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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 •                             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.
                                                                                                                                                            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,
                                                                                                                                                            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,
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- 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: 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
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      CIRCULATION 4500 • SINCE 1979 •
          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

                               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

             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                               Gelderman, Michelle Hobbs, Sister Joanne,
LAYOUT AND DESIGN • Victoria Wiercinski             Layna Johnson, Maija Korhonen, Carmen                     Report Problem Properties and Derelict Houses • 496-6031                                  Loiselle, Mackey Family, Wesley May, Shari
ADVERTISING • Victoria Wiercinski                   Mati, Bob McKeon, Sherry McKibben, Kerrie                 Report Gang Activity • 414-4567                                     & 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 •
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 •
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
                                                    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
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.

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, 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)
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                                                          Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009                                              5

                                          Holiday Safety and
                                          Crime Prevention
                                           up, your doors are all locked                Parties
                                                                                                                                  iN Boyle
                                           and the alarm is set before                  • Arrange for a designated
                                           leaving your car.                            driver prior to attending par-
                                           • Don’t leave ANYTHING in                    ties.
                                           plain sight.
                                           • When returning to your car,
                                                                                        • Never leave your drink unat-
                                                                                        tended.                                   News!
                                           lock your doors as soon as you               • Drink sensibly and not on an
                                           get in and leave.                            empty stomach.

                                                                                        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 •
                                           • 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
                                                                                                                                  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.
• Ensure your windows are
                                           it is not, leave immediately and
                                           call 911.
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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-

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Christmas Recipes
    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
                                                                                                                          remaining in-
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
                                                                                   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
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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
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But what is this miracle, exact-           the menorah is lit on December
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ancient Syrians were trying                more attention to the miracles
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    10                                      Boyle McCauley News December 2008/January 2009

Learning Ask and Listen: Keys
for Life to Learning

                                    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

          PHARM ACY
                                                              ground, brewed, and served. It    call home.
                                                              was delicious.
                                                                                                Isabelle is a writer in McCau-
                 10659A - 97 STREET
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    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 &
                                                                           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.
                                                                  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:

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.

                                                                           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
                      (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:                                                                                        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:           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.
                                                                       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.
                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                      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. Others volun-        LUSH PLANTS, TEXTILES, TABLEWARE
that year I have managed to          to the twenty-four hour, month     teer to drive people home after     AND ARTFUL ORIGINAL IDEAS WILL HELP
do many things on Christmas          long Yule Log on Shaw Cable,       parties, or shop for the elderly.   THE FEELING LINGER LONG AFTER THE

Day – spending it with friends’      and covering up with a warm        Some collect toys, shovel walks     GLITTER IS GONE.
                                                                        for those who can’t, have neigh-
families, feeding the hungry,        blanket and reading all day        bours over for eggnog, or go                              CATERPILLAR MUG
getting together with friends        long! That became a habit for      caroling around the neighbour-                            PLAYFULLY
                                                                                                                                  DESIGNED FOR THE
who were depressed about not         me when I was in university,       hood.                                                     KID IN ANYONE.
having anywhere to go or were        and it works very well for me                                                                ADD A MATCHING
estranged from their families.       now.                               Sometimes we can’t afford to                              "VERY HUNGRY
                                                                                                                                  CATERPILLAR" COOKIE
                                                                        buy presents so we find ways                              JAR $50. FOR READING
Now I know what works for
me! All of the things I’ve tried
                                     Early on I learned that spend-
                                     ing Christmas with others’
                                                                        to give of ourselves. That’s the
                                                                        way it was in my family. As a       $10                   WITH COOKIES AND
                                                                                                                                  MILK, ADD A BOOK $15.
                                                                        child, my family took a Christ-
(except for getting drunk and        families made me miss my           mas service to a poor church
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
ing them here:                       in the hospital. Volunteering      violins and the piano, and after                          POLISH GLASS VASE
                                                                        the service we shared apples,                             HOLDS NIFTY BLOOMS
                                     is the best way to get out of      oranges, fun, and candy treats.                           INSIDE WHILE A WARM
Serving others is a wonderful        the doldrums, to feel useful or    That became part of Christmas                             CANDLE TOPS THE
way to feel better about your        worthwhile. If nothing else,       for me, and I passed that tradi-                          PRESENTATION. FOR

