Healthy Steps For Change

We were asked to share information about this charitable fundraising event. This charity was founded by the late Chef Gail Hall and Dr. Doug Klein to encourage young people to make healthy choices about food and exercise. Information, and how to donate, is on the poster, or click here.

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Announcing the Winner of the Trip to Italy Raffle!

  • Teresa Spinelli in The Italian Centre. Jinsei Photographics

Congratulations Karen Vandenberg, the lucky winner of the Trip for Two to Italy! She was the holder of winning ticket #1383! When we called Karen to tell her the good news, we had to spend some time convincing her that this was for real!

Congratulations also to Teresa Spinelli on the 60th anniversary of The Italian Centre, and thank you for sponsoring the prize.

Thank you as well to everyone who purchased a ticket, for helping support the paper. Stay turned for information about our next raffle!

The draw took place at 6 p.m. on August 25th at The Italian Centre during Festa Italiana. Here is a video of the draw at our Facebook page

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Trip to Italy Raffle Winner

  • Teresa Spinelli Jinsei Photographics

Congratulations Karen Vandenberg, the lucky winner of the Trip for Two to Italy. She was the holder of winning ticket #1383. When we called Karen to tell her the good news, we had to spend some time convincing her that this was for real.

Congratulations also to Teresa Spinelli on the 60th anniversary of The Italian Centre, and thank you for sponsoring the prize.

Thank you as well to everyone who bought a ticket for the raffle, for helping support the paper. Stay tuned for information about our next raffle.

The draw took place at 6 p.m. on August 25th at The Italian Centre during Festa Italiana. We will have coverage of Festa Italiana in the next issue of the paper.

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McCauley Apartments Community Collaboration Mural - Fundraiser Launch

  • What the mural will look like, once installed on the east wall of McCauley Apartments. Taro Hashimoto

Join us to celebrate the launch of a new mural in McCauley!

A collaborative mural was created through a partnership between e4c, Capital Region Housing, and Street Prints to express the meaning of community. Developed through a series of community mapping workshops, participants generated themes and images that represented their experiences of community in McCauley. These symbols were then distilled into a vivid mural that will be installed on the east wall of McCauley Apartments. Art has been known to inspire and unite individuals through collaboration, creativity and respect. This mural is a space to allow community members to learn from one another, foster understanding and compassion, and to work together to showcase our love for the community. See the community-led design unveiled at the McCauley Cultivate Community Block Party! on September 27th, enjoy food and live music, participate in art projects, and help plant the seeds for the mural to be installed.

For information on ways that you or your business/organization can contribute to the mural project or become a mural sponsor, please contact Kathryn Rambow at krambow@e4calberta.org, or call 780-424-2870.

Information submitted by e4c.

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Chalk Your Block in Boyle Street

People living on various blocks in Boyle Street decorated their sidewalks with chalk between August 1-10, for the chance to win a block party. Packages of chalk were available at The Nook or Panini’s, and photos of the chalk masterpieces were sent in to the Quarters Arts Society for judging. See the Boyle Street Community League Update on for more.

Photos by Sharon Pasula.

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Movie Night in McCauley

  • Alan Schietzsch

  • Greg Lane

  • Greg Lane

  • Greg Lane

On August 21st, Giovanni Caboto Park was transformed into an outdoor movie theatre. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was shown on a big screen. The Harry Potter theme was evident throughout the park, with a Diagon Alley marketplace, a wand-making session, the Hogwarts Express Bouncy train, an interactive Quidditch demo hosted by the Edmonton Aurors Quidditch Team, and a Photo Booth Platform 9¾. For more information, see the McCauley Community League Update. Here’s a look!

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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

I.C. Sluggers Wrap Up Another Successful Slo-Pitch Season

  • Inner City Sluggers Slo-Pitch Tournament Team 2019. Rebecca Kaiser

A sharp metallic tink rattles off into the distance as one of our players hits the ball over the infield players’ heads. The reflector green slo-pitch ball drops between two outfielders, perfectly placed. Players in the pit, and fans in the stands, scream out orders of motivation at the surprised batter as she runs for first base.

The team is in Morinville for the annual slo-pitch tournament, wrapping up our season. We haven’t won a game yet, and we ate too much at lunch, but we’re laughing, covered in dirt, and enjoying ourselves. The Morinville Skyline Diamonds are a contrast to the usual backdrop of glass towers and lush greenery of Edmonton’s River Valley at Diamond Park, the team’s usual home. The Inner City Sluggers is a McCauley/Boyle Street area team made up of individuals who find themselves a part of the communities at centres like The Mustard Seed, Bissell Centre, and Boyle Street Community Services. They come from all walks of life. Some are frequent travellers with life adventures worthy of novels. Some are recovering from trauma or addiction. Some have chronic injuries that keep them from work. Others have been displaced from their homes. Some team members were street-involved youth but are now parents, seeking outlets to stay on the straight and narrow, engage their families, and seize opportunities to grow. Some community members serve time, knowing that the team will be here waiting upon their release.

This is the team’s 11th season playing in the Edmonton Lutheran Mixed Slo-Pitch League, made up of a community of church groups who have stood with us during our most foul-mouthed melt-downs, supported us in times of loss, and celebrated with us in times of growth. Other teams in the league have acted as our rulebook, our fill-ins, our schedule reminders, our rivals, and our coaches, but this year a few of our own have stepped up to the plate to bring the I.C. Sluggers from a discombobulated inner city drop-in recreational team to a unified core of committed, supportive, loving, and cursing community – and we aren’t bad ball players either!

One of our players is a mom who brings her kids and husband to every practice and every game, making it a true family affair. She, along with a few knowledgeable players, share their expertise, coaching the team together with realism, sass, and a collaborative approach to leadership. Their authenticity has captivated a team facing barriers to inclusion in any other sporting atmosphere. Who better to run a team of inner city community members then someone who truly understands their experiences? These mentors haven’t just helped organize and motivate the team – their nurturing qualities have created a sense of wrap-around support that players know they can count on if they are struggling with challenges in their lives.

What happened with the I.C. Sluggers this past summer was a win for community-driven activities that promote physical and emotional health for all involved, and is a template for what we try to accomplish with the Inner City Recreation and Wellness Program year-round. As a community worker in Edmonton’s inner city, I have found that it’s never been about leading – it’s been about providing access to opportunities for others to realize their capacity to make a difference in their own community.

The team has never been a place to take out frustrations on others, but it has always been a place where we have people take the time to think, “Hey, maybe they are frustrated because they are going through something themselves?” We come together to provide a supportive environment where frontline staff and community members are sensitive to one another’s needs, pain, effort, and realness.

This team has come far in the last year. On the night of our last practice before our year-end tournament, we showed up to find that another team had scheduled a make-up game at the same diamond. Instead of letting this throw us off our game or causing them to cancel their makeup, we swiftly moved onto the next closest diamond. The team didn’t mind. They just breathed in flexibility and kindness. They really have come to shine like diamonds in the rough.

Rebecca Kaiser is a Program Coordinator with ICRWP.

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McCauley Community League Update

The Best Day of the Summer

All of our wishing and hoping worked out and the weather cooperated for us on August 21st as we held another Movie Night in the Park.

This year we had a Harry Potter theme, and, thanks to everyone who came out, it was a huge success. With so many Harry Potter movies in the franchise it should be easy to stretch this out for a few years to come.

This year’s event featured a small Diagon Alley marketplace, a wand-making session, the Hogwarts Express Bouncy train, an interactive Quidditch demo hosted by our friends from the Edmonton Aurors Quidditch Team, food trucks, and even a Photo Booth Platform 9¾. Several folks came out dressed in theme and our friends at Norwood Dental hosted Harry Potter-themed trivia before the movie. This was an amazing event for everyone to attend and our very own Jordynn Vis was central to making this all happen in participation with the rest of your League board. It was incredible to see the park animated in such an incredible fashion all for the love of a simple movie.

The show played into the evening and reminded some of us older viewers of the days of drive-ins and the late summer evenings.

I am always humbled by the efforts of those who serve the community on the board.

In September we are planning another event for Community League Day (weather permitting, it will be outdoors) so watch the League Facebook page and the Boyle McCauley News website and social media for more info.

On a more serious subject, I wanted to talk just briefly about problem properties and the impact they have on all of our lives. About a month ago there was a podcast produced by CBC called Slumtown that, despite the less than positive title, seemed to effectively draw attention to the issue of what we all know as problem properties and their occupants, and, most importantly, the owners. I have heard and listened to stories from several residents and witnessed a fair percentage myself as we have a house like this within 100 metres of us. I know how frustrating this can be and I know from speaking to some of our EPS members and first responders they are equally frustrated and wish more could be done.

City Council made a motion on July 9th to ask for a report on this subject through the Urban Planning Committee. At the time, it was expected the report would be done 12 weeks later, which would put us at October 1st. While agendas can change and reports get delayed, I would ask that those interested watch that date. I think there may be an opportunity to speak to Council. If things are going to change they need to be done by us as residents. We will endeavour to track this agenda item and encourage residents to sign up to speak to Council and share their lived experiences. It is easy to check the agendas and dates on the City of Edmonton website.

If you have ideas for programming or items you want us to help bring to Council, please reach out. We want to make sure we are delivering what the community wants and needs.

Greg is the President of the McCauley Community League.

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Boyle Street Community League Update

Making Boyle Street Feel Like Home

What does it mean to be homeless?

It’s a question asked by one of my neighbours as we were chatting at the Long Table Feast on August 18th.

To be homeless, he mused, was to be without family. It was to live – whether housed or not – without people who love and care for you.

Home is much more than a house. It’s the feeling of living in a place where you are known and loved. It also includes knowing and loving others around you. In that way, I think a lot of us are home-less.

Our job as neighbours is to make our collection of dwellings feel a lot more like home by building relationships and getting to know one another. There is no better way to do this than over a meal, which is why the Boyle Street Community League was so excited about the Long Table Feast on August 18th.

Hosted by the Downtown Farmers Market in partnership with the Chinese Benevolent Association and the Boyle Street Community League, the Long Table Feast was a community meal accessible to all in our neighbourhood in celebration of Alberta Local Food Week. It was an expression of the incredible diversity and vibrancy that we all know exists in our neighbourhood. And the food was really, really good!

We are grateful to the many community groups in our neighbourhood that bring us together. Some, like the Chinese Benevolent Association, have been doing that in Boyle Street for decades. Others, like the Downtown Farmers Market, have just started with the new Sunday Market outside the old Army and Navy building on 97 Street and 103 Avenue. All make Boyle Street feel more like home.

Other opportunities for us to get together as neighbours were coming up at the time of my writing this. On September 8th at 1 p.m., the Downtown Farmers Market hosted the Mid-Autumn Festival and on September 14th, the street that won the Chalk Your Block competition hosted a block party that everyone was welcome to attend. We’ll have more about those events in the next issue of the paper.

Go to the Boyle Street Community League Facebook Page or “www.boylestreet.community”:https://boylestreet.community/ for all upcoming opportunities to get to know more neighbours.

Together, we can make Boyle Street feel more like home for all of us.

Jordan is the President of the Boyle Street Community League.

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Preparing Western Canadians for Cooking in 1905

I recently discovered an old classic Canadian cookbook called Blue Ribbon Cookbook for Everyday Use In Canadian Homes from the year 1905. The Blue Ribbon Manufacturing Company was located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

This was more than a cookbook. In addition to recipes, readers were taught proper table setting and etiquette; how various categories of food are broken down in our body, dealing with cooking and baking mistakes, and how to clean up after cooking.

The cookbook was designed to “be of assistance to the women of Canada” because “we would all enjoy better health and be better able to withstand sickness if more attention were paid to the proper selection and preparation of food.”

Despite being targeted at women, there is a section for men entitled “Bachelor and Camp Cookery.”

If you are curious how people were taught to cook underground, broil the traditional way over an open fire (not to be confused with barbecues), can meat, curry mutton, and stew oxtail, you can find this cookbook for free, archived on various government websites.

I’ve chosen to share a recipe that is stated as not being nutritious for those who are ill, but somehow makes people feel better. I have had Beef Tea, which is not the same as beef broth, and agree with the authors of the cookbook and others: this beverage certainly has the ability to make a person feel better when you haven’t been able to handle solid food for days at a time.

Here is the Blue Ribbon’s version of this recipe.

Beef Tea
Use half-pound of round steak cut fine, soak it in 1 cup of water for 30 minutes, let it heat in double boiler, strain, salt, and serve.

If you’d like a more modern method for making Beef Tea, you can find one on Epicurious.com.

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

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My Oral History About “Two-Spirited”

One of the first times I remember hearing about various roles in the community was from a guest lecturer I had invited during my first year of sessional teaching. It was at St. Joseph’s College, CHRTC 221, “Interactions Between Indigenous Spiritual Traditions and Christianity.” Lewis Cardinal presented from his own research. He informed us that historically Elders in the community had different roles. In times past, areas of specialization could have included medicines – someone knowledgeable about plants, what they do, when to pick them, how to store them, how and when to use them – and someone who can interpret dreams and anything associated with the spirit world. I was intrigued and was determined to learn more.

Another “teaching” I heard was about someone who can “see’”in the spirit world but lives in this world. The person with this gift may have been referred to as a shaman or “two-spirited” because they “live” in two worlds.

Some time passed then I had the pleasure to attend the Annual International Pow Wow in Toronto in 2015. The day I attended there were all day, one-hour workshops, one of which was advertised “Two-Spirited” at 2:00 pm. Of course, I wanted to attend that one.

The speaker was articulate, charismatic and introduced himself with, “I am Native, I am gay, but I am not ‘two-spirited’.” He then talked about how the term “two-spirited” became connected with Native people. There was a conference in California. (I don’t remember what it was about). Apparently, a Native person was talking about “two-spirited” and happened to be gay. Someone thought they were directly connected and that is how “two-spirited” became associated with gender. I regret not writing down his name.

I talked to the speaker afterward and asked him about what “two-spirited” meant. I told him my understanding was that two-spirited was someone who walked in two worlds: could see in the spirit world but walked in this world. It had nothing to do with gender. He agreed that could be it.

Most recently, August 2019 I attended a cultural session presented by Dean Cardinal, originally from Saddle Lake. He shared some of his own story, tipi teachings, and very interesting and inspiring knowledge. One of the most interesting things he shared was, “The old men say we all have one spirit. When you say you are ‘two-spirited’ you put yourself above God. Even God has one spirit.”

This is one of the most powerful teachings I have ever heard. I’m still processing it.

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

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BoyleBits

Having Compassion

As the weather turns cooler, I’m grateful that I can just turn the thermostat up and be sure that I will be (for the most part) warm. I can’t help but think of those who don’t have this luxury.

I’ve been occasionally motivated by the odd feeling of kindness to put a pair of dollar store gloves or a small blanket in the back of my car so that I can give them to a person without anything on their hands in freezing weather. This winter I’m going to have a more organized approach and keep several pairs of gloves, baby blankets, and dog food handy in case I run into someone in need.

It’s easy to grow weary of the homeless when we find excrement in our back alleys and garbage bags torn open and garbage strewn about. But maybe this same pattern of behaviour is what made them homeless to begin with. So then how did they get there? I always say that everyone gets to be who they are by honest means. Some people have suffered such unspeakable abuse in their formative years that the damage can’t be undone. I would like to see my fellow residents make an effort to remember to have some compassion for those who have less.

I also think about the furry and feathered creatures out there. I put out bird food (thanks to my neighbours for putting up with the bird poop). I put out peanuts and maintain heated water bowls.

I understand that many people can only provide for themselves. I remember what it was like to struggle to live on rice and macaroni. But if you have a few dollars to spare, and hoping that you have more, please consider sharing your good fortune with others. Keep a few toonies in your pocket, give your empties to people collecting in the alleys or consider donating to the local help organizations.

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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Twenty Years of Remembering

  • Singers Janice, Christine, and Natasha sang the Women’s Warrior Song at the Annual August 14 Memorial. Kate Quinn

It was a lovely summer evening in the Alberta Avenue Community Garden on August 14th, the 20th time that CEASE gathered people to remember all those whose lives were taken through murder, suicide, addictions, or illness.

The Annual August 14 Memorial was first held in the year 2000. Edmonton hosted an international conference on sexual exploitation in 1999. There we learned that Calgary folks held an Annual Memorial spurred into action by the murder of 17-year-old Karen Lewis on August 14,1994. Her body was thrown into a dumpster. A young Edmonton woman was missing during the month of August, 1997 and her body was found in a farmer’s field August 31st, so the August date fit for Edmonton as well. Her killer has never been found. Ironically, the year 2000 was the last year that Calgarians gathered. Edmonton CEASE and Saskatoon EGADZ have kept the flame of remembrance going all these 20 years. The government of Saskatchewan now recognizes August 14th as an official day of mourning.

The program included prayers, smudging, poetry, and songs. Officers from RCMP KARE Counter Exploitation and EPS Human Trafficking and Exploitation lit candles. A person with lived experience of sexual exploitation and a family member who has lost a member shared their reflections.

Then came the reading of names, followed by a moment of silence for all those lost around the world. For some mourners, their grief is fresh with losses in the past few months. For others, their grief is softened by good memories of their friends or family members.

Dating back to the late 1960s, the list of names reached 224 this year. Sadly, the names of two young men who committed suicide were added that night.

Biodegradable balloons in the Cree colours of the Four Nations were released, a special moment as mourners gazed skyward.

Last year, one woman came in rough shape due to homelessness and addictions. She said if she died during the year, she knew she would be remembered at the next Memorial. The good news is that she came again this year. She has transitional housing and is working on a drug treatment plan.

Members of the Crosslife Ministry and friends who have a cycling group volunteered once again. They helped with setup, take-down, and providing water and pop. The Crosslife Ministry folks provided a BBQ meal for over 100 people. CEASE is grateful for all the community support that makes this Annual Memorial possible.

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

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Boyle Street Ventures

Offering success and hope.

  • The Boyle Street Eats food truck at the Fringe Festival in 2018. Paula E. Kirman

Boyle Street Community Services is helping people find employment and earn money. As well, the agency is providing access to banking services since many of their workers are “unbanked” or “underbanked.”

The program, called Boyle Street Ventures Inc. (BSV), offers jobs in areas such as property maintenance, cleaning, moving, snow removal, and junk removal. The workers go out with on-site supervisors who provide training and ensure that the jobs are done well.

“Many who come to us are so defeated, have faced too many hurdles, and are in the last chapter,” says Bob Frohlich, relationship manager at BSV. Thanks to this program, there are “lots of success stories,” Frohlich says. “One of the employees, who was homeless when she came to work here, has become a crew lead who drives a vehicle, owns a horse, has a home, and is here every day.”

“We even have a food truck,” Frohlich adds. It is a 1971 vehicle that was out of service for much of summer 2019, but it has been repaired and at the time of writing was preparing to work at several golf tournaments. The service operates in partnership with the Nook Café, which provides the food.

The BSV bank, Four Directions Financial, is a branch of ATB Financial. It functions like any other bank branch and anyone can use it, not just BSCS clients. It was created to serve people “who may not be comfortable using mainstream services,” Frohlich says.

The branch currently has 1,300 customers. “Before, when our clients got cheques, they headed for a place like Money Mart, cashed the cheque, and either spent all the money very quickly or even had it stolen,” Frohlich says.

Banking is made accessible through minimal ID requirements or if necessary a retinal scan or thumbprint. “Often ID is not necessary,” Frohlich says, “because we know them by name.”

For details about hiring through Boyle Street Ventures, go to hiregood.ca or call 780-426-0500. The profits from this for-profit social enterprise are invested back into Hiregood and the community.

For information about the Four Directions Financial bank branch, go to www.atb.com under the Community tab.

The BSV bank, Four Directions Financial, is a branch of ATB Financial. It functions like any other bank branch and anyone can use it, not just BSCS clients.

Boyle Street Community Services’ (boylestreet.org) central office at 10116 – 105 Avenue provides over 40 programs and services to over 12,000 individuals every year. It is a non-denominational and non-profit organization that welcomes and serves people of all ages, backgrounds, and orientations. Eighty percent of people currently served are Indigenous, and 80-85% are men between ages 35 and 55.

