New Documentary About Boyle McCauley News Launches at 40th Anniversary Gala

As well, view videos from the celebration on March 9.

Around 200 people attended Boyle McCauley News‘ 40th Anniversary Gala on March 9 at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre. One of the evening’s many highlights was the premiere of Boyle McCauley News: 40 Years – The Little Community Newspaper That Could.

The 12 minute documentary was created by Editor Paula Kirman with the support of the City of Edmonton/McCauley Revitalization. It explores the history of the paper, as well as its deep connection to the community. You can view the film online here, as well as videos from the Gala.

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Boyle Street Community League Programming

For more information, visit the BSCL’s Facebook page.

Sundays:
Badminton
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Gym

Monday:
Piu Yum Recreation Club
Time: 12-5 p.m.
Location: Willow Room

Tuesdays:
Native Drumming:
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Evergreen Room

Thursday Nights:
Hip Hop Rapping
Location: Willow Room/Outside during the summer

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“Embroidery in Ukrainians’ Life” Exhibit at Ukrainian National Federation Hall

  • Ukrainian Embroidery Exhibit Poster Supplied

The Ukrainian Women’s Organization of Canada, Ukrainian National Federation, and Ukrainian National Youth Federation Edmonton branches present the exhibit “Embroidery in Ukrainians’ Life” on April 13 and 14 at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (10629 98 Street).

This exhibit will include many artifacts from the UWO, UNF, and private collections.

On Saturday from 12 PM- 4 PM we will have:

  • Pysanka workshop ($10)
  • Watercolour workshop by Valeriy Semenko ($40)
  • Paska decoration & baking workshop ($35)

For all workshops, registration is required by April 10 at: uwoedmonton@yahoo.ca

On Sunday you will be able to watch a concert put on by the various young talents of the city. On both Saturday and Sunday you can buy the most delicious babky and pasky for Easter, and enjoy Ukrainian cuisine from Marusia’s kitchen.

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Family Day at the McCauley Rink

  • The Downtown Division EPS beat police came by to present the community with a team photo from the 10th Annual McCauley Cup. Dan Glugosh

  • From left: Kevin Lowe, Dave Hunter, Dan Glugosh, and Al Hamilton. Supplied

  • The horse-drawn wagon. Paula E. Kirman

  • Young skaters. Paula E. Kirman

  • Marshmallows roasting. Paula E. Kirman

  • Jody making bannock to be cooked over the fire. Paula E. Kirman

  • Stella Johnson getting ready for a wagon ride. Paula E. Kirman

Despite a temperature of -24 (with windchill), around 70 people headed to the McCauley Rink on February 18 for an afternoon of wagon rides, hot dogs, hot chocolate, bannock, and, of course, skating.

Special thanks to Al Hamilton, Kevin Lowe, Edmonton Oilers Alumni Association, McCauley Community League, Sparky and his crew, all the volunteers who came out, and to all the families and individuals who braved the very chilly weather. Here’s a look at some of the fun!

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New Raffle Draw Date!

The draw date for Boyle McCauley News’ fundraising raffle for a trip for two to Italy has been extended to August 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. outside of the Italian Centre (10878 95 Street) during Viva Italia, Viva Edmonton.

Many tickets are still available (which is the reason for the extension – we didn’t sell enough to cover the cost of the prize). Tickets are still $10 each. Contact editor@bmcnews.org or call (780) 668-3194 to find out how to purchase yours.

If you have purchased tickets prior to March 9 and do not want your ticket drawn on August 25, please contact us for a refund.

Full rules and information are also on our website at bmcnews.org.

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e4c March/April Updates

Editor’s Note: Last edited on March 20, 2019, to reflect a change that occurred after going to print. Workshops E and F, described in the print issue of the paper, have been cancelled.

School for Indigenous Teachings – Winter Term In Session/Workshops Series Sign Up
The e4c School for Indigenous Teachings Winter Term Classes are in Session with two classes and a variety of workshop sessions. The program offers classes and workshops delivered by knowledge keepers and cultural leaders and practitioners over the course of 10 weeks (January-April). Registration for remaining workshops series is still open.To guarantee your spot, please register online – the link is at the School for Indigenous Teachings Facebook Page and the web version of this article.

Workshop B: Russell Auger “Living in Both Worlds”
2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 16th,
Alex Taylor School (9321 Jasper Avenue) Gym

Workshop C: Joanne Pompana “Healing Within the Ball”
(Directional Lodge Door)
Thursday, February 28th, Red Road Healing Society –
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Orange Hub Building (10045 156 Street)

Workshop D: Joanne Pompana “Workshop: Kiwani Owapi
(Dreaming the Earth Awake) Spring Ceremonial Workshop
Thursday, March 21st, Red Road Healing Society –
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Orange Hub Building (10045 156 Street)

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

McCauley Apartments Mural Project – Production Workshops and Meetings
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. Work is still being done, and the stages are progressing with a summer completion in sight.

McCauley Apartments Office – Community in 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. We are open weekly 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Please call and make sure the coffee is on for you! 9541- 1089A Ave, Suite B08
Phone: (780) 424-2870

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

A Big Win for the Boyle Street FC Soccer Team!

First win of the season for the team in a 6-5 victory was a close match.

  • Boyle Street FC Soccer Club - a winning team! Mike Siek

  • Abraham Kendi. Mike Siek

Boyle Street FC Soccer Club’s First Win of the Season
It was a game that was almost sure to be another tick in the loss column for the Boyle Street FC soccer team, who had yet to win a game this season. The night of February 21 began with word that the BSFC team was going to have to play one person short for the duration of the game, since they only had one female show up for this late 10 p.m. game. However, the team played hard, communicating well, shooting whenever there was an opening and passing well when there was not, defending and recovering defensively during turnovers, and subbing when tired. The team immediately tied the game after every goal by the opposing team. At the half, the teams were tied 3-3, and as the second half began, the teams continued to trade goals in a hard fought battle. In the end, the BSFC held off a solid attack by their opponents for the last three minutes of the game to barely hold on to their 6-5 victory. This small team of dedicated and energetic ESSC soccer players proved that a winning spirit is sometimes all it takes when the chemistry is just right.

