Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday June 18

Good morning !

Ice cream and summer go together like … ice cream and summer! Calgary-based Foothills Creamery has launched several new ice cream flavours, including a unique Beer Ice Cream in partnership with Village Brewery, available across Alberta and Saskatchewan at select grocery stores. Check out the new 1.4L flavours: Campfire S’mores, Lactose-Free Strawberry, and Moon Mist, the most requested flavour on social media and available exclusively at Sobeys/Safeway. Two 500ml flavours are Root Beer Float and Cinnamon Bun. Foothills Creamery is also introducing two new cone options; Flat Bottom Cake Cones and Waffle Cones. This is all the info you need to know.

Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • Stampede rides into the summer

  • Record breaking lotto winner

  • Spay and neuter program

Today’s read time: Approx. 4 minutes

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The rodeo will go on: Despite water crisis, officials say Stampede 2024 is a go

Crews are working around the clock to fix the water main break. // City of Calgary

In a Monday update, officials have ended speculation and uncertainty confirming that this year’s Calgary Stampede won’t be cancelled despite lengthy water main repairs expected to last up to five weeks. Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) acting chief Coby Duerr thanked Calgarians for their efforts while reassuring people that summer will still be fun despite this setback.

"Similar to the 2013 floods, the 2024 Stampede won't be cancelled. It just might look a little different,” Calgary Stampede CEO Joel Cowley said at the update, adding the city needs the economic boost the event brings. "The show will go on, and it will go on in a very responsible manner.”

Mayor Jyoti Gondek says the city can host the influx of people visiting for the Stampede and that other municipalities have been pitching in to help. She says the city’s recent rain was a big help, but reminded Calgarians that the city is still facing critical water restrictions.

Need to know

🎨 The Elusive Banksy exhibition appears to reschedule its event dates yet again, frustrating ticket members.

💰️ Calgary has another millionaire after $66M Lotto 6-49 ticket purchased right here in our city.

👷 The city is expecting some replacement pipes for the city’s water main break repair coming all the way from San Diego. 

👮 Police say a 13-year-old boy has been missing from Riverbend since Thursday and they are looking for information.

🛣️ Remember that freeway once planned for downtown (with a name that hasn't aged particularly well)? Here’s what would have happened if it was built.

🚓 Police issue warning after attempted child luring in the city’s northwest.

🚿 Calgary's water crisis should be a wake-up call for Canada, experts say.

🧵 A local man is lucky to be alive after a close call on Stoney Trail.

🐈️ A cat owner is warning others after her beloved pet was attacked and killed by what she believes was a bobcat.

Pet spay and neuter clinic offering no-cost clinic to help battle overpopulation

The Calgary Humane Society is hosting its first Community Spay and Neuter Clinic designed to alleviate pet overpopulation and capacity issues in the city. The first clinic on June 27 at the Calgary Humane Society will offer no-cost spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners.

Pet overpopulation is a significant issue facing the city with puppy intakes increasing by 205% in 2023. “With the number of litters of puppies and kittens arriving at our facility, now more than ever, spaying and neutering is critical”, said Carrie Fritz, executive director at Calgary Humane Society.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Austrian-Canadian Cultural Centre: This cultural centre offers a delectable menu of Austrian classics like Goulash Soup, Beef Roulade and Apfelstrudel from Wednesday through to Saturday and is open to the public with reservations.

🍴 Calgary Multicultural Eid Festival: Prairie Winds Park is hosting the Eid festival on Sunday from 1-8pm, featuring an Islamic Bazaar, kids games, live entertainment and a BBQ for all ages to enjoy. Free entry!

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Local specials

💸 Never Miss Lunch donation day: By purchasing a cookie at any Subway on June 20, you can help distribute 200,000 food packs to children across the country as Subway donates $1 from each purchase.

💸 17th Ave Thrift: This popular thrift shop with a goal of supporting local animal rescues and shelters offers a discount of 15% off to all students with a valid student ID and dogs are always welcome in the store.

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Things to do

🎟️ Robots and Puppies: Platform Calgary is hosting an event to celebrate the world of AI technology by comparing similarities to man's best friend using games, insightful forums, and engaging conversations and snacks. Children and dogs are welcome - and it’s free!

🎟️ This Week in Calgary: For a sneak peek in to all the events going on each week in Calgary, subscribe to our weekly newsletter This Week in Calgary. You’ll get a rundown of what the week has in store every Tuesday afternoon. Subscribe here.

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