Helping hands: Long-time Edmonton volunteer on his decades of giving back

Through helping others, Neil Kennedy found the strength to save himself. Staring at the faces of homeless folk he's known over the years, Kennedy laments that the portraits on his wall were bound for the garbage bin if he didn't intervene. Kennedy was volunteering at the Bissell Centre ahead of renovations when he stumbled upon the pictures … [Read more...]

‘We’re all humans:’ Photographer highlights stories from the street

After a decade and a half working in group homes, it was photography that put Jerry Cordeiro’s life in focus. For about four years, Cordeiro has been walking Edmonton’s inner city with a camera strapped to his neck and his heart worn on his sleeve. He’s the founder of Humans of Edmonton Experience, a blog that tells the stories of … [Read more...]

‘You don’t care if you live or die’: Near-death overdose leads teen to embark on nationwide tour

Leila Attar was unconscious on the floor of her Ottawa home when a loud knock at her door shook her from a drug-induced blackout at 2 a.m. “It was non-stop … I thought it was the cops because of how loud it was,” she recalled. It turned out to be a close friend coming to check on her because Attar, now 19, had stopped responding to … [Read more...]

Fort family falling through the cracks

Corrina Paul is seated in a lightly-lit living room crafting a bracelet. She is keenly focused, despite the trio of miniature hounds running in circles and yelping excitedly. As she binds the string into a black and yellow pattern, she explains how making bracelets provides her a sense of comfort, even as the strands of her own life are rapidly … [Read more...]

Music power couple rise as Moon Vs Sun

For a band made up of two of Canada’s biggest stars, the duo behind Moon Vs Sun is surprisingly down to Earth. Solo artist Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida will be performing as Moon Vs Sun at the Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival on Sunday night. The Juno award-winning artists, who are married, have performed in … [Read more...]

Meadow Lake Man Accuses Police of Racial Profiling

This story was originally published in the Meadow Lake Progress. Claims officer said “I know a drunk Indian when I see one” as he suffered epileptic seizure A Meadow Lake man is accusing the local RCMP of arresting and charging him with public intoxication when he claims he was actually having an epileptic seizure. Darrell Runningaround … [Read more...]

For Rich Or For Poor

Won 1st place in best news story /w circulation over 10,000 category at the 2012 Ontario Community Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Awards On an unseasonably warm January day, street nurse Cathy Crowe gazes up at an abandoned Victorian-era building on Sherbourne Street. As more than 80,000 requests for a subsidized home languish on … [Read more...]

Feed The People Or Pay For Garbage

After 25 years of serving meals to those in need, St. John the Compassionate Mission’s meal program could be forced to close as a result of a new garbage collection fee the city plans to levy on non-profit organizations. The new policy, adopted by city council on Nov. 29, will result in all non-residential tenants including retirement homes, … [Read more...]

Finding Peace In The Village

It’s 8:45 on an August night and the sidewalks of Ahmadiyya Avenue are illuminated with the vibrant colours of women and children in shalwar kameez. The unisex South-Asian cultural garb, traditionally worn in Pakistan, comes in an array of colours, though men generally wear white. While many nearby residents are getting their kids ready for bed, … [Read more...]

No Bull: Michael Roberts’ Story of Redemption

This story originally appeared in the April, 2011 issue of Downhome. Michael Roberts’ face is a canvas of pain. Almost his entire body is draped in ink, from faces and flames to skulls and swastikas. Individually, he says, his tattoos are meaningless. Collectively, they once offered a mask to his misery — a means of therapy for a life of … [Read more...]