Some of the areas this agency deals with are:

  • Housing
  • Family and youth
  • Cultural supports (Indigenous)
  • Mental wellness
  • Health and wellness (e.g., supervised consumption services, aka harm reduction)
  • Community supports, including ID, pet food bank, drop-in, legal
  • Outreach: e.g., 24/7 crisis diversion, heavy users of service

Boyle Street Community Services has been working in the inner city of Edmonton since 1971. Its goal is to serve, support, and empower people to take control of their lives and escape the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

There are close to 400 staff working in nine centres around the city. Their roles include reception, accounting/recordkeeping, social work, and more.

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

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Rust Magic Brings Murals to McCauley

The Rust Magic International Street Mural Festival made walls come alive throughout the city in early August. In McCauley, the walls in the alley behind and on the south side of Lucky 97 were activated with art. The murals were created by artist Rath (@heavylox on Instagram). Here’s a look.

Photos by Paula E. Kirman

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Long Table Feast in Boyle Street

  • Byron Hradoway

  • Byron Hradoway

  • Byron Hradoway

On August 18th, the Boyle Street community and visitors to the Downtown Farmers Market market were treated to a truly marvellous long table feast that served 1,000 people. Jointly organized by the Chinese Benevolent Association, the Boyle Street Community League, and the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market, this event featured heaped-up plates of food efficiently and quickly served, and tables and chairs complete with table coverings and many vases of lilies. Large numbers of volunteers (mainly young people) kept everything running smoothly. And the weather even cooperated – no small thing in this summer of endless rain.

The tables were set up along 96 Street and 103 Avenue. Chinese community organizations donated six roast pigs, 40 lbs. of BBQ pork, 40 lbs. of sausages, and 35 chickens. A Chinese food supply company donated 1,000 spring rolls and 200 onion cakes. Chinese restaurants donated eight large trays of fried rice and noodles and two trays of steamed rice. Bakeries donated a total of 900 Chinese buns of different varieties. All of the food was supplied by licensed establishments.

The event kept 100 volunteers busy, and more walk-in volunteers provided much-needed last minute help.

The Boyle Street Community League had a table set up nearby, where they sold many memberships and handed out many Boyle Street walking maps. “The Long Table Feast was a success by every measure,” says Joelle Reiniger, Boyle Street Community League board member. “It brought together a diverse group of area residents for local food and conversation, and it significantly boosted community league membership.”

The Downtown Farmers Market made an effort to reach out to families in Boyle Street by sending invitations home with children who attend St. Teresa of Calcutta School.

MLA Janis Irwin attended. She posted this slogan (source unknown) on her Facebook page: “When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher wall.”

The long table feast, part of Alberta Local Food Week activities, received financial support from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

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

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Ability and Community

A Fall Festival

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz (American Author)

Well, summer is behind us – the season where the sun rises early and sets late; where we relish the time outdoors, the patios, the festivals, the feeling. But don’t cry because it’s over – smile because it happened.

Autumn is as beautiful with our leaves changing colour, cool evenings, and root vegetables ripening. And, our city being what it is, we have festivals year round.

One such family friendly festival just happens to be just outside McCauley on Alberta Avenue (118th Avenue). From September 13-15 between 90-95 Street, check out the 13th annual Kaleido Family Arts Festival. On Friday the 13th it kicks off from 7 p.m.-11p.m. On Saturday the 14th it goes from noon -12:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. It wraps up Sunday the 15th from noon-6 p.m.

As their website says:

Kaleido Family Arts Festival has hearts bursting for art from ‘round the world. Come join us and revel in two and a half days of awesome!

Kaleido Family Arts Festival is held on historic Alberta Avenue (118 Ave. between 90-95 Street). For two and a half days every September, Alberta Avenue comes alive as an environment of creative exploration and performances on rooftops, sides of buildings, back alleys, parks, old spaces, and new spaces. Not only is it a wonder to behold, it is FREE!

You have to see it to believe it!

Come revel in a family event, and enjoy the scenery and autumn.

Ian is soon to retire as a member of the newspaper’s board, and lives in the area.

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Editor’s Notes

October 2019

The talk of this past summer was the weather – namely that most days did not feel like summer at all. By the time this issue hits the street autumn will be looming. Here’s hoping for a warm fall and mild winter.

Summer was definitely busy here at Boyle McCauley News. We geared up for our raffle draw on August 25 with a final push for ticket sales at Festa Italiana. Stay tuned for information about our next raffle. We’re going to make this a regular part of the paper’s fundraising.

Our social media presence is growing and becoming an important way to stay current with news and events in the area in between print issues. Those of you who use social media should follow us: we’re bmcnews on "Facebook":https://www.facebook.com/bmcnews and "Twitter":https://www.twitter.com/bmcnews, and bmcviews on Instagram.

Are you interested in volunteering with the paper? We are in need of a photographer or two willing to cover events, especially those happening in the Boyle Street area. We also have a few newspaper routes in McCauley available, so if you would like to become a Block Carrier, now is the time. For more information, contact me at editor@bmcnews.org.

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Progress in Boyle Street is happening, but likely will be slower than expected.

  • The new crossing at the Commonwealth Rec Centre under construction. Ernstuwe H. Koch

A lot is happening on the east end of Boyle Street. Upgrades to the Stadium LRT Station and parks in the residential area are being developed nearby on the Muttart Lands.

I have lived on Jasper Avenue and 86 Street for six years now, and have always been frustrated by the difficulty in going to the Commonwealth Rec Centre, which I can see from my apartment window. The City says a new pedestrian and vehicle road, Muttart Crossing, will connect 84 Street to the Stadium over the LRT tracks within the next year. I am predicting two years, because that is how things go.

- Anita Jenkins, Boyle Street

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Riverside Towers Comes Through in a Big Way

Donations to cancer patients’ transportation program exceed expectations.

  • Tracey Anderson (left), Property Manager, Riverside Towers, presents a cheque to Donna Chissell, Coordinator, Annual Giving, Canadian Cancer Society on August 16. Michael Lavoie

On August 16, 2019, representatives of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope program officially received a donation of $5,030 from Riverside Towers (8610 and 8620 Jasper Avenue). The funds will be used to provide transportation to cancer treatments for people who live in the Boyle Street community.

The project’s prime mover was Riverside’s manager, Tracey Anderson, who used the Wheels of Hope service for six weeks and was tremendously impressed by the program. Her initial goal was to raise donations totalling $1,000, but the campaign produced more than double that amount.

Responding to Anderson’s posters and messages, Riverside and its vendors contributed $2515. Then Devonshire Properties, the building owners, matched their donations. Zev Shafran, Devonshire Properties president, told Anderson, “This is the best cheque I have written all week.”

“Volunteer drivers pick you up to go to your treatments and take you back home,” Anderson says. “If your cancer treatment is just a half hour long, the volunteer waits for you. You are also welcome to bring along a partner or relative if you feel you need their support.”

“Even if you have a vehicle, you are often too anxious to drive yourself,” she says. “Also, parking at the Cross Cancer Institute is a challenge.”

“I had the chance to interact with some wonderful people,” Anderson adds. “Since many of the volunteer drivers have had cancer themselves or are close to someone who has battled the disease, we were able to share our experiences.”

The fundraising project not only supported a valuable program but also raised awareness. “Three tenants asked about it when I put up the posters because they needed to use it,” Anderson says.

Posters proclaiming, “Riverside Rocks!” went up in the building elevators when the goal had been not just reached but surpassed. Anderson, a dedicated volunteer and supporter of charities, organizes Christmas and Easter dinners for residents of Riverside. She has volunteered for Heart of the City, and managed to raise $1650 in donations from Riverside for that event last year. The day she presented the cheque at the Cross Cancer Institute, she was heading out afterwards to volunteer at the Edmonton Rock Music Festival.

The fundraising project not only supported a valuable program but also raised awareness. “Three tenants asked about it when I put up the posters because they needed to use it,” Anderson says.

Wheels of Hope has been providing safe and reliable transportation since the 1950s for people who are receiving active treatment at a cancer treatment facility. Patients pay $100 to access transportation for a full year. Those who are unable to pay can apply for a full or partial waiver.

To find out how to arrange for a ride, contact the volunteer driver program coordinator for Edmonton 1-800-263-6750 (toll-free). If you can donate one weekday per week, ask about becoming a Wheels of Hope driver at www.cancer.ca.

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

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Safer McCauley Reports Back to the Community

It’s been a busy year for Safer McCauley. In the spirit of transparency, we would like to provide you with a Report Back. Highlights include the development of online resources, and the strengthening of relationships with community organizations, EPS, and Bylaw. Particularly significant is a move towards increased action and the rebuilding of a citizen-led Safety Working Group. Please visit safermccauley.ca for a detailed Report-Back about the following engagements and actions that have taken place throughout 2018/2019:

SAFER MCCAULEY SUMMER ENGAGEMENT
Safer McCauley has been door-to-door this summer to exchange information with community members. The feedback collected will help guide our steps in 2019-2020. This engagement was one component of our ongoing process of gathering community knowledge. Visit safermccauley.ca to have your say.

SAFER MCCAULEY ONLINE: WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, and “WHO TO CALL WHEN?”
A website (safermccauley.ca) and Facebook (@SaferMcCauley) connect community members to news about engagements and actions. Visit online to share your ideas – and see new content about resources and “Who to Call When?” contacts.

EPS, MUNICIPAL ENFORCEMENT (BYLAW), and REPORTING
Direct relationships with EPS and Bylaw are valued by community members. Our EPS Beats and Bylaw Officer want to hear from you; and have made their direct contacts available.

COFFEE WITH A COP
This program has been established in McCauley to bring community members together with EPS Beats – over coffee – to build relationships and share information with one another.

THE MCCAULEY LITTER SQUAD
This citizen-driven collective action is addressing the build-up of litter in our community.

NEEDLE CLEAN-UP PARTNERSHIP
McCauley Revitalization invited the McCauley Community League and Safer McCauley to join its ongoing Needle Clean-Up partnership, staffed by community members from The Mustard Seed.

PROBLEM PROPERTIES
Our May Community Meeting invited the Residential Living Governance Committee (RLGC) to speak about its work in addressing Problem Properties. Since attending, Councillor McKeen has helped pass a motion requesting a report to City Council regarding any changes to bylaws and legislation that would increase the impact of the RLGC.

SAFETY THROUGH VIBRANCY; RECOVER; ABUNDANT COMMUNITIES
Our March Community Meeting produced a long list of positive street-level activities for increased neighbourhood vibrancy. Collaboration between community partners is now activating a back alley and giving a potential boost to the Abundant Communities program.

DOG WALKABOUT
If revived, this once-popular activity will be a fun and simple way to promote connectivity, vibrancy, and safety in McCauley.

PHARMACY INVENTORY
The proliferation of pharmacies has been identified as a concern. And it is contrary to the community’s desire for increased business diversity in McCauley.

Reach out to your neighbours. Consider getting involved.

SAFER MCCAULEY COMMUNITY MEETINGS & COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
Meetings have built and reinforced relationships, helped identify priorities and solutions, and connected community members to information on topics such as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Supervised Consumption Services, Community Asset Mapping, and Problem Properties.

SAFETY WORKING GROUP
McCauley Revitalization has partnered with Safer McCauley to maximize positive outcomes around safety. In 2019-2020, we will re-build a working group to continue turning community input into engagements and citizen-driven initiatives.

SAFER MCCAULEYMCAULEY COMMUNITY LEAGUEREVITALIZATION COLLABORATIVE
Positive and functional relationships between community organizations are integral to a harmonious community. The relationship between Safer McCauley, the McCauley Community League, and McCauley Revitalization is as healthy and collaborative as ever.

RESOURCE CONNECT
Building on the 2017 McCauley Community Gathering and Resource Fair, this initiative contributes to a more connected community of Edmonton service agencies.

THANK YOU to all community members and supports who give generously to promote well-being for all in McCauley. Reach out to your neighbours. Consider getting involved. Visit safermccauley.ca and Safer McCauley on Facebook. And, don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me directly.

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

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Spirit Walk

I took a walk yesterday. Snow glistened and ice crystals danced in the early morning cold I could hear drums in the distance. Louder and louder they became. No one stirred. I realized these drum beats were mine alone to hear and to listen.

As I approached the icy lake, I could see my ancestors were gathered, dancing;

Bustles moving;

Jingles healing;

The old ones listening;

Circles of dancers.

My ancestors were alive and well sharing with me medicine from the spirit world,

Dancing and healing.

Medicines of long ago never to be replaced – older than the earth –

Older than time immemorial,

They came to me, they healed me and spoke the words only I could hear,

Of medicine, guidance, and healing.

Melissa is of Mi’kmaq, Cree, and European ancestry. She is an established beadwork artist, advocate of social issues, and a writer.

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McCauley Musings

Getting Schooled

I’m writing this is in mid-August, when back-to-school sales are dominating print and broadcast advertising. Heading back to classes is something usually associated with children and young adults who are beginning or returning to elementary, junior high, high school, or college/university.

However, sometimes going back to school is a choice made by people who are – how shall I put this? – more mature in years. This is exactly what I did last year when I enrolled in a post-graduate program through the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension. I’ll be graduating with an Advanced Citation in Global Leadership in June of 2020.

The decision to go back to school after more than two decades was not easy (or cheap), but I saw it as an opportunity to grow personally and professionally.

Our Volunteer Coordinator Colleen Chapman went back to earn her bachelor’s degree when she was in her 50s. I can only imagine what the experience must have been like, as she studied alongside people half her age. However, achieving this level of education was an important goal for her, and she did it.

I often read about seniors who earned a graduate degree at a very advanced age. I watch as many of my peers pursue their master’s or doctorates. Are they doing it for career advancement? Perhaps, but no doubt also as a personal accomplishment.

Learning is a part of living, and it doesn’t always have to take place in a classroom. However, if given the opportunity, going back to school can be valuable at any age.

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Learn Cree This Fall!

Announcing the return of Nehiyaw Language Classes with Reuben Quinn at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre! Registration is now open for the fall 2019 course. Classes begin on September 9th/10th and run until December 18th/19th. Classes are held on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please note attendance for all classes is mandatory. Check out the details on our website: https://cfrac.com/events/nehiyaw-cree-language-classes-8/. Join us for classes in September to participate in the International Year of Indigenous Languages

Information submitted by the Centre for Race and Culture.

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Plastics Challenge

Can we use less?

Many of us have seen the horrific photos of oceans filled with plastic garbage. We’ve seen the photos on the news of the fish that fill their stomachs with our garbage plastics, and then die because it won’t digest. This has got to stop to save our fish, our oceans, and our world! So what can we do right here in McCauley and in Edmonton?

First, we have to take a good look at what we buy and use. We may not realize how much plastic we use Look in your garbage and recyclables bag and write down what you see. Can we find a way to reduce our use of various plastics? A lot of what we buy is packaged in plastics, so maybe we can refuse to buy products packaged in single-use plastic.

We can complain to stores that we don’t want everything packaged in plastic. One option might be to ask stores to only use reusable plastics in packaging, or to stock only products that come in compostable plastics. We know the stores are aware of the problem, and they are moving away from using plastic shopping bags for customers to carry products home.

Ask the grocery stores if all their plastic bags are compostable. We can take reusable bags to the store to get veggies and fruits. We can request the meat department to wrap meats in compostable paper, like in butcher shops, instead of using foam trays. We can take reusable containers to the store for bulk items.

Get your family involved. Take inventory of your own household garbage and recyclables. Write it down.

We can change the way we buy everyday items like coffee. One of the latest ways to buy coffee is in single-use pods, many of which are not recyclable. I was given such a coffee machine and feel guilty every time I use it! We can write to the companies to tell them to only use recyclable materials. I understand that Keurig has changed its process to use recyclable pods. Maybe these companies should make a reusable pod that we can fill?

Get your family involved. Take inventory of your own household garbage and recyclables. Write it down. Discuss how to change household habits to use less (or no) single-use plastic? If you can, take your children on a tour of the Waste Management plant to see the plastics problem first-hand.

This is your challenge to change your habits to use less or no single-use plastic at home. Then, please write to me via the paper to tell us how you have changed your habits. At the end of the summer, we can all celebrate our achievements in reducing our own waste, to make our world less full of plastic garbage, and more healthy for us all.

Joanne McNeal is a McCauley Senior who is trying to become more aware of her own use of plastics and change her habits, so she is using way less and hopefully NO plastics that are single-use.

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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

Successes, Awards, and Programs

  • Jeremy Kupsch. McKayla Duerden

  • The volunteers and staff at the Inner City Pet Food Bank tent at Muttstock 2019. Supplied

Muttstock Success!
In July, the Inner City Pet Food Bank was generously offered a booth at Muttstock Dog Music Festival to raise awareness about the program and collect donations. More than 150 festival attendees dropped off donations of cat food, dog food, and pet care products to enter for our door prize. The donations from that single day filled our shelves and fed inner city pets for more than two weeks. Come out next year and visit us at Muttstock 2020!

Drop-In Floor Hockey Sportsmanship Award
This month’s Sportsmanship award goes to Jeremy Kupsch for being flexible, supportive, and attuned to the growth of other players. Join us on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. for free drop-in floor hockey. All skill levels, capacities, and genders are welcome. (Aged 18+)

Join Us This Fall for Fun and Sports!
The Boyle Street Football Club wrapped up their 2019 outdoor season with Edmonton Sport and Social Club with a team BBQ at Borden Park in July, but you can sign up to join the team in August. We are also starting a new program which includes the creation of a series of original podcasts from the inner city! If you have an idea for a podcast or are interested in learning about podcasting, contact the ICRWP team. The Inner Sluggers Slo-Pitch team has really come together as a supportive team this year, and we are hoping for a good turnout for our annual two-day year-end tournament in August! For these and other fun opportunities you can find more info at facebook.com/recandwellness or sign up for our monthly calendar mail out by visiting tinyurl.com/recandwellness.

Donations Needed All Year Round
The generosity demonstrated by supporters throughout the year is what the volunteers, staff, and community members rely on to continue to offer supportive services in the inner city. During the hot, or in this case wet, summer months homelessness, poverty, and social isolation persist, and so does the need for sunscreen bug spray, pet food, monetary donations, clothing, personal hygiene materials, volunteering, advocacy, and all of the amazing contributions of Edmontonians.

Rebecca Kaiser and Mike Siek are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.

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Boyle Street Community League Update

We Want to Focus on Fun

What is the purpose of a community league? This is a question the Boyle Street Community League has been grappling with of late.

In the neighbourhood of Boyle Street, there are so many things we could focus on: the plethora of new developments and infrastructure projects, and the need to ensure they are done in a manner that respects the needs and desires of our neighbours; our facility and the ongoing work with the City of Edmonton to ensure we continue to have a permanent place in the neighbourhood; and the creation of programs that add to the life of the neighbourhood.

What, though, is the ultimate purpose of these activities?

Our conclusion as a board: fun. Perhaps I ought to provide more context for that conclusion.

Our society foists upon us the grand myth that our ultimate goal is to be independent. We are to become completely self-sufficient, and that is the benchmark of success. We live our lives attempting to be self-sufficient and, in the process, isolate and cut ourselves off from community.

I believe this is one of the reasons we see so much depression and anxiety – the reason why so many people feel isolated and lonely. These feelings are shared regardless of socio-economic background.
The truth is that we are truly healthy insofar as we have interdependence – a community we rely on and which relies on us. Family, friends, and neighbours who know you and care for you.

What would Boyle Street look like if we truly had a community like this? One where you were known and cared for? One where you were truly needed to care for others?

Imagine what it would be like to live there.

That excites me – and it is a vision worth working toward. But we have to start somewhere . . . so we are starting with fun!

Our goal is to focus on creating experiences and moments where neighbours can get together to enjoy each others company, create relationships, and get to know each other.

Look for our upcoming Chalk Your Block neighbourhood competition coming in August and a big neighbourhood block party in September as the League’s first foray into having fun together in our community.

