Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday May 14

Plus, dog attacks have community on edge and police under fire

Good morning !

We will keep this intro short and sweet but we are calling out for more reader pics to run in our Thursday newsletters. With the change of season and so much to see and do, we can’t wait to see what you have to share! Send your pics to [email protected].

Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • Police protest response under fire

  • Four restaurants hit top 100 in Canada list

  • These parks are for the dogs

Today’s read time: Approx 4 minutes

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Premier Danielle Smith to ask police watchdog to investigate how officers forcibly cleared out protests at U of C and U of A

The Alberta premier is expected to ask ASIRT to investigate the way Alberta’s two largest police forces cleared out university protests. // Shutterstock

As Global News reports, the Calgary encampment was cleared out late Thursday, with videos and news footage showing flashbang explosives and police clashing with a few remaining protesters. The next day, Smith applauded the removal and said she hoped U of A would take heed. The Edmonton encampment was dismantled in similar fashion less than 24 hours later.

As CTV reports, Edmonton police showed up in the early morning hours to dismantle a pro-Palestinian encampment at U of A. On Monday, the premier said reports of potential injuries have prompted the need for an investigation into if unreasonable use of force was used.

Premier Smith spoke during question period at parliament on Monday: “There were reports raised of potential injury, and so my minister of public safety and emergency services has committed that he will ask ASIRT to do an investigation just to make sure that there wasn’t any unreasonable use of force.”

In case you missed it the first time

Need to know

💸 A Calgary rental listing got more than 900 applications in less than 24 hours, showcasing just how dire the city’s rental market is right now.

🐶 Two separate dog attacks last week in Forest Lawn have people worried the same two dogs are running loose; in one incident, a small dog was killed. In another, a little girl was mauled.

🥘 The 2024 list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants has been unveiled and while Calgary had a less prestigious showing than usual, four local spots hit the list.

🪧 Calgary's 'Recall Gondek' campaign was tens of thousands of signatures short, cost the city $30K, and was declared invalid.

♻️ Calgarians can now bring their Styrofoam waste to be recycled at any of the city's three landfills.

🔥 Local doctors worry about the long-term harm of repeated smoke exposure due to burning wildfires.

👮 A 15-year-old has died after being ejected from a car in a single-vehicle rollover on Stoney Trail.

👮 A teenage boy has serious injuries after a stabbing outside of a high school.

These parks are for the dogs: five of our favourite canine hot spots to take your four-legged friend

Presley hanging out at the Auburn Bay off-leash dog park last month. // Krista Sylvester

Calgary is fortunate to have 160 public off-leash areas in multi-use parks for dog owners and their dogs to enjoy. With spring in full bloom, we thought it was a great time to tell you about five of the city’s favourite options to get some socialization and exercise.

Sue Higgins Park: With plenty of field space for your dogs to run around, this fenced dog park is the perfect place to bring your furry companions. Located right beside the Bow River, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and let your dogs take a dip in the river on those hot days. Make sure to venture across the Carburn Park Pedestrian Bridge while you are there to enjoy the walking trails.

Shouldice Off Leash Dog Park: This dog park overlooks the Bow River from high above as dogs run across open fields, weave between trees, and navigate trails. If you want an extra long adventure-filled day, pop your dog's leash back on and head down the hill to enjoy the river and pathways below.

Anne Arnold Off Leash Park: Located on the south side of the city, this park is a perfect place to let your dog run wild. With a large open field that overlooks the bright sky above, hills to climb, and bushes to sniff, your dog will feel like one with nature at this location.

Auburn Bay Dog Park: This dog park boasts hundreds of good reviews online. With a large open field, you can watch your dog run back and forth without ever losing sight of them. There are also two training pens to allow socialization away from other dogs if needed.

Collingwood Off Leash Park: While this dog park is a bit smaller, there is still plenty of room for your pups to run freely. Situated right next to Nose Hill Park, you can take your dog on an extra-long excursion to make sure they are totally worn out.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Springbank Cheese Co. is opening its newest Calgary location in Aspen and celebrating with a grand opening event on May 25 while fundraising for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.

🍴 Don’t Yell at Me bubble tea now has three locations in the city including two in the NW and one on 17th Ave. It’s worth the trip for bubble tea enthusiasts.

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Local specials

💸 Gasoline Alley Museum: Get 15% off of admission by showing this deal and promotions page in person prior to purchasing tickets. Valid until December 31.

💸 Día del Niño Children’s Festival: On May 18, pay-what-you-can to enjoy Casa Mexico’s Children’s Day Festival where attendees can enjoy a movie, piñata workshop, face painting, and more.

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Things to do

🎟️ Midsummer Night’s Dream: Opening on May 17, and playing until June 1, this whimsical comedy takes you on a wild journey through a magical forest.

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