Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday June 25

Good morning !

Be kind to your Edmonton Oiler fan friends today because they’re likely feeling sad after getting so close to the Stanley Cup before last night’s game 7 loss. If you’re an avid Flames fan, you might be happy about that and seeing former Flame favourite Matthew Tkachuk hoist the cup—even if it’s not for the home team.

Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • Two-alarm fire in McKenzie Towne

  • Local couple wins $7 million

  • Program to help launch businesses

Today’s read time: Approx. 4 minutes

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Dozens of people were left without homes after a two-alarm fire damaged a 48-unit complex

Dozens of Calgarians and their pets have been displaced after a fire in McKenzie Towne Sunday night. The Calgary Fire Department said crews were called to the Prestwick Villas condo complex at about 10pm and a second alarm was called to ensure adequate resources were on scene.

“Upon arrival, fire crews faced significant smoke and flame from an exterior corner and soon after, the entire roof of one of the buildings. Firefighters quickly initiated an exterior fire attack with master streams, both from the ground and from an elevated position on aerial apparatus,” said Calgary Fire in a release. “Interior attack and searches were conducted in coordination with the exterior efforts.”

The Calgary Fire Department said the Red Cross set up a reception centre to assess the displaced residents’ needs and transit supplied buses to shelter residents at the scene. There were no reports of injuries.

As CBC reports, during her daily morning update on Monday, Mayor Jyoti Gondek said situations like Sunday's fire are a reminder of why conservation efforts are so critical.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Looking back at Firehall No. 1

Need to know

🚰 Calgary water emergency: Welding of new steel pipes to begin Sunday night.

👮 Police are investigating after a woman was attacked and knocked out in Fish Creek Park.

🚓 Three men have been charged in drug trafficking investigation prompted by fatal overdoses.

💰️ A Calgary couple won $7M on Daily Grand ticket.

🚗 Some car washes are reopening amid water restrictions.

Empowering Alberta’s aspiring entrepreneurs through a new business launch program

The program’s initial goal is to reach over 200 participants for the inaugural year. // Shutterstock

Business Link has launched its newest initiative, the Business Launch Program, aimed at fostering entrepreneurial success by offering essential guidance, resources, and fundamental business principles to prospective entrepreneurs. This program is designed to provide personalized support and action-oriented education to help participants actively engage and maximize their learning potential. “We understand that starting a business usually begins with a single idea, but determining if that idea can really take off requires the right support and resources,” said Matt Hill, director of client services and operations.

What to expect: Participants will embark on a transformative three to six-week journey, featuring three 45-minute video sessions held weekly or bi-weekly. Throughout the program, they will gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles necessary to start a business, complete a valuable guidebook for further business development, and access additional entrepreneurship-related tools and resources. By the end of the program, participants will have a readiness to embark on their business journey, be able to define their business concept, conduct market research, learn about financing options, develop a financial plan, and create a comprehensive business model.

How to apply: Prospective entrepreneurs must fill out the intake form on the Business Link website and a business strategist will then confirm enrollment and session dates, followed by a review of essential assignments and an introduction to their dedicated business strategist. To access the program, applicants must be in the early stages of developing a business plan and idea, based in Alberta, and able to commit to three weekly or bi-weekly 45-minute sessions.

For more information about the Business Launch Program or to apply, visit the website.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Bridgette Bar: This chef-driven hotspot is best known for its small plates such as Wagyu Beef Carpaccio and large plates like Wood Roasted Half Duck. Minors are allowed in the main dining hall until 9:30pm.

🍴 Cuties Cafe Banh Mi & Snacks: Enjoy a delightful haven of cuteness, this pop-up shop has a delicious Vietnamese banh mi and snack menu.

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Local specials

💸 The Palomino: Every Monday after 4pm enjoy all-you-can-eat ribs at this downtown BBQ spot for $38.

💸 Stage West: Check out Stage West’s latest show for the preview week A Closer Walk: Patsy Cline until July 7.

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Things to do

🎟️ Fairy Tales Queer Art and Film Festival: One of the longest-running and largest queer film festivals in the Canadian Prairies is taking over the GRAND Theatre from June 27-30.

🎟️ This Week in Calgary: Get the full list of all the events going on in Calgary in our weekly newsletter.

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