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  • 1 hour Calgary loses another heritage building as century-old Cope House demolished CH -Local
    A century-old house in the Upper Mount Royal neighbourhood is no longer, after being torn down in late January. Cope House, described as an “eclectic” structure built in 1912 on Hillcrest Ave. S.W., was knocked down just five days before the 115-year-old Enoch Sales House was destroyed by a fire. It struck another blow to the city’s dwindling crop of heritage buildings, which continue to have their fate sealed due to a lack of protection, according to Josh Traptow, executive director of the Calgary Heritage Authority. Although included on the city’s Inventory of Historic Resources, Cope House was never protected through ... more
  • 1 hour Skiers caught in avalanche and stranded snowmobiler rescued near Fernie CH -Local
    Three people have been rescued from frigid and dangerous conditions near Fernie after two separate emergency calls on Sunday. Members of Fernie Search and Rescue were called to Mt. Fernie around 11:40 a.m. after reports of skiers trapped in an avalanche. In a statement on its Facebook page, the search and rescue team said five people were skiing in the area when “a slide was remote triggered above them,” burying two of the skiers. One person was able to dig themselves out and the second was located approximately 15 minutes later just above Fairy Creek, the rescue team said. Three rescuers responded ... more
  • 2 hours Reservation rush is on for Alberta campgrounds CH -Local
    Albertans looking for a camping getaway at a provincial park this May long weekend will get their first chance to book a site Tuesday morning as the reservation system opens. Campers can reserve an individual campsite for the south region starting at 9 a.m., followed by Kananaskis Country two hours later, by logging on to reserve.albertaparks.ca. Reservations for the central region open at 1 p.m., while campgrounds in the northwest/east regions can be booked as of 3 p.m. Group camping areas have been available for bookings since Feb. 4. Last year, Alberta’s reservation system processed more than 164,000 individual campsite ... more
  • 5 hours Braid: New Liberal pipeline stall signals epic battle if UCP wins CH -Local
    The NDP hasn’t called an election campaign but Jason Kenney is running one anyway. The UCP’s weekend bash in Edmonton was pure campaign hype and hooplah. The presence of 500 party members on a frigid Family Day weekend shows how primed and zealous these people are. The sessions featured a lot of fierce talk from Kenney about fighting Ottawa over the Trans Mountain pipeline. Then came Monday’s jolting news that Ottawa may extend its review time beyond the 90 days required after release of a National Energy Board report on Friday. Two crucial points are looking more obvious. The Justin Trudeau ... more
  • 7 hours Review: CPO and soloist a perfect pairing for romantic interlude CH -10Ment
    For the CPO, Valentine’s Day came a couple of days late this year, being musically celebrated on Feb. 16 in a concert that was variously billed as French Romance or Pieces de resistance, depending upon which marketing blurb one encountered. The all-French program was conducted by Karl Hirzer, the orchestra’s associate conductor, with Canadian violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou as the violin soloist. She performed two familiar works from the romantic French violin repertoire: Chausson’s Poeme and Ravel’s gypsy-tinged Tzigane. Hou is a familiar figure in Calgary, having performed several times with the orchestra, including (memorably) the Butterfly Lovers Concerto just ... more
  • 7 hours Coun. Jeromy Farkas asking residents to weigh in on new arena CH -Local
    Coun. Jeromy Farkas plans to “kick off the conversation” about a potential new event centre at a town hall meeting Thursday, which he says will focus on questions including whether Calgarians want a new arena. Farkas, whose ward includes the Saddledome, said he also wants to find out whether residents support city taxpayers contributing financially to a new arena, and whether they would like to have their say on an arena deal in a formal vote. The councillor has sent out a notice to Ward 11 residents asking them to weigh in with their responses to those questions in advance of ... more
  • 10 hours Calgary weather: A good Family Day forecast (relatively speaking) CH -Local
    Happy Family Day Monday — the weather seems to be cooperating for Calgary today, with a shining sun and relatively warm temperatures. According to Environment Canada, Calgary faces clear skies throughout the day, with a high of -12 C and a low of -18 C coming in the afternoon. Dress for the cold, though, because wind chill could make temperatures as low as -33 C, and there is a risk of frostbite. And while you’re out and about enjoying Family Day, remember that a snow route parking ban will also go into effect for Calgary at noon Monday. Overnight the low is ... more
  • 1 day Missionaries arrive home in Calgary after fleeing Haiti CH -Local
    More than two dozen missionaries from southern Alberta landed home safely on Sunday after civil unrest forced them to flee Haiti. Protesters have blocked major highways across the country in recent days in an effort to pressure President Jovenel Moise to resign. Widespread anger has been felt over skyrocketing inflation and the government’s failure to prosecute embezzlement from a multi-billion Venezuelan program that sent discounted oil to Haiti. “There has been roadblocks and looting and burning tires and burning cars. If anyone tries to go out on the street, they will destroy your car and it’s very dangerous,” said Lisa Honorat, co-founder ... more
  • 1 day 30 dogs rescued from northern Saskatchewan by Calgary volunteers CH -Local
