attendance included block carriers, our distribution driver (who picks up the paper from the printer and delivers it to the carriers), columnists, and members of our board of directors.

Volunteers are a huge part of this well oiled machine. The appreciation of them and their dedicated work is very valuable.

Canada has its fair share of volunteers and according to Statistics Canada, over 55% of Albertans do volunteer work! Now those are bragging rights!

These volunteers come from all ages and walks of life. There is no prerequisite, other than having a bit of time!

Volunteers are priceless! The late actress Audrey Hepburn was a volunteer nurse during World War II in a Dutch hospital, but that’s not where her work stopped. In 1954, she began contributing to UNICEF, an organization that defends worldwide children’s rights, by donating all the salaries she earned from her final movies.

Those who give their time have a huge impact and it is something to be very proud of, and of, course appreciated!

To all of you out there who engage in any aspect of volunteering, THANK YOU!!

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WWII Ration Cake

On Remembrance Day, we don’t often think of food. It is, after all, a solemn occasion. And, we don’t often associate food with times of war, but if you speak with people who lived during World War II they will tell you what it was like to ration food, clothing, and other staples.

In 1942, the Government of Canada began rationing food so there would be enough for civilians and those in the military. Meat, butter, sugar, coffee, and tea were some of the main items on the list. A recipe that continues to be popular decades after the war had ended is a dessert that goes by a few different names such as Wartime Cake, WWII Cake, and Chocolate Ration Cake. Whatever you choose to call it, the recipe does not include milk or eggs yet still retains a rich taste. I call this: WWII Ration Chocolate Cake.

Pre-heat over to 350 degrees F.

Place the following dry ingredients into a mixing bowl:
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons coca powder (there are no substitutes for this item)

Next, add the following wet ingredients:
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon white vinegar
5 tablespoons vegetable oil (e.g. canola oil)
1 cup lukewarm water

Mix ingredients together and pour into an 8” square baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until done.

Recipe Source: Veterans.gc.ca

Yovella is a former resident of McCauley who still works and volunteers in the area.

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Black Community Intercultural Gathering

UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to a conflicting event.

Come and join us for our 6th Intercultural Gathering in McCauley for a celebration, sharing, and relationship building with the Black community in the area (Somali, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Nigerian, and more). There will be performances, workshops, food, a sharing circle, and Indigenous knowledge sharing.

Please see our Facebook page for details as they come, and email ourmccauley@gmail.com if you would like to be added to our email list.

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iHuman: A Welcoming Place for Young People

  • Christopher Weiss (left) and Enoch Attey in the music studio. Paula E. Kirman

  • Fashion design studio. Paula E. Kirman

  • Part of the Family Room. Paula E. Kirman

A Boyle Street agency called iHuman, 9635 – 102A Avenue, is doing wonderful things for marginalized and vulnerable youth aged 12 to 24. Young people feel welcome at this drop-in centre. They are invited to explore a wide range of artistic pursuits while also learning more about the resources available to them – for example, linkages to housing workers, support with addictions, and mental and physical health care.

This non-profit organization founded in 1997 has three focal points: creativity, caring, and authenticity (“Be who you are.”). Their work is supported by a variety of sources such as the Edmonton Community Foundation.

The centre serves approximately 500 Edmonton youth, and currently around 85 percent of the participants are Indigenous.

Christopher Weiss, community engagement manager, says, “I love this job.” He says iHuman has a “strong reputation” and that many of their youth find them via word of mouth.

This reporter was recently treated to a tour of the art studios, which are equipped with items such as computers for digital music, sewing machines, and art supplies. Weiss says, “There is a reason why there are no chairs in the hallways. The studios are for engagement.”

The tour included a large devastated section of the building. Last winter, the extreme weather caused broken pipes and a major flood that destroyed a significant portion of the lower floor. “Disasters are expensive,” Weiss says, noting that for this and other reasons donations to the iHuman Youth Society are much needed.

When youth require social support, the centre refers them to other agencies. But it will offer lockers, showers, and laundry facilities when renovations are completed. In keeping with Weiss’ observation that “all youth deserve care,” there are housing workers, counsellors, and nurses on site.

The centre includes a “Family Room” because many of the female participants are single parents who bring their babies and small children with them. The parents’ space is not a daycare, Weiss points out, but it offers support in the form of a kitchen and childcare items as well as parenting classes and connections to Indigenous culture. “The Family Room is always in need of diapers, formula, and grocery gift cards,” Weiss says.

To help with the flood recovery and/or parenting program, contact Christopher Weiss: christopher@ihuman.org, (780) 977-6757.