Drop-In Floor Hockey Sportsmanship Award
This month’s Sportsmanship award goes to Abraham Kendi, who shows a quiet yet hard-working attitude whenever he’s on the floor. His ability and skill are obvious in his plays, and he shares that skill with others freely, never making others feel lesser-than. Abraham’s understated yet obvious skill and attitude embody what many at the drop-in floor hockey games strive for. Join us on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. for free drop-in floor hockey. All skill levels, capacities, and genders are welcome. (Ages 18+)

Mike Siek is a Program Coordinator with ICRWP.

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Longtime Local Politician Brian Mason Retires

  • Brian Mason receiving a gift from Edmonton’s Chinese community in recognition of his long service to the community, at the Lunar New Year Celebration banquet on February 11. Supplied

  • Addressing a Health Care Rally at the Alberta Legislature in December of 2010. Supplied

  • Brian Mason with Wayne Gretzky, taken while Mason was still a City Councillor. Bottom: Supplied

Brian Mason, MLA for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood, is retiring after a 30-year career in politics. He spent 11 years on the Edmonton City Council (1989–2000) and 19 years in the Alberta legislature (2000–2019). He sums up his remarkably long service record by saying, “I have appreciated being able to work alongside the community on all sorts of issues.”

When Mason first became a city councillor representing Ward 3 in northeast Edmonton, he found “a real lack of facilities that the rest of the city had. People felt left out. This area was the place where you found a landfill and three prisons. There was no recreation centre and the council was threatening to close the Montrose arena, Spruce Avenue library, and several schools.”

Mason worked towards preventing closures and getting new facilities built, including the new Highlands library, the Northeast Edmonton Health Centre, the Edmonton Soccer Centre – East, a police station, and an ambulance centre. He was a supporter of the LRT and takes some credit for improvements to the Belvedere and Clareview stations, as well as “getting the LRT moving again to the south side.” He also lists as an achievement the building of an overpass at 50 Street and Yellowhead “where the CN rail line was stopping traffic for as long as half an hour.”

Mason is currently Alberta’s Minister of Transportation and Government House Leader in Rachel Notley’s NDP government. This is a dramatic change from his earlier days in the provincial legislature, where he was a member of an opposition party that often included only two MLAs – or, for brief periods, four.

“Conservatives are part of the scenery, the ocean we swim in,” Mason says. At the University of Alberta where he studied political science, his frat-house roommate was Dave Hancock, destined to become a longtime Progressive Conservative MLA and the 15th premier of the province for a short time in 2014. “Mason and Hancock have had many interesting political debates both then and more recently,” says Brian Gibbon, Mason’s constituency manager.

In his recent years as a member of the government, Mason has had a much stronger voice in constituency matters. Two such matters have been moving forward the East Edmonton Health Centre, and ensuring that whatever happens regarding Northlands will be “positive for the community.” He has supported Arts on the Avenue and helped to bring back the Community Facility Enhancement Program.

Mason, who turns 65 this year, is looking forward to retirement. He and his wife Karin own a house in the Okanagan, and they plan to move there eventually.

As our interview concluded, I suggested getting a photo of him in front of his constituency office sign. The date was February 12, and the temperature was in the low minus-20s. “No,” Mason says, “I am cold and I’m not going outside. I can say no now that I am about to retire.”

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

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Year of the Pig Welcomed in Chinatown

The Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown took place on February 9. A small crowd gathered in the extreme cold (around -35 with the windchill) to watch the Dragon and Lion Dances, as well as dignitaries lighting the firecrackers.

Photos by Paula E. Kirman

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Memorial March of Edmonton

  • Paula E. Kirman

  • Paula E. Kirman

The Memorial March of Edmonton took place on February 14 at City Hall. The event honours missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Similar events took place in cities across Canada. The women pictured in the photos drove from Driftpile Cree Nation to take part.

Photos by Paula E. Kirman

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Resource Connect 2019

  • Paula (left) and Colleen with Boyle McCauley News. Supplied

  • Kate Quinn, Executive Director of CEASE

  • McCauley Community League President Greg Lane (left) wth Lawrence Woo, a pharmacy student who works at Mint Health + Drugs.

  • Councillor Scott McKeen with community members.

  • Karen Matthews of Weasel Tale, which facilitates digital storytelling workshops.

  • A couple of the busy tables at the event.

  • Visitor feedback.

On February 8, 70 agencies and organizations that serve the McCauley area gathered at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre for a day of networking and presenting their services to the public. For more about the event, read the REACH Edmonton update on page three.

Photos by Paula E. Kirman

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REACH Edmonton: Connecting Resources. Connecting Communities.

Resource Connect 2019
On Friday, February 8, social service organizations met at Edmonton Intercultural Centre for Resource Connect 2019: “Designing Stronger Service Pathways Together.” Building on 2017’s McCauley Community Gathering and Resource Fair, it was a day of connecting with – and learning about – agencies and groups who work with and provide services to McCauley community members.

The event provided an opportunity for individuals with an interest in community-building, advocacy, social work, and volunteerism to interact with an unprecedented number of service providers from throughout Edmonton. Seventy organizations promoted their programs and services at exhibitor tables, and 20 of these groups provided a greater understanding of their work through scheduled 15 minute presentations. The event attracted more than 300 individuals. The atmosphere was vibrant and buzzing with conversation. Attendance was free to both exhibitors and attendees.

To date, the one-day Resource Connect event has been a part of the Safer McCauley initiative, facilitated by REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities. From now on, Resource Connect will stand alone from Safer McCauley and focus year-round on building a stronger community of service providers. Groups will explore possibilities for new partnerships, increased alignment, and mutual support on an ongoing basis. Resource Connect now features a website to promote regular interaction between service providers. For additional information and to view photos from the 2019 event, please visit resourceconnectyeg.ca.

REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities
When asked to explain what REACH Edmonton does, I often begin by pointing out what it doesn’t do. The organization is neither a legislator, an enforcement agency, nor a service provider. But, as a neutral convener, REACH is effective at bringing partners from these sectors and others together to discuss innovative community safety and crime prevention solutions. Its vision is a city in which every Edmontonian contributes to a community where everyone is safe and feels safe. Its mission is to inspire citizen engagement and coordinated action to strengthen and sustain community safety in Edmonton. In McCauley specifically, REACH promotes these goals through the Safer McCauley initiative, its online resources, and the convening of regular Community Safety Meetings.

