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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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Bringing the City Closer to the Farm

Tam Andersen spends a lot of time at work on her knees. It helps her to see through the eyes of the children who come to visit. She knows that kids learn when they’re having fun. “I had a little fellow the other day,” smiles Andersen. “Jason arrived with his mom in tow and he’s like, ‘mom, I love this place!’ At age 7, we completely hit the mark with him.” Andersen is a pioneer in agri-tourism in Alberta. Her Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm...

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Adios American Dream

Walking into Audreys bookstore, I slither through about fifty people to find a spot where I can see. It’s nearly 7pm and approximately 200 Edmontonians are jammed shoulder to shoulder in the basement to meet “The Minimalists.” The Minimalists — Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus — discovered a newfound sense of purpose living life with less stuff after both dedicating their entire 20s to an unsatisfying corporate cause. By this I’m referring to money, status, and the...

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Block Party Has Special Guest of Honour

To call Dr. Audrey Evans a medical pioneer would be a bit of an understatement. Evans is the mother of Ronald McDonald House movement, which now independently operated facilities throughout the world. And, this past weekend, she was the special guest of honour for Ronald McDonald House of Northern Alberta’s Block Party. The house, located a few blocks south of Whyte Avenue, and an easy jaunt from the...

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It's All in the Details

Diana Davidson is used to doing a lot of research. Born and raised in Beaverlodge, Alta., Davidson has a PhD in literature. She put those researching skills to good use during the years she spent studying Aboriginal culture and what life was like in 1890s Alberta. The result of seven years of labour is her first novel, Pilgrimage, a work of historical fiction. The novel, which came out last September, takes place in central Alberta, at the Lac St. Anne settlement, during the time shortly after the...

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