Low-income kids and seniors are paying the price for taking fluoride out of Calgary's drinking: say some dentists, agencies
"Do you floss?"
On a cold winter day, dental assistants inside The Dental Health Bus asked a couple of kids how they take care of their teeth. Another 161 children are on the waitlist for care.
From the outside, the bus looks like any ordinary trailer, but inside are: two chairs, a sterilization area, an abbreviated reception desk with a printer and an x-ray machine. The Dental Health Bus is run by The Alex, a Calgary social service agency. It travels to lower income areas checking kids' teeth and providing sealants to help prevent tooth decay.
The need is urgent because three years after Calgary city council removed fluoride from Calgary's water Feb. 8, 2011, The Alex and other dental experts say dental decay in kids is worsening.
"These children are living in pain for months," said Denise Kokaram, Program Lead of the Dental Health Bus. "We are seeing children that are seven years old that have every tooth in their heads decayed."
Fans of alternative dance can expect a rise in popularity
Compared to some other Canadian cities, Calgary's burlesque scene is lagging behind. Supporters of the city's burlesque community are hoping the new Calgary International Burlesque Festival – which debuted last month – will help change that in the future.
The festival kicked off with a bang at Dicken's Pub, showcasing a two-act performance of dazzling burlesque from local and international talent. Other events of the festival included a main stage performance at the Epcor Centre, interactive burlesque workshops, and a finale burlesque brunch at Hyatt Regency Calgary.
While this is the first time the festival has been held, performers and supporters in the city have been reviving the sensual art form for about ten years.
Organization delivered 664,000 shoeboxes to impoverished children in third world countries last year
Despite the difficulty Samaritan's Purse has with keeping Operation Christmas Child in schools, hundreds gather annually over the holiday season at the Calgary processing facility to pack thousands of shoeboxes filled with gifts to send to children in need around the world.
Operation Christmas Child used to be hosted by schools across Canada, but many have opted out due to the group being a Christian organization. While the decline does not impact the operation as a whole, it does affect the number of boxes each processing facility receives.
Calgary restaurants move to filter their own water for better taste, and to manage their ecological footprint
Some Calgary restaurants are now filtering their own water in an effort to both profit from a desire for better tasting water and to reduce the ecological footprint of bottled water.
Charging $1.50 for one litre of water, Notable in Calgary gives all revenue earned from their filtered water to charities such as the Ronald McDonald House and Women's Education Trust in Somalia, says Jessica Collinson, a manager at Notable.
Despite these social initiative impacts, some patrons still show some resistance to paying the extra few dollars for filtered water in comparison to free tap water, she notes.
"It's up to the servers to educate their guests about the philosophy behind the water," says Collinson. "Restaurants need to stand behind sustainability and be environmentally responsible."
Interactive mapping tool does not provide users with all possible information regarding high profile crimes
Some high-profile crimes are excluded from the Calgary Crime Map, a website maintained by the Calgary Police Service (CPS). The map's aim is to help keep residents aware of what is happening in their neighbourhoods.
The Calgary Crime Map website is an online tool where people can select from a list of 12 crimes, ranging from theft to homicide, a time frame — from last week, last month, last three months or last six months — and choose a particular area of the city to gauge crime in the area.
From there, a person can see what, and when, particular crimes have occurred in an area.
However, the map does not include high-profile crimes such as domestic violence, kidnapping, and the manufacturing, production, and trafficking of illicit drugs..