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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Savage Rose Designs gives back to First Nations community

CALGARIAN’S FEATHER ACCESSORIES TO GRACE ABORIGINAL FASHION SHOW  With high heels, a winning smile and six-inch-long feather earrings dangling from her lobes, Melanie Parsons has taken the Calgary fashion scene by storm with her feather accessory business, Savage Rose Designs. After starting her business in 2010, Parsons has seen her fair share of upheaval, hardships…

Calgarian would-be backpacker experiences UK work visa headaches

RECENT CHANGES IN UK VISA APPLICATION PROCESS CREATES ADDED BARRIERS FOR TRAVELLERS With a folder full of government-issued identification and personal documents in one hand and a Tim Hortons double-double coffee in the other, Olive Brough, 20, made the three-hour drive to Edmonton, Alta. from Calgary to get the biometric scan required for her United…

Stoneworx Gallery bares the male form in exhibit at Art Central

THE DONG SHOW A SUCCESS DESPITE FACING CRITICISMS Doug Mckinnon, artist and owner of the Stoneworx Gallery in Art Central, is receiving criticism for his newest exhibition called “The Dong Show.” “The Dong Show” includes paintings by Daniel Audet, sculptures by Tobias Luttmer, photographs by Alicia Hoogveld, as well as other mediums from various artists….

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.