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Local Senior Christmas Card Initiative Receives Global Response


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A Christmas initiative launched by a local Calgary retirement residence has received a stunning response after the initial call for Christmas cards went viral on Facebook. 

Sage Hill Retirement Residence, located in NW Calgary, has been flooded with Christmas cards from across the globe after inviting people to send cards to their senior residents. “The response has been exceptional,” says Wendy Roby, Lifestyle Director for Sage Hill Retirement Residence, “We’ve heard from Canadians coast to coast, we’ve received mail from Italy, Australia, the U.S. Such a thoughtful and caring response from around the world.” 

In the wake of the recent lockdown announcement that will carry on through Christmas and into the New Year, the Sage Hill Christmas card initiative is a reminder that small acts of love and kindness can have great impact. “As they won’t be visiting families at Christmas,” says Roby, “this is a great way to make our senior residents feel thought of and special at a time that while special can leave of us feeling quite isolated.”

Christmas cards can be addressed to:

6 Sage Hill Gardens NW
Calgary, AB
T3R 1J1, Canada

In addition to sending cards via mail, a drop-off mailbox has been placed outside the entrance at Sage Hill. In the interest of health and safety, all mail and in-person deliveries are disinfected and held for 3 consecutive days before being distributed. 

Sage Hill is a part of All Seniors Care Living Centres, a national senior’s housing organization with locations across Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. As Christmas approaches, readers are encouraged to continue the positivity and expand their mailing list to include retirement residences outside of Calgary. Mailing addresses for each location can be found at  

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Wayne Middaugh leads Howard rink to victory in its opening game of Tim Hortons Brier

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CALGARY — It was a triumphant return to the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier for Wayne Middaugh.

With Glenn Howard ailing, Middaugh led Howard’s Wildcard 3 team to a 9-5 win over Gregory Skauge of Northwest Territories in the opening game of the tournament for both rinks Saturday.

Middaugh originally joined Howard’s rink last month as a fifth but was forced into action after Howard suffered broken ribs in a snowmobile accident.

A broken leg derailed Middaugh’s competitive playing career in January 2016 when he was Howard’s vice at the time.

Middaugh was on crutches at the Brier that season to help the team from the coaching bench.

Middaugh last actively played in the Brier in 2013.

A Canadian Curling Hall of Famer, Middaugh has won Brier and world gold medals at three different positions.

He and Howard won a world title together in 2012 with a different lineup.

On Saturday, the Wildcard 3 team cemented its win with three in the ninth end.

In other action, New Brunswick’s James Grattan defeated Mike McEwen (Wildcard 1) 6-3, Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs got past Yukon’s Dustin Mikkelsen 11-3 in eight ends and Manitoba’s Jason Gunnlaugson edged Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher 5-4.

Two more draws were scheduled for later Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2021.

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WHL Roundup: Brayden Peters makes 27 saves, Hitmen open season with win over Rebels

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CALGARY — Brayden Peters made 27 saves for his first career shutout, and the Calgary Hitmen opened their Western Hockey League season with a 2-0 victory over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday.

Sean Tschigerl started the scoring at 14:30 of the first period, and Tyson Galloway added an insurance goal four minutes into the second for the Hitmen (1-0-0).

Ethan Anders stopped 29-of-31 shots for the Rebels (0-2-1), who are winless in three games to begin their year. 


EDMONTON — Dylan Guenther struck twice and Sebastian Cossa kicked out 32-of-34 shots as the Oil Kings (3-0-0) toppled Medicine Hat (2-1-0) to open their season with three straight victories.

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

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