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Emergency experts deny food shortage in 2013 flood

During the 2013 flood in Calgary, people panicked and rushed to the grocery stores in affected areas, stocking up on food in case of a shortage

THUMBFlood-2According to a city government report, a food shortage may have been a possibility during the 2013 Calgary flood. However, some emergency planning experts deny this claim.

The City of Calgary's Calgary Eats report states, "In the flood of 2013, Calgary had enough food on grocery store shelves for three days. Had the city been cut off from external supply for a longer period of time, Calgary could have experienced a food shortage."

Vicki Megrath, communications leader for the Flood Recovery Operations Centre stated in an email interview, "There were no food shortages experienced during the 2013 flood in Calgary."

The city did not provide further comment.

Brian Fleming, a professor in the supply chain management program at Mount Royal University says it's quite possible, that in light of the flood, there may have been a concern of food shortage.


Age before modern beauty: Calgary’s heritage buildings benefit the city, says president of Heritage Property Corporation

A lack of heritage preservation is becoming a growing concern for Calgarians

ThumbSnowdonBuildingFor a long time, the C.C. Snowdon building looked like any other building on 11th street SE. Named after businessman Campbell Camillus Snowdon, it was built between 1911-1914, used as a refinery and featured large windows and three massive safes built into the walls.

Over the years, it was painted white, and the warehouse suffered extensive damage from a fire that occurred in the 1980's. Although tenants still used the office space, the building clearly had seen better days.

Luckily, Heritage Property Corporation saw potential in restoring the historical building. They have taken the white paint off of the brick, rebuilt the old warehouse and are adding in other features to fuse in the old with the new. By maintaining the character of the structure, Heritage Property Corporation has found a way to maintain a piece of Calgary's history.


Calgary soccer players face challenges of sport facility shortage

As the number of soccer participants in Calgary continues to increase, existing sport facilities are struggling to accommodate the rising demand

ThumbFieldIt is 9:30 p.m. on a Wednesday and the Calgary West Soccer Centre, located on Bearspaw Dam Road in northwest Calgary, is a bustle of activity.

"It is very late – especially for high school students who have lots of studies and homework," says Celeste Awe, whose 16-year-old daughter Olivia plays for the Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club.

Despite the late hour, soccer players both young and old fill up each of the four fields while even more jog through the hallways, getting ready for their chance to hit the artificial turf.

Mike Kramer, father of 16-year-old Blizzard player Nicole, says that during the regular season it is normal for them to have games starting at 9 p.m. and going until 10 p.m.


April is National Poetry Month and well-versed Calgary has a lot to be proud of

Poetry is thriving despite cancellation of Calgary Spoken Word Festival

Thumb9251749This time last year the Calgary Spoken Word Festival was in full swing. However, Sheri-D Wilson, founder of the festival, said in an email that the Calgary Spoken Word Society is focusing on education and workshops this year.

Despite the cancellation of the festival this year, poetry is alive and thriving in Calgary, according to publisher Rose Scollard, poet laureate Derek Beaulieu, and professor Kit Dobson.