Cochrane man rings in New Years with 350th marathon

At 59, Cochrane ultra-marathoner Martin Parnell ran his 350th marathon at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre on Dec. 31, 2014, in an effort to raise $1 million for Right to Play — a global organization that uses the power of sports and games to empower children around the world. “This is it, the final…

Deserving Airdrie Family overjoyed with break-and-enter

Not many families want a group of strangers to break into their home, but the Shirley family was more than happy to learn the elves at Virgin Radio’s broke into their home for their Break and Enter Christmas initiative which aimed to surprise one family in need with all the Christmas trimmings possible. Angelina Shirley,…

Stephen’s Backpacks delivers 3,000 Christmas backpacks

On Dec. 15 in a small warehouse in southeast Calgary, Stephen’s Backpacks Society and volunteers kicked-off the organization’s Christmas season finale by distributing 3,000 toy-filled backpacks to children all over Alberta. The event started at 10:30 a.m. with words of thanks from Stephen’s Backpacks Executive Director Nancy McPhee and speeches from different organizations in both…

Tattoo trend takes workplace by force

  Artist says some baby boomer bosses still discriminate against tattoos Tucked away on 17th Avenue, just barely visible from the streets of downtown Calgary, is Bushido Tattoo. As you walk up the stairs, this quaint tattoo shop looks more like a trendy art studio than anything else. There’s a giant aquarium housing exotic fish…

Countess’s Canvas

Facial tattoos still taboo to some When Countess Coitus Carcass was a young girl living near Carseland, Alta., she had reoccurring nightmares about sharp, menacing needles stabbing her face. As a child, the only tattoos she had ever seen were her grandfather’s aging war tattoos, which were sloppily done and faded beyond recognition. She says the…

Hope Hampers Delivered to Flood Victims

The Fresh Start Recovery Centre’s gymnasium was bustling with volunteers last Thursday. As the sun beat down outside, it was easy to forget that a flood ravaged the streets of Calgary and devastated the towns surrounding it. But no one has forgotten. Not here, anyway. July 18 was a Day of Caring for over 150 PwC volunteers. Armed…

Calgary’s Laundry Fairy

When a community like ours comes together, amazing feats are accomplished: homes are drained and gutted in a few days, volunteers revitalize an area as big as the Stampede grounds in barely a week and this large city can feel the small-town camaraderie that makes Calgary so special. Nadine, a Tuscany resident, says she wanted…

Get the show on the road: Calgary’s ring road controversy

AFTER DECADES OF PLANNING, STONEY TRAIL‘S COMPLETION STILL AT CROSSROADS Ring Road 101 There are two things the residents of Calgary love to complain about: the weather, and transportation. The former can’t be helped, but the latter is a topic that has been talked to death among citizens of this sprawling city. To combat the…

Glorious West Coast Trail should stay open for hikers

RE: “CALGARY MLA DAVID SWANN JOINS HIKERS CALLING FOR CLOSURE OF THE ‘HAZARDOUS’ WEST COAST TRAIL,” THE CALGARY HERALD When I landed in Port Renfrew to start the trail at the end of June, I had everything I needed. I had $250 boots, a $300 back-pack and a number of veteran hikers in my group,…

The neighbourhood paradox

OGDEN VS. LAKE BONAVISTA I couldn’t tell if the sapphire-blue sky over my run-down childhood neighbourhood was actually better here than over in Lake Bonavista, my new community. Maybe the weather looked better in Ogden because my emotions brightened here. Ogden is a southeastern Calgary community that runs adjacent to railway tracks and alongside Calgary’s industrial…

Fresh produce prices increase by up to 46%[INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’ve gone grocery shopping lately, you’ve surely seen the affect the downturn has had at the register. Many food essentials like meat, produce and diary have soared in price thanks to a low loonie, high transportation costs and a bad crop in the last US growing season (Alberta especially imports many of it’s fresh items from…

Fundraising Campaigns

Fundraising, for many nonprofits, are the sole way funds are produced to continue the necessary programming needed in our community. This fundraising campaign had a goal of $300,000 during one of Calgary’s most volatile economic downturns. Not only did this campaign reach it’s fundraising goal, it created unprecedented  engagement, followership and community outreach. Not only did…

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Memorial fundraiser aims to support Airdrie family

A long-distance friend of a heartbroken Airdrie family is holding an online memorial fundraiser after Tina Wiebe, wife and mother, passed away on Christmas Eve from transitional cell carcinoma — a kidney cancer that spread to her lungs and lymph nodes. “I lost my mom when I was a kid so I know how hard…

Commercial recycling rules may shut down Irricana recycling company

An Irricana resident may have to shut down her newly bought recycling business, Rural Recycling Collections, because Rocky View County’s (RCV) Irricana Transfer Site recently said they no longer accept commercial recycling. Melodie Tulsie, owner of Rural Recycling Collection said she acquired the business in November and “out of the blue,” she can no longer…

Crossfield terminates CAO

At the regular meeting on Dec. 16, Crossfield Mayor Nathan Anderson put forward a motion to terminate its current Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Cheryl Skelly’s contract — without cause. Councillor Jason Harvey said the motion to re-evaluate Skelly’s employment as CAO is from a previous in-camera meeting in late September. A date hadn’t been confirmed…

Airdrie Facebook groups brings kids home for Christmas

Thanks to local Facebook groups Airdrie Moms and Airdrie Dads, one new Airdrie family had enough money raised on their behalf to fly their three kids from Nova Scotia to Airdrie for Christmas. In the span of two hours on Nov. 23, Airdrie Moms and Airdrie Dads members Kim and Kody Miller managed to secure…

West Balzac development plan disappoints residents

Balzac residents and investors attended an open house and presentation on Dec. 2 to discuss the first draft of the Balzac West Area Structure Plan (ASP). Residents and investors alike expressed concerns in and out of the meeting, with water and sewage services being their main worry for any future development. Amy Zaluski, Rocky View…

Landlords ask for help repairing trashed Airdrie home

B.C.-based Airdrie landlords are asking residents to volunteer their time to clean and repair their rental property located in the 700 block of Luxstone Landing after renters allegedly trashed the home, leaving the landlords with an estimated $9,000 repair bill. “This is a horrible time for this to happen,” Landlord Teresa Kingshott said. “Since all…

Irricana recognizes volunteers at special ceremony

On Nov. 20, Irricana volunteers Sidney Milton, Richard Luft and Kyle Graham, were awarded with volunteer of the year awards for their work in the community throughout 2014. Mayor Valerie Squires, a speaker and presenter at the event, said volunteering is crucial in a small town like Irricana because very little would get done without…

Irricana residents overtaxed “substantially,” CAO

Irricana town council held a special meeting prompted by a letter from Municipal Affairs (MA) on Nov. 26 to inform residents they have been overpaying, and in some cases underpaying, their municipal and education taxes “a substantial amount” over the last four years. According to MA in 2011 the Town overcharged municipal taxes by $26,244,…

The science behind storytelling: A Harvard Business Review

Has anyone every told you journalism is a dying industry? What am I kidding, every journalist has heard that. I hear it like an echo from family, friends, sources and I’ve even heard it from a university professor – usually to the tune of innocent skepticism or leading inquests: “Isn’t that a difficult career to get into?”…