inside this month Neighbourhood View
A squirrel heads down 92 Street,
Holiday Safety and Crime Prevention // 5 running along fences, trees, and roofs.
McCauley Community League
Officially Opposed to Boyle Renaissance // 7
McCauley Revitalization Update // 12
Community League Updates // 13
Beating the Christmas Blues// 16
FREE Circulation 4500 • Since 1979 • www.mccauley.info/bmn December 2008/January 2009
Zocalo Celebrates Five Years “Food for “ As performers and
take a look at...
listeners gathered for
the finale of the 2008
Zocalo celebrated its fifth anniversary on November
Homefest concert, the
6. Owners Miranda Ringma and Ken Bregenser
threw a party in the store that evening. Thought” stage filled with many
of Edmonton’s favourite
folk singers. However, the
center spot was occupied
by a cardboard house.
Artists Page 6
Showcase “ When we give of
ourselves, there is no
Their Work greater gift, and we get
back more joy than we
Harcourt House has supplied
an artist, Heather Shillinglaw,
Sharing the Gift of Self
to lead the art class in McCau- at Christmas
ley for many years. On No- Page 16
vember 22 this class donated
a joint art piece entitled “Food
for Thought” to Harcourt’s an-
nual fundraiser. “Going Once, meets every Thursday eve-
Going Twice” was the name of ning, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in
the fundraiser, done as an art the basement of Sacred Heart
auction and gala. “Food for Centre (use the east door by
Thought” is a collage of food the gym. The door is open from
images including canola seeds 6:50 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. only).
Zocalo’s owners and staff in front of the store. Left to right: Lindsay Achtemichuk, and the fortune from a cookie. The class is mixed media.
Curtis Janzen, Stasha Elniski, Joshua Doerfler, Ken Bregenser, and Miranda Ringma.
After a Christmas break the
The art class is pleased to class will start up again on
have an upcoming show at the January 15. Come and ac-
Nina Haggerty Centre in April quire new techniques while
of 2009. All past participants you explore many mediums..
are invited to display their Contact Grace at (780) 421-
work at the show. The class 4363 for more information.
Paula E. Kirman
Cellist Caitlin Smith entertained the crowd.
Paula E. Kirman
Zocalo was packed with people shopping, enjoying a drink or treat, and congratulat-
ing Ken and Miranda Food For Thought
2 Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009
ing a much needed rest. As well,
Editorial Editor’s we’re all gearing up for 2009,
which marks our thirtieth anni-
versary! That’s right – we’re hav-
PAULA E. KIRMAN ing a milestone birthday. We plan
and Responsibilities Welcome to our annual Holidays
issue! Like in years past, we have
on featuring some of the people
and stories that have been a part
of the paper over the past thirty
grown complacent and shrug a wide variety of features con- years. If you have a BMC News-
off certain issues as hopeless to cerning the holidays, including related memory to share, please
solve. how people from other cultures get in touch with us.
celebrate, how we celebrate, reci-
A healthy balance in perspective pes, and some other fun things. We’ll be back in February. We
appreciates life in McCauley and wish you all a happy, safe, and
Boyle Street because of the strong However, the issue is not all holly healthy holiday season.
sense of community, the ethnic and jolly. There are some hard-
diversity, the great restaurants, hitting letters and articles about
and the wonderful people who issues concerning the community, lEttErs to tHE
Paula E. Kirman • Many people live here. It also includes being from revitalization to the Boyle
who live in the Boyle Street and realistic about the problems that Renaissance. That’s what we’re Editor
McCauley area have strong opin- exist and a desire to be proactive all about here at BMC News – be-
ions and are not afraid to share towards their solution. Working ing both positive and realistic, Do you have a gripe? A compli-
them. From issues like homeless- for change does not happen in and including a balance of views ment? A question? Share your
ness to proposed housing, from isolation. It requires people to from the community. thoughts with a Letter to the
cleaning up graffiti to protecting communicate, plan, set goals, and Editor. In two hundred words or
personal property, residents and then keep evaluating the progress We’ve also had a lot going on less, tell us what made you smile
business owners can be quite vo- in reaching them. here behind the scenes. Colleen or frown, or what you would do to
cal about ways to make the neigh- Chapman, one of our Volunteer change something around if you
bourhood a better place to live. Most communities have both Coordinators, underwent hip could. Send your letters to: edi-
positive and negative attributes. replacement surgery in mid-Oc- email@example.com. Letters may
What seems to vary from person However, when there are issues tober. We’re happy to say she has be edited for length or clarity.
to person is the intensity with that impact the safety and health been recovering well and tak-
which one speaks of life here. of those who live (or spend copi-
Judging from letters and phone ous amounts of time) there, the
calls to our office, and occasion- responsibility falls not only upon
ally someone stopping me on the its residents and supporters, but ComiNg Up NExt moNtH
street, there are those who are ultimately upon the City itself,
quite outspoken about how nega- which should have the skills and The theme for February is “Transportation.” We want to know
tive life can be here at times. At resources to be able to ensure how you get around, and why you choose that particular meth-
the other extreme, some have that one part of Edmonton is not od of moving. Do you drive, walk, take the bus, or bike? Are you
unfairly burdened. a year-round cyclist? What are your biggest criticisms of your
mode of transportation? As well, February kicks off our thirti-
eth anniversary celebrations. Are you someone who has a his-
tory with the paper and would like to share some of your mem-
ories? What are some of the most important stories that we’ve
covered over the years? Send your contributions by January
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Vol. 29 N o. 10 dECEmbEr 2008/JaNUarY 2009
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Crime and Safety
Christine Chomiak, John Gee, Tim Nixon, Deborah Stewart
Linda Dumont, Isabelle Foord, Diana Gray, Nicholas Hermansen, Donna Mackey, Joan MacKinlay, Wesley
May, Joanne McNeal, Kylee Nixon, Kate Quinn, Deborah Stewart, Heidi Tabata
OFFICE STAFF BLOCK CARRIERS
EDITOR • Paula E. Kirman Bonnie Barrigan, Marian Brant, Brockman
VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS • Family, The Sisters of Charity, Michelle
Colleen Chapman & Paula E. Kirman Cumming, Barry Daniels, John Gee, Rosalie
Report “john” activity and license plate numbers • 421-2656
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VolUNtEEr oF tHE moNtH Paula E. Kirman • Michelle arE YoU oUt
is a carrier who has been with
Michelle Cumming BMC News for six years. “I
liked the paper and it was an
easy way for me to get involved
in my community,” she says.
In early November we re-
ceived a lovely letter from
Michelle, who has been living in someone who lives out of
McCauley for eight and a half town but reads the paper
years, lists her many friends, when visiting the commu-
the strong community, art
nity. This person asked a
classes, living at the Inn Roads
Coop, and Bonnie Barrigan’s lot of questions about the
backyard fires as the things neighbourhood and offered
she likes best about life in the some suggestions for future
neighbourhood. She works as articles. We would very much
a community facilitator for two
women with disabilities, so like to respond, except that
knows all about what it takes the person did not sign the
to give in service to others. In letter or include a return ad-
addition to the paper, Michelle dress. So, if you are out there,
volunteers walking dogs for the
Humane Society, with seniors in
thanks very much for tak-
extended care, as security and ing the time to write – and
first aid with the Heart of the please get in touch with our
City Festival, and sits on a com- office if you would like a
mittee with the Innroads Hous-
Paula E. Kirman
tHE papEr trail oUr top tEN
Paula does a lot of walking in order to get to and from the office, events, businesses, delivering news-
papers, and especially searching the neighbourhood for interesting things to take pictures of. So, in an
effort to present a unique behind the scenes look at what goes into creating each issue of the paper,
Our Top Ten is a different way of profiling
Paula is keeping track of how much walking she does from one deadline to the next. We will follow
her progress over the next few months. people in the area, by presenting a person’s
October 12 – November 12, 2008: 46.7 km top ten list for books, music, movies, or pret-
This is slightly further than walking from the downtown core to Stony Plain. ty much anything else that someone finds
important to their lives.
