Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday March 21

Good morning !

For six decades, Heritage Park has been part of the vibrant fabric of Calgary. From humble beginnings in 1964, the park has become Canada’s most visited living history museum, with over 600,000 visitors in 2023. That history is being marked in a new exhibit opening on Monday called “That Special Place We Call Heritage Park: 60 Years of Community.” Check it out!

Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • Recall petition plot thickens

  • Lottery ticket surprise

  • Inglewood gems to check out

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🌧️ Today: High -8C, Low -14C. See the 7-day forecast.

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The Recall Gondek petition is facing scrutiny in light of some documents being shared online

Mayor Jyoti Gondek is the subject of a recall petition facing scrutiny. // Shutterstock

The motivation behind a citizen's effort to recall Mayor Jyoti Gondek is coming under scrutiny after a document began circulating on social media earlier this week that paints recall petition in a different light. The petition has until April 4 to collect 514,284 signatures from eligible voters, which is 40% of the electorate.

As CBC reports, local business owner Landon Johnston began an official bid last month to collect 514,000 signatures from Calgarians who want the mayor removed from office. Johnston said he wasn't satisfied with Calgary's leadership.

As the Herald reports, Mount Royal University professor Duane Bratt posted a photographed pamphlet to X about ‘Project YYC’ — a campaign to leverage the recall petition into the creation of a future conservative party, which would field candidates in the 2025 municipal election.

According to Global, the mayor is raising concerns about data mining and how the information is being used.

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💰 Lucky! After two months, a Calgary couple discovered their lottery ticket was worth $7 million. 

💸 More, more, more: Calgary's property tax increases will be even higher than first expected.

🚓 Curious about where drivers are breaking the rules? New police data reveals infraction hot spots.

🐕 After an aggressive coyote encounter a week ago, a northwest resident is warning of an aggressive coyote.

👮 Man killed in 30-hour standoff had long criminal history according to documents.

🚔 Protests continue to put pressure on police resources; transit safety remains a focus.

🌨️ Spring hasn't sprung yet. Wintery conditions hit Calgary and surrounding areas.

👮 Police allege that a man placed hateful stickers in a public locker room and he now faces hate motivated mischief charges.

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Everyday Tourist blogger shares his favourite things about Inglewood

Today the 1936 small scale cinema Garry Theatre is the Ironwood Stage & Grill offering a diverse live music program seven days a week. // Richard White

Inglewood is not only Calgary’s oldest community and one of the most desirable to live, but it is home to the city’s original main street now known as 9th Avenue SE. Inglewood’s main street is chock-full of live music venues, art galleries, boutiques, cafes, bistros and fine dining, making it the perfect place to live, work, and play. Today we turn to passionate city explorer and urban planner Richard White to learn more about three of 24 of his favourite reasons to visit the eclectic community. Visit White’s Everyday Tourist blog to see all 24 reasons—it’s worth it for the photos alone!

The Blues Can, an old Quonset hut, is the city’s most authentic juke joint offering local and touring musicians seven days a week. Unfortunately, it may not make it until the end of 2024 as the landlord has plans to for a new residential building on the site.

Fair’s Fair Books is not only Calgary’s largest used bookstore, but it is a vintage museum with thousands of artifacts making it a perfect spot for bibliophile treasure seekers. It too may become a victim of Inglewood’s growing popularity as there are plans for residential redevelopment of the site.

Legend has it Cher once shopped at Crown Surplus when she was in Calgary for a concert. From the outside it looks like a military surplus store, but inside it is a hip outdoor/camping store.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Shokunin: Since 2016, chef Darren MacLean has been cooking up exceptional Japanese-influenced cuisine, paired with the best produce that Canada can offer and this restaurant is sure to please all ramen lovers.

🍴 Beirut Street Food: Get a mouth-watering poutine (made like a shawarma) at this restaurant where Lebanese born and raised Ramzal brings authentic middle eastern flavours to life with a twist.

Have a food or drink suggestion? Message us and we might share it!

Local specials

💸 NMC presents Rock The Nation: Get tickets to Rock The Nation Evening Show & King Eddy After Party starting at 7:30pm on Saturday for 50% using promo code RTNNIGHT.

💸 League: Try hit, spin, and yoga classes at League! The first class is free but you can also try 14 days of unlimited classes for $60.

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Things to do

🎟️ DJD presents DISPLACED: On Saturday and Sunday, short film “Displaced” premieres followed by stage performances as it explores the importance of human connection.

🎟️ The Grape Escape: Calgary's largest premium wine, spirits, and beer-tasting event takes over BMO Centre on Friday and Saturday with hundreds of sips to go around from over 150 vendors.

Have an event suggestion? Message us and we might share it!


A reader sent this beautiful photo of winter. // Jacquie Petruic

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