Thursday, May 31, 2018

ACWS welcomes the inclusion of domestic violence in new Bill which comes in to effect June 1

  • New OH&S legislation supports safer workplaces and points to better supports for survivors of domestic violence
Alberta Council of Women's Shelters - The Alberta Council of Women's Shelters (ACWS) welcomes Bill 30 which comes into effect on the 1st of June, 2018, as the Act to Protect the Health and Wellbeing of Working Albertans. The Act, upgrading the Occupational Health & Safety Act, now specifically identifies domestic violence as a workplace hazard which all employers need to account for.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

New centralized phone line to report abuse

Government of Alberta - Albertans can now report abuse and receive support, information and referrals through a new centralized phone line.

If people suspect someone is being abused or neglected, they can get help by calling the Alberta Supports abuse line at 1-855-4HELPAB (443-5722).

Opioid response commission term extended

Government of Alberta - The province is building on the life-saving work of the Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission by extending its term for another 18 months.  In the past year since the commission was created, the province has opened thousands of new treatment spaces, established supervised consumption services and supported opioid awareness programs.

Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Sagesse - May has been officially proclaimed as Sexual Violence Prevention Month by the Government of Alberta. The Commitment to Preventing and Addressing Sexual Violence helps to remove the stigma attached with sexual violence and supports building momentum for addressing this issue. Sagesse is committed to being a part of collective efforts across Alberta that address sexual and domestic violence and working towards making Alberta safer for everyone.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Alberta apologizes to Sixties Scoop survivors

Grand entry into the legislature before Alberta's historic Sixties Scoop apology.
Government of Alberta - As part of Alberta’s commitment to reconciliation, Alberta officially apologized for past practices that led to the removal of Indigenous children from their families, resulting in a loss of culture, identity and connection to their communities. The impacts are still felt by survivors and their families today.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The empty halter

Joyce Sasse -
Since we are in the season of 4-H Achievement Days, the recollection of a story that happened several years ago seems appropriate.

The day after Robbie sold his first 4-H calf he brought the empty halter to church. That halter and the pathetic look on Robbie’s face told it all. On past Sundays he had lovingly talked about training and caring for his calf. Now he told what happened. It wasn’t about the dollars raised. It was about the surrender of his pet. As we listened, tears welled in all our throats.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Parks Canada has designated the Waterton Park Board Room the “Annora Brown Room”

Annora Brown 
Pioneer artist Annora Brown would be so honored to learn that Parks Canada has named the Waterton Park Board Room the “Annora Brown Room”.  Its location is on the 3rd floor of the Administrative Building in the Waterton Work Compound, looking out toward the Prince of Wales Hotel.  Enlarged prints of six of Annora’s paintings adorn the walls. A plaque indicates some of her many contributions and directs visitors to the website

Pincher Creek RCMP to host Bike Rodeo May 31


Wear the Gear 2017 file photo with Bicycle winners Zachary Clinton and Ethan Maier up front

Pincher Creek RCMP - The spring season is the perfect opportunity to hit the road on your bike. The RCMP are offering a friendly reminder to be aware of bikes and riders. Bike riders are also encouraged to be mindful of their own actions.

Pincher Creek Bike Rodeo

On May 31, 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, there will be a Bike Rodeo held at the MCC Arena in Pincher Creek. The Pincher Creek Bike Rodeo is the finale of a month-long event called “Wear the Gear” that teaches children how to stay safe while riding their bikes.

Between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018, Pincher Creek Emergency Services will conduct patrols in the communities of Pincher creek, Beaver Mines, Cowley and Lundbreck. Children wearing helmets while riding their bikes or scooters will receive a “ticket” as reinforcement for good behaviour.

MD of Pincher Creek appoints new CAO

MD of Pincher Creek - Council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 would like to announce that during their Council Meeting held May 22, 2018, Sheldon Steinke was appointed to the position of Chief Administrative Officer, effective June 11, 2018.

Council would like to thank the Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Roland Milligan, for his efforts and support during this transition.

