Hillhurst United Church hosts architectural contest
A Red Deer architectural student recently won a competition to spark ideas for the future design of the west annex space of Hillhurst United Church. Although the winning design may never be built, it is igniting conversation about design in Calgary.
Located in the heart of Kensington, Hillhurst United Church was established in 1907 and is considered one of Calgary's historical buildings. However the gym in the west annex needs a bit of a makeover, according to the church's minister John Pentland.
"They added [the gym] 55 years ago when communities needed an extra space for people to play, and churches were great at slapping gyms on the side of a building. It's old, dirty and tired — it needs lots of attention."
After discussing some ideas with a committee about what to do with the space, chair of the church's board, Terry Rock, approached Calgary based intern architects Holly Simon and Kevin Lo to create an international design competition that would generate some ideas for the project.
Despite athletic commitments, test records show athletes are performing above the norm
The National Sport School focuses on training athletes, but government records show that they have some of the highest grades in the city, partly due to what a school official described as distance learning technologies and flexible schedules. But a connection between athletics and good grades may also play a role.
Established in 1994, National Sport School focuses on giving young athletes the flexibility to continue their intensive athletic training and compete in sports while completing high school.
But, according to Alberta Education, the sport school's students had the second highest average diploma test score in Biology 30 with 77.5 per cent, sitting only behind Sir Winston Churchill. Along with that second place finish, they also tied for the third highest in English 30-1, coming in at 77.5 per cent, and had the highest Social Studies 30-2 score in Calgary, with an average of 82.9 per cent.
The city, residents, land developers and urban groups are combining to define how Calgary's main streets will be like 60 years in the future
Residents, community organizations, developers and city planners are among the stakeholders joining to envision the future of Calgary's main corridors.
The first phase of the Main Streets project started in November. The city, using workshops, events and online engagement with all stakeholders, is looking to identify issues, opportunities and potential outcomes with the new redevelopment plan.
"Many of the changes in our community are happening without much concern in our main streets... It is good (City Hall) is listening to us," said Nancy Tice, a resident of Cliff Bungalow-Mission, at a workshop with stakeholders about 4th Street S.W. redevelopment on Nov. 20.
"This is not another fairytale planning exercise," said Ward 8 Councillors Evan Woolley, during the workshop. "The planning department, in a very exciting way, is investing a lot of recourses into this."
British study reveals diet full of vegetables, fruits and fish can protect your mental health
A study from Britain concluded eating whole foods can help your mental health.
The 2009 study, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, examined two different diets, whole and processed, and how those diets were associated with rates of depression.
Whole foods included vegetables, fruits and fish while processed food included refined grains, high fat dairy products and fried foods.