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,…

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…

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 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 Journal – Front of Book

Front of Book is an editorial position in the Calgary Journal masthead. Though most magazines have a Front of Book or index section, the Calgary Journal was lacking interesting content for these pages. When I began as Front of Book editor, I was given two extra pages then previous, making my page count three instead…

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…

FREQ HI-FIVE: SCOTT WESTBY

JULY 2013 – FULL SWING PRODUCTIONS`SCOTT WESTBY Calgary can be stifling. I don’t think any artist in this city can deny that. How to balance corporate and creative has always been a tug of war for artists residing in the oil and gas driven metropolis. Film producer Scott Westby and his partner Matt Watterworth are…

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…

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…

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…

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…