Boyle Street Walking Map Launch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maribel the Tailor

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

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

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

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

Located in the Belmont Block (9463-108 Avenue), her shop adds to the flavour of the building. Her inspiration comes from the industrial, antique era of the Singer sewing machine – the very Singer model she started the journey with when she was a young girl.

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

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Changing Together Formally Resumes Healing Circle Program

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

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

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

For more information on this program, please contact us at (780) 421-0175 or email us at

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Reducing Waste in the Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ability and Community

Summer Fun

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

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

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

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

The Downtown Farmers Market is now closer to our community! It is outdoors along 103 Avenue, and spilling onto 96 Street. In late August, the old Western Garment Factory/Army and Navy/Red Strap Gallery Building will be open for indoor shopping year round! And to make our lives even better, it is now being held two days! The market’s hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

And with the beauty of our community, look for upcoming events. Enjoy a stroll in your neighbourhood. Stop for a cool beverage or my favourite, a nice scoop of gelato from Spinelli’s!

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

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Meet the Team that Made it Happen!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nathan’s Nature Notes

Observations as Seasons Transition

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

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

My personal observations since last issue include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nathan lives in McCauley.

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The Power of Music

Changing the world through lyrics and song.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Janis Irwin Wins Provincial Election in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Growing up with Science Fiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Keri’s Corner

Prior to Expiration Date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keri lives in Boyle Street.

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The Shaggy Customer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations to Our Award Recipients

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

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

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

For more, see our centrespread.

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Boyle McCauley News 40th Anniversary Gala

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

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

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

  • Guest speaker Marty Chan. Judith Ann Gale

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

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

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

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

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

  • Niginan Housing Ventures. Judith Ann Gale

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

  • Mint Health + Drugs with guests. Judith Ann Gale

  • Guests sponsored by Cidex Group. Judith Ann Gale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Connecting Communities. Creating Action.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please consider getting involved. Attend a Safer McCauley Meeting, a community clean up activity, or meet your local EPS Beat officer for a coffee. Visit and Safer McCauley on Facebook to share your thoughts and connect with others who share your interest in McCauley well-being. And, don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me directly.

A connected community is a safer community.

_Mark is the REACH McCauley Community Convener. He can be contacted at

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Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

Updates from ICRWP

  • Adrian Soosay. Rebecca Kaiser

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Kaiser and Mike Siek are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.

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e4c May/June Updates

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

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

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

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

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


Facebook: @e4cwellness
Phone: (780) 424-2870 or (780)-271-5995

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

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

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

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

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


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

Taro is the e4c Community Development Officer.

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Very Special Thanks

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

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

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

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HOTC 2019: Momentum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GLOW Lantern Parade 2019

  • Sebastian Barrera

  • Chubby Cree

  • Shima Aisha Robinson

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

Photos by Paula E. Kirman.

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McCauley Community League AGM: April 27

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

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

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

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McCauley Community League Update

Spring At Last

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

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

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

_Greg can be reached at

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Generational Healing and a Space at EPL

From Generational Trauma to Generational Healing

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

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

“Indigenous Space” at EPL

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

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

It is not too late to give your thoughts about the subject. Contact Jed Johns, Senior Advisor Indigenous Relations, EPL at “”

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

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Building an Intercultural Community of Support

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

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

Here is how our staff describe our work:

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

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

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

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

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

Information submitted by the MFRS.

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Biking to Save Lives

How you can help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary lives in McCauley.

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Creating Hope Society

Some background, and upcoming events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information provided by the Creating Hope Society.

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Ability and Community

Victoria Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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South Chinatown Mall Demolition

Not a celebration for everyone.

  • A last look at the South Chinatown Mall shortly before it was demolished. Paula E. Kirman

Members of the Chinese community are saddened by the loss of the Chinatown Mall (reported in the February 2019 issue of Boyle McCauley News). Lan Chan-Marples and Grace Law, members of aiya!, an artist collective addressing cultural erasure in South Chinatown, recognize that the mall had become derelict and could not be saved. However, they are disappointed that an atmosphere of celebration accompanied its demise.

“It was hurtful for me, as a child of Chinese immigrants,” says Law. “I would have hoped for more sensitivity and respect. I have fond memories of Mirama restaurant. I spent much of my childhood weekends there celebrating over food with my family. Growing up in Edmonton, I did not always feel my culture was understood and accepted.”