    Around 30 dogs rescued from remote communities in northern Saskatchewan are headed west in search of their fur-ever homes thanks to the Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue. The mix of puppies and full-grown pooches hit the road on Sunday and were bound for a new lease on life in Calgary after they were found near First Nations reserves in Saskatchewan. Rescuers rounded up the abandoned pooches on Saturday before driving them to a Calgary shelter for adoption and fostering. “These dogs have been living outside in the freezing cold, some have lived outside their entire lives, some have been abandoned there,” the ... more
  • 1 day Boil water order issued for parts of Lethbridge county CH -Local
    Two communities near Lethbridge are under a boil water order from Alberta Health Services after a loss of water pressure may have caused non-potable water to enter the system. Both Edgemoor and the Sunset Acres subdivisions are under the order and AHS says residents “must boil water prior to use” or get water from a water truck provided by the City of Lethbridge at the west end of Sunset Lane. AHS said the order will remain in effect until further notice. Updates will be available on the Lethbridge County websiteFacebook and Twitter pages. For more information on safety tips during a boil water warning visit www.albertahealthservices.com. RRumbolt@postmedia.com ... more
  • 1 day Crews search fire wreckage after possible explosion in the southeast CH -Local
    Emergency crews are working to determine if anyone was injured in a possible explosion during a two-alarm blaze on Sunday morning. Dozens of 911 calls around 4:20 a.m. reported “a loud bang” in the 300 block of Douglas Glen Close S.E., the fire department said in a statement. One caller said they heard “a loud sound, glass shattering and then flames visible from the second floor of the single-family home.” When fire crews arrived they found a home fully engulfed in flames with fire spreading to the neighbouring residences. The fire department called a second alarm for additional resources to fight ... more
  • 1 day Calgary weather: Still cold, still snowy CH -Local
    It’s still snowing, and it’s still cold, but relief for Calgary’s forecast appears to be slowly but surely on its way. According to Environment Canada, up to two centimetres of snow is expected for Calgary throughout the day, with a 30 per cent chance of flurries come Sunday night. Though temperatures are expected to hover around -18 C, wind chill could make it as cold as -31 C, and there is a risk of frostbite. Come Monday, though, the skies are expected to clear up, with a forecasted sunny day ahead. However, it will still be cold — a projected high ... more
  • 1 day On the Road: Just a splendid, ordinary day CH -Local
    Calgary photographer and videographer Mike Drew idled his way about Alberta for the day, taking in the scenery and plenty of wildlife. Watch his journey above. ... more
  • 2 days ‘It was his birthday’: Family mourns man killed in crash near Beiseker CH -Local
    A family is mourning the loss of a young man celebrating his birthday the same day he was killed in a two-car crash near Beiseker on Thursday. Colby Sackett was driving to his family home in rural Beiseker on his 18th birthday, his grandfather Glenn Sackett said Saturday, when he was involved in the deadly collision on Highway 9 between range roads 251 and 253. “It was his birthday — he was coming home from boarding school and was almost home,” said Sackett from Colorado, where Colby and his family would often visit. “It’s a real gut-puncher. What somebody said ... more
  • 2 days City looks to expand program that snoops on residential recycling bins CH -Local
    The number of city snoopers peeking into residential waste bins to ensure the proper refuse is being deposited is set to quadruple this year as the city looks to get the biggest bang for its recycling buck. A practice quietly performed by waste and recycling staffers since the inception of the city’s blue bin program in 2009, the receptacles have been spot-checked to ensure the proper material is in them before they enter the recycling stream. But it’s not enough, say city bureaucrats, who are looking to significantly expand the bin peeping program. Sharon Howland, leader of program management for waste ... more
  • 2 days Southern Alberta missionary team safely evacuated out of Haiti amid civil unrest CH -Local
    A group of southern Alberta missionaries from Haiti ARISE were safely evacuated from the country Saturday morning, the group’s vice-president says. All 24 members of the group were taken to Port-Au-Prince by helicopter earlier in the day before they caught flights to south Florida, said James Roberts with the non-profit. “They are relieved,” Roberts said of the groups, which were expected to arrive safely in Miami Saturday afternoon. “It was divided in three groups for the helicopter purposes. One group is in Miami already, the second group (took off around 1:30 p.m.) and the third group is on a flight ... more
  • 2 days City to implement snow route parking ban on Monday at noon CH -Local
    Officials announced a snow route parking ban Saturday after a series of snowfalls left a significant accumulation on city streets. The snow route parking ban will take effect Monday at noon and will remain in place for 72 hours or until notice is given by the city. Roads spokesman Chris McGeachy said residents can find out if they live on a snow route by checking for signs marked with a snowflake, or by visiting calgary.ca/snow and looking at the map. “We’d just like to remind those citizens to make sure that they remove their cars starting at 12 p.m. for ... more
  • 2 days Review: Alberta Ballet’s triple bill stars some of the best contemporary dance CH -10Ment
    An evening of contemporary dance is best when served as a mixture of hot pleasures and cold truths. But in spite of the title Alberta Ballet selected for its contemporary triple bill, DeViAte, there really wasn’t much out of the ordinary about the evening that deviated substantially from the central messages and tendencies found in contemporary dance today. The evening’s three dances, Wen Wei Wang’s Futureland, Christopher Anderson’s Sixth Breath and Jean Grand-Maitre’s Caelestis were as straightforward, largely accessible and as unvarnished a contemporary dance show one could hope for. With overstuffed pretentiousness safely left off the playbill, the show often presented ... more
