City paramedics went on and off strike this week as a result of frustrated negotiations with city hall, prompting an emergency plan that might have made the ambulances less than legal. While both parties came to an agreement on most points, a rift remains on the issue of salary increases. The Canadian Union of Public… Continue reading Editorial: Emergency Medical Services are essential, silly!
The City of Calgary and the Mustard Seed teamed up and announced a new shelter project to be built in the Foothills industrial park Tue., Jul. 17. The shelter, which will be located in a warehouse at 7025 44th St. S.E., was approved for renovations to prepare for the upcoming winter, when the weather can… Continue reading Homeless shelter announced for winter
The University of Calgary’s Nickel Arts Museum’s new exhibit isn’t a well-known renaissance painter or even a collection of ancient artifacts, it’s a showcase of the life and work of cartoonist Everett Soop. The Soop exhibit runs from Jul. 6 to Sep. 29. Soop was a political cartoonist, a journalist and helped found the Kainai… Continue reading Cartoonist showcased at Nickel Arts Museum
Oprah-crazy university-goers can now be excited about a new link between the media mogul’s social work and the University of Calgary. After watching a TV special on the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in March, U of C dance professor Shirley Murray wrote a letter to Oprah. She’s now packing her bags to lead… Continue reading U of C prof to teach at Oprah’s school for girls
Alberta is often recognized for its booming oil and gas industry, but praises for the most important natural resource of all will have to wait. According to the government of Alberta’s 2006-07 Measuring Up Report, released Thu., Jun. 28, only two of Alberta’s six river systems were rated “good” to “excellent” on the province’s river… Continue reading Development threatens Bow River
The University of Calgary hosted a meeting of some of the brightest minds around Calgary last week. It wasn’t a professional or research convention, it was a summer camp for gifted kids grades two through nine. The U of C’s Centre for Gifted Education held it’s 19th annual SUCCESS Summer Camp July 9-20. The centre… Continue reading Kids take over campus!
It seems so long ago that the Calgary Folk Club partnered with the Alberta government to present what was then called the Traveling Folk Festival and Goodtime Medicine Show to commemorate the province’s 75th birthday. That festival quickly became an annual event and 27 installments later, the Calgary Folk Music Festival stands as one of… Continue reading Four days of sun, fun and folk
The Cannes Film Festival has come and gone and golden Oscar has been put away until next spring. With the masses taking refuge in air conditioned cineplexes, summer movie mania is going full tilt. Films released during this season tend to weigh light on complex story lines and deep, compelling characters, instead going for visceral… Continue reading Film Review: Learning tolerence from intolerance
Sometimes, the qualities we dislike most about ourselves also happen to be the qualities that everyone else loves us for. This strange human phenomenon holds true for local musician and songwriter Chad VanGaalen, who has been recording his unique pop sounds in his bedroom for over a decade. In 2005, VanGaalen was signed by Sub-Pop… Continue reading VanGaalen has his eyes on the Prize
On December 17, 1989, an animated short from the Tracey Ullman Show debuted as a half-hour animated sitcom following three seasons as a recurring feature on the program. Featuring the adventures of dim-witted nuclear technician Homer Simpson, his wife Marge and their children Bart, Lisa and Maggie, the Simpsons became a huge hit. Nearly two… Continue reading A movie to A-D’oh-re