Safer McCauley: From Ideas to Actions
Many readers have attended a McCauley Community Safety Meeting or engaged with Safer McCauley online. By doing so, you have contributed directly to the vibrancy and safety of our neighbourhood.

Safermccauley.ca includes interactive tools to collect community knowledge and ideas on an ongoing basis. These tools allow community members to contribute at their own convenience. The knowledge and ideas collected are helping to determine how to focus resources and are playing a central role in the development of community-driven safety initiatives.

Community Safety Meeting (Tuesday, March 26)
The next Community Safety Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre (9538-107 Avenue). It will be an opportunity to prioritize and discuss the activation of community safety initiatives such as Coffee with Cops, a safety signage campaign, positive street-level activities, walkabouts, community-connecting dinners, improved collective responses to garbage and stray needles, increased EPS-youth engagement, and more. Meetings later in 2019 will include conversations focusing on topics such as Problem Properties and Supervised Consumption Services.

Please consider getting involved. Attend a Community Safety Meeting. Visit safermccauley.ca and Safer McCauley on Facebook to share your thoughts and connect with others who share your interest in creating a safer and more vibrant McCauley. And, don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me directly.

A connected community is a safer community.

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

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Learning From Our Children

A few days ago I was leaving a store, when a woman with two little girls in a ride-along cart tried to take the loaded cart across a snow-covered lane in the parking lot to her car. The cart kept getting stuck on ridges of snow, so I tried to help by pulling while the mother pushed. The two little girls giggled with great joy every time the cart got stuck.

Then, a man came along and he helped also, and we made more progress, with the girls still giggling like they were on a joy ride in an amusement park. And I thought to myself, “They are enjoying this bumpy ride so much—it is amazing to me. Why can’t we adults learn to giggle at our troubles, when we struggle to get to our destinations?” We can learn joy from our children if we listen and watch.

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Editor’s Notes

Volume 40, Number 2

Welcome to our second issue of 2019. We’ve got lots of community news and views to catch up on.

As explained in our previous issue, we’re on a new eight-issue publication cycle, with issues spaced six weeks apart. Our next print edition comes out in early May and the editorial deadline is April 12.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our website for extra news and special features at bmcnews.org. We also publish extra material, community announcements, and other fun things on our social media: Instagram (@bmcviews), Facebook, and Twitter (@bmcnews in both places).

If you are interested in contributing to the paper, you can join our list of writers and photographers by sending me a message at editor@bmcnews.org. You can also send feedback and story suggestions to me at that address.

We’re also in need of block carriers in the McCauley area, to help deliver the paper. Contact me to find out if we have any routes available. It’s a great way to get exercise and connect with your neighbours.

Enjoy the issue. See you next time!

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McCauley Musings

Hyperlocal is Hyper Important

During a recent radio interview I was asked why a small, hyperlocal community newspaper like Boyle McCauley News is still relevant after 40 years.

With mainstream media being dominated by corporations, and smaller, alternative publications being forced into extinction due to changing economic times, the fact that Boyle McCauley News is still chugging along like the “little community newspaper that could” demonstrates that it is indeed relevant.

The paper provides news and information about the area, as well as a voice for the people within the neighbourhoods of Boyle Street and McCauley. For many of our contributors, being published in the paper is the only opportunity they will get to have direct access to the media. Because the paper is hyperlocal, it focuses on the news, events, and people that are often overlooked by other media outlets. It seeks to break stereotypes about this area by presenting positive aspects of inner city life.

We have grown with the times and have a large web presence and very active social media, reaching new generations of readers here and beyond the area. However, some of our readers are shut-ins, seniors with no access to a computer, and people with disabilities. Having a print publication delivered to their homes is their only means of getting information about what is going on in the community,

For all of these reasons, I explained that Boyle McCauley News is not only hyperlocal – it’s hyper important.

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Dining Out

A Memorable Meal at Bem’s

Great Value and Taste, and a Welcoming Atmosphere

  • Solig at Bem’s. Tony Forchetta

Bem’s
9711 107 Avenue
(780) 424-0481

If you travel over to 9711 – 107 Avenue across from Lee House, you’ll find the neighbourhood’s newest Filipino Restaurant – Bem’s.

Bem is the nickname of Bem Bem, the three year old daughter of Red Seal Chef and Owner Dondon Miranda. For anyone who’s been to Southeast Asia and walked into a small neighbourhood restaurant, you’ll immediately feel at home. With simple, friendly décor, the smells waft from the kitchen and the family owners are there to welcome you. For a while, you may even feel part of the family.

Neither my wife nor I have had the benefit of travelling to the Philippines (yet). So, while we can’t claim to be experts on this culture’s cuisine, we do know good and we do know quality. With empty stomachs and open hearts we begin and ask our host, “What do we eat?” She graciously explains a few dishes, many of which are simple, single-plate meals and run the spectrum of typical Filipino favourites. The menu also features a selection of appetizers and sides.

My wife orders Beef Kare-Kare, a stew-like dish reminiscent of a Thai curry. It is made with peanut and has a flavour close to satay without the spicy overtones. It is laden with beef and oxtail, served with rice and steamed fresh baby bok-choy. There are three Kare-Kare on the menu – beef, seafood, and crispy pork.

I order a Solig, which from what I learn appears to be a good breakfast standard with a mound of garlic rice and fried egg on top. Mine is served with Filipino Style BBQ pork and vegetables. There is a range of Silog available with a variety of pork, chicken, beef, and salted fish. How can you go wrong? Our host brings us each a small cup of beef and pork broth to start, topped with a few chopped scallions. First taste – delicious. The entrees arrive shortly after. They are hot and generous portions – overall very good value and quality. Our host offers suggestions on how to top the dishes to enhance the flavour with roasted garlic, chopped peanut, soy sauce, or fish sauce (a condiment found throughout Southeast Asia made from salted and fermented fish).

I break the egg and let the yolk run through the rice while grabbing a piece of BBQ pork on my fork. Amazing. My wife and I swap forks and sample each other’s meals – we’re both impressed. To wash it all down we each got a canned coconut water beverage. This was an excellent choice to complement our meals. At the time of our visit they did not appear to have a liquor license.

I can barely manage to clear my plate, but what’s dinner without a little sweet treat? My wife had gelatine of fruit juice and young coconut which was delicious, while I had a Leche Flan – think a denser Crème Caramel.

