Written by KARRY TAYLOR
Calgary group members of international movement
They arrive at meetings, protests, and other events decked out in long, flamboyant skirts, canvas sneakers and old-fashioned aprons. Sometimes they are invited; sometimes they just show up. They re-write lyrics to familiar songs to impart their social concerns. They are witty, self-depreciating and concerned with social justice.
They are the Raging Grannies.
The Calgary Raging Grannies represent a social justice movement that began in Victoria, B.C. in 1987 when a group of older women joined together to protest the presence of United States Navy warships in Canadian waters. “The original Raging Grannies in Victoria were all ‘of a certain age’ as we say, and thought they might draw more attention by dressing up,” says Sandra Vida, a member of the Calgary Raging Grannies. “The stereotypical ‘granny’ was just a brainwave of that moment. They did get attention, and kept it up.”
Written by LISA HALLET
A shift with a Calgary police officer reveals community concerns about crime and drugs
What's in a name?
Take Forest Lawn, for example.
Crime? Drugs? Prostitution? These seem to often be the words associated with this community in Calgary.
I recently got the chance to get a first-hand look from the inside of a police car to see what exactly happens in this neighbourhood.
I entered the District 4 Franklin Calgary Police Service Station at 5 p.m. sharp — you don't want to be late for the law.
Written by KARRY TAYLOR
Prohab seeks to overcome image and cost barriers associated with bike helmets
Since 2002, bicycle helmets have been mandatory in Alberta for all cyclists under the age of 18. But unlike four other provinces (British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) where helmet use has been legally mandated for cyclists of all ages, bicycle helmets are not mandatory for adults in Alberta.
Statistics Canada reported that in 2009, about one third of Canadian adolescents and young adults wore a bicycle helmet all the time.
Written by SILVIA PIKAL
A little research can go a long way in deciding what to eat
Thanks to a class assignment, I had the opportunity to examine where my food comes from. While a lot of foods don't list the exact origin (especially processed, packaged foods — good luck with that) most produce lists the country they came from.
In my family, we usually order our produce from Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), a service that delivers fresh, organic food to your door after you order it online. SPUD offers a list of where your produce came from with every receipt, including the approximate total miles your order travelled.
Written by LAURA LUSHINGTON
Tracing your food from its source
As you read in Silvia's post a couple weeks ago, her and I had a school assignment to find out where the food we eat comes from. I went through my cupboards and fridge and had some mind-blowing (both good and bad) experiences as I began to read the labels. Here is my journey:
My first shock came when I typed thegreenery.com into my web browser. This was the website of the company who imported the package of a red, yellow and orange pepper I had purchased. The label said my peppers had been imported from Mexico and The Greenery was a company out of Philadelphia.
Written by DEVON JOLIE
Food tour on 17th Avenue S.E. introduces Calgarians to authentic restaurants
The smells waft your way as soon as you walk through the door of this brick building; it's the sweet and yeasty fresh bread.
Your eyes search for the loaves but instead you see a glass case, displaying dark-cured sausages and a round of ham, it's light pink and looks juicy.
Turning around, you'll notice a few small aisles packed full of German imports like little black-licorice cats and marzipan.
Written by JORDAN SIMPSON
Speakers' event for students fails to attract attention
Despite the recent rash of ecstasy-related deaths, few showed up to hear a talk about drug awareness at Mount Royal University last Thursday.
The room was mainly empty during the event, apart from speakers Linda Scurr of Alberta Health Services' adult addiction program and Const. Tracy Starchuk of the Calgary Police drug unit.
Starting last July, ecstasy pills containing paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA) has been implicated in the deaths of nine people in Calgary and another five in B.C. Last February, authorities also saw six deaths and countless hospitalizations.
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