Good afternoon from the Journal,

We hope you’ve been enjoying the beautiful weather here in Calgary and are gearing up for some Black Friday shopping!

This week, we’re excited to share that our student housing feature story is live. Written by our journalist-in-residence Christina Frangou, with help from our senior reporting students, the story looks the challenges young people are facing finding affordable places to live.

You can read the story here, then join us for our free Student Housing Forum and Pizza Party on Monday Nov. 27. It’s going to be a blast, so make sure to sign up and join the fun!

Christina Frangou, our journalist-in-residence

Christina will be moderating an expert panel featuring:

  • Ward 8 Coun. Courtney Walcott
  • Dr. Sasha Tsenkova – U of C professor
  • Jospeh Nguyen – SAMRU president
  • Isabel Fandiño – U of C International Student Services

Hot This Week!

Following Sunday’s demonstrations at city hall in Calgary, for both Palestinian and Israeli supporters, three individuals were charged with assaulting a peace officer. A fourth individual was charged with obstruction of a peace officer. (City of Calgary)

A Yellowknife-born, Calgary-based Inuvialuk artist has been named the winner of the $100,000  Sobey Art Award four years after being shortlisted for the honour for the first time. (CBC)

Health officials said 31 premature babies in “extremely critical condition” were transferred safely Sunday from Gaza ‘s main hospital and will go to Egypt, while over 250 patients with severely infected wounds and other urgent conditions remain stranded. (CTV)

Various brands of fresh-cut fruit are being recalled by Health Canada due to a possible salmonella contamination. The brands include Central Foods Co., Fresh Start Foods, GFS, Kitchen Essential and Ready-Set-Serve by Markon. (Global News)

The East Coulee truss bridge in the Drumheller Valley that has been largely neglected for the last four decades. But one man is spearheading a movement to help save and restore the storied rail crossing and have it designated as a historical site. (Calgary Herald)

Get busy!

Check out these events happening in the city, as recommended by our arts editor!

ARF’s Holiday Market and Online Auction: Join ARF in supporting furry friends in need as you shop for heartwarming gifts that give back. On Nov. 26, visit the Alberta Animal Rescue Foundation’s (ARF) facility for a bake sale, pet gear sale and holiday pet photos. ARF is also hosting an online auction from Nov. 13 to the 27th. Take an in-person look at the items for sale at their Holiday Market! 

MRU Member Appreciation Days: To show appreciation for its members, MRU Recreation is hosting a member appreciation week from Nov. 21 to 23. You can expect grand prize packages, door prizes and free activities. 

Pumphouse Theatre’s Common Ground Festival 7: Join the Pumphouse Theatre as they welcome and celebrate emerging artists with a series of dances, musicals, and juggling all in one evening! This festival runs from Nov. 22 to the 26. 

Authentically Indigenous Holiday Market: From Nov. 25 to 26, Authentically Indigenous Inc. will be hosting a Holiday Market celebrating Indigenous arts, crafts, festival eats, and one-of-a-kind gifts. There will also be a special appearance from Santa Claus…and the Grinch! 

Student Housing Forum and Pizza Party: The Calgary Journal at MRU has been asking students how the housing crisis is affecting them. On Monday Nov. 27, join the Journal as they lead a discussion with students and experts on this important issue. You’ll have the chance to have your voice heard, learn how to take action and grab some free pizza!

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Julie Patton is a fourth year journalism student at MRU and newsletter editor at the Calgary Journal. She is also the news editor at The Reflector.

Marco is a fourth-year Journalism & Digital Media student and one of the Newsletter editors for the Calgary Journal. Marco successfully completed an internship as a reporter at Airdrie City View newspaper.