Chan-Marples says the exceptionally large size of Mirama provided a place for Chinese people from all over Edmonton and beyond to gather for weddings and parties, and for weekend dim sum. “It was always packed, with people lining up outside to get in,” Chan-Marples says.

The Chinatown Mall had bold yellow and red architectural features. “It was iconic,” Chan-Marples says. Inside the mall, Mirama restaurant had traditional Chinese interior decorations. There was also a stage for speeches and performances. The strip mall at the east side was a big draw as well. It included a barber shop, grocery store, jewelry shop, specialty gift store, and herbalist.

Chan-Marples and Law hope new development will recognize Chinatown’s current presence in the neighbourhood, and that it will have design connections with the Chinese buildings nearby – the seniors lodges, multicultural centre, and Chinese associations. Chan-Marples notes that the area is Edmonton’s second Chinatown community. The first was displaced by Canada Place. More than 100 years ago, Edmonton’s Chinese community began with laundries opened by men who had helped build the railroad and with residences for Chinese people.

aiya! wants to work with the community and developers to honour the history of the place and the presence of the current community. “I want to keep our cultural safe spaces alive,” Law says, “so that diverse groups of people have a sense of belonging. When it is time to say goodbye, let’s come together to remember the full memory of the place.”

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

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Boyle Street Community League Update

A New Program and Seeking Volunteers

The Boyle Street Community League (BSCL) board has been hard at work this spring planning programming and events for 2019 and volunteering at our casino. A special thank you to every person who came out to support us in filling all the volunteer casino shifts. We could not have done it with out you!

New Sunday program. This spring, every Sunday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. is Open Gym Time at the Boyle Street Plaza. Families and people of all ages are invited to enjoy the facilities free of charge. Please come over to run around, connect with your neighbours and spend at least part of the weekend playing.

Looking for volunteers. We would love to have more people helping us to bring awesome programming to the community. Have you been wanting to meet new people or get out of the house more? How about using some of your great skills and passions to help others?

Let us know you want to be a part of the league by completing the volunteer sign-up sheet on our Boyle Street Community League Facebook page or at “”:

For regular updates about BSCL activities and news about the community, follow our Facebook page,

– Your BSCL Board

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Be Part of the Art at Kinistinâw Park

  • A photo showing the concept of the art. The final art may differ. Studio F Minus

The Edmonton Arts Council has announced its choice of public art to be installed at the new Kinistinâw Park, on 96 Street (the Armature) between 102A and 103A Avenues. Two “lion figures” created from layers of clear, see-through acrylic will display cast models of objects contributed by community members.

Called the Invisible Gate, the artwork is intended to represent the lions from the dismantled Harbin Gate on 97 Street. It also represents the layers of civilization found in an archaeological site. The project’s goals include preserving the history of the area and its inhabitants, engaging the community in a meaningful way, and enhancing a public space.

The commissioned artists, Mitchell F. Chan and Brad Hindson of Studio F Minus, a Toronto-based collective, have contracted Shawn Tse, a local artist and one of the founding members of aiya!, as their community collaborator. He will meet with community members and ask them to share a meaningful object. Tse will take a three-dimensional scan of your object on the spot and return it to you.

And there is no need to worry about whether your treasure is important enough to be included, says Chan. “The item doesn’t have to be brilliant, as in a Margaret Atwood story,” he says. He mentions pocket lint as a possible humble offering!

Chan provides an example of a scan that he and Tse have already acquired: it is of a trinket that a grandfather bought from a vending machine to keep his grandchildren amused at the dim sum that the family attended every weekend. “The contributor, a member of a local benevolent association, has in this way shared a memory of the hundreds of times his family went to dim sum,” Chan says. A memory of family, small children, and participating in a cultural activity.

The artists are also asking contributors to tell them something about their object in order to create an archive of stories.

Do you have an object you would like to see included in the Invisible Gate project? If so, contact Shawn Tse, Tse will meet you in the Chinatown area to scan your object and interview you. He and/or Mitchell are also visiting the Chinese Elders Mansion, Boyle Street Plaza, and other locations in and around the area.

Note: The Edmonton Arts Council is planning a community event to support this project, probably in late May. Details will be provided on the Boyle McCauley News website.