  • 2 days Brooks: Men’s mental health focus of the Big Ball CH -Local
    Listen up guys. Women have us beat, hands down. Especially when it comes to taking care of one’s health. When one looks at the top 13 causes of death in Alberta — including all cancers, heart disease, accidental or unintentional injury, diabetes, stroke, chronic liver disease and respiratory disease, men lead women in every category except one — women die more frequently than men from Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. The reason for this is that men simply do not live long enough to die from this. The inequity in gender health becomes even more staggering when one looks into men’s mental health ... more
  • 2 days Calgary’s eight-piece soul-funk outfit Freak Motif bring it all back home for sophomore album CH -10Ment
    Calgary funk band Freak Motif. Photo by Chris Tait. An unruly march down 17th Avenue seems as auspicious a start as any for a Calgary soul-funk collective. It was 2009 and this celebratory procession became the climax of an impromptu, off-the-cuff session between a group of like-minded musicians who had been recruited through a Craigslist ad looking for fellow funk and afrobeat enthusiasts. Ten years later, ... more
  • 3 days Calls to reinstate summer student hiring after city program ‘drastically’ slashed CH -Local
    A Calgary city councillor wants the city to reinstate summer student hiring, which was “drastically” slashed as a cost-cutting measure in response to the economic downturn. Coun. Jeromy Farkas said he will put forward a notice of motion calling on city administration to restore $1.3 million in funds for summer student jobs — a “nominal” sum of money with a big impact, the Ward 11 councillor said. “This is the last place that we would want to cut. It seems penny wise but pound foolish,” Farkas said. “There are many ways to cut costs at the city, but it shouldn’t ... more
  • 3 days No one injured after in-bounds avalanche at Castle Mountain Resort CH -Local
    Two people were uninjured after they were involved in an avalanche within the ski area boundary at Castle Mountain Resort Friday morning. One person was fully buried and another was partially buried when the in-bounds avalanche occurred near the top station of the Tamarack Chairlift, said Castle Mountain sales and marketing manager Cole Fawcett. Both skiers were rescued by ski patrol and were found to be uninjured when assessed by the mountain safety team and by paramedics. Fawcett said this kind of event is rare. “It’s very rare that an area of the mountain is open to the general public ... more
  • 3 days David Stephan fundraising to hire experts to determine ‘true cause of death’ of son CH -Local
    David Stephan has released a video statement as part of a fundraising campaign that he says will allow his family to hire medical experts to “substantiate what the real events were” that led to the death of his son Ezekiel. Stephan and his wife, Collet, will face a retrial in the toddler’s death in June, after the Supreme Court overturned their convictions last May. The couple had been found guilty in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel, after he died of bacterial meningitis. In a written statement from Stephan on a fundraising campaign website, ... more
  • 3 days Things to do this Family Day weekend in Calgary CH -10Ment
    The weather isn’t co-operating to make it very enticing to leave the house for Family Day weekend in Calgary, but those that do will be rewarded with plenty of activities for all ages. Here’s some things to do this long weekend in and around Calgary. The Cat Came Back Studio Bell brings in the “Canadian Minister of Positivity” for Family Day fun. Fred Penner performs twice on Monday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and there will be other performances, fun activities such as instrument building and show and tell from the National Music Centre collection, and more on ... more
  • 3 days Review: Put Assassinating Thomson on your lunchtime menu CH -10Ment
    Assassinating Thomson is a satisfying mini smorgasbord. In a run time of 55 minutes, Bruce Horak gives the audience a little murder-mystery, some conspiracy theories, personal anecdotes, tips on painting and plenty of witticisms. It’s his droll delivery and charming personality that makes it such a delicious treat. Horak is an actor and playwright who also happens to be an accomplished Canadian artist. He is also legally blind or, according to him, “that’s at least is what it says on my driver’s licence.” Horak lost most of his sight to cancer as a child. Doctors removed one of his affected ... more
  • 3 days Calgary weather: Snoooooooowwwwww! CH -Local
    If you look outside your window, you don’t need me to tell you – it’s snowing. What I can tell you, however, is that the snow is here to stay heading into Sunday. Environment Canada says periods of snow can be expected all the way into Saturday night, with a few centimetres falling tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h is expected Friday, but it will jump to 30 km/h Saturday with gusts reaching 50 in the morning. The risk of frostbite remains, Environment Canada warned, so be sure to cover up exposed skin should you be outside for extended periods ... more
  • 3 days Southern Alberta missionary team to be evacuated from Haiti amid civil unrest CH -Local
    A 24-person group of southern Albertan missionaries are set to be emergency evacuated from a portion of Haiti amid intense civil unrest in the country. The group, Haiti ARISE, is set to be evacuated Friday from their compound in Grand Goave, Haiti. The move comes after the federal government issued a new advisory for the Caribbean country, saying Canadians should avoid all travel there as they work to get out citizens trapped there. “We are arranging to be airlifted out by helicopter today to the Port-au-Prince Airport,” said Haiti ARISE founder Marc Honorat in a statement. “The situation in the country ... more