If you want to be part of making the fun happen – or you have a gift you want to share with your neighbours (like music, martial arts, fitness, art, etc.) – get in touch with us by going to www.boylestreet.community.

Jordan is the President of the Boyle Street Community League.

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McCauley Community League Update

Summer Fun for Everyone, Muggles Included

  • Team photo from Bend It with the Beat on June 8. Paula E. Kirman

I write this on one of the only sunny days we’ve seen in a while. While the rain tends to dampen spirits, it seems like it hasn’t kept people from getting out to enjoy themselves anyway.

The League hosted an EPS appreciation event on Saturday, June 8th in Giovanni Caboto Park. The intent was to give our thanks to the dedicated men and women who work in our community everyday. A pickup game of soccer between the cops and kids earned the name Bend It with the Beat, and the event served double duty as we held one of two registrations for the summer sports program that we offer. The weather tried to keep us down that day as well, but we held fast. As always, a special thanks goes out to the EPS members, especially Cst. Andrew Melney, and the League’s very own Linn Cardinal who made the event a success.

Our Kids Summer Sports Program offers basketball and soccer in a non-competitive setting that focuses on fun and socializing. Kids aged from 3 to 13 enjoy organized and supervised fun at both the McCauley Rink for basketball, and the soccer pitches at Giovanni Caboto Park. I have to admit it is one of the highlights of my summer seeing all the kids in the park. This is another program that would not be possible without the amazing parent volunteers who are too many to name. So thank you all.

Next up in August will be a Movie Night in the Park like we had last year. This year we have landed on a Harry Potter theme and will be showing The Philosopher’s Stone on August 21. The event will start early evening with vendors selling all manner of magical items and treats (imagine Diagon Alley), a Quidditch demonstration presented by the Edmonton Aurors Quidditch team, as well as the Hogwarts Express in bouncy castle form. So, here’s hoping the weather cooperates once more. Times will be posted on the League’s and _BMC News_’ Facebook pages, as our own website is undergoing renovations. This is an “everyone” event, so all are welcome to come out and enjoy a magical night under the stars. The event is free of charge and will have something for everyone, Muggles included.

I welcome your feedback and comments always, so if you have items of concern or just want to chat, reach out to me at
mccauleycommunityleague2014@gmail.com.

Greg is the President of the McCauley Community League.

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Dining Out

Eat More Street Food

  • Bao Boy. Tony Forchetta

Kanto 98 St. Eatery
10636 98 Street
780-244-7388

Yo, Tony here. One thing Tony likes is spicy food, or (as I refer to it) _arrabbiato_ - a little angry – like Tony. So, when me and Missus Tony heard about a new Filipino street food joint on 98 Street, we had to check it out. For those who have left the ‘hood and ventured as far as downtown, you may have tried Tres Carnales or Rostizado – two amazing shops from Chef Edgar Gutierrez, who happened to grow up eating Filipino street food. So as with most of his ventures, this is a sure fire hit.

Now, I want to say up front if you’re a vegetablarian or veegun, this probably ain’t the place for you. On the other hand, if you like BBQ, spicy stuff, pork, and eating with your hands this is Da Bomb!

Tony and the Missus found the spot quiet on a Wednesday evening (they’re not open Tuesdays). The menu is hosted on a big screen and the choices include some BBQ goodies to start, skewers and sausage, pork belly – you get the idea. They also have some tasty Bao going on. For those that haven’t had a Bao, they are little fluffy steamed flat buns topped with all manner of tasty bits. Then they have chicken in both regular and spicy. They also have some options in a bowl like Chicken Adobo on rice. And, of course, Tony’s favourite food group – spaghetti. But this is Filipino-style and worth trying if you’ve never had it.

Tony and Missus Tony shared a few dishes to get a sense of it all and because Tony was one hungry dude. You order at the front, the folks whip it all up in the kitchen, and bring it out when it’s ready. Man, did it smell good – and taste even better. We had the Liempo (marinated, grilled, and sliced pork belly) and the Bao Boy (three tender steamed buns with pork belly, topped with green onion, house-made pickles, and sesame seeds). And, just to top it off, a batch of fried chicken done regular and spicy.

There are drink options of the family and adult-only variety. There are also lots of sides and add-ons to round out your meal. Portions are big, and Tony and Missus Tony had to take some home for breakfast the next day. Prices range from $11 to $18 and will leave you full and happy. Make sure to ask questions if you are curious, and the awesome staff will provide all the answers and recommendations. They are also on Skip the Dishes in case you’re feeling lazy. And make sure to get yourself out there and support all the amazing shops we’ve got in the ‘hood.

Until next time, Tony says, “_Mangia tutto! Ciao_.”

Tony lives in McCauley.

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History Festival Includes Church Street Tour

An inspiring glimpse into historic churches in McCauley.

  • Ansgar Danish Lutheran Church. File Photo

On July 6, local historian Tim Marriott led an exceptional tour of Church Street (96 Street). Participants were invited to see the interiors of three of the 12 historic and multicultural churches located between 106th and 111th Avenues.

On the interiors tour were Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples Roman Catholic Church (1913), Ansgar Danish Lutheran Church (1939), and St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral (1947). At each location a parish pastor/priest was on hand to talk about the congregation, their religious beliefs, and the history of the building: Fr. Susai Jesu at Sacred Heart, Fr. Peter Babej at St. Josaphat, and Pastor Lasse Hultberg at Ansgar.

“We are so grateful to them for taking time out of their busy schedules to open their doors for our tour,” says Clare Mullen, a partner with Marriott in a relatively new local pursuit, Alberta History Tours, www.albertahistorytours.ca.

Marriott says, “Clare and I wished to emphasize the community nature of each church’s experience. We certainly also wanted to note 96 Street as a manifestation of Edmonton’s welcoming of newcomers over so many generations. And finally, we wished participants to get a view of Church Street and the McCauley neighbourhood as an important, positive contributor to Edmonton’s wonderful cultural diversity and richness.”

The wealth of information tour participants received is impossible to describe in a brief news story. But following are a few tidbits that illustrate how interesting this event was.

  • All three of the churches visited have prominent architectural features that reflect the original parishioners’ religious affiliation and country of origin: French Gothic Revival, Danish, and Byzantine Rite.
  • In 1991, Sacred Heart was officially designated Edmonton’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit parish. The church walls feature original works of art by Indigenous and Métis artists, and the services reflect the congregation’s culture.
  • The nave or central part of a church is from the Latin word for “ship.” Pastor Lasse (generally known by his first name) of Ansgar Danish Lutheran Church described how all members of a congregation are travelling together, as if on a ship.
  • St. Josaphat, considered to be one of the finest examples of Ukrainian-Canadian church architecture, is a designated provincial historic resource.
  • The ethnic origins of the newcomers Marriott refers to in his comments above include French Catholic, Danish, German, Irish, Croatian, Portuguese, Spanish (South American), and Vietnamese.

This tour was one of several dozen such offerings at the 23rd annual Edmonton & District Historical Society’s Historic Festival and Doors Open Edmonton, held in the first week of July.

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

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Problem Properties

Unkempt and derelict properties are a common issue in many neighbourhoods. Aside from being eyesores, they can decrease property values and lead to other issues as well.

This article is a brief rundown of the most common types of problem properties and a quick look at recommended solutions. Common problems include:

1. An excess of derelict items. For example: construction debris, old appliances, non-running vehicles, tires, and parts. Garbage, basically.
2. Unmowed lawns (over 10 cm), weeds, and compost heaps.
3. Building(s) in serious disrepair. Holes in roofs, missing or broken windows and doors, or any other openings in building allowing for easy, unauthorized access.
4. Graffiti and other forms of vandalism.

The simplest solution is to talk to the owner or resident and politely address your concerns. Unfortunately, this isn’t always effective. If the problem persists you may need to make a formal complaint to City Bylaw by phoning 311 or online.

Bylaw usually issues a warning, and most complaints are rectified without any further action. If the owner is noncompliant a fine may be issued or they may be taken to court.

There are scenarios where mitigating factors are involved and a gentler approach could be more effective, especially in the long term, such as:

  • Your neighbour is elderly or otherwise physically unable to attend to these issues.
  • Your neighbour is a problem hoarder. Hoarding is a serious mental health issue that requires a different tactic. (See Joanne McNeal’s related article on this page for more information.)

Ron lives in McCauley.

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Help for Hoarding Behaviour

Two options at SAGE.

SAGE, the Senior’s Association of Greater Edmonton, offers two types of help for people with hoarding behaviour problems. They focus on seniors, but I believe anyone can participate, at least in the drop-in sessions. This group meets once a month on the last Thursday of each month throughout the year except summer. These are called “Full-House Drop-In Sessions” (“Full-House” being a kind euphemism). Each month the facilitators, who are trained in helping people with hoarding, lead a discussion about some aspect of hoarding behaviour. These facilitators are very kind and supportive, and help people understand why things got this way, and how to go about making it better. It’s a long process, but the first step is admitting the problem.

There is also a hoarding workshop where participants commit to working through a book about hoarding, called Buried in Treasures, a copy of which is provided. This group meets on Tuesdays every other week throughout the year, except summer. Again, the facilitators are very kind, helpful, non-judgmental, and supportive in helping people understand the “why” and “how,” and then in helping them take action to overcome their hoarding situation. There is a lot to understand about why people let this happen, but the first step is to recognize that you have a problem, and to begin to understand why. The drop-in sessions will help you recognize and admit the problem, then you can take the workshop to help you overcome it. Both of these helpful groups are funded through Mental Health Canada.

Joanne McNeal is a McCauley Senior.

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McCauley Apartments: August/September Updates

McCauley Apartments Mural Project – Production and Design

McCauley Apartments, along with Capital Region Housing’s SUCCEED Program and Education Department, have joined in with e4c McCauley Apartments tenants to discover, collaborate, design, and complete the McCauley Apartments Community Mural Project. Using visual and conceptual contributions from a vast diversity of McCauley community members, the production is currently being modelled in digital format and will be reproduced as a giant vinyl print, and heat-set onto the east-facing brick wall facing the parking lot.

An event which will have community members apply their own contributions by hand and celebrate together will be announced and shared throughout McCauley neighbourhood.

McCauley Apartments Office – Community in Development

e4c McCauley Apartments Office Staff, and Tenants Association volunteers welcome you to stop by for a cup of coffee or call for information. We are open weekly 10 a.m. to 4 p.,. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Please call and make sure the coffee is on for you!

9541- 1089A Avenue, Suite B08
Phone: (780) 424-2870

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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For the Soul: McCauley Retreat and Clean-Up

  • The sun sets over Moonlight Bay. Taro Hashimoto

  • Volunteers working hard at the McCauley Clean-Up on June 15. Paula E. Kirman

We are out at Moonlight Bay Camp this week (July 8-11). It’s a terrific four days and three nights taking in the fresh air, doing fun activities and using the wonderful facilities with our community members, staff, and tenants of some of e4c’s mental health/housing programs.

We have had all the beds in the awesome two room four bed sleeper cabins (built by NAIT construction trades students) at capacity. There is home style food prepared by fun loving staff, coffee (which a couple of times has been brewed close to perfect), and activities happening both freely and as scheduled. Wellness activities, walks, boating, games of croquet, and casual soccer ball kicks have been featured, all while pelicans, ducks, rabbits, squirrels, and the odd eagle have passed through the sight lines of cheerful campers. Gazing into roasting logs on the fire is accompanied by some easy-going conversations and a few jokes and guffaws. This year’s new activity, “the talent show,” added to the joyous hilarity and artistic sharing through comedy, music, collaborative performances, and artistic display. It’s truly a wonderful time.

It all sets the stage for some life-shifting moments and revelations. People care and want to support others. It’s intentional and ingrained in all activities and interactions. With so many heavy circumstances and realities in their lives, it’s time for some peaceful reflection, as well as the exploration of new relationships and discovering of greater understanding. Realigning the chaos within and outside of one’s being is like the annual clean-up – for the soul.

It is made possible, somehow, despite the humble budgets of the residents and the housing, mental health, and social support programs of e4c. The staff and field managers are immersed in the tough day-to-day realities of mental health, addictions, disabilities, and the destabilizing nature of combining these with subsidized inner city living. It is a passionate plea and heartfelt intent to have the McCauley Clean-Up (which happened on June 15) and the e4c Moonlight Bay Camp Retreat happen each year, because it’s what our folks and our staff need to have a sense of renewal and hope – that our friends and members won’t have an endless cycle of the same issues, hang-ups, walls, and ceilings, and that they don’t spiral hopelessly downwards. Instead, that they can see and be part of the unity which makes up our movement of courage, compassion, connection, and commitment. Faces and voices of gratitude, friendship, happiness, community growth, and well-being are some of the reflections of these practices. We hope to carry it all into the rest of the year, and look forward to the unfolding year’s good old times.

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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It’s All About Connectedness and Collaboration

“Many studies show that there are two major determinants of our local safety. One is how many neighbours we know by name, and the second is how often we are present and associated in public – outside our houses.” (John McKnight and Cormac Russell)

Thanks to McCauley Revitalization Coordinator Greg Brandenbarg for sharing this quote. It reinforces what most of us know about community well-being in general. It’s all about connectedness and collaboration – getting to know your neighbours, working together, and using our strengths to create vibrancy.

I’ve lived in McCauley for 16 years. It’s the most connected community I’ve ever lived in. It just seems to be part of the fabric. When our children were born, neighbours dropped off gifts and baskets of food. When we were having a yard sale, another came by with several items and happily told us to keep the money. These neighbours (virtual strangers at the time) have since become friends.

In 2017, I was hired to coordinate the Safer McCauley program. It’s not always easy. It’s not always enjoyable talking about the “issues.” There’s a lot of work to be done. And progress is sometimes slow. But I am grateful to play a small part in building connectedness and collaboration – between residents, community groups, police, elected representatives, businesses, service agencies, City resources, and others.

At our first Safer McCauley Meeting, I saw it was not as inclusive of community members as it should be. I resolved to meet more neighbours and adopted the principle that “a connected community is a safer community.” Since then, regular meetings have attracted 20 to 50 stakeholders, countless connections have been made, and actions are determined collaboratively.

A meeting this March represented a landmark for collaboration. Stakeholders discussed possibilities for addressing litter and increasing neighbourhood vibrancy, leading directly to further collaborative action. Now, the McCauley Litter Squad helps address the accumulation of smaller litter. Two one-hour litter “blitzes” have attracted an average of 22 participants, removing 45 bags of litter and approximately 125 needles from our streets. This activity exemplifies a collaborative approach to community well-being, with residents, Revitalization, MCL, Safer McCauley, E4C, Capital City Clean Up, MINT Health + Drugs, MLA Janis Irwin, and others contributing.

A neighbourhood is a system of interconnected people, many working together for improved well-being. Reach out to your neighbours. Consider getting involved.

At the March meeting, MCL President Greg Lane championed the idea of activating alleys as a way to add vibrancy to McCauley. This led to Revitalization, MCL, and Safer McCauley advocating together for the idea as part of the City’s Recover Urban Wellness Plan. The idea was further refined at a June community meeting co-hosted by the three community groups; and Recover has since agreed to provide some financial support for the action.

Evidence of connectedness, collaboration, and vibrancy is easy to find in McCauley: kids playing soccer and hockey with police; Viva Italia and MCL’s family-friendly Christmas activities; our MLA and City Councillor attending community events and advocating on our behalf; the Spring Fling; the Fall Fiesta; stakeholders banding together to oppose a gaming licence; EPS and Bylaw Officers meeting community members for coffee at Zocalo; Heart of the City; movies in the park; the Community Garden; McCauley Families’ gardening and art classes; the Mustard Seed-Revitalization needle clean up partnership . . .

A neighbourhood is a system of interconnected people, many working together for improved well-being. Reach out to your neighbours. Consider getting involved. Visit safermccauley.ca and Safer McCauley on Facebook. And, don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me directly.

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

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Celebrating Nunavut Day in Edmonton with an Exhibit of Inuit Art Masterworks

  • Joanne (left) and Sophia. Supplied.

July 9 is Nunavut Day in Canada, marking the date when Nunavut became an official separate territory. In Edmonton, the day was marked by the official opening of an exhibit of Inuit Art Masterworks, curated by Sophia Lebesis, the first Inuit woman in Canada to own and run an Inuit art gallery (Transformation Fine Art in Calgary.

Sophia is an amazing young woman who I have known since she was a small child. She learned a lot from her father, Nick Lebesis, who owned the Inuit art gallery in Lake Louise and learned about Inuit Art from the artists he knew while he lived with his family in Arviat, NU. Nick and his children watched Inuit artists create great works of art, but sell them for way less than they were worth on the world market. So, Nick decided he would help the Inuit artists share their culture by creating a space where they could sell their work fairly in the South of Canada.

As Sophia grew up, she watched her father helping Inuit artists on a daily basis. And as she went through school and university, she gained perspective on how fairly art should be sold. But when her father died in 2014, she realized she had to continue his legacy of helping Inuit artists. In taking up their cause, Sophia has found her own wings, and became a powerful voice for the Inuit people. In presenting these masterworks, she is sharing with Edmontonians the Inuit culture in which she grew up, until July 18. You can see them at the ATB Branch of Arts and Culture on Jasper Avenue and 98 Street during branch business hours.

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Ability and Community

Diversity in August

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” – Sylvia Plath_

August sees summer sneaking away, while autumn approaches. The days gradually get shorter, the sun rises later, but still: August is a beautiful, lively month!

Of course the amazing Edmonton Heritage Festival, which gets bigger every year, takes place August 3-5 at Hawrelak Park. Admission is free, but a donation to Edmonton’s Food Bank is suggested and encouraged. This is usually the Food Bank’s largest donation drive!

There are ETS shuttles that leave many locations around Edmonton, as there is no parking on site. Contact ETS at 311 to get updated information for the Heritage Festival Shuttle.

I call the Heritage Festival, “taking a trip around the world without a passport!” Our city and community is known for diversity and this is an opportunity to taste international cuisine, experience traditions, see artwork, and more!

Now, to view more culture, from August 9-11th is Cariwest! Friday night from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. they have a Costume Extravaganza. Saturday is an amazing musical, colourful parade that starts at noon on Jasper Avenue and 97 Street, winding down to 107 Street where it turns left to the Cariwest site at Capital Plaza. There, you will find a Caribbean Village with live music all day Saturday and Sunday: food, drink, and fun! If you have never seen the parade, I highly recommend it. For more information: cariwest.ca.

So, get the most out of summer and see how our city is a great, diverse community!

See you in September!

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Nathan’s Nature Notes

Early Summer Plant and Animal Activity

Since the last issue, we had our summer solstice (June 21), the day of the year when we have our greatest number of daylight hours.

On May 30, the smoke was quite thick, especially in the evening, and as I was walking home along 95 Street I had a surreal moment of seeing what appeared to be a group of nine pelicans float gently out of the haze above the houses.

For many animals and birds, the past few weeks have been the weeks of raising children. Two of our common species in the neighbourhood are hares and magpies. A family of white-tailed jackrabbits has been raising their young at the OFRE Orchard, and I’ve encountered them there several times throughout the season. You’ll see young rabbits without their mother nearby in the spring and early summer – it doesn’t mean they’re orphans. In my understanding, their strategy is to stay still, either under a low plant or trusting their brown fur to camouflage them.

I’ve also watched the growth of a magpie family with its nest in a spruce tree in my front yard. I heard the begging of the juvenile magpies every day outside my window, starting around the end of May. Later, around June 10, I noticed that the magpie fledglings were learning to fly in my front yard. Subsequently, their parents have been teaching them lessons about how to find their own food.

Another activity that fills this season of the year is pollination. At the OFRE Orchard, several times I saw Hunt’s Bumblebees visiting the blooms of the lupine flowers that were planted in the garden bed at the Orchard Opening event.

Two common plants I see growing in the boulevards this time of year are the common dandelion and plantain, both plants that can benefit humans. The leaves of common plantain (not to be confused with the plant that is similar to a banana) can be chewed and applied to the skin to reduce swellings, such as those that result from insect bites or stings. Every part of the common dandelion is edible, and I’m noticing it’s more common these days for people to have dandelion root tea.

