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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

FREQ HI-FIVE: EMILY EXPO

JUNE 2013 – EMILY EXPO A.K.A. LINDSAY THOMAS Lindsay Thomas, or Emily Expo as many of us know her, is ramping up for the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo after Calgary’s own Expo came to a close on April 28. As an event organizer, host, blogger and all-around face of the Expo, Thomas has become a…

Mental health week – Chief Rick Hanson speaks out [Video]

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we sometimes forget the little things that keep us healthy from the inside out. This week is Mental Health Week and the Canadian Mental Health Association says that although physical health is important, mental wellbeing is often overlooked because of the stigma attached to it. 27 per…

Lakeview resident fights ring road with influential blog, The History of a Road

CONTROVERSIAL DEVELOPEMENT SPARKS COMMUNITY ACTIVISM FROM JESSE SALUS Graphic designer Jesse Salus was unhappy to hear of the plan for a ring road to go through the backyard of his Lakeview home in 2009. To combat this “land hungry piece of infrastructure,” Salus devoted his evenings and weekends to aggregating thousands of provincial documents that…

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…

FREQ HI-FIVE – Mandy Stobo

APRIL 2013 – MANDY STOBO With almost 7,000 portraits under her belt, Mandy Stobo isn’t anywhere near finished her Bad Portraits project. Everyone wants of piece of her colourful and contemporary caricatures with their simple blend of watercolour, pen ink and sharpie marker. This single mom has bulldozed her way into the limelight with nothing…

Secondary suite construction causes privacy concerns

RICHMOND/KNOB HILL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FINDS A SOLUTION Residents of Calgary‘s southwest Richmond/Knob Hill community are divided over an approved 71-square-metre above-garage apartment on an oversized lot on 26 Avenue. Property owners, Reinhard Voelmle and Michele Healey, put the application for a new garage and second floor suite to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board on Nov. 22, 2012. It was…

FREQ HI-FIVE – PJ L’Heuruex

What do Tequila Nightclub, Jamesons Irish Pub, Commonwealth Bar and Stage, and CRAFT Beer Market all have in common? One guy. PJ l’Heureux has been opening bars and nightclubs in Calgary since he was 23. With one of his latest ventures, CRAFT Beer Market, branching out into the Vancouver and Edmonton markets, it seems like…

Bernard Callebaut talks Valentine’s chocolate [Gallery]

WHAT GOES INTO YOUR SWEETHEART’S SWEETS For chocolate lovers, Valentine’s Day is all about satisfying that nagging sweet tooth. And during this season, ornate chocolates are seen lining the shelves from Shoppers Drug Mart to the upper echelons of Calgarian chocolateries. Though it’s a popular commodity – especially around this congenial time of year –…