Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday Nov. 2

Plus: House fire kills one, BBQ hot spots, and new city art

Good morning, there!

Canadians are speaking out about stereotypes in a new study and the key findings are probably not surprising for many. The Top 3 stereotypes Canadians are most tired of hearing are that they say “eh,” they love hockey, and love Tim Hortons. It also found that 7 in 10 Canadians embrace the "all Canadians say 'sorry' a lot" stereotype. Check out the full study to learn more about other interesting findings.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this weekend as Albertans gain an hour of sleep but lose daylight.

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Since the early ‘50s, Alberta has maintained the Rat Control Zone along its eastern border with Saskatchewan. // Shutterstock

Rats have found their way into two Calgary recycling plants, according to a CTV article. One of the companies confirmed the infestation despite the fact that Alberta considers itself rat-free. The province has confirmed there are numerous rats involved.

On the province’s website, it proudly declares "Albertans have enjoyed living without the menace of rats since 1950 when the Rat Control Program was established.

The site goes on to state that “Alberta's rat-free status means there is no resident population of rats and they are not allowed to establish themselves. It does not mean we never get rats. Small infestations occasionally occur, but when found, the rats are isolated and eradicated through proven control methods."

As the National Post has reported in the past, around the time the program was enacted, it was common to find about 600 infestations a year in the rat control zone.


Need to know

🎨 A $2.25M, 1,000-kilogram steel public art sculpture shipping from the UK is coming to downtown Calgary.

⚖️ A Calgary court heard from victims of a neurologist who sexually assaulted 55 patients over three decades.

🏠 The Calgary Real Estate Board is reporting a 17% increase in home sales for October.

🚓 Three charged after police say they seized over $2M worth of drugs in two busts.

👮 Police are seeking witnesses after an innocent bystander was shot as gunfire rang out near a school.

💸 A Calgary senior was forced out of his longtime home following rising interest rates.

🍺 'Really needed that help': Substance-free housing initiative launched at the University of Calgary.

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Get your hands dirty with these finger-licking good YYC BBQ spots

Comery Block smokes their meats for up to 14 hours. // Instagram

It might be snow season but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your love for barbecue. Those who can’t get enough of that smoky flavour and juicy tenderness of slow-cooked goodness will enjoy these five fantastic local spots that are sure to satisfy your cravings and have you licking your fingers in delight.

Hayden Block: Hayden Block serves up perfectly smoked brisket and ribs, cooked using traditional wood-fired techniques. The restaurant's savoury meats are paired with an array of delectable sides and whisky connoisseurs can indulge in an extensive selection of more than 100 whiskies.

Big Sky BBQ: While Big Sky BBQ may be a bit outside Calgary, its dedication to quality barbecue and use of locally sourced ingredients make it a destination well worth the trip. Big Sky BBQ takes barbecue seriously, using only Alberta meats to create succulent smoked brisket, pork, and chicken.

Big T’s BBQ: With four locations to choose from, Big T's BBQ is a great option to satisfy your barbecue cravings. Along with the famous pork ribs, Big T's also offers smoked chicken wings, fried dill pickles, blackened catfish, and a variety of sandwiches and burgers.

Bolero: This Brazilian Steakhouse offers a unique twist on traditional barbecue. Known for its extensive selection of slow-roasted meats, Bolero is the perfect destination for those seeking an authentic and satisfying barbecue experience.

Comery Block: A West Tennessee barbecue and bourbon bar located in the heart of 17th Avenue boasting more than 150 whiskey cocktails. Their meats are smoked for 10-14 hours daily and include their famous brisket, pulled pork, turkey, Nashville hot chicken, and more.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Class Clown Hamburgers: This recently opened burger joint is not only affordable but delicious, too! There’s something for everyone.

🍴 Mr. Sun: A boba tea store known for its innovative drinks, Mr. Sun prides itself on bobas that are freshly made in-house every day. Yum!

🍴 Arirang Hotdog: This joint serves up delicious Korean-inspired handmade hotdogs that are a must-try for anyone looking for a unique and flavourful food experience. The full menu is simply to die for!

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

Local specials

💸 Cold Garden: Join Cold Garden for Crafty Mondays where you can participate in a crafty activity for just $20 to $25 with all supplies included and a pint of your favourite drink!

💸 Blanco Cantina: Is there anything better than tacos? Well, that’s easy; ½ price of course! Offered all day and night on Tuesdays at Blanco Cantina, which has two locations.

💸 Greta: Greta offers lots of deals but the best one just might be three hours of unlimited gaming for only $20 during happy hour on Tuesday to Saturday from 3 to 6pm.

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Things to do

🎟️ Taylor Markets presents 2nd Annual CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: Kick off the holiday season on Nov. 3 and 4 at this market featuring more than 100 local vendors while listening to the tunes at the Atco Energy Commons Building.

🎟️ The Original Paint Night & Sip Party: Follow along with MrPaintyPants’ and paint the night away on Nov. 7 from 7-9pm at the Barlow Shark Club for $42.

🎟️ U of C UFlourish: Until Nov. 15. de-stress, make new connections and build positive coping skills with two weeks of events and activities to support your well-being and resilience.

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


One of our readers snapped this pic from Fish Creek Park this week. // Lori Jones

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