  • 3 days Facing death threats and social media backlash, Fort McMurray minor hockey team forfeits season CH -Local
    Parents of a Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association Team have forfeited the rest of the season following a social media backlash to a viral video included “death threats, threats of harm, and humiliating and degrading comments.” However, forfeiting the rest of the season means the team will have to pay the association a $2,100 fine. Last month, a video uploaded to Snapchat showed a boy from the Fort McMurray Midget “A” Junior Oil Barons banging a hockey stick against the lid of a garbage can like a drum. As music from the Indigenous electronic group A Tribe Called Red plays, ... more
  • 3 days Two killed in highway crash near Beiseker CH -Local
    RCMP in Beiseker are investigating a highway crash that claimed the lives of two people last night. Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision Thursday night on Highway 9 between Range Road 251 and Range Road 253. RCMP said two people died as a result of their injuries. Both victims were the drivers of their vehicles. There were no passengers.   The highway was closed near the scene of the crash for several hours, but has since re-opened.      ... more
  • 3 days Sweeney Todd’s Nick Gilder revisits hits at the Grey Eagle Casino CH -10Ment
    He would go on to write more hits, so it’s not that Nick Gilder simply benefited from beginner’s luck in the early 1970s. But it’s remarkable to learn the songwriter’s first attempt at writing a song resulted in one of the most beloved and ubiquitous classic-rock tunes in the CanRock canon. Roxy Roller, a 1976 No. 1 hit for the Vancouver band Sweeney Todd, was co-written with guitarist Jim McCulloch and would end up winning the pair a Songwriter of the Year trophy at the 1977 Junos. “We were just at rehearsal and Jim started playing the lick and I ... more
  • 4 days Block Heater: What to see at Calgary folk fest’s winter celebration CH -10Ment
    There are obvious differences between the Calgary Folk Music Festival and Block Heater. The former is in beautiful Prince’s Island Park and, if all goes well, usually benefits from some sunny late-July climes. The latter, now in its fourth year, will take place over three frigid days and nights from Feb. 21 to 23 at various venues in the East Village and Inglewood.  But Calgary Folk Music Festival artistic director Kerry Clarke says the same spirit should be adopted for both. “It really is like the summer festival except indoors,” says Clarke. “So the whole idea is sampling different things ... more
  • 4 days Two people in hospital after pedestrian collision CH -Local
    Police were on scene of a traffic incident on Thursday night after a pair of pedestrians were hit by a vehicle in the southeast. Emergency crews were called to the 100 block of 71 Avenue S.E. around 8:15 p.m. for reports of two pedestrians struck near Fisher Road. An ambulance could be seen speeding away from the area with a police escort shortly after the collision. One man and one woman were transported from the scene to the Foothills Medical Centre in non-life threatening condition, a Calgary EMS spokesperson said. Members of the Calgary Police Service traffic section were on ... more
  • 4 days Now is not the time to close down the safe consumption site: Nenshi CH -Local
    Mayor Naheed Nenshi says there is a “path forward” to address the concerns of residents living near the city’s only supervised drug-consumption site, but it won’t include closing the facility in the midst of a drug crisis. “No. Not now. There are many, many, many interventions to look at before we get there,” Nenshi said Thursday. “If we are able to do a bunch (of) short-term things to make sure that the community is not bearing the brunt of this, then that gives us the space with the community to figure out longer-term solutions.” Nenshi’s comments come on the heels ... more
  • 4 days Braid: Amid all the bitter sniping, some real policy from the UCP CH -Local
    Premier Rachel Notley and UCP Leader Jason Kenney both like to wrap themselves in the spirit of Peter Lougheed, Alberta’s first PC premier. I wish they’d stop. This is nothing like the Lougheed era of the 1970s and 80s. Gone is all spirit of compromise, decency and generosity. A statue of the late premier would best show him weeping. UCP and NDP attacks keep spinning deeper into a pit of venom. There are many examples from both sides, the latest being an NDP attack website rolled out Thursday. But in the midst of it comes a whiff of actual policy, ... more
  • 4 days Experts address need for supervised consumption services following city hall debate CH -Local
    Experts are highlighting the statistics on overdose reversals from Calgary’s first supervised drug-consumption site, a day after a heated exchange between two city councillors about the facility. During a multi-hour committee meeting on Wednesday about public safety in the area around the Safeworks facility at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, Coun. Sean Chu referred to the site as a “shooting gallery,” and called addiction “a choice.” His comments were criticized as “deeply offensive” by Coun. Evan Woolley, who lost his brother to an accidental overdose last year. Rebecca Haines-Saah, assistant professor in the department of community health sciences at the ... more
  • 4 days ‘They pocketed that money’: Alberta man sues ‘America’s former most wanted deadbeat’ CH -Local
    After he was sentenced to two years in prison last year, America’s former “most wanted deadbeat” dad and his wife are facing a $50,000 lawsuit from a southern Alberta man who says the couple duped him into a “shady” investment. Joseph Stroup, who went by his alias “Joop Cousteau” during his time in Alberta, was arrested one year ago thanks to a tip from a Calgary-area restaurant owner, following nearly two decades on the run while he owed $560,000 in child support. Three months earlier, Stroup had been eating at the since-closed Bears Den restaurant with his wife, Pamela Patterson, when he ... more
