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Heritage designation for home with ties to Edmonton’s railway

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A Westmount home that housed many railway workers in the heyday of train travel in Edmonton has been formally designated a Municipal Historic Resource by City Council.
The Marshall Hopkins Residence, built in 1912, is an excellent example of wood-framed, Foursquare construction. The residence includes original clapboard siding on both the upper and lower levels and a full-width open veranda on the east elevation.
“While the Marshall Hopkins home is one of many Foursquare homes in the Westmount area, each house has its own story to tell,” says David Johnston, Principal Heritage Planner for the City. “This kind of classic, square plan structure reminds us of an era when homes were built to be functional as well as beautiful.”
Mr. Hopkins was the Chief Land Surveyor for the Alberta Land Titles Office when he moved into the newly built home around 1913 and lived there for a year. The home has had a variety of residents, including a number of Canadian National Railway employees between 1926 and 1953.
The City’s Historic Resource Management Plan outlines the City’s mission to identify, protect and promote the preservation and use of historic resources. The Plan contains 24 policies and 88 action items that direct how Edmonton’s heritage should be preserved and celebrated. Since the plan was initiated in 1985, 152 properties have been designated with more designations planned in the future.

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LISTEN: THE OUTSIDERS Podcast features Edmonton’s Bryn Griffiths and Robin Brownlee

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This week on The Outsiders, Bryn and Robin spend time with TSN’s Chris Cuthbert


 

The Outsiders Podcast is a new offering in the local sports arena.   The Outsiders are Edmonton media veterans Bryn Griffiths and Robin Brownlee. Together, they intend to bring us a different perspective on sports gained from decades in the business.

As a result of their longevity, both have rolodexes literally overflowing with the contacts of some amazing sports luminaries.

This is a new weekly one hour sports podcast.  And while they’ll be covering most sports, they wantT to keep a keen eye on the hottest topics of the week in Canada.  Expect them to serve up some outstanding conversations with a variety of guests, like TSN’s Chris Cuthbert. Above all,  expect lots of opinions! 

“NOT always right but willing to listen.” – Bryn Griffiths

This week, The Outsiders spend time with TSN’s Chris Cuthbert talking CFL.

 

Bryn Griffiths is a veteran of more than 3 decades in the communications and media industries.  He’s worked in radio, television, social media, PR and media relations. The bulk of his experience has been broadcasting sports and news.  

Robin Brownlee is a Canadian writer and columnist.  He has covered the Oilers for the Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton Sun, among other publications.  Robin currently writes for Oilersnation.

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Edmonton community members explore using the Emergency Room as an entry point to transitional housing

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Is there a better way than simply releasing a person experiencing homelessness from the hospital back onto the street? It creates an endless cycle of emergency room visits and escalating costs, not to mention the challenges the patients face in having a successful recovery.

As we continue to look for solutions to homelessness in our city, a group of community members from different fields and backgrounds met recently to brainstorm and discuss alternatives to the practice of releasing patients into a state of homelessness.

That’s a long way of saying that if someone experiencing homelessness comes to an emergency room with a need for medical aid, the only alternative once treated is to release the patient back onto the street.  The chances of recovery are greatly diminished, while the probability of return visits increases.  The costs are severe, both to the person experiencing homelessness and to our ever-more expensive health care system.

Spearheading the initiative is Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, a veteran emergency room physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and a Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Watch this short video to hear from some of those involved and to better understand the concept and learn why there is a growing groundswell of support for this idea.

 

There are many ways that people can get involved with this initiative.  It’s common sense that housing and health are interconnected. Finding solutions to chronic homelessness and easing pressure on our health care system is something we can all get behind.

Please contact Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti directly to learn more about the project and how you can help:

Phone 780.932-7187

lfrances@ualberta.ca

 

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