Behind the badge: RCMP Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit

RCMP Alberta - On May 24 the RCMP in Alberta escorted Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Kathleen Ganley, and President of the Cochrane Foothills Protective Association, Rosemary Lindsay, on a tour of the RCMP Airdrie Detachment for a rare behind-the-scenes look at its specialized Crime Reduction Unit (CRU).

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Diversity is God’s gift

Joyce Sasse - The puppeteer enacted her story by wearing an orange glove on one hand and a lime-green one on the other. With her two hands outstretched, she imitated youngsters passing a ball back-and-forth in the park.

They laughed and giggled and enjoyed playing together. Then, when one player missed his catch and ran for the ball, he found a mirror. Looking in the mirror he noticed the other player was different from himself. How could an orange puppet possibly play with a lime-green one?

Friday, May 18, 2018

CCWC applauds Castle Management Plan

Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition  -  For almost 30 years, the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) has worked with its conservation partners to see the Castle Area in southwestern Alberta receive the protection it deserves.  The CCWC thanks and commends Minister Shannon Phillips and the Government of Alberta for the final Castle Management Plan, and for the plan's commitment to manage the Castle Parks in the best interests of all Albertans.

Get ticks tested

Government of Alberta - As the May long weekend approaches and families head outdoors, Albertans are encouraged to submit ticks they discover to help monitor for the Lyme disease bacteria.  If Albertans find ticks on themselves, they should remove the ticks safely, using tweezers, as soon as possible. Ticks found on people or in their surroundings can be submitted to an Environmental Public Health Office, a First Nations Health Centre or a doctor. Ticks found on pets or farm animals should be taken to a veterinarian.

AWA lauds Castle Parks management plan

Castle River. (Alberta Wilderness Association photo)
Alberta Wilderness Association - The provincial government has released a final management plan for the Castle Parks. Along with the establishment of Public Land Use Zones in the Livingstone-Porcupine, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) recognizes the significant progress that has been made to protect the headwaters of the Oldman River.  "The Castle wilderness is truly a one-of-a-kind treasure in Alberta that will be enjoyed by all for generations to come," said Joanna Skrajny, AWA Conservation Specialist. "The Castle Parks hold cultural significance and will protect grizzly bears and native trout, while providing spectacular recreation opportunities." The government's plan acknowledges the overwhelming body of science that shows off-highway vehicles are not compatible with conservation goals and headwaters protection.

Better camping, more tourism in Castle parks

Travel Alberta / Jeff Bartlett photo
Government of Alberta - New family campsites, improved rustic backcountry camping and a new tourism campaign will encourage more Albertans to visit the Castle region this summer.  Albertans will have more opportunities for adventure this year as the province invests $3 million in capital upgrades in the Castle parks. Improvements will include new and improved family-friendly camping opportunities, trails, highly accessible front-country experiences and better access to the vast wilderness.

Plan ahead for a busy Victoria Day weekend in Waterton Lakes National Park

Parks Canada - Waterton Lakes National Park is open to visitors. When planning a trip, we ask visitors to remember that the Kenow Wildfire of 2017 has impacted the park in a number of ways. There are many recreation opportunities for visitors to experience in Waterton Lakes National Park, however, some areas remain closed as a result of hazards. For a full list of what is available and information on recreational opportunities, we encourage visitors to check for up-to-date information.

Town of Pincher Creek council approves up to $60,000 for Lebel Mansion elevator

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek held a regular meeting on Monday, May 14 in council chambers. Pincher Creek Allied Arts Council (PCAAC) Executive Director Stacey McRae approached council as a delegation to ask if they could get a letter of support required the next day. They are hoping to get matching funding to complete the project they have had in the works for years, the addition of an elevator in the Lebel Mansion building. The letter is for a grant they are asking from Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP). The elevator has been planned to be in the back half of the building and help those with mobility issues and to make the building a more accessible public building.

Outdoor enthusiasts urged to respect public land

Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips addresses public land enforcement prior to the May long weekend.
Government of Alberta - More than 300 provincial enforcement officers will patrol public land, parks and protected areas this spring and summer.  Over the upcoming long weekend and throughout the rest of the season, provincial government staff will once again work together to ensure everyone understands and follows the rules and regulations that protect public lands.