Dinner for two with a non-alcoholic drink and dessert ran us about $50 including tip. The service and atmosphere was genuine and Chef Dondon came out to enthusiastically thank us and ask for our feedback. As we got up to leave, even Bem Bem walked us to the door and waved good night, making it really feel we’d just been to their house for dinner.

Bem’s is open from 12-8 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday. There is ample street parking most days and a short stroll from anywhere in McCauley.

Tony lives in McCauley.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Keeping it simple.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of those classic American comfort food items. The “comfort” is in its familiarity, which means they are often enjoyed without having to make any changes to the ingredients. A good sandwich is crispy on the outside, and consists of fully melted cheese on the inside. It is one of the simplest and quickest things a person can make on a stove top.

I’ve eaten all sorts of variations of grilled cheese sandwiches where more than cheese has been included. Additions have included Granny Smith apple slices, brie and other types of cheeses other than American Cheddar, luncheon meat, pickles, onions, and others that are questionable pairings with melted cheese.

I thought I had seen it all until I heard about mayonnaise grilled cheese sandwiches. This involves replacing the butter that is called for in a classic sandwich and using mayonnaise instead.

After reading about the mayonnaise alternative I decided to share a recipe for the classic Grilled Cheese sandwich.

Equipment:

  • Frying pan or skillet
  • Turner/spatula

Instructions:

  • 4 slices of regular white bread
  • 2 slices of American cheddar cheese or 1/2 cup grated American Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter (must be soft or it will tear the bread), divided

Preheat skillet over medium heat. Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. Place bread butter side down onto skillet bottom and add 1 slice of cheese. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter side up on top of sandwich.

Grill until lightly browned and flip over with the turner; continue grilling until cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter, and slice of cheese.

*Slice sandwich in half and eat while still hot.

(Source of recipe: Sal @ All Recipes Canada)

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

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New and Returning Faces at Heart of the City

Heart of the City just recently had its AGM for 2019-2020! An exciting turnout abounded and we are most pleased to announce our new board for this upcoming 16th year.

On the Executive front, Charity Slobod is returning as President for another fun-filled year. Jakki Duttenhoffer is the new Vice-President in charge of the Main Stage and music operations. Emily Peden is a newcomer to the festival, and as Treasurer, will use her years studying Business at the U of A in helping tighten HOTC’s financial planning. As Secretary, the one and only Faytima Goble (with over eight years on the board) will lead this crucial documented initiative.

Thank goodness we welcome back none other than Mike Siek (Producer extraordinaire), Gautam Karnik, “Jam-Jar” (a.k.a. James Jarvis), volunteer wrangler Elizabeth McEwan, spoken-word maven Corine Demas (“Survivor D”), and CreArt creator Sebastian Barrera!

Lastly, numerous congratulations are in order for our newest additions: Noah Garver and Valorie Squires – they will carry this festival front for years to come! Mentorship is always at our core, and we cannot wait to get this festival season started!

See you in the park June 1 and 2!

Please consult our website heartcityfest.com for all the updates!

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

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Submit an Anti-Racism Film

In January and February, Coming Together – Intercultural Multilogues hosted workshops at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre on Anti-Racism, Decolonization, Anti-Racism Storytelling, and How to Make a Short Film (in a short amount of time) in preparation for an Anti-Racism Film Challenge to be screened at the Centre for Race & Culture’s symposium March 22nd-23rd for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

It’s not too late to submit a film! The deadline is March 18th, and if you’re a novice, we’re here to help you access filmmaking resources! We are excited to be working in partnership with the Film and Video Arts Society (FAVA), Hate Free YEG, Shades of Colour Edmonton, and the Centre for Race & Culture.

Please email Sheryle Carlson at intercultural@mfrsedmonton.org or check out facebook.com/interculturalmulitlogues for further information and updates!

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A Place in the Making: McCauley Development

As part of its commitment to end poverty in Edmonton, the City has provided a series of lots along 95 Street near 106 Avenue (the Paskins Site) to the Edmonton Community Development Company, a non-profit organization. The Edmonton Community Development Society seeks development ideas from community members before building. While we heard that McCauley has “been consulted to death,” we want to stay true to our principle of community engagement and deliver results aligned with community needs and priorities.

We recruited a few residents and business people in McCauley to join the McCauley Concept Development Team. Over the next couple of months, the team will create 3-4 sketches that the Edmonton CDC will present to residents and business people in McCauley for their feedback. Based on what the team learns through this process, a final concept will be created and shared with the community in June or July of 2019 to gauge support for the design. Pros and cons of each sketch will be included.

Presuming the concept is finalized in July, the next steps may include a rezoning application, as well as development permit and building permit applications. Concurrently, the Edmonton CDC will be seeking financing for the development. We will keep you posted as the creative minds of the McCauley Concept Development Team generate ideas about what to build on these empty lots.
You can keep informed by visiting our website at www.Edmontoncdc.org.

_Karen is the Director Neighbourhood Development for the Edmonton Community Development Company and can be emailed at kgingras@edmontoncdc.org

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Celebrating Women

One woman’s reflection.

  • Joanne with her grandchildren in 2007. C. Carlson

As a child I never imagined all the wonderful things I would get to do as a woman. Back then, few women worked outside home. Music was important—my sister and I sang duets, and played piano and violin from age four, performing at churches and in prisons. I was a bundle of energy and dared to try anything, but I got into trouble a lot.

All through school, my friends and I loved learning about our amazing world. When I was 13, Grandpa died, and Grandma came to live with us. She brought her old pump organ and played hymns with her eyes closed, tears running down her cheeks.

After high school, new roles developed: “college student” at 17, “wife” at 20, “mother” at 25, “single parent” at 30.

My life whirled around responsibility with two little girls, yet we shared love, hugs, and joy. My daughters taught me to love, to communicate, and to be brave and joyful, as I discovered what I was capable of. Life rushed on – I worked in education, sang a lot, and acted in films – and the girls came too. I worked sometimes at four jobs to pay the bills, and I honestly don’t know how I did that. We owned old houses—sharing chores and learning building skills, to make them home. Two were in Norwood, one was an old farm where we had horses, calves, and collies.

There was no time to ponder womanhood – we had too much to do! We had some tough times, but we learned that together we could overcome almost anything. As the girls grew into women they made me proud. Our roles changed as they found their own paths. It was their time to shine, and for me to hold my tongue. I went on to graduate school, earning a Master’s and Ph.D., as I survived cancer.