  • 4 days Corbella: United We Roll convoy a beautiful sight as it heads to Ottawa CH -Local
    Perhaps it’s no surprise, but some of the first words crackling over the CB radios in the United We Roll Convoy for Canada as it pulled out of a Red Deer parking lot Thursday morning was: “We got a great big convoy, ain’t it a beautiful sight?” Those words from the famous song, Convoy, were a 10-4. With Canadian flags flapping and huge signs declaring love for Canadian oil and gas, it was, indeed, a strangely beautiful and, I’ll admit, somewhat emotional sight. Seeing 159 vehicles — everything from huge semi-trucks to sporty sedans — coming together as one to ... more
  • 4 days Income supports for low-income Albertans should be tied to cost of housing, say academics CH -Local
    Inequities plaguing government support for low-income Albertans could be eased by basing assistance on the cost of housing, say University of Calgary researchers. Because housing costs vary so greatly throughout the province, government should level the playing field for those struggling with rental expenses with a subsidy that would cost $200 million, said Dr. Ron Kneebone of the U of C’s School of Public Policy. “Adjusting social-assistance income support so that all families devote the same percentage of their income to rent regardless of where they live would ensure no recipient family has to make do with less food, heat ... more
  • 4 days Review: When the Smoke clears, you’re left with a powerful, disturbing performance CH -10Ment
    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The adage means that if there are rumours or signs of something, then it must be partly true. This is certainly the underlying theme of Elena Eli Belyea’s scorching new drama Smoke, which is receiving its première staging in the Arts Commons Big Secret Theatre courtesy of Downstage Theatre until Feb. 23. Two years after Aiden (Chantelle Han) endured a bitter breakup with Jordan (Joel David Taylor), he arrives unannounced at her door insisting on clearing up rumours about their breakup. Through mutual friends, Jordan has learned Aiden is accusing him of raping her on ... more
  • 4 days Blues duo Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer to record at King Eddy using Rolling Stones’ mobile studio CH -10Ment
    There is probably no official consensus on what gritty, blues-soaked rock ‘n’ roll should smell like. But a good case could be made that the inside of the Rolling Stone Mobile Recording Studio, currently housed at Studio Bell, home of hte National Music Centre, is the closest we may get to a rock ‘n’ roll bouquet. “You should smell this thing,” says vocalist and harmonica player Shawn Hall, the Harpoonist half of Vancouver’s Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer. “You take one whiff of the inside of the truck and you can smell diesel and cigarettes. It’s just incredible. You know ... more
  • 4 days Province adds five access points to Bow River for fishing CH -Local
    Fishers set to hit the Bow River will have better access to the river downstream of Calgary in thanks to a new access plan, the province said. The $2-million investment from the province into the recently released Bow River Access Plan will include five access points along a 52-kilometre stretch, from Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary, downstream to Wyndam-Carseland Provincial Park. “The Bow River is a world-famous fly fishing destination and a popular waterway for rafting, tubing, swimming and canoeing,” Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks said in a statement. “This plan will increase tourism in what is ... more
  • 4 days LIVE: And they’re off! Protest convoy sets sights on Ottawa CH -Local
    More than a hundred pedals are set to hit the metal Thursday morning as part of a convoy of semi-trucks bound for Ottawa to protest stalled pipeline projects and underscore the country’s economic struggles. Jason Corbeil, one of the convoy organizers, was surprised with the response to the mobile protest, saying he was getting requests to join the convoy as late as Wednesday evening. “I thought this was going to take a lot longer than it did, but there’s a lot of people who are not happy with the way things are going,” Corbeil said of the protesters’ concerns over ... more
  • 4 days Calgary to hit a balmy high of -12 C Thursday CH -Local
    It’s not exactly going to be T-shirt weather when Calgary hits a high of -12C today, but it sure will feel that way given the recent cold snap the city has endured. The high is expected to bring with it a risk of frostbite with a -18 windchill in the afternoon, so make sure you’re not exposing skin for too long outside. Snow is expected to begin overnight and fall through the day Friday, with Environment Canada predicting five to 10 cm to fall. Calgarians have much to look forward to next week with weather expected to hit highs of ... more
  • 5 days Corbella: Deferred prosecution agreements make for good law, how Wilson-Raybould’s been treated is another story CH -Local
    Deferred prosecution agreements and remediation are two terms being bandied about in discussions regarding the SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould scandal over the past week. Many commentators have been almost as critical about these legal tools to hold corporate criminals accountable as they have been on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of this affair. Last week, it was alleged that the Prime Minister’s Office improperly pressured Wilson-Raybould to urge the director of public prosecutions to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a traditional prosecution through the courts. If found guilty, the engineering giant could be banned from bidding on federal contracts for 10 years. Wilson-Raybould refused ... more