Our very first top ten list 6. The God of Small Things,
comes from HD, a McCauley- Arundhati Roy
based writer, who has chosen
her top ten books. 7. Beyond Accomodation,
1. The Rebel, Albert Camus
8. Counting for Nothing: What
2. Power, Bertrand Russell men value and what women are
worth, Marilyn Waring
3. Good News for a Change,
David Suzuki and Holly 9. Stranger Music, Leonard
4. The Mystic Heart of Justice, 10. The Poisonwood Bible, Bar-
Denise Breton bara Kingsolver
5. Global Profit and Global
Justice, Deb Abbey
Donate a Coat
Now that the weather is getting colder, many of us are chang-
ing into our warmer coats. Some people are not as lucky to
have a warm winter coat, whereas some of us may have an
extra coat we no longer need. Winter coats can be donated
to several organizations. Coats for Kids and Families is a yearly
program of the United Way. Just bring your coat to any Page
cleaner, where it will be cleaned and distributed. Other orga-
nizations that take coats that are in good condition are the
Bissell Centre and John Howard Society. Other shelters and
organizations likely take coats – give them a call and find out
what their policies are.
4 Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009
lEttEr to tHE Editor
Four Percent to Renew Our I read with interest Kerrie Miller’s Letter had been broken into? Imagine what it
Mature Neighbourhoods? to the Editor in the November issue en-
titled “It’s Really Not That Bad” in which
would be like if we weren’t jarred awake
by the anger of a drug deal gone bad
the need for costly upgrades she expressed her love of our neigh- in the middle of the night. Wouldn’t it be
to old storm drain systems bourhood despite having” gotten used” nice if the benches we erected to give all
and escalating construction to being broken into several times. a needed rest were actually used for that
costs all put heavy pressure on instead of as a pub, or a cell phone base
already limited funds for infra- It highlighted once again how many of for making deals, or for other forms
structure needs. us care deeply about living here even of indiscretion from urination to sexual
though we face numerous challenges, activity? What would our community look
As one of Canada’s fastest having become victims of the social like if assistance and housing could be
growing cities, Edmonton gains disorder that exists around us in the provided in an overall way such that our
10,000 new residents a year. absence of measures to deal with it in a neighbourhood didn’t become the living
This remarkable population meaningful way. One only needs to refer room where the raw lives of all those
growth increases demand for to the factual descriptions of McCauley who were ejected from other communi-
new infrastructure and new such as crime statistics and independent ties because they didn’t fit are acted
neighbourhoods. Alberta’s hot expert observations, in addition to many out in public? The resilience and com-
economy keeps increasing concerns voiced by residents new and mitment of residents despite all of the
construction costs dramatically. old, to paint the picture. above is testimony to how much good
Ben Henderson What is $20 million one year there is in this neighbourhood, including
Councillor, Ward 4 • What will be $60 million a few years While I applaud celebrating our commu- McCauley’s historical open-hearted ac-
can we do to keep our mature later. nity, do we need to normalize anti-social ceptance of the disadvantaged.
neighbourhoods from falling behaviors simply because the various
further behind on sidewalk and Council is discussing some civic bodies have been powerless to While we will no doubt continue to do
street renewal? The answers multi-year plans to address come up with long-term solutions? And more than our share of the latter, we ask
we are giving neighbourhoods this funding shortage for are we to accept that McCauley has be- that we be given the same opportunity
is, “Sorry, we don’t have the Neighbourhood Renewal of come a “default drop zone” for all kinds to let our community grow in a safe and
money. We may get to you in Infrastructure. One plan is of social experiments in providing what sustainable way.
fifty years!” Not good enough! to increase property tax four little assistance is available, housing and
Right now we have neighbour- percent per year for the next otherwise, simply because we are the To this end we will be going door to door
hood infrastructure that needs ten years, and then one percent path of least resistance? It seems as if after Christmas to update you on our
major investment over many from 2019 to 2029. This would these same civic bodies, from the EPS strategies for making the neighbourhood
years to keep up our neigh- go into a special fund only used through to the federal government and the best that it can be and to ask for
bourhoods and not fall even for neighbourhood renewal. all levels in between, have either gotten your assistance in keeping an eye on the
further behind. Using our current estimates for used to this too or need to be powered street. The purpose of this effort is so
cost escalation, within thirty up with our input and our strategies. We that all residents can have a safer more
Putting things off, as we have years we could commit to bring need to provide them with what they are comfortable life in what is truly a jewel of
been doing for a couple of all neighbourhoods up to a asking for by not only by letting them a neighbourhood, without having to put
decades, only makes things good acceptable level. My ques- know in detail what is happening in our up with all those behaviours that simply
worse. A needed patch job can tion to you is -- is this worth it neighhourhood but also by providing wouldn’t be tolerated anywhere else.
quickly become very big and to people? I need you to let me them with a vision of what we wish to After all why should they be tolerated
costly when left undone. Un- know what you think. Contact see. here just because we have the resilience
predictable support from feder- me at ben.henderson@edmon- to put up with what others wouldn’t?
al and provincial government, ton.ca or phone (780) 496-8146. Imagine the difference if all of what we
have “gotten used to” could be dealt Your safety committee looks forward to
with sensitively and appropriately? meeting all of you in the coming weeks.
Think of what it would be like if we didn’t Wolf Geisler,
If you or your neighbours have to come home and wonder if we Safety Committee Director
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Holiday Safety and
up, your doors are all locked Parties
and the alarm is set before • Arrange for a designated
leaving your car. driver prior to attending par-
• Don’t leave ANYTHING in ties.
• When returning to your car,
• Never leave your drink unat-
lock your doors as soon as you • Drink sensibly and not on an
get in and leave. empty stomach.
• Go during the day to a busy • Many fire departments sug- Reach the
location. gest artificial trees.
• Secure your money prior to • If buying a fresh tree ensure
it is not dried out.
leaving and spend as little time
at the machine as possible. • Cut one or two inches off the
• When using drive-thru ATM’s trunk. This will help the tree and McCauley
ensure your car doors are absorb water.
• Check the water levels daily
Cst. Nicole Chapdelaine •
• Be aware of your surround- and refill as needed. A healthy neighbourhoods
Here are some suggestions to ings and who is there. six foot tree should drink four
enjoy a safe and happy holi- liters every two days.
• Do not put your tree near
with an ad in
day season from our Crime Home Safety
Prevention Unit. • Whether you are at home or heat sources; fireplace, floor
out, keep all doors and win- heaters or other heat sources. our paper.
