Past Issues


Fall 2021

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Summer 2021

In the Summer 2021 issue of The Yards, we take a look at the history of Edmonton’s Gaybourhood in Oliver and Downtown and the pioneers who paved the way for Pride. We also fill you in on guerrilla gardening. Who knew being subversive could be so good for the environment? We’ve rounded up some top patio picks for summer; fill you in on the changes happening in our ward before the fall election; and—wait for it—showcase some of the most shameful open pits in the core!

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Spring 2021

In the Spring 2021 issue of The Yards we take a look at how local restaurants are faring one year into the pandemic and the effect third-party food delivery apps are having on them. A vibrant core is one where residents and businesses alike are thriving so we’ve also rounded up some information on mental health supports. And you won’t want to miss our feature on the wildlife that exists all around us.

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Winter 2020

2020 has been a strange and unique year, which is why in the Winter 2020 issue of The Yards, we did our annual Best in the Core a little differently. This year, we’re bringing you the things we loved—unique stories of the people, places, and activities that inspired us through the pandemic.

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Fall 2020

In the Fall 2020 issue of The Yards, we’re talking about Edmonton’s charities that are grappling with the impact of COVID-19 on their organization, and their clients. The issue also discusses how two restaurants are adapting to survive during the pandemic, how you can explore Edmonton’s spookiest spots, and a ton of other physically-distanced activities you can do this fall.

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Summer 2020

In this issue, we’re talking about ghost kitchens and their impact on our community; in addition, we provide some tips on how you can green your space, both inside and out. The issue also discusses how the Edmonton Downtown Farmer’s Market has adjusted its operations, summer festivals in Churchill Square, and recreation space on Oliver.

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Spring 2020

In this issue, we’re encouraging our readers to come out of hibernation; it’s time to get off the treadmill and back on the streets! This issue also discusses what seniors love about living in Oliver, newcomers into Canada, and zero waste in Edmonton.

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Winter 2019

In this issue, we’re celebrating the Yards 5th anniversary with a roundup of Downtown and Oliver’s favourite secrets, mysteries, bargains and other bounty. We also take a look at the history of a painting at the Royal Alberta Museum and what it means.

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Fall 2019

Highlights of this issue include a feature on climate change, what it means for Edmonton and the province of Alberta. The issue also discusses health care in the core, the city’s tech sector, scooters and bikes, and more.

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Summer 2019

We dare you to explore the heart of your city – right here in the core – from ice cream, to history, to eating out after midnight, and more. The issue also features, Marc Workman, a blind disability advocate who explains how he sees Oliver — and how his neighbourhood sees him. Continue reading for news on the CNIB building, the downtown City Market, and a full list of events happening this summer.

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Spring 2019

Highlights of this issue include a feature on the supervised consumption site (one year later), the best festival spaces in the core, the land swap in Oliver Park, reawakening Rossdale, and how to own a pet in the core.

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Spring 2018

It is the era of #MeToo — of once powerful men losing status for their predatory behaviour. What does it mean for Edmonton’s core? This issue begins a conversation around that question.

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Winter 2017

This issue features the third annual Best in the Core Awards, our yearly celebration of the people, places and passions that make our core so sweet; a glimpse of what life is like for people who live on the other side of the chain link fence; and more.

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Fall 2017

Highlights of this issue include: Edmonton votes – why many residents won’t meet candidates on their doorsteps, a new protected grid for cyclists in the downtown core has our wheels spinning, and supervised injection sites arrive downtown, yet questions remain.

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Summer 2017

Highlights of this issue include a feature on Edmonton’s ‘hidden history’ and why some might not be celebrating Canada’s 150th, a look at Edmonton’s Churchill Square through the eyes of a festival organizer, a couple says goodbye to Oliver after 40 years, and a historical walking tour.

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Spring 2017

Highlights of this issue include a feature on how Edmonton’s Downtown and Oliver residents are embracing warm weather with the creation of vibrant balcony gardens, a look at Edmonton’s indigenous artwork, downtown businesses, third spaces and urban design.

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Winter 2016

The second annual Best in the Core Awards; looking at the plague of sidewalk closures; and six ways to be the best downtown ambassador this holiday season.

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Fall 2016

The Condo Board Survival guide, for new homeowners looking for harmoniously living in multiunit housing; 10 predictions for the opening of the historical Arena District; a handy map to the river valley’s amenities and future developments; and more.

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Summer 2016

The core’s live music revival; the ethics of legally protecting historical property; why dogs love the core; and an infographic celebrating the trees we love.

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Spring 2016

Why small retail makes better communities; Edmonton’s search for a chief planner; and how community gardens make help sow citizenship.

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Winter 2015

The social effects of downtown’s revitalization and how homeless services are working with corporations; six snowy activities that’ll have you wishing for longer winters; how parking regulations stall small businesses; and the inaugural Best in the Core Awards honouring Oliver and Downtown’s finest.

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Fall 2015

Downtown’s exploding student population and campus development; Jasper’s upcoming makeover; the rental apartment market—by the numbers; the Rossdale redevelopment and forgotten indigenous history; and more.

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Summer 2015

The future of bike lanes, getting fit in the urban core, the evolution of downtown’s churches, age-restrictive buildings and virgin homebuyers.

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Spring 2015

The monthly feature examines the citizen’s role in urban planning. A profile of filmmaker Trevor Anderson—with life advice from Werner Herzog. Tim Querengesser on why Edmonton’s bodegas are few and far between. Plus: 6 family activities parents will actually enjoy.

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Winter 2014

The Yards premieres with a history of Edmonton’s troubled but resilient downtown. Councillor Scott McKeen on why a “wet shelter” makes sense for chronic alcoholics. Two empty nesters return from the ‘burbs. Plus: 9 delicious meals so cheap you’ll hardly believe us.

Read The Yards: Winter 2014