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Masterful storyteller spins yarns on The Bothy

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A good story well-told is a beautiful gift. May we suggest treating yourself to The Bothy Storytelling Podcast?

Host Calum Lykan makes his living as a storyteller, and you may even have seen him in real life at a festival, library or school near you, sometimes in his kilt, always in his delightful Scottish brogue.

On his podcast, he shares a mix of captivating tales from the Gaelic and Viking traditions, as well as his own experiences as an immigrant to Canada and an entrepreneur in a creative field. You’ll be entertained, inspired and informed.

Let’s learn a little more about the voice of The Bothy:

 

Q. What will people get out of listening to your podcast?

A. A good story and fun. I’m Scottish and charming.

 

Q. What podcasts do you listen to?

A. Anything storytelling-related, such as The Moth and podcasts from guys like Bill Burr. I love the spoken word.

 

Q. If you could have any guest on your show, who would you ask?

A. Billy Connolly. No explanation required.

 

Q. Why do you think people enjoy podcasts?


A. They’re easy to access, there’s a good variety, and they offer a change from music.

 

Q. Write your own epitaph — what would it say?

A. Finally he has shut up.


Q. What has been your favourite episode so far?

A. Viking Storm. It was fun to record.

Be sure to connect with Calum and his podcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Over the next several weeks, Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! You can find The Bothy Storytelling Podcast and dozens of other shows at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

About Alberta Podcast Network

The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, is on a mission to:

  • Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences;
  • Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters;
  • Provide a powerful marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.

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Winnipeg prize of $495,900 for EE Football Club’s Joey Moss 50/50 draw claimed

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EDMONTON — The winning ticket for a record-breaking 50/50 raffle held by the CFL’s EE Football Team has been claimed.

The team said in a release Monday that John Groff of Edmonton is taking home the winner’s prize of $495,900 for the draw, which was held in honour of former EE Football Team and Edmonton Oilers locker-room attendant Joey Moss.

The draw, which closed at $991,800 on Sunday, broke a record set by the team during a July 2017 game against the Ottawa Redblacks where $871,839 was raised.

The remainder of the pot, minus administration fees, will go toward the Joey Moss Memorial Fund created by the Winnifred Stewart Association, a group that empowers people with disabilities.

Moss, who was born with Down syndrome, passed away at the age of 57 this past October. No cause of death was given.

He first became an attendant with the Oilers in 1984 before joining the Edmonton Football Team two years later, holding both positions for over 30 years.

Moss was a favourite in Edmonton among fans and players. He was later given a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions and achievements in 2012 and was later inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020

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Obsidian Energy shareholders approve stock issuance in pursuit of Bonterra takeover

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CALGARY — Obsidian Energy Ltd. says shareholders have voted to approve its proposal to issue up to 72.3 million shares to buy Bonterra Energy Corp. in a hostile takeover.

The Calgary-based oil and gas producer says 91.4 per cent of the shares represented at a special meeting on Monday were voted in favour of the deal announced in August, but strongly resisted since by the takeover target.

Last week, shareholder advisory firm Glass Lewis recommended investors support management in pursuing Bonterra because it would create a company with a stronger balance sheet and the ability to grow through acquisitions.

But it added in a report the deal has “almost no practical likelihood of being successful” because of opposition by the Bonterra board and from more than 30 per cent of Bonterra shareholders.

The takeover, first proposed in August, is open until Jan. 4 and offers two Obsidian shares for each Bonterra share. It requires approval by holders of more than two-thirds of Bonterra’s stock to be successful.

On Monday, Bonterra shares closed at $1.68, more than three times the closing stock price of 50 cents for Obsidian.

Bonterra has dubbed the Obsidian offer a “take-under bid” based on relative stock prices.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.

Companies in this story: (TSX:BNE, TSX:OBE)

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