Alberta fire bans go mobile

Minister Carlier demonstrates new wildfire app ready for download.
Government of Alberta - The Alberta government has released a mobile fire ban app so people across the province can be aware of the wildfire risk.  The new app, available for Android and Apple devices, will give people mobile access to see where there are fire bans, restrictions and advisories to help plan their camping and recreational experiences.

CBSA travel tips for Victoria Day

The Coutts, Alberta border crossing

Canada Border Services Agency - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reminds travellers to plan ahead for their Victoria Day weekend travel plans. The CBSA is expecting higher traffic volumes throughout the holiday weekend, particularly on Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21.

The Coutts port of entry is open 24-7 and has the greatest capacity to process large volumes of travellers. During peak hours, all primary inspection lanes will be open and the port will be operating at maximum capacity.   Other border crossings in southern Alberta are also expected to see larger traffic volumes on the long weekend including Chief Mountain, Carway and Del Bonita.

Trade show builds networking and reveals possibilities

Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce (PCCOC) Administrator Ola Crook was one of many who helped the annual Pincher Creek Trade Show prepare to open their doors on Friday, May 4.  Crook explained the event was bigger than the previous year, with 98 vendors, and 10% of those new to the trade show.  Crook believes they have been running the trade show for 'almost a decade'.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Don’t sail through mandatory boat inspection stations

Alberta Environment and Parks - Although spring was slow to arrive this year, yacht to know the aquatic invasive species team has already sprung into action in fight against aquatic invasive species! The mandatory inspection stations have started this year’s search for invasive species on watercraft entering Alberta and have already found the first mussels of 2018 on a sailboat headed for Ghost Lake. When canoe expect all of the stations to be open? They will all have their flashlights out to put a spotlight on these invasive hitchhikers by the end of May, so expect to be inspected!

Alberta Government releases Livingstone-Porcupine plan

Porcupine Hills overlooking Livingstone (Sam Wirzba photo)
Government of Alberta - New land management plans for the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills areas will help conserve and protect sensitive ecosystems while improving economic and recreation opportunities.

Livingstone-Porcupine final plans released

Looking west to the Livingstone Range (Alberta Wilderness Association photo)

Alberta Wilderness Association - The provincial government has released final plans and established Public Land Use Zones (PLUZ) in the Livingstone Porcupine region in order to manage the impacts of industrial development and motorized recreation in the area. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes these measures signal an important shift towards sustainable management of our public lands.

Response to request for additional information for the Grassy Mountain Coal Project

Government of Canada map
Grassy Mountain Mine Review - Benga Mining Limited (Benga Mining) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Riversdale Resources Limited) is proposing to construct and operate an open-pit metallurgical coal mine near the Crowsnest Pass (the Grassy Mountain Coal Project), approximately seven kilometers north of the community of Blairmore, in Alberta. As proposed, the production capacity of the project would be a maximum of four million tonnes of coal per year, over a mine-life of about 25 years.

Increased fire risk in High River area

High River RCMP – High River RCMP and local Fire Departments would like to remind community members that our area has particularly dry conditions currently which result in an increased fire risk.

On May 12th, 2018 a High River RCMP officer was patrolling south of High River and noticed a grass fire burning near Hwy 540 and 40 St E. Cayley Fire Department attended and along with landowners and neighbours, the fire was extinguished safely. The fire was most likely started by a cigarette butt flicked out of a passing car.

Lloydminster woman Crystal Hackett missing for two months

Crystal Hackett
RCMP Alberta - Crystal Hackett, 44 years old from Lloydminster, has been missing for two months. Crystal was last seen on March 22 in Lloydminster. The Lloydminster RCMP are urging anyone with information to contact the Lloydminster RCMP or the police in their area.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Town of Pincher Creek donates $1,000 to Rough Runner event

Toni Lucas - Council for the Town of Pincher Creek met for their regular meeting on MondayMay 14.Wildrose Rough Runner Race (WILDR Rough Runner) Director Alecia Williams requested the Town of Pincher Creek sponsor an 'Elk' level donation to the race of $1,000. During her presentation, she explained this is the fourth year of the race and it has grown each year. This year they project 200 participants, 70% of whom are expected to be non-residents in the local area. Williams said non-local people are projected to spend approximately $350 each while in the local area including the race itself, accommodations, food, and fuel.  For the first time, this year the event is being expanded to two days, June 1-2, with events held at Castle Mountain.

