Election reform, Alberta’s economy and assisted dying bill fires up Rempel
The state of Alberta’s economy wasn’t the only thing on the mind of Michelle Rempel, the Conservative MP for Calgary-Nose Hill, when she held a town hall meeting to a crowd of about 60 constituents at the Harvest Hills Alliance Church on May 25.
The self-described “fiery” MP had lots to comment on after a heated week in Ottwa that included passionate debates about assisted dying legislation, the so-called “elbowgate” incident involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the news that former prime minister Stephen Harper will give up his Calgary seat in the fall.
Here are four takeaways from Rempel’s meeting with northwest Calgary constituents.
Underappreciated Broadway drama to be put on by Calgary’s Simply Theatre company from May 20-28
“He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind, and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.” – Proverbs 11:29
So says the namesake verse and overarching moral of Pumphouse Theatre’s latest play: Inherit the Wind.
The story begins in “Heavenly Hillsboro,” the “buckle on the bible belt,” in 1925, with a schoolboy by the river, hunting worms to use as fishing bait. A classmate wanders by, remarking on the filth of this activity.
Arts scene insiders working outside the boom and bust to build a foundation for a world class arts community
Nurtured by the support of organizations and community supporters alike, Calgary artists have, over time, put the city in the spotlight, achieving national and even international success.
As part of the Calgary Journal’s Then and Now series, which examines significant changes in Calgary, our reporters check in with several notable artists representing a broad swath of local talent.
Trial of former CBC Radio host exemplifies systemic issues in our justice system
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Warning: This opinion piece contains some profanity and sexual content.
Kathryn Borel charged down the steps of the Old City Hall court in downtown Toronto on May 11 to greet the mass of reporters and their cameras. Her hands held the statement that she read, voice strong and deliberate, into the microphones that waited for her. In roughly four minutes, she delivered a scorching indictment of Jian Ghomeshi and the institutions that protected him.
“Every day over the course of a three-year period, Mr. Ghomeshi made it clear to me that he could do what he wanted to me and my body,” Borel said. “This includes the one charge he just apologized for, when he came up behind me while I was standing near my desk, put his hands on my hips and rammed his pelvis against my backside over and over, simulating sexual intercourse.”
Family finds community and support at Mount Royal University
Despite knowing there was a wildfire nearby, Sandeep Kondaveeti and his wife were rushed when Fort McMurray officials demanded city residents flee for safety on May 3.
“I could see smoke from our home. When I came out(side) . . . ashes were falling,” Nishu Reddy said. “When I was evacuating, I was told that the fire was 14 kilometres away from our place.”
Reddy, her husband Sandeep Kondaveeti and their son Virat Kondaveeti started a long journey from Fort McMurray on May 3 after the blaze forced a city-wide evacuation. They finally arrived in Calgary, settling into their temporary home May 8 at Mount Royal University (MRU), where they were interviewed May 9, less than a week after fleeing their hometown.
Multiple projects may create jobs, or only be a short-term economic solution
The recently released Capital Plan for Alberta calls for a 15 per cent increase in infrastructure spending by the NDP government, and while some are hopeful this public spending will help turn the current state of the economy around, others see it only as a short-term solution.
The much-anticipated budget, released in mid-April, promised a total of $34 billion to be spent over the course of the next five years on projects involving schools, hospitals and roads via the Alberta Jobs Plan.