Within milliseconds of the explosions, #BostonMarathon and #PrayForBoston were trending topics on Twitter. This is today's reality when it comes to tragedy. We live in a day and age where news finds us, we don't need to even look for it. Online, in the midst of tragedy, it's easy to spot those who care... those who don't... and those who would and do dare to make some sort of joke or cast blame before all of the facts have been sorted. While this online always-connected life exposes us to tragedy faster and with more detail and impact than ever before... it also allows us to feel connected, to reach out and support one another like never before.
Golden fields of wheat blowing in the breeze and cows lazily grazing in the lush green pasture are the first things that come to most people's minds when they think of Alberta agriculture, but there's more to the provincial ag industry than grain and cattle. The Wild Rose province is home to many different types of agricultural operations such as beekeeping, sugar beets, pulses, market gardens, elk, bison, pork, chicken, lamb, turkey, dairy, eggs and much more.
Aggie Days, an event that celebrates a sanitized and fictitious version of modern, industrialized agriculture. Animals are cute and cuddly. They have straw in their pens and room to roam. Baby chicks, cage free and with their beaks still intact, scurry around, enjoying their last bit of freedom.
With Ralph Klein's passing, many have tried to find a constant theme in his political life. The late premier was, to be sure, a populist. What else explains his reputation as a big spender when mayor of Calgary and then his switch to a prudent premier?
Among other amazing exhibits, the mama goats recently had their babies so the little kids (baby goats) will only be about a month old when they make their first appearance at Aggie Days. They are too cute to miss.
If it wasn't enough to be ranked the best city in a country of 34 million, Calgary has also been ranked the 5th best city to live in the entire world by the Economist Intelligence Unit's Most Livable Cities Survey for the last three consecutive years. To think that this city of roughly 1.2 million people is one of the top five cities in a world of over 7 billion people is absolutely mind blowing.
That's right, Calgary holds two pretty cool records for the worlds longest. One, is very specific to our climate and economic prowess, the other we owe to an urban shopping mecca and indoor garden oasis.
On Wednesday, March 13th, the membership of Calgary Co-op voted in favour of eliminating caged eggs and pork in their 24 stores located in Calgary and region. Calgary Co-op boasts a membership of 440,000, making it one of the largest cooperatives in North America.
If Calgary Co-op member, and local food activist, Clint Robertson's motion is successful on Wednesday at their AGM, Calgary Co-op will make history by being the first major food retailer in Canada to begin phasing out the intensive confinement of farm animals, specifically caged pork and battery caged hens for eggs.
This is not the first time Flanagan's remarks have caused a public outcry and stirred considerable controversy, after he called for the murder of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, on the CBC.
When the sun is shining you can find me in my yard, either barbequing with friends, tending to my azaleas or just enjoying a good book. For many of us, our backyards are summer sanctuaries; offering an escape from otherwise hectic lives.
I truly believe that personal style is not only evident in the colour of your walls or the position of your couch; but in the way your home interacts with you and your guests.
An interior design refresh can be for many reasons; including a change in season, the need to better reflect our personality, or moving into a new home. Home staging can increase the desirability (and value!) of a home by helping potential buyers visualize themselves and their furniture in the space.
Meet Jeff de Jong. He has had an exceptionally diverse gardening career, with his passion leading to exciting opportunities. From lending his teaching skills to gardening classes in college or local gardening clubs to hosting the only two hour gardening radio program in the West; Gardening 101, he definitely knows his way around the garden.
Our towns and cities do not function in isolation. They do not exist in a vacuum. Municipalities can learn from one another's experiences. More importantly, citizens can too.
Today I'll be interviewing Janet Voth, owner of Designing Spacez. She holds the accredited title of Canadian Real Estate Staging Specialist (CRSS) and has extensive experience in the design industry, which allows her to truly understand what her clients both want and need in order to make their house sell.