Abi Paul
Abi Paul is based in Calgary and blogs about art and design, career tips, money saving, social commentary and travel adventure. You can read his blog here and his daily musings on Twitter at @larkycanuck

Entries by Abi Paul

Calgary's Fashion Film Festival Steers Canada In New Direction

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2017 | 5:28 PM

It was during the early part of the new millennium when I joined a new creative organization in Manhattan to develop a client database. It was essentially pro bono work while I transitioned between jobs during the dot com market crash but the creative vibe, young energy, loft style office,...

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Kevin Smith's Life Lessons And Why Fake News Is Good - Sort Of

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2017 | 10:49 AM

My university graduating class of 2000 had the privilege of having Kevin Smith as the convocation speaker where he received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Illinois Wesleyan University. Kevin Smith the actor/writer/filmmaker, aka Silent Bob from the indie hit film, Clerks, has been Dr. Kevin Smith since the...

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New Orleans: 10 Years After Katrina

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 3:04 PM

There are some common things between Calgary and New Orleans that are not immediately apparent. With a distance of nearly 4,000 kilometres, a time zone apart, and dramatically different weather and terrain, it makes sense why it would be hard to miss the common links. Despite these differences:

Both cities...

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11 Unique Experiences beyond the Las Vegas Strip

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 2:08 PM

There is no shortage of fun activities in the desert oasis of Las Vegas, Nevada. With big name acts and performances and the themed hotel attractions that draw millions of visitors from around the world (39.6 million per recent count), it is no wonder that Las Vegas is the most...

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What Alberta Can Learn From Las Vegas' Downtown

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:48 PM

I step out on to the streets on a balmy summer morning to head over to the neighborhood coffee shop. The smell of fresh roasted organic java of some variety is evident in the air inside the shop. The coffee shop is typical of most independent neighborhood cafes...

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What Vegas's #1 Impersonator can Teach you about Hope

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:33 AM

The period from the late 70s through the 80s was a period of massive cultural metamorphosis. That was the time when the punk movement was transitioning in to the "pop" movement, Cavaricci jeans were still cool, and the Dub grooves were giving way to the synthesized tunes. It was also...

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2 Things You Need To Know About Calgary's Cab Crisis Debate

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Calgary seems to never run out of very highly opinionated and polarized debates over policies set by Council or the Mayor, both current and former. Remember the Peace Bridge debate? Hardly did that pass from memory when the Giant Blue Ring fiasco commenced. Then came the $52-million tax surplus claw-back....

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Rock Legend Bryan Adams' Other Not-So-Hidden Talent

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:28 PM

I should have cried the night I saw my childhood idol, Bryan Adams, in the flesh for the first time in my life recently in Calgary. At least that is what I imagined how one reacts when coming in close proximity (be it several yards away) to one's idol, as...

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Police Invite Calgary Teens To Text And Drive

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 5:20 PM

In light of recent discussions surrounding distracted driving and enforcing stricter laws from the Alberta Transportation Minister, Ford Canada recently conducted a national survey on the habits of teen and parent drivers to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving and encourage discussion about safe driving.

I was invited...

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Why the Quebec Charter of Values may just save Canada: Part 1 of 2

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 11:16 AM

During my several visits to Quebec, I have been spit upon, hurled insults at my face, not served at restaurants, and ticketed by traffic police for driving while being Ontarian. I do not speak French and I am not a Francophone.

If my experience of Quebec ended with just...

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Why the Alberta 2013 Flood Recovery Funding may Turn out to be Wrong for Albertans

(6) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 6:40 PM

The 2013 flooding in the Province of Alberta, which resulted from excessive rainfall from June 19 to June 25 and the subsequent overflow of water tables across the region, was officially declared to be the "largest in provincial history" by Premier Allison Redford.
In fact, it was so...

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Northern Lights In The Yukon: Is Canada Inadvertently Solving Japan's Population Decline Crisis?

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 11:44 AM

It was a chilly but clear evening (-35 degrees Celsius) when we got on the tour bus in Whitehorse, Yukon. The tour was for the viewing of the spectacular northern lights, an atmospheric phenomenon that is best viewed under certain environmental conditions during certain periods of the year at certain...

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The Real Point is Missed in the Nenshi vs. CHBA Dialogue

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:07 PM

After two consecutive weeks of the media fanfare over the Calgary city hall and its Mayor vs. the Calgary Home Builders Association (CHBA) verbal spat, I have to admit that this ping pong game of jab is starting to make for a lot more of an exciting read than the...

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The Changing Canadian Identity

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 8:53 AM

A common misconception by most Canadians is that all immigrants (regardless of country of origin, religious background, ethnicity) face a common set of experiences (opportunities and challenges) as a group. There-in lies the basis of misunderstanding of the immigrant phenomenon by most Canadian-born residents.

The immigrant set can be generalized...

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Something to Believe In (Why symbolism and legacy matters)

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 10:30 AM

The Walrus Glenbow Debate was held on June 7, 2012 at Max Bell Theatre in the City of Calgary. The topic of debate was "Calgary's Cowboy Culture: Living Legacy or Just History?". An excerpt on the debate topic as posted on Epcor Centre website is reproduced below.

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