Nathan lives in McCauley.

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Tomato Salad

Tomato season is upon us. This is the time when countless gardens across the Boyle Street and McCauley neighbourhoods, and the rest of Edmonton, produce a variety of fruits and vegetables. One of the more popular vegetables to grow is tomatoes. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and science, tomatoes are fruit. However, in North America we tend to cook and use tomatoes like a vegetable.

To start, choose quality tomatoes that are plump, ripe yet firm, smooth skinned, and fragrant with a sweet smell. For this recipe, on-the-vine or heirloom tomatoes are the most suitable.

Using canola oil instead of extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) will give the salad an odd taste. Keep in mind that a good tomato salad is based on the quality of the tomatoes.

This salad is vegan, but you can add goat feta or sliced bocconcini if you like the taste of cheese and tomato (and the salad is still suitable for vegetarians). As much as I love cheese, I do find that it does takes away from the refreshing taste of the tomatoes. If you are a garlic lover, you can also add minced garlic.

This is a salad that tastes best when the flavours have had time to marinate for a minimum of 4-6 hours and it can be eaten with chicken, fish, or steak. For vegetarians and vegans, the salad can be combined with couscous or quinoa. For a quick snack, it can be eaten with pita bread.

TOMATO SALAD
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup or 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup medium red onions, halved then thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon herbs*
  • Salt and pepper to taste

*Herbs that go well with tomato salad: parsley, dill, basil, oregano.

The measurements listed above can all be adjusted according to taste.

Instructions:
Place tomatoes, onions, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Pour over with EVOO and red wine vinegar then mix together in the bowl. Next add the herbs. If you choose to include feta or bocconcini, add this last. Toss well so the tomatoes are covered.

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

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St. Barbara’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral

  • St. Barbara’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Paula E. Kirman

The impressive domed building on 96 Street just south of Jasper Avenue is called St. Barbara’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

St. Barbara’s is one of the 25 parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Canada. The others are located in Regina, Ottawa, and Toronto, and in 21 rural areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan. St. Barbara’s is also the oldest church congregation on 96 Street, thus making it the very beginning of Church Street both in location and vintage.

Father Igor Kisil is the rector of St. Barbara’s and the dean of the patriarchal parishes in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Father Igor has several assistants, including Father John Grigaitis, who provided this writer with an interview and tour.

St. Barbara’s has about 250 church members. Many recent immigrants attend the weekly services (called liturgies), in part because the liturgy is conducted in a combination of English and Russian, and the church bulletin is published in English and Russian. However, a number of the worshipers are second, third and even fourth-generation Canadians – the unifying factor is the Orthodox faith.

The cathedral’s activities include a summer Bible camp at Pigeon Lake and meals served in the basement on major feast days and as a component of special events.

Like most churches, St. Barbara’s depends on donations from congregation for the bulk of its operating costs. Father John says members tend to say, “Our donation is very little compared to what we are receiving.”

Architecture
The cathedral is in the shape of a cross, with many cupolas (or domes) on its roof. The inside features a very ornate altar with a specially constructed screen where sacred icons are hung.

History
Arriving by way of Alaska, the first Russian Orthodox missionaries came to Edmonton in 1897. The first Russian Orthodox liturgy in the region took place 122 years ago, at Wostok, 50 miles northeast of Edmonton. The worshipers were immigrants from Bukovina and Galicia (Ukraine), then part of Austro-Hungarian Empire.

In later years, the many Ukrainian settlers who attended St. Barbara’s would be joined by refugees from the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917, refugees from Eastern Europe after the Second World War, and immigrants from Slavic countries after the collapse of the USSR.

The first St. Barbara’s liturgies were held in 1902 in a small frame house located where the cathedral now stands. A wooden church was built in 1908, and the current cathedral was completed in 1958.

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

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Introducing Greg Brandenbarg

Get to know the new McCauley Revitalization Coordinator.

  • Greg Brandenbarg. Supplied

The McCauley Neighbourhood Revitalization Steering Committee would like to welcome Greg Brandenbarg to McCauley as the new City of Edmonton McCauley Revitalization Coordinator. Greg only joined the City in January 2019. Previously, he worked in the non-profit sector in community development (CD), most recently with Action for Healthy Communities. Greg has specialized in CD that is asset-based, place-based, and participatory. He has also worked in conflict resolution and community economic development/micro-financing aspects of CD, both in Canada and abroad. Part of his international residential CD work included seven years in West Africa. Greg also has worked with Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) since its inception.

Greg is married to a great woman and they have three young adult kids in three different Edmonton universities. For 26 years they have lived in Virginia Park (east of Cromdale) – just two blocks from Concordia University. He has been very involved with his neighbourhood for years. Greg is very happy to be working in McCauley as he has passed through the neighbourhood, usually on bike, almost every day he has lived in Edmonton. His favourite restaurants are in McCauley, his favourite gym is here, they buy a lot of groceries in McCauley, and he says their kids know that getting their family Christmas gifts from McCauley vendors is always a great idea, convenient, and appreciated.

The Revitalization Steering Committee is excited to be able to work with Greg in our neighbourhood and Greg asks that anybody who would like to connect with him – by email, phone, or in person – should please do so. He will buy you coffee if you want to visit in person. His email is gregory.brandenbarg@edmonton.ca. His office phone is (780) 496-4178. His work cell is (780) 914-7450. Please join us in welcoming Greg with our famous McCauley hospitality.

Information provided by the Revitalization Steering Committee.

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How Do You Grieve the Language You Never Had?

My roots are from Lac Ste Anne. My maternal grandparents lived there, just a short walk to the pilgrimage site.

My mother spoke Cree/Michif. My dad spoke only English, to my knowledge. I always loved language. As a child, I remember pretending to speak another language, making up words, feeling self-important. But learning languages was a not a gift. I had to work hard both in high school and university to learn French. Same for Hebrew, again in university.

So why would a Métis girl learn other languages and not her mother’s language? It wasn’t important to speak Cree, or Nêhiyawêwin, as the Cree/Nehiyaw prefer to use. I heard my mother speak it infrequently, only with her relatives whom we didn’t see often. English was the language to learn so you could get a job, be successful, and avoid discrimination. Speaking Cree would let people know you were Native and that was to be avoided. So, my mother thought she was protecting us by not teaching her language.

I made several attempts to learn Nêhiyawêwin. Something always came up and I couldn’t finish. Several years ago, I did actually finish a six-week community course which was mostly about syllabics, as well as culture and often used vocabulary. Use it or lose it. Life happened and distractions pulled me away. I remember almost none of it now.

So why does it matter? Culture is in the language. I was raised urban, estranged from the land and from people who could have taught me. Without the language, it is challenging and difficult to learn and experience what it is to be Indigenous. Nevertheless, I identify as an Indigenous person. I practise Indigenous spirituality. It has become part of me, or rather, I am learning to be who Creator made me to be, a mixed blood.

As I get older, I reflect more. I realize that Nêhiyawêwin could have made my life different. Not knowing the language sometimes feels like a deficit. Something that could have nourished and sustained my soul and spirit was withheld. I wept at the realization. Then I grieved some more and gave it to Creator. I am not angry. That surprises me. It must be Creator’s grace. Thank You. Of course, it’s my optimism talking. If I had been a Nêhiyawêwin speaker, it could have been much worse than my mother had imagined. More violence and trauma may have been my journey. I might not be alive today.

So, I will continue to try to learn Nêhiyawêwin. It is still valuable. I have a choice and I choose to be thankful for the path Creator gives me. Grief will ebb and flow, but now that I have shared this part of my story, healing will come.

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

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Local Business Owners Sought for Survey

Local business owners, managers, and decision-makers – your input is needed!

The University of Alberta, in partnership with Grant MacEwan University’s Social Innovation Institute – Roundhouse, and the City of Edmonton’s Urban Wellness Plan – RECOVER, are looking for your perspective on socially-conscious business practices here in our city. The research team is asking you to take a 30-minute online survey about your business.

To take the survey, visit: https://forms.gle/3pT9bUJ4bHkHQy5j7

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Editor’s Notes

August 2019

One of the great things about Boyle McCauley News is that it not only reports on the community – its events, people, and organizations – but it is also part of the community. Thanks to our recent fundraising efforts, we had a strong presence at the Heart of the City Festival at our table selling raffle tickets, as well as connecting with community members and even recruiting volunteers. We have also been enjoying a table at the Downtown Farmers Market in both the 104th Street and Boyle Street locations.

Speaking of fundraising, if you haven’t gotten your raffle tickets for the trip for two to Italy, time is running out. We’ll be outside Zocalo on August 25 selling tickets during Festa Italiana (formerly known as Viva Italia Viva Edmonton), and then doing the draw at 6 p.m. outside of the Italian Centre. If you would like to order tickets online, contact me at editor@bmcnews.org for details.

If you use social media, be sure to follow us: we’re bmcnews on "Facebook":https://www.facebook.com/bmcnews and "Twitter":https://www.twitter.com/bmcnews, and bmcviews on Instagram. We’re always posting community information and event coverage, so it’s a great way to keep up with what’s happening between print issues.

Take care – see you in September!

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McCauley Musings

Fear and the Comfort Zone

July was a milestone month for me. I flew for the first time. In an airplane. Yes, you read that correctly: until this summer, I had never before flown. My maiden flight was a short trip to Calgary for a business meeting, extended slightly for an afternoon at the Calgary Zoo.

While my first flight may have been one of the shortest plane rides I could have chosen, it was a starting point. Why I never flew before was due to a variety of reasons, one of them being the obvious: fear. However, I made a decision that it was time to face that fear. Facing fear leads to growth by taking us out of our comfort zones.

When I talk to people who are not familiar with the Boyle Street and McCauley neighbourhoods from any kind of personal experience – only from what they read and hear about crime and safety issues either in the mainstream media or the anecdotes of people they know – I often get asked if I am afraid of spending so much time in the inner city. My answer is always similar: no more than anywhere else. I have had bad – and good – experiences throughout the city. I encourage them to take a day trip to the area – to come to an event, go shopping, have a meal, take a walk around. While the area certainly has its challenges, perpetuating negative stereotypes doesn’t help – especially when the people doing the talking never spend any time here in the first place.

I stepped out of my comfort zone, flew, and as a result will likely fly again in the future. It has made me grow as a person. So has the choice to spend large amounts of time here in Boyle Street and McCauley.

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Office Space for Rent

Share office space with Boyle McCauley News! We have a small inner office in the basement of 10826 95 Street.

  • 10 feet by 11 feet, or 110 sq ft.
  • Unfurnished, except for computer table and chair.
  • Shelves on the upper walls.
  • Access to WIFI and a washroom.
  • Very quiet; a perfect spot for a freelance writer/bookkeeper/graphic artist/etc.

Upstairs is Zocalo, where you will have access to excellent coffee.

Lease preferred. Rent: $300/month (possibly negotiable for the right person).

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Moonlight Carnival: August 25

The Moonlight Carnival is taking place on August 25 at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (10629 – 98 Street) from noon to 6 p.m.

There will be live cultural performances, Chinese Children’s Day crafts, and activities and fun for the whole family.

As well, there will be a Mooncake making class (registration required) and door prizes!

For more information, please contact Chinatown and Area Business Association at (780) 423-2628 or bia.chinatown@gmail.com.

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A better solution for feral cats.

Re: “Feral Cats: What to Do if They Come to You,” Vol. 40, No. 4, July 2019.

Trapping cats is not a good idea. You never know who you will trap – it could be the neighbour’s pet. Only 18 percent of cats turned into Animal Care and Control ever make it home. If a person doesn’t want cats in their flower beds, coffee grounds or cayenne pepper will deter them. People can also keep a water bottle by the door to spray the cats, or just hissing and chasing them off works too. If we didn’t have feral cats our homes would be overrun by mice. Would you prefer cats or mice?

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C’mon Festival Heads Downtown This Summer

  • C’mon Festival 2018. Scott Whetham

The C’mon Festival, Edmonton’s annual celebration of dressed-down classical music, started life on Alberta Avenue in 2013 at Saint Faith’s Church as a Fringe BYOV. From there, it spent four years at Studio 96 in McCauley. This July, the festival moves past the LRT construction barricades to the Winspear Centre on Churchill Square. “I hope the audience will be able to find us through all the construction!” says festival organizer and trombonist Kathryn Macintosh.

The festival is dedicated to taking the attitude out of classical music – this year’s slogan is “seriously fun!” The three-concert festival will feature the Polyphonie String Quartet, violinist/composer Alissa Cheung, marimba virtuoso Tim Borton, and clarinetist Rob Spady. It will also showcase music by Farhad Khosravi, who plays a beautiful Middle Eastern instrument called the santur.

C’mon Downtown is happening July 12, 13 and 14 and is “pay-what-you-can.” For more information: cmonfestival.ca

Information submitted by the C’mon Festival.

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Heart of the City 2019

Memories and inspiration.

  • Cultural activities from Intercultural Multilogues. Paula E. Kirman

  • Wendy Gregson & Renee McLachlan. Noah Garver

  • Angelitos. Paula E. Kirman

  • George Zhang and Isaac Friesen at the CreArt Youth Stage. Paula E. Kirman

  • Story Slam winner Liam Leroux and organizer Corine Demas in front of The BEAT Spoken Word Stage. Noah Garver

  • Mikayla Bortscher at the CreArt Youth Stage. Paula E. Kirman

  • Leif Gregersen (right) selling his books in the artists’ tent, with help from his dad. Paula E. Kirman

  • Mary Rankin and her hula hoops. Paula E. Kirman

  • McCauley musician Steven Johnson has played every Heart of the City festival since its beginning. Paula E. Kirman

  • Chubby Cree. Paula E. Kirman

  • Nolan Smits. Paula E. Kirman

To the casual Heart of the City (HOTC) patron, our small festival might be a way to kill a couple of hours one weekend of the year. However, to so many of us, Heart of the City means so much more: the hours shared in planning and cultivating connections, organizing volunteers and artists, and supporting leadership qualities with new board members and student interns. All of this exists within our small tight-knit community, which functions as a connecting center to other areas of the city as well.

On Sunday, June 2, the last band of the weekend, Kane Incognito, finished their stellar set. As our President, Charity Slobod, came out to give her final closing address in that role, I felt a wave of energy. In my short amount of time with the festival, I am taken aback by how we come together to support each other continually. The volunteers make the event happen, and this year we witnessed their true leadership shine (thank-you)! Despite any challenges or festival highs and lows that arise, their work happens with a consistency I have yet to see anywhere else.

Yes, Heart of the City is a festival, but is also so much more. Participating in art, culture, and other entertainment is unifying. No matter who you are, or what you do, when something beautiful strikes your mind, you feel something. We were able to share a laugh at the stand-up comedy performances, especially with McCauley resident Dan Taylor, tailoring his material to discuss his neighbourhood. Our story slam was performed and loved by people from all walks of life with winner Liam Leroux taking the top prize. Our Intercultural Gathering teepee – hosted by two outstanding student interns, Kalii Stewart and Terrance Lam – brought diversity, inclusion, and equity into all its multifaceted workshops.

The festival takes great pride in its outstanding Main Stage line-up with performances of all genres showcased on the big stage sponsored by the Folk Fest. Emcee appearances from charismatic CTV personalities Stacey Brotzel and Bianca Millions further strengthened the shared media partnership between HOTC and our trusted local broadcasting network. In addition, Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula Kirman and Todd Crawshaw of the Rock and Roll Society of Edmonton, hosted the Main Stage with both poise and enthusiasm. We are so grateful for their involvement!

Musical acts like Josh Sahunta, RELLIK, Chubby Cree, Steven Johnson, Wendy Gregson & Renee McLachlan, Brother Octopus, Jet Power, and Brendon Greene once more played their hearts out on the stage they now find familiar. New HOTC musical additions took to the stage with magnetic energy and boundless enthusiasm, bringing the park attendees beats to remember. FKB in particular gave a stand-out performance with their magnetic movements on stage that many joked must have been choreographed. Hosting their very first show ever, A Sin & A Lie blew us away, and we’re certain we’ll be hearing plenty from them in the future.

Local artists sold their amazing wares to the community. To think many people purchased art now displayed in their homes as festival memories! In addition, members from the public had opportunities to create their own art through free workshops. We hope that some young minds learned that experimenting creatively is a most beautiful manner of expression.

I spoke to one young woman by the name of Mikayla Bortscher. She learned to play guitar from organizers of CreArt, and now at 22, was playing at the festival. The youth stage was an incredible success yet again. The festival inspires: it inspires the youth to create, and it inspires the community to showcase its talents. It is the artists and organizers we inspire today who will take the reins of community leadership in the future. They, like the artists today, equalize us, connect us, and will continue to inspire generations to come. Just like the ones who inspired us before.

Noah is the Marketing and Communications Manager with Heart of the City.

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BoyleBits

Being Thoughtful to Others Brings Happiness

One of the surest ways to be happy is to feel good about ourselves. I know from experience that when I am kind to others, my spirits rise. So, I figure behaving well is a ticket to happiness.

However, I haven’t always done so. When I was 15 and living on my own, I used to steal toilet paper from a hospital that was across the street from an Edwardian house that had been converted into a rooming house. I justified this by telling myself that life had treated me unfairly and I had the right to even things out – sort of like Jean Valjean in Les Misérables who feels that life had handed him a bad hand so he feels justified to steal a loaf of bread.

I’ve also noticed that when people are tempted to do harm to others for their own gain, they have a tendency to vilify the other person. A person who wants to have an affair will tend to pick a fight with their spouse to justify having the affair. But we know that in every sin is the seed of its own punishment. The man having a affair suddenly finds himself worrying that his wife might be unfaithful. Also, we can guess that the person who accuses others of stealing is not honest themself. What we hate in others is what we have to address in ourselves.

So, rather than focus on the negative, why not focus on the positive? This sounds cliché, but usually clichés are so because they’re true. It is also true that on the path to being kind to others we sometimes fail. But the times that we succeed are such a boost to our spirits that we crave that high again – the feeling that says, “I’m at peace with the world.” Every interaction with others is a chance to be kind, to give a compliment, or a hand up. So, I’m going to look for opportunities to be thoughtful to my fellow humans. It’s an inexpensive way to bring more happiness into my life.

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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McCauley Litter Squad to Activate on June 15

On June 15, The McCauley Litter Squad will activate again in cooperation with the E4C and McCauley Community League’s Annual Clean Up. Meet at McCauley Apartments (9541 – 108A Ave) for a one-hour litter blitz. And stick around for a BBQ with community members. Litter pickers, bags, gloves and hand washing supplies will be provided. For more information about the Litter Squad, please contact mark.davis@reachedmonton.ca or gregory.brandenbarg@edmonton.ca.

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Heart of the City 2019 Inspires and Makes Memories

  • Angelitos Paula E. Kirman

  • Steven Johnson Paula E. Kirman

  • Artist Mariam Qureshi Paula E. Kirman

  • The Beat spoken word stage. Paula E. Kirman

  • George Zhang and Isaac Friesen Paula E. Kirman

  • Chubby Cree Paula E. Kirman

  • Street Prints table. Paula E. Kirman

  • Cultural activities at the Intercultural Multilogues teepee. Paula E. Kirman

  • Mary Ranking brought hula hoops. Paula E. Kirman

  • Nolan Smits Paula E. Kirman

  • Volunteers are always an important part of the festival. Paula E. Kirman

  • Leif Gregersen with his books for sale in the artists’ tent - with help from his dad! Paula E. Kirman

  • Dancing got wild during the Give ‘Em Hell Boys. Paula E. Kirman

To the casual Heart of the City (HOTC) patron, our small festival might be a way to kill a couple of hours one weekend of the year. However, to so many of us, Heart of the City means so much more: the hours shared in planning and cultivating connections, organizing volunteers and artists, and supporting leadership qualities with new board members and student interns. All of this exists within our small tight-knit community, which functions as a connecting center to other areas of the city as well.

