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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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‘Boiling point’: Alberta doctors warn of health system collapse as COVID cases climb

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CALGARY — Alberta’s health-care system is on the verge of collapse, warns a group of physicians who are pleading with the government to strengthen public health measures to fend off a relentless fourth wave of COVID-19.

Dr. Shazma Mithani, an emergency room physician in Edmonton, said a staffing crisis, overwhelmed intensive care units and mixed messaging from the province has created a “dire” situation.

Her biggest fear, she said, is that doctors will need to triage patients should hospitalizations continue to mount.

“We don’t want to have to make these decisions where we’re choosing who gets to have (intensive) care or not. And we’re getting closer and closer to that every day,” Mithani said in an interview.

Alberta Health Services, the province’s health-care provider, said in a statement Wednesday there were 258 intensive care beds in the province, which includes 85 added spaces. It said intensive care unit capacity sat at 87 per cent — just slightly below a seven-day average of 91 per cent.

Mithani said the government needs to listen to frontline health-care workers and implement stronger public health restrictions to prevent the health system from crumbling.

“This is much, much worse than I think people understand,” she said. “We, as health-care workers, are telling you that things are very dire, that ICU beds are running out, that we are stretched very thin in terms of our hospital capacity.”

On Friday, the Government of Alberta reinstated an indoor mask mandate for public spaces and an alcohol sales curfew at 10 p.m. It also announced a $100 incentive for unvaccinated Albertans who get their shots in response to an intensifying crisis.

Dr. Ilan Schwartz, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Alberta, said those efforts are “all but meaningless.”

“They are worse than doing nothing at all because now it is going to delay the government from taking more definitive action,” Schwartz said during a panel discussion Wednesday with advocacy group Protect Our Province.

Dr. Darren Markland, an intensive care physician in Edmonton who was also on the panel, said the government should consider vaccine passports and a circuit-breaker lockdown, which is a tight set of restrictions for a limited amount of time to curb ongoing transmission of COVID-19.

Relying solely on vaccinations won’t reign in a growing fourth wave driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, added Mithani.

It takes at least six weeks for people to build full immunity against COVID-19 because vaccine shots need to be separated by a month and then allow another two weeks to develop protection.

In the meantime, there are no signs COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are slowing. There were 647 Albertans in hospital Wednesday due to COVID-19, with 147 of those patients in intensive care. Hospitalizations jumped by 7.5 per cent from Tuesday. Another 18 people died in a 24-hour period.

The doctors with Protect Our Province said there are risks related to government inaction. Those risks, they said, include reduced health-care access for Albertans and increased burnout among health-care professionals.

Alberta Health Services announced late Wednesday that all scheduled, elective surgeries and outpatient procedures in the Calgary Zone have been postponed for the rest of the week. It said on social media the move was necessary to deploy qualified staff to intensive and critical care units.

“The situation really has come to a boiling point,” said Schwartz.

“It’s going to be a while before the premier and the chief medical officer of health will be willing to step back and accept that these actions have failed to immediately curb transmission and by that point, we’re going to be in dire, dire trouble.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 9, 2021.

Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press

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Enbridge advances Gulf Coast strategy with US$3B Moda Midstream purchase

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CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. has signed a US$3-billion deal to purchase a U.S.-based terminal and logistics company.

The Canadian pipeline giant says it will buy Moda Midstream Operating LLC from private-equity firm EnCap Flatrock Midstream.

As part of the deal, Enbridge will acquire the Ingleside Energy Center located near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Ingleside is North America’s largest crude export terminal. It loaded 25 per cent of all U.S. Gulf Coast crude exports in 2020.

The deal also gives Enbridge access to other crude export assets in the Gulf Coast region, including the Cactus II Pipeline, the Viola Pipeline and the Taft terminal.

Enbridge says the purchase will advance its U.S. Gulf Coast export strategy. It says the deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter and will immediately add to the company’s earnings.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 7, 2021.

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