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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Art therapy for Calgary homeless [Video]

THE POSSIBILITIES PROJECT The Calgary Drop-In Centre uses art to help rehabilitate their clients. Art, to the directors at the DI, has a therapeutic relevance that makes a real difference in the lives of the homeless. The Possibilities Project from Jodi Egan on Vimeo.