Ice on Whyte Festival Celebrates Mardi Gras at the 13th Annual Festival in Edmonton, January 21 to 31, 2016

Ice-Whyte-FestivalIce on Whyte is jam packed with outdoor winter activities. Watch artists at work, listen to live music by Alberta artists, slide down the giant ice slide, make some crafts, try your hand at ice carving  in the L’il Chipper igloo, taste some delicious food and hot beverages in the outdoor food court, stop by the Rusty Anchor Grog Stop for a grown-up beverage and much more!  The Festival is open for outdoor winter fun, 10 am to 10 pm, from Thursday, January 21 to Sunday, January 24 & Thursday, January 28 to Sunday, January 31, 2016. Family Day on Thursday January 21 launches the festival with a Mardi Gras Parade at 1 pm and full day of family fun with crafts, games, storytelling, a magic show, a barn dance and more.

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Ski or Volunteer for the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival on February 12-13, 2016 – EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

Birkie 2016Now celebrating its 31st year, the Canadian Birkebeiner is the premier classic ski festival in Canada with broad appeal and international scope, attracting approximately 2,000 skiers from near and far; the largest classical ski event in Canada. It’s a family-oriented, friendly cross-country ski loppet (recreational event) honouring the spirit of the 800-year-old historic legend of the original Birkebeiners who saved the heir to the Norwegian throne in a 55 km epic journey. There are multiple events and distances – something to suit all ages and abilities: legendary premier 55 km Birkie With Pack, 55 km Birkie Lite, 40 km Skate-Ski, 31 km Tour, 13 km Mini Birkie, and an untimed 2.5 or 4 km Ole’s Tour for kids and novices. The celebration of events begins with the Opening Ceremonies and ends with the Vikings’ Feast after the Birkebeiner ski events.

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Women’s Initiative Edmonton: A Drive for Women’s Equality in Edmonton

Womens-InitiativeWomen’s Initiative Edmonton is a City of Edmonton initiative that’s changing the way the city’s leaders make decisions and develop policies by encouraging them to view issues through a “gender lens” and include the valuable perspectives of girls and women in shaping conversations. Formed in 2014 and inspired by a series of community forums on women’s issues held in 2012 by then-mayor Stephen Mandel, Women’s Initiative Edmonton is supported and endorsed by the Edmonton City Council, as well as active Mayor Don Iveson, Councilor Bev Esslinger and Edmonton’s Community Services Department. One of the first initiatives of its kind in Canada, Women’s Initiative Edmonton uses a multi-pronged approach to promote equality and inclusion for the city’s women.

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New ABMI Report on Biodiversity Health in Northeast Alberta Forest Management Agreement Area

ABMIA new ABMI report “The Status of Biodiversity in Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. Forest Management Agreement Area” examines how the current condition of biodiversity and human footprint changed in the Al-Pac Forest Management Agreement (Al-Pac FMA) area between 1999 and 2012. This new study represents the ABMI’s first update on the status of biodiversity for an administrative unit; a preliminary assessment of the Al-Pac FMA area was completed in 2009. Located in northeastern Alberta, the Al-Pac FMA area is predominantly forested and covers about 10% of Alberta’s land base. Between 1999 and 2013, ABMI’s monitoring efforts found that human footprint increased by 3.1%, such that 7.5% of the Al-Pac FMA area had been transformed by human activity as of 2013. Most of this increase was the result of forestry, which increased from 2.5% to 4.8% over this time frame.

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