On Sunday, June 2, the last band of the weekend, Kane Incognito, finished their stellar set. As our President, Charity Slobod, came out to give her final closing address in that role, I felt a wave of energy. In my short amount of time with the festival, I am taken aback by how we come together to support each other continually. The volunteers make the event happen, and this year we witnessed their true leadership shine (thank-you)! Despite any challenges or festival highs and lows that arise, their work happens with a consistency I have yet to see anywhere else.

Yes, Heart of the City is a festival, but is also so much more. Participating in art, culture, and other entertainment is unifying. No matter who you are, or what you do, when something beautiful strikes your mind, you feel something. We were able to share a laugh at the stand-up comedy performances, especially with McCauley resident Dan Taylor, tailoring his material to discuss his neighbourhood. Our story slam was performed and loved by people from all walks of life with winner Liam Leroux taking the top prize. Our Intercultural Gathering teepee – hosted by two outstanding student interns, Kalii Stewart and Terrance Lam – brought diversity, inclusion, and equity into all its multifaceted workshops.

The festival takes great pride in its outstanding Main Stage line-up with performances of all genres showcased on the big Folk Fest stage. Emcee appearances from charismatic CTV personalities Stacey Brotzel and Bianca Millions further strengthened the shared media partnership between HOTC and our trusted local broadcasting network. In addition, Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula Kirman and Todd Crawshaw of the Rock and Roll Society of Edmonton, hosted the Main Stage with both poise and enthusiasm. We are so grateful for their involvement!

Musical acts like Josh Sahunta, RELLIK, Chubby Cree, Steven Johnson, Wendy Gregson & Renee McLachlan, Brother Octopus, Jet Power, and Brendon Greene once more played their hearts out on the stage they now find familiar. New HOTC musical additions took to the stage with magnetic energy and boundless enthusiasm, bringing the park attendees beats to remember. FKB in particular gave a stand-out performance with their magnetic movements on stage that many joked must have been choreographed. Hosting their very first show ever, A Sin & A Lie blew us away, and we’re certain we’ll be hearing plenty from them in the future.

Local artists sold their amazing wares to the community. To think many people purchased art now displayed in their homes as festival memories! In addition, members from the public had opportunities to create their own art through free workshops. We hope that some young minds learned that experimenting creatively is a most beautiful manner of expression.

I spoke to one young woman by the name of Mikayla Bortscher. She learned to play guitar from organizers of CreArt, and now at 22, was playing at the festival. The youth stage was an incredible success yet again. The festival inspires: it inspires the youth to create, and it inspires the community to showcase its talents. It is the artists and organizers we inspire today who will take the reins of community leadership in the future. They, like the artists today, equalize us, connect us, and will continue to inspire generations to come. Just like the ones who inspired us before.

Noah is the Marketing and Communications Manager with Heart of the City.

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Editor’s Notes

Volume 40, Number 4

This issue marks us being halfway through the 2019 publishing cycle. You may have noticed our previous issue was a little bigger than usual. It was a whopping 20 pages, thanks to all of the advertising. Ads are a major source of revenue for the paper – if you have a business or organization, please consider placing an ad.

Volunteers – the driving force of the paper – can be with us for a long time, and then decide to move on. Such is the case with Keri Breckenridge and Reinhardt Heinrichs, who have both been writing for the paper for a number of years. Keri was also a board member for a while. Their final columns appear in this issue, so we thank them for their contributions and wish them all the best.

At the same time, we have new features to enjoy. Nathan Binnema has been volunteering with the paper as a block carrier, board member, and now as a columnist. “Nathan’s Nature Notes” debuted in the previous issue of the paper.

If you would like to join our evolving list of contributors, please contact me at editor@bmcnews.org.

Enjoy the start of summer, and see you in August!

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A Street Warrior Has Fallen

Remembering William (Bill) Buck

  • William (Bill) Buck Richard Eastland

The death of William (Bill) Buck on March 16, 2019, reverberated throughout Edmonton’s inner city where he had been a faithful volunteer with the House of Refuge Mission since 1979. Like a John Wayne of the street, Bill was tough but gentle, and a staunch defender of his faith in God. He proudly wore a baseball cap with the word Jesus embroidered in red across the front and joked that no one ever tried to steal it.

Bill was from northern Saskatchewan but lived in Edmonton for more than 40 years. He was born October 10, 1936, but the birthday he celebrated was his spiritual birthday, December 31, 1979. That was the day he met Jesus at one of Max Solbrekkens’s evangelistic meetings. Bill was sensitive about his age, saying, “Age is just a number,” and kept on working right up until the three days before he died, picking up food at Edmonton’s Food Bank, then taking it down to the street to be given to those in need. He passed away following surgery to repair a ruptured hernia.

At the House of Refuge Mission, Bill was always there seven days a week, doing everything from putting on the coffee and making soup, to acting as a bouncer for unruly clients, and cleaning up at the end of the day. He did food pick-ups and was always ready to take food hampers to those in need. He was also a handyman and could put up drywall, do repairs, and unplug toilets as needed. He never neglected the prayer meetings. After the building burned down in 2012, Bill continued to work, giving out food outside on the parking lot of Edmonton Cash Register, even on the coldest winter days. He was proud of his position as president of the board of directors of the House of Refuge mission since 2008.

At the memorial service for Bill on March 31, Brian, Bill’s friend and former co-worker at the House of Refuge Mission, said, “No man was too big or too small or too crazy that Bill couldn’t handle. He could take them outside. Bill would clean the place up, open the doors, and lock them up at night.”

Bob Vandergrift knew Bill since the 1980s and worked with Bill at the House of Refuge Mission since 2007. He said, “Bill would make people take off their hats at the house of Refuge. I talked to his son about his dad. His dad loved Jesus and the people on the streets. It was my honour and privilege to work with Bill. He was a strong man.”

Glen Davis, who preached at the House of Refuge Mission from 1996 until 2012, said, “Bill was a friend and fellow minister for many years. We had coffee together every morning for the last few years. I have known him for 23 years. I met him in 1996 and he invited me to preach. He didn’t like hospitals. He was a good friend to help.”

Bill was hard of hearing, but refused to consider a hearing aid. Josh Branston remembers Bill from when Josh was eight years old and visited the House of Refuge to help out his grandmother, who was a volunteer. He said, “These two guys were fighting. Bill told them to go outside. One went but the other said he was scared and didn’t want to leave. Bill grabbed him by the jacket and hauled him out anyway. I don’t think Bill even heard him.”

Bill’s death is strongly felt by those he served and those he served with, but the work on the House of Refuge mission continues. Every evening at 6 p.m. food is distributed those in need on the parking pad of Edmonton Cash Register on the corner of 103A Avenue and 95 Street in Edmonton.

Linda lives in the area and edits Edmonton Street News_._ She is a former editor of_ Boyle McCauley News.)_

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e4c July/August Updates

McCauley Apartments Mural: August-September
McCauley Apartments, along with Capital Region Housing’s SUCCEED Program and Education Department, have joined in with e4c McCauley Apartments’ tenants to discover, collaborate, design, and complete the McCauley Apartments Community Mural Project. The final design will be on the east-facing wall of McCauley Apartments (9541 108A Avenue), and involves contributions and collaborations from a vast diversity of groups and people connected to the community. The mural will be celebrated with a community engagement event on a date later in the summer/fall, to be announced.

McCauley Apartments Office – Community Development
The e4c McCauley Apartments Office Staff and Tenants Association volunteers welcome you to stop by for a cup of coffee, or call for information about our programs and initiatives. We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Please call and make sure the coffee is on for you!
Location: 9541- 1089A Ave, Suite B08
Phone: 780-424-2870

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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Boyle Street Community League Update

What’s Happening in Boyle Street? A Lot.

This is my last message as president of the BSCL. It has been a difficult year and a half, dealing with the City on the fate of our building, but those negotiations are now complete. The new board elected at the May 28 AGM looks forward to being able to put their energies toward programs and processes that benefit Boyle Street residents, and that support and enrich our community. It’s been a great honour to serve as your president, and I hope to stay on the board to work on development issues as a member-at-large.

Our AGM featured updates from the Edmonton Farmers Market on the market presence in Boyle Street (in the old GWG/Army & Navy building and the adjacent avenue. See a story elsewhere in this issue) and from Edmonton city planners Mary Ann Debrinsky and Claire Aubin on the Quarters and Boyle Renaissance Phase III. Then we showed York Moments, the film by Jason Gondziola that completes the York Hotel public art project that has been displayed in the Plaza for the last few years.

Made in partnership with Quarters Arts, York Moments is a short documentary by filmmaker Jason Gondziola and heritage practitioner Kyla Tichkowsky that dives into the complicated history of Edmonton’s York Hotel, and includes interviews from community members who share their stories of the hotel over the years. York Moments is also available online at https://vimeo.com/171185651/2ae04abf2d, and once the days get shorter and there is actually darkness to allow it, we hope to have a community event and show the film in large format (maybe outdoors at the York site or at the Plaza — check our website or Facebook page for the announcement.)

BSCL representatives have been to consultations with the Boyle Renaissance Phase III planners, bringing our institutional memory to the process as Phase III gears up again.

Good news for kids and families! Our Green Shack program will start at St. Teresa of Calcutta School playground on July 2 and run Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m. until August 22. Of course we also have our free community admission for BSCL members at Commonwealth Recreation Centre on Saturdays! Summer will see other family-friendly programming which we will announce through our website and Facebook page, so stay tuned!

Our ongoing programs include Sunday Badminton, our wonderful Piu Yum Recreation Club on Monday afternoons (see the story in this issue about their Mid-Spring Festival!), Native Drumming on Tuesdays, and hip-hop on Thursdays. See our ad on page 12 for times and locations.

BSCL representatives have been to consultations with the Boyle Renaissance Phase III planners, bringing our institutional memory to the process as Phase III gears up again. We will be there working for the return of our 22-plot community gardens as well as other green space initiatives (a possible medicine-wheel garden and food forest have been discussed over the years). We also worked with the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market on suggestions for effective ways to work with Boyle Street to enhance the experience for everyone and bring a community feel to the new location.

On June 8, a community art picnic was planned by Edmonton Arts Council where community residents could bring small objects to be 3D scanned and duplicated to put in the Kinistinâw Park (phase 1) public art (if you missed it, stay tuned for other chances in the next few weeks to bring your objects for scanning.) Invisible Gate, by Mitchell Chan of Studio F Minus, will be a pair of traditionally-themed lion sculptures built of lucite bricks embedding these memory objects. Amazing futuristic scanning and construction techniques will create an homage to the area’s past as historic Chinatown, and also express a wish for an inclusive future, incorporating dreams and hopes from Boyle Street’s diverse people.

Last but not least, please remember that the BSCL is you. Membership is free again this year, and if you don’t see a program you like, get in touch with us and help make it happen. Happy summer from all of us at the Boyle Street Community League!

Candas Jane Dorsey is the outgoing president of Boyle Street Community League, and a long-time spokesperson for our community.

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A Farmers Market in Boyle Street

  • The farmers market in Boyle Street on May 18. Paula E. Kirman

  • The farmers market in Boyle Street on May 18. Paula E. Kirman

  • The farmers market in Boyle Street on May 18. Paula E. Kirman

  • The farmers market in Boyle Street on May 18. Paula E. Kirman

  • The farmers market in Boyle Street on May 18. Paula E. Kirman

The area was abuzz for weeks with the news that the Downtown Farmers Market was moving to 103 Avenue and 96 Street, with a year-round indoor home in the former GWG/Army & Navy/Red Strap Market building at 10305 97 Street.

The market is open both Saturday and Sunday. As of June 15, the market will be located in its traditional 104 Street location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. On Sundays, the market will be outside on 103 Avenue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Renovations continue at the building, which is intended to be the indoor location throughout the year.

Here is a look at the grand opening in Boyle Street on May 18, filled with vendors, food trucks, buskers, and, of course, shoppers. It was a lot of fun, and definitely a positive development for the area.

Photos by Paula E. Kirman

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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

Summer Programs

Slo-pitch, growing food, and fixing bikes.

  • Jonathan Woelber, volunteer mechanic with Bike Edmonton. Rebecca Kaiser

May marked the beginning of our summer programming. During the summer months, usually rain or shine, the Inner City Rec. Program plays slo-pitch down at Diamond Park at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday nights. This year’s team is enthusiastic and tight-knit, while welcoming players who drop in throughout the season. On Wednesday mornings, we all pile into Bissell Centre’s 12-passenger van and ride off to Lady Flower Gardens, where we have been braving the elements and harvesting food for Edmonton’s Food Bank.

The Bike Edmonton Boyle Street Community Membership program is a new initiative created to equip community members with resources to repair their bikes. Volunteers from Bike Edmonton North ran two Minor Bike Tune Up pop-up events this spring at Boyle Street Community Services and the Bissell Centre. The bicycle mechanics were busy repairing over 20 bikes between the two pop-ups. Community Memberships cards can be picked up on Thursday afternoons at Boyle Street Community Services (10116 105 Avenue) between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Once an individual has a membership, they can hand it in at Bike Edmonton North in order to access bike repair resources. The mechanics at Bike Edmonton will be repairing parts needed to ensure the safe mechanical functioning of the bicycles brought in, not a full parts replacement. Come check out the program and get your wheels in working condition for the summer!

Rebecca Kaiser and Mike Siek are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.

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Ben Calf Robe Traditional Pow Wow

The 38th Annual Ben Calf Robe Traditional Pow Wow took place on May 11. This year, the event moved outside to Clarke Stadium. Here are some photos from the beautiful day filled with sunshine, drumming, and dance.

Photos by Paula E. Kirman

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Addressing Priorities. Moving to Action.

  • The McCauley Litter Squad at work on May 4. Alice Kos

McCauley Litter Squad
At Safer McCauley meetings – and online at safermccauley.ca – community members are involved in prioritizing their concerns. At a March meeting, stakeholders brainstormed around the creation of citizen-driven initiatives to address priorities. One outcome is the McCauley Litter Squad, which addresses the accumulation of smaller litter items.

The first Litter Squad event on May 4 brought out 18 community members for a one-hour “blitz.” Twenty bags of litter and about 100 needles were collected. The activity exemplified a collective approach to community well-being: MLA Janis Irwin showed her support for McCauley by participating; Capital City Clean Up provided Litter Kits; MINT Health + Drugs supplied sharps boxes; Revitalization arranged for the disposal of full bags; useful information was gathered to pass along to Bylaw and the Mustard Seed needle clean up program; and everyone went away feeling good about contributing.

The Litter Squad will activate again in coordination with the E4C/McCauley Community League annual clean up on June 15. Please consider taking part. For more information, contact Mark at the email below.

Safety through Vibrancy
McCauley is blessed with individuals and groups who coordinate an array of fantastic events and activities. Another outcome of March’s meeting is a list of nearly 100 ideas for positive street-level activities to further promote vibrancy, connectedness, and safety. Among the suggestions are active alleys, corner concerts, walkabouts, night markets, street games, and culinary gatherings. On Wednesday, June 19 (7 to 9 p.m.), Safer McCauley, the McCauley Community League, and McCauley Revitalization will co-host a community meeting at Edmonton Intercultural Centre to continue the conversation. Please join us. We hope to take away some immediately actionable ideas.

Problem Properties
On May 14, Safer McCauley hosted the Residential Living Governance Committee to speak about its work in addressing problem properties. The RLGC is a multi-agency committee that includes staff from Alberta Health Services, EPS, Government of Alberta, and City of Edmonton. Community members in attendance were joined by MLA Janis Irwin and Councillor Scott McKeen.

The RLGC described its process – which includes weekly “hub model” meetings – and reported a significant increase in the number of inspections they undertake. However, many attendees were left with questions. Councillor McKeen expressed the need for information about whom the committee reports to and a means for citizens to contact the committee. Both he and MCL President Greg Lane expressed the need for public oversight and more outward communication about the committee’s work and its successes. Several in attendance saw the need for legislation to hold owners responsible for what takes place at the properties. All attendees wanted to know what citizens can do to be a part of the solution.

If you have concerns about potentially criminal activity at a problem property, you can contact EPS Beat Constables Andrew Melney (Andrew.Melney@edmontonpolice.ca or 780-293-6257) and Marsha Vanderhoek (Marsha.Vanderhoek@edmontonpolice.ca). For bylaw-related concerns, contact marko.skendzic@edmonton.ca.

Coffee with a Cop
A direct relationship with police contributes to the well-being of a community. One way to develop and maintain this relationship is through EPS’s Coffee with a Cop program, which involves casual conversations over coffee with EPS Beats. The idea was presented to the meeting group in May for feedback and received almost unanimous approval. Stay tuned for information about the program, to be launched at Zocalo in July.

Please consider getting involved. Attend a community meeting, a clean up event, or meet your local Beat officer for a coffee. Visit safermccauley.ca and Safer McCauley on Facebook. And, don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me directly.

A connected community is a safer community.

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

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Feral Cats: What to Do if They Come to You

As anyone with a yard who has dealt with an abundance of stray cats will know, they can be a nuisance. Feral cats can be noisy. They dig up gardens, creating both a mess and an odour. They tear apart patio furniture and cushions. They scratch up painted fences and are voracious hunters keeping birds away from your yard and feeders.

Here’s what you can do if pesky pussycats have turned your placid patio into their personal playground!

There are an estimated 45,000 feral cats in Edmonton alone! The City of Edmonton does not trap stray cats, but does lend humane traps to residents. The traps are available between April 1 and October 31. They are available for three days at a time with a refundable $75 deposit for each trap.

Animal Care and Control will pick up cats captured in City traps. All others must be brought to animal control during regular business hours. If you happen to catch an identifiable domestic kitty, they will get a free ride home and, the owner(s) a stern warning (I presume).

All trapped cats must be given basic necessities. Therefore, traps must be checked frequently. It is not only cruel to do otherwise, but also illegal!

In conclusion: if the population of feral/stray cats is not kept in check, it is not only detrimental to people and birds but also to the cats, as more will starve and freeze as the population grows

For further information, I recommend contacting Animal Control either by phone (dial 311) or email (311@edmonton.ca), or visit their website (www.edmonton.ca).

Ron lives in McCauley.

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Update on McCauley Community League Programs

Bend it with the Beat Police Appreciation:
June 8, Giovanni Caboto Park from 12-4 p.m.
Police Appreciation Event and Cops and Kids Soccer Game.
EPS Summer Safety booth, hang out in a Squad car, meet the K9s!
Stop by and sign a card of thanks to the officers who serve our community

McCauley Kids Summer Soccer program:

1st registration date: June 8 in Caboto Park during Bend it with the Beat (12-4 p.m.)
2nd registration date: Wednesday, June 12 at the rink from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Questions: lily@viphalay.com

And don’t forget about the annual McCauley Community Clean Up on June 15 – more information is in e4c’s May/June updates.

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Piu Yum Spring Festival

  • Group photo of the Piu Yum Recreational Club. Chi Huang

The Piu Yum Recreational Club held its Mid-Spring Dream Festival at the Boyle Street Plaza on the afternoon of Saturday, May 4. For over five hours an audience of close to 400 people enjoyed performances ranging from traditional Chinese opera and musical theatre to tai chi (sometimes with swords). The show also included a few Western pop songs such as John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” Approximately 80 people also attended as dancers, singers, other performers of various kinds, and volunteers.

Planning for this impressive event took more than six months. Club President Eleanor Wong, says, “I love it. We have a great group.”

The club has some members and instructors who are professional or semi-professional. Members come from all over the city, including the nearby Chinese seniors’ residences.

The club has been operating for 19 years, and for the past three years it has been meeting every Monday evening at the Boyle Street Plaza. Wong likes that the space is “very clean, and the sound system is good.”

President Candas Jane Dorsey brought greetings from the Boyle Street Community League. Dorsey says, “Ever since Piu Yum started partnering with the league to provide this program at the community centre, we have been delighted by their spirit of community and friendliness. Their music, dance, and tai chi are fun and lighthearted, but also a serious commitment to fitness and quality of life. The show was really wonderful –there was such a wealth of talent involved, and it was a real pageant of colour, sound, and movement! I had a thoroughly great time, and was so happy to see the huge audience at the festival.”