Holiday Shopping dows locked. • Do not leave the tree lights
on while you sleep or you are
• Never leave shopping bags
• Close curtains or blinds in
the evenings, especially if you out. Advertising
• Never leave money, valu- are not home. • When you take down your
ables, or cell phones on coun- • Leave several lights on when tree dispose of it properly. rates are very
tertops or tables. you are not home and ensure
• Secure money in your purse they can be seen. Use timers if Holiday Safety Tips
or wallet prior to leaving tills, possible. • Check your smoke detector reasonable,
banks, or the post office and • Can your tree and presents and change batteries.
• Extinguish all candles prior
carry in a safe place (zipper
pocket, over your shoulder).
be seen from outside? This can
be a temptation for would be to going to bed. Never leave and we reach
•Do not carry large amounts thieves. candles unattended.
of cash – try to use credit • Before wrapping presents, • Place candles out of reach of
cards or Interac. record all serial numbers.
•Walk and shop in well lit • Break down boxes. Big ticket • You should install at least
areas and let someone know items in boxes such as TV’s or one carbon monoxide detector in person
where you are. computers tell potential thieves in your home.
• Invest in a fire extinguisher
• Carry a cell phone and
make sure it is charged.
what you have.
• Talk to your kids about safe- and keep it in a spot where it is and online.
• Trust your instincts. If you ty tips; do not give out informa- readily available.
feel uncomfortable in a situa- tion over the phone and DO • Have a safe and Merry
tion – Leave! NOT let anyone in the house
unless instructed by you.
Parking • When you return home make Cst. Chapdelaine is the Com- business and
• Park in a well lit, secure sure your door is still locked. If munity Liaison Constable for
Boyle Street and McCauley.
• Ensure your windows are
it is not, leave immediately and
NEw HEart oF tHE CitY stEEriNg CommittEE booking your ad
Meet the new and returning faces behind the area’s biggest cultural event. From left to right: Ryne Cendre - Music Coordinator;
Lindsay Willier - Advisory Member; Khiry Crooks - Marketing Coordinator; Don Welsh - Advisory Member; Darlene Arseneault
- Volunteer Coordinator; Ashley Zarowny - Art Coordinator and Green Watchdog; Katrina Bray – Chair; Aynsley Graham-Pidgeon
- Sponsorship and Venue Management; Rosalie Gelderman – Bookkeeping. For more information on the festival, or to get
involved, call Katrina at (780) 633-4802.
6 Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009
HomEFEst 2008 CHristmas sErViCEs aNd mEals
Highlighting Here is a list of church services on Christmas Eve
or Christmas Day, as well as holiday meals. At
the time we went to press, not all of them knew
Homelessness exactly when their Christmas services would be,
so just give them a ring up to find out.
Christmas Eve: 2:00 p.m. (Danish)
3:30 p.m. (English)
Christmas Day: 10:30 a.m. (Danish)
Cornerstone New Testament
Call for service times.
Family Worship Centre (Elim Fellowship)
Christmas Eve: 7:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (Greek Orthodox)
Call for service times.
Mustard Seed (Interdenominational)
Christmas Kick-off Dinner: Dec. 6: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Kid’s Christmas Party: Dec. 6: 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Family Gift Centre: Dec. 19: 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Dec. 20: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
From Left: Bill Werthmann, Karla Anderson, Mary Rankin, Paul Cresey, Christmas Dinner: Dec. 20: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Tim Chesterton, Alex Boudreau, Jim Serediak, John Wort Hannam. Bright Lights Tour: Dec. 22: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Service: 7:00 p.m.
Jim Gurnett • As performers assembles each year’s line up, New Year’s Eve Celebration: 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
and listeners gathered for the and the music received rave
reviews from those attending. Rhema Chapel (Redeemed Christian Church of God)
finale of the 2008 Homefest 10665-98 Street
concert, the stage filled with (780) 461-4210
many of Edmonton’s favou- A new and popular feature at Call for service times.
rite folk singers. However, the Homefest 2008 was the Sound
center spot was occupied by a Bites room. Despite all the Queen of Martyrs (Catholic)
cardboard house. good music, the room stayed 10830-96 Street
full most of the day as commu- (780) 423-5389
The house had been created by nity activists presented infor- Christmas Eve: 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
children in the festival’s family mation about addressing home- Christmas Day: 9:30 a.m.
area during the five hour event lessness, along with poetry
readings and theatre. Many Sacred Heart (Catholic, First Nations)
and captured the powerful 10821-96 Street
simplicity of Homefest’s theme people in the Sound Bites room (780) 422-3052
“Homes for All.” The children commented that they were Children’s Christmas Party: December 13, 12:00 p.m. (please register
had created all the details for leaving with useful informa- your child by calling the church to ensure there are enough gifts)
the house—including pots of tion about the housing crisis in Christmas Eve: 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 12:00 midnight
flowers to provide a cheery Edmonton and what they could Christmas Day: 10:00 a.m.
welcome at the front door and do about it. Christmas Day Dinner: 11:00 a.m.
smoke rising from the chimney
to represent the warmth from The music started following St. Barbara (Russian Orthodox)
winter cold. Mayor Stephen Mandel’s open- 10105-96 Street
ing comments. Other guests (780) 422-0277
during the day included Ward Call for service times.
“We all know it is impossible
to have a decent life without a 4 councillor Ben Henderson St. John’s (Lutheran)
safe affordable healthy place to and newly-elected Strathcona 10759-96 Street
call home,” I reminded at the Member of Parliament Linda (780) 422-0059
finale. “Our children under- Duncan. Call for service times.
stand this perfectly well. We
adults have to make sure our Homefest is presented by the St. Josaphat’s Cathedral (Ukrainian Catholic)
politicians understand this too Edmonton Coalition on Hous- 10825-97 Street
and take the action to make it ing and Homelessness to raise (780) 422-3181
happen.” awareness of housing problems Christmas Eve: Divine Liturgy: 8:00 p.m. (English)
and needs in Edmonton. Funds Christmas Vigil and Pontifical Divine Liturgy (Christmas Eve):
raised by this year’s event will 10:00 p.m. (Ukrainian)
Almost one thousand people Christmas Day: Divine Liturgy: 9:00 a.m. (Ukrainian)
attended this year’s concert at support projects of John How- Divine Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. (English)
the Arts Barns in Old Strathco- ard Society, Canadian Mental
na on November 2. The music Health Association and the St. Stephen’s (Anglican)
featured Edmonton favourites Jasper Place Health and Well- 10909-96 Street
such as Maria Dunn, Karla ness Centre. More than one (780) 422-3240
Anderson, Jim Serediak, and hundred volunteers supported Christmas Eve: 11:30 p.m. (High Mass)
Martin Kerr, as well as visitors the event. A CD of musical Christmas Day: 10:00 a.m. (Low Mass)
from out of town such as John highlights of the day will be
Wort Hannam, Tom Taylor, available early in 2009. St. Peter’s Lutheran
Barney Bentall, and Shari Ul- 9606-110 Avenue
Jim is a Homefest organizer (780) 426-1122
rich, and new young perform- Call for service times.
ers including Kaley Bird and and the Executive Director of
Joe Nolan. Bill Werthmann the Edmonton Mennonite Cen-
of Northern Lights Folk Club tre for Newcomers.
Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009 7
McCauley Community League Officially
Objects to Boyle Renaissance
In our continued efforts to lobby for quality planning decisions and for both the long and
short term health and sustainability of our neighbourhood, the McCauley Community
League executive has written a letter to City Council strongly opposing the Boyle
Renaissance (BR) project. The following are excerpts from this letter:
A Shiny New Quarter and a the BR focus area and South is something that initially able populations; we also re-
Dirty Penny McCauley as a result of over should have been done for the fuse to accept this as a socially
concentration of special needs Quarters, and it should now be just and moral action. Our
The Boyle Renaissance is NOT housing and services has dev- extended to the BR before the vision begins with the develop-
a Renaissance but simply an astated the health, transition project goes to City Council. In ment of a new LRT stop along
escalation of the concentration opportunities, and supportive this way, informed decisions the existing line between 95
of non-market housing, service capacity of this area. The BR may be made. and 96 streets with planning
agencies, and poverty that has will only further compound and active implementation of a
been growing in one area of this. To us, it appears that the well planned Transit Oriented
Edmonton for a very long time. designers of the BR and the Development (TOD) – in-
Rather than using a progres- Much of the literature and Quarters did not want to wel- tensive, pedestrian oriented
sive and inclusive approach “sales pitch” behind the BR come supportive housing into comprehensive development
that would integrate each of relies on the argument that the broader community it was around transit stations -- sur-
the “incongruous and chal- symbolism in design, pretty envisioning but believed that rounding this node . . . special
lenging” service dependant buildings, tree lined prom- this housing should be segre- needs and affordable housing
populations into healthy and enades, geometry, and designed gated. Is this not elitist? While could be integrated into the
supportive neighbourhoods, the space and non-space will result much of the proposed hous- new residential developments.
BR approach further isolates in a utopian village regardless ing units could successfully be This would more than miti-
them in one area. By doing this of the “incongruous” and “chal- integrated into the Quarters gate any potential displace-
it inadvertently classifies them lenging” nature of its “special and into the City as a whole, ment issues in a healthy and
in a negative manner… needs” populations. This, repeated requests for a true positive manner while being
simply put, is fanciful and con- mixed housing approach have a significant driver for both
The BR is not mixed housing trived. Though quality physi- fallen upon deaf ears. the Quarters and McCauley
and its population is not di- cal design is a key element in revitalizations. This strategy
verse. Legitimate mixed hous- planning great neighbourhoods We urge that all the partners allows us to harness existing
ing refers to a mix of housing it, in itself, produces nothing involved in the BR re-consider infrastructure in the creation
types, costs, styles, etc. which but nice buildings, benches, their participation and take of true mixed housing and
results in a mixing of income and light posts that often rap- a bold step for social justice, inclusive development . . . an
levels, lifestyles, ages, races, idly fall into decay soon after. legitimate mixed housing, environmentally, socially, and
abilities, etc. Resulting from The language style used in BR urban sustainability, and high financially sustainable model
this are sustainable and inclu- literature is eerily reminiscent quality well considered urban that has the power to display
sive neighbourhoods that allow of that used when proposing planning. We further urge that the win-win capacity of Smart
the empowered and disem- the great non-market housing Council and City administra- Growth to the Capital Region.
powered people within our failures of the past half cen- tion be bold enough to openly A win for the Quarters, a win
society to achieve a synergistic, tury. state their concerns and oppose for McCauley residents and
powerful, and healthy commu- this ill-conceived concept. businesses, a win for those
nity. The BR exhibits classist We have raised concerns about needing housing and supports,
segregation, creating isolation the BR previously and these A Win-Win-Win Alternative and especially a win for the
from the supports of a broader concerns, though seemingly City of Edmonton.
community. This is clearly not heard, have been ignored. One We agree that this area is
mixed, diverse, nor inclusive. thing that we requested is that blighted and undesirable in
objective experts conduct a its present form but we do not
The disinvestment and deg- socioeconomic impact assess- accept the highest use of this
radation that has occurred in ment on the BR Project. This land is to segregate our vulner-
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gr EE N CU rrY Co Co NU t (CH iCk EN )
en and add
(no dairy, eggs, or wheat. For vegetarians, omit chick Ho is iN or aN gE CH iC kE N
more squash, sweet potatoes, and beans)
2 ½ lbs chicken (If you’re looking to serve chicken without
stuffing or as
2 ½ cups canned coconut milk a side when serving vegetarians and non
1 ½ cups chicken stock
2 lime leaves (or a little lime zest) ¼ cup hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons coriander seeds 2 tbsp rice or cider vinegar
½ teaspoon caraway or cumin seeds 1 tsp grated orange rind
3, 4 medium green chilies, finely chopped ¼ tsp hot pepper sauce
4 teaspoons sugar 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons salt
1 piece lemongrass Slice chicken into ½” strips. Marinate in
1 piece fresh ginger, 1 inch long, peeled and finely chop gredients at least 10 minutes. Thread on
3 cloves garlic, crushed at med-high heat, turning once for 4 min
utes or until
4 shallots or I medium onion, finely chopped golden brown.
1 piece shrimp paste
3 tablespoons coriander leaves, finely chopped
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
12 ounces sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
12 ounces winter squash, peeled, seeded and roughly
4 ounces French cut beans, topped, tailed, and halved.
Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Strain coconut milk
, cover with
reserving the thick part. Place the chicken in a saucepan Chissa De Dios (Caputolan) Schmuhl • Christ-
and the mas is a time for our family to get together and be
the thin watery part of the coconut milk, the chicken stock thankful for the bountiful blessings we have received
the spices in
lime leaves Simmer until just cooked. Set aside. Fry all year. I am from the Philippines and have been in
. Grind with
the oil. Grind the sugar and chilies and salt to make paste Canada for almost seven years. Celebrating Christ-
in a pan. Boil
the fried spices. Place a cupful of the chicken mixture mas in this country has been a unique and positive
until liquid is reduced. Add chicken stock, chicken, swee experience to me, but at the same time it brings me
ent, add the tears for the fact that I do not have my immediate
squash and beans. Simmer until cooked. At last mom family here.
thick part of the coconut milk and simmer to thicken.
shredded fresh coriander leaves. Christmas is one of the many seasons we look for-
ward to, especially if my dad is at home (in the Phil-
ippines) with us during this special day. It is a time
to be together as one, enjoying things like cooking
ga rli C, CH iCk pEa aN d spi Na CH so Up my mom’s special spaghetti, fruit salad, mango float,
leche flan, empanada, and more. On Christmas Eve,
HD the most important thing is going to church to cel-
(Nice heavy soup if you’re serving vegetarians.) ebrate Jesus’ birth just before midnight.
2 tbsp olive oil In our family we are not so particular with Christ-
mas presents but what my three sisters and I do
4 cloves garlic, crushed is that we give our parents a present. Other times
1 onion, roughly chopped we exchange gifts and so something called manito/
2 tsp ground cumin manita with family and our helpers. Manito (man/
1 tsp ground coriander boy)/Manita (woman/girl) means having a secret
5 cups vegetable stock Santa. We put all of our names into a piece of pa-
per and then roll it. We then pick a name, keep it a
2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped secret, and reveal it to the person on Christmas Eve.
s which were
15 oz can of chickpeas, drained (I have used black bean At times, we pick a theme for the week (something
good as well) small, sweet, round etc.) to give to our manito/mani-
1/3 cup heavy cream to. It is our choice to give those little things weekly
2 tbsp light tahini (sesame seed paste) or we can give everything during the big day.
