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Michelle Butterfield is The Huffington Post Alberta's Associate News Editor. She was previously an online editor at The Calgary Herald.

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How To Tell A Real Cowboy From A Stampede Cowboy

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 1:47 PM

With everyone running around the Calgary Stampede with a cowboy hat, it can be difficult to tell the career cowboys from the fellas who pull out their boots just for the 10-day event.

Here's a few tips we've learned along the way that will help you determine if you're...

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MORE Insane Questions Tourists Ask When They Come To Alberta

(28) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Last year I shared a post of some of the crazy questions I fielded from tourists while working one summer in Lake Louise.

Questions like: "When do you drain the lake and paint the bottom?" and, "At what elevation does and elk become a moose?"

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Alberta Road Trips: 12 Places To See In 2014

(6) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Now that the weather is warming up, we're starting to dream about hitting Alberta's highways.

The great thing about central and southern Alberta is that a road trip won't cost you an entire week worth of vacation — most of these trips you can conquer in a day or a...

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15 Things I'd Rather Do Than Walk On Calgary's Icy Sidewalks Right Now

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 12:41 PM

The weather's been absolutely beautiful in many parts of Alberta lately, but what's the good in it if you can't safely leave the house?

A daily cycle of thaw and freeze has left sidewalks and pathways in Calgary covered in thick sheets of ice - ice so smooth you could...

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Money, Happiness In Alberta: Albertans Make A Lot Of Money, But Are We Happy?

(36) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 9:44 AM

Cashing Out is The Huffington Post Alberta's look into lives of Albertans who are trying to make their dollars stretch a bit further. We'll examine people who are spending less, cutting back and bucking the rampant consumer culture in a province where the jobs are abundant and the...
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Words You Need To Know To Get By On The Prairies

(59) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 11:33 AM

I've lost most of my Nova Scotia accent since I moved to Alberta 9 years ago, but sometimes people still look at me kind of funny out here.

I continue to say words like "car," "bar," and "far" with a long, drawn-out r -- a bit like a pirate,...

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Off The Grid Alberta: Focus On Green Energy For Self-Sustainable Lifestyles

(15) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Cashing Out is The Huffington Post Alberta's look into lives of Albertans who are trying to make their dollars stretch a bit further. We'll examine people who are spending less, cutting back and bucking the rampant consumer culture in a province where the jobs are abundant and the wages high.
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26 Thrift Store Shopping Tips To Help You Score Awesome Stuff

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Cashing Out is The Huffington Post Alberta's look into lives of Albertans who are trying to make their dollars stretch a bit further. We'll examine people who are spending less, cutting back and bucking the rampant consumer culture in a province where the jobs are abundant and the wages high.
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We Need to Have Better Conversations About Money

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 5:39 PM

I can still remember the smell of cheap plastic wafting from BiWay as I stood outside the store on the mall promenade.

"Come on," my mom said to me. "I think they have those sandals here that you wanted."

We are in search of Teva sandals. It's 1993,...

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Calgary Roommates 'Buy Nothing' For 1 Year; Examine Their Relationship With Money

(35) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:48 PM

Cashing Out is The Huffington Post Alberta's look into lives of Albertans who are trying to make their dollars stretch a bit further. We'll examine people who are spending less, cutting back and bucking the rampant consumer culture in a province where the jobs are abundant and the wages high.
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The Most Insane Questions Tourists Ask When They Come To Alberta

(240) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 10:20 AM

Before I joined the world of journalism I drank my face off worked in Alberta's Rocky Mountains for a while.

I moved from my hometown of Halifax, N.S. on a whim, and chose the mountains of Alberta because, frankly, I had never seen them before.

My job was...

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Canmore Flooding Doesn't Stand In The Way Of Calgary Couple's Wedding

(9) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 2:42 PM

When Christine Bierman and Mickey Cimolai set off to Canmore last week to begin preparations for their wedding, they were looking forward to a weekend with friends, family and hopefully a bit of sunshine.

"We arrived in town on Tuesday and everything was fine and going according to plan. We...

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Wendy Peters Hands Over Twitter Account To Wendy's After Flyer Typo

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 5:25 PM

What happens when a major brand name accidentally uses your Twitter handle on one of their contest flyers?

If you're Wendy Peters of Calgary, you shrug, hand over your account for 90 days and have a good laugh about it.

Peters, a keen tweeter and social media enthusiast, recently...

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Calgary Co-op End To Confinement Cages Not Without Disadvantages, Industry Warns

(110) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:53 PM

A move by a Calgary grocer to put an end to the sale of certain chicken and pork products is being applauded by animal activists across the country, but industry players have warned that going cage-free is not without its challenges.

Calgary Co-op members voted Wednesday night to...

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Calgary Hail Storm Makes Environment Canada's Top 10 Extreme Weather Events (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 1:04 PM

It only lasted about 10 minutes, but the hail storm that blew in and out of Calgary on Aug. 12 this summer packed enough punch to find a place on Environment Canada's top ten list of Canadian weather stories for 2012.

The mammoth storm rolled over city skies...

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Calgary Cuddle Party: Celebrate The End Of The World By Touching A Stranger

(9) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 1:32 PM

Going to a party in your pajamas sounds awesome. Going to a party in your pajamas to be hugged and spooned and massaged by strangers...well, let's just say that it might not be for everyone.

According to the website cuddleparty.com, Calgary is now the country's cuddliest city,

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Amazing Race Canada: 13 Things The Contestants Must Do In Alberta

(4) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 3:59 PM

'The Amazing Race' is coming to Canada, and we in Alberta couldn't been more excited for the opportunity to share our beautiful province with the rest of the country.

The Canadian spin-off will take advantage of our massive geographic region and film exclusively withing Canada - a departure from the...

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Snow-Dusted Calgary Is The Most Beautiful Place In Canada Today (PHOTOS)

(11) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 1:51 PM

Is Calgary the prettiest place in Canada today?

Of course we're a bit biased, living in Alberta and all, but the heavy dusting of super-fine snow that fell over the weekend is clinging to every possible tree, bush, building and fence post, making the city look like a true winter...

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225 Sixth Skyscraper: Planned Tower Will Eclipse The Bow As Tallest On Calgary's Skyline

(9) Comments | Posted December 2, 2012 | 11:36 AM

Calgary's tallest building won't have the claim to fame at the highest skyscraper outside of Toronto for much longer.

The Calgary Herald reports that The Bow tower will soon be eclipsed by a brand new tower, after Brookfield Properties submitted plans this week for a 56-storey, 247 metre...

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Edmonton Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign: 'Don't Be That Guy' So Effective City Relaunches With New Posters (PHOTOS)

(164) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 11:44 AM

It was a campaign so effective at getting the word out to potential offenders of sexual assault, the Edmonton police are bringing it back.

According to the Edmonton Journal, the Edmonton Police Services and a local coalition, Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton (SAVE), are relaunching a

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