Coaldale RCMP responds to multiple fatality MVC

RCMP Alberta - At approximately 6:30 p.m. on May 16, 2018 Coaldale RCMP and Coaldale Fire Department personnel responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 845 just south of Highway 4. Through investigation it was determined a grey Ford Freestar minivan heading northbound on Highway 845 drove off of the highway on a curve just before the CP Rail tracks. The minivan entered a deep ditch striking with significant impact on the north bank and coming to a rest on the rail tracks. The speed zone transitioned just south of the collision area from 100 km/p/h to 65 km/p/h.

Crowsnest Pass musician Lesley Schatz at Alberta’s Men & Women of Country Music gathering

Crowsnest Pass musician Lesley Schatz performed at the Alberta’s Men & Women of Country Music gathering on May 12 at the Hoadley Hall, west of Ponoka.
Sheena Read photo

Child amputees: Don’t let it happen to you

Kennedy and Ernie warn kids to spot the danger before they play
Press release – Kennedy Rhodes, 15, and Ernie Friesen, 10, lost limbs in accidents and are members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. As the weather warms up, they are warning kids to spot the danger before they play in a new War Amps video, PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You.

Kennedy was 13 when she lost her left leg in a train accident. She and her friends were playing by the railway tracks and decided to hop on a moving train. Kennedy fell off and her leg went under the wheels. Ernie was chasing a dog on the farm when he fell onto the blades of a moving grain auger and lost his left arm at the shoulder. They are now using their experiences to pass on an essential and possibly life-saving lesson to other children – PLAYSAFE!

RCMP in Southern Alberta terminate multi-jurisdictional pursuit with arrests

RCMP Alberta – Following a pursuit last night that started in High River and spanned four different detachment areas, the RCMP safely terminated the pursuit in Granum and arrested two adults and one youth.

Fish anyone?

  • Canada’s Food Guide recommends at least two - 75 g servings of fish per week. 

Pat MacIntosh, Alberta Health Services - Fish is an important part of a healthy diet for people of all ages. It is an excellent source of protein, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids which help maintain a healthy heart. When pregnant women eat fish, it helps with brain and eye development of the growing baby.

However, some people avoid fish due to concerns about mercury. Most fish is low in mercury and safe to eat. Common examples are Atlantic mackerel, canned light tuna, clams, haddock, herring, oysters, rainbow trout, salmon, sardines, shrimp, sole, pollock (Boston bluefish), and whitefish.

Knights of Columbus Endowment Fund awards grant to “Ready, Set, Go!” initiative

Chris Smeaton and Anita Lethbridge-Gross of the Holy Spirit School Division, Charleen Davidson of the Community Foundation, and Ed Hamel of Knights of Columbus #5726
Press release - On May 15 the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta and the Knights of Columbus #5726 presented the Holy Spirit School Division with a cheque for $3,818.50 in support of the Ready, Set, Go! Program.  Ready, Set, Go! is a collaboration between the Holy Spirit School Division and Lethbridge School District No. 51. The initiative provides school supplies, backpacks, clothing, and many other goods and services to children in need during a back-to-school fair, held before the first day of school each year. The grant awarded today will support this year’s event, scheduled to be held in August. “The Ready, Set, Go! Program gives many children a good head start for the school year. We acknowledge the Knights of Columbus Our Lady Peace Council and thank them for their generous support,” said Chris Smeaton, Holy Spirit School Division Superintendent.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Alberta RCMP gears up for National Road Safety Week

RCMP Alberta - The Alberta RCMP is proud to participate with the Alberta Sheriffs in Canada Road Safety Week, May 15 to 21, 2018, and National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day on May 19. The dates were strategically chosen as Victoria Day Weekend typically marks the beginning of the “summer” and road trip season for many Albertans and Canadians. Sponsored by Transport Canada and endorsed by law enforcement agencies across the country, the national campaign is part of Canada’s Road Safety Strategy which aims to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world by 2025.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Spring tonic

Joyce Sasse - OLDSTER ALERT! I have a recommendation for how to enjoy an invigorating dose of spring tonic. Seek out a young person and ask them how they are doing.