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

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Dining Out

Noodles and a Hot Pot

  • Hot Pot ingredients. Tony Forchetta

Liuyishou Hotpot #168, 9700 105 Avenue
780-425-8888

If there’s one thing Tony likes, its noodles. I’ve had noodles from the streets of Bangkok to Barcelona, and Bari to Brighton. So, this time when Tony heard of a new spot for Hot Pot at the Pacific Rim Mall I thought, “Hey, why not?”

So, the Missus and I and headed over to Liuyishou Hotpot. Now, while Tony knows most forms of noodles, Hot Pot has always been a bit of mystery. Tony’s not afraid of asking the staff for a little help and guidance. The concept is pretty simple when you think about it, rather like making your own soup. Pick a broth from Original (spicy to very spicy) or the recommended Tomato Based Broth which is a little reminiscent of a Tom Yum soup.

Missus Tony ordered the Mildly Spicy Original broth, and man, it was spicy! Whew! We had to swap out midway through. If you haven’t grown up eating this version of spicy, you might want to stick with the tomato.

Next, pick some protein to go in your soup. There are many selections from lamb, beef, and pork, to seafood and more traditional items like tripe, kidney, and ox throat. Then, you pick some veggies to toss in and you’re set.

Lastly, there is the most important part – the noodles. There are loads of other things you can add to round it out as well, like green onion cakes, skewers, spring rolls, or fried rice. The broth comes to your table, you fire up the little induction burner in front of you, and badda boom – you’re making soup table-side.

Once your broth gets boiling, you drop in a little meat, some veggies, and your noodles. There is a central buffet of tasty things to add to your soup, so go poke around and if in doubt, ask. In the end, you have a tasty meal you cooked yourself.

Now, with that said, things can also go terribly wrong – so think about it, ask questions. I personally have never used Chive Sauce in anything, so who knows if it goes with shrimp? Plan on taking your time and making a mess. You need to let the bits cook as you simmer that broth, and with each addition it takes on a new flavour. Lunch for two ran the Missus and me about $45 with a couple of pops and a decent tip. They are open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. To 2:30 p.m., then again from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

They are on the lower level of the Pacific Rim Mall at 9700 105 Avenue.

Tony lives in McCauley.

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Still Time to Enter Italy Raffle

The draw date for _Boyle McCauley News_’ fundraising raffle for a trip for two to Italy is August 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. outside of the Italian Centre (10878 95 Street).

Tickets are still $10 each. Contact editor@bmcnews.org or call (780) 668-3194 to find out how to purchase yours.

Full rules and information are also on our website at bmcnews.org. Big thanks to Teresa Spinelli and The Italian Centre for sponsorship of the prize!

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BoyleBits

Being Thoughtful to Others Brings Happiness

One of the surest ways to be happy is to feel good about ourselves. I know from experience that when I am kind to others, my spirits rise. So, I figure behaving well is a ticket to happiness.

However, I haven’t always done so. When I was 15 and living on my own, I used to steal toilet paper from a hospital across from where I lived, which was an Edwardian house converted into a rooming house. I justified this by telling myself that life had treated me unfairly and I had the right to even things out – sort of like Jean Valjean in Les Misérables who feels that life had handed him a bad hand so he feels justified to steal a loaf of bread.

I’ve also noticed that when people are tempted to do harm to others for their own gain, they have a tendency to vilify the other person. A person who wants to have an affair will tend to pick a fight with their spouse to justify having the affair. But we know that in every sin is the seed of its own punishment. The man having a affair suddenly finds himself worrying that his wife might be unfaithful. Also, we can guess that people who accuse others of stealing are not honest themselves. What we hate in others is what we have to address in ourselves.

So, rather than focus on the negative, why not focus on the positive? This sounds cliché, but usually clichés are so because they’re true. It is also true that on the path to being kind to others we sometimes fail. But the times that we succeed are such a boost to our spirits that we crave that high again – the feeling that says, “I’m at peace with the world.” Every interaction with others is a chance to be kind, to give a compliment, or a hand up. So, I’m going to look for opportunities to be thoughtful to my fellow humans. It’s an inexpensive way to bring more happiness into my life.

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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McCauley Community League Update

Be a Good Neighbour

“Be a Good Neighbour” – simple words, big meaning. Most of us can reflect on this phrase and connect some personal meaning, whether that means something as simple as saying hi, keeping an eye out, helping shovel snowy sidewalks in the winter, or helping with small repairs.

In a community like McCauley, it feels like a common sentiment and nowhere else in this city where I’ve lived over the past 30 years has it had more meaning. I am fortunate to know most of my neighbours by name, as well as their kids and pets. It comes with an unspoken agreement that we care about each others’ well-being, safety, and happiness. I make a point of saying hi to people I see walk past the house, and that is usually all it takes. People engage, share their names, or start to talk. It’s that simple in most cases. The same goes for local businesses – easy enough, right? How hard is it to ask someone’s name you see everyday? It’s easy to get behind the concept of being a good neighbour, isn’t it? Be considerate, and think of someone other than yourself. Look out for your neighbour’s home and their property. In the end, we’ll all be that much better off and it didn’t cost you anything and you made a new friend in the process.

Speaking of good neighbours, the City of Edmonton released the report prepared by ZGM (formerly Calder Bateman) on the Housing Pause in the five core communities in mid-May. In December of 2018, the City sponsored an open dialogue with representatives of the core communities on the heels of a smaller questionnaire that was managed by ZGM. The summary version of the report states pretty clearly that the communities affected have little confidence in the City and its processes and policies regarding non-market and affordable housing in these communities. It states that while the impact of the housing pause was hard to measure, it also states that there was no significant investment during those years of developments anywhere else. It calls for a decentralization of services and a dedicated reduction in the concentration of perceived poverty.

Interestingly enough, it also references the Neighbourhood Financial Health Index which ranks McCauley at quite possibly the worst of all 286 census tracks. This is another indicator of why we’ve asked the City to consider other neighbourhoods for future development of non-market and supportive housing. It is imperative that McCauley have some breathing room to recover and flourish, to ensure we exist as a vibrant thriving community for all. I have confirmation from Ward 6 Councillor Scott McKeen’s office that they will continue to fight for us. And, hopefully, the City will be able to announce some development projects in other parts of the City following the adoption of Policy C601 last year which provides guidance on the development of affordable housing targets of 16% to the other 80% of communities in the City that are at 5% or below. That’s just being a good neighbour.

We will have a copy of the report available on the Community League’s Facebook page, and if you have an opinion you want to us you share with City Council, send it to us. We will be your good neighbour.

_Greg is the President of the McCauley Community League. He can be reached at
mccauleycommunityleague2014@gmail.com

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Carrot Slaw Salad

I love eating raw carrots during the summer months, and I especially love adding them to salads. The taste is refreshing. Raw carrots also make for an easy, inexpensive, and very portable snack. Known for its nutritious benefits, this vegetable is a good source of fibre, antioxidants, and beta carotene.

This root vegetable comes in a variety of colours: orange, purple, white, yellow, red, and even black. For this recipe, you’ll want to use orange carrots. Another key part of making this deceptively simple salad is using fresh vegetables and herbs. If you find the taste of extra virgin olive oil too strong, canola oil can be used as a substitute.

For grating the carrots, a hand grater or a food processor can be used. Be sure the carrots are finely grated; chopped or sliced carrots do not mix well with the dressings.

This salad goes well with pork, salmon, and tofu.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound orange carrots peeled and grated, equal to approximately 3 cups once grated
  • 2 sliced scallions, also known as green onion. You can also substitute this with fresh chives, but you will have to use a bit more to make up for the lighter flavour.
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley

Dressing
Here are three dressing variations.

Option #1

  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Sugar or honey, to taste
  • Ground salt and pepper, to taste

Option #2

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice (usually one lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 teaspoons of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste

Option #3

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • In a bowl, combine the carrots, scallion, and parsley.
  • In a separate bowl mix the ingredients together for the dressing you have chosen. Then add the carrots, parsley, and scallions to this bowl. Toss together until evenly coated.
  • The amount for each of the ingredients listed for the dressings can be adjusted according to personal taste.
  • Refrigerate salad for a minimum of 45 minutes. This recipe can be kept for up to three days.

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

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McCauley Musings

Pieces of History

It’s spring cleaning time at my home. As always, the annual excavation uncovers numerous back issues of Boyle McCauley News. I always take some time to flip through them and think about what was happening in the community – and my life – back when a particular issue was published.

When we started to work on our website over 10 year ago, a huge priority was getting our entire archive online. Any issue that we still had a physical copy of was scanned and digitized into a searchable document.

At that time, we also donated a copy of each issue to the City of Edmonton Archives, and continue to send them a set of papers at the end of each year.

Indeed, each issue of the paper is a piece of history. It tells a story about the community through news, documentation of events, and the views of people who live here. By extension, our writers and photographers are historians who have been recording life in McCauley and Boyle Street since 1979.

The list of volunteers that appears in each issue also tells a story. Some of our volunteers have been here since day one, or at least for a very long time. They are people who helped build the community, and in some cases their children are now volunteering with the paper or elsewhere in the area.

So when you hold an issue of the paper in your hands, or read it online, think of it as a piece of history. One day, someone is going to look at it and learn something about the the community.

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Signs of Community Development

The weather was good on May 4 for walking around the Boyle Street neighbourhood, especially with neighbours. It was the official launch of the Boyle Street Walking Map [see the story on page one]. Congratulations to Joelle Reiniger for an awesome job of organizing and hosting a group of walkers that included strollers, dogs, bicycles, and people. It was a short intro walk where I got to meet some great neighbours.

Walking around at other times I’ve also noticed there is a variety of construction in our neighbourhood (in addition to the former big hole on 95 Street and Jasper Avenue). Yes, this is a good sign. Several apartment-type buildings are upgrading and maintaining their residences.

Another sign of activity is that some vacant lots right around my block have For Sale signs now. Hopefully this is positive, and I am praying for responsible landlords, tenants, and management companies.

Construction begins at Kinistinâw Park this spring (for more information: edmonton.ca/kinistinawpark or call 311). I remember attending some of the community engagement opportunities for that area. It looks like some of the suggestions I agreed with may be implemented. I am praying it will be what they envision it to be.

I want to give a shout out to Priyank Patel of MedX Drugs on 95 Street and 103 Avenue for hosting a free community barbecue on the Sunday of the May long weekend in the parking lot behind their building. He and his crew served burgers for at least three hours. Which reminds me – I’ve noticed a pharmacy practically on every block. Better than liquor stores!

So I have become cautiously optimistic that Boyle Street will become a vibrant, prosperous area. After all, Creator works in seasons and I am praying our season is now.

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

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Climate Strikes Pick Up Momentum

  • Participants in the May 3 Student Climate march head down Jasper Avenue. Paula E. Kirman  

On Friday, May 3, nearly 1,000 students involved in Climate Justice Edmonton and allied groups left their classes to march from Churchill Square down Jasper Avenue to a protest they had organized at the Legislature. Victoria School of the Arts and Strathcona High School seemed especially well represented.

This march was the latest climate strike carried out by the Edmonton arm of an international movement.

Last fall, a 15-year-old Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, stood in protest by herself outside her country’s parliament. Thunberg called for climate change to become the primary issue in the national elections against a backdrop of heat waves and wildfires. People all over the world responded to Thunberg, including Monica Figueroa, a grade 11 student at Strathcona.

Figueroa says she wanted to raise awareness on climate change but never saw how it might be possible until Thunberg began her strike. Through marches and relationship-building with Indigenous groups, Figueroa hopes Climate Justice Edmonton will “start a conversation on how … a Green New Deal [will] look … in Canada.” Getting older people to recognize and prioritize the ecological crisis is the main goal.

The Seniors’ Action and Liaison Team (SALT) participated in in the march alongside the students. John Wodak, chair of SALT, said “climate change is the most important long-term issue” today that calls for “a realistic and feasible plan for the long-term passing-out of fossil fuel extraction.”

Many Extinction Rebellion (XR) flags with their distinctive hourglass logo were visible in the May 3 protest as well. Founded last year in the United Kingdom, XR is using direct action to persuade governments to tell the truth about climate change and act on it as an emergency, not a partisan political issue.

“The window for preventing devastating climate changes is rapidly closing,” said Michael James, an organizer and spokesperson for the local XR group.

Allied with Climate Justice Edmonton, James hopes XR and other groups’ combined efforts will compel working-age adults to face how “[w]e have unethically forced today’s youth to shoulder the burden their parents were unwilling to bear.”

Dan Knauss writes, teaches, and makes stuff in Central McDougall. In 1979 he struggled with Grade 2 math, read The Lord of the Rings twice, and thought President Carter’s “malaise” speech was on point about greed and renewable energy.

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Boyle Street Walking Map Launch

  • The walking tour outside Boyle Street Plaza. Sharon Ruyter

Joelle Reiniger led a group of 50 or 60 people on a walking tour of Boyle Street on Saturday, May 4. The group included a high school class, about 15 Boyle Street residents, and about 30 others who heard about the event through Jane’s Walk publicity at https://janewalksyeg.wordpress.com. This event combined a launch of the new Boyle Street Walking Map (see sidebar) and participation in Jane’s Walk activities that occur every year on the first weekend in May.

The tour began at the Boyle Street Plaza and made its way past the City of Edmonton shop space that used to be a city stable and is now on the Historic Resource Inventory. The final stop was St. Teresa of Calcutta School (90 Street and 105A Avenue).

“The participants were very engaged,” Reiniger says. “Those who came from elsewhere and were seeing areas they hadn’t seen before were caught off guard. They were able to see the reality versus the perception.” Reiniger heard comments like, “Wow, it’s not sketchy at all.”

Joanna Wong, owner of the United Grocers Chinese supermarket on 102 Avenue and 95 Street, says she grew up in the Chinatown area near Boyle Street and her family has roots in the community that go back to the 1980s. Yet she tended not to venture east of 97 Street because of a feeling that it was not clean and not safe. “I was amazed,” she says. “It felt like a neighbourhood.”

Reiniger, a Boyle Street resident, wants to see a growing presence of families in the area. She says that when she and her husband first moved into the area, her family “used to stick out like a sore thumb” when pushing a stroller down the street. Reiniger also tries to promote what she calls “asset-based community development,” that is, turning things that may be considered weaknesses into strengths. On the tour she gave the example of a fun and unexpected use of an empty lot: turning it into a dog park.

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Walk Edmonton has developed walking maps for many Edmonton communities, in consultation with local residents. The maps identify major landmarks and local attractions. The Boyle Street map features two suggested walks in the community, including one on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River, which offers spectacular views of the River Valley and city skyline. It highlights four more that are nearby, such as a tour of Little Italy and Church Street.

Boyle Street’s community walking map is now available on the rack at the entryway to Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 – 103A Avenue.

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

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Maribel the Tailor

  • A look at the interior of Maribel the Tailor. Ian Young

We are always excited about new businesses opening in the Boyle Street and McCauley area. Welcome Maribel the Tailor. We are happy to have Maribel as a neighbour. Her business, personality, and creative experience are amazing additions to our community.

Maribel Espinoza’s 20-year dream of having her own tailoring shop has been realized. Her passion for tailoring runs deep and comes from family. Her mother was her primary teacher and most of her high quality, detailed work was learned from her mother’s knowledgeable hands.

Maribel has been an Edmonton resident since immigrating in 1988. She raised her family here and studied at Marvel College in Fashion Design. For the last 20 years she has resided in the Boyle Street neighbourhood and loves it. She appreciates the diversity and character of the community. With a keen eye, finesse, the help of her husband, and the encouragement of her daughters, she has brought beauty and artistic integrity to a community she loves.

After graduating from Marvel in 2001, she worked for a bit as a tailor at Holt Renfrew, and then got the opportunity to run the complete operations of the alterations division for Escada in Edmonton. She received her business license and became the official tailor for Escada and started to grow her clientele, with whom she still connects.

Located in the Belmont Block (9363-108 Avenue), her shop adds to the flavour of the building. Her inspiration comes from the industrial, antique era of the Singer sewing machine – the very Singer model she started the journey with when she was a young girl.

Maribel the Tailor is open Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Tuesday and Sunday by appointment. You can contact her by phone at (780) 905-0075 or on Facebook @MaribeltheTailor. Her services offered include alteration, tailoring, repair, bridal, and custom projects. Look for the antique sewing machine in the window, and be in awe of the shop that Maribel decorated with her heart and style!

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Changing Together Formally Resumes Healing Circle Program

  • A yoga class at Changing Together. Supplied  

Many years after Changing Together had to suspend one of its important and essential programs due to lack of space and of volunteer facilitators, we are happy to announce that we have finally resumed Healing Circle activities at the Centre that presently include yoga, meditation, and Zumba classes. Future activities will include classes in healthy eating and cooking, art (visual and musical), and sacred communal prayer.

Especially for our clients who have suffered family violence and/or were victims of human trafficking, the Centre’s Healing Circle has been a powerful tool in the development and practice of listening, sharing, and finding meaning in grief, challenges, tears, laughter, and joy. The healing circle offers a safe and accepting space where they can find healing and support in their suffering, and discover personal and unique ways of gaining or re-gaining strength, energy, and transformation. They learn to trust and treat one another with kindness, respect, and understanding, and every story shared is held in confidence.

This year, Changing Together reopens the spiritual center of its healing circle in memory of a young girl and silent supporter of Changing Together, Carling Filewich, who sadly passed away one year ago in April. It is our hope that any woman, regardless of age, religious, cultural, and ethnic background who needs support in her time of distress and pain will find her way to the Centre and experience healing.

For more information on this program, please contact us at (780) 421-0175 or email us at info@changingtogether.com.

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Reducing Waste in the Community

I’m Barb Laidlaw and I have lived in McCauley for 12 years with my family and three cats. I recently completed the Master Composter Recycler program through the City of Edmonton. I am an active volunteer for this program and my goal is to help Edmontonians reduce waste. This can be accomplished through the 3 Rs and 1 C: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Compost.

I see a big opportunity to help the people in my community lessen the strain on our landfill, divert waste from the garbage stream in our city, and enrich our soil and help the environment. I have a small yard with no grass, but with perennials, annuals, and a fruit and vegetable garden. Composting is an excellent method to get nutrients back into the soil to help the plants reach their full growth potential.

I also have three outdoor compost bins, an indoor worm bin, and a bokashi bucket. I invite everyone to join Edmonton’s Share Waste community with the free ShareWaste app. I am a member and accept kitchen scraps from Edmontonians so that I can divert them from the landfill and use them in my compost bins.

Nearly half of our garbage in Edmonton is comprised of paper or cardboard, both of which are easily compostable and recyclable.

If everyone made one change in their lives to reduce waste, can you imagine how much less garbage we would produce and how much of a positive effect that would have? For example, setting up a compost bin or a worm bin to dispose of your kitchen scraps is fun, easy, and a great learning experience for both kids and adults!

I would like to reach out to my community and offer my volunteer services as a Master Composter Recycler to help people learn how to compost, how to explore the 3 Rs to make one positive change, and whatever other help I can offer in order to reduce waste in our beautiful city. I can be contacted directly at CANADA9542@gmail.com. The City of Edmonton website (www.edmonton.ca) also offers a lot of relevant information. Thank you for reading this and remember to recycle this newspaper!

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Ability and Community

Summer Fun

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James (American author, 1843-1916)

Well according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, our prairie summer will be typical with heat, showers, and of course thundershowers. But after an Alberta winter, to me this weather is welcome because outdoor fun begins!

Five outdoor swimming pools operated by the City of Edmonton have free admission this summer: Mill Creek, Fred Broadstock, Oliver, Queen Elizabeth and Borden Park. Mill Creek and Fred Broadstack open late May, the other three in early June. Information, including addresses and hours, are located at www.edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/outdoor-pools.aspx. Or, you can simply call 311 and they will be happy to answer any questions.

Borden Park’s natural swimming pool, just northeast of McCauley, is the first chemical-free public outdoor pool in Canada. It recently received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Innovation in Architecture award.

