Calgary city council rejects two proposals on secondary suite reform

By Scott Strasser, August 1 2016 — Calgary city council voted down two proposals regarding secondary suite reform on July 25, maintaining the city’s stance on the issue and its strategy for handling it. Coun. Shane Keating’s proposed method for easing the secondary suite application process was voted down 8–7, while Coun. Andre Chabot’s proposed…

Local play tells you How to Not Get Laid

By Rachel Woodward, August 4 2016 — In 2012, Matt Dewald took the stage at the Calgary Fringe Festival to co-star in his play, How to Not Get Laid, an hour-long, side-by-side analysis of male and female endeavours to find a partner. The play stole the show and will return to the Calgary stage this…

Students deserve secondary suites

On July 4, Calgary city council spent most of the day processing 18 secondary suite applications. Based on current bylaws, to legally rent out a secondary suite — a self-contained basement or backyard dwelling attached to an existing residence — homeowners must propose their suite to city council on a case-by-case basis. If that sounds…

Olympic Games have the power to unite Canadians

By Jill Girgulis, August 2 2016 — Every four years, something strange happens. Despite Calgary’s sunny weather and wealth of available outdoor activities, I find myself spending a disproportionate amount of time in front of the television for two weeks of the summer. The reason is three simple words — Summer Olympic Games. Growing up…

Students’ Union plans social media campaign for University of Calgary bookstore

By Claudia Wong, August 2 2016 — This September, a University of Calgary Students’ Union campaign will try to create awareness of the high cost of textbooks and advocate for open educational resources (OER) on a provincial level. Students leaving the U of C bookstore this fall will be asked to have their photograph taken…

Local Spotlight: Ben Plotnick

By Rachel Woodward, August 4 2016 — Calgary native Ben Plotnick is a classical violinist and fiddler. He’s known for his work with the Calgary Youth Orchestra and the Calgary Fiddlers. Both of Plotnick’s parents are involved in music as teachers and musicians, so his passion began in his childhood. “It’s basically been the only…

Animethon brings cosplay, maid cafés and all things manga to Edmonton

By Cynthia Kwan, August 4 2016 — The longest running annual anime convention in Canada will take place August 5–7 at MacEwan University in Edmonton. Partnering with the Telus World of Science and its Sherlock Holmes exhibit, this year’s Animethon features a theme of “mystery.” From maid cafés to gaming tournaments and cosplay shows, Animethon…

New Music: BADBADNOTGOOD

By Jason Herring, August 4 2016 — The first album by Toronto jazz quartet BADBADNOTGOOD, released nearly five years ago, was filled with stretched-out jam covers of tracks by rappers like Nas and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. While the musicianship was impressive, the band’s early work was mostly enjoyable for the novelty of hearing new takes…

Annual Kite Festival takes flight

By Rachel Woodward, August 4 2016 — Calgary skies will fill with kites come mid-August. In an attempt to spark conversations for a new online community, Realzim eSociety will host Calgary’s innaugural Kite Festival on August 13 at Shaw Millennium Park. Realzim eSociety is an online community and networking centre founded by Yogesh Srivastava with…

Photo recap: Chasing Summer

By Ayesha Chugh, August 2 2016 — Although fans may have felt they were chasing shelter this weekend, thousands attended this year’s Chasing Summer at the Max Bell Centre Festival Grounds. Music festivals have a culture of their own — from the production to the expression of individuality from the fans.   It is very…

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