My Arctic students inspired my doctoral research. I was honoured to film many interviews with Indigenous women Elders. I grew courageous and strong as I listened to their life stories.

I taught at universities. In Virginia, I worked with a Black community to rededicate a forgotten slave cemetery. I learned about racism when my life was threatened by the Ku Klux Klan. I was afraid at first, but realized I must be doing something right if the KKK wanted me dead.

Back in Edmonton I bought an old house in McCauley, and got to coordinate the painting of murals along the LRT. I taught art at the U of A and began singing, and playing violin again. I feel lucky to have found so many ways to make a difference. I never imagined I could do all these things.

All these experiences showed me what I could do as a woman. My path was not easy, but I was honoured to find myself in positions where I could make a difference. I seized opportunities as they came along. One was managing a college campus in Yellowknife.

Today as women, we still care for our families, but we have many other ways we can make our world a more kind and loving place. For me, teaching and sharing music and art are ways we can make a difference. I know we are all truly blessed!

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Ancient of Days World Premier

Ancient of Days
World Premier
Monday, April 15, 2019
7:30 p.m., Winspear Centre

Our Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus is very proud to invite you to the World Premier of this new work by Canadian composer Allan Bevan. The Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus commissioned this work, which is based on the ideas, poetry, and visual art of the English mystic William Blake. It is a multimedia work for chorus, orchestra, soloists, and actors.

The Concordia Symphony Orchestra will accompany the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus and soloists in performing this new work at the Winspear Centre for Music on April 15 starting at 7:30 p.m. The performers include several McCauley and Boyle Street actors and singers, including myself. Images of William Blake’s artwork will be projected on screens above the stage as the music is played and sung.

What a wonderful event to be a part of. We are thrilled to be able to sing this beautiful music, as we were when we sang Allan Bevan’s music at Carnegie Hall in New York a couple of years ago, with Allan Bevan playing the organ on stage. Don’t miss this! Tickets are $20 to $40 through Tix on the Square or Eventbrite.ca. Children 12 and under are free.

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Ability and Community

Tax Time

“You don’t make it anywhere without someone helping you out.” Ramon Rodriguez (Puerto Rican/American Actor)

The above quote rings true with me, especially at this time of year. Yes, it is federal tax time! I get very intimidated by the process and I do not have the financial state to hire or pay someone to prepare my taxes.

That is where the helping hand comes in. Even if you do not draw an income, but receive provincial or federal support, filing taxes is important: filing taxes makes you eligible for the Goods and Services (GST) refund, as well as the Carbon Tax refund.

Taxable income includes employment income, rental income, and money you receive through some government programs. Tax credits and deductions reduce the amount of tax you must pay.

Fortunately, in our city and in the community we have organizations that will voluntary prepare and file your return for you! In this area we have:

  • E4C (9321 Jasper Avenue – Phone: 780-425-5911)
  • Sage Seniors Association (15 Sir Winston Churchill Square – Phone: 780-423-5510)
  • Bissell Centre (10527 – 96 Street – Phone: 780-423-2285 ext. 111)
  • The Salvation Army (9618 101A Ave. – Phone: 780-423-2111)

You can also Google “volunteer tax services Edmonton.”

Income taxes serve an important social and economic purpose. However, you want to make sure you’re only paying the portion you truly owe, and to receive the returns and credits for which you are eligible.

You can call the services listed to check dates and hours of operation. It is usually a first come, first served basis. You will need Government issued I.D. and all your past year’s (2018) T4 slips. It is wonderful that agencies supply these volunteer services!

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Mobilizing Development of Vacant Lots

What would it take to mobilize or activate real estate sales or development in the Boyle Street/McCauley area?

It came to my attention at a community meeting recently, that many vacant lots in an area actually depresses the property values of the whole area. I had not considered it before. This does not concern me presently as I am not considering selling, and low property values means lower taxes.

In the area surrounding where I live there are six vacant properties. Then earlier this year as I was looking out my condo balcony, I noticed someone clearing away the snow on the sidewalk of a vacant property. As I watched, it occurred to me that every landowner is responsible to keep the sidewalks cleared regardless of the condition of the lot. So, I started to pay closer attention to the sidewalks of vacant lots. Many of them were not cleared of snow. Also, there are people using motorized scooters in this area that need the sidewalks cleared of snow.

The situation, as I see it, is that people are waiting for a “boom” of real estate prices before they sell. I saw someone from the construction industry say on the news that things will not return to what they once were. The economy has flattened and it looks like it won’t budge upward in the near future. So, it looks like we get to continue walking and driving by vacant lots in our area – unless people begin to sell, but what could encourage them to do so?

Often it is only when the cheque book is affected that people begin to stir. So, I have decided to report to 311 issues concerning vacant lots, particularly unshoveled sidewalks. Perhaps when property owners are forced to be responsible and have to pay to maintain their lot (whether being fined by the City and/or hiring someone to shovel), like the rest of us, they might feel it is time to give it up and move on.

If the whole community does this I wonder if it would make a difference? Would it send a message to property owners of vacant lots that the community is becoming proactive? What if one or two decide to sell or develop instead of paying for maintenance (in the summer it will be mowing the lawn)? It might create a spark that could ignite the area. Maybe I am naïvely optimistic, but then again, I never thought I would see in my lifetime that smoking in public places would become illegal. It only takes one to start a movement. One thing I know for sure: if I do nothing, nothing changes.

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

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McCauley Community League Update

What Do You Think?

It’s a question we’re all asked many times over the course of our lives. But what if you’re asked on behalf of entire community?

As sitting president of the McCauley Community League, I’ve been asked on several occasions what the community thinks or feels about a particular topic. Sometimes it’s other Community Leagues, groups or agencies, sometimes it’s the City or the Province, and sometimes it’s the media for a story they are working on. And each time I feel uncomfortable answering for everyone or even anyone other than myself.

I have made a habit of prefacing any statement with this: I am a resident, a home-owner, a father, a husband. My perspective is my own through the filter of my own experiences and prejudices, for better or worse. I have the benefit of having grown up in a stable home with two parents and receiving an education. I have travelled and worked around the world and had the benefit of experiencing life, albeit for a short period of time, among other cultures. I believe that travel is the sworn enemy of ignorance. I like to believe I listen well but can always do better. I am an advocate of life-long learning. I have been offered the opportunity to sit on a number of boards and working groups and committees in the community, and like to feel this has exposed me to more than I would have been otherwise.