And there are many things to do in our beautiful community. Enjoy a stroll in your neighbourhood. Stop for a cool beverage, or, my favourite, a nice scoop of gelato from Spinelli’s!

Summer makes me happy! Even a summer rain! Enjoy, stay safe and hydrated, and make it a great season!

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Meet the Team that Made it Happen!

Three people helped ensure our 40th Anniversary Gala on March 9 was a success.

  • Todd Janes. Judith Ann Gale

  • Scott McKeen. Judith Ann Gale

  • Ron Wai. Judith Ann Gale

When the Board of Boyle McCauley News agreed to a fundraising Gala to celebrate 40 years of publishing, I called Todd Janes to ask him to be Master of Ceremonies because of his love for our communities, and his natural charm and abilities. Todd then suggested two co-chairs to support us. Thankfully, Councilor Scott McKeen agreed. After a lot of discussion, we decided to approach Mint Health + Drugs because of the company’s obvious desire to be contributing members of the community. In fact, the company has a charitable foundation that works to find housing for those in need. Director Ron Wai said yes, and our team was born!

You can imagine the challenge of finding times when Ron, Todd, Scott, Editor Paula Kirman, Board Chair Gary Garrison, and I could meet throughout the year. As a public servant, Councillor McKeen had the least flexibility in his schedule, so Rebecca Visscher, his assistant, worked magic to get him to meetings. And Ron, as a Director of Mint, is just as busy, but with a bit more flexibility.

I cannot emphasize enough how much creativity, energy, and dedication went into the volunteer work they all put in to ensure the success of our 40th anniversary gala on March 9th. Scott approached companies that are involved in the downtown core with the idea of purchasing tables and donating seats so that our volunteers could attend. He and Rebecca were very successful!

Ron not only purchased tables on behalf of Mint, he also invited many leaders in the Chinatown business community. Ron’s mother convinced us that the Jing Ying Lion Dancers were an appropriate way to introduce our dignitaries. It was phenomenal. Those dancers cleared out any bad spirits, and opened the floor for our guests to perform a traditional Indigenous welcome to Edmonton’s new EPS Chief McFee. It was pure serendipity that all of these things happened long after the Board had asked Marty Chan to be our guest speaker. Some things were just meant to be.

Todd Janes, founder of Nuit Blanche and Chair of McCauley Revitalization, simply and quietly serves our communities, and the City of Edmonton, with incredible, creative capacity.

I have organized many special events in the past, but I learned so many new things from these three men – it was an exhausting, exhilarating, and extremely satisfying year! Thank you!

Oh, and by the way – their work saved the paper.

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Nathan’s Nature Notes

Observations as Seasons Change

  • A hare in McCauley Orchard. Nathan Binnema

Since our last issue, we experienced one of the most important events in nature’s calendar: the full moon after Spring Equinox (after which the Easter holiday is derived), which fell on April 19 in the Gregorian calendar. On or around this day across the northern hemisphere, many birds, including waterfowl, lay their eggs, indicating the end of winter starvation and the beginning of new life for all. This day occurred rather late in the Gregorian calendar this year, because we had a full moon fall right on the Spring Equinox.

We also experienced our transition to the summer season. The new moon preceding the first lunar cycle of summer fell on the days May 3-5 or so this year. It snowed that weekend, and that snowfall constituted our third post-Equinox snowfall, the last of three that we expect in the Edmonton area.

My personal observations since last issue include:

On March 30, I saw crows and Ring-billed Gulls for the first time this season, and was glad to see them return to the neighbourhood as well.

A pair of juncos were feeding in my front yard the morning of April 8. On April 9 I noticed lady beetles flying about.

On April 10 in the evening, I witnessed one of the hares navigate its way from the McCauley Orchard eastward, and across 95 Street. The hare needed to skillfully avoid many hazards along its way, including unaware pedestrians and drivers, and I felt a moment of great admiration for them and the heroic feats that they perform on a daily basis to ensure that they continue to exist and persist within deadly urban environments.

On April 13, in the morning, I watched a Red-breasted Nuthatch feeding from a cavity in one of the elm or ash trees on the west end of the boulevard on the south side of 107 Avenue. Several female house sparrows accompanied the nuthatch on the tree.

On April 20, I saw the Canada goose pair sitting by the maple tree near the southeast corner of the vacant lot where the community garden used to be. Are they nesting there?

On May 9 I heard a White-throated Sparrow outside my window. The next day, on May 10, I saw a pair of White-throated Sparrows foraging in my front yard, with their white and black striped crowns, white throats, and bright yellow lores (patches behind the eye).

Nathan lives in McCauley.

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The Power of Music

Changing the world through lyrics and song.

We often take music for granted. It’s all around us in almost everything we do: in elevators, stores, the radio, behind TV and film sound, and in concerts by symphonies, rock bands, or country stars. We don’t think about it much – it’s just there, yet we all have favourite songs.

But when you get a chance to make music yourself, or to be part of a group that makes music, it is a magical lesson in cooperation and working together, making sounds bigger and more beautiful than any one person can make. That is why I love singing in a chorus or playing in an orchestra or band. All my life – through school and adulthood – I’ve played in bands and orchestras, and sung in choirs or other groups. I even toured Alberta and BC with a show group for more than a year when I was younger. I learned about how music is made, written, phrased, or sung. The words and melodies of certain songs create meaningful moments in our lives, and the rhythm gets into our souls.

Last fall, our Ed. Metro Chorus commissioned Allan Bevan, a Canadian composer, to write a work for chorus and orchestra based on the ideas and writing of English mystic William Blake. The world premiere of that work was performed April 15 at the Winspear. Performers included the Ed. Metro Chorus of over 120 voices, the Concordia University Orchestra, plus soloists, actors, and images Blake created. Timothy J. Anderson, a Boyle Street resident, was the actor reading the words of William Blake between parts we sang. These are not just words – they are life lessons from Blake, who was way ahead of his time. Timothy reminded us all what Blake wrote so eloquently – that we have choices in life. Blake says basically:

We have choices – both Good and Evil breathe the same air, so we must think about how we conduct our lives.

In this day and age when our world seems full of hate, disrespect, and greed, these words are an important idea to learn from music. Just to create music we must work together, cooperating and respecting each other. It is both powerful and wonderful to help change the world by making music, and to share it with the world.

Joanne McNeal is a McCauley resident who is retired and has been a musician all her life. After her grandson saw her play violin for the first time, he came running up to the stage and said “Grandma you’re famous!”

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Janis Irwin Wins Provincial Election in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood

  • Janis Irwin. Supplied

Janis Irwin was elected the new MLA for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood on April 16, the date of the provincial election. She was also appointed Deputy Whip for the Alberta NDP Caucus, as well as the Women and LGBTQ Issues Critic at the caucus’s swearing-in ceremony on May 13. Irwin, who is with Alberta’s New Democratic Party (NDP), replaces Brian Mason who decided not to seek another term.

According to Elections Alberta, Irwin received 63.3 percent of the votes, while United Conservative Party (UCP) candidate Leila Houle was in second place with 25.6 percent. However, while Edmonton’s MLAs remained mostly NDP, the UCP formed a majority government in the province.

“It was definitely bittersweet winning on election night,” says Irwin. “On one hand, I was honoured to have been chosen by the people of Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood and to be on Rachel Notley’s team, but on the other hand, I was sad to see the results provincially. Many incredible candidates who I consider friends did not win that evening.”

Irwin is a very familiar face in the Boyle Street and McCauley neighbourhoods, as she is a presence at many events in the area and is a volunteer contributor to Boyle McCauley News. “I’ve loved getting to know so many community members and hear their concerns and their dreams for our neighbourhoods. They’ve shared with me a number of issues, including health care, education, LGBTQ rights, addressing poverty and inequality, and Indigenous rights. These issues and more are important to me, and I commit to focusing on them in collaboration with community members, taking a positive, proactive approach,” she says.

Social justice is also very important to Irwin, who appears at numerous protests and rallies on a number of topics including the environment, women’s issues, and the LGBTQ2S+ community. “For me, it’s important to show up. It’s one thing to say that you care about social justice and care about the needs of those who are marginalized, but I feel it’s important to put action behind those words. By being present, even if it’s just to sit back and listen, I think it shows what I value. I’ve met incredible community members from being present at many events to date, and I plan to continue to be a visible advocate,” Irwin says.

“I believe that in order to be an effective voice for our communities in the Legislature, I need to be accessible and have a strong understanding of local issues.”

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Growing up with Science Fiction

Science fiction goes way back for me. My parents preferred more “realistic” things. Dad liked cop shows and westerns. Mom liked old timey family movies. Notions of space travel, other planets, and possible intelligent life on them was a strangeness that neither of my parents had thought of in their youth.

When I was growing up in the 70s, the major science fiction landmark was George Lucas’ Star Wars. It superseded Stanley Kubrick’s more philosophical approach with writer Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Arthur C. Clarke was a science fiction writer with a real background in WWII science. In the mid-70s, before George Lucas took over our imaginations, I watched a Saturday afternoon TV show called Space: 1999 starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain from the 1960s TV hit show Mission Impossible, and Barry Morse from The Fugitive.

The Saturday afternoon air time would get awkward since it shared a time slot with wrestling, and my dad might have been around wanting to watch it. My science fiction interest meant nothing compared to sweaty goons rolling around for a hooting, cheering crowd. I will admit that around the age of 11 or 12 I did watch wrestling for a time, but it revealed itself to be as dull and redundant as electric race car tracks, which were also popular at the time. The concept wore out for me before the mega-popularity of Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania ran wild.

Space: 1999 had the impossible scientific idea of the moon being knocked from its orbit allowing the inhabitants of the Moonbase Alpha to wander through space. Many years later, I would learn how essential the moon is to maintain conditions on Earth. Without the balance the moon provides for our environment, conditions would be so harsh that life would only be found in the costal scrub brush. Without the actions of the tides, the Earth would not at all be the planet we know and live on.

Science fiction often comes up as something people read, most often young men and boys. I’ve had tech-heavy electrical journeymen refer to technologically influenced things that make up current science fiction. One electrician actually apologized for recommending Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield: Earth, as he didn’t want to be associated with the church. I read classics from Jules Verne and H.G. Wells who gave basic ideas of submarine technology, time travel, and space travel. In fact, Verne’s idea of sending a moonship by canon wouldn’t work, as the propelling explosion would turn any passengers into splattered goop before they left the surface of the Earth.

Many years later, I would learn how essential the moon is to maintain conditions on Earth. Without the balance the moon provides for our environment, conditions would be so harsh that life would only be found in the costal scrub brush.

Airship technology is science fiction’s most popular and darkest contribution. From the time of Frenchmen sending up balloons, Man has dreamt of floating platforms from which to bomb targets below. Today, the idea is much more advanced and ubiquitous, far more popular than time machines or trips to the moon. Science fiction standard Star Trek did not configure on our TV until the reruns in the early 80s, settling into the Saturday afternoon time slot alongside Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner, the opposite end of the afternoon occupied by wrestling.

By that point in time, Star Wars was also the Reagan Era initiative of space missile defense. The colonization of Mars got official consideration in the era of Bush II. Somewhere in the mid-80s, Arthur C. Clarke put forward the idea of an elevator to Earth’s orbit. That idea is also under official consideration. I ride the skip elevator on the side of the Stantec Tower that is under construction downtown. The concept of it going higher than any Earth-bound use is deeply intimidating.

We will attempt to colonize Mars, not be colonized by it. If anyone has travelled in time, they’re keeping it to themselves. Those flip-top communicators of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek are already out of date! Viva science fiction!

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

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Keri’s Corner

A List of Life Lessons

In this journey I’ve learned a few lessons. All paths are different; however, I feel most people can relate to the following ideas.

1. Nothing lasts forever. Life is impermanent – a simple, straightforward truth that we tend to ignore in our day-to-day existence. Look around. In 100 years, who or what will still be here? Don’t cling too much to the day-to-day physical existence. There is a part of you that is infinite, which clinging stifles.

2. Be open. If nothing lasts forever, then everything changes. If you can open yourself to this continual change, it becomes easier to enjoy change rather than be frightened of it. The best moments of your life can come in a much-unexpected package.

3. Let go. To open yourself, you have to be willing to surrender your ideas, feelings, and beliefs. We hold onto negative patterns of thought that tell us that we’re unworthy. We expend so much energy in a direction that doesn’t make us feel any better. We don’t have to hold onto everything so tightly. What we need will find us.

4. Forgive yourself. We are all living, breathing, and messing it up every day we walk this Earth. In between these defeats and failures are moments of inspiration and divinity. Appreciate and acknowledge those moments and forgive everything else. Onwards and upwards.

5. Allow yourself to be at peace. Take a deep breath and notice the beautiful clouds. Extend that breath. Rest is not an indulgence – it is a necessity. Being momentarily inactive imparts more meaning and deliberateness to your active moments.

6. Love. Even in the middle of your worst moments, find something to love. It will save you.

Keri lives in Boyle Street.

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The Shaggy Customer

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Just about everyone who goes to a barber knows Tony. He owns the Venetian Barber Shop on 95 Street. I have been going to him for cuts for years. Once I stopped for a while and ran into Tony. He asked me why he hadn’t seen me and I told him that I just couldn’t afford haircuts at that time. He said to me, “Well, if you can’t afford a cut, come see me anyway and I will give you a free cut. It is better to have a friend than to have money.”

The other day, I sat down to wait for a cut. One of the things I like about the shop is that Tony keeps maps of Italy around so he and his customers can talk about where they were from and what made their own part of “the boot” special. Ahead of me on this day was a man who was a bit shaggy. I even suspected that he didn’t have a whole lot of money. He sat down and I took out my phone to document it.

This man loved to tell stories. I learned he was from Montreal, that he once rode a motorcycle, and that he had worked for 50 years of his life in labour. As this went on, Tony was in his element, happily trimming.

As the long, greying locks of hair fell to the floor, this man’s hair told a story. It was a sad story, one of a man who only understood hard work and hard luck, but still somehow managed to do the right thing and pay his own way in the world. I couldn’t imagine anything more beautiful than what was unfolding, like a caterpillar shedding a chrysalis to show wings of bright orange.

Tony trimmed away, feeling the bliss of doing what he does well, making people new again by simply removing all the parts that didn’t make them look like a butterfly. As the last strands of hair and beard came off, a new man appeared before me. At this point, I decided I was going to pay for his cut. I didn’t know how it would help him, but to me it seemed the right thing to do for him. I kept on talking to him too, even while Tony struggled to get the last bits of hair taken off, then shave him as he kept telling stories.

Under the towel, it was obvious that this unfortunate man had at some point in his life lost the use of his left arm. I wondered how many cigarettes he smoked in a day, how much of the last months he had spent watching TV. Did he have friends? Family? For just a brief moment I realized that Tony and I right now were it for him.

Tony stepped back to admire his own handiwork. It was a lovely job, made all the more difficult by the stories and the restlessness. We needed to help the new man we hadn’t yet gotten to know to his feet. Not only was his arm disabled, so was his left leg. Stroke maybe, or spinal cord injury. I wondered if he was in pain. He sat down on a chair for a while and then I got my own hair cut and, truly (and truthfully) realizing he had made a friend, he waited until I was done and paid for my cut in return. As I walked home, I wondered who had changed more that day – the shaggy customer, or me.

Framed versions of any of these photos can be purchased for just $25 and delivered free anywhere in McCauley. Contact Leif for more information.

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Congratulations to Our Award Recipients

Boyle McCauley News would like to extend congratulations to our volunteers and advertisers who received awards at our 40th Anniversary Gala on March 9.

The latest recipients of the Garry Spotowski Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service are John Kolkman, Phil O’Hara, and Larry Brockman. They were joined by previous award recipients Rosalie Gelderman and Bob McKeon. Kate Quinn is also a previous recipient, but was not able to attend.

Long-term advertisers The Italian Centre Shop (represented by Teresa Spinelli), Market Drugs (represented by Lorraine Ferbey), and the Italian Bakery were also recognized.

For more, see our centrespread.

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Boyle McCauley News 40th Anniversary Gala

A look at the memorable evening of March 9 when the community came together to celebrate this milestone.

  • Judith Ann Gale

  • A collage of guests, speakers, and celebration. Judith Ann Gale

  • Editor Paula Kirman and Volunteer Coordinator Colleen Chapman present the Honourable Brian Mason with a retirement gift. Judith Ann Gale

  • Guest speaker Marty Chan. Judith Ann Gale

  • Boyle Street Community League President Candas Jane Dorsey (centre) with Timothy Anderson (left) and Anita Jenkins. Judith Ann Gale

  • Award recipients for volunteerism and long-term advertising, with board and staff members. Judith Ann Gale

  • Fr. Jim Holland (top, third from left) and guests. Judith Ann Gale

  • Joanne McNeal looks at silent auction items. Judith Ann Gale

  • Boyle McCauley Health Centre sponsors and guests. Judith Ann Gale

  • Niginan Housing Ventures. Judith Ann Gale

  • More guests invited by Mint Health + Drugs. Judith Ann Gale

  • Mint Health + Drugs with guests. Judith Ann Gale

  • Guests sponsored by Cidex Group. Judith Ann Gale

  • Guests sponsored by REACH and the Boyle McCauley Health Centre. Judith Ann Gale

  • Long-term volunteers and long-term advertiser Market Drugs. Judith Ann Gale

  • Sponsors from EPCOR and some of our volunteers. Judith Ann Gale

  • Volunteers and guests sponsored by Pangman Development Corp. Judith Ann Gale

  • McCauley Community League President Greg Lane (left) and wife Stephanie Lane. Judith Ann Gale

Photos by Judith Ann Gale

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BoyleBits

Forgiveness

By the time you read this, we will have just passed Easter, which is my favourite holiday. Christians believe it is the day when Jesus died on the cross to absolve us of our sins.

This brings to mind the issue of forgiveness. As another component in the happiness project, forgiveness plays a large role. It’s been shown that people who have forgiven those who wronged them are happier and healthier. There’s also the Christian concept that God will forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Part of the healing that this forgiveness brings is based on the fact that we are not dwelling on the wrongs that we’ve experienced. Also our hearts and minds become relieved of the anger and resentment we might harbour.

I’m not exactly sure what forgiveness is, but I have an idea that it means being at peace with the person who wronged us. It could also mean not seeking any justice or revenge, trusting that justice will come from the Universe, God, the Creator. Emerson’s essay on compensation states that we will receive good to make up for ills done upon us. By not seeking revenge, we leave it to God or the Universe to avenge or compensate us.

I’ve been severely wronged by a handful of people. Some I’ve forgiven and others I have not. When I cross paths with those I have not forgiven, my heart hardens and my whole body becomes tense, my blood pressure rises, and I can feel the anger in my mind and in my heart. This isn’t good for me and I know it would be better to let go of these feelings. I’m really just harming myself. And, of course, I’d like to be forgiven of my sins, the great and little ones by the people I have harmed. On a daily basis my sins are small. They are mainly the result of my impatience with people who delay me, as though somehow those few minutes of wasted time are of great value, more valuable than peace of mind.

Oddly enough, my greatest and worst sins have been committed upon people that I loved the most. I dearly crave that I be forgiven by people I have hurt. I dream of having the relationship we could have had if we had been more mindful of hurting the other rather than feeling our own hurt at a careless word or deed. While I might not be strong enough right now to forgive everyone, I will strive to not create any more breaks in my relationships. I will strive to understand what caused someone to hurt me, understanding what their thoughts, motives, and sometimes just oblivion might have been. I’ve also noticed that if I refuse to forgive someone, there is a good chance that I will commit the same injury upon someone else, and I end up seeing how easy it is to make that error. Knowing that makes it possible to forgive those who have harmed me. Likewise, if I carelessly hurt someone, it’s likely that the same unfortunate thing will be done to me, so that I can feel how I’ve hurt someone else.

My goal is to free myself from the anger I hold against some people so that my heart can soar, rather than being burdened by a black stone. So that’s my next step towards happiness – to start by forgiving one person at a time. Where would you start?’

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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Connecting Communities. Creating Action.

