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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 McCauley center spot was occupied by a cardboard house. Homefest 2008 ” 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, ” give. 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 Heather Shillinglaw 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, NotEs Community Perspectives 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 Boyle McCauley News is a non-profit newspaper published monthly by the Boyle McCauley Community Newspaper Society. The Society is made up of the people who 12 to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles should be no longer than live and work in the Boyle Street and McCauley neighbourhood. Opinions expressed five hundred words and accompanied by photographs whenever in the newspaper are not necessarily those of the Board of Directors. Any submissions may be subject to editing for length and suitability. possible. Submissions may be edited for length and clarity. Not everything received is guaranteed to be published. CIRCULATION 4500 • SINCE 1979 • www.mccauley.info/bmn Vol. 29 N o. 10 dECEmbEr 2008/JaNUarY 2009 Boyle McCauley Suite B1, 10826-95 Street, Edmonton AB, T5H 2E3 phone (780) 425-3475 fax (780) 429-4075 email: email@example.com BOARD OF DIRECTORS Crime and Safety Christine Chomiak, John Gee, Tim Nixon, Deborah Stewart EDITORIAL COMMITTEE Linda Dumont, Isabelle Foord, Diana Gray, Nicholas Hermansen, Donna Mackey, Joan MacKinlay, Wesley Numbers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Gelderman, Michelle Hobbs, Sister Joanne, LAYOUT AND DESIGN • Victoria Wiercinski Layna Johnson, Maija Korhonen, Carmen Report Problem Properties and Derelict Houses • 496-6031 email@example.com Loiselle, Mackey Family, Wesley May, Shari ADVERTISING • Victoria Wiercinski Mati, Bob McKeon, Sherry McKibben, Kerrie Report Gang Activity • 414-4567 firstname.lastname@example.org & Ryan Miller, Tim Nixon, Phil O’Hara, Kate PROOFREADER • Barbara B. Kirman Quinn, Kim O’Leary & John Reilly, Henry General Crime/Complaints • 423-4567 ACCOUNTING • Rosalie Gelderman Schuurman, Karen & Joe Simons, Garry THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS, Spotowski, Gordon Stamp, Alex Stewart, EPS website • police.edmonton.ab.ca WRITERS AND CONTRIBUTORS • Caroline Stuart, John-West Family - click on Crime Prevention Wendy Aasen, Darlene Arseneault, Our goal is to report issues fairly and provide - click on Prostitution Resource Centre C. Carlson, Cst. Nicole Chapdelaine, a variety of perspectives on issues affecting Colleen Chapman, Joe Cloutier, HD, Frank this community. The opinions expressed in Safedmonton website • www.edmonton.ca/safedmonton Gasparik, Jim Gurnett, Paula E. Kirman, JM, Boyle McCauley News are those of the people Wesley May, Joanne McNeal, Jane Molstad, named as the authors of the articles, and do not Report A Drug House • 426-8229 Chissa De Dios (Caputolan) Schmuhl , necessarily reflect those of the Board, staff, or email@example.com Editorial Committee of the paper. Heather Shillinglaw, Vikki Wiercinski Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009 3 VolUNtEEr oF tHE moNtH Paula E. Kirman • Michelle arE YoU oUt is a carrier who has been with tHErE? 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 ing Cooperative. response. 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, Druscilla Cornell 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 Dreshel Cohen 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 Are Your are experiencing problems McCauley Community League Neighbours receiving BMC News, please contact our office at (780) receiviNg BMC 425-3475 or send us an e-mail News? at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your address. 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Christmas Trees ATM Machines • 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. Boyle Street 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 • locked. • 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 unattended. • 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 kids. readers both 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 Christmas/Happy Holidays! Promote your 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. area. • Ensure your windows are it is not, leave immediately and call 911. support the community by NEw HEart oF tHE CitY stEEriNg CommittEE booking your ad today! Contact Vikki at email@example.com for rate and size information. www.mccAuleY.iNfo/bmN 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. with Music Ansgar Lutheran 9554-108A Avenue (780) 422-8777 Christmas Eve: 2:00 p.m. (Danish) 3:30 p.m. (English) Christmas Day: 10:30 a.m. (Danish) Cornerstone New Testament 9620-109 Avenue (780) 426-2646 Call for service times. Family Worship Centre (Elim Fellowship) 10605-96 Street (780) 424-6422 Christmas Eve: 7:00 p.m. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (Greek Orthodox) 10902-96 Street (780) 428-3354 Call for service times. Mustard Seed (Interdenominational) 10635-96 Street (780) 426-5600 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- Do you have a story idea? Know someone in the community who has stories done something outstanding? Aware of some community news? Have an event to share information about? Contact us! wANted (780) 425-3475 or firstname.lastname@example.org 8 Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009 Christmas Recipes gr EE N CU rrY Co Co NU t (CH iCk EN ) HD 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) HD 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 together.) 