½ lb spinach Most of the time my dad gives us a bit of money to
Cayenne pepper spend to buy a present. If not, we just agree on a
Salt and black pepper very small amount. All we care is that we are to-
gether on Christ’s natal day.
n. Stir in
Heat oil and cook garlic and onion until soft and light brow
Bring to boil When my dad is at home, there is an abundance of
cumin and coriander. Pour in stock and add potatoes. fireworks of many kinds at my house when Christ-
and simmer for ten minutes. Add drained chickpeas and mas Eve arrives. It’s so much fun to hear the loud
more minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Blend the bangs and different sounds and colors of fireworks.
tahini with the seasoning. Stir into soup with the spinach. Bring to After that we either go to our neighbours to greet
boil, stirring, and simmer for a further two minutes. (This them or invite friends and family to eat the food we
have prepared. It is a tradition that I always missed
also quite good pureed like traditional pea soup.) and wish one day to be home with my family to
celebrate Christmas. Perhaps one day they might
even come here to spend Christmas with me and my
husband in Canada. I believe that it will be a memo-
rable experience for them as well.
Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009 9
The Miracle All I Want for
Christmas Is . . . A
of Chanukah New Right Hip!
Colleen Chapman • Santa has seen both part of her small
came early to my household intestine (while it was heal-
this year. On October 15 I ing outside of my body from an
received a new hip! I donated attack of septicemia after gall
my old hip to the bone donation bladder surgery) AND seen
place where they pulverize it her own hip joint immediately
and turn it into a sort of ce- after it was sawn off the top of
ment to aid others in their sur- the thigh bone. During the hip
geries for other types of bone replacement a spinal is used
needs. Don’t ask me what they and therefore, although mildly
do with it - I was shocked to sedated, one can be aware
discover that there was a place of what is going on. I found
to donate bones at all. it fascinating – always liked
biology and physiology classes
Biggest surprise? When the – and as there was no pain, it
surgeon showed me my hip was rather exciting!
midway through the surgery
– the craters in the bone reas- So, Santa is getting mega cook-
sured me that the pain had ies under the tree from ME this
NOT been all in my mind. year.
Others who told me that the
pain relief would be immediate I began a brand new job on
had not lied to me at all. While January 2 of this year, and fell
there is a bit of pain associated down the stairs on my way to
with the exercises one needs to work on January 21. I’ve been
do in order to rebuild muscle fortunate to have unbeliev-
tone and strength, the awful able support from co-workers,
pain of needing a hip replace- friends and family, as well as
ment was gone! The most dif- the medical professionals I’ve
ficult part of the recovery is not visited often this year. Plus, my
doing things that are very easy benefits at work kicked in im-
to do – bending too far, stoop- mediately on my first day.
ing too low, twisting any way,
Paula E. Kirman
all of which, until the muscle I also look forward to being
strength is up to par, can cause able to do a better job of Volun-
My family’s menorahs lit up on the final evening of Chanukah. the hip to become painfully teer Coordinator for the paper
dislocated. in the new year. The Board
and Paula have given me won-
Paula E. Kirman • Chanukah selves, the Jews, led by Judah By the way, I’m willing to make derful support throughout this
is a Jewish winter holiday. It the Maccabee, had to hide out a small wager that I’m one of past year. Thanks to all of you,
is not the “Jewish Christmas” in a temple for eight days. The the very few folks in the Boyle and to those who have called
as some of my misinformed only light available was via an Street and McCauley area who and visited me.
schoolmates used to call it. In oil lamp with enough oil to only
fact, it has nothing to do with last for one day. It lasted for
Christmas at all. eight days. It was a miracle. a spECial CHristmas
As a result, Chanukah lasts As a result, I think that Cha- Wesley May • I came from Ontario in the late 1970s with my
for eight days and involves the nukah is a perfect time of the family. We spent most of the money coming out here and finding
consumption of oily foods like year to contemplate the mira- a place we could afford. We ended up living together in a small
latkes (potato pancakes) and cles we experience all the time. apartment. As a result, we could not spend a lot for gifts for
sufganyot (jelly doughnuts). Perhaps these miracles are not Christmas in 1977. My younger brother and sister made home-
On each night of Chanukah we as dramatic as the one upon made cards and gifts for our parents and we each got one gift.
light a candle on the menorah which the holiday is based, but The best thing, however, was spending Christmas in a new place
until the entire candelabra is they are important nonethe- with a fresh start.
glowing. We play with a four- less. The sun rises and sets,
sided spinning top called a snow falls, babies are born,
dreidel, gambling for chocolate and eventually green grass and
coins (called gelt). How much
gelt you win or lose depends on
flowers will show themselves
after a long winter. Other
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10 Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009
Learning Ask and Listen: Keys
for Life to Learning
with JoANNE McNEAL
I spent a lot of time with answer, but it is too late. My Last month while painting
Aboriginal Elders over the sister recorded one interview the first McCauley community
years, and several told me with my mother when she was mural, I learned something
that many Elders are dying well into Alzheimer’s disease, from each of the other artists
with their knowledge because and she couldn’t remember a that contributed. We don’t all
the younger generations don’t lot of detail, but at least we define things the same way,
ask them about the old ways. have her voice and some of the or understand colour or line
They said that the Elders information she shared. or shape the same way, but
won’t share their wisdom un- if we ask and listen to others
less they are asked. They said Recently, I was at a family we can learn a lot about them,
that asking shows the younger celebration with my cousins, and from them. I know I can
generations are ready to learn, uncles, and aunts whom I learn something from every
and they have to be willing to had not seen since we were single person on this earth, if
listen. children. One cousin proposed I am willing to be humble and
a toast to the family, saying ask and listen. So enjoy your
Take a tape recorder with “Look around you at the mem- family during the holidays,
At this holiday time, however you, and when relatives be- bers of this family. None of and don’t be afraid to ask and
you celebrate, we are often gin to tell stories, turn it on us is rich or famous, but we listen.
around family we don’t see and make sure it is recording. are all hard-working, hon-
often. What do you really know Tape what is said about the est, good citizens, who care Joanne is a McCauley resident
about your grandparents’ early old ways and former times, about our families and neigh- who will be teaching art edu-
years? How did your parents and take photos too. You won’t bours. We can be proud to be cation courses for the U of A in
feel growing up? What did your be sorry—you will have a a part of this family.” I had January, as well as teaching
aunts and uncles do for a liv- legacy of wisdom to pass on not thought about it that way, via distance for UCN in Mani-
ing? Take the time to ask ques- to your children. I am very and it did make me proud to toba.
tions about their past lives, and sorry that I did not record be part of my family. I learned
be prepared to listen to their interviews with my parents something that has given me
stories. You will learn a lot and grandmother before they perspective on who I am and
about yourself and your family passed on. I have questions where I come from.
that will give you perspective now that I wish they could
on who you are.
