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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

New Orleans: 10 Years After Katrina

Since I had lived through Calgary's flood, I was curious to see, or rather compare, how the two cities endured their respective misfortunes. Therein lied my assumption error in thinking that the two cities could be compared in terms of the devastation caused and the revitalization process thereafter.
02/02/2015 04:08 EST
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11 Unique Experiences beyond the Las Vegas Strip

Claiming to find uniqueness within one of the most unique places in the world is a conundrum in itself. Therefore during a recent media trip to Las Vegas, I was not sure what to expect. Turns out, most visitors, especially first timers, are so enchanted by the Strip, where the famed themed hotels and casinos are located, that they miss out on other attractions located on and beyond the Strip. This list showcases some of the unique experiences that visitors may not be aware of.
10/17/2014 02:09 EDT
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What Alberta Can Learn From Las Vegas' Downtown

Calgary and Edmonton also benefit from greater concentration of people per square mile than Las Vegas. This is the reason why the Alberta model of revitalization works well up here. However, it would be interesting to see if the Las Vegas model can be imported north of the border. In the end, a successful model of downtown revitalization requires residential densification no matter how well the commercial component is developed.
09/12/2014 01:49 EDT

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

Kenny Wizz was like every other normal kid growing up in Los Angeles during this decade. Well, almost. The peculiarity of having the aforementioned hair style and break dancing skills led many to remind him often of his uncanny resemblance to the Gloved One. Obviously, MJ's breakthrough meant a massive change in trajectory of the destiny of this normal kid.
08/01/2014 11:34 EDT
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2 Things You Need To Know About Calgary's Cab Crisis Debate

Have you taken a closer look at your cab driver lately? More often than not, he/she is likely to be a person of minority and a first generation immigrant. Arrived in Canada with family and has formal training in medical/legal/engineering/education/accounting/whatever profession in overseas home country. Turned down for qualified jobs because of lack of "Canadian experience".
07/25/2014 04:39 EDT

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

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. Bryan Adams was not in town to perform any concert. He was in town to showcase a very different talent and passion of his -- photography, particularly in the genre of celebrity portraits.
03/04/2014 05:28 EST

Police Invite Calgary Teens To Text And Drive

What can we do to reduce this statistic of accidents caused by distracted driving if not entirely eliminate it? While legislation and punitive recourse exists, society cannot rely entirely on enforcement to save the day. What if an alternate solution exists, albeit an unproven one for distracted driving.
11/25/2013 06:20 EST

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

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 this story, and with the recent developments of the minority Parti Québécois proposed plan to introduce the Charter of Values as law in Quebec, I would not be hard pressed to imagine the people of Quebec to be one of the most bigoted and unfriendly specimens of the human race the world has ever seen. But I love Quebec.
09/16/2013 05:22 EDT

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

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 bad that it now has its own Wikepedia entry.
07/05/2013 02:23 EDT

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

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 antics of certain Hollywood starlets' run-ins with the law and rehab.
03/19/2013 05:28 EDT

The Changing Canadian Identity

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.
02/13/2013 07:16 EST

Something To Believe In (Why Symbolism And Legacy Matters)

Every symbol has more than one meaning. Indeed, when I was contemplating the move out from the east, the perception among the locals about this City was limited. ("It's cold" "All yahoos out there" "There is nothing to do there socially" "They are not friendly over there" "It snows all the time" "There is no public transit, you have to buy a car") And none of the above turned out to be true. In fact, as I soon realized, Calgary was very much the opposite of all these notions.
02/05/2013 05:30 EST