  • 5 days ‘You should be ashamed’: Concerns around safe drug site aired at emotional city hall meeting CH -Local
    Desperate and angry residents who live near the city’s only safe drug-consumption site queued at city hall Wednesday to vent their concerns about rising violence and crime around the Safeworks facility at the Sheldon Chumir Centre. “We’re basically at war right now,” said Murray Shuturma, president of the Park 300 condo. Shuturma said his building, which looks over Memorial Park across the street from the Chumir centre, is broken into on a daily basis. “Nobody is protecting us. “We’ve had somebody chased with a shotgun in the building,” Shuturma said. “We have people shooting up (in) the vestibule of our ... more
  • 5 days CBE starts construction on three new elementaries and one high school modernization CH -Local
    In the ongoing struggle to balance overflowing suburban schools with declining enrolment in the inner city, the Calgary Board of Education will start construction this month on three elementaries along the city’s edges and a high school modernization closer to the core. Three K-4 schools will be built over the next year in the communities of Cranston, Evergreen and Coventry Hills, opening to as many as 600 students each by the fall of 2020. The $15-million schools, announced in provincial budgets almost two years ago, aim to address overcrowding in the deep south and the northwest where many schools are ... more
  • 5 days Restaurant owners propose series of policy changes CH -Local
    Calgary restaurant owners gathered at a downtown business Wednesday to hear a national advocacy group present a pre-election campaign aimed at securing policy changes for the sector. Mark von Schellwitz, vice-president of Western Canada for Restaurants Canada, said for years Alberta led the nation on food services sales growth and employment growth in the industry. But between February 2015 and December 2018, the number of workers employed in the food service and accommodation sector in Alberta dropped by more than 10,000, von Schellwitz said. “That’s 10,000 people who are no longer earning an income from our businesses, so we think ... more
  • 5 days Federal sport minister hopes for ‘local solution’ for underfunded WinSport track CH -Local
    The federal government says a financial fix for the soon-to-be-shuttered WinSport bobsled track will fall to Calgarians. Federal sports minister Kirsty Duncan said Wednesday she hopes the remaining $8 million WinSport needs to complete needed repairs can be found in a “local solution.” “We were disappointed that WinSport has decided to take this independent decision,” Duncan told reporters in Calgary. “We have provided $6.8 million in order to keep this (facility) open and it’s our hope there will be a local solution because we want world-class athletes to train on world-class sport infrastructure.” WinSport spokesman Dale Oviatt said the track, ... more
  • 5 days NDP announces $100 million to support Alberta’s artificial intelligence sector CH -Local
    The NDP government has announced plans to spend $100 million over five years to grow the artificial intelligence (AI) sector in Alberta. Premier Rachel Notley — speaking in Calgary on Wednesday — said an initial investment of $27 million will go to Edmonton-based non-profit, Amii, to help them set up a new Calgary office and develop a new program for companies looking to build their in-house AI capacity. Amii, which was founded in 2002, is a research institute that works with the global scientific and business community to advance machine learning and artificial intelligence. More than 200 companies around the ... more
  • 5 days Ottawa pledges $12 million for science research in Alberta CH -Local
    The University of Calgary will benefit the most from a $12-million federal government announcement in funding for new and renewed Canada Research Chair. Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan made the announcement at the University Wednesday morning, where she said Alberta will see 12 chairs in the province, five of which will be based at the University of Calgary. The funding will help to boost equity, diversity and inclusion in research in the province, Duncan said. One of the new chairs, Dr. Brandy Callahan works in adult clinical neuropsychology working to improve diagnosis of diseases impacting mental functioning. More ... more
  • 5 days Farce may be silly and frenetic but it’s also complex and complicated CH -10Ment
    Calgary’s resident farceur, Alan LeBoeuf, is at it again. He’s created a door-slamming, pratfall-laden comedy called The French Kiss Off about a pair of despondent artists who, in their desperation to get recognized, concoct schemes that make their and everyone else’s lives a shambles. This is LeBoeuf’s fourth farce in as many years, following Not a Leg to Stand On, Love on the Ropes and For A Mature Audience Only. The French Kiss Off, under the direction of Randolph West, runs in the Pumphouse’s Victor Mitchell Theatre this Friday and Saturday and Feb. 19-23. Mark Fraser plays Kieran Crudupp, an ... more
  • 5 days There’s nothing new to say. It’s cold in Calgary. CH -Local
    Calgarians awoke this morning to a fresh dusting of snow on the ground, but the good news is the weather is supposed to hit -17C. Now, it’s not shorts weather and it’s surely no chinook, but the sun will make an appearance in the afternoon. After Calgary gets through the bitter -33 windchill in the morning, there will still be a windchill of -24 this afternoon. That means the chances getting frostbite is still a real risk, Environment Canada warned. Thursday will ... more
  • 5 days Calgary’s Duke Carson struts his stuff on CBC’s Canada’s a Drag CH -10Ment
    Jordan May calls it her study period. It was when she was creating Duke Carson, her drag king alter-ego who has become a regular performer in Calgary, and the reigning drag superstar in Alberta. She had some undeniably impressive role models. “I started watching as many live performances as I could,” says May, in an interview with Postmedia. “Even the Rolling Stones, I started watching Mick Jagger. Aerosmith and Steven Tyler. Just watching what they do on stage. What they do when they are not singing. Seeing how they interact with the audience, how they move their bodies.” Granted, Jagger ... more
