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Every movement in history comes with a portion of controversy


For Jesse Lipscombe, a fourth-generation Albertan, 2018 isn’t going to be business as usual.

In 2016, when the entrepreneur and actor was filming a commercial for urban transportation in Edmonton, he was faced with a random act of racism. Jesse responded to the incident by facing the vehicle full of perpetrators with — not violence — but peaceful dialogue. It must have been an awkward conversation when the vehicle full of men realized they were now faced with having to actually converse with a 6’3” 265lb athlete — not just a victim at a distance.

“What he did has given me and my city and the country an opportunity to talk about something that needs to be talked about,” says Lipscombe. “To me, this is bigger than me, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are countless victims in the streets, who were forced to walk it off, or turn the other shoulder. People are getting away with hurting others.”

Lipscombe didn’t know this was going to happen. It wasn’t the first time he’s experienced overt racism, but it was the first time that it was caught on camera — captured for the world to see. In an official statement, Edmonton’s mayor respected Lipscombe’s right to use the moment to take a political stance with the goal of making the city better. This was the start of a movement that gained national and international support: #MakeItAwkward.

Every movement in history comes with a portion of controversy. From Civil Rights to the Feminist movement, to the woman who ran the Boston marathon — and the iconic photo of men pulling her back — to the more recent #metoo movement. Change and changemakers stir up emotion and opinion on all sides.

The freedom of debate has always made our country a wonderful one to live in. But sometimes, when a movement is going in the right direction, naysayers get ahold of the microphone. They often mean well, but can create confusion for the community and the movement.

Jesse Lipscombe has been met with increasing controversy over his upcoming event, the #MakeItAwkard Inclusivity Summit. Some critics chose to focus on only the highest ticket prices — snowballing their gripe into news articles. But Lipscombe stands for so much more than the #yegticketgate controversy. The event prices range from $89, $99, $179, $299 — and yes, the infamous $445 — but it costs money to hold an event of this scale at a downtown hotel. Meanwhile, the movement is still very-much needed, and Lipscombe has gathered speakers, panel discussions, workshops and artistic performers to our city to tackle some very real social problems.

A number of prominent leaders, speakers, actors, athletes of various backgrounds are coming together and making it abundantly clear that discrimination isn’t just something they will brush aside…and it’s time we are all accountable, that we come together and… #MakeItAwkward.


KARI SKELTON: Layering – Leopard Fleece Pullover



KARI SKELTON: Layering – Leopard Fleece Pullover

We love bringing new people into our world, and learning more about theirs. For instance, meet Edmonton’s Kari Skelton. A former radio host and now a fashion and lifestyle blogger with a focus on family, motherhood, parenting, and style.

“…Whether its fashion, fun, or family, we’re all looking for ways to make the most of our endeavours…”


Shop my leopard fleece pullover, a few amazing teddy and faux fur coats, and my new Mala necklace! 

Oh my goodness- what a week! We’ve been doing a ton of home projects including revamping Wyatt’s room to a big boy space-themed room! It was so much fun to create and his reaction was priceless. You can watch it under the ‘Our Home’ Highlight on my Instagram Story and I’ll be doing a full blog post in the new year linking all the stuff we got to put it together.

Like you, we’re also busy setting up for Christmas. We’ve got the outdoor lights up, our Copper Farmer’s Wreath is hanging (check out my last blog post: How To Keep Your Holiday Wreath Fresh), and the tree is being decorated this week! September to December just flies by, doesn’t it?

Leopard Fleece Pullover

This past week has been pretty snowy but warm where we live. With the weather constantly changing, I’m all about layering in this season. The pairing of this coat happened completely by accident! I threw it on over the pullover to run to my car, and when I came back inside and caught a glance in the mirror it actually worked together. Happy accident!

As soon as I saw this leopard fleece pullover at Red Ribbon Boutique I knew I had to have it. The cream bottom and collar really breaks up the leopard print nicely. It’s snuggly but still light enough to layer. Shop it here.

Click below to read the rest of Kari’s story.


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Click below to to visit Kari’s Instagram account.


In Kari’s words:

“..Twenty-five years ago, way before this project existed, I’d have invited you to hang out in my tree house. That’s where my friends and I gathered almost every day to plan adventures, make new discoveries, and chat about things we loved.
That’s the idea behind this online community. Whether its fashion, fun, or family, we’re all looking for ways to make the most of our endeavours. The best way to do that is sharing ideas and experiences. Some of my posts are style-related, some focus on adventures in parenting my toddler Wyatt, and some shine light on the rest of my world – including my husband Ryan and our pup Moses. Here, you can read about what works best for me and my family. I invite you to leave a comment or two on what works best for you and yours. My goal is to learn something new every day…”  Kari Skelton


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LISTEN: Big show featuring Mark Spector and Duane Vienneau – Don Cherry fall out and Grey Cup



The Outsiders have a big show this week!
CFL playoff recap, the Eskimos situation, a brief but final take on the Don Cherry fallout. Plus Sportsnet’s Mark Spector joined us for some fun NHL, Oilers/Flames and CFL talk. Also, CFL Grey Cup Main Man Duane Vienneau tells us why Calgary is ready to party (because they’re good at it).



Bryn Griffiths and Robin Brownlee take a weekly look at the World of Sports from their unique perspective. Great guests. Outstanding conversation. Lots of opinion. NOT always right but willing to listen.

Check out more local sports stories. 

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november, 2019

thu21novAll Daysun24Festival of Trees(All Day)

thu21nov6:00 pm11:00 pmFestival of Trees - Preview Dinner6:00 pm - 11:00 pm MST Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

fri22nov8:00 pm11:00 pmFestival of Wines8:00 pm - 11:00 pm MST Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

sat23nov9:00 am12:00 pmFestival Family Bingo - 1st time ever!9:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

sat23nov6:00 pm11:00 pmMistletoe Magic !6:00 pm - 11:00 pm MST Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

sat23nov8:00 pmRed Deer Nov 23 - Calgary's THIRD CHAMBER - EP release show "Harvesting Our Decay"8:00 pm

sun24nov9:00 am12:00 pmBreakfast with Santa9:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

mon25nov1:30 am2:30 pmPlanning A Calmer Christmas1:30 am - 2:30 pm

mon25nov6:30 pm8:30 pmRustic Succulent Box WorkshopUnique Workshop to create Succulent Box6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

tue26nov1:00 pm3:00 pmDiabetes Discussion Drop InDiabetes Discussion Drop In1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

thu28nov7:30 pm11:00 pmA special Christmas Musical Event at The KrossingBig Hank's Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas7:30 pm - 11:00 pm MST The Krossing, 5114 48 Avenue