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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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Alberta Energy Regulator suspends licences of oil and gas producer that owes $67M

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CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator says it is suspending licences for thousands of wells and pipelines after an oil and gas producer failed to bring its operations into regulatory compliance.

The regulator says it has ordered private SanLing Energy Ltd. to suspend its 2,266 wells, 227 facilities and 2,170 pipelines and ensure they are left in a state that’s safe for the public and the environment.

It adds the company currently owes $67 million in security to the AER for its assets’ end-of-life obligations.

The company has been producing about 4,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day, primarily dry natural gas, said AER spokeswoman Cara Tobin.

It is being asked by the AER to comply with past orders to clean up historic spills and contamination, ensure its emergency response number is working and provide a detailed plan to maintain its assets while they are suspended.

The AER says it issued an order to SanLing in September because of a poor compliance record and its outstanding security issues.

It says it met with the company several times over the past five months to request a plan to come back into compliance but the company’s responses proved to be inadequate.

“If SanLing, or any company, wants to do business in Alberta, they must follow our rules,” said Blair Reilly, AEB director of enforcement and emergency management, in a news release.

“We cannot allow a company that has ignored the rules continue to operate — that’s not in Alberta’s interest.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021.

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Darryl Sutter has ‘unfinished business’ in return to Calgary Flames

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CALGARY — Darryl Sutter says he has “unfinished business” as he returns to coach the Calgary Flames.

The Flames announced late Thursday night that they had fired head coach Geoff Ward and hired Sutter to replace him.

Calgary’s general manager Brad Treliving says he feels the move was necessary because the team had been inconsistent and was under performing this season.

Treliving says Sutter’s clarity and ability to maximize player performance will help the team that has gone 11-11-2 so far this year.

The move marks Sutter’s return to the team he coached from 2002 to 2006, and served as general manager for from 2003 to 2010. Under his guidance, Calgary went to the Stanley Cup final in 2004, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a seven-game series, and Sutter says he is intent on winning the Cup now that he has returned to the Flames.

Sutter is expected to join the team Monday after going through the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Assistant coach Ryan Huska will run the bench when the Flames face the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday and host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021.

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