  • 5 days Preview: Emerging artists bare souls in emotional musical CH -10Ment
    You can hear the passion in Alex Bergen’s voice when he talks about his upcoming production of the off-Broadway musical Bare: A Pop Opera. Bare is the story of a pair of closeted gay teenage boys at a Catholic boarding school who must hide their love for fear of very real consequences should they be outed. The musical premiered in Los Angeles in 2000 and had an off-Broadway run in New York in 2004. It developed such a cult following with numerous regional productions in the U.S. and Canada that it was revived in New York in 2012 and in ... more
  • 6 days Corbella: The grassroots are aflame and out to burn up the worst of Bill C-69 CH -Local
    The grassroots are aflame and one of the main sparks to the growing blaze of pro-energy activism in this country is a group called Suits and Boots. Founded by Rick Peterson, an Edmonton financial adviser and owner of Peterson Capital, SuitsandBoots.ca has racked up many significant wins since launching in September. The group’s main raison d’etre is to “Kill the Bill”. That a huge swath of Canadians even know what that’s referring to — Bill C-69 — has much to do with Peterson’s brainchild, which brings together everybody from white-collar investment and energy executives to blue-collar roughnecks and all the ... more
  • 6 days City estimates it will require $10M to satisfy new employment standards CH -Local
    It will cost the City of Calgary $10 million over the next few years to meet its obligations to accommodate sick or injured employees returning to the workplace under new provincial standards. Alberta’s Bill 30, which came into effect last year, requires employers to ensure workers who are sick or injured are able to return to work as soon as possible after they’ve recovered. The new rules place a tight deadline on employers: if an employee isn’t able to perform their regular duties upon return, they must be offered suitable, alternate work within three days of being deemed fit to ... more
  • 6 days Braid: Rule of law gets shaky when Quebec Liberal votes at stake CH -Local
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau often trumpets his devotion to the rule of law. Now, the SNC-Lavalin scandal suggests the Liberals will overrule the law when it suits them. This federal tendency is regionally selective, of course. When the courts shut down the Trans Mountain pipeline last Aug. 30, the Liberals bravely took the ruling on the chin. They bowed deeply to the rule of law and began more consultations. And that was it. But when a giant Quebec company faces criminal prosecution on charges of corruption, the Liberals, including the PM himself, get on the phone. The allegation is that former ... more
  • 6 days City still has ‘long way to go’ to fill affordable housing demand: Nenshi CH -Local
    The city opened its newest affordable housing development on Tuesday, but Mayor Naheed Nenshi says there are thousands more units needed if Calgary wants to keep up with other major Canadian cities. The $10.9-million Wildwood affordable housing project off Bow Trail in the southwest has 48 units loaded with accessibility features for Calgarians with disabilities, including low countertops, walk-in showers, and easy to reach appliances. While the mayor said the project will make a dent in the city’s affordable housing deficit he added that Calgary still has “a long way to go” compared to other major metropolitan centres. “Calgary has ... more
  • 6 days CBE identifies concerns in math, English and Indigenous student results CH -Local
    Public school trustees identified areas of concern in math, English and Indigenous student results after debating a report on academic achievement Tuesday, meaning administrators may have to readjust learning strategies in some areas. After discussing pages of data on academic results in all subjects, trustees agreed that reasonable progress has been made in several areas. But they refused to accept the information without contention, and instead took exception to achievement in three core areas. Indigenous student results from 2017-18, for instance, showed an average of only 43.2 per cent of students who self-identified as Indigenous achieving the acceptable standard on ... more
  • 6 days Woman says she’s owed $10K in house sale handled by former mayoral candidate CH -Local
    Almost one year after former Calgary mayoral candidate Bill Smith’s law practice closed, a client says she’s still owed $10,000 from the sale of her house — a claim the Law Society of Alberta has said it will investigate. Last March, the law society declared Smith’s firm had been placed under a custodianship order by the Court of Queen’s Bench due to “health concerns” that prevented him from continuing to practise. At the time, Smith had a number of active files and an open trust account placed in the care of another lawyer, according to court documents. One of those files ... more
  • 6 days Watch: Complete time lapse of Calgary’s new library’s construction CH -Local
    What began as a barren moonscape of downtown land bisected by an LRT track has transformed into one of the city’s most iconic buildings. The process to build Calgary’s new $245-million Central Library took five years, transforming East Village in its shadow, and has already racked up a half-million visits since its Nov. 1, 2018 opening. In celebration of the library’s first 100 days, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation has released a time lapse video of the building’s construction, including the encapsulation of some 135 metres of light rail track that now winds its way through the library. Watch below ... more
  • 6 days As legal cannabis edibles loom, city officials call for more pot revenues CH -Local
