Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday July 9

Plus, cash cab is back, smoothie season, and scorching weather

Good morning !

One of our readers wanted to bring attention to an issue she feels is important to address as a community. Cheryl sent us several photos of various Canadian flags that were being displayed on Canada Day despite being damaged. “It really dismays me to see our flag flown on Canada Day, or any day, in this state of tatters.” She thinks that citizens and businesses should take the time leading up to Canada Day each year to examine the state of their flag and make repairs or display a new one if necessary. Share your thoughts in our poll below and by sending an email to [email protected] and we can share them on Thursday. We hope you stay cool out there today!


👀 In today's edition:

  • Stampede scorches, sets new records

  • Hawk terrorizes community

  • It’s smoothie season

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One of our readers shared this photo of a “tattered” flag at the downtown Canadian legion.

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Calgary Stampede is scorching hot in both temperature and attendance

More than 600,000 people have attended the Calgary Stampede so far this year as we hit almost the halfway mark. // Krista Sylvester

It’s a new single day record and the next closest isn’t even close. The Calgary Stampede set a new attendance record with more than 201,000 people attending on Sunday, which was also Family Day. The previous record for one-day attendance was set in 2012 with more than 184,000 visitors. That year was also the 100th anniversary of the Stampede.

More than 161,000 visitors attended opening day on Friday after the parade, which also came close to a previous record set in 2023. The strong attendance numbers are despite the blistering heat, which is eliciting warnings from city officials who encourage people to take precautions.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued a heat warning that is expected to last most of the week with temperatures expecting to remain between 30 to 35 degrees.

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Need to know

🦅 ‘He’s not a very nice hawk.’: Aggressive hawks are causing havoc after moving into a north Calgary community.

💔 In heartbreaking fashion, thieves drive off with North America’s only mobile children’s playground.

🚕 The Indigenous cash cab is returning to the city to test people's knowledge about Treaty 7.

🥵 Calgary is facing a heat wave as temperatures are expected to climb to mid-30s this week.

🥞 Alberta NDP leader Naheed Nenshi eclipses turnout of previous party Stampede event.

😎 New city logo focuses on Calgary's inclusivity and title of sunniest city.

🌡️ Yes, Calgary can see a drought and flood in the same season. CBC explores why and how.

Check out these four smoothie shops that hit all of the right spots

Seed N Salt is dedicated to promoting healthy eating and well-being. // Facebook

Whether you're looking for a quick and convenient breakfast, a post-workout snack, or you just want to beat the heat, one of the best options is a smoothie. Calgary has plenty of options for smoothie lovers, there’s something for everyone at these shops.

Seed N Salt believes real food is medicine and that nutrition should be a top priority, so they carefully source their ingredients while supporting local farmers and producers. Try the the Jolt with espresso, banana, maca, cacao, vanilla, dates, and almond milk.

Happy Cup is a smoothie and bubble tea shop that offers delicious and healthy real fruit smoothies made with fresh ingredients. Each smoothie is carefully crafted to provide the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess, using a variety of fruits and superfoods to create a unique and refreshing taste.

Vitality Kitchen takes pride in using the best ingredients available, including a variety of superfoods, in its delicious and healthy smoothies. Vitality Kitchen's smoothies feature a range of superfoods, such as kale, blueberries, goji berries, and flaxseeds, which can help you achieve better health and prevent chronic diseases.

Look no further than the locally owned The Juice Shop and its delicious and nutritious smoothies and smoothie bowls. The menu is designed to cater to a range of dietary needs, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo options.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 CF Market Mall Annual Stampede Caravan Breakfast: From 9-11am this morning, enjoy a free Stampede breakfast (pancakes and music) with Ward 1 Councillor Sonya Sharp at Market Mall by The Keg parking lot.

🍴 Streats4Streets: Head to the 555 11 Ave. SW strEATS location open 24 hours a day during the Stampede to turn donations of $1.50 into handcrafted tacos that will be delivered throughout the streets to those who may otherwise go hungry.

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Things to do

🎟️ Calgary Stampede BMO Kids Day: Enjoy a day full of free events and activities for the entire family if you get to the grounds before 10am, including free Stampede breakfast from 8-10am, Paw Patrol meet and greets, magic shows, and more.

🎟️ Kensington BIA is hosting The Bullhorn Singers: Enjoy Indigenous drummers and singers from the Blackfoot Confederacy on July 3 and 4 from 3pm to 4pm in Kensington at the Outdoor Kensington Plaza (1139 Kensington Road NW).

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