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Christmas with the
Isabelle Foord • A few years The next year, my neighbour
ago, at Christmas, I received decided to celebrate Christmas
the gift of lasting friendship. Ethiopian style, on January
It was a cold and snowy Sat- 1. She planned an elaborate
urday, a few weeks before the meal. She came to my door
holidays. I ran into my Ethio- early in the morning on New
pian neighbour and her infant Year’s Day and asked me to
daughter. We had a nodding cook a turkey. I was pretty
acquaintance but had never sure I could manage that.
spoken. On this occasion, she Then I found out the bird was
approached me. She told me in frozen solid! We spent the day
halting English of some terri- massaging the turkey in a
ble problems she was having. sink filled with cold water. I
I did what anyone would do. I began to imagine a midnight
paid attention. As a result, we supper. Luckily the turkey
formed a bond. was thawed and cooked by
5:00 p.m., just as the first
To celebrate the new relation- guests began to arrive. The
ship, I was invited to an Ethi- turkey, mashed potatoes, and
opian coffee ceremony. Did you gravy were a little bland com-
know that Ethiopia has one pared to the spicy Ethiopian
of the great coffee cultures of fare.
Join us onLinE! the world? In Ethiopia, people
grow coffee in their yards. The Last Christmas, I was pre-
If you use the Facebook social networking service, ceremony is conducted on the sented with another dilemma.
check out the Boyle McCauley News group! It features floor. A tray holds demi-tasses My neighbour, somewhat
and an earthenware jug. The upset, asked me, “What is
information concerning calls for submissions, volunteer green beans are roasted on an Santa Claus?” Her little girl,
opportunities, and some fun stuff too! electric brazier. As the beans now four years old, was cry-
begin to roast, the brazier ing for Santa. I was at a loss
is passed to each guest. You for words. How do you explain
Just sEarch for “Boyle MCCauley draw the smoke towards you flying reindeer to a woman
News” undEr groups. with your hands and breathe
in the heavenly aroma.
who mostly speaks Amharic?
Someone had told her the St.
Nicholas legend, but it wasn’t
On my first experience with quite the answer she was look-
the coffee ceremony, I be- ing for. This year, I am hoping
came alarmed at the amount that improved English skills
of smoke billowing from the and assimilation will provide
brazier. The smoke alarm was the answer to this pressing
beeping furiously. I thought question.
I was doing the right thing
when I jumped up and opened The Ethiopians upstairs are
the apartment door. Then the only two of my wonderful Af-
big alarm in the hall began rican neighbours. The women
to clang. Neighbours and the and little children are always
resident manager came run- visiting and playing in the
ning. When we explained it halls. I thoroughly enjoy this.
was only Ethiopian coffee, all Anyone who has qualms about
was forgiven. Without fur- mixed income living should
ther incident, the coffee was consider the global village I
ground, brewed, and served. It call home.
Isabelle is a writer in McCau-
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mCCaUlEY rEVitalizatioN UpdatE
Jane Molstad, Revitalization Coordinator • The Steering
Committee met on November 12 to identify the four key priori-
Pet ties for the McCauley neighbourhood. These priorities are based
Tales on the feedback from the community over the past eight months
of meetings, workshops and information sessions. This meet-
ing was in preparation for the McCauley Revitalization Public
Meeting where the community had the opportunity to respond
to these priorities on November 26.
Once the priorities are reviewed action ideas will be worked on
and built into the McCauley plan. There are a few more oppor-
tunities for input that will take place in before the end of 2008.
A shopper survey as well as a local business survey will be ad-
ditional information gathering opportunities.
If you would like to be on one of the working teams that focus on
these issues please contact me at (780) 496-6887 or emailjane.
email@example.com. You can make a difference.
Do you have a funny, heartfelt, or interesting story to share about your
pet? Submit them to Pet Tales! Please include a photo of your pet. Priorities For McCauley
Send your stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Olive. I was adopted with my brother Lennie from Safe Neighbourhood
a cat shelter in B.C. called Richmond Homeless Cats, when we • Police liaison/strategy.
were five years old. We like our new human, so we follow her • Address drug related activity.
around the house and sit by her when she’s working on the com- • Eyes on the street.
puter. Sometimes we sit down right behind her feet in the kitch- • Bylaw enforcement/health and safety.
• Derelict housing.
en and almost trip her when she moves. We like to lay on our
backs and air our tummies—that feels good.
Building the Neighbourhood
My brother Lennie is kind of a brutish wimp, and he meows a
lot. He tries to take my food but when I defend it, he runs. The • Education.
dogs like to chase him too, but they wouldn’t dare to chase me—I • Eco-friendly.
stand up to them and they yelp when I get my claws in their • Clean up.
noses. So they don’t even try to chase me anymore. I don’t like • Parks and green spaces.
to be held, but Lennie loves to sit on laps. Our human says the • Design guidelines/heritage guidelines.
latest research shows that its good for humans to have pets—the • Land use.
act of stroking a pet releases something good inside humans that • Viable housing mix.
helps them be healthy, and we like it too. So we’re happy. • Develop and promote vibrant and local businesses.
At holiday time, we like to bat at the decorations and balls on Celebrating and Promoting Our Neighbourhood
the tree. What fun it is to get them off and chase them across the • Build community connectedness and participation.
floor. We can hardly wait for the decorations to come out every • Social and multicultural events.
year and we try to play with them even while they are being • Promote McCauley’s diversity and uniqueness.
hung on the tree. Happy holidays! • Sports and recreational events.
• Arts in the neighbourhood.
As told to JM • Develop and implement marketing strategy for Chinatown,
Little Italy, and ethnic restaurants.
Sustainable Housing and Support Services
I’m not in very good shape.
I get winded riding in an • Liaison between business and residents with existing agencies.
elevator. • Accountability.
• Advocate on social planning issues.
There’s a theory that global • Best practices and investigate policy and bylaw solutions.
warming may trigger another
ice age. We certainly have a
with Isabelle Foord lot to look forward to, don’t
Kevin C. W. CHo, dd denturist
Joanna CHo, dd intern denturist
10815A-95 Street, edmonton • t5H 2e2
Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009 13
mCCaUlEY CommUNitY lEagUE boYlE strEEt CommUNitY lEagUE
Joe Cloutier port and educational program-
Holiday Reflections • As is well
ner City High
ming we offer don’t get lost in
the mix and greater vision of
the Boyle Street Renaissance.
I grew up in the Fraser Val- School is one The youth we serve do not
ley, and as a child was taken of the youth respond well to a more formal
often to Vancouver to see the
programs level of programming. But
automaton Santa and elves
displayed in the window of operating with respect, understanding,
Woodward’s downtown loca- out of the Boyle Street Com- and the opportunity to build
tion. Later in life, I worked munity League. We have been skills anything is possible. The
as a switchboard operator for exceptionally busy these past Edmonton Oilers Community
Woodward’s, first in Abbots- few months. With as many as Foundation understands and
ford and later in downtown 120 youth in our programs, recognizes the need and again
Edmonton. I still enjoy the many wanting to make chang- this year will bring the Ed-
department store shopping es in their lives and needing monton Oilers hockey team to
experience, the displays and to build social and academic celebrate the Christmas sea-
bustle of shoppers and sales skills but lacking resources. son with the young people at
clerks. We, in McCauley, are Adding all the activity around the Boyle Street Community
fortunate because we live close League.
the Boyle Street Renaissance
Wendy Aasen • The holiday to the downtown core and can
enjoy Edmonton and City Cen- to this mix has been a chal-
season is upon us and it is all lenge. The main challenge Joe is the President of the Boyle
too easy during this busy time tre, as well as Jasper Avenue Street Community League and
and City Hall decked out with though is to make sure that
of year to work on a kind of the youth who need the sup- Principal of Inner City High.
autopilot. So, I am taking a lights and decorations.
few moments to reflect on all
that is special about living in McCauley is pretty in the
McCauley during the holiday winter with the lights from
season. houses reflecting off the snow.