However, I am by no means an expert on what living in McCauley is like for everyone who calls it home. We all have our own filters through which we observe the world around us, and each is unique – I dare say even within an individual household you will encounter as many views as there are residents.

In 2018, when we formed a new board, we considered an approach to connect with the community in a simple way. We used a concept of celebration as a way to connect people. We believe that if we bring people from the community together they will form relationships organically and find those connections via the things we all share in common. One of the outcomes of this is that we develop those relationships and begin to have open and honest dialogue with the community. I like to believe that we’ve created the conditions for those things to occur in the past 10 months.

As we started a new year, we recently sat down to look at the events and programs we hosted and partnered in, and we’re pleased to look forward to a new year of the same. In the coming weeks we will share our calendar of events and programming, and hope that over the next year we will foster a stronger community and that you will help us to hear what you think. What do you think about living here, what makes you happy and hopeful, what concerns you and what gets you motivated? What can we do to help build a thriving diverse community? What is the face of McCauley we show the world? One that is compassionate and successful, full of capacity and amazing people. If you ever want to chat or share ideas for programming, items of concern or praise please reach out. I am always happy to sit down and grab a coffee and would love to hear what you think.

_Greg can be reached at mccaulelycommunityleague2014@gmail.com

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Boyle Street Community League Update

Community Walking Map

Boyle Street’s community walking map is now available on the rack at the entryway to Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 – 103A Avenue, and at various locations around the city such as public libraries.

The map identifies major landmarks in the community, including several that have been featured in recent issues of Boyle McCauley News: for example, St. Teresa of Calcutta School, the Ernest Brown Block, iHuman, E4C (Alex Taylor School building), and the Latta Bridge. It also features local attractions that are nearby, such as Little Italy, Chinatown, and Church Street. One of the suggested walks is on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River, which offers spectacular views of the River Valley and city skyline.

The walking map was developed by a three-member committee with assistance from the City. The committee members were Karen Jackson, a former BSCL board member, Candas Jane Dorsey, current BSCL president, and Joelle Reiniger, active member of the Boyle Street community.

The walking maps, which have been created for many other Edmonton communities, are a project of Walk Edmonton: https://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/walk-edmonton.aspx.

- BSCL Team

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Coffee, Interrupted

When I write this column I use my own stories and will go on and bore you about how I love books and music. These two loves connect with another love: coffee. I have a loose group of after-work coffee people on Fridays. Tim Horton’s is traditional after-work coffee. Starbucks or Second Cup mean I’m not at work.

I was at the Commerce Place Tim Horton’s ending what was a very good, cheerful day with some friendly co-workers. We spotted another co-worker and went to sit with him. Sitting behind us was a couple. The woman was blonde and I couldn’t see her face. It was like she couldn’t face people. The guy sitting with her jumped up angrily, saying that I had called him a rat and I was telling people he was a rat. I was taking my seat with my usual French Vanilla. I had been talking but I had not referred to him or used the word rat. Looking at this young guy I could see his pupils spinning. He was hearing voices in his head that weren’t necessarily there and certainly not mine. I responded that I don’t know him. My friends are stunned because I never get this kind of attention. The guy shoves me with both hands on my shoulders and sends me backwards to the floor. My friends get him to calm down as they were three to his lonely tantrum of one. When I got up and looked at him again he snapped back to his angry setting and shouted at me to leave, that I had better leave.

That annoyed me. I’m having coffee with my friends and this guy is a little younger than my son – I’m not about to accept his authority and leave. I know the look that came over my face when he told me to leave – it’s gotten me smacked before and this time it got me a punch in the face. So, I’m back on the floor and my first thought is to wonder if he broke my glasses. He didn’t, but he hit me hard enough to put a hole in my lower lip. The police were called and the responding officer showed me a picture she took of my face as we drank coffee while filling out statements. The couple had long run off. I wondered about that blonde girl and what troubles lay ahead for her with that manic boy.

It was a nine hour wait in emergency for three stitches on a busy Friday night. I did not like leaving my wife and cat hanging for so long while I got needed medical attention to close the hole in my mouth. I suppose the whole affair could have been much worse. The kid did not have any further intentions of doing damage. Maybe I’ll see him again when I go for coffee.

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

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Keri’s Corner

Spiritual Journey

I’ve been on a particular spiritual journey these last few years. This has included in-depth reading, ceremonial exercises, and energy practices. I could tell you only vaguely from which religion I derived any of these components. I didn’t grow up in a very religious family. I stopped attending our small town church at around age 12, when getting more sleep was more important than my spiritual health. At that time my spiritual health was in an upheaval with the onset of puberty and the turmoil caused by my father’s affair. I was a somewhat withdrawn teenager afterwards.

My parents continued with their marriage for another decade and a half after that affair. I withdrew into my room, my dad hid in the garage, and my mom puffed away smoke after smoke in the kitchen. My father used to tell me that when something bad happened, like if I stubbed my toe, that God was punishing me for not minding my father. God knows someone should have been minding my father – maybe there would have been fewer trespasses. I think I projected a lot of distrust for authority figures from the distrust and disappointment I felt for my father. So, my distrust grew and changed my perceptions of the world as a good place full of love. I adopted cynicism as a defense against the betrayal my father wrought on our family.

Here I am decades later trying to undo the damage this distrust and cynicism have done to my spirit. It sounds terribly trying but truthfully, letting go of ideas, thoughts, and feelings that make you less is very liberating. At times, I feel a little stupid or ashamed when I discover some feeling that I’ve been acting on for years, which formed out of a misconception. I’ve held onto notions that long ago outlived their usefulness. So as difficult as this journey has been, it’s been deeply rewarding too.

Keri lives in Boyle Street.

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BoyleBits

Spring Cleaning

The _Boyle McCauley News_’ new publishing schedule means that we are writing for a paper that will be sent out quite a bit after some of us submit our articles. As I sit huddled against the cold on this blustery day, I imagine that you will be reading this when spring has nearly arrived.

