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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 www.railyardbrewing.ca 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 https://www.civictavern.ca 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 www.canadabeachgames.ca 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 https://www.instagram.com/thebeachyyc/ 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 https://skunkworksyyc.square.site 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 https://www.humblecoffeeroasters.ca 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 https://www.innercitybrewing.ca for food menu and online beer store, featuring canned beer, growler fills, mixed packs, gift-wrapping and more!

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Alberta

B.C. Lions chase down Calgary Stampeders with 41-40 comeback win

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By Donna Spencer in Calgary

B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke threw for 488 yards and engineered a 41-40 comeback win Saturday over the Calgary Stampeders.

The 24-year-old from Victoria recovered from two early interceptions, which the Stampeders converted into touchdowns, running for a pair of short-yardage touchdowns and throwing a pair of touchdown passes in the exciting CFL contest.

Completing 39 of 52 pass attempts, Rourke broke his own single-game passing record by a Canadian following the 477 yards he posted in last week’s win over Edmonton.

“There’s going to come a time in my life when I’m going to look back and realize how fortunate I was to be able to play with him,” Lions receiver Bryan Burnham said. “I’m just excited to be a part of it.”

Sean Whyte’s 25-yard field goal with two seconds left in the game capped the Lions’ comeback.

The Stampeders led by nine points midway through the fourth quarter when Peyton Logan scored on an electric 99-yard kick return, but the Lions chewed through that deficit.

“It wasn’t pretty by any means but we found a way to win, but I’m proud of the guys for staying together and finding a way,” Rourke said. “At this point, I’m just trying to help this team win in any way possible.”

Rourke threw touchdown passes to Burnham and Dominique Rhymes. Whyte also kicked field goals from 19, 38 and 23 yards.

University of Calgary alumnus Jalen Philpot scored his first CFL touchdown, as did defensive lineman Folarin Orimolade on an interception return for Calgary.

Shawn Bane had a touchdown catch and Rene Paredes kicked field goals from 28, 53, 32 and 51 yards in front of an announced 22,229 at McMahon Stadium.

The Lions (7-1) and Stampeders (5-3) rank second and third respectively in the CFL’s West Division behind the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (9-1).

Calgary and B.C. conclude their season series with a home-and-home Sept. 17 in Calgary and Sept. 24 in Vancouver.

Bo Levi Mitchell became the Stampeders’ all-time leader in passing yards with an eight-yard throw on Calgary’s opening drive.

He needed just six yards to vault over Henry Burris (32,191) and reach that milestone in his 10th season and 116th game with Calgary. Burris played 118 games for the Stampeders.

After two straight games without a touchdown pass, Mitchell threw two Saturday. The Stampeders quarterback completed 18 of 32 pass attempts for 206 yards and was interception-free, but he was unhappy with Calgary’s inability to finish the Lions off.

“Bad penalties, bad decisions. Everybody, from sidelines to the guys on the field, everybody was terrible,” Mitchell said. “It was a bad second half. You score 40 points, you can’t lose a game.”

Calgary led 40-31 with just over six minutes to play following Logan’s kickoff return for a major.

The Lions would not go quietly, however, with Burnham’s 33-yard catch under double coverage taking B.C. to Calgary’s 10-yard line with just under three minutes to play.

Rourke collected his seventh rushing touchdown this season on a one-yard carry for B.C. to trail by just two points.

Calgary opted to punt instead of insert Paredes for a 55-yard field goal attempt with a minute-and-a-half to play.

“I get nervous anything 50-plus especially with their returner back there,” Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson explained. “We had in our mind around 51, 52 maxed out. He did hit one because the wind kind of switched.

“I just felt we had a good plan. We just didn’t get them stopped.”

The Lions still faced a long field for a winning field goal starting from their own six-yard line, but Cameron Judge’s roughing-the-passer penalty shortened it for the visitors.

Rourke engineered a nine-play, 86-yard drive to put Whyte in field-goal range.

The Lions trailed by 12 points when B.C. linebacker Ben Hladik recovered Dedrick Mills’ fumble on Calgary’s 34-yard line in the final minute of the third quarter.

Rourke overthrew Lucky Whitehead in the end zone leaving Whyte a 23-yard field goal to make.

But Rourke’s 54-yard touchdown pass to Burnham behind coverage with seven minutes left in the game pulled the Lions within two points of the lead.

Calgary parlayed a pair of Rourke interceptions into a 20-3 lead by the first minute of the second quarter, when Orimolade ran his first career pick back 28 yards to score.

Rourke rallied with a pair of scoring drives — sandwiched around a Paredes 32-yard field — but the Stampeders would score again before the half.

B.C.’s David Menard’s roughing-the-passer penalty moved Calgary to the Lions’ 24-yard line, where Mitchell promptly threw to Bane dashing into the end zone for a 30-18 lead at halftime.

Paredes was wide from 51 yards in the final minute of the half, but split the uprights from the same distance early in the third quarter for Calgary’s 33-18 lead. Whyte was good from 38 yards midway through the quarter to cut the deficit.

Rourke scored his first rushing touchdown of the night with a one-yard plunge in the second quarter.

After Orimolade’s pick-six, Rourke quickly marched the Lions downfield and threw a 30-yard pass to Rhymes in the end zone to score.

Paredes’ 53-yard field goal, which matched his season’s longest, gave the hosts a 13-3 lead with four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

After Nick Statz picked off Rourke on B.C.’s second drive of the game, Mitchell’s second pass was a 19-yard throw to Philpot in the end zone to score.

The clubs traded field goals on early drives in the first quarter.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 13, 2022.

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City of Calgary says it could cost millions to repair damage to municipal building

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Calgary – City officials say it could cost more than two million dollars to repair the Calgary Municipal Building after someone broke in and set fires that triggered the sprinkler system earlier this month.

Carla Male, who’s the acting city manager, says in a news release that there’s extensive water damage on three floors of the building.

It includes the equipment on those floors and the building itself.

Male says it will be several months before the final bill is in, but the initial review shows it could cost between $1.3 and $2.2 million.

The tally includes the emergency response required to minimize the damage as well as the relocation of services and restoration of the building, furniture and equipment.

The city expects 80 per cent of the costs to be covered by insurance.

Alberta’s police watchdog continues to investigate the arrest of a man who’s accused of breaking into the building on Aug. 2.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has said that police tried to talk to the man, but were unsuccessful.

It says several officers fired non-lethal weapons and the man was arrested with the help of a dog team.

ASIRT says the man was transported to hospital after “sustaining significant injury” during that arrest.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2022.

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