own life. Visit people in the        pick up a shovel and ensure        tion on to my own daughters.        $20                   $15, ADD A FLORAL
hospital, serve Christmas din-       that every senior on your block
ner to the homeless and poor,        has a clean sidewalk! You          One hospital here told me
                                                                        that there are lots of music                              FREEZE FRAME
or go for a community meal           can volunteer and help others      groups who come to hospitals                              PICTURE YOUR
even if you’re not homeless          without having to do anything      in the weeks before Christmas,                            FAVOURITE STICK
and just “kind of” poor – but        organized or requiring inter-      but nobody comes around on                                HANDLER.CRAFTED
                                                                                                                                  WITH REAL HOCKEY
be there to keep other people        personal contact – so if you’re    Christmas Day. So my daugh-                               STICKS, THESE 5X7
company. Whatever you choose         shy, shovel! Thank goodness        ters and I went to sing at the                            PHOTO FRAMES WILL

to do, you will meet people who      I’m not shy – I can’t shovel.      hospital on Christmas day
                                                                        many years ago, and the pa-         $30                   HAVE THEM CHEERING
                                                                                                                                  THEIR STAR PLAYER.
are less well off than you are,                                         tients cried and thanked us.
                                                                        It was a joy for us to do, and it
                                                                        felt like we were truly sharing                            BOUQUET CLUB
                                                                        Christmas joy.                                             SIGN UP A CLIENT, MOM,
                                                                                                                                   LOVER OR FRIEND FOR

                                                                                                                                   A ZOCALO "BOUQUET
                                                                        Last year, a long-time musi-                               CLUB" MEMBERSHIP AND
                                                                        cian friend of mine was very                               WE'LL AUTOMATICALLY
                                                                        sick in hospital, and his wife                             DELIVER YOUR FLORAL

                                 DRUGS                                  asked me to come and sit with
                                                                        him for an hour on Christmas
                                                                                                                                   GREETINGS EACH MONTH.
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                                MEDICAL                                 morning so he wouldn’t be                                  MONTHS AND YOUR 12th
                                                                        alone, and she could have some      MONTHLY                MONTH IS FREE!
                                                                        time with her mother. Stu was
                                                                        weary but glad to see me. Since
                                                                                                                                   GIFT BASKETS
         Celebrating our 40th Anniversary                               he couldn’t speak, he listened
                                                                        while I gently sang carols. It                             WHATEVER YOUR
                                                                                                                                   BUDGET, ZOCALO’S
                                                                        was emotional and we both                                  TEAM ASSEMBLES
                                                                        laughed and cried as we shared                             GIFT BASKETS
                 Products for Health                                    these songs. That was more
                                                                        precious than any gift you
                                                                                                                                   THAT SEND YOUR
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                    and Wellness
                                                                                                                                   TASTE! GOURMET
                                                                        could buy.                                                 COFFEES OR REAL
                                                                                                                                   COOKIES OR
                                                                        When we give of ourselves,                                 ITALIAN PASTAS...


                  10203 - 97 Street
                                                                                                                                   SAMPLES ON
                                                                        there is no greater gift, and                              DISPLAY TODAY!
                                                                        we get back more joy than we
                                                                        give. This year, Stu’s wife and I
           Across from the Winspear Centre                              are planning to go to the hos-
                         Edmonton                                       pital in Stu’s memory, and sing
                                                                        carols for whoever is there on
                                    Christmas day.

                                                                        God bless one and all this
                                                                        Christmas, and may you find
                                                                        the joy of giving of yourself not   10826 - 95 STREET, EDMONTON, AB
                                                                        only at this holiday time, but      TEL 780-428-0754
                                                                                                            OPEN: MON-WED 9-6; TH-FRI 9-8; SAT 9-6; SUN 11-5
                                                                        throughout the whole year.

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