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…

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…

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…

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…

Shri Ram Ashram: A New Life [Video]

A new life at Shri Ram Ashram from Jodi Egan on Vimeo. This multi-media video was put together after we returned from our trip to India. We stayed at this Ashram for 10 days, and we were astounded by how peaceful and loving the children were. Most of the children were “complete” orphans, meaning both…

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…