City of Edmonton’s Public Art Policy
The Percent for Art Program allocates 1% of the eligible construction budget of publicly accessible municipal projects for the acquisition of art. The Edmonton Arts Council directs the program and stewards the City of Edmonton Public Art Collection.

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

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Podcast Features Newcomer Youth

Project of the Centre for Race and Culture is giving young immigrants and refugees a voice.

The Unheard Youth podcast is featuring the voices of newcomer youth from all across Canada! Created at the Centre for Race and Culture, located at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre, the goal of the podcast is for listeners to hear the stories of immigrant and refugee youth.

In March of 2018, Rose-Eva Forgues-Jenkins was hired as Podcast Production Coordinator, and ever since then she has traveled to three other cities in Canada to record conversations with youth. In the podcast, we hear from newcomers in Fort St. John, BC; Edmonton, AB; Toronto, On; and Montreal, QC. The themes of the podcast are identity, migration, and belonging. Youth were encouraged to write their own questions relating to these themes and have conversations with their peers about them.

The Centre for Race and Culture has been operating for over 20 years with the goal of addressing racism. This project gives an opportunity for the wider community to listen to and reflect on the voices and experiences of newcomer youth. We also want to provide youth with the tools and hands-on experience required to promote their own voices.

The podcast was officially released at Speak Out, an event hosted by the Centre for Race and Culture’s on March 22. The podcast is now available to listen to at! So make sure to visit the website to hear all 13 episodes. There are also two French language episodes from when we visited Montreal. We have English translations available on the website for those episodes, and English and French language transcriptions for other episodes as well.

There are also listening booklets available with pictures, a glossary, and a timeline. Please send us an email at if you would like to pick up a copy!

The podcast is also being broadcast every second Thursday on CJSR 88.5FM, so make sure to tune in! Happy listening!

Information provided by the Centre for Race and Culture.

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Asparagus Season

Spring is finally here, and a change in season means a change in readily available, fresh produce. In Western Canada, May to June is the season for vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, bok choy, swiss chard, orange yams (aka sweet potatoes), spinach, mushrooms, and field lettuce (Source: Sobeys).

Asparagus is in season from March until June, and can be enjoyed roasted, boiled, sautéed, or raw. This low-calorie food is also a good source of vitamin K, folate (important during pregnancy), and vitamin A.

Asparagus pairs well as a side dish with steak, lamb, and salmon. This vegetable is quick and easy to cook, and can be prepared with simple ingredients like salt and pepper and butter.

This easy recipe can be eaten with the previously mentioned foods and can also be mixed into already prepared quinoa, couscous, and bulgur for those who are vegetarian.

Skillet Balsamic Vinegar Asparagus and Tomato


  • 1lb asparagus (usually amounts to one bundle)
  • 2 Cups cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons mined garlic
  • Crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese

Rinse the asparagus clean. Trim the tough ends off the bottom of the asparagus. Cut asparagus diagonally into 2-inch pieces.

Next, cook the asparagus in boiling water for 2 minutes or until tender, yet crisp.

Drain the asparagus in a colander and run cold water over the asparagus to cool it down. Allow the water to drain fully.

Once the asparagus is drained, heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stir so as not to burn the garlic.

Then, add tomatoes, cook until they are soft or approximately 2-3 minutes.

Next, add the asparagus along with some salt and pepper, and stir. Follow with balsamic vinegar. Stir, then cover the skillet for 3 minutes on medium-low temperature.

Once you transfer the food from a skillet to a dish or serving bowl, crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese can be added lightly on top.

This is a side dish best eaten right away while still warm, and unfortunately is not ideal as a leftover.

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

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Nathan’s Nature Notes

Signs of Spring

  • A Merlin photographed in October of 2018. Paula E. Kirman

I saw a pair of magpies working on reconstructing their nest in an elm tree on the boulevard of 107 Avenue as I stepped outside of my front door on March 7, the first day after new moon in the sixth lunar cycle this winter. This was the earliest indication of nest-building activity I have seen this year, and pretty much right on time.

However, I can hear you saying, “Right on time? Didn’t we have an interminable winter that seemed to last longer than usual?” Yes, we did – but I account for that with my knowledge of the Blackfoot lunar calendar. Because lunar cycles don’t divide evenly into solar cycles, we have an “extra” thirteenth lunar cycle every now and then. Those years are the “leap years” in lunar calendars, and when the thirteenth lunar cycle occurs, it comes in right between the fourth and fifth lunar cycles of winter. This means that everything normally occurring in the fifth lunar cycle of winter happens in a “lunar leap year” during the sixth lunar cycle of winter.

