Year of Unrest

By albertaviews

The pandemic wasn’t all we had to cope with in 2020. There was turmoil across Alberta. Protesters blockaded CN Rail’s line west of Edmonton to oppose a gas pipeline in BC. Moms Stop The Harm held a “die-in” at the legislature in response to the threatened closure of supervised consumption sites. UCP government budget cuts sparked mass protests in cities and towns alike. After the premier announced the closure and delisting of provincial parks, 12,000 signs—“Defend Alberta Parks”—sprouted on lawns. Peace Camp, a tent city in an Edmonton park, drew attention to a lack of secure housing. In October, after the UCP government said it would cut 11,000 healthcare jobs, AUPE members went out on wildcat strikes across the province.

Black Lives Matter protest, Calgary, June 3, 2020. (photo: Funeh Aliu)


Rally for supervised consumption sites, Edmonton, February 26, 2020. (photo: Paula Kirman)


Supporters of Wet’suwet’en at a rail line blockade, Edmonton, Feb 2020 (J. Franson/CP)


Peace Camp, Edmonton, Sep 2020 (P. Kirman)


Doctors protest, Pincher Creek, Jun 2020 (R. Cassidy/Pincher Creek Echo)


Defend Alberta Parks volunteers


Amber Tuccaro “Angelversary,” Edmonton, Aug 2020 (P. Kirman)


U of L Faculty Association solidarity march, Lethbridge, Oct 2020 (ULFA).


Thousands of Albertans from a diversity of occupations and backgrounds came out to protest budget cuts from the UCP government, downtown Calgary, Feb 29, 2020 (Calgary Herald).


Workers protest, Grande Prairie, Feb 2020 (J. Watson/Daily Herald-Tribune)



Calgary’s Chinatown has been relocated twice—first in 1886, after a fire on Stephen Avenue destroyed half the neighbourhood, and again in 1910 when a CPR proposal to build a hotel in the vicinity of Chinatown forced residents to relocate.

Brave New World

INFOCUS PHOTO EXHIBIT These images are from the seventh annual InFocus, an exhibition of contemporary Canadian photography curated by Alexis Marie Chute and Aaron Chute, at Wild Skies Gallery in the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel, Feb 1–Apr 9.

Humans of Edmonton

Cordeiro wanders Edmonton’s roads, alleys and river valley, documenting stories of the less fortunate and showcasing a range of colour, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, creed and migration status. He only photographs people whose trust he earns. See more of his work on Humans of Edmonton Experience’s Facebook page.