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Construction Sites for Charity

When you walk by a construction site, chances are the only things you notice on the hording are graffiti and posters for punk rock shows that happened two weeks ago. But, through a unique charitable initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters will benefit from the hordings that will surround a number of new downtown construction projects. (For those of you who haven’t recently played a game of “enrich your word power," hording is the collection of wood barriers that go around a construction site.) ProCura Real Estate Services...

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Meet Alberta's Ethics Commissioner

Alberta’s new Ethics Commissioner is a former judge with a reputation for accomplishing anything to which she sets her mind.  “A friend of my parents who was a social worker told them that I was going to grow up a juvenile delinquent because I was the only child of a mother who worked,” says Marguerite Trussler. “She fought a lot of battles in the ’70s against discrimination. But I always had that role model that women could do anything.” After getting her law degree at...

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Cookbook by Duchess

When crafting a dessert at Duchess Bake Shop, the pastry chefs have a list of ingredients, but not a full recipe. So, when they take the delicate pastry from the oven, the sight, and the smell will indicate if the dessert is ready. “We don’t want them to just follow a recipe step by step. It’s important for them to always be mindful of the process,” says Giselle Courteau, co-owner of Duchess Bake Shop. ...

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She's Ensuring No Soldier is Forgotten

Maureen Bianchini Purvis was 12 years old when her mother died of breast cancer. In the final stages of her illness, the war veteran made a dying request of her daughter. “I was crying,” remembers Purvis. “And she said, ‘Please, Maureen. I don’t want you to cry when I’m gone. I just want you to remember me on Armistice Day.’ “That first November upon her passing, I took my poppy and went out to her gravesite at Beechmount Cemetery...

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Harsch Has Blueprint for Better Care for Seniors

Dawn Harsch tells the story of a pivotal moment when she was a nursing student and working as a psychiatric aide in the dementia ward at Alberta Hospital. The conditions were austere – concrete floors and walls, run-down furniture, six-bed wards separated by a curtain, and one bathroom.  Many of the residents she met had lived there for years. One, in particular, she will never forget. “He seemed lonely,” says Harsch. “So I struck up a conversation with him.  He asked me if I knew who Emilia Earhart (the first female pilot to fly solo across the...

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Advice to Supporters of Wolverine Monument, from an SCTV Monument Supporter

I believe that Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s 1982 four-issue Wolverine mini-series stands up as one of the greatest comic-book triumphs. I’m a fan of Logan, the mutant who can heal even a gunshot wound to the brain and who brandishes lethal adamantium claws. When Len Wein created the character in 1974 as a foil for the Hulk, little did anyone in the comics world understand that Wolverine would become the...

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Finding Roy Leadbeater

As I worked on this month's profile of sculptor Roy Leadbeater, I travelled through Edmonton and the surrounding area so I could look at his work, up close. In a lot of cases, these were sculptures I'd seen before, but I hadn't really stopped to have a good look. There are sculptures that are fairly easy to locate in the downtown core. And, then there's "Children Having Fun," which is found in a park in Cardiff, about a half-hour drive north of city, depending on how badly traffic...

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Taphorn Brought Elvis to Westlock County

When Trudy Taphorn grabs onto something, she tends to grab on hard. An example is when she accepted two registered collies as payment from a Saskatchewan couple  for training their horses. She thought the dogs would make good family pets. Then a friend took her to a dog show. “I was there for 15 minutes and I couldn’t believe this world existed without me in it,” says Taphorn. “I started showing in 1987 and in 1989, I was awarded top breeder of collies in Canada.” The owner of...

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Avenue Editor Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

As some of you may know, I have a bit of a passion for football... as in soccer. I really enjoy spending some of my Sundays doing colour commentary on FC Edmonton home matches for Citytv. FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller, after receiving an ice bath of his own, challenged me to take the ice bucket challenge. Because of the wind, the audio isn't super, but I decided not to challenge anyone. What I said is that I want to be like the team on The Amazing Race who decides not to U-turn anyone. Instead, I ask anyone who watches the...

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Crawl Helps Expose 124th St. Businesses

If you’re in the 124th Street shopping district, you can see the signs in almost all of the windows of local businesses. They advertise that it’s still business as usual in the High Street District, even though the project to rebuild the bridge that connects Glenora and points west to 124th Street won’t be completed until well into 2015. The bridge on 102nd Avenue was closed to traffic on July 1, and then taken down.  So, with that added pressure on 124th Street, this year’s ...

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