This year was one of our lunar leap years, and our extended cold snap coincided pretty much exactly with the extra lunar cycle. So, the signs of spring are indeed occurring right on time – for a lunar leap year. To me, observing these phenomena confirms that paying attention to lunar time can help to make sense of ecological and weather phenomena throughout the year.

Calendrical explanations aside, I have continued to notice signs of spring in our neighbourhood throughout this lunar cycle, or the month of March. House sparrows as well as magpies have begun constructing their nests. I hear house finches throughout the neighbourhood, singing to announce their territories, and I saw a group of them feeding on last year’s maple seeds in Giovanni Caboto Park on March 21. Red-breasted nuthatches are active – I heard one on March 13, and on March 28 I watched a pair of them feeding on the trunk of the spruce tree in my front yard, which also houses a magpie nest.

The neighbourhood Merlin has returned – I saw and heard it first on March 22, flying over the intersection on 107A Avenue and 95 Street. It landed on a spruce tree on 107 Avenue west of 95 Street, where I have frequently heard it in previous years – perhaps that is close to its home base.

Happy nature-watching, folks!

Nathan lives in McCauley.

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Spring Fiesta Highlights

  • Hugo Martel performs the Sash Dance, a form of Métis jigging. Paula E. Kirman

  • Stephanie Lane, of Wilder than the Wind Creations, was one of the local artists displaying their work. Paula E. Kirman

  • Cartoonist James Grasdal drew for the kids. Paula E. Kirman

  • Volunteers from REACH Edmonton served free food to attendees. Paula E. Kirman

The McCauley Community League’s second annual Spring Fiesta took place on March 23 at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre. It featured entertainment, local artists, foods, and creative activities. Here are a few highlights.

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40th Anniversary Gala a Success

Boyle McCauley News celebrates a milestone with a community celebration.

  • Packed tables at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre. Leif Gregersen

  • (L-R): Mayor Don Iveson, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, and the Honourable Brian Mason (retired). Judith Ann Gale

  • (L-R): Dr. Maggie Hodgson and Carola Cunning- ham (CEO of Ambrose Place) welcome new EPS Chief Dale McPhee and his wife Leanne. Leif Gregersen

Over 200 people gathered at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre on March 9 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Boyle McCauley News. Attendees included the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi (Minister of Natural Resources), the Honourable Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation (retired), Mayor Don Iveson, representatives from numerous community businesses and organizations, and over 60 of the paper’s past and present volunteers.

New EPS Chief Dale McPhee and his wife Leanne were welcomed in a traditional Indigenous ceremony by Dr. Maggie Hodgson and Carola Cunningham, CEO of Ambrose Place. Three long-time volunteers were presented with the Garry Spotowski Volunteer Award: Larry Brockman, John Kolkman, and Phil O’Hara. In addition, three businesses were recognized for advertising with the paper for its full 40 years: the Italian Centre Shop, Market Drugs, and the Italian Bakery.

The evening also saw the premiere of a short documentary about the paper’s history. Guest speaker Marty Chan had the audience riveted with his talk about media, interwoven with his own personal story.

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McCauley Musings

A Newspaper Community

The paper’s 40th Anniversary Gala on March 9 was notable for a number of reasons.

Over 200 people were brought together from different cultures and walks of life. In many ways, it was like a mini-version of Boyle Street and McCauley, right there in one room.

We were all there to celebrate one main thing: four decades of Boyle McCauley News. The paper’s impact on the community was evident in the response from organizations and businesses which sponsored tables, allowing many of our past and present volunteers to attend.

Representatives from all levels of government, including two Ministers (the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and the Honourable Brian Mason, who is now retired) and Mayor Don Iveson, as well as the new Chief of Police were there to show support.

The paper is recognized not only in the area, but throughout the city as being an integral part of the community. Looking at the diverse group that filled the room at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre, I was again reminded about how Boyle McCauley News is more than a newspaper – it’s a community builder. It creates connection, by giving people in the area a voice in the media. It is a source of important information about community news and programs. It presents the inner city in a positive and unique way to the rest of the city.

Most of all, it brings together our volunteers, who are the backbone of the paper. I am so glad that we could all celebrate together.