I recently drove into the countryside to visit with 30-year-old Alex. I wanted to know about his coming back to live in his grandparent’s house.

MD of Pincher Creek Fire Advisory Notice rescinded

A Fire Advisory Notice issued for the MD of Pincher Creek on April 27, 2018 has now been rescinded.

Friday, May 11, 2018

PCES members participate in Calgary Firefighter Stairclimb cancer fundraiser

Calgary Firefighter Stairclimb PCES participants: Joey McLeod, Nichole Boissoneault, Michael Whittington, Eleanor Maund-Stephens, Ian Campbell (official team photo from website)
Joey McLeod - Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES) members participated in the Calgary Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, April 29. The event included firefighters from all over North America, who climbed the stairs of Calgary's Bow tower, Western Canada's tallest building, in support of those living with cancer.  This is the second year PCES participated this event (2017 and 2018). Our team members were Eleanor Maund-Stephens (Team Captain), Joey McLeod, Nichole Boissoneault, Ian Campbell, and Michael Whittington.  Our team of five was able to raise $2,760. To date, the total amount raised by the event is $341,197. People may still donate to our team or to the event in general online (click here).

Mustangs participate in SAMFA All-Star Weekend

Mustangs #30 JP Mosby, #82 Jaxon Hammond, #21 Tanner Wallace, #36 Justin Schoening, #66 Justin Nelson
(Kelly Nelson photos)
Jeremy and Kelly Nelson - Five members of the Pincher Creek Mustangs Football bantam team were in Lethbridge May 4 and 5 for the Southern Alberta Minor Football Association’s (SAMFA) All-Star weekend. The weekend included the SAMFA awards banquet on Friday night, as well as the All-Star game on Saturday afternoon.

Letter: Regarding UCP condemnation of carbon tax

Phil Burpee - Carbon, shmarbon. Apparently some 98% of UCP delegates at the recent policy convention have come down enthusiastically on the side of repealing the current provincial Carbon Tax asap upon assuming the reins of power. This is an impressive display of group solidarity. It is also an impressive display of group miasma. Check out Doug Ford in Ontario and you’ll see what sort of intellectual power supports this kind of thinking. Maybe the sky is pink – and maybe the Earth is flat. Hey – it’s open to debate.

New Horizons funding keeps seniors engaged in Foothills

Press release - John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Foothills, extends his congratulations to the 11 organizations that have been granted funding under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
  • Huddlestun Seniors receives $5,400 to upgrade their facilities
  • Metis Local 1880 receives $24,000 for camps and gatherings so seniors can mentor the youth in traditions such as dance, canoeing, cooking, hunting & fishing
  • Oldman River Antique Equipment and Threshing Club receives $25,000 towards the Heritage Arts Program
  • Windsor Heritage Drop-In Centre receives $20,800 towards new chairs, computers and sound system equipment
  • Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings will receive $24,000 for Making Music in the Foothills program
  • High River Seniors Friendship Center receives $22,000 for replacing the roof and eaves troughs
  • Stavely Museum receives $4,000 to build new ramps to allow access to all seniors
  • York Creek Lodge receives $8,400 for a greenhouse to allow seniors to share their gardening knowledge and skills with children
  • Coleman Seniors Drop-In Centre Association receives $18,000 towards the Seniors on the Grow program
  • Town of Okotoks receives $25,000 for the Move and Groove café program
  • Coordinated Community Response to Elder Abuse receives $13,800 for an Elder Abuse Awareness and Education Project

SPICA mission, with major U of L contribution, one step closer to reality

Astrophysicist Dr. David Naylor
University of Lethbridge - SPICA, the joint mission between the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) to observe the infrared with super sensitive instruments, was named one of three finalists in ESA’s M5 call for mission proposals on Monday, May 7.

