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Educate, Integrate, Celebrate

BY KAREN UNGER
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"In a world that likes to divide between us and them, it's not about creating a space for them and creating a space for us. It's about recognizing our common humanity."

Karen Unger introduces us to motionball, an organization that seeks to introduce young professionals to the Special Olympics movement and break down barriers between 'neuro-typical' adults and adults with an intellectual disability.

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Forestry: Sustainable Innovation

BY ANN NORMAND
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"If you or anybody you know is interested in a sustainable, innovative sector, you might want to take a look deeper into the woods."

Work Wild's Anne Normand explores the careful management and innovation currently maintaining balance between humanity's resource needs and the needs of a healthy forest. Dive into some of the technology and products, from bio-fuels to plastics to building materials, that are pushing forestry to the forefront of sustainable industries. 

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The Land We Stand On

BY CHRIS CHANG- YEN PHILLIPS
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"I want to persuade you today that there are in fact thousands of years of stories here, and I want to give you some tools to recognize them."

Storyteller, community historian, and Edmonton's Historian Laureate Chris Chang-Yen Phillips talks about what happens what he fields questions about history from Edmontonians, and what he's learned from working with locals to seek the answers.

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Choose Your Winter

BY KAIRI PAWLICK
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

"Choose your winter, and love wherever it takes you."

Kairi Pawlick shares her story of leaving the chilly Edmonton winter for a trip south—way south—to Antarctica, offering a glimpse at the vast uninhabited land where nature, beauty, endurance and reflection meet.

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Commuting in Winter: The Experiment

BY MICHAEL GLAZIER
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

"W always rush from point A to point B as fast as we can, missing all the creamy filling in the middle."

This winter, Michael Glazier undertook a lofty experiment. He ditched his car in the dead of winter in favour of a commute on foot. He shares what he found —not just out in the environment, but also in his thoughts—when he left the gridlock behind and gained a little more time to breathe.

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Reimagine the Arts District for Edmonton's Winter Nights

BY SHAFRAAZ KABA
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

"We're hoping to inspire people in our city to think about how to activate our streets and how to bring people out."

Architect Shafraaz Kaba shares his idea for bringing light and life to a public space that goes into hibernation through the winter. Using fire, light, art, and maybe a temporary tavern or two, he presents a compelling set of small interventions to breathe some winter warmth into the public realm.

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Nordic Walking: The Perfect Winter City Outdoor Activity

BY SUSAN YACKULIC
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

"From city streets to mountain peaks, all you have to do is go where your poles take you and enjoy the outdoors."

Susan Yackulic sheds light on the joys of urban poling, showing how a pair of nordic poles are an easy and accessible tool to keep healthy and happy while encouraging you to explore your own city on foot.

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Winter River Pavilions

BY MATT ROPER
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

Architect Matt Roper sees an opportunity to bring some warmth to Edmonton's vast river valley system in winter. Envisioning a connected grid of portable pavilions and warming huts, Matt proposes that the city combine its winter smarts, design prowess, and thirst for the outdoors to create this network of active and attractive winter hubs throughout the city's parks.

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Life in Luleå

BY EMMA SANBORN
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

"Do you think think there are ways to make winter cozier, easier, more magical, and more authentic?"

Emma Sanborn spent two years living in northern Sweden and came home to Edmonton with a few new ideas on how to make the most out of winter. From morning fikas and saunas everywhere to instruments made of ice, Emma shares how Swedes are leading the way in living the coziest winter way of life.

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Inside Coffee Outside

BY GLENN KUBISH
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

“Stopping is an overlooked good of riding a bicycle in the city. It’s completely overlooked when we seal ourselves in our automobiles.”

Glenn Kubish shares the story of a group of commuters who take the time to stop and have a hot cup of coffee in the cold Edmonton morning, giving us a new approach to enjoying the weather—and the company—when heading from point A to point B.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 7th, 2017. 

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Using Snow to Build a Better City

BY DARREN PROULX
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

“There’s an abundant resource that’s available to all winter cities, right below our feet, that could help us produce better, user-informed designs.”

Darren Proulx, Urban Planning Engineer with Slow Streets, explains how to start thinking about snow as less of a nuisance and more of a tool for cities— and how we can use it, literally, as a building block or even a guide to designing better public spaces.

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#BikeAllWinter

BY MANDY JOHNSON
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

Mandy Johnson talks about her small but active resort community of Canmore, Alberta located on the doorstep of Canadian Rockies, where she's part of a movement to get the town excited and confident to #BikeAllWinter.

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