The artistic focus at iHuman

The idea for iHuman first came up over 20 years ago when two artists working on public art pieces in central Edmonton connected with several inner city youths who were showing an interest in their work. The artists invited the young people to help them, and as they say, “the rest is history.” It seemed clear to the organizers that artistic and creative activities could provide marginalized youth with excellent opportunities for positive personal development.

At iHuman today, the programs on offer include sculpting, painting, drawing, print-making, performance art, music, drama and fashion. A number of the activities go beyond the walls of the building and involve connections with the broader community. For example, many of the wall murals in the neighbourhood have been done by young people from iHuman — through the Edmonton Arts Council in consultation with the City of Edmonton.

As well, young people from iHuman are regularly involved with NextFest, an annual performance festival featuring young artists. This year, iHuman also presented a play at the Fringe.

A partnership with Interstellar Rodeo, a music festival in its seventh year in Edmonton, developed in the summer of 2018. Festival producer Shauna de Cartier decided the event should be more diverse and inclusive, and therefore have a significant Indigenous component. iHuman’s Jesse Jams and the Flams and Jayden performed on their stage. iHuman also had a crafts tent on the site and an area featuring breakdancing demos.

On the day that Boyle McCauley News visited, two young men, both 21, were composing a song in the digital music studio. One was from Clareview and the other from Mill Woods. They obviously found it worth their while to make the trek to Boyle Street to pursue this project under the guidance of Enoch Attey, iHuman’s music coordinator.

Anita Jenkins is a retired writer and editor who lives in Boyle Street.

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I.A.M. Collective Presents

Miskowehtawowin at ATB Arts and Culture Branch 9804 Jasper Avenue. (CKUA)

  • “Things to pass on” by Dawn Marie Marchand Sharon Pasula

  • “Okimaw” by Reanna Lorraine Savard Sharon Pasula

I heard the exhibit opening and fundraiser was well-attended on August 30. It sold out, in fact. This is great news for the seven Indigenous artists being showcased.

I stopped by and checked it out. There were some amazing pieces, sculptures, mixed media, and paintings with excellent explanations that educate and inspire. It’s only on until October, so when you are downtown make some time. It’s not a large space but well done.

If you don’t manage to make it down here, here are some photos of some of the art.

Sharon Pasula is an Indigenous spiritual and cultural resource person who lives in Boyle Street.

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One More Habit Conquered

  • Leif Gregersen Supplied

The past four months seem to have gone by way too quickly. We had a late summer and now it seems we will have an early winter. As I write, already snow is forecast and has even fallen in a number of places in Alberta.

The big thing about this summer is that due to a diagnosis of diabetes, I have had to effect some serious changes in my life. I am thankful for our incredible healthcare system for offering numerous courses for me to take on how to manage my diet, exercise, and blood sugar levels to be able to stay in good health and have the energy I need to get through my day.

I have lost a large amount of weight these past four months, but it hasn’t been easy in any sense of the word. My new regimen of low sugar, low fat eating began before I even took the test to see if I had diabetes. I was forced to fast before going into the lab to have my sugar levels checked. I found myself ravenously hungry, and only able to drink water. I had gotten into the bad habit of eating large meals and a midnight snack. Fortunately, I started my adult years with a few other habits and I was able to kick them.

Smoking was the worst habit I had, but I found that once I was able to get through the first couple of weeks I saw benefits to quitting, not to mention the risks to my health being diminished. I also had to quit using VLT machines and later quit coffee. I don’t know which of my habits were harder to quit, but they all seemed to have something in common: each habit required a difficult period of withdrawal, and then I simply would not allow myself to even think about the habit I had just kicked. When I stopped gambling, I refused to go near any bars or casinos and simply would not consider going back to this habit. Coffee was different. Perhaps nearly as difficult, but different.

It seemed in each case what was called for was an understanding of what it was I was addicted to. All the lights and bells of the VLT machines seemed to give me a thrill, an idea of getting easy money. Well, I have been told that if casinos were in the business of giving out money, they couldn’t afford to build those huge hotels, pay their staff, or situate themselves in lavish, prime real estate. With gambling it was adrenalin, and perhaps adrenalin to which I was addicted. So to add to my other methods, I tried to always keep myself calm and not let anything excite me. It worked like a miracle. Again, the initial stages were very difficult, but soon I was happily gambling-free.

As far as food went, I suspect being put on the diabetes medication Metformin was a large help, but I also decided to begin a daily exercise routine. This included the great low-impact exercise of swimming, and I also started going for long walks. Soon I was so used to walking that I could go for many miles. I had heard that if you walk 10 miles it is the same as running for 10 miles. Walking had the added advantage of distracting me from food and giving me something to look forward to other than getting out of bed to eat.