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Silent Auction and Door Prize Sponsors

Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who donated door prizes and silent auction items for our 40th Anniversary Gala on March 9. We raised close to $3000 in the silent auction!

Anonymous (So many of you! Thank you!)
Betti Brockman/Fifth Avenue Collection
Buddha Belly Yoga & Wellness Inc.
Rose Carmichael
COBS Bread Bakery
Edmonton Hospitality Group
Edmonton Police Services
Faculty of Social Work, Central and Northern Alberta Region (University of Calgary)
Fr. James Holland
Lucky 97 Supermarket
MacEwan University Sport and Wellness
Kate Quinn
Rig Hand Distillery
Royal Liquor
Three Vikings Food + Drink
Artist Diane Wallin (donated by Donna Mackey)
Wilder Than the Wind Creations

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Remembering Barbara B. Kirman

A mother and a proofreader.

  • Barbara B. Kirman File Photo

On March 15, Barbara B. Kirman passed away following a lengthy series of health problems. She was not only my mother – she was also a long-term volunteer with Boyle McCauley News as the paper’s proofreader since 2007.

My mother read every issue of the paper. She also used to point out all of the mistakes she would find. One day, I handed her the final proof of the paper and a red pen, and asked if she could find the issue’s mistakes before it was too late to do anything about them.

That was the beginning of a volunteer commitment that lasted over a decade. Our designer, Vikki Wiercinski, and I would always refer to that final proof my mom would correct as the “Motherproof.” My mother looked forward to proofing every issue, finding the time and strength even when her health was declining. She only took leaves of absence when she was in the hospital.

Although her role was very much in the background, my mother made a lasting impact on every issue of the paper she proofed. My mother also demonstrated how a person can make an important contribution as a volunteer in a community, despite being housebound much of the time.

She had been looking forward to attending the paper’s 40th Anniversary Gala on March 9, and finally meeting many of the paper’s other volunteers, but her health situation made that impossible.

Barbara’s memory will live on in the archive of Boyle McCauley News, and in my heart. While I am forever grateful for her contribution to the paper, I will miss my mother most as my mother. Her influence, support, and encouragement helped shape me into who I am today. Thank you, Mom, for everything.

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Thank You to Our Gala Sponsors

Boyle McCauley News would like to thank the following businesses, organizations, and individuals for their sponsorship of our 40th Anniversary Gala on March 9. Because of their generosity, over 60 volunteers were able to attend the event.

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Editor’s Notes

Volume 40, Number 3

Volume 40, Issue 3 marks a change behind the scenes here at the paper – and in my family, as you will read on page four. I would like to thank Karen Simons for stepping into the role of Proofreader during this difficult time. Karen has been our go-to proofreader during my mother’s many hospital stays over the past few years.

Another change is that our amazing Grace Kuipers has moved on from her role as Distribution Manager, getting the papers mailed to Boyle Street and delivered to our block carriers in McCauley. Thank you, Grace, for all of your hard work. Stepping into that position is Mike Siek, who volunteers with us in a variety of positions: writer, photographer, block carrier, and board member. Thanks Mike!

Remember to visit our website ( and social media for more community news, event announcements, and extra features: Instagram (@bmcviews), Facebook, and Twitter (@bmcnews in both places).

Want to volunteer as a contributor or block carrier? Contact me at

I hope you enjoy this issue. See you in June!

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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, contact

Keep up-to-date on other Boyle Street happenings at the BSCL’s Facebook page.

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

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

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:

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 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

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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: / 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

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. 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 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

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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 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 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

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.


  • Frying pan or skillet
  • Turner/spatula


  • 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 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 or check out 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

_Karen is the Director Neighbourhood Development for the Edmonton Community Development Company and can be emailed at

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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 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

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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:

- 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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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.


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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“ 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 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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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 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 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 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

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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 or email Sheryle Carlson at

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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 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:

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: 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

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 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 ( – 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 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, 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:

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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 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 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: and

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.”

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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 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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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 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.



Boyle Street McCauley Community Newspaper Society Raffle Rules

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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 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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Volume 40, Issue 4 will be published June 15. Articles and photos concerning community news, events, and opinions are welcome. We also accept submissions of poetry, and cartoons. Deadline: May 22, 2019. Send submissions to: Articles should be 400 words or less and accompanied by photographs (JPG, in high resolution) when possible.