We are fortunate to live in a
Perfectly situated, we, as multicultural neighbourhood,
McCauley residents have where many faiths celebrate,
convenient shopping and a and where the holiday season
multitude of venues in Chi- extends through Ukrainian
natown and Little Italy for Christmas to the Chinese New
meeting friends for dinner, Year. My family enjoys the
coffee, or a glass of wine. We non-tangible advantages that
also have no trouble getting accrue from living here. We
around when the snow is deep can hear church bells ringing
and the winds are blowing. We on Christmas Day and have
have the option of just putting the pleasure of watching the
on our boots. Drinking and City’s firework display from
driving should absolutely not the back balcony of our home
be an issue in our walkable on New Year’s Eve.
community, centrally located,
with buses running on 95 and Part of winter is shoveling
97 streets. walks and waiting for plows.
The season reminds me of
The Christmas season, for me, neighbourliness and the need
is about family and food. No- to help each other manage
where else in the City can you during the season. I am al- lEt tHErE bE pEaCE oN EartH
shop in the Lucky 97 and the ways thankful when my back
Italian Store and then conve- alley neighbour, Al Odensky,
niently revisit them both for clears our entire street’s side-
forgotten or last minute items walks with his snow blower.
that are absolutely necessary I know I am very grateful to
for the season and for the those who help me jump my
feast. What other neighbor- car or assist me when I am
hood shopping experience of- stuck. This is what community
fers so much - olives, cold cuts, is all about.
fresh bread, vegetables, Ital-
ian and Chinese baked good- The Executive Board of the
ies? Where else can you shop McCauley Community League
small stores for a plethora of takes this opportunity to wish
items from all over the world, everyone a safe, happy, and
such as jade chopsticks, place joyous holiday season.
mats, clothing, and great food
items for gift baskets or stock- Wendy is the President of the
ings. McCauley Community League.
Paula E. Kirman
A peace rally was held in Churchill Square in late October on the National Day of Ac-
tion, calling for an end to the war in Afghanistan.
14 Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009
rUN For tHE CUrE
Vikki wondered why she was awoken by
bagpipes on a Sunday morning in October. As
she looked down from her apartment window,
she saw thousands of people heading past
The Hat the Chinatown gates, and realized it was the
Canadian Breast Cancer Association’s annual
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Run for the Cure. More than ten thousand
participants raised over $1.3 million dollars
Darlene Arseneault • It Now, let me get back to the for the cause.
was the Thursday after work walls. The walls, as I say are
crowd at “The Hat” which is black, but not just black; they
the reinvented Silk Hat. The actually have silver rain drop-
Silk Hat has been successfully lets evenly spaced over the
running off and on since 1912. black, with the negative im-
It’s an historical landmark and age of the droplets in deeper
much beloved. Jolene Edden, black. The wallpaper is from
the General Manager, says that Germany. You really do have to
people come in and tell her check it out. But enough about
about their memories of the the décor.
Silk Hat, and how their moth-
ers or grandmothers used to The food is excellent. The burg-
work there. Edden says they’ve ers range from $12.95 to $20.00
kept some of the old fixtures for the steak. Let me say that
and plan on remounting the old the Canadian burger at $12.95
sign, and the size of the restau- was the best burger I’ve ever
rant is the same. But it has a had. Really. With white and
completely different feel. regular cheddar, maple fla-
voured bacon wrapped in let-
The new Hat would be tough tuce (I can’t eat wheat), and a
to see if you didn’t already yummy special mayonnaise,
know where it was. The exte- the burger was wonderfully
rior is dark, the lights look like seasoned. To top it off, it was
they’re off, but upon closer in- served with a whole Polsky
spection, there’s a fine red neon Ogorky pickle and some pretty
sign that says “OPEN”, and the good coleslaw. The shoestring
place is respectably full of a fries were, to be frank, a little
mostly thirty something crowd. dry. Either make them crispier
or make them fatter, that’s my
The new décor is dark and has advice.
a definite unifying style. The
furniture –the tables, seats, I saw homemade pieces of pie a
and the bar are all sturdy. la mode being carried past me.
The tables and the floor look I could smell how good they
like oak. The seats are black looked. The after work drink
leather. There are mirrors specials are fabulous: four
behind the bar and elegantly dollars for a pint of Sleemans
placed bottles of booze that Honey Brown or a glass of red
seem to be lit from behind with or white wine. I hear that on
the light reflecting off the mir- Mondays you can get the same
rors. Cozy. And the walls are pint of beer for three dollars.
black. Yes, black. Strangely, I A great place to hang out after
didn’t feel cramped. The place work-especially, as I say, on
isn’t any bigger than the Silk Mondays. The Hat is open ev-
Hat used to be, and like I said, ery day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
it’s all dark tones and chunky and is accessible to McCauley
furniture, but somehow it feels through the number 5 bus
spacious. route. I give it one and a half
thumbs up -- they’ve got to fix
Is drinking a A.A. hAs the Answer
for sober lIvIng
Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009 15
Around The Neighbourhood
BOYLE STREET COMMUNITY SALVATION ARMY WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE- PARENT TALK, A PROGRAM
ChurCh And SERVICES 9611 – 102 Avenue COME MORE CONNECTED OF BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS
10116 – 105 Avenue (780) 429-4274 TO YOUR COMMUNITY? If OF EDMONTON Weekly peer
AgenCy serviCes (780) 424-4106 Men’s Residence, Anchorage Ad- you can spare 45-60 minutes support group offers you the
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 diction & Rehabilitation Chapel a week during school hours to support, tools, and information
BISSELL CENTRE p.m. Youth Drop-In, Wed. 4-7 p.m. spend playing games, reading to more effectively parent your
(780) 423-2285 Adult Drop-In, Thurs. 4-8 p.m. books, doing sports, laughing children. Drop in, no cost; light
Adult Cooking Classes: Community Soup Line EDMONTON CENTRAL and talking, building, baking, or meal and child-care provided.
Thursday afternoons Monday-Friday at noon. Housing COMMUNITY CHURCH making crafts, you could become Transportation assistance avail-
Beadwork class: Workshop, every second Wednes- 11661 – 95 Street a mentor to a child at Norwood able. McCauley Youth Centre,
Monday mornings day. Income Taxes March 7 Monday to Friday 8:30 – 8:45 School. Mentors say it’s the best 9425 – 109A Avenue, Tuesday
Wednesdays at noon – April 25th. Tuesdays 10 a.m.- 4 a.m. Sunday 6 p.m. Soup Line, part of their week! To join in the evenings 6-8 p.m.. Call (780)
Hep C Peer Support: p.m. Wed. 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. fun please call Leigh Roy at (780) 481-1292 for more
Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. 477-1002, ext. 314 or e-mail: information.