Alberta RCMP: Your calls make a difference

RCMP Alberta - Your tips, no matter how small, help the RCMP better protect you. The RCMP in Alberta encourage you to immediately report any suspicious activity, person or vehicle to police. Your call might be the one that saves a life or leads to an arrest.

For example:

U of L contributes to roadmap for enhancing human resistance to radiation for life in space

Dr. Olga Kovalchuk
University of Lethbridge - With more space exploration and possible colonization on the horizon, a group of international researchers, including the University of Lethbridge’s Dr. Olga Kovalchuk, combined forces to produce a roadmap to enhancing human radioresistance, or the level of radiation an organism is able to withstand. The group recently published a paper exploring the subject in the peer-reviewed journal Oncotarget.

Alberta government: Trans Mountain Pipeline keeps Canada working

An example of a billboard supporting Trans Mountain Pipeline in Kelowna, B.C
Government of Alberta - Billboards are now on display across British Columbia as the Government of Alberta launches a nationwide campaign to highlight the economic, social and environmental benefits of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

Solutions and substitutions with Reena

Reena Nerbas

Dear Reena,
I have little black flies in my home, I'm assuming they are from my house plants. How do I get rid of them? - Marsha

Wildfire season is here. Are you FireSmart?

Tune up your bicycle

Laura Lukye, AHS
Laura Lukye, Alberta Health Services - The spring season is a great time to think about getting active outdoors more often. This is the perfect opportunity to hit the road (or trail) on your bike. But before we jump into the saddle and peddle away, we need to ensure we are safe for the road. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Alberta government proposes strengthening election spending cap adherence

Minister Gray introduces proposed legislation to increase fairness in Alberta’s electoral system
Government of Alberta - In 2016, the government increased fairness in Alberta’s electoral system by implementing a $2-million spending cap on election expenses for all registered political parties during an election period. Proposed changes would guarantee a level playing field by ensuring any associated parties adhere to the $2-million spending cap. Avoidance of the cap could result in significant penalties.

Thefts from Pincher Creek storage units

Pincher Creek RCMP - Sometime between the evening of Wednesday May 9 and the morning of May 10, 2018, person(s) unknown cut a hole in the security fence at the Pincher Creek Mini Storage yard located on Buffalo Street in Pincher Creek. After gaining entry to the yard they proceeded to break into six storage units. Various items were stolen including a red Honda quad, Licence XTB115.

Pincher Creek RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s) in this theft.

If you have any information, please call the Pincher Creek RCMP at 403-627-6010. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Generator stolen from MD of Pincher Creek storage yard

Pincher Creek RCMP - Sometime between the evening of Monday May 7 and the morning of May 9, 2018, person(s) unknown cut a hole in the security fence at the MD of Pincher Creek public works storage yard in Pincher Creek. After gaining entry to the yard they proceeded to steal a blue 7200 watt Yamaha generator Ser. # 7P64032071.

Pincher Creek RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspects in this theft.

If you have any information, please call the Pincher Creek RCMP at 403-627-6010. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Panda-monium at the Calgary Zoo

One of the newly arrived giant pandas enjoys a snack during the grand opening of Panda Passage, May 7, 2018
Government of Alberta - After years of planning and anticipation, the Panda Passage habitat at the Calgary Zoo is now open.  It was panda-monium as fans lined up for a first glimpse of the Giant Pandas during the official public opening on May 7. Er Shun and Da Mao, along with twin cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, didn’t disappoint as visitors explored the new habitat and exhibit.

SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training program now available online

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission - Albertans anticipating a career in the recreational cannabis industry can now take the SellSafe Cannabis Staff Training program available online at Upon completion of the program, individuals may then apply with the AGLC to become a Qualified Cannabis Worker (QCW) in the province of Alberta. Prior to legalization, individuals may meet the requirements to be a QCW but will not be formally approved to work in the industry until legally able to do so.

Vertical Church wants your input


We want your input!

We are starting a new sermon series for the summer based on questions you have about God, Jesus, religions, the church. With this series we are asking for you to text any question to 587-507-4410. No question is off limits, and we will try and answer them one week at a time. Let's not rush through this; now is the time to ask. 

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