Hello Calgary Journal Subscribers, here’s our end of July newsletter!
First off, allow me to introduce myself. My name is James Windler and I am a fourth-year broadcast media student at Mount Royal University. I’m currently in the home stretch of my summer internship at LiveWire Calgary and The Calgary Journal. Sending out the next couple of newsletters is part of my internship with the Calgary Journal. I look forward to bringing you guys some of the best local stories Calgary-wide from some of the best up-and-coming journalists in the City!
July is undoubtedly all about the Stampede in Calgary, but we still have a tremendous range of stories for you guys in this edition of our newsletter. Be sure to check out calgaryjournal.ca for all stories and event coverage.
This edition of the newsletter features some of our top new stories:
- Poop patrol: City survey digs into key concerns about dog parks. The City of Calgary is looking for ways to inform dog owners about proper etiquette so they don’t end up paying hundreds of dollars in fines when taking their pups out to the 150-plus dog parks the city has to offer.
- Citizen trust explored in Calgary Police Service survey. The Calgary Police continue to lose the support of Calgarians. In 2022 the Calgary Police Commission Citizen Satisfaction Survey results showed a sharp decline in confidence in police and city safety compared with 2020 results. Research conducted via Illumina Research Partners shows that Transparent and consistent communication around police misconduct, neighborhood-level communication about crime and safety, and how the CPS is working with community partners to better help people in crisis were the main areas of improvement Calgarians would like to see.
- Two young Calgary athletes find friendship through the Unified Sports Program. A budding friendship that started in an outdoor education class turned into a lifelong friendship when two students at Crescent Heights High School teamed up in the Unified Track Program which pairs neurotypical and neurodivergent athletes together in various different sports.
Many of us at The Calgary Journal were able to enjoy the Calgary Stampede which turned out to be the second busiest Stampede of all time! Here are a couple of photos from the Stampede Grounds.
2023 Calgary Stampede
- 1,384,632 Stampede goers made their way down to the grounds over the ten-day period.
- A trio of pro-Chuckwagon driving greats had their swan song. Mark Sutherland, Vern Nolin and Codey McCurrach formally retired during the final Sunday.
- Layne MacGillivray won the big race, locking up the $50,000 cheque and a new GMC truck.
- A plethora of Legends, billboard staples, and up-and-coming artists made their way up north for the 2023 Stampede, There are so many artists to name that performed over the course of the 10 days like Pitbull, Nelly Furtado, Jack Harlow, and Ice Cube, but for me, my personal favourite was Bush.
The Second Half of Summer
Fun fact! I did not grow up in Calgary. In 2019 I started my journey in media by joining the broadcast media program at Mount Royal University. Coming from a small town in British Columbia I wasn’t sure what to expect coming here, but one thing I knew there would be a bunch of people in the same shoes as me… or so I thought. I remember like it was yesterday my first class was UGST1002 Change, Challenge, and Choice. Jeannine Crofton the course instructor (who turned out to be an absolute enjoy to learn from) asked the class who was from Calgary. Much to my shock, everyone except me and two other people put their hands up. Shortly after I learned that MRU was an extremely popular university for people who already lived in Calgary. Throughout my time at MRU, I’ve learned the ins and outs of what it’s like to be a Calgarian from all the locals. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is Calgary essentially has two New Year’s. New Year’s Day, and The day after Stampede ends. The day after Stampede unofficially kicks off the second half of summer and while it can be easier to fall into the mid-summer blues with Fall just around the corner Calgary has a jammed pack list of events taking place during the second half of Summer. Lets take a look at some.
Chasing Summer is one of the premier dance music events in western Canada, Chasing Summer comes to Calgary August 5-6 and will feature artists like Tiesto, Zedd, Seven Lions, and more. The event will be taking place at Max Bell Centre Grounds which is located at 1001 Barlow Trail SE. You can find more information including tickets, lineups, travel, and more here.
Country Thunder is a multistage country music event where the biggest acts take place on the main stage, while the side stage is reserved for local artists. It takes place over the course of three days and offers a mix of headliners, 90s country stars, and emerging singers. Hailey Whitters, Tim Mcgraw, Keith Urban, and Jon Pardi are some of the artists that will be performing. The event takes place August 18-20 at Fort Calgary, 750 – 9 Ave. SE. Check out their website for all the up-to-date information.
GlobalFest highlights over 60 different cultures with a variety of events and activities that celebrate Calgary’s diversity. The event has become a fan favourite in the city with Calgary boasting a wide range of different cultures. Tickets start at only $21 so make sure to head over to their website where you can decide which event you want to go to. The event takes place from August 17-26 at Elliston Park which is located at 1827 – 68 St. SE.
We all have them. Places in the city where we go when we need a reset, to feel ourselves again. From secret swings to Saddledomes, here are some of the spots in Calgary that bring our editors joy, great and small.
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