Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday April 23

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Good morning !

It’s finally spring and with spring comes construction, even in communities as busy as Kensington. Work on 10 Street NW has resulted in some road closures and many of those locally-owned businesses are feeling the impacts of that to their livelihoods, and the same can be said for the businesses in Marda Loop that have been impacted by long-term construction in that community. We just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage our readers to shop locally when they’re able because it makes a difference to the community in so many ways—plus, there are some great local shops and products out there!

Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • Allegations of illegal meat sold

  • Province forces city to lower fees

Today’s read time: Approx. 4 minutes

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🌧️ Today: High 17C, Low 2C. See the 7-day forecast.

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Calgary businesses forced to close due to illegal livestock slaughtering investigation

An RCMP investigation into the illegal slaughter of sheep and goats in southern Alberta has resulted in several local business closures in Calgary. The five-month investigation into unlawful livestock involves several city stores and rural locations.

According to City News, AHS issued closure notices due to the suspicion that uninspected meat had been bought and sold at: Cadalow Halal Meat/Alta Halal Meat on 36 Street NE, Mustafa Madini Halal Meat and Groceries on Westwinds Crescent NE, Bismillah Meat & Grocery on 109 Avenue NE, Shawdesi Bazaar on Westwinds Crescent NE, and Maher Fresh Halal Meat on 17 Avenue NE.

CTV reports that RCMP’s livestock unit initiated an investigation into unlawful livestock dealing and the illegal slaughter of sheep and goats in southern Alberta.

As CBC reports, uninspected means officials cannot find a legitimate source for meat being sold to the public. Lynn McMullen, a meat microbiologist and professor at the University of Alberta, says uninspected meat can pose a serious danger to the public.

Need to know

💸 New electricity bill will force changes to Calgary's local access fees: as the province says Calgary power users paid $240 in local access fees in 2023, compared to $75 in Edmonton.

🪧 Calgary city hall set for largest-ever public hearing as blanket rezoning debate arrives at council. Public hearings for proposed blanket rezoning in Calgary: What you need to know.

💔 Calgary fatal stabbing victim ‘gave himself’ to help those fleeing war in Ukraine.

💔 Calgary homicide victim remembered as a loving mom who had ‘the kindest soul’.

🏒 A look back on this Calgary Flames season and what to make of it.

👪️ From 'barely surviving, to living': Calgary family champions local mental health supports.

💧 Water Reductions Advisory - This spring let’s make every drop count in Calgary.

👮 Trial of Calgary man facing terrorism charges begins after judge rejects bid to throw out case.


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Where to eat and drink

🍴 Opa Souvlaki: Celebrate the opening of the new Legacy location on April 26 with a $5 chicken souvlaki and Greek salad meal from 11am to 3pm. There will be chances to win free meals, gift cards, and prizes.

🍴 Easy & Healthy Mediterranean Cooking May 8 – Discover great flavours and improve your nutrition with recipes and tips for heart health, brain health or general well-being. This free in-person class is led by registered dietitians. (Note: Space is limited.)*

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Things to do

🎟️ Jazz YYC International Jazz Days: From April 25-May 1, enjoy out-of-this-world jazz performances during this popular local festival serenading audiences later this month at various locations.

🎟️ Sage Theatre’s Drag Me to the Opera: Enjoy this limited-run performance of this Fringe Festival production meshing the worlds of drag and opera. April 24, 27, and 28. Tickets are $20.

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