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Episode 83 – Santas Anonymous

On this episode, Jocelyne Roberts tells us about how the amazing volunteers at 630 Ched Santas Anonymous helped her feel valued when she was younger. And we talk with Janine Foote, Marketing Communication’s Manager at Santas Anonymous about what it takes to deliver thousands of toys to children in low income homes each year. Links: Find out more about 630 Ched Santas Anonymous. See where you can donate toys. Or, if things are tight this year, reach out to them for assistance. Check out their volunteers opportunities. Read about their endowment fund. ECF Happenings: See our Rapid Response Fund in […]

Episode 82: Trailheads: a history of urban planning in Edmonton – Part 3

In part 3 of Trailheads, Julian Faid explores the history and impact of car culture on Edmonton. In the first half of the episode Julian is joined by Ashley Salvador, a city planner and president and founder of Canada Backyard Housing Association. Ashley walks us through the automobile’s contentious rise to prevalence through the 1920s, the automobile industry’s campaign to crown the car as king of the road, and whether the industry’s promise that cars provide drivers freedom actually holds up. Then we’re joined by Julie Kusiek, president of the Queen Alexandra Community League. Julie was at the forefront of […]

Episode 81: Trailheads: a history of urban planning in Edmonton – Part 2

In part 2 of Trailheads, Julian Faid is joined by two special guests to guide us on the next leg of our journey through the history of urban planning in Edmonton. Former Historian Laureate, Shirley Lowe will walk us through the colonial land-grab during the fur trade. How the soon-to-be city was first subdivided along the North Saskatchewan River. How the delay of a national rail line led to the first real-estate bust in the area. How the train finally came to Edmonton and how an influx of American nationals during the World Wars left lasting impact on how Edmonton […]

Episode 80: Trailheads: a history of urban planning in Edmonton – Part 1

Welcome to the first installment of Trailheads: a history of urban planning in Edmonton. In this special series we join Julian Faid as he explores the many facets of how Edmonton is designed, the consequences and benefits of these design choices, and how this little patch of land on Treaty 6 Territory has evolved over time. People have been gathering on this land for millennia and that’s where our journey begins. In part one of Trailheads, Julian speaks with Lewis Cardinal and Carolina Roemmich to learn about Edmonton’s pre-fort history. Why did Indigenous nations choose this particular bend in the […]