THE warm weather is finally here, and so that means there'll be plenty of you hitting up the gym to shed those few extra pounds or to tone up for those glorious shirtless days of summer!
As much as some of you enjoy breaking a sweat, in whatever fashion you fancy, you might be growing tired of the drawbacks of those giant chain gyms. The abundance of people, the lack of interaction, the pushy salesman, and worst of all, the unreasonable memberships.
For some people they're simply bored with their gym routine, day in and day out running the treadmill at one of those big box gyms they heard about from some million-dollar TV commercial.
Now's your chance to break free of your routine and try something completely different! It's called Fitset, and it's about to change the way Edmonton gets in shape and stays that way.
Peter Pocklington was intent on bringing a National Hockey League franchise to Edmonton, no matter the cost. When the NHL refused to merge with the struggling WHL back in the mid-’70s, Regina-born Pocklington went to work, putting together a behind-the-scenes team that would allow him to realize his dream for his adopted hometown.
In 1978, Pocklington hired Larry Gordon as general manager, and then brought on Alberta’s own Glen Sather (as vice president and coach), who had actually played on the Edmonton Oilers WHL team for the 1976-77 season, before leading the team to a championship the following year as their coach.
In November of 1978, Pocklington paid $850,000 to sign on 17-year-old Brantford, Ontario phenom Wayne Gretzky (an Oiler from 1979-88) (as well as forward Peter Driscoll and goaltender Eddie Mio), who had just inked a deal with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association.
as human beings, are built to take things for granted. We sorta have
to, or we'd be in this constant state of awe and appreciation, thanking
the birds for their songs, the clouds for the rain, and the people we
love just for being them. It all sounds nice, but also kind of
those simplest of daily activities and routines, from taking a shower
to driving to work each morning, that we start to regard as pesky
obligations and necessities, even chores. For others, such as Edmonton's
Brenda Currey Lewis, there isn't much that is taken for granted.
Lewis has generalized dystonia, a
state of abnormal muscle tone resulting in muscular spasm and
abnormal posture, typically due to neurological disease or a side effect
of drug therapy. Since she was just seven years old, Lewis ha…
Imagine an Edmonton where tramways take you across the North Saskatchewan, and a giant Ferris wheel defines a new Whyte Avenue, or where homelessness is a thing of the past. With the right visionaries behind the helm, these things could be a reality someday!
IT'S been more than four years since the last time I saw my cousin Amy. She had just turned 30 then, so we and about a half dozen of her friends spent the whole weekend drinking far too many hazy shots of tequila and Jagermeister at an endless thread of Vancouver nightclubs.
But now she was on my turf, and those nights of overindulging in overpriced Cuevo and Bacardi were behind us. Well, sort of.
It wasn't even noon yet when I picked Amy up from the Edmonton International Airport. She had barely changed at all from when I shared a carpet with her during one of our drunken swoons back in B.C. "Neither have you," she lied.
Amy was "starving," and even though our next stop was lunch, she ins…
THE BEGINNING/THE importance of the 1998 Delwin Vriend Supreme Court case is best understood by sharing the fact that it is now studied in law schools around the world. Vriend was fired in 1991 from his teaching position at King's University College right here in Edmonton. t To be clear, this turned into a human rights case with historical significance when our small LGBTQ+ community organized to take on the Government of Alberta. The Tory government of the day refused to accept his complaint, as Alberta’s Human Rights legislation did not include sexual orientation. o Consequently, their position made it clear that it was legal to discriminate against us. We organized, reached out to our allies and took them to court! y VRIEND V. ALBERTA/Delwin Vriend, Gala-Gay and Lesbian Awareness Society of Edmonton, Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton Society and Dignity Canada Dignité for Gay Ca…