Women and men reclaim the Beltline streets and sidewalks on Sept. 19, marching 10 blocks without fear of abuse, assault, or rape in the evening, a time that's been a source of terror for many victims of gender-based violence.
Take Back the Night's annual protest, which started at 8 p.m, celebrates the issue of resistance and creates a platform where indigenous women, women of colour, and Caucasian women can voice their experiences, fears and hopes for the future.
Autumn EagleSpeaker, active in Idle No More Calgary and manager of the Iyahrhe Nakoda Foodbank Society, addressed and analyzed the current topic of violence against aboriginal women and solutions for how indigenous women can reach economic, social, gender and racial parity within Canada.
AARCS’ first annual “Jail and Bail”, locking up Calgary celebs and VIPs in dog kennels, was roaring success
Where can you find three Calgary Flames athletes, pageant winner Mrs. Calgary, a UFC fighter, a teacher and several veterinarians locked up in cages? At the first Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) Jail and Bail, where ordinary people become jailbirds to raise money to save lives of animals in Alberta.
Katie Ayres, event organizer and operations manager for AARCS, says she didn’t expect so many people would want to get locked up in dog kennels.
“We had so much interest in it from our volunteers and supporters in general,” says Ayres.
Despite celebrity appearances, the star of the show was Nero the dog, a burn-victim who lost both ears in what is suspected to be intentional animal abuse.
Martin Parnell uses Harry Potter game to support Right to Play
Challenging a Guinness World Record is ambitious; beating a world record is a feat, but doing it all for a great cause takes it above and beyond.
Martin Parnell—a 58-year-old native of Cochrane, Alta.— has proven to be the type of person to go above and beyond. He is passionate about the impact that play can have on children and their futures. It is this passion that has led Parnell to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
He is challenging himself to beat 10 Guinness World Records at 10 Canadian universities over 26 days.
Preventing motorcycle collisions through teaching
Calgary has experienced numerous motorcycle collisions in the first half of 2014, including three fatalities and 67 collisions involving injuries, according to the Calgary Police Service.
In 2013, there were three motorcycle fatalities and nine in 2012.
In August 2013, Calgary's riding community lost a friend. John Ross MacRae died at the age of 24 in a crash during a race in Quebec. Trevor Dech, the chief instructor and owner of Too Cool Motorcycle School, knew MacRae since he was a baby and has dedicated this year's Ride to Remember to MacRae.
Over 400 participants and 80 volunteers celebrated the beginning of the school year at the third annual Colour-U-Blue Run and Walk
The streets surrounding Mount Royal University bled blue after the school hosted its third annual Colour-U-Blue run and walk on Saturday Sept. 20.
"It's a student impact event that encourages school spirit, teamwork and meeting new people," said Erin Birbeck, assistant event co-ordinator at Mount Royal University.
The event kicked off with Zumba instructor Catherine Zerpa leading the group of 408 participants in a fun exercise designed to warm up their muscles before the run and walk.
The routine was accompanied by upbeat music courtesy of Amp Radio, who arrived armed with speakers and free giveaways for participants, spectators and volunteers.
"We think it's important to be out in the community and get out there and be a part of what our demographic is doing and support what they love to do," said Amp Radio event co-ordinator Lisa Harrigan.