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 remaining in- ped 1 piece fresh ginger, 1 inch long, peeled and finely chop gredients at least 10 minutes. Thread on skewers. Grill 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 chopped Christmas From 4 ounces French cut beans, topped, tailed, and halved. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Strain coconut milk into bowl, the Philippines , 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 t potatoes, 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. Serve with 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- simmer 5 and simmer for ten minutes. Add drained chickpeas and mas Eve arrives. It’s so much fun to hear the loud cream and 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 soup is 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 Myros Pharmacy miracles we may experience in 10646 - 101 Street which side the dreidel lands on after it stops spinning. our lives include the first kiss Phone 426-3839 On each side of the dreidel is of love, getting a much-desired a Hebrew letter which together job, graduating from school, or Monday - Friday represent the sentence “a great overcoming a serious illness. 8:30am - 5:30pm miracle happened there.” Saturday This year, the first candle on 9am - 2pm But what is this miracle, exact- the menorah is lit on December ly? Also known as the “Festival 21 and the last one on De- MEDICATION PLU S of Lights,” the history of Cha- cember 28 (with the final day nukah is found in the Book of extending into December 29 free blood pressure monitoring Maccabees, which is part of the – days on the Jewish calendar free home consultation with prescription deliver y Apocrypha -a series of Bibli- start and end at sundown). As free health videos to view or loan cal-era texts that did not make each candle is lit, I will reflect free blister packs it into Protestant or Jewish upon a miracle in my own life Bibles, only Catholic ones. The and make a promise to pay Myros for all your health needs! ancient Syrians were trying more attention to the miracles to commit ethnocide by extin- that surround me every day. --postage stamps-- guishing Jewish religious prac- GROUNDS ESPRESSO BAR tices. To try to protect them- 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. BISSELL CENTRE’S THRIFT SHOPPE 8818-118 Ave 9232 - 34 Ave 471-6644 440 - 1883 Your community store!! Gently used and new products arrive daily, all priced to suit your budget. Come in and take a look!! Hours of Operation Monday - Saturday Sunday (north store only) 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009 11 Christmas with the Ethiopians 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. MINH 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 PHARM ACY ground, brewed, and served. It call home. was delicious. Isabelle is a writer in McCau- ley. 10659A - 97 STREET PHONE 428-8186 MON-FRI 10-7 SATURDAY 10-3 SUNDAY 12-3 HOLIDAYS CLOSED “Serving Edmonton & Area Since 1986” • Free Prescription Pick-up & Delivery • • Free Dosett & Blister Pack Services • 12 Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009 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. Olive Olive & 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- Lennie Lenny 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 • Walkability. My brother Lennie is kind of a brutish wimp, and he meows a • Roadway/design/transportation. 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. Funny Sustainable Housing and Support Services Something 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 we? Kevin C. W. CHo, dd denturist Joanna CHo, dd intern denturist 10815A-95 Street, edmonton • t5H 2e2 (780) 425-8471 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 known, In- 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- John Hollinrake 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 10251 Jasper Avenue (780) 429-4471 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 Vikki Wiercinski 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 those fries. Is drinking a A.A. hAs the Answer for sober lIvIng problem? 424-5900 Vikki Wiercinski 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 Statutory Holidays) Beginners from 6 to 7:30 p.m. rEsidEnts Confirmations. Traditional Native Wakes, in First Nations, Métis, Intermediate from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sacred Heart School Basement gEt frEE and Inuit traditions. AA meets in the Parish Hall. Eating Disorder 9624 108 Ave. Space is limited so register soon. cLassifiEd Group meets each week.WhiteS- tone Project and Edmonton Inner ads! 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 appropriateness and available space. 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. do on the day itself. Needless What makes me the happiest A number of people find true ZOCALO’S COLOURFUL COLLECTION OF to say, I felt a lot of self-pity most times now is a special joy in helping to serve meals HANDMADE VASES, FRESH FLOWERS, that first Christmas. Since book, turning on the television to the hungry. 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