Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday May 23

Plus, afternoon tea spots to try, housing strategy, and city works vote to strike

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Share It Forward with the seventh annual Western Family fundraiser in support of local food banks. Buy-Low Foods and Nesters Markets will join Save-On-Foods, PriceSmart Foods, and Urban Fare stores by donating 50% of net proceeds from every Western Family product sold online or in-store from May 23 to 29 to the local food bank in the community where the products were purchased. Since it began in 2018, Share It Forward has generated more than $1 million for food banks and in 2024 the goal is to raise another $300,000. Food banks have been stretched to their limits across Canada with more than 1.9 million visits to food banks across Canada in March 2023 alone.

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  • Calgary’s surging population

  • City to get new concert venue

  • Tea spots to sip and eat biscuits at

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Calgary’s population surges by 6% as Alberta’s growth outpaces previous numbers

Calgary saw the highest population growth rate among Canada’s largest cities between 2022 and 2023 – surpassing 1.6 million people. // Krista Sylvester

Calgary's metro-area population grew by nearly 96,000 people last year, which works out to an astonishing 6% in just a year, according to new Statistics Canada numbers. Edmonton added more than 63,000 people for a 4.2% increase.

According to CBC, Alberta's recent population boom has been talked about, but these new statistics show just how much both cities are growing as it’s the largest year-over-year increase for both cities in the modern Statistics Canada records, which date back to 2001.

As City News reports, most of the growth can be attributed to people from other countries moving to the city, but Calgary also saw more than 25,000 people come from other provinces, the largest in the country and highest in the city since 2001-2002. Alberta also overtook BC as the province with the biggest gains from interprovincial immigration.

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⚖️ A Calgary mother has launched a human rights complaint as she fights for custody of her 11-year-old son who has a disability.

🏘️ Market conditions worsen as city implements its housing strategy, but it may be some time before any benefits begin to take hold.

🪧 Thousands of City of Calgary workers voted in favour of strike action after negotiations between the union and the city resulted in three rejected offers.

🌧️ Rainfall easing immediate drought concerns in southern Alberta, but more precipitation is needed.

⛽️ Analyst talks about a big range in prices seen at different gas stations in Edmonton and Calgary.

🎵Calgary's newest concert venue? Outdoor stage coming to Spruce Meadows.

📺️ Around 5,000 people were affected by a Shaw outage in the northwest on Tuesday, the second outage in May.

🚓 Police say a vehicle stolen in a Calgary carjacking seen fleeing Toronto-area home invasion: police.

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Fancy tea and a biscuit? Check out these popular Calgary afternoon tea destinations

Afternoon tea at the Deane House. // Instagram

It’s a beloved British tradition for a reason. Afternoon tea is more than a cup of delight; it’s also a mix of sweet and savoury treats such as finger sandwiches, scones, and cakes. Here are a few spots to check out but don’t forget to book a reservation as this tends to be a popular weekend activity in our city.

Deane House: Located in Inglewood, enjoy afternoon tea every Saturday and Sunday with a nice balance of savoury items and sweet pastries. Check out the menu online.

Hawthorn at Fairmont Palliser: Located downtown, this is a popular place to enjoy afternoon tea every Saturday and Sunday. Check out the curated loose-leaf tea selection.

Hutch Cafe: Head to Eau Claire to enjoy a takeout version of afternoon tea so you can enjoy your sandwiches and sweets wherever you like—and why not take them with you to the river?

Lougheed House: A Beltline classic, this historic site offers afternoon tea on the third Saturday of every month, and sometimes on special occasions and holidays.

Bow Valley Ranche in Fish Creek Provincial Park: While Bow Valley Ranche’s tea season starts in the fall, they are already taking reservations so you’ll have to check out the schedule for afternoon tea.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Chipotle is opening its second city location in Calgary’s south community of Seton on May 28. Enjoy burritos, bowls, tacos, quesadillas, and salads made with real ingredients.

🍴 The Wilde on 27 invites Calgarians on a culinary journey of fresh ingredients with either the Chef’s Tasting Menu for $165 per person or the Wildest Brunch for $95.

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Things to do

🎟️ Blossom Festival: Saskatoon Farm is hosting its popular event this weekend as the saskatoons are flowering and the orchard is simply beautiful.

🎟️ University District Night Market: Enjoy a curated selection with 40 local artisans, live music, entertainment, and more. Happening the last Wednesday of every month, which means there’s just a week before you can enjoy this free event!

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