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6 Local Businesses to Support this Christmas


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The end of 2020 is nearly here – thank goodness – and Christmas is just days away!  

As the holiday approaches, many of our favorite local businesses remain temporarily closed for service once more. In the final days before Christmas, small acts of local support, such as opting for online delivery alternatives or purchasing gift cards to use at a later date, can make a world of difference to the business owners struggling to remain afloat after this difficult year. 

For those behind-the-ball shoppers that might still be searching for the right gift for some (or all) of their list, here are some of our favorite local retailers for coffee, craft beer, spirits, and more! 

Railyard Brewing
Railyard Brewing is offering same day home delivery service from Tuesday – Saturday on minimum orders of $50. Visit to view their collection of craft brews, available in 4 or 12-packs, Railyard swag like hats, toques, shirts and hoodies, artisanal beer soaps and much more. Place your order before 3 p.m. to receive it the same day! 

Civic Tavern
Calgary’s unique historic home-turned-pub, Civic Tavern, has transitioned to takeout and delivery for the remainder of 2020. Get some local eats until 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve (closed Christmas and Boxing Day), or show your support by purchasing a growler or gift card! Visit to order online. 

The Beach YYC
Calgary’s only indoor beach facility is encouraging the city to “stay distant, not stationary”, and keep active and engaged until we can play together again! Visit to view their collection of games, toys, merchandise and apparel for all things beach.
Elliot Weinstein, owner of The Beach YYC, has also launched “The 28 Days of COVID” social media giveaway to encourage people to stay active over the next couple weeks. “I’ve given away a bottle of The Beach YYC hand-sani and an Alberta Apparel toque,” he says, “and we will give away some food from George’s Beach Club and some free beach time coming up!”
Check out for more information and to play The 28 Days of COVID! 

Skunkworks Moonshine
“It has been a tough year with the lockdown,” says Marty Lastiwka, co-owner of Skunkworks Distillery, “but we have our eyes on a bright springtime and summer.” Right now, Skunkworks is encouraging online sales, and will be offering regular deliveries heading into the New Year. They will also be launching a new line of pre-mixed cocktails, so patrons can enjoy expert, ready-made cocktails at home during this year’s distanced holiday celebrations. Visit to view their collection of moonshine, cocktails, and swag! 

Humble Coffee Roasters
Last call for local coffee! Tyler from Humble Coffee Roasters is giving Calgarians the opportunity to “give the gift of coffee” this Christmas. Visit to shop Humble Coffee’s original selection of locally roasted products.  Order by December 23 to secure some Humble coffee for this year’s stocking stuffers. Use the promotion code “yychome” for free shipping within the city! 

Inner City Brewing
The Inner City Brewing taproom on 11 Ave SW is currently open for off sales, takeout orders and growler fills for all 20 of their taps.
Inner City is also offering free delivery throughout the Calgary area, including Airdrie, Cochrane and Okotoks every day of the week with no minimum purchase requirement! Visit for food menu and online beer store, featuring canned beer, growler fills, mixed packs, gift-wrapping and more!

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WestJet announces new flights to Tokyo, Barcelona, and Edinburgh

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Calgary – WestJet plans to offer flights to Japan starting this spring, marking the airline’s first non-stop flights to Asia from Calgary.

The Calgary-based airline said Monday that it will fly to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport from Calgary this spring.

The non-stop flights will operate three times weekly beginning April 30.

The airline also announced new routes from Calgary to Barcelona and Edinburgh and increased frequency to Dublin, London, Paris and Rome, also starting in the spring.

WestJet chief executive Alexis von Hoensbroech says the new flights are part of the airline’s plan to expand capacity from Calgary by more than 25 per cent by next year, beginning with intercontinental routes.

WestJet also says it is preparing for broader expansion within Canada and North America over the coming months.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2022.

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Teen found guilty of manslaughter in hit-and-run death of Calgary police officer

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Calgary – A judge has found a teen involved in the hit-and-run death of a Calgary police officer guilty of manslaughter.

Sgt. Andrew Harnett died in hospital on Dec. 31, 2020, after being dragged by a fleeing SUV and falling into the path of an oncoming car.

The driver, who cannot be identified because he was 17 at the time, had testified he was scared when Harnett and another officer approached the vehicle during a traffic stop and he saw Harnett put his hand on his gun.

The teen’s lawyer said his client was guilty of manslaughter, but not first-degree murder.

Justice Anna Loparco agreed, saying that although the accused had “outright lied” about the gun, he was in a “panicked state” when he decided to flee and unable to know his actions would cause Harnett’s death.

The Crown says it will be seeking an adult sentence.

Loparco says Harnett’s behaviour was “exemplary” and there was no indication that he posed a threat to the accused.

“There’s no doubt he (the accused) should have realized it was likely to cause death,” Loparco said Thursday.

“But I’m unable to conclude this accused turned his mind to the consequences.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 10, 2022.

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