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Calgary politician remembered as thousands express sympathy and shock across social media platforms

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Calgarian Manmeet Bhullar, 35, was struck and killed Monday Nov. 23 by an out-of-control semi-trailer on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway north of Red Deer. Bhullar had pulled over to help a motorist who had lost control on the icy road. The well-liked Conservative MLA had served as Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Human Services and Minister of Service Alberta. Bhullar was credited by many with helping to make more transparent the reporting of child deaths in provincial care. The opposition MLA was also credited with helping refugees to flee Afghanistan.

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Movember Calgary Foundation focusing more on health than on funds in economic downturn

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Calgary Movember organizers are bracing themselves for fewer donations than last year’s campaign thanks to the economic downturn. However, the organization still wants to make men’s health a priority.

Sam Swain, co-chair for Movember Calgary, says the city continues to be a leader in the November campaign in which men grow moustaches for the month of November and collect funds to aid men’s health programs.

Swain says the foundation raised $1.4 million last year, a large part of which was due to the contributions of oil and gas employees in Calgary. “This year obviously is going to be a more difficult year, but they are still stepping up and we are seeing the oil and gas guys who couldn’t get out to some of the events previously are attending,” Swain says.

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Babies go without when supplies run low

paulmilkbankthumbJannette Festival has little time to spare. Her organization is running out of what she calls “liquid gold”—human breast milk.

“All of a sudden our freezers are empty,” said Festival, director of the Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank.

The not-for-profit organization distributes up to 28 litres of human breast milk daily to premature and sick babies who are not able to receive milk from their mothers.

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Mealshare takes the stress out of giving back 

MealShare thumbnailPartnerships with local restaurants provide additional funding for food at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre. Photo by Tara Rathgeber

Calgary’s recently implemented concept of “giving back” is having a measurable, positive effect on the food people eat at Calgary’s Drop-In & Rehab Centre.

The Mealshare program provides a steady flow of funds to assist the centre, Calgary’s main provider of shelter for the homeless, to serve healthier, heartier meals.

The Mealshare program uses a simple buy-one-get-one model. When a customer buys a Mealshare-designated meal at a participating local restaurant, the restaurant dedicates one dollar from that purchase to the Drop-In Centre.

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