Startup Calgary is all about community building with their main goal to bring the IT based startup community in Calgary closer together.
With word of the NHL lockout reaching the public ear last week, a lot has been said. We hear from both sides. We hear from the commentators, the pundits, the "experts", and the fans who suffer the most from this needless squabble. But what do we hear from the people who work behind the rink? You see, I'm gainfully employed by the Calgary Flames - specifically, I wash dishes for the all the fine diners lucky (and rich) enough to enjoy the fine foods served up at the 'Dome.
I cannot tell you in words how heartbreaking it was to see the dozens of disappointed looks I received when I had to say "I'm sorry, we don't have any more razors." The Seed relies on items like this to be donated, and for 3 weeks were out of razors. Two thoughts crossed my mind. The first was "man, it's so unfair that these people are being denied such a basic thing" and the second was, "How on earth, in a city of over a MILLION people, has nobody donated razors?"
I captured a picture of these two beautiful creatures during a casual visit to the Calgary Zoo this summer. It caught my eye that they are almost forming a heart together.
I first met Wakefield last year during the first People's Poetry Festival. He struck me as a larger than life character with a magnetic energy which compelled people to listen to every word he spoke. In discussions with him he revealed that he had come from Toronto, firstly for love, and secondly for the opportunity to connect with a new audience. He is like a pioneer of sorts in the world of spoken word and has been largely welcomed into its circles in Calgary.
In February I asked my Twitter followers to tweet about things in Calgary that either no longer exist or have been around for a long time under the hashtag #CalgaryRetro. With over 600 tweets, I seem to have hit a nerve. From the Calgary Tower, to some very special local TV shows, native Albertans hold old Calgary near and dear to their hearts.
I'm delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost Alberta and HuffPost British Columbia, which will bring HuffPost's signature mix of news, blogging, community, and social engagement to these western provinces. From Alberta and British Columbia's vast energy industry and environmentalist traditions to First Nations lands and the Northern Gateway pipeline, these new Canadian editions will tell the stories that need to be told -- and, just as importantly, help those in Alberta and British Columbia tell their stories themselves. As the HuffPost family grows -- it was just last month that we welcomed HuffPost Canada Impact -- we can't wait to see how these new editions will start conversations around the stories that get to the heart of each province's identity, and those that will decide their future.
Long considered a bland, western outpost thick with cowboy culture and thin on the cosmopolitan feel of Toronto and Montreal, Calgary is in the midst of a stark change. There's an emphasis on public art and on growing independent music and arts scenes, and people are coming to the city not only for its financial stability, but for what it offers in terms of new culture as well.
We believe Albertans are ready to embrace the exchange of ideas. This is a province that's being shaped by a young, connected, diverse and intelligent citizenry, a citizenry that needs a punchy, politically savvy, smart online publication that sparks ideas and stirs the imagination but that doesn't always take itself seriously.
I figured I'd play the good, if aloof, son lingering in Draft Horse Town, chatting up the chuckwagon drivers, hobnobbing with the blacksmiths. But I had no idea how the Stampede changes even the most stubborn gait.
As I watched the more off-putting events like calf roping and steer wrestling I couldn't help but feel like I was watching a group of people who didn't realize that society has evolved past them.
First Toronto, and now Calgary, has done the moral thing. Both cities have passed a bylaw banning shark fins. Consumers of shark fin soup must consider the effects of declining shark populations on our delicately balanced ecosystem.
Calgary is so much more than "Cowtown," and is a wonderful spot (and starting point) for a family vacation.
ArtsSmarts, a non-profit helping schools across Canada use the tools of arts integration, recently announced its plans to explore the larger issue of the role of the whole community in fostering creativity. More regions of the world are coming to the realization that education is everyone's concern, and that the role of art-based training is critical to success.
...not. Got your attention though didn't I? The old saying "No news is good news" was never said by a journalist. No news = no customers. We feel like bored salespeople, constantly re-arranging the goods in the front window. This isn't to say we wish ill or disaster upon the world (not openly anyway). But is it wrong to wish for more than, say, the Tony Clement/Ezra Levant/Norman Bethune controversy?
I suppose I can understand why Stephen Harper would call Calgary the "greatest city" in Canada, as he did this week. After all, a whopping 70 per cent of the city voted for him and his Conservative party in the 2011 federal election. But he's quite obviously wrong. Toronto is Canada's greatest city. And if you don't believe that, well you're just as delusional as the prime minister.