Movie Night: email@example.com. Our volun-
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (drop COMMUNITY OF EMMANUEL WECAN (CITY CENTRE) teers are valued members of our BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED
in) Women’s Health Group & Worship Services and Sunday FOOD CO-OP Norwood Family! Networks Activity Centre Society
Lunch: Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. School. Sunday 11 a.m. at Bissell CALL ALLAN AT (780) 424-2870 of Alberta is in need of individuals
Coffee House Dinner, music and Centre. Lunch follows. $12/meat order who are interested in sitting on
open stage: 3rd Tuesday 6:30 $8/produce order AISH NETWORK OF ALBERTA the Board of Directors. Networks
Deadline is 1st Friday of month SOCIETY Activity Centre is a recreation and
EDMONTON INNER CITY Annual Co-op membership: $5. 780-482-8921 leisure program for adult survi-
VICTORY CHURCH Need sponsors and members. vors of Brain Injury. The Board
BOYLE MCCAULEY HEALTH 10665 – 98 Street (AISH recipients pay NO member- especially welcomes persons
CENTRE 10628 – 96 Street (780) 424-4803 WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC ship fee.) with marketing and fundraising
Monday – Thursday 9a.m. Worship Service Sunday at noon. Located in the Women’s Emer- experience. For more info please
– 9p.m. Friday 9a.m. – 12:30 Praise & Prayer Tuesday 6:30 gency. Accommodation Centre, NETWORKS ACTIVITY call Darlene at (780) 474-3363
p.m. Women’s Health Promotion p.m. Men’s Bible Study the clinic is open Monday to CENTRE 780-474-3363, EXT. or Kathy at (780) 995-0817.
Evening Thursdays (except the Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Where It’s Friday from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 302. Volunteer! JOIN OUR TEAM!
last Thursday of the month) At Coffee House Friday 7-10 p.m. Networks Activity Centre provides LEARNING TOGETHER
from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., adults with brain injury a program Not your average preschool
preceded by yoga class at 3:30 THE MUSTARD SEED that promotes an active lifestyle program! Learning Together is
p.m. for one hour. Foot Clinic ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN 10635 – 96 Street through opportunities for social a FREE preschool for children
– Wednesday 1-3 p.m. Dental and CHURCH 780-426-5600 interaction, physical activity, and and their parents. Parents and
Streetworks during clinic hours. 9606 – 110 Avenue Sunday Worship Service (Sun. 3-4 community involvement. Volun- children attend all sessions that
(780) 426-1122 p.m.) Evening Meals (Mon. to Fri. teering with Networks Activity take place 2 times per week
The Rock Community Breakfast 7-8 p.m., Sat. 5-6 p.m. Centre is a wonderful way to Sept. 16/08 - June 09. Subsidy
Tuesday to Thursday 7 – 9 a.m. Personal Assistance Centre enrich your life and touch the for transportation and babysitting
Kid’s Club. Monday 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Mon. and Fri. afternoons 1 – 4 lives of those we serve. If you are available. In partnership with the
p.m.,Tues. and Thurs. evenings interested in joining our volunteer Centre for Family Literacy and
8-9 p.m.: evening are for team please call 780-474-3363 St. Gerard School Location: St.
students and day workers only, ext. 302. Gerard School 12415 -85 Street
please. Food Depot (Tues. and Call (780) 421-7323
Thurs. afternoons 1 – 4 p.m., THE LEARNING CENTRE
Wed. evenings 8-9 p.m.; evening Do you know an adult who wants
times are for students and day to improve their reading, writing LEARN HOW TO SAVE $$$ ON
workers only please). Drop In or math skills? Please tell them TAx. Call Boris @ (780) 242-
Coffee (Mon. – Fri. afternoons1-4 about The Learning Centre. We 5879.
p.m., closed the last Wednesday offer free tutoring and small
of the month. group learning at Boyle Street FREE DROP-IN ADULT ART
Community Activities Community Services. Call (780) CLASS Taught by Harcourt
Wed. afternoons 1-3 p.m. and 429-0675 for information. House artist Heather Shillinglaw.
every evening following the meal). 7 p.m.-9 p.m. every Thursday
Regual Recreation Activities PROjECT ADULT LITERACY evening in the basement of Sa-
include: Movie Night – Fri. 8-11 SOCIETY SEEKS cred Heart Centre. Contact Grace
p.m. Hockey Night in Canada, VOLUNTEERS at (780) 421-4363.
Sat. 6-11 p.m. Get involved. The P.A.L.S. is recruiting new
Mustard Seed is volunteers to work with the P.A.L.S. PROjECT ADULT
always looking for volunteers. Literacy Program, English as a LITERACY SOCIETY NEEDS
For more information call The Second Language Program, and VOLUNTEERS Work with adult
Mustard Seed, at 780-426-5600 Math Literacy Program. Trained students in the ESL - English as
or visit: www.mustard.ab.ca volunteers work with students a Second Language program.
one-on-one or in a small group Training, materials, and supplies
setting. Volunteers are required provided. Call (780) 424-5514
NICOTINE ANONYMOUS to provide three references, com- for more information.
RICK (780) 474-5593 plete a Police Check, complete
GWYNN (780) 443-3020 an interview, and attend training HEART OF THE CITY STEER-
Support for smokers who are prior to being matched with a ING COMMITTEE NEEDS
trying to quit. Call Nicotine student in a program. For more MEMBERS Now is your chance
Anonymous. information, call (780) 424-5514. to become a member of the
Heart of the City Festival Steering
Committee! You will be a part of
SACRED HEART CHURCH COMMuniTy evenTs an amazing crew that plans and
OF THE FIRST PEOPLES puts on our gem of a Downtown
(780) 422-3052 for further info And ACTiviTies music and arts festival. For more
on anything listed below. information, please call Darlene
Eucharist is held each Sunday at at (780) 757-1037.
10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Free Guitar Lessons every
Bimonthly programs available to Monday evening (Except
prepare parents for their child’s
Baptism, First Communion and
Beginners from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Confirmations. Traditional Native
Wakes, in First Nations, Métis,
Intermediate from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Sacred Heart School Basement
and Inuit traditions. AA meets in
the Parish Hall. Eating Disorder
9624 108 Ave. Space is limited
so register soon.
Group meets each week.WhiteS-
tone Project and Edmonton Inner
City Children’s Project Society run Free Latin and Brazilian Area residents can
their programs in conjunction with drumming workshops get a FREE listing on
Parish programs. Gospel music Every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. this page. Promote a
festivals, dances, youth dances, Sacred Heart School Basement
pancake breakfasts and Feasts 9624 108 Ave. community event, sell
are held in the hall throughout the No experience necessary, limited something, report a
year. space so register soon. missing pet - send your
For information or to register call notice (five lines or
Allan at (780) 424-2870. less) to info@bmcnews.
org and we’ll let you
know if we can get it in.
Classifieds are subject
to approval based on
16 Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009
Christmas Season Sharing the Gift of E A S Y
Self at Christmas
Blues Got You Down? What greater gift
is there? and you will see some who are
Colleen Chapman • When
I became a single mother in better off than you are, but you
1979, the first Christmas alone can gain many joyous experi- Joanne McNeal • At these
holiday times, we often focus
was devastating. Since my ences meeting new people. on giving and receiving gifts
husband had family in the city that we buy. However, one of
it became a tradition that our I get Christmas Eve with my the greatest gifts we can give
daughter spent Christmas day daughter, so for the past twen- is our time in caring for others.
with her father’s family. That ty-eight years, Christmas Eve Giving of yourself is really the
left me with little if anything to has become my Christmas Day. true spirit of Christmas.
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falling asleep that first one), family more than if I went to that did not have music or a IGLOO VASE
also work for others, so I’m list- a community meal or visited minister. We sang, played our THE BEST OF TWO
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