    With lucrative legal cannabis edibles on the horizon, Calgary officials have renewed their calls for a bigger slice of the pot revenue pie. A report going to the city’s intergovernmental affairs committee Thursday recommends the city use a public consultation period on edibles regulation to press for more funds from Ottawa and the province to cover a forecast $6.6-million shortfall in dealing with local cannabis issues. While the province has given the city $3.84 million to help cover enforcement and regulation costs through 2019, city officials say they expect those expenses to reach $10.44 million by the end of this ... more
  • 6 days Calgary students, doctors push for strict regulation of e-cigarettes CH -Local
    A group of Calgary students is seeking strict regulation of vaping products in response to concerns over increased e-cigarette use among youth. The Calgary group, called Stop Addicting Adolescents to Vaping and E-cigarettes, or SAAVE, includes university students, high school students and doctors. University of Calgary graduate student Asha Hollis said vaping rates have risen dramatically in recent years. “In Canada, we see that now one in four high school-aged students have tried an e-cigarette, and the numbers just keep rising,” Hollis said at a news conference in Parkdale on Tuesday. “This is a real public health concern and something that ... more
  • 6 days Under the M: Mounties want kids to help name latest batch of canine recruits CH -Local
    INNISFAIL — The RCMP is looking for kids who have great ideas for names starting with an M. The latest 13 German shepherd puppies born at the Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail need names worthy of the next generation of canine officers. Mounties say the names must have no more than nine letters and no more than two syllables. Contestants must live in Canada and be 14 years old or younger. Only one entry per child will be eligible and the deadline is March 26. Children whose names are selected will each receive a laminated photo of the ... more
  • 6 days Japanese Breakfast, Bully, Torres and Chandra among first wave of acts announced for Sled Island CH -10Ment
    Philadelphia artist Michelle Zauner’s indie-pop project Japanese Breakfast, Baltimore’s experimental hip-hop artist JPEGMAFIA, Philly indie-folk band Hop Along, Nashville rockers Bully and indie-folk singer-songwriter Torres were among the first wave of bands announced by Sled Island, all chosen by this year’s guest curator Julien Baker. Le1f will be performing at Sled Island. Brooklyn pop-punk band Worriers, Sydney natives Death Bells and ... more
  • 6 days ‘It’s the simplification of life’: Okotoks continues to study potential for tiny home development CH -Local
    Okotoks is one step closer to bringing a tiny homes eco-village to town after council approved the conceptual design for the project on Monday. The initiative, through which the town would partner with Calgary-based Vagabond Tiny Homes and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s Affordable Rental Innovation Fund, aims to build a mixed-community of 42 affordable housing rental units, market-rate rental units, short-term vacation rental units, and homes for purchase. They would have a shared central hub with a communal kitchen, as well as dining, storage and meeting facilities. Dubbed the “Homestead” project, it would be set up on a 10-acre portion ... more
  • 6 days Dave Kelly back with Valentines show CH -10Ment
    With Calgary still in the grips of a deep freeze, Dave Kelly knows people need strong reasons to leave their homes. Even on Valentine Day or, for that matter, especially on Valentine Day. Kelly’s 22nd show in his popular Dave Kelly Live series will be held at the Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal University on Feb. 14. This is Dave Kelly Live’s fourth season so it is his fourth date night event as he calls his Valentine Day shows. “I hope people will see our show as a way to warm up their love life or just to warm ... more
  • 6 days Extreme cold warning ends as Calgary expected to warm to -18C CH -Local
    The extreme cold warning ended in Calgary Tuesday morning, even with temperatures expected to hit -18 C, Environment Canada said. The cold will be coupled with periods of snow beginning this morning. The wind chill will bite in the morning as it dips to -40C, but will rise to -25C in the afternoon. The overnight low is predicted to be -25C. But don’t despair, the weather is expected to warm slightly this week, with a high of -12C predicted on Thursday. An ... more
  • 7 days Corbella: Michael Wilson was an economic superhero for Canada CH -Local
    Former Finance Minister Michael Wilson deserves much of the credit for the fiscal and economic success of Canada over the past three decades. Sadly, that credit often gets overlooked and misplaced. Wilson died on Sunday from cancer. He was 81. Wilson served in several portfolios in the Progressive Conservative governments of Joe Clark’s short-lived minority in 1979 and from 1984 to 1993 in Brian Mulroney’s cabinet. Mulroney said he spoke to Wilson a week ago and knew that his friend of many years did not have much longer to live. “He was a great friend,” said Mulroney, who was reached ... more
  • 7 days University of Calgary professor building database of serial killers — 6,250 and growing CH -Local
    She might be the only University of Calgary professor who marks her term papers under the steady gaze of infamous serial killers such as Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. Sasha Reid, a University of Toronto PhD candidate who began teaching in the U of C’s faculty of sociology and psychology in September, has earned national notoriety for a years-long project compiling an exhaustive list of serial killers, variables that may have motivated their dark pursuits, and a 10,652-strong and growing list of missing persons and unsolved homicides. Featured in several national media outlets and soon to be featured in ... more
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