Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday March 27

Good morning !

There’s a new performing arts organization in town and its debut production of the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County is on April 12 and 13 at Studio Theatre at cSPACE. The Nightingale Arts Collective is a talented group of professional vocalists and musicians led by prominent musical director John Goulart, who is also the director of the Bow Valley Chorus and Firebird Symphony and Chorus. The show will be presented in concert format to reduce production and ticket costs. With minimal costuming and set design, the music takes centre stage bringing the audience along on the emotional four-day love story between the characters Robert and Francesca.

Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • Police chief fires back

  • Alberta keeps up its pace

  • Stampeder shares humble journey

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Former CPS HR director is being sued by police chief after allegations of harassment, bullying

An example of Angela Whitney’s social media posts. // Twitter

Police Chief Mark Neufeld has filed a lawsuit against a woman who worked as the CPS’s former director of human resources after she made comments on social media with allegations of harassment and bullying while she worked there. Angela Whitney was employed from 2019 to 2021 when she resigned following a medical leave of absence. Now, Whitney has been sharing the allegations publicly on social media.

In an interview with Global News, Whitney described a culture rife with harassment, bullying and discrimination that ran counter to best practices in human resources. According to the statement of claim Neufeld filed on March 20, Whitney’s comments “have caused, and will continue to cause irreparable harm to CPS.”

According to CityNews, the Calgary Police Commission has asked for an external review of CPS in relation to the allegations during a meeting on Wednesday. While the commission has been publicly tracking the CPS workplace culture since 2011, officials say that recommendations were not successfully implemented after a previous workplace review in 2013.

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🏘️ Alberta remains the fastest-growing province in Canada. This is why.

🦅 The Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is facing a financial crisis.

🛡️ A Calgary-area teen is going to a ‘really cool’ world medieval combat championship.

⛄️ Snow more: Just when you thought winter was over, a major snowfall record is on the brink of falling in southern Alberta.

👮 Police are warning the community of a high-risk offender’s release.

🏠️ Calgary breaks its record in housing starts but increasing demand is keeping inventory low.

🪧 Calgary’s city clerk outlines the next steps in the mayor recall petition process.

🎾 Work on a new 3,000-square-foot facility that features four universally accessible bathroom stalls and a fenced-in outdoor pickleball court has begun and you have to see it to believe it.

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Meet your new community hair salon

Ramsay Hair Salon is locally owned and operated by the Lenehan family and run by the husband and wife couple, Trevor and Thi. They recently relocated to Calgary from Regina with their three children and decided to make the community of Ramsay their home.

Thi is the lead hair stylist while her husband Trevor manages the day-to-day workings of the salon.

Visit them at 1024 Maggie St SE and book your appointment today! Alternatively, you can call 403-764-5154 to book.

Calgary Stampeder shares his experience visiting children in the Philippines through World Vision

Calgary Stampeder Reggie Begelton experiencing what life is like for some of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys in the Philippines.

It may be off-season for the CFL but Calgary Stampeder Reggie Begelton joined eight other players in the Philippines through the World Vision Canada CFL Ambassador program. The global advocacy organization focuses on helping the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys overcome poverty. During the 10-day trip, Begelton visited local schools to read to the school children, learn a few local games, and teach them how to play football. They also met local families. We spoke with Begelton who shared his first-hand account of the experience.

What would you like Calgarians to know most about the living conditions of those children?

I was humbled by our visit to the homes of several schoolchildren. One home I visited had one bed, a simple kitchen and a rocky floor. While the home was dramatically different from Canadian and American homes, one similarity was that it was filled with love and laughter. The courage and resilience of the people I met during my visit demonstrated that all people are capable of making the best of every situation and can proceed to live a meaningful life that focuses on the good instead of adversity.

How important is it for people to have these types of experiences there and what can be done to help?

I understand that many Canadians are struggling and it’s not easy to make ends meet. When I was a child, my family struggled financially as well. But what I witnessed during my visit to the Philippines put things into a new perspective. I wish everyone could see the harsh and daunting reality of daily life for the children and families we met. I returned home with a great sense of gratitude for the good things I have in my life and an even stronger commitment to spreading the word about how World Vision Canada is making the world a better place.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Brooklyn Dumpling Shop: Nestled in Inglewood, this innovative franchise offers a variety of unique specialty dumplings and bowls with decadent dessert dumplings to top it off.

🍴 Jon Smith Subs: Enjoy the week-long Sub-a-Palooza grand opening celebration of this Florida-based sandwich shop starting on April 1 with daily offers and BOGOs. Jon Smith’s is renowned for its legendary gourmet sandwiches and opened its third Canadian location in Airdrie.

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Local specials

💸 Salvation Army: Get ready for spring by stocking up on 30% off footwear at Salvation Army Calgary for a one-day sale, today only.

💸 Meow Charity Thrift Shop: Enjoy 50% off all Easter-themed products and 25% off all crystal dining ware at this feline thrift shop until May 31.

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Things to do

🎟️ Calgary Wranglers vs. San Jose Barracuda: Catch one of two games between the Calgary Wranglers and the San Jose Barracudas at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday or Sunday.

🎟️ Cooking When Fatigued April 11: Learn to prepare and cook healthy meals when you live with chronic fatigue or mobility issues related to neurological conditions or arthritis. This free, in-person class (demo) is hosted by an AHS-registered dietitian and occupational therapist.*

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Our reader shared this photo of where she and her husband hike in K-country. // Eva Shcherbakova

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