Thinking of spring, I plan to take up the old ways of doing a spring cleaning. Besides the obvious cleaning of baseboards and ceilings, I am also planning some emotional spring cleaning. Shedding people and habits that no longer serve me well. Quite often I’ve let people into my life because I liked some of their qualities, because we had patterns of thinking in common, only to find out that they also had traits that don’t suit me. I’m trying to be conscious about what influences I let into my life and why. Like the person to whom I gravitated because she fed neighbourhood stray cats, but whose life was full of conflict with people. Was her presence in my life a reminder to look at some unresolved anger issues in my own life?

Then there’s the woman who is concerned about the homeless, but who is rude to people who don’t agree with her. Was she a reminder to be respectful of those who don’t share my view of the world? When an acquaintance is dishonest and takes advantage of me, am I not reminded of times in my youth when I took things to which I had no right?

It’s a fairly well known concept that we dislike most in others what we can’t face in ourselves. So, once I’ve learned a lesson from someone whose demeanour I find unpleasant, am I free to shed them from my life? What about gathering positive influences into my life?Who do I admire, who can I learn from, and whose influence do I need? After spring cleaning a person usually gets ready for a season of growth. We get seeds and plan a garden; we get paint to freshen up our fence; we plan to improve our surroundings.

For this spring, I plan to spend more time with people whose values I admire and to look for opportunities to be of service to others. I will also strive to improve my health. While many people make health resolutions at the New Year, I find winter too challenging to make an effort at anything other than staying warm. But in the spring the promise of easier living encourages me to think of ways to improve my health. Eat less meat, walk more, drink less gin, go to bed at a regular time. I’m pretty sure most of us have a few things we could do to improve our health and our lives in general. What are the habits and people you can include in your life, and who and what are the ones you can shed?

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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Resource Connect on February 8

REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities is hosting Resource Connect 2019 “Designing Stronger Service Pathways Together” on Friday, February 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) at Edmonton Intercultural Centre in McCauley (9538-107 Avenue). Edmonton organizations who serve McCauley’s population – both housed and unhoused – will promote their programs and services to each other, to the community and to potential staff and volunteers. 65 organizations are confirmed to exhibit; and 20 of those are also confirmed for 15-minute presentations. Attendance is free. There is no need for the general public to register.

WEBSITE: http://www.resourceconnectyeg.ca

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Boyle Street Community League Update

A Time of Beginnings

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

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

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

Monday is the first day of each week. On Monday afternoons, Pui Yum brings Chinese karaoke and dance to the Willow Room, and in the evenings our Native Drumming group is back in action in the Evergreen Room. We’ll feature other days of the week in upcoming updates, and look on our website and “Facebook“https://www.facebook.com/boylestreetcommunityleague for some program profiles in the upcoming months.

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

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

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

_ – Your BSCL Board_

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Our Net Zero Home

  • A view of the solar panels on the roof, slightly obscured by snow. Lindsay Brommeland

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

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

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

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

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

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GALA ON MARCH 9

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Safety: From Ideas to Actions

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

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

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

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

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

A connected community is a safer community.

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

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Intercultural Dialogues Heads Into 2019

  • Paige Donald, Métis dancer Sheryle Carlson

  • Kendal Potskin, Fancy Dancer Sheryle Carlson

  • Mini round dance Sheryle Carlson

  • Holly Ma performing on the Guzheng Sheryle Carlson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for all the upcoming gatherings for 2019, including the children’s music festival we and the Boyle Street Community League are planning for April.

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

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

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

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e4c February/March Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

Soccer, Snowboarding, and Street Prints

  • Joice Lakuo. Rebecca Kaiser

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Kaiser and Mike Siek are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.

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“Comfort & Joy” Concert gets everyone singing!

  • The Rodas Sisters. Kathryn Rambow

  • The Chipay Iskwew Singers. Kathryn Rambow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mercury Opera presents Puccini’s La Boheme

February 27 - March 9

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

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

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

Information submitted by Mercury Opera.

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Clearing Sidewalks from Snow

Help prevent falls by clearing your sidewalks.

  • Joanne reenacts her fall on a slippery sidewalk. Doug Rygalo

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winter salt or chemical mixes to buy: There are many types of these to purchase, and they have salt or different chemicals in them. You have to read the labels to figure out which is best for your sidewalk’s condition. Some are designed to be safe for pets, or for lawns and plants, but these are more expensive than the pure salt mixes. In desperate times I have sprinkled table salt on my sidewalk until I could get the good stuff. However, if you have new concrete salt will harm it, so you have to get a special mix.

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

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

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

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A Grandmother’s Fall

  • Joanne reenacts her fall on a slippery sidewalk. Doug Rygalo

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

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

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

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Keri’s Corner

Winter’s End: A Season of Rest

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

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

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

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

Keri lives and rests in Boyle Street.

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Heart of the City 2019 is Coming!

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

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

Lastly (and with great excitement), we are opening Main Stage applications on February 10. To apply to play, please go to www.heartcityfest.com. Thanks so much for your continued support, and we’re greatly looking forward to another great year!

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

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Deeper than Colonialism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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McCauley Community League Update

Winter Fun in McCauley

  • Ward 6 City Councillor Scott McKeen reads the City Proclamation. Paula E. Kirman

  • Commemorative jersey presented by Cst. Andrew Melney. Paula E. Kirman

  • 2019 team photo. Paula E. Kirman

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

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

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

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

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Winter in Little Italy

  • Italian Youth Association of Edmonton roasting chestnuts outside the Italian Centre. Paula E. Kirman

  • Community member Colleen Chapman was one of the wagon tour guides. Paula E. Kirman

  • Grace Kuipers with the McCauley Community League led a holiday craft table in Studio 96 Paula E. Kirman

  • A horsedrawn wagon stops outside of Mint Health + Drugs. Paula E. Kirman

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

Photos by Paula E. Kirman

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Getting Older in the New Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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McCauley Musings

Milestone Birthdays

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

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

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

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

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

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Editor’s Notes

February 2019

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

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

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

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

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Homemade Argan Oil Salad Dressing

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

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

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

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

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

For the salad:

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

Another simple and quick salad dressing is mixing:

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

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

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

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

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Bike Edmonton Community Workshop

  • A look at the newly-renovated north side Bike Edmonton Community Workshop. Alex Hindle

  • Another look at the newly-renovated north side Bike Edmonton Community Workshop. Alex Hindle

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit bikeedmonton.ca.

