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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

15 easy ways to celebrate Intergenerational Day

Last year, Mayor Naheed Nenshi welcomed Calgarians to Intergenerational Day, a national event that takes place June 1 and celebrates different generations and what they can offer their community, but more importantly, each other. The idea of intergenerational relationships was established in Calgary long before Intergenerational Day was announced last year. LINKages Society of Alberta,…

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…

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…

Pop-up restaurant holds charity event for Calgary Food Bank

CharPopLuck hosts 100 chefs to feed those who donate to feed the less fortunate After less than two months of planning, executive chefs from Charcut Roast House, Connie DeSousa and John Jackson have pulled off the first charitable “temporary pop-up restaurant”—CharPopLuck — with all proceeds going to the Calgary Food Bank. The $135 ticket to…

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 –…

FREQ HI-FIVE – Connie DeSousa

Despite her best efforts, Connie DeSousa, co-executive chef and co-owner of Charcut Roast House, didn’t ever become a prima ballerina. Not because of her lack of skill or devotion, but because her love for Portuguese sausage and blood pudding trumped the permanent diet of watery lettuce and rice cakes demanded by the profession. Quickly after…

School zone speeding troubles alderman

ALD. JIM STEVENSON CHAMPIONS RUMBLE STRIPS FOR SCHOOL AND PLAYGROUND ZONES Ward 3 Ald. Jim Stevenson brought up issues affecting playground and school zones in Calgary at City Council’s first regular combined meeting of the year, held on Jan. 14. The two issues impeding safety — speeding and congestion — pose a dangerous threat to children…

Avatar at the High Performance Rodeo

ICELAND INVADES CALGARY FOR THE HIGH PERFORMANCE RODEO Calgary can look forward to a different kind of chinook this January. Starting January 3, the High Performance Rodeo is presenting the Icelandic Heat Wave — four shows either from Iceland or containing Icelandic roots. Freya Björg Olafson’s AVATAR, one of the High Performance Rodeo’s most talked…

The passion of the bikes [Video]

UofC DISABILITY CYCLING COACH GOES ABOVE CALL OF DUTY The wind in his hair, the asphalt flying under his feet, the freedom and exhilaration of being able to go wherever you please, these are all things Stephen Burke remembers about cycling as a boy in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A feeling he has been giving to people…

Calgary tourism takes a hit in the winter months

THE CALGARY ZOO AND HERITAGE PARK SEE SIGNIFICANT DROPS IN ATTENDANCE  CALAWAY PARK SHUTS DOWN With the howling winds biting at ears and cutting through jackets, there is little motivation for Calgarians to spend more time outdoors than required. Carol-Ann Mysyk, a mother of three young children and frequent visitor of Heritage Park and the Calgary…

Local butcher sees sales spike after E. coli outbreak [Video]

QUALITY MORE IMPORTANT THAN PRICE AFTER MASSIVE BEEF RECALL Albertans love their meat, but when news of the XL Food’s E. coli outbreak hit the media, the love became tainted. The outbreak affected beef products at big chain grocery stores in early September and by early October over 1,500 meat products were pulled from shelves to preserve…