All in all, I have dropped now just over 30 pounds and have high hopes of being able to drop another 30 and be at a healthy weight for my height and body type. I long for the days of playing so many sports and having such a high metabolism that I could eat pizza every day at work and hot dogs all night when I was done and still stay 170 pounds. Those days are gone, but in actual fact I am finding I really enjoy learning more about food and how to take care of myself.

_Leif lives in McCauley. His books can be found at the Edmonton Public Library or at Mint Health + Drugs on 96 Street. You can visit his website at edmontonwriter.com

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Toxic Masculinity

Five a.m. comes strolling in
And I wake to greet the dawn
Gone are the days of sleeping in
When you are a rich man’s pawn

My life became a tumult
As my hair grows little grey each day
There could be another result
If I could only find the way

I have to feed my children
Empower all those in my family
Laziness when I was young was a sin
And from that maxim I will never be free

Each day in cold or rain or bitter heat
I line up to toil endlessly with my hands
It’s like I am a piece of meat
And no one understands

I’m trapped and yet I never truly see
What it is that keeps me under someone else’s thumb
I’m trapped in toxic masculinity
And I can’t stand what my life has become

_Leif lives in McCauley. His books can be found at the Edmonton Public Library or at Mint Health + Drugs on 96 Street. You can visit his website at edmontonwriter.com

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Empowering Immigrant and Refugee Girls in Edmonton

  • The Girls’ Club at the Ice Castles in January of 2018. Tsion Demeke Abate

Each Saturday morning, the Girls’ Club meets at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre on 9538 – 107 Avenue. This program is a special initiative for immigrant and refugee girls in Edmonton and is run by the Multicultural Family Resource Society (MFRS) and funded by the Canadian Women’s Association.

This space is created for young girls between 9-13 so they could explore their daily lived experiences around identity and belongingness in a safe and culturally-responsive environment. Our activities are based on the girls’ interests and insert discussion topics in creative ways. Fall 2018 starts year three of our program and provides fun-filled activities that support us to celebrate confidence. In the past couple of years, we focused on two themes: identity/belongingness and leadership. We went through a lengthy process of building identity maps to express how we see ourselves in the world. The concept of leadership took us towards the road of learning and unlearning our preconceived ideas and later towards discovering our hidden potentials.

The program also provides opportunities and experiences to form friendships in a creative and fun way. We have naturally developed a sense of community with peers and mentors. We encourage creativity and problem-solving skills as we, together, navigate obstacles and share stories of wisdom on how to tackle an issue that has arisen in our surroundings.

We have started our fall 2018 program by sharing our new-found empowering experiences of feeling confident in the face of emotional vulnerability. By cultivating respectful and supportive environment and by emphasizing common purposes and ideals, we continue to encourage each other to reflect on personal, cultural, and societal experiences.

Our Saturday mornings are fun and playful. It is an exciting journey of exploring, inspiring, expressing, and empowering immigrant and refugee girls to celebrate confidence! To refer/join the MFRS Girls’ Group, please contact Tsion at girlsclub@mfrsedmonton.org or by calling (780) 993-1771.

Tsion Demeke Abate has 12 years of experience working on meaningful community engagement internationally and within Canada. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta, and has a demonstrated history of working in research, policy analysis, and program management. Tsion is also the recipient of the 2015 Recognizing Immigrant Success in Edmonton (RISE) Award for Community Leadership: Immigrant category. She is the Program Coordinator of the MFRS Girls’ Club.

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Boyle Street Community League Update

More News on BSCL Programming at the Plaza

Over the last few months you have read about the changes in management of the Boyle Community Centre. An agreement is being signed any moment now with the City, and the YMCA will administer some of the community centre space. This agreement will last three years.

What does this mean for our BSCL programming? It’s mainly an administrative change, and should make little difference to community members signed up in existing programs or interested in planning new ones. The BSCL will still have our office and programming in the Boyle Street Plaza, and we will work closely with the City and the YMCA to make sure that as we begin new programs, they are offered seamlessly to community members.

Programs through the League have been “grandparented” in as part of our space allocation agreement. Programs and rentals for the Evergreen Rooms (beside the BSCL office) will continue to book their space through the Community League, while anyone wishing to rent the gym, atrium, and Willow Room will book their space at the front desk through the YMCA’s booking systems. As far as we know, the following programs are a go for fall (call or drop in to the main desk to confirm):

  • Badminton, Gym, Saturdays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Art Class with Svetlana, Evergreen Room, Sundays, 10:30 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Hip Hop with Michael Wolfe, Willow Room, Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Inner City Rec Society, Gym, Tuesdays and Fridays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Piu Yum Social Club, Willow Room, Mondays 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Native drumming circle with Lawrence Crier, Willow Room (TBC), Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Flashmobs! (Heart of Boyle Street photography project), ongoing – watch our Facebook or sign up for our e-mail newsletter to hear about when spontaneous photo shoots (“flashmobs” – pun intended!) will take place. If you have photos of Boyle Street people and places to add, get in touch!