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Chinatown Mall Demolition

  • Scott McKeen took the first swipe in the excavator. Paula E. Kirman

  • BSCL President Candas Jane Dorsey after her turn in the excavator. Paula E. Kirman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boyle McCauley News Turns 40!

  • Leif Gregersen is a McCauley poet who wrote this poem especially for the paper’s 40th anniversary. He is featured reading excerpts from it in the forthcoming film Boyle McCauley news: 40 Years - The little Community newspaper That Could (see the trailer at: mccauleymoments. com/40years). This photo was taken on January 18 at Bissell Centre for the launch of the book Cycles and Circles, about the opioid crisis. Leif contributed to the book as a facilitator. Leif’s books can be found at the Edmonton Public library or at Mint Health + Drugs on 96 Street. You can visit his website at edmontonwriter.com. Janis Irwin

40 Years (and a Thousand Tears)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ability and Community

Family Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BoyleBits

Happiness in Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Safer McCauley - Online Resources

Safer McCauley website

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

Safer McCauley on Facebook:

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

The Year to Come

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

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

Mark Davis is the McCauley Community Convener with REACH Edmonton.

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Win a Trip for Two to Italy with our BMC News fundraiser!

Help support the paper by entering to win a trip to Italy for our 2019 fundraising raffle.

  • This could be you! Vintage Italy Postcard Courtesy Google Images

Edit (February 28, 2019): Please note that we have received an extension to continue selling tickets, and the new draw date/time/location is: August 25 at 6 p.m. during Viva Italia, in front of the Italian Centre (10878 95 Street).

Win a trip for two to anywhere in Italy and support Boyle McCauley News in 2019! This raffle will help us towards our goal of long-term financial sustainability.

The Boyle McCauley News is so grateful to Teresa Spinelli, owner of the Italian Centre Shop, who stepped up for the community and donated the airfare portion of the $5000 prize!

The main highlights:

Raffle tickets are $10/each. You may buy as many as you wish – no quantity is too small!
To purchase tickets (or for more information) simply email Paula at editor@bmcnews.org with “ITALY RAFFLE” in the subject line.
You can pay for your tickets via e-transfer and we’ll mail the tickets to your mailing address.
Prize value $5,000. Winners choose the trip dates (within one year of the draw). Draw date is August 25, 2019. All Alberta residents are eligible, and there is no need to be at the gala to win – we’ll get in touch if you’re the winner!

For more information, check out the rules below.

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OFFICIAL RAFFLE RULES:

Boyle Street McCauley Community Newspaper Society Raffle Rules

License #510631

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

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

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

The draw will be on August 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. during Viva Italia, in front of the Italian Centre (10878 95 Street).

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

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

You must be 18 or over to purchase a ticket.

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

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

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

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Boyle McCauley News Bites: December 2018

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

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

Local musician records powerful song for social justice.

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

Proposed changes for the Stadium LRT station.

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

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

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

- Compiled by Paula E. Kirman

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Holiday Sharing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joanne lives in McCauley.

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Alternatives to Demolition and Rebuilding

Preserving older neighbourhood homes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Helping Refugees Get Settled

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

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

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

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

Joanne lives in McCauley.

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Gala Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

and

Todd Janes as Master of Ceremonies.

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

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Raffle Update

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

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

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

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

Viva Italia!

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

Boyle Street McCauley Community Newspaper Society Raffle Rules

License #510631

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

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

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

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

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

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

You must be 18 or over to purchase a ticket.

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

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

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

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Boyle Street Community League Update

Get Walking Through Boyle Street

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Winter Mekiwin Arts & Crafts Market and Intercultural Gathering

December 8th and 9th at Boyle Street Plaza.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheryle is the Community Connector Programmer with Our McCauley.

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

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

  • Dustin Bajer. Jessica Peverett

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

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

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

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

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McCauley Rink Season Grand Opening

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

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McCauley Community League Update

Winter is Almost Here

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg is the President of the McCauley Community League.

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Safer McCauley: A Year in Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Mark is the REACH McCauley Community Convener.

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Comfort and Joy

An evening of carols, community, and candlelight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

Pets and Prints

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

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Kaiser and Mike Siek are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.

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e4c December/January Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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Heart of the City AGM on January 20th

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

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

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

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

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

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#HateFreeYeg: A Great Idea for Local Businesses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information provided by #HateFreeYEG.

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Opinion: Overcoming Hate

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

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

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

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

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

Joanne lives in McCauley.

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Opinion: What’s Happened to Objective Reporting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bill 26 Announced in Boyle Street

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

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

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

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

According to the Government of Alberta website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bob McKeon Receives Garry Spotowski Volunteer Appreciation Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Member of Parliament Kerry Diotte Threatens to Sue Twitter Critics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last updated: November 19, 2018

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Halloween with the McCauley Community League

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

Photos by Adam Snider.

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Keri’s Corner

This Too Shall Pass

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

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

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

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

Keri lives in Boyle Street.

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The Beatles for Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BSCL President Wears Many Hats

  • Candas Jane Dorsey. Supplied

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reminiscing About Recipes

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

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

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

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

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

SUGARLESS ICING

BOILED CHOCOLATE FROSTING:

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

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

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Easy Apple-Cranberry Crisp

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

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

Easy Apple-Cranberry Crisp

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

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

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

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Boyle Street’s Penitentiary and Garment Factory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Little Yellow House Documents Stories of Inner City Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nativity on 95A Street

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

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

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

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

The display should be set up in early December.

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

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Editor’s Notes

December 2018/January 2019

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

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

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

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

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McCauley Musings

Safer Cities and Spaces

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

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

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

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

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Dining Out

Addictive Fun and Flavours

  • My personalized bowl of soup. Paula E. Kirman

Noodleholic
9658 107A Avenue
(587) 881-1105

My name is Paula, and I am a noodleholic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boyle McCauley News: 2019 Publishing Schedule

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

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

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

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

*Boyle McCauley News*
2019 Publishing Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BoyleBits

Mastering Happiness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mission House Update (Web Exclusive)

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

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An Ode to Age

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boyle Street Community League Update

Come Join Us!

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Your BSCL Board

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Help Define a Safer McCauley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark is the REACH McCauley Community Convener.

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Concussion Theory

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

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Rhubarb Multiplication

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

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

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Irwin Acclaimed As NDP Candidate

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

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TONYS PIZZA PALACE

Neighbourhood Views

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