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Horror fans unite. The CALGARY EXPO is bringing six cast members from the iconic hit horror movie Scream (1996)to reunite in Calgary this April during the comic and entertainment expo April 25-28. Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy, and Lee Waddell will join previously announced guest Rose McGowan to bring a blast from our horror past right to our city.

Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

👀 In today's edition:

  • The heart of the firehall

  • An 83-year-old jazz singer

  • Check out these beautiful hikes

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The kitchen is at the heart of the fire station as firefighters build camaraderie one meal at a time

Firehall No. 1 downtown.

The camaraderie at fire halls starts with preparing food together and eating as a family. The dictionary definition of camaraderie means mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together—and the perfect example of that is our local firefighters.

Teams of firefighters work together as a family for 24 hours at a time, says Carol Henke, public information officer for the Calgary Fire Department. There are generally four platoons at each fire hall who rotate shifts. What many people probably don’t realize though, is firefighters do everything together for those 24-hour shifts, including grocery shopping and eating together.

It’s all part of the camaraderie, Henke says.

"Each station and each platoon does their own thing, but for most of them, they all put their money in for the shift or the month, and that goes towards meal planning," she explains, adding the money all comes from their own pockets, not taxpayers.

"They’re supporting local businesses, grocery stores, sometimes they’re buying from local restaurants or businesses in their community."

Local firefighters contribute nearly $1,000,000 per year of personal money to local grocery establishments.

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🎷 An 83-year-old Calgary accountant pursues his dream of being a jazz singer as he releases his first CD.

🎶 ‘Timeless’ lyrics and reggae roots lead a Calgary musician to Bollywood renaissance.

🛝 The heart of communities: Calgary schools come together to build inclusive playgrounds.

💵 All eyes are on the provincial government ahead of the Alberta budget 2024.

🎨 A mystery: Black Lives Matter mural disappears behind downtown Calgary development.

🚓 An 86-year-old woman is in critical condition following a collision involving a pedestrian and a truck.

🏠 'A switch just flipped': Housing starts in Calgary hitting record highs, but demand remains higher.

⚖️ Alberta policies concerning transgender youth are likely to face legal challenges.


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It’s almost time to start planning your hiking trips, so get a head start with these six options

Enjoy a hike along a beautiful waterfall along the Johnson Canyon trail in Banff National Park. /// Shutterstock

With spring around the corner, we wanted to give you a head start on planning your hiking trips. There are so many trails to choose from but here are a few options for both beginners and experts.


Grotto Canyon in Bow Valley Provincial Park — This is a nice and short hike with incredible views throughout, which makes it a perfect day trip option.

Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park — Johnston Canyon is an easy Banff hike that’s great for families, but due to its great views can often be very busy.  


Moose Mountain in Bragg Creek Provincial Park — An almost 14-kilometre out-and-back trail that is considered a moderately challenging route taking an average of five hours to finish.

Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park — The Sulphur Mountain trail is a moderate hike with stunning views of the Bow Valley. There’s also a gondola.


Aylmer Lookout in Banff National Park — This 23-km out-and-back trail is a challenge that will take the equivalent of a work day to complete.

Big Beehive in Banff National Park — If you want a challenge but only have five hours, this is the hike for you.

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Prairie Dog Brewing Co.: Boasting a variety of delicious platters for dine-in and beer to go, this craft microbrewery and brewpub is a staple of Calgary. We recommend the pork belly fries with maple chipotle BBQ sauce.

🍴 The Chai Bar: On a mission to capture the hearts of tea lovers everywhere, this restaurant offers a variety of specialty chai and small bites.

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Things to do

🎟️ Dinner and a Movie: Grease: If you have nothing to do tonight, check out Heritage Park for a gourmet three-course dinner followed by a viewing of Grease surrounded by antique vehicles while snacking on popcorn.

🎟️ Volunteers needed at Calgary Alpha House: The Calgary Alpha House is looking for 12-20 volunteers to assist with a few projects, including sorting clothing donations and, food prep. Reach out via Facebook if interested.

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