Next Safer McCauley Meeting (re: Problem Properties): Tuesday, May 14, 7-9 p.m., Edmonton Intercultural Centre.

Addressing Priorities
For over a year, McCauley stakeholders have been prioritizing their concerns at Safer McCauley Meetings and online at safermccauley.ca. Problem Properties, Positive Street-Level Activities, and Garbage have been identified as the #1, #2, and #6 priorities, respectively.

It is the goal of REACH Edmonton and its Safer McCauley Convener to create partnerships to discuss innovative solutions to community issues. Its mission is to inspire citizen engagement and coordinated action. And, its vision is a city in which every Edmontonian contributes.

On Tuesday, March 26, a meeting attracted diverse stakeholders to discuss the development of citizen-driven safety initiatives in response to identified priorities. The group included residents, McCauley Community League, McCauley Revitalization, Viva Italia, EPS, and REACH Edmonton. Service agencies were represented by Ambrose Place, Bissell Centre, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, E4C, and the Mustard Seed. City of Edmonton supports included our Bylaw Officer, our Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator (NRC), and the director of Capital City Clean Up (CCCU).

To begin the meeting, Constable Andrew Melney provided an update on EPS Downtown Division Beats and introduced the group to new Beats Team members, Constables Trisha Vanderhoek and Mitch Clark. The group then split into three and rotated through brainstorming sessions around specific topics, including positive street-level activities and a community clean up collective.

Positive Street-Level Activities
As a long-term resident and service agency employee recently pointed out, “If you want a space to be safe, use it.” McCauley is blessed with individuals with great ideas for using spaces. The Community League Board, Viva Italia, and Revitalization coordinate an array of fantastic events and activities. At the March 26 meeting, members of these groups brainstormed together with community members around additional activities and spaces. Among the nearly one hundred suggestions were active alleys, night markets, corner concerts, walkabouts, street games, and a variety of ideas for pop ups, tours, beautification, do-it-yourself infrastructure, services, horticultural activities, and culinary gatherings. The conversation will continue at an upcoming meeting.

Please consider getting involved. Attend a Safer McCauley Meeting, a community clean up activity, or meet your local EPS Beat officer for a coffee.

Community Clean Up Collective
The effect that garbage has on McCauley’s self-image – and in turn, vibrancy and safety – has been identified as the community’s number six priority. The Community League partners with E4C each spring to facilitate the McCauley Clean Up, and for several years, Revitalization has facilitated a regular large item pick up. These initiatives have combined to eliminate dozens of truckloads of unwanted and discarded items from the McCauley landscape. On March 26, the meeting group brainstormed around the creation of a community clean up collective to take a hands-on approach to tackling the accumulation of smaller litter in our streets, alleys, and green spaces. The concept was well-received and several partners are committed to further development of the plan as soon as possible. To become involved, contact Mark at the email below.

Problem Properties
Problem properties are the community’s top priority. A Safer McCauley Meeting around the topic will take place on May 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Edmonton Intercultural Centre. The meeting will host a panel from the Residential Living Governance Committee (RLGC) – a multi-agency committee including leadership and frontline staff from Alberta Health Services (AHS), EPS, Government of Alberta, and City of Edmonton.

Coffee with the Cops
A positive direct relationship with EPS can contribute to the well-being of our community. One way to develop and maintain this relationship is through the Coffee with a Cop program. Discussions with EPS and Zocalo about establishing the program in McCauley are well underway. Watch out for news about the time.

Please consider getting involved. Attend a Safer McCauley Meeting, a community clean up activity, or meet your local EPS Beat officer for a coffee. Visit safermccauley.ca and Safer McCauley on Facebook to share your thoughts and connect with others who share your interest in McCauley well-being. 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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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

Updates from ICRWP

  • Adrian Soosay. Rebecca Kaiser

Lady Flower Garden
This season, the Lady Flower Garden program will run on Wednesday mornings!This program will transport inner city dwellers northeast to the Horsehill District where Lady Flower Gardens will offer people the opportunity to harvest produce for Edmonton’s Food Bank and for themselves. The van to the garden will be departing from Bissell Centre at 9:30 a.m. and from Boyle Street Community Services at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings starting in May.

Sluggers
The Inner City Sluggers Slo-Pitch team is composed of community members who access the services offered by the Bissell Centre, The Mustard Seed, and Boyle Street Community Services. The team will be practicing Monday afternoons and playing Tuesday nights at Diamond Park #1 just off of Rossdale Road between the Low Level and James McDonald Bridges.

Street Prints
The Art from the Heart event at the McCauley Intercultural Centre last month included a number of members of the Street Prints Artist Collective. This amazing event was full of local artists showing off their work embodied a vast array of styles and mediums. If you missed out on this event, don’t worry, because many of the artists have been generously offered a great opportunity to display their art at the Boyle Street Plaza (YMCA) lobby in the coming months. We look forward to seeing that space come alive with art!

Floor Hockey Sportsmanship Award
This month, the Floor Hockey Sportsmanship Award, provided by support from the Edmonton Sport and Social Club, was awarded to Adrian Soosay. Adrian recently began attending the program and is developing as a player and as a teammate. We hope to continue to see him around.

Rebecca Kaiser and Mike Siek are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.

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e4c May/June Updates

The 2019 Annual McCauley Neighbourhood Community Clean Up is Saturday, June 15 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Spring has come and the cleaning has produced a lot of junk! Have no fear! The McCauley Neighbourhood Community Clean Up is here! Sign up to have your junk* and non-hazardous materials picked up and disposed of for free on Saturday, June 15!

Register early as spots are limited (see contact info below).

Calling all volunteers and supporters too! Join together with awesome friends and neighbours to make this event happen. Loaders, Pickers, Drivers, Sweepers, early set up crew, late wrap up folks . . . you are needed!

For Volunteer Sign Up and Pick Up Registration:
Pick Up Form
Volunteer Sign Up Form

Or:

Facebook: @e4cwellness
E-mail: thashimoto@e4calberta.org
Phone: (780) 424-2870 or (780)-271-5995

Supported By: McCauley Community League, e4c Alberta, City of Edmonton, Edmonton Host Lions Club, 310-DUMP, Enterprise Car Rentals.

*We do not accept hazardous materials: i.e. electronics, chemicals, batteries, and Freon appliances

School for Indigenous Teachings – Closing Ceremony/Feast
The e4c School for Indigenous Teachings Winter Term Classes have come to a close. With two classes (Language and Cultural Studies & Teachings From the Elders) and a variety of workshop sessions delivered by knowledge keepers and cultural leaders/practitioners over the course of 10 weeks (January-April), the S.I.T. has completed another term with great impact on those who participated. Students have received certificates and shared in a feast.

The School for Indigenous Teachings would like to thank our instructors:

  • Wil Campbell (NCSC), Teachings from the Elders Class
  • Reuben Quinn (CFRAC), Nehiyaw Language and Cultural Studies
  • Joanne Pompana (Red Road Healing Society)
  • Russell Auger (WJS)

Âyihay!

Facebook: @schoolforindigenousteachings
Email/Phone: thashimoto@e4calberta.org / (780) 271-5995
For more e4c Wellness Programs see: @e4cwellness

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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Very Special Thanks

  • From left: Todd Janes, Scott McKeen, and Ron Wai. Leif Gregersen

Our 40th Anniversary Gala was the result of many people coming together to plan the event, particularly members of the paper’s Board of Directors, our staff, and a number of our volunteers.

However, the event would not have been the huge success it was without the contributions of three very special people: Todd Janes, our Master of Ceremonies, and Councillor Scott McKeen and Ron Wai of Mint Health + Drugs, our Gala co-chairs. These three men worked consistently for an entire year to help us with details large and small. We are so thankful for their support. In our next issue of the paper, we will introduce them personally to you!

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HOTC 2019: Momentum

Heart of the City grows and changes with the community every year. This year, our theme is “Momentum,” keeping in mind both the momentum of the festival, and the culture of the community.

Headlining the festival is Josh Sahunta, who provides an honest, breezy look into modern relationships. Festival-goers can also look forward to hearing from Lia Cole, who brings a striking and soulful sound to the main stage, as well as Baby Boy Blue, who is bringing trap influences into modern dark, almost creepy, pop. Among many others in the jam-packed weekend, another act to watch out for is Jenesia, a genre-bending pop group, who have deceptively deep lyrics and light-hearted melodies.

Another festival favourite is our youth stage, put on by our friends at CreArt, which is an organization that focuses on building arts and community among the city’s youth.

The festival is also pleased to be bringing back art workshops, including an introduction to working with clay. Another important aspect of Heart of the City is the spoken word stage, combining dynamic and engaging poetry, as well as a family-friendly story slam.

Heart of the City also includes an intercultural gathering space, in part acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which the festival takes place, but also recognizing that our city is made great by the combination of cultures that make up its core.

In addition to the momentum of the soul, the momentum of our bodies will be satisfied by dance with Mile Zero Dance.

The weekend is an incredible way to fill your heart with culture, food, and an amazing time, but it wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers.If you would like to get involved, please visit: heartcityfest.com.

Noah is the Marketing and Communications Manager with Heart of the City.

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GLOW Lantern Parade 2019

  • Sebastian Barrera

  • Chubby Cree

  • Shima Aisha Robinson

On March 23, Boyle Street was taken over by amazing lantern creations! This year’s theme was “Outer Space,” and the event was organized by The Quarters Arts Society. Here’s a look!

Photos by Paula E. Kirman.

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McCauley Community League AGM: April 27

On April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., the McCauley Community League will host its Annual General Meeting at London Villas Hub located at 9620 109 Avenue. There will be snacks and refreshments, some music by Steven Johnson, and an artistic presentation by the community’s up-and-coming young artists.

Memberships are available at the meeting for those who want to sign up and we’d love to see you there. We need your input and feedback to ensure we deliver the programs and take up the issues important to the community. There will be a chance to sign up for working committees and meet your neighbours.

Another good reasons to join is free membership to the Edmonton Tool Library. This is a free service for all League members. You can check out the Library at www.edmontontoollibrary.ca for more information.

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McCauley Community League Update

Spring At Last

  • Hugo Martel performs the Sash Dance, a form of Métis jigging at the MCL’s Second Annual Spring Fiesta on March 23. Paula E. Kirman

Well, it looks like the worst of the cold has come to pass and spring is here at last. Doesn’t that sound poetic? Your Community League kicked it off in style on March 23 with the second annual Spring Fiesta at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre. Food, performances, and fun for everyone was on the slate for the day. The event has become an annual one, and like last year featured a variety of performers including First Nations Dancers, Métis Jigging, Ogaden Somali Dhaanto, and a performance by young Dante Fecteau. Our elder in residence, Lloyd Cardinal, welcomed all with an introduction to the beauty of the Medicine Wheel and its relationship to the changing seasons, a short prayer, and Honour Song. There were plenty of door prizes and some artwork and crafts by residents Stephanie Lane and Grace Kuipers. Lots of fun for everyone and we always look forward to seeing you out.

The League has noticed a lot more zoning applications and this may be be the start of things to come as the city continues to grow. Among them was a study of parking requirements and the applicable bylaws surrounding it. There is more information available on the League website (www.mccauleycl.com) including a copy of the letter, the final report from the City, as well as the option to request to speak at the committee on May 2. If you have opinions you want the City to hear, please review that information and then let us know if you want us to speak on your behalf. While we can’t attend every committee or council meeting, we can endeavour to attend those you feel address issues important to you and the larger McCauley Community. Just reach out.

_Greg can be reached at mccauleycommunityleague2014@gmail.com

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Generational Healing and a Space at EPL

From Generational Trauma to Generational Healing

While visiting a cousin recently, I discovered that two of his three sons were taught by a relative who teaches at Prince Charles elementary school*. “Wow, that’s cool,” I said. He further informed me that his youngest son currently attends Prince Charles and in a few years will also be taught by our relative. So, we have had two generations at Prince Charles: one who has been through university and possibly three more who may choose to do likewise. “This is good news and a great story that needs to be told,” I said to my cousin. “People more frequently hear the generational trauma stories and not how our community is prospering and healing.” My cousin agreed.

*Indigenous/_neheyaw_. Prince Charles School has a Cree language program and many Indigenous students.

“Indigenous Space” at EPL

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) held the last of several public consultations for “Indigenous Space” being proposed for the renovated Stanley Milner Library downtown.

A handful of mostly Indigenous people met at the Strathcona branch on April 11 to answer several questions. Two of them were, “What does indigenous space mean to you?” and “Is it the same as a decolonized space?” The event included a smudge, and participants were given a tobacco pouch as a cultural protocol appreciation.

It is not too late to give your thoughts about the subject. Contact Jed Johns, Senior Advisor Indigenous Relations, EPL at “jed.johns@epl.ca”:mailto:jed.johns@epl.ca.

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

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Building an Intercultural Community of Support

The Multicultural Family Resource Society (MFRS) is proud to be a part of McCauley, with our office located in the Edmonton Intercultural Centre. Our programs span the city, helping families make connections and build community in their new home of Edmonton.

MFRS is committed to improving the well-being of immigrant and refugee children, youth, and families. We believe in family-driven and participatory programming; equitable access to opportunities, programs, and resources for immigrant and refugee families; and ongoing reflection and evaluation to ensure our programs are building participants’ full potential to be a part of our community.

Here is how our staff describe our work:

Our programs provide a place for participants to belong, to voice their concerns and share hopes and dreams. It is a place where they can feel safe and connected when they have no or limited English language skills and have cultural barriers to overcome. They can get information and resources, learn new knowledge and skills, and share their experiences and challenges with others who are supportive and will seek solutions together.

In 2018, our Emergency Support Fund provided $21,571.42 in support to 23 families working through crises that put their housing security at risk. This covered costs such as rent, groceries, and medication. Our Family Support Office served 248 families and 1488 individuals through the programs it offers. Our parenting program served 2950 individuals. Now we’re up to a lot of new things, including a new Coaching, Advisory, and Research social enterprise.

Want to learn more? We invite you to join us at our Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. It will take place at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre, 9538 – 107 Avenue. All are welcome to attend. We would love to meet some more of our neighbours in McCauley.

Later this year, we will have more events to invite you to, and we encourage you to check our website – mfrsedmonton.org – and community listings for more information later this year.

Please stay in touch with us, and we hope to see you May 6 and later this year.

Information submitted by the MFRS.

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Biking to Save Lives

How you can help.

  • Cyclists taking part in Minds over Mountains in 2018. Supplied by CASA

In 2011, I wrote an article for the Boyle McCauley News entitled “How My Bicycle Saved My Life.” This summer I will ride my bike to save the lives of young people in our community who struggle with mental health problems. But I need your help. (For details go to: www.mindsovermountains.org.)

The Minds over Mountains bike tour begins on June 15 in Jasper and ends in Haida Gwaii on June 23. I will be one of 50 cyclists pedaling over 900 kilometers to support the CASA Foundation. CASA has been a leader in providing family-centered treatment and support for children for over 25 years. One of CASA’s major initiatives focuses on Indigenous youth and the high rate of suicide in their communities.

I am most familiar with CASA’s traumatic attachment group program (TAG), which I have two chapters about in my book, Raising Grandkids. TAG addresses the mental health of children separated from their parents by addiction, war, and other causes. TAG gives caregivers the tools to help their children develop new parental attachments, which will become the foundation for healthy future relationships and success in life.

TAG, like other CASA programs, is based on research into the most effective ways to address mental health issues in young people. As a TAG participant, I was amazed to learn that caregivers – and in fact, all parents – affect the development and health of their children’s brains, not only in developing neural circuitry in the brain, but down to the molecular level! We do this by hugging, engaging in play with them, and in virtually everything we do.

If you are able to make a donation to support this work, please go to the website above, click on the Donate tab, and search for Gary Garrison.

Gary lives in McCauley.

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Creating Hope Society

Some background, and upcoming events.

Creating Hope Society (CHS) is a non-profit charitable society established by Aboriginal people to recognize that the Sixties and Seventies Child Welfare Scoop of Aboriginal children is a continuation of the Residential School era. We believe that it is time to halt the cycle of Aboriginal children being separated from their families and communities.

CHS programming addresses the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional aspects of a person’s life, their family, and their community. We provide Aboriginal people with real opportunities to learn, to grow, and to make positive choices for themselves and their families. This is accomplished by providing people with a safe, supportive community where they can explore alternative life choices, test out new ways of approaching issues, and succeed in mainstream society.

Everyone is welcome to join Creating Hope Society’s exciting events that engage in bringing the community together to celebrate life. Every round dance event is about taking the time to meet old friends and make new ones. A round dance is for everyone: children, parents, Elders, and lovers. Without drummers and singers, there wouldn’t be round dances. If you don’t know how to round dance, it’s pretty easy. The individuals who want to dance join hands and make a chain that moves in circular motion. The dance is to move to their left with a side-shuffle step to reflect the beat of the drum.

A big thank you to our partners Kohkom Kisewatisiwin Society and sponsorship by the City of Edmonton.

The Heart of the Community Kohkom, Moshum, and Children’s Round Dance
May 5, 2019
Bannock contest and Entertainment 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Feast 5:00 p.m.
Round Dance begins at 6:00 p.m.
Abbotsfield Recreation Center – 3006-118 Avenue

Family Spirit Martial Arts Fundraiser
June 1, 2019
Doors open 5:30 p.m.
Events begins 6:00 p.m.
Edmonton Intercultural Centre
9538 107 Avenue

Family Spirit Martial Arts operates on a limited budget, and we invite you to attend the fundraising that can provide the money necessary to hold classes, events, and sessions throughout the year. This event is to build a dream for these children and youth who want to attend the Martial Arts competition in Calgary. The second reason for the fundraising event is to purchase a Martial Arts outfit for all the children and youth. We all hope to see you at the Family Spirit Martial Arts fundraiser. Building our children and youth makes a stronger community. A big thank you to the Edmonton Intercultural Centre, Lil Ninjas, and Youth Divers Programs and our silent partner Creating Hope Society for their in-kind contribution.

“Once you are a DAD, you are a DAD for life”

It’s time to dust off those golf clubs and join us for our fifth Annual “Dads Matter Too!” Charity Golf Tournament taking place on June 13 at The Ranch Golf and Country Club!  We are looking forward to enjoying another successful and exciting day. Please feel free to share this with your friends, coworkers and family.

Team Registration and Sponsorship Package is available at our website creatinghopesociety.ca, where you can also pay online via PayPal. The cost is $650/team.

If you have any questions about the tournament, or you would like to become a corporate sponsor please call (780) 668-9071 or email dckachur@shaw.ca. We hope to see you there!

Information provided by the Creating Hope Society.

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Ability and Community

Victoria Day

“Weekends are sacred for me. They’re the perfect time to relax and spend time with family and friends.” Marcus Samuelsson (Ethiopian Swedish chef)

The Victoria Day long weekend is often referred to as the beginning of the summer season here in Canada. The holiday has been observed since 1845, and is a distinctly Canadian observance.

Victoria Day is named after Queen Victoria (Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland), who had a very long reign as the queen – over 63 years. She was surpassed by her great-great-granddaughter, our current Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned for 67 years.

Two Canadian cities (Victoria and Regina) are named after Queen Victoria, as is the Victoria Cross, the highest honour bestowed for bravery.

Queen Victoria was an avid writer and philanthropist. She donated a large sum of her own money to aid the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845 and was patron of the charity that fundraised for it.

She also gave us the recognition of her birthday as the May long weekend! So, whatever you plan to do the third weekend of May, enjoy yourself, try to get outdoors (weather permitting), and explore our community – and know summer is approaching!

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TONYS PIZZA PALACE
Janis Irwin MLA

Neighbourhood Views

Around the Neighbourhood

Volunteer With Us!

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

Next Issue . . .

Volume 40, Issue 6 will be published September 15. Articles and photos concerning community news, events, and opinions are welcome. We also accept submissions of poetry and cartoons. Deadline: August 22, 2019. Send submissions to: editor@bmcnews.org. Articles should be 400 words or less and accompanied by photographs (JPG, in high resolution) when possible.