Not enough cooks in the kitchen

It is an issue Calgary kitchens have been for years. ­­There are not enough skilled cooks to support Calgary’s growing restaurant industry. Although more than 21,000 Albertans are currently employed as cooks, according to Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS), the occupation is expected to grow by nearly 600 new positions annually over the next few years. Michael Dekker, a culinary instructor… Read more →

Feature: Professional Bull Rider

Canadian professional bull rider Chad Besplug is not your typical cowboy. He doesn’t listen to country music, and when he isn’t riding bulls you won’t find Chad in cowboy boots and a big belt buckle. But this Claresholm, Alta. native says he and his sister, Jill, were riding horses as soon as they could walk, and it wasn’t long before… Read more →

SAIT Students divided on minimum wage hike

Students at SAIT Polytechnic are conflicted about the government of Alberta’s plan to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. A small survey of 24 students showed that while many students believe the increase is necessary to offset the high cost of living in Calgary, others say it will drive the cost of products and services up. Tabitha,… Read more →

Meet Up Calgary

Like many others who have moved to the city, Courtney Andrews moved to Calgary to seek employment within the oil and gas industry. Coming from Nanaimo, B.C., the 24-year-old did not know anyone in the city, and she found the idea of meeting new people intimidating. “I am shy – every friend I have back home I met in either… Read more →

Calgary Catholic School Board

The Calgary Catholic school board is set to design plans for two new schools and the modernization of another within the next year. At the March 18 school board meeting, superintendent Mark Rawlek presented the 2016 to 2019 capital plan, which included new elementary schools in Sherwood and Mahogany and the modernization of St. Francis High School. Because the Catholic… Read more →

Industry Leader – An interview with Dylan Macleod

Dylan Macleod is an aspiring musician. But when this drummer isn’t performing with his band, Mountaineer, the Calgary native is making money the old fashioned way: tending bar.  Macleod prides himself on crafting delicious cocktails that pack a punch. Whiskey Row: What is your preferred job title? Bartender, barkeep, barman mixologist, , etc.   Dylan Macleod: Ha! If someone called… Read more →

Poverty in Calgary

Challenges faced by impoverished Calgarians were brought to the forefront at a public panel discussion held at Grace Presbyterian Church on Feb 2. Approximately 70 people attended the annual meeting, sponsored by Poverty Talks! and the Iwaasa Lecture on Urban Theology, where three leaders from the non-profit sector addressed poverty in Calgary. Derek Cook, former Executive Director for the Calgary… Read more →

GSAs

Many Albertans are breathing a sigh of relief following the Alberta premier’s Dec. 4 decision to put the final reading of Bill 10 on hold. Jim Prentice said he intends to hear more from all sides before proceeding with the bill that allows school boards to decide whether or not gay-straight alliances (GSAs) should be permitted in public schools. Critics… Read more →

Family Violence Prevention Month

Every November, Calgarians take part in Family Violence Prevention Month to educate and provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse in Alberta. Various organizations, such as the Calgary Women’s Shelter and the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective (CDVC), will be hosting events throughout the month to raise awareness and funding for their programs. Nichole McKenzie, Communications Coordinator for the Calgary Women’s… Read more →