The YMCA will also be offering programming in the spaces they now administer, and will co-operate with the BSCL to ensure that programs don’t compete with ours. Board members, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, the YMCA, and City representatives have worked on this process to try to reach an outcome that is in the best interests of our whole community. We thank our board volunteers for their participation in this strenuous process – great work, Jordan especially, and all those who took extra meetings all summer.

The biggest change for us administratively is in staffing. We’ll keep you posted on who’s who at the zoo as we continue planning for fall, winter and the upcoming three years!

The bottom line is business as usual—which means that if you have a need for a program or an idea for the League, get in touch with us at (780) 426-9264 or our cell (780) 422-5857, and leave us a message. If you join the League (still free this year!) you will be placed on the list for our e-mail newsletter, and anyone from any community can sign up by sending us a request at info@boylestreetcl.com. Last but not least, check in on our Facebook page or send us a program idea via e-mail. Volunteers are welcome!

The BSCL Board continues to work on development issues and civics as well. We have provided or will be providing input into various City planning processes and are always interested in volunteers who want to have a say in shaping our neighbourhood. Look for our occasional public meetings or consultations that we host with others such as City planners or people planning projects in Boyle Street community. Call us if you have a development or planning concern on which you’d like to work with us.

By the way, the next AGM is sooner than any of us think, so if you are interested in serving on the board, send us your name and address and we will start our board development process (note that new board members and staff may be asked to submit references or a Vulnerable Persons Records Check). Board meetings this winter will be the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.

Keep warm, and enjoy Boyle Street this fall!

- Your BSCL Board

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Have Your Say on McCauley Safety

McCauley Safety Community Meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 7-9 p.m., Edmonton Intercultural Centre.

McCauley Community Safety Meetings have gained momentum and credibility over the past year. An increasingly broad and representative group of stakeholders with a common interest in community safety is now meeting monthly. These meetings bring together residents, businesses, service agencies, community groups, EPS, REACH Edmonton, City and Provincial representatives, and invited resources. They are a means for engagement, connection, sharing, learning, and empowerment.

Approximately 110 distinct individuals or groups have attended the past three Community Safety Meetings. Nearly 200 individuals now receive emailed invitations, with others being reached through social media, press, posters, handbills, and word of mouth. The creation of a meeting-specific website – safermccauley.ca – will serve to further spread the word.

Residents now comprise roughly 50 percent of the meeting group, with representatives of service agencies making up the second-largest contingent. By bringing together residents and agencies, Community Safety Meetings hold potential for the realization of a more harmonious McCauley. In the words of the City of Edmonton regarding Recover: Edmonton’s Urban Wellness Plan, “Neighbourhood residents are concerned about disorder, criminal activity, and personal safety. Social agencies feel that they and the people they serve are unwanted in the community, further marginalizing them.” Regular communication between residents and agencies is key to decreasing the tension that can exist between them.

Community Safety Meetings have connected attendees to one another – and to information and resources that they have been seeking. In May, for example, attendees participated in a Q&A with professionals from Safe Consumption Services. And, in August, EPS Sergeant Paul Looker presented on the topics of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH). But, meeting attendees want more than increased connectedness. They want to be consulted and to have a say in creating a more vibrant community.

The meeting’s convener, REACH Edmonton, believes that the best solutions come from within the community. Community Safety Meetings are now incorporating more interactive elements, with community knowledge and direct input playing a vital role, as we look for opportunities to create community-driven solutions to safety concerns. Recently, the meeting group engaged in exercises to define what a safer community means to them and to prioritize their safety concerns. On October 30, the group will participate in identifying community assets. The data collected will be synthesized, reported to the meeting collective, made public via safermccauley.ca, and ultimately, play a central role in searching for community-driven solutions.

There is a wealth of knowledge and experience in our community; and together we can develop manageable, sustainable initiatives to add to the work that EPS and the City do to promote safety in McCauley. We hope that you will consider attending and having your say.

If you would like to be added to the meeting email list, please contact REACH Edmonton McCauley Community Convener, Mark Davis at mark.davis@reachedmonton.ca.

A connected community is a safer community.

Mark is the REACH McCauley Community Convener.

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Next Issue . . .

Volume 40, Issue 1 will be published February 1, 2019. Articles and photos concerning community news, events, and opinions are welcome. We also accept submissions of poetry, and cartoons. Deadline: January 12, 2019. Send submissions to: editor@bmcnews.org. Articles should be 400 words